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The Distortion Project Presents:

WEAPON UK
http://www.weapon-uk.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Weapon.UK

From Weapon 1980 to Weapon (UK) 2014 – The Journey

‘Metallica opened its early live sets (and ‘Kill em all’ album) with ‘Hit the Lights’, a song that begins with a noisy two – chord flourish meant to evoke the opening of a concert. However, in a further illustration of NWOBHM’s important role in Metallica’s musical direction, the opening chords- drum fills and all seem to have been lifted directly from Weapon’s ‘Set the Stage alight’, the 1980 release from the influential fledgling NWOBHM band.

(C) Metallica Biography ‘Damage Incorporated’ Published 2006

March 1980
Danny Hynes places an ad in the wanted section of the UK’s legendary Melody Maker. He is looking for a band, just as Jeff Summers places one looking for a singer! Danny auditions and is offered the job in Jeff’s band ‘Fast Relief’. After several weeks in the studio and a couple of gigs under their belts, Danny and Jeff decide to replace the rhythm section. Danny recommends his best friend and bassist, Baz Downes, who played in his former band ‘Snatch’. Jeff calls in Bruce Bisland the young up and-coming Scottish drummer. One rehearsal, a name change, and ‘Weapon’ are formed.

A showcase for Laurie Dunn, then head of Virgin Publishing, result in the band being immediately signed to a worldwide deal with Virgin, then, after playing a gig at The Venue, London, Motorhead guitarist Eddie Clarke (who happened to be in the audience) suggested to the band that Weapon should support Motorhead on their forthcoming U.K. tour. Another showcase gig was hastily arranged at The Music Machine, Camden, for Motorhead and their management.

On the day of the showcase there had been a lot of tension and arguments within the band, to the point where they were on the verge of splitting up and by the time they hit the stage they were all full of aggression and pissed off with each other. This of course made for a great show. Basically they didn’t give a toss what happened. In the words of Lemmy: ‘Any band that can have that amount of contempt for their audience has to tour with us’ ! Weapon were offered (and of course, accepted) the tour.

The 32 date ‘Ace Up Your Sleeve’ UK Tour began on October 22nd 1980 at the Ipswich Gaunt and ended in November with a four-night stint at the world-famous Hammersmith Odeon. The band released one single, the double A-sided ‘Mad Mad World’ / ‘Set The Stage Alight’ The latter reaching number two in the Sounds heavy metal charts. They also recorded several tracks for an album to be called ‘Set The Stage Alight’ which didn’t actually see the light of day until 2003 when it was released on Zoom Club Records. The band toured for the next 18 months before management/contractual problems arose, forcing the band to split. The boys remained and still are the best of friends, so much so, that in Summer 2005, they re-grouped to celebrate what would have been their 25th anniversary.

After a couple of warm-up shows in London they headed of to Germany to play the Headbangers Open-Air Ball on Saturday 8th July, 2005. The boys then went their separate ways again, Danny returned to his band, Paddy Goes To Holyhead, Bruce to Andy Scott’s Sweet and Jeff to Statetrooper. Sadly, Baz, had to retire from live music due to illness.

Danny & Jeff would soon discuss the idea of getting the band back together and finish what they started all those years ago. Unfortunately, Bruce was unavailable due his commitments with Andy Scott’s Sweet and with the now retired Baz, a new rhythm section was needed. Enter drummer Ian Sweeting (The Risen) and bassist Gavin Cooper (Statetrooper). The new line-up debuted to a sold-out show at London’s premier rock venue, The Peel and were subsequently offered billing at the Hard Rock Hell Festival with Wasp and Queensryche.

Rave reviews and ecstatic audiences prompted the band to consider recording an album of new material with the now successful, new and invigorated line up.

January 2011
The band goes into the Scream Studios, Croydon and decide they should release a single with the new line up (the band’s first single in over 30 years!). A promo video was shot on the roof of The Harlequin Theatre in Redhill, Surrey and the Jeff Summers penned ‘Ready 4 U’ was digitally released worldwide on June 6th to rave reviews. The boys were then offered a spot at the Aero Rock Starz Festival in Bulgaria on July 9th but due to previous commitments Gavin wasn”t available so Jeff’s brother Gary stepped in and after just one rehearsal and a warm-up show, the boys flew out to Bulgaria to perform a blinding set in the 40 degrees heat. They certainly ‘Set The Stage Alight’

With Gavin ultimately unable to commit fully to the band, Danny recommends a friend of his, world-renowned session player PJ Phillips (Bill Liesegang/Glenn Hughes, Xero, Nina Hagen, Rod Stewart, Tom Jones, Vanessa-Mae, Cozy Powell etc.) This line-up get straight to work with shows in Italy (Diversemente Festival), Belgium (Negasonic) and the UK (Denim & Leather Festival, British Steel Festival etc.) and PJ fits in like a well-worn glove.

Back to Scream Studios, where work starts seriously on the new album. One memorable day being when Baz and Bruce came in to re-record ‘Killer Instinct’. The circle was complete. Danny and Jeff, the old and new rhythm sections, all together. There may have been a beer or two in the pub after that session.

Then, with the album finally mixed and major interest from several management and record companies everything was set to go when the band are hit with a legal action over the rights to the band name. This, frustratingly, delayed everything for over a year. To cut a very, very long story short they failed to renew the name they’d registered since 1980. With the threat of a lawsuit, the band decided to add (UK) to their name. So, here we are in April 2014, Weapon (UK)

with support from

RABID BITCH OF THE NORTH
https://www.facebook.com/NWOBHMRBOTN
http://www.rbotn.co.uk/
http://rabidbitchofthenorth.bandcamp.com/

CONJURING FATE.
https://www.facebook.com/ConjuringFate
http://conjuringfate.bandcamp.com/releases
http://www.reverbnation.com/conjuringfate

MIDNIGHT TRANSMISSION
https://www.facebook.com/MidnightTransmissionMusic
http://www.reverbnation.com/midnighttransmission

DONUM DEI
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Donum-De … 4665575849
https://soundcloud.com/donum_dei_uk

Saturday 8th November
The Limelight 2, Belfast.
Doors 4pm
Admission: £6.00.

http://www.thedistortionproject.com

**DRINKS PROMOS**

Absolut – £2.00
Jager – £2.00
Jack Daniels – £2.00
Bottles of Stella – £2.50
Bottles of Magners – £2.50

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The Distortion Project Presents:

WAYNE HUSSEY (THE MISSION) SOLO SHOW

“So, I’m having the run of the house for a month or so whilst the World Cup is on and a few friends are flying over from the UK to stay to be nearer the action. Even managed to finagle myself a ticket for the England Vs Uruguay game in Sao Paulo. In return I have promised Cin, the wife, an extension to be built on the back of the house once the World Cup final is done and dusted. The building’s gonna take at least a couple of months so I thought it best to get out of there and let them get on with it. What could I do to occupy my time? I know. Go on tour.
Hence, in a fallow year for The Mission (and our alter-ego The Blood Brothers) these solo shows. It’s been a while since I’ve played solo in the UK and mainland Europe and as September/October isn’t yet too cold in northern Europe it seems an ideal time. Anyway, I need to earn some money to pay for the house extension. Two birds an’ all that.I am working towards and hope to have a new solo album ready for release to coincide but I can’t confirm that 100% as I keep getting distracted by Liverpool’s now probable amazing run to the title and of course I will also be distracted by the World Cup throughout June and July. You try and make a record in a World Cup summer! it’s nigh on impossible.

Anyway, I daresay I will have some new songs to play along with solo versions of some well known and lesser known Mission songs and the occasional cover version. Sing-a-longs guaranteed as well as a promise not to tell the same stories and jokes every night or to play the same set twice. See you there!”

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wayne-Hu … 4635321823
https://www.facebook.com/themissionuk
http://themissionuk.com/wp/


Tuesday 11th November
Voodoo Belfast – Fountain Street.
Doors 8pm

Tickets (£15.00) will be available from DV8 Belfast – www.ticketmaster.ie and all Ticketmaster outlets – Tel: 0844 277 445. On sale this week!

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The Distortion Project Presents

PROTEST THE HERO (Canada – Spinefarm)
http://www.facebook.com/protestthehero

THE FACELESS (USA – Sumerian)
https://www.facebook.com/thefaceless

THE CONTORTIONIST (USA – Good Fight)
https://www.facebook.com/thecontortionist

PALM READER
https://www.facebook.com/wearepalmreader

Saturday 29th November
The Limelight 2, Belfast
Doors 5pm **EARLY SHOW**. 18 +

Tickets (£20) on sale now from from DV8 Belfast, http://www.ticketmsater.ie/ and all Ticketmaster outlets. Tel: 0844 277 44 55

Ticketmaster link:

http://www.ticketmaster.ie/protest-the-hero-belfast-11-29-2014/event/38004CE78FB00BC0?artistid=976005&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=1

 

 

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The Distortion Project proudly presents the return of ANGRY CHAIR – Dublin’s premier ALICE IN CHAINS tribute to Belfast after a 2 year absence. Details below.

ANGRY CHAIR – A TRIBUTE TO ALICE IN CHAINS
Formed originally in 2007, Alice In Chains tribute band ANGRY CHAIR, combines members of some of the tightest bands on the Dublin music scene. Moe (Jerry) and Christopher (Mike) are best known from grunge/metal powerhouse Syllian Rayle, while Marky (Layne) also fronts I’d Fight Ghandi and Frantica, a tribute to Metallica.

With a string of gigs under the belt of each member, the band came together from a mutual love of the music of Alice in Chains, an unrivalled passion to perform, and a desire to deliver a sound worthy of the memory of the late Layne Staley.

https://www.facebook.com/AngryChairIreland
http://www.reverbnation.com/angrychairatributetoaliceinchains

Plus Support TBC.

Saturday 13th September.
The Limelight 2, Belfast.
Doors 5pm.
Admission: £8.00 – pay on door.

**DRINKS PROMOS**

Absolut – £2.00
Jager – £2.00
Jack Daniels – £2.00
Bottles of Stella – £2.50
Bottles of Magners – £2.50

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Here is a complete list of upcoming Distortion Project shows.  Saturday 31st May shall be announced shortly!

Saturday 17th May. The Organ Grinders + 84 + The Ruby Cortinas + Boozehounds. Limelight 2. 5pm, £5.00
Saturday 24th May. Katabolisis + By Conquest or Consent + Aesect. Limelight 2. 5pm, £5.00
Saturday 31st May.  TBC.
Saturday 7th June. Conjuring Fate + Astralnaut + Donum Dei + September Cross. Limelight 2. 5pm, £5.00
Thursday 12th June. Avatar + TBC. Oh Yeah Centre. 7pm, £12.00**
Saturday 14th June. Rabid Bitch of the North + Rule of Six +TBC. Limelight 2. 5pm, £5.00
Monday 14th July. Onslaught + Artillery + Hatroit. Limelight 2. 8pm, £16.50**
Tuesday 15th July. Inquisition + Malathusian + Zom.  Voodoo Belfast. 8pm, £12.00
Wednesday 6th August. Prong + TBC. Limelight 2. 8pm, £17.50**
Monday 11th August. Tim “Ripper” Owens + Sinocence + Sandstone + Rabid Bitch of the North. Voodoo Belfast. 8pm, £12.00**
Saturday 23rd August. Mordred + Furyon. Limelight 2. 5.30pm, £16.50**
Thursday 18th September. Anathema. Limelight 2. 8pm, £20.00**
Friday 19th September. Carcass + Coldwar. Limelight 1. 8pm, £25.00**
Friday 31st October. Orange Goblin + St. Vitus. Limelight 2. 5pm, £20.00**

**Tickets on sale from from DV8 Belfast, ticketmaster.ie, and 22 Ticketmaster outlets provincewide. Telephone Hotline: 0844 277 44 55

Get liking the new DP Facebook page too!

https://www.facebook.com/thedistortionproject

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The Distortion Project By Arrangement With Northern Music Presents

‘Satellites Over Europe 2014’

ANATHEMA
http://www.anathema.ws/
https://www.facebook.com/weareanathema

New album ‘Distant Satellites’ out June 9th on KScope

Plus Support

Thursday 18th September
The Limelight 2, Belfast
Doors 8pm

Tickets (£20) are on sale from DV8 Belfast,http://www.ticketmaster.ie and 22 Ticketmaster outlets province-wide. Telephone Hotline: 0844 277 44 55

Anathema Belfast 2014 web
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The Distortion Project, with Seaside Touring Presents

PRONG

http://www.prongmusic.com/
http://www.facebook.com/prongmusic
https://twitter.com/prongmusic
http://www.youtube.com/OfficialProng

Plus Support

Wednesday 6th August
The Limelight 2, Belfast
Doors 8pm

Tickets (£17.50) will be available from DV8 Belfast, http://www.ticketmaster.ie and 22 Ticketmaster outlets provincewide. Telephone Hotline: 0844 277 44 55. On sale Monday 19th May at 10am

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The Distortion Project Presents

INQUISITION
https://www.facebook.com/inquisition.official
http://www.last.fm/music/Inquisition

Plus support

MALTHUSIAN
https://www.facebook.com/malthusianDM

ZOM
https://www.facebook.com/pages/ZOM/195971213790266
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IkxOpyYqGZM&feature=related

Tuesday 15th July 2014
Voodoo Belfast
Doors 8pm
Admission: £12 on the door

Biography

The band Inquisition was formed in 1988 in Cali, Colombia by Dagon. The band started as a thrash metal act, and in 1994 evolved into raw black metal.

In 1996, Dagon left Colombia and moved back to the United States to continue Inquisition and search for a new drummer. That same year Dagon met Incubus, who joined the band on drums and the creation of their debut full length album began. This line-up has remained stable for more than fifteen years and is now seen as the classic Inquisition line-up.

INQUISITION style of black metal involves slow, deep and dark riffing combined with sudden tempo changes to faster sections based around blast beats and high-speed riffing; at times adding melodic solos. The classic Inquisition sound incorporates a combination of early era thrash metal-influenced riffing with darker and more chaotic black metal, primarily involving fast, tremolo picked minor-key guitar riffs, thus creating the trademark “Inquisition sound”.

inquisition-belfast

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Fresh from touring as main support with AVENGED SEVENFOLD, AVATAR will be returning to Belfast on THURSDAY12th JUNE. This will be a 14+ show, with no alcohol served. Full details below.

The Distortion Project By Arrangement With TKO Presents

AVATAR

http://www.avatar.net/

https://www.facebook.com/avatarmetal
http://www.youtube.com/avatartube
http://www.twitter.com/AVATARmetal

Plus Support

Thursday 12th June 2014
The Oh Yeah Centre, 15-21 Gordon St, Belfast
Doors 7pm
14+ – No Alcohol Served

Tickets (£12)are now on sale from DV8 Belfast, www.ticketmaster.ie and 22 Ticketmaster outlets province-wide. Telephone Hotline: 0844 277 44 55.

Here is the ticketmaster link.

http://www.ticketmaster.ie/avatar-belfast-06-12-2014/event/38004C87E3C213C0?artistid=1451312&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=200

The Oh Yeah Centre is located in the Cathedral Quarter of Belfast. For more information, e-mail the_distortion_project@hotmail.com

www.thedistortionproject.com
www.ohyeahbelfast.com/

Avatar belfast

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The Distortion Project Presents

CARCASS
https://www.facebook.com/OfficialCarcass
http://bit.ly/carcass-ss-nb

Plus Support:

COLDWAR
https://www.facebook.com/thisiscoldwar

http://www.thisiscoldwar.net/

Friday 19th September
The Limelight 1, Belfast
Doors 8pm

Tickets (£25) are on sale from DV8 Belfast, ticketmaster.ie and 22 Ticketmaster outlets provincewide. Telephone Hotline: 0844 277 44 55.

Here’s the Ticketmaster link:

http://www.ticketmaster.ie/carcass-belfast-09-19-2014/event/38004C6D9CCE0E06?artistid=1234805&majorcatid=10001&minorcatid=200

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