Not one but two BA posts this morning, don't ever say we're not good to you. To be honest the real reason we split the posts up was to avoid any fighting between the various fringe lengths of the fans, for this week a host of hard, heavy and less than hirsute shows have been lined up.
In the grumbly crumbly corner, the Hyde Park Calling festival, which we mentioned a few weeks back has finally been announced with tautologous titanic behemoths The Who headlining on Sunday 2nd July, with Razorlight, Primal Scream and Ocean Colour Scene (do they spell it Color when they're in the US?). No fighting backstage there then, and on Saturday 1st, Roger Waters does Dark Side Of The Moon in it's entirety alongside Texas and Starsailor. With that kind of a support bill, we recommend you drop the acid BEFORE you leave the Underground.
Of equally monster status are genial West Ham supporters Iron Maiden, who are back with a new album and tour later in the year. And about time too. Tickets for their almost annual Earls Court show on the 22nd December go on sale next Friday. The Maiden will be supported by up and coming Maiden fans, Trivium. Ahhh.
Finally, fans of lavish pomp metal will have played at least 15 copies of Queensryche's Operation Mindcrime to death by now. And although it's not a London show, you might want to get yourself a ticket to Manchester where you can see them play through their Chan Wook Park-esque revenge tragedy, Operation Mindcrime 2. The Manchester Academy will be the place to be on 4th June. And if you find yourself lost and bloodied in Manc's cobbled streets, you can say you were just doing what they told you... told you... told you (that's a bad joke for fans by the way)
UPDATE: How could we have forgotten the wonderfully insane Beatallica, and yes that's just as you expect it to be, playing with the Punkles on the Beatles TRash Night Tour 2006, Wednesday April 26 at the Camden Underworld