‘Ross The Boss’ ex Manowar guitarist exclusive interview with ARfm before his UK Tour Dates

Ross ‘The Boss’ founder member of Manowar, The Dictators and Ross The Boss band is currently conquering Europe and the UK with his ‘Discipline of Steel’ tour. Featuring Ross The Boss on guitar, legendary ex Manowar drummer Kenny ‘Rhino’ Earl, Mike LePond of Symphony X on bass and new frontman, singer Marc Lopes.


Earlier this week Ross spoke exclusively to ARfm on The Unchained Rock Show in a one hour feature with Ross The Boss covering his years with Manowar, The Dictators, Death Dealer and Ross The Boss Band.

During the interview Ross was asked by host, Steve Harrison, what he thought of Manowar’s ‘Final Battle’ tour Ross Replied ” I’m in my first battle………I don’t believe they are retiring…..like Scorpions and Kiss, they could be doing the ‘Final Battle’ for five years”. Ross went on to add that he wishes the current Manowar all the best.

Click on the link at the bottom of the page to hear the full interview.

Ross The Boss Band will be on tour in the UK and Ireland through March and April. Check the poster or click on the link for dates and tickets:



Catch the full show and interview with ROSS THE BOSS on the link below



Michael Schenker announces “Michael Schenker Fest” November UK Tour with original M.S.G. vocalists

With the release of Michael Schenker Fest ‘Live’ Tokyo due on 24th March, Michael Schenker is proud to announce that he will be touring Michael Schenker Fest throughout Europe in October / November 2017, including four UK concerts taking in O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London (Thursday 2nd November), O2 Academy Sheffield (Friday 3rd November), O2 Ritz, Manchester (Saturday 4th November) and Hull City Hall (Sunday 5th November).

Says Schenker, “It’s a miracle that after all these years, a tour like this will take place with the original band members of “M.S.G.”. Being able to go back to those days and celebrate the music is an exciting experience for us, as well as for old and new fans. To being able to re-experience, and for the new audience to get a feel of what it was like, is incredibly enjoyable.”

Continues Schenker, “It’s an amazing feeling to have all of my M.S.G. Family from the ’80’s performing together and especially with Graham Bonnet, who I never got to play any concerts after our Assault Attack album that was originally released in 1982.  Fortunately, being able to have the participation of original M.S.G. members including Gary Barden, Chris Glen (bass) and Ted McKenna (drums) being part of it, and to perform with Robin McAuley and Steve Mann (guitar, keyboards) again as well, is pretty awesome.”


The Band
Michael Schenker – Lead Guitar
Ted McKenna – Drums
Steve Mann – Guitar, Keyboards
Chris Glen – Bass

The Vocalists:
Gary Barden
Graham Bonnet
Robin McAuley


Thursday 2nd November
O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
O2 Priority Pre-Sale (12 noon on Friday 17th March 2017):
On general sale from 10am on Monday 20th March 2017:

Friday 3rd November
O2 Academy Sheffield
O2 Priority (12 noon on Friday 17th March 2017):
On general sale from 10am on Monday 20th March 2017: www.ticketmaster.co.uk/event/1F005270B87B778E

Saturday 4th November
O2 Ritz, Manchester
O2 Priority Pre-Sale (12 noon on Friday 17th March 2017):
On general sale from 10am on Monday 20th March 2017:

Sunday 5th November
Hull City Hall, Hull
On general sale from 12 noon on Friday 17th March 2017:








Slam Dunk Festival 2017 has announced even more incredible acts for this year’s pop-punk extravaganza. Japanese electronic masters Crossfaith, Australian youngbloods With Confidence and the slick pop-punk trio Waterparks will appear alongside Decade, Counterfeit, Milk Teeth, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, Black Foxxes, Fort Hope, SHVPES and Puppy over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

In addition to these amazing names, Slam Dunk Festival is pleased to announce that the south site, taking place at Hatfield, The Forum has sold out in record time! Both standard tickets and afterparty tickets for Birmingham and Leeds are still available but festival fans are urged to buy their tickets from official ticket agents as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Offering an unparalleled display of pop-punk movers and shakers across 8 stages, Slam Dunk Festival is set to celebrate all things alternative as it welcomes incredible one-off anniversary performances from blistering headliners Enter Shikari, debut albums in full with American pop-rockers Cute Is What We Aim For and We The Kings, a special reunion performance from Madina Lake and the final-ever shows from We Are The Ocean. Whether you’re at Birmingham on May 27th, Leeds on May 28th or Hatfield on May 29th, Slam Dunk Festival 2017 will be the ultimate alternative party of the summer.


Enter Shikari, Don Broco, Bowling For Soup, Neck Deep, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish, Deaf Havana, Beartooth, Tonight Alive, We Are The Ocean, Crossfaith, Against Me!, The Bronx, With Confidence, Goldfinger, Mad Caddies, Waterparks, The Movielife, Frank Iero & The Patience, Decade, Zebrahead, Counterfeit, We The Kings, The Ataris, Fenix TX, Milk Teeth, The Maine, Cute Is What We Aim For, Memphis May Fire, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, Madina Lake, Set It Off, Citizen, Black Foxxes, Turnover, Crime In Stereo, Seaway, Fort Hope, SHVPES, Trophy Eyes, Boston Manor, WSTR, Like Pacific, Puppy, Sorority Noise, Stray From The Path, I Prevail, Ice Nine Kills, Oceans Ate Alaska, Too Close To Touch, MC Lars.
Advance tickets £44 or £49 with after party are on sale now. http://www.slamdunkmusic.com


There are only a few rock legends that have had a career spanning over 40 years, who continue to write music and play live with the same enthusiasm and vigour as Michael Schenker.

My first introduction to guitar legend, Michael Schenker was via my brother, when I was 12 years old and heard MSG’s first album Armed and Ready. From that moment I was hooked and Michael Schenker is, and always will be, my first true guitar hero.

The release of the Michael Schenker Fest “Live” Tokyo is a fantastic reflection on the highlights of MSG’s existence. It’s a wonderful opportunity to see the finest tracks brought to life again with the original vocalists and band members of the time. With Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet and Robin McAuley on vocals and the band made up of Ted McKenna (Drums) Chris Glen (Bass) and Steve Mann (Guitars and Keyboard) delivering the ever solid platform for Michael’s melodic virtuosity!

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The grand intro music of ‘Searching For Freedom’ provides a fitting backdrop to the bands entrance as they burst straight into a Schenker instrumental classic, ‘Into The Arena’. With the excitement tangible and evident on every band members face, the Tokyo crowd were in for a night to remember.

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Gary Barden is the first of the original vocalists to take the singing and chanting crowd through those early MSG classics such as ‘Attack Of The Mad Axeman’ and ‘Let Sleeping Dogs Lie’. Michael Schenker was clearly relishing every moment and demonstrating the tone, feel and  fretboard finesse that defines him as one of the finest guitarists in rock history.



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The Michael Schenker Fest Live Tokyo gives us a rare glimpse of Graham Bonnet and Michael Schenker reunited to perform the hits off the album ‘Assault Attack’, including ‘Dancer’ and ‘Desert song’. The UK tour supporting that album was the first time I had seen MSG live, but alas not with Graham. With the classic Bonnet smooth demeanour of suit, shades and slick back hair easing through his set.

Michael’s instrumental interludes give fans more opportunity to witness his amazing ability to write well crafted songs with soaring guitar melodies that captivate all budding guitar players, old and new!

Robin McAuley + Michael Schenker


Robin McAuley takes to the stage and rifles through the ‘McAuley Schenker Group’ era songs including the brilliant ‘Save Yourself’ and ‘Love is Not A Game’ with his strong and powerful vocal style. He then took  the crowd back to those instantly recognisable UFO classics of ‘Shoot Shoot’ and ‘Rock Bottom’.

The grand finale of the night, the legendary UFO song ‘Doctor Doctor’ sees all three vocalists performing together, a hearty rendition of an all time classic, leaving the Tokyo crowd in awe of what they had witnessed.

Michael Schenker Fest “Live” Tokyo is a must for all MSG fans everywhere, bringing you the best of the MSG years. Michael Schenker continues to prove that his class is timeless.

Rock Will Never Die!

Released Friday 24th March 2017
Available on 2CD, 2CD+DVD combo, LP, DVD, Blu-ray, Digital


http://www.arfm.co.uk – The Unchained Rock Show –  Mondays from 9pm.

Bloodstock 2017 unleashes four more bands!

BLOODSTOCK is powering ahead with even more bookings for 2017!  We’ve four more to get you excited for August’s best metal weekender…

German thrash legends KREATOR shred their way on to BLOODSTOCK’s main stage this Summer in Saturday’s special guest spot!  Vocalist/guitarist Mille Petrozza declares, “We are happy to finally return to BLOODSTOCK!  KREATOR will give you the full treatment this time.  WE SHALL KILL.”  The band released their fourteenth studio album, ‘Gods of Violence’ in January via Nuclear Blast.  Check out the video for the title track at: https://youtu.be/xeUBJ2Ha-FM and get up to speed on all things KREATOR over at: https://www.facebook.com/KreatorOfficial/.

Flint firebrands KING 810 land a Ronnie James Dio main stage slot on Saturday in a UK festival exclusive, so will be your only chance to catch the band on these shores this summer!  Their genre-busting album, ‘La Petite Mort (Or A Conversation With God)’ was hugely lauded upon release last year, with leading US outlet, Metal Injection pronouncing it “2016’s best example of what an album should be”.  Check out their visceral video for ‘Alpha & Omega’ – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcLmQDr7GGw.

Black metal marauders INQUISITION will headline the Sophie Lancaster stage on Friday.  The duo of Dagon and Incubus released their seventh album, ‘Bloodshed Across The Empyrean Altar Beyond The Celestial Zenith’ via Season Of Mist last August.  Listen to ‘Wings Of Anu’ from that disc at https://youtu.be/UGdbsGFrvbY and prepare for a ferocious finish to Friday night.

Lastly, KING PARROT fly in from their Aussie homeland for a Sophie stage slot. The self-dubbed “grindin’, thrashin’, punk wrecking machine” are on the road in support of their Phil Anselmo-produced disc, ‘Dead Set’.  Lend your ears at https://agoniarecords.bandcamp.com/album/dead-set, or watch their 2012 video for ‘Shit On The Liver’ at https://youtu.be/cinvIr-O1k8 – it was a finalist in the Australian Music Video Awards and has racked up nearly half a million YouTube views!  Learn more Parrot at www.facebook.com/kingparrotband/.

Check out BLOODSTOCK’s latest video trailer here and get excited for August!

Meanwhile, back at BOA HQ, we received some awesome news about ‘The Beast of Bloodstock’, our very own ale brewed by The Boot Beer microbrewery in Repton, Derbyshire.  It scooped the Gold Award in the CAMRA East Midlands Champion Beer of Britain ‘Strong Ale’ category!  ‘The Beast…’ at 6.66% alcohol is a hefty beast but has a luscious, dark chocolate and caramel character.  Now you want one, huh?!  If you like a strong ale, check it out and follow The Boot Beer’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheBootBeer.

If you fancy coming to BLOODSTOCK by coach, lock in your spot now to ensure you’re not disappointed!  BIG GREEN COACH have 21 departure cities for coaches directly to BLOODSTOCK in 2017; Birkenhead, Bournemouth, Bristol, Cardiff, Chester, Glasgow, Gloucester, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Newport, Oxford, Preston, Sheffield, Southampton, Sunderland, Swansea, and Worcester.  BIG GREEN COACH will bring you, all your camping gear, & beer supplies and drop you hassle free right inside the festival grounds.  Check out the details and secure your seat for only a tenner (with the rest payable in July) over at http://www.biggreencoach.co.uk/events/bloodstock-festival-tickets-coach-travel.

Already announced for 2017 are Friday’s headliners AMON AMARTH, Sunday’s headliners MEGADETH, plus ARCH ENEMY, BLIND GUARDIAN, HATEBREED, TESTAMENT, OBITUARY, BRUJERIA, WHITECHAPEL, SKINDRED, POSSESSED, ANNIHILATOR, MUNICIPAL WASTE, HELL, DECAPITATED, SOILWORK, CHELSEA GRIN, MACABRE, SCARAB, WINTERSUN and ONI.  Many more, including our Saturday headliner are still be announced!  Stay tuned to BLOODSTOCK’s social media at https://www.facebook.com/bloodstock and https://twitter.com/bloodstockfest for the latest!

BLOODSTOCK will take place at Catton Park, Derbyshire on 10th-13th August 2017.  Standard weekend camping tix are on sale at £139 (+ booking fee), plus increasingly limited VIP packages/upgrades and car parking tickets (at a cheaper price than ‘on the day’ purchase) from http://bloodstock.seetickets.com.  Children’s weekend tickets are also available, priced £35 (+ booking fee) and under 4’s go free!

http://www.arfm.co.uk – The Unchained Rock Show Mondays from 9pm