We begin the Weekend News Report this week by honoring Dave Lepard. Dave was found in his apartment in Uppsala, on this day in 2006. Word's will never express how talented he was, and how he will be missed forever. 🇸🇪Crashdiet🇸🇪 fans around the world will never forget him. We've been doing several tribute posts for him, and more are coming. Rest In Sleaze, Dave.
This week we presented our awards for the fan voted favorite album's of 2017. 🇸🇪Crazy Lixx🇸🇪 won in two categories: favorite album of 2017 for "Ruff Justice", and "Wild Child" was voted as the #1 video/single of 2017.
🇨🇦Dextress🇨🇦 self titled debut was voted to be the favorite debut album, 🇳🇴The Cruel Intentions🇳🇴 walked away with the top spot in the underground demo/EP/maxi-single category for "Sick Adrenaline", and 🇸🇪Crashdiet🇸🇪 were voted to have the favorite live release of 2017 for "Live In Sleaze". We would like to congratulate these band's, and thank them as well as every band that had a hand in helping make 2017 a historical year in this genre.
Now that 2017 is over, let's rock in the new year and celebrate what's ahead in 2018!
You can pre-order 🇺🇸Salems Lott🇺🇸 - Mask of Morality, from either iTunes or Amazon and get their (Physical) debut EP for free (USA Only). There is a limited supply, and they will not be making more, so get them while they last. This is the full length album of "Mask Of Morality" that you will be pre-ordering.
🇺🇸Denman🇺🇸 announced that they have finished all of the recording. They brought in guest vocalist Chuck Garric! You know him from Alice Cooper/Beasto Blanco! The band spent the past four month's writing, and recording with infamous producer, Michael Wagener. The finished product should be HOT!
🇺🇸WICKED🇺🇸 are at the KISS Expo in Atlanta, Georgia today. This is a big event as it features Vinnie Vincent. Vinnie has been extremely private for 20 year's, so a lot of people are at this event. WICKED will be unveiling their new costumes at this event.
🇫🇮Shiraz Lane🇫🇮 "Harder To Breathe" is the fourth most played song in January on Radio Rock! Keep requesting them to play it. They'll be on an acoustic mini-tour next week in Stockholm and Copenhagen. Here are the dates copied from their post:
26.01. - DK - Hard Rock Cafe, Copenhagen (acoustic)
27.01. - SE - Hard Rock Cafe, Stockholm (acoustic)
09.02. - FI - Hullu Porock, Hullu Poro, Levi
03.03. - FI - Shiraz Lane Levyjulkkarit 3.3. Nosturi, Helsinki
10.03. - DE - Sleazefest (CANCELLED)
17.03. - FI - Shiraz Lane - Gong, Turku
29.06. - FI - Tuska Open Air, Helsinki
02.09. - UK - HRH Sleaze, O2 Academy, Sheffield
🇮🇹Speed Stroke🇮🇹 made this announcement on their Facebook page on the 17th:
"With a heavy heart we announce that won't be able to play at Rockmantic Weekender on February 9th in Carlisle U.K.
Unfortunately there should have been a tour around that show to cover the costs of the trip, but many problems have occurred organising it with other promoters oustide of Rockmantic, till it would have been a financial disaster for us.
And we wanna thank Raz White Entertainment for being comprehensive with our decision
We are deeply sorry for our fans who were looking forward to see us, we are planning to come your way after the summer.. and this time mistakes are not gonna be allowed "
North America (United States, Canada, Mexico):
🇺🇸Leathurbitch🇺🇸 will be playing at the Highline bar on January 27th. 🇺🇸Once Around🇺🇸 are shooting a music video. If you want to be in it, head to the Opera House in downtown Mineral Point, WI at 3:00pm on Sunday, February 11th. 🇨🇦Rusted🇨🇦 are giving away a t-shirt if you guess the right date/place and reason for an up coming gig. 🇨🇦Sleazy Way Out🇨🇦 will be playing at the Piranha on February 24thwith Playhouses and The Glock Rebels. 🇺🇸Station🇺🇸 played their first show of 2018 in Maryland last night (January 19th). A few lucky fans got to hear new tracks from their up coming second album. 🇺🇸Steel Panther🇺🇸 are in Europe for another leg of their "Lower The Bar" tour. The tour kicked off on the 18th at the Academy in Dublin, Ireland. Followed by a rockin' show in Belfast on the 19th. They'll be at the 02 Shepherds Bush Empire on the 22nd.
Northern Europe (Nordic & Baltic):
🇸🇪Aerodyne🇸🇪 posted that they already sold out of their debut album "Breaking Free" released last month. More will be pressed soon. 🇱🇻Bloody Heels🇱🇻 did an acoustic set in Riga on the 16th when they played with fellow Latvian rocker, Janis Bukums. 🇳🇴The Cruel Intentions🇳🇴 are booking shows for 2018. Go to their page and comment where you would like to see them play. 🇸🇪Eclipse🇸🇪 started their 2018 Monumentum tour in Hamburg on the 18th. 🇸🇪Hardcore Superstar🇸🇪 will be playing the Garage Sound Fest in Madrid next June. 🇸🇪H.E.A.T.🇸🇪 will be playing the Rockfest in Barcelona in July. 🇸🇪Lipz🇸🇪 will be releasing their debut album soon. They haven't given a set date yet, so keep your eyes peeled. 🇫🇮Santa Cruz🇫🇮 put a link of a cover of Hanoi Rocks "Million Miles Away" that they did a few months back, on their page.
🇸🇪Taste🇸🇪 have a new single out called "We Are Back". You can stream it on Spotify and other outlets. We did an interview with the 🇸🇪Trench Dogs🇸🇪 earlier this week. Go to our album titled "Interviews" to read it, along with interviews we have done in the past.
Mediterranean & Western Europe, Central Europe, Eastern Europe, and European Russia:
🇮🇹17Crash🇮🇹 are shooting a new music video on February 11th at the Exenzia Der Club in Prato. There's going to be a huge party and you're all invited!
🇫🇷BlackRain🇫🇷 have their March mini-tour dates posted.
🇨🇿Double Raw🇨🇿 lead guitar blazer, Stevie Gunn, is still racking up the endorsements. Not only with Ernie Ball, but with Rockster Music, and Music Man as well. 🇪🇸Erotic Psycho🇪🇸 showed off their new album cover for the up coming LP "The Lost Boyz".
🇮🇹Hell In The Club🇮🇹 have a tour coming in May with 🇫🇷Sadhayena🇫🇷 opening on dates. 🇩🇪Night Lazer🇩🇪 will be playing with the Scumdogz on January 26th in Hannover. 🇮🇹Reckless🇮🇹 are writing new songs and plan to release their new album in 2018! 🇩🇪Snakebite🇩🇪 played a secret gig with 🇮🇹Speed Stroke🇮🇹 last weekend in Darmstadt. 🇩🇪Street Hawk🇩🇪 have been looking for a singer. If you're reading this and you're looking for a band, get in touch with them. 🇮🇹When Venus Weaps🇮🇹 have shot a music video for the song "Through The Stars". It'll be available soon. 🇷🇺Wild Child🇷🇺 is going to rock in Moscow on January 26th at the Glastonberry pub. 🇧🇪Wildheart🇧🇪 will be on the R-Evolution tour at the end of April.
United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland:
🇬🇧Bigfoot🇬🇧 have a new music video out for the song "Freak Show" that is exclusively at Planet Rock. 🇬🇧Maverick🇬🇧 lead guitarist, Ryan Sebastian Balfour, celebrated his birthday on the 16th. We hope it rocked! 🇬🇧Midnite City🇬🇧 released their lyric video for "One Step Away" on Monday. They'll be headlining in Athens Greece at the MODU tomorrow night.
🇬🇧Nasty High🇬🇧 will be on tour throughout February and March. They have dates on their page. More will be coming in March. 🇮🇪Stone Trigger🇮🇪 frontman, Tommy Rockit, celebrated his birthday this week as well, although his was the 18th. We hope it rocked as well.
Australia, and New Zealand:
🇦🇺Sisters Doll🇦🇺 drummer, Bryce Lipz, celebrated his birthday this week too! He turned 23 on the 19th. And yes, we hope it rocked! 🇦🇺Snake Bite Whisky🇦🇺 will be on their "This Side Of Hell" world tour. They'll be in Mexico at the Voodoo Roadhouse on July 20th. They'll also be at the Whisky A Go-Go bar in Hollywood on July 27th where they will play with legends, Pretty Boy Floyd.
South America, Middle America, and the Caribbean Islands:
🇧🇷Inluzt🇧🇷 will be at the Manifesto Bar on the 26th.
South Africa/India/Japan/Asia/Middle Eastern:
🇮🇳Girish And The Chronicles🇮🇳 rocked the Red Panda Winter Carnival on the 18th. They'll be at the Hi Spirits cafe & pub tomorrow.
🇿🇦L.A. Cobra🇿🇦 will be at the Aandklas Hatfield in Pretoria, on Saturday January 27th.
Video of the week (January 14 - January 20 ):
🇫🇮Shiraz Lane🇫🇮 - People Like Us
That is all of the news I have for this week. As always, forgive me if I forgot to mention anything. And if anything new pops up we'll do our best to share it.
Keep the hairspray coming, and crank the guitars to 11!!!
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