by BBG

Diamond Head in the early 80s
Diamond Head

It is an undisputed fact that one of the key players in the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement of the late 70s was the UK's Diamond Head. And though the reactivated band may only have original member Brian Tatler (lead guitar/backing vox) amongst their ranks, you can still see the band bash through Diamond Head classics like "Am I Evil?" (most famously covered by Metallica) while on their current US tour. Catch Diamond Head on tour now and in NYC at BB King's on September 1st with Shitkill & Livesay, tickets are on sale. All dates are below.

In semi-related news, Metallica & Lou Reed have given a name to their forthcoming abomination? LP: Lulu (out November 1 in North America, October 31 everywhere else):

"Lulu" was inspired by German expressionist writer Frank Wededkind's plays "Earth Spirit" and "Pandora's Box," which tell a story of a young abused dancer's life and relationships and are now collectively known as the "Lulu Plays." Since their publication in the early 1900's, the plays have been the inspiration for a silent film ("Pandora's Box," 1929), an opera, and countless other creative endeavors. Originally the lyrics and musical landscape were sketched out by Lou for a theatrical production in Berlin, but after coming together with the 'Tallica boys for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concerts in New York in 2009 all guilty parties knew they wanted to make more music together. Lou was inspired enough by that performance to recently ask the band to join him in taking his theatrical "Lulu" piece to the next level and so starting in early May of this year we were all camped out recording at HQ studios in Northern California, bringing us to today and ten complete songs.

Metallica are scheduled to play Yankee Stadium on 9/14 with Slayer, Megadeth & Anthrax; tickets are still available.

In other news, Anthrax play a "secret show" at Best Buy Theater on September 12th as "cover band Satan's Lounge Act" according to a report from Blabbermouth. The show is the day before their latest LP (and first with original singer Joey Belladonna since the early 90s) Worship Music drops and you can get your free ticket by pre-ordering a copy of their new CD via Best Buy.

And lastly in an also semi-related but nowhere-near-as-classic note, Anvil just played Bowery Ballroom on 7/30, but will return to NYC and hit Highline Ballroom on Nov 7th with Shitkill. Tickets go on sale 8/23 at noon. Meanwhile you can catch Anvil on August 26th in Buffalo with Alice Cooper. Their other dates include a European tour with Saxon, and Maryland Deathfest 2012.

All tour dates and some video is below.

Diamond Head - Am I Evil

Metallica w/ Diamond Head - Am I Evil

Tue 23rd August, 2011 Knuckleheads 2715 Rochester St, Kansas City, MO 64120-1514, USA
Wed 24th August, 2011 Station 4 201 E. 4th St., St. Paul, MN 55101, USA
Thu 25th August, 2011 The Wild Horse Saloon 9031 County Road Ww, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494-9326, USA
Fri 26th August, 2011 Blondies 2281 W. Fort St., Detroit, MI, 48201, USA
Sat 27th August, 2011 Tailgaters 431 West Boughton Road, Bolingbrook, IL 60440, USA
Sun 28th August, 2011 Shank Hall 1434 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202, USA
Mon 29th August, 2011 McGuffy's House of Rock 5418 Burkhardt Road, Dayton, OH 45431, USA
Tue 30th August, 2011 Club Diesel 1601 East Carson Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15203, USA
Wed 31st August, 2011 The Otto Bar 2549 North Howard Street, Baltimore, MD 21218-4506, USA
Thu 1st September, 2011 BB Kings 237 West 42 St, New York, NY 10036, USA
Sat 17th Sept, 2011 Master Of Sound Festival 7 Towers Dungeon, Istanbul, Turkey

August 26, 2011 Erie Canal Harbor Buffalo, New York w/ Alice Cooper
October 7, 2011 Sweden Rock Cruise Stockholm, SWE
November 7, 2011 Highline Ballroom NYC, NY
November 15, 2011 Rock'n'Roll Arena Romagnano Sesia *
November 17, 2011 Konzerthaus Schuur Lucerne *
November 19, 2011 Gemeindesaal Kundl *
November 20, 2011 Rockhouse Salzburg *
November 21, 2011 Arena Vienna *
November 23, 2011 Easy Schorre Halle *
November 24, 2011 Aladin Bremen *
November 25, 2011 Christmas Metal Festival Lichtenfels *
November 26, 2011 Metropool Hengelo *
November 27, 2011 Amager Bio Copenhagen *
November 29, 2011 Kulturbolaget Malmo *
November 30, 2011 Tradgarn Gothenburg *
December 2, 2011 Munchenbryggeriet Stockholm *
December 4, 2011 Tavastia Helsinki *
December 7, 2011 Studio Krakow *
December 8, 2011 Stodola Warsaw *
December 10, 2011 Europahalle Karlsruhe, Germany *
December 11, 2011, Zeche Bochum, Germany *
April 28, 2012 Keep It True Festival Lauda-Königshofen, GER
May 24-27, 2012 Sonar Baltimore, Maryland, USA for Maryland Deathfest
* w/ Saxon

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