According to Birmingham Mail, a music craftsman in Birmingham, England has just delivered a cherry red SG guitar to cancer-stricken BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi. He is now working on another, which will be ready for Tony — who is battling lymphoma — in two months.

Both are replicas of Tony‘s famous “Monkey” SG, crafted by John in 1975. Now in mothballs, the guitar is one of the most famous in the world.

John — head of Jaydee Custom Guitars, a family business he runs with sons Mike and Andy — told the Birmingham Mail Iommi wants a collection of the instruments, all given a “fatigued” finish so they look old.

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EMI has set a March 26 release date for “En Vivo!”, the new concert Blu-Ray, two-DVD set and double soundtrack album from legendary British metallers IRON MAIDEN.
“En Vivo!” was filmed on April 10, 2011 in front of over 50,000 ecstatic fans at the Estadio Nacional, Santiago during the “Round The World In 66 Days” leg of “The Final Frontier World Tour”, and captures a magnificent performance by the band, ardently embraced by the legendary Latino passion and energy of their Chilean fans. With spectacular stage backdrops, dynamic musicianship and a literally jaw-dropping appearance by Eddie, this live show encapsulates to perfection the heart and soul of IRON MAIDEN 2011.

IRON MAIDEN bass player and founder member Steve Harris comments: “For ‘The Final Frontier Tour’ it was really important to me that we filmed in South America as we’re always so overwhelmed by the fans’ reaction when we go to that part of the world and I wanted to reflect that in the filming. After much consideration, we chose the Santiago show as we felt it was one of our best performances of the entire tour and to play at the prestigious Estadio Nacional was a landmark moment for us. For reasons known to our fans, it took a long time before we got to play our first show in Chile, and once we did get to play a show, the response was so phenomenal we just had to keep coming back and it’s got better and better each time!

This show also features the gigantic new Eddie. He wasn’t due to make his appearance until our European leg of the tour later in 2011, but we managed to transport him across the sea in a special huge container just in time for the latter end of the South American dates so it was great we were able to immortalize him for the DVD as he really has to be seen to be believed!”

The concert was filmed digitally using 22 HD cameras and an octocam (a flying camera which captures aerial crowd scenes), recorded in both stereo and 5.1 audio and mixed by MAIDEN‘s longstanding producer Kevin “Caveman” Shirley, all of which serves to accentuate the incredible atmosphere of this compelling performance. Extensive use is made of split screens so fans can follow the individual members closer and the set list moves seamlessly between songs from MAIDEN‘s most recent studio album, 2010’s “The Final Frontier”, through to classic fan favourites via the band’s vast and varied catalogue (full set listing below).

DVD Disc Two is a bonus disc containing an 88-minute documentary, “Behind The Beast”. This is also an entirely in-house production by MAIDEN‘s own Krew, led by Andy Matthews, and is intended as an interesting and revealing high-quality “home movie” for their fans of how to put on an IRON MAIDEN tour and what goes on behind the scenes at a show. It describes the extraordinary story of one of the most acclaimed and ambitious touring shows in the world. It illustrates the day-to-day life and complex tasks of the MAIDEN Killer Krew and the other characters behind the scenes. The expertise and experience, the problem-solving and successes, the sheer scale and immense difficulties of the undertaking comes to life through the day-to-day coverage of the tour and the background work of the crews in sound, lighting, carpentry, production and set design. As well as interviews with the IRON MAIDEN crew, it interweaves anecdotes from the band and their fans, and includes footage of the live show in this comprehensive guide to the intricacies of staging massive, live stadium shows around the world out of the belly of a Boeing 757. The bonus disc also contains an extended version of the promo video “Satellite 15…The Final Frontier”, a video about the making of “Satellite 15…The Final Frontier” plus the opening video sequence to “The Final Frontier World Tour”.

In addition to the Blu-Ray, the two-DVD will initially be available as a limited-edition double DVD in collectors’ steel book case and double vinyl picture disc. As well as a traditional two-CD soundtrack album, “En Vivo!” will be available as a digital download CD soundtrack album and digital download video.

MAIDEN‘s “Final Frontier World Tour 2010-11” saw the band circumnavigating the planet for the third time in their customized Boeing 757, Ed Force One, piloted by lead singer Bruce Dickinson, and playing 98 shows in 36 countries to over 2 million fans.
DVD Disc One – “Live At Estadio Nacional, Santiago” (approximate running time: 120 minutes)

01. Satellite 15

02. The Final Frontier

03. El Dorado

04. 2 Minutes To Midnight

05. The Talisman

06. Coming Home

07. Dance Of Death

08. The Trooper

09. The Wicker Man

10. Blood Brothers

11. When The Wild Wind Blows

12. The Evil That Men Do

13. Fear Of The Dark

14. Iron Maiden

15. The Number Of The Beast

16. Hallowed Be Thy Name

17. Running Free

Bonus Disc – DVD Disc Two “Behind The Beast” (approximate running time: 102 minutes)

01. “Behind The Beast” documentary

02. “Satellite 15…The Final Frontier” promo video (director’s cut)

03. “The Making of Satellite 15…The Final Frontier” promo

04. “The Final Frontier World Tour” Show Intro

Check out a trailer for “En Vivo!” below.

New Jersey thrash metal veterans OVERKILL will release their new album, “The Electric Age”, in North America on March 27 via eOne Music. The CD will be made available in Europe on March 30 through Nuclear Blast Records.

“The Electric Age” was recorded and mixed at Gain Studios in New Jersey, owned and operated by OVERKILL bassist D.D. Verni.
OVERKILL will embark on the “Killfest 2” headlining tour in April/May. Support on the trek will come from BELPHEGOR, ABORTED, BLACKGUARD, SYSTEM DIVIDE and DIAMOND PLATE.

OVERKILL‘s latest CD, “Ironbound”, sold 4,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 192 on The Billboard 200 chart. The effort landed at No. 4 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

OVERKILL‘s previous album, “Immortalis”, opened with 2,800 units back in October 2007.

“Ironbound” was released on February 9, 2010 via E1 Music (formerly KOCH Records). The CD, which was issued in Europe on January 29, 2010 via Nuclear Blast Records, was mixed by PAIN/HYPOCRISY mainman Peter Tägtgren and is described in a press release as “a true thrasher-piece.”

OVERKILL is Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth (vocals), D.D. Verni (bass, backing vocals), Derek “The Skull” Tailer (rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Dave Linsk (lead guitar, backing vocals) and Ron Lipnicki (drums).

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