[2010.08.08]

Press release and European Tour

Metal legends Vicious Rumors announces a new European Tour, starting up with a warm up gig at the Avalon Ballroom in Santa Clara, then off to tear through Europe with its legendary live performances. A list of upcoming shows can be seen here and new dates are pending confirmations.

Vicious Rumors are back in the studio recording there 10Th studio CD!! Geoff Thorpe and the band have 12 new crushing tracks and will unleash the new album early next year 2011. VR is recording at trident studios in N.California. The CD will be produced by Geoff Thorpe and Juan Urteaga.

Special guest Eric Peterson ( Testament/Dragonlord) and Brad Gillis (Night Ranger/Ozzy)  will all burn insane guitar solos along with Geoff and Kiyoshi . Brian Allen has been confirmed on lead vocals  with Larry Howe, Stephen Goodwin and Kiyoshi Morgan completing the line up.
 
VR will headline a European tour from Oct 9 to Nov 13 2010. VR will Co-Headline the Keep it true festival in Germany in April 2011 with a special tribute to Carl Albert Featuring Kevin Albert on Vocals (Carl's Son) along with former members Mark McGee and Tommy Sisco. For over 30 years Vicious Rumors continues to be one of the American power metal giants. Soaring Vocals, Monster guitars, Killer solos, Thunder for drums and bass. The best is yet to come!!!!

[2009.10.10]

VICIOUS RUMORS Press release

"Warball is on!" California Bay area Masters of Metal "Vicious Rumors" are invading Europe this November to celebrate 30 years of Vintage American Metal!

After VR's amazing sold out performance headlining the Headbangers Open Air Festival in 2009, VR is ready to rip it up again in Germany!

VR is headlining 9 shows in 5 country's before returning home to record their new studio album in follow up to their previous release "Warball". VR shows in Holland will feature special guest "Martyr

Vicious Rumors will finish their 9 date tour headlining the "Pounding Metal Fest" on Nov 21 at the "Live Factory" in Adelsheim Germany with 5 international bands.

Stay tuned for more info soon .

Older News

Older Reviews:

Warball reviews:

KNAC.com

revelationz.net

maximummetal.com

metal-archives.com

metal-observer.com

metalexpressradio.com

Live Review: 

Digital Steel

Metal to Infinity

Den of Iniquity

Rockpages.gr

musicmirror.de

VR at the Last Day Saloon

Crushing the World: Review, Review2, Review3, Review4, Review5, Review6

Classic Reviews: Soldiers of the NightWelcome to the Ball

[2009.08.27]

imageVR to play at the little fox with Taunted

Vicious Rumors will play at the Little Fox with Taunted on September 24th. Don't miss this chance to catch VR live!

[2009.03.20]

VR to take part in South Texas Rockfest

Vicious Rumors is proud to annouce they will be part of the SouthTexas rockfest in San Antonio, TX on May 22nd to 24th. More dates and details coming soon.

[2009.02.04]

VR to take part in Nightmare Metal Fest II

Vicious Rumors will play during the Nightmare Metal Fest II, which will be held March 20-21 at the Warehouse in San Antonio, Texas.

[2008.12.17]

VR to headline Headbanger's Open Air festival 2009

Vicious Rumors confirms the 2009 Headbangers Open Air festival in Germany. Geoff Thorpe, Larry Howe, Stephen Goodwin, Kiyoshi Morgan and Ronnie Stixx of VR will headline both the club and Thursday night at HOA.

In tribute to the bands 30 years of metal VR will welcome back Gary St Pierre, vocalist on the bands first album: Soldiers of the night.

Gary will sit in on classic songs from the first album at the Headbangers Open Air During VRs set on Thursday July 23rd exclusively as a special event. VR will also Headline the Pre-festival club show on July 22 at Planet Alsen in Itzehoe, Germany. Our current line up will play at all shows and we're all looking forward to have a great time with Gary on the classic stuff at HOA . VR has been kicking ass on the road in the USA and Europe in 2008 and will start recording their upcoming CD in Early 2009.

[2008.11.12]

VR Forum

Please take note that Nocturnal Horde is going through an update of their website in the upcoming days, access to the VR forum might be slow or non-existent for a few days. Thank you.

[2008.09.08]

Vicious Rumors confirms additional European date

German fans will be glad to know VR will play at Planet Alsen, more details here

[2008.09.08]

Vicious Rumors US & European dates

Metal warriors Vicious Rumors will return to the Kennel Club in Sacramento, Ca Sept. 13th. This is the first of 4 great shows in Northern California. VR rocks the Fat Cat on Sept, 14 in Modesto and Betty's rock club in Walnut Creek on Sept. 18th along with (Actor) Thomas Ian Nicholas and Woman. Then VR is this years special guest at the 3rd annual Monster fest Sept. 20th at Merced Fairgrounds in Merced, Ca along with Damage Inc., Izzy Osbourn plus 16 great bands.

Vicious Rumors, Laaz Rockit and Mudface team up for a brutal show at the Voodoo Lounge in San Jose, Ca Oct. 15th. Then its off to Europe as VR has been confirmed to Headline the Rocktemple in Kerkrade, NL on Nov. 8th and Mario's Metal Meeting 2 on Nov. 9th, In Tilburg, NL also on the bill is Wolf (Sweden) Shadow Keep (UK) Courageous (Germany) Arctic Flame (USA) VR has also just confirmed the Support slot on The Firewind Tour in Spain on Nov. 14th -17th.

We are very excited to return to Spain, we are looking forward to seeing all our fans again... Vicious Rumors will perform a very special classic set for the European tour songs that have not been performed in over 14 years from early albums such as Soldiers of the Night, Digital Dictator, Vicious Rumors, Welcome to the Ball and the latest release Warball. VR just finished a run of shows in Texas, California, Oregon, Nevada over the summer with Great reviews of the live show. This will conclude the 25 city 2008 Hellraiser Tour around the world. .

We have been in Pre-production for the new Studio CD to be released next year. So don't miss your chance to catch the Power Metal Giants Vicious Rumors when the VR ball rolls through your town. In addition we would to Thank Our Friends that been there for us on all our gear needs. Vicious Rumors proudly uses Sfarzo Strings, Dean Guitars, EMG pickups, Gibson Guitars, Hi Watt Cabs, Peavey, Dunlop, Samson and Nady Wireless.

A huge VR Thanks to all our Partner Company's and especially our FANS!

VR is Geoff Thorpe, Larry Howe, Ronnie Stixx, Stephen Goodwin and Kiyoshi Morgan

[2008.08.30]

New US Dates added

VR confirms additional dates for September.

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[2008.08.03]

Additional US Dates

Vicious Rumors confirms dates for September and October. Don't miss this chance to catch VR Live!

[2008.05.05]

VR Announces US Dates

Vicious Rumors is back on the road! Delivering Metal to cities across America this Summer the plans include 20 cities. Look for VR on tour with Phantom X, Leatherwolf, and Garden Of Eden plus many more to come. The VR ball rolls through the USA!!

[2008.03.20]

VR Announces New Lineup

Vicious Rumors new Axe man Kiyoshi Morgan completes the 2008 line up. Kiyo is a long time SF bay area pro playing lead guitar in several tribute bands covering styles of Slayer,Priest,Maiden & Alice in chains.With the support of Gibson Guitars and Sfarzo Strings Kiyo has found an identity in Vicious Rumors as an old school Rock and Metal guitarist with powerful anthem riffs and blistering yet musical leads.

"Kiyo just fit in and sounded great!! Our guitar styles blend really well and this guy can shred!! Our new line up is as strong as ever. I cant wait to unleash the new VR beast" Geoff Thorpe said on Kiyo and the new line up.

The new line up is Geoff Thorpe guitar/voc, Larry Howe drums/voc, Stephen Goodwin bass/voc Ronnie Stixx- lead voc Kiyoshi Morgan - guitar

Kiyoshi Morgan

[2008.02.22]

VR New Live Dates Announced

Vicious Rumors has just added these 4 killer shows. First a headline date at the Kennel Club in Sacramento on 3/22 and then a double header on 3/29. VR joins Testament, Sadus and Laaz Rockit for a crushing bay area show and line up. Then later that night VR will headline the Britannia Arms in Cupertino. Then back with Testament on 3/30. Don't miss the first shows with the killer new line up. The VR ball picks up speed with more dates coming soon.

[2008.01.16]

PRESS RELEASE

2008 brings VR back in the studio for a new CD. Pre-production has been in full swing. 12 new songs will be recorded. The production team of Geoff Thorpe and Juan Urteaga at Trident studios in Pacheco Ca. will record and mix the new disk. After the high critical acclaim of the Warball Cd, VR strikes back with another killer classic power metal offering. Some of the tracks to look for are Murderball, From Fear to Eternity & Over the Edge.

New songs, New line up, New Cd . Look for VR back on tour this year.

The hunt for the next VR lead singer has been on. Warriors from all over the world have stepped up to the plate!! We have had some great vocalist try out and it looks like we have a hard choice to make. We plan to finish all the additions and announce our new singer next month. The VR machine keeps rolling as the ball picks up speed!! .Shows are being booked. We look forward to unleashing the new line up soon.

Thanks so much to all our friends and fans world wide who always stay with us!!! We had such a great time with all of you last year!!! Vicious Rumors strikes back in 2008!

[2007.11.15]

PRESS RELEASE

Vicious Rumors would like to thank all the fans and friends who supported the band over the last year on the World War Tour. We had a great time with everyone at all the shows in the USA, Europe & Japan. As the Warball tour ends the band is now in pre production for a new studio CD to be released next year.


Even tho the band has gone through many changes over the years VR has maintained a solid force in US power metal over the last 25 years. VR has already written several new songs for the new CD to follow up Warball . Due to artistic differences singer James Rivera is no longer in VR. James was let go after the European tour in Sept '07. Recently James Rivera has issued a statement saying VR was Broken up after his departure with a list of other personal problems. We understand that Helstar is his true love and passion and wish them all the best.

VR moves forward to next year with a new CD and a new lineup.After 25 years, 12 Cd's & countless tours in no way has Vicious Rumors split up. You cant kill rock n roll..

Look for VR on tour with a new CD in 2008.

[2007.08.01]

NEW LIVE DATE IN AUGUST

VR will play at the Phoenix Theater on August 16. Don't miss this chance to see VR Live!

[2007.07.17]

FINAL EUROPEAN TOUR DATES!

VR On tour in Europe with Agent Steel and guest. The final dates are in, Check the VR Live Schedule

[2007.06.07]

MORE LIVE DATES!

New dates in August for Sacramento and Monterey. Check the VR Live Schedule

[2007.05.26]

ADDITIONAL LIVE DATES

There has been a flurry of additions to the VR Live schedule

[2007.04.02]

MILWAUKEE METALFEST DATE CORRECTION

Take note that VR will play the Milwaukee Metalfest on the 11th!

[2007.04.02]

BANG YOUR HEAD 2007!

The rumors are true!! VR has just confirmed 2 shows at this years Bang Your Head Festival 07 in Germany with Heaven & Hell (Black Sabbath w/Dio) On June 22nd 2007.

VR will also Headline the Bang Your Head Club party on June 21st 2007. Fans can vote for there fave VR songs at the BYH web site. VR returns to Europe This summer @ BYH 07. VR will do a headline tour of Europe this September with Agent Steel and After All. Don't miss VR and the new CD Warball when they roll through your town on the World War Tour 07.

[2007.03.22]

MILWAUKEE METAL FEST 2007

VR has just confirmed the Milwaukee Metal Festival on May 12. This is the first time for VR at one of americas most well known fetivals. The World War Tour Rolls on through the USA this summer. More dates to be announced soon. VR will Headline Europe with Agent Steel & After All In September. As the Warball CD continues to gain momentum. Stay tuned for more News.

[2007.02.16]

VICIOUS RUMORS WARBALL ROLLS ON!

Vicious rumors has just confirmed a USA distribution deal with The End Records out of New York. American VR fans and friends can now get VRs new CD Warball Right here at home in stores, on line and at viciousrumors.com. Just in time for VRs World War Tour.

VR & Agent Steel will tour together All over Europe in September of 07 Date are being booked now!! This is the Mascot Records ultimate power package. European fans can count on seeing a full set from both bands.

More info coming soon.

[2007.02.13]

VICIOUS RUMORS WORLD WAR TOUR '07

Vicious Rumors new CD Warball is Rolling full speed World wide as VR get ready to tour the USA.VR has already toured Europe with Beyond Fear in Nov 06 and got rave reviews on there live show.

Warball was #4 in Rock Hard Magazine and #4 in Heavy Magazine in Germany Top 5 in Arrdshock Magazine Holland and 8.4 of 10 in Burrn Magazine And a full spread in Young Guitar in Japan. Journalist Fish from KNAC.com called Warball a A Sherman tank on a roller coaster!!!!! Mark Gromen of BWBK put Warball in his top 6 of 06.

Stephen Goodwin Has been touring with VR on the Bass and will fill in for Dave Starr who recently left the band. We wish Dave good luck with his new Group WildeStarr.

VR Starts the US tour at home Feb 23 505 club in Santa Rosa Ca and Sat Feb 24 at Roosters Roadhouse in Alameda Ca. Dates in March are booked in Texas with Eternity black & Omen. Dates in Florida with Crimson Glory and gigs in Ohio with guest Law of Destruction featuring members of Beyond Fear.The ball rolls on to Puerto Rico,LA, San Diego,Las Vegas & All over the US In 2007

Vicious Rumors will Return to Japan for 2 shows in Tokyo at Club Quattro with guest Riot on April 18 & 19 07. A tour of Europe in June with guest Agent Steel That will include Major festivals are all in the works now. Check the concert section for tour dates.

Don't miss Warball LIVE!!!!!! when VR rolls through your town. Vicious Rumors World War Tour 07 Warball CD available at viciousrumors.com and on tour all year in 07 The Warballs ON!!!!

[2007.01.30]

Updated Tour dates!

Additional information and dates available in the Concerts section.

[2007.01.20]

New Tour dates!

New tour dates announced: check out the Concerts section.

This month VR will be playing with Testament and Ruffians on Jan 27th in San Francisco, CA.at The Independant

 

[2006.11.02]

Tour dates update GERMANY

A new date in Ludwisburg has been added Nov. 9th. Details here

Also a new pre-tour interview is available on YouTube.

[2006.10.18]

Tour dates update SPAIN

Note that the November 16th date has been updated here

[2006.10.11]

Tour dates U.S.A. : San Francisco

Note that the SF Show on October 20th is now scheduled to happen on the 21st of October.

[2006.10.01]

More tour dates, U.S.A.!

Three new dates to see VR Live, this time in the U.S. in San Francisco, Santa Rosa and Alameda. More in the Concerts section.

Press Release

VICIOUS RUMORS “WARBALL” RECEIVING RAVE REVIEWS WORLDWIDE

Vicious Rumors upcoming release, “Warball”, has been receiving
outstanding reviews worldwide. The media throughout Europe and Japan
have been unanimous in their praises for “Warball”.

Rock Hard and Heavy, the two largest rock magazines in Germany, just
released their rating for the Top 30 new releases for October 06. VR’s
“Warball” came in at #4 in both publications with Rock Hard giving it a
“10x – Dynamite” rating.

Vicious Rumors will be doing a European tour with Beyond Fear and
Courageous from Oct. 31st to Nov. 19th. Following this tour VR has just
confirmed 2 headlining shows in Tokyo, Japan.

[2006.09.08]

Tour dates updated.

Please take note the venue change for the Nov.12. The location is now l'Élysée Montmartre.

[2006.09.08]

Tour and release dates update!

VR has confirmed the World War Tour to start Oct. 31 through Nov. 19 with Beyond Fear and Courageous. VR and the new CD Warball rolls through Europe this November. For dates and venues please check the Concerts section . Click for Full Size

Warball will be out this October on Mascot Records in Europe. VR has also just signed a recording contract with Avalon/Marquee for Japan and Asia. Warball comes out there on Oct. 21. Vicious Rumors returns to Japan with a tour to follow, stay tuned!!. Warball comes out in the USA Oct. 21 more details soon.

[2006.09.07]

Warball Samples!

That's right, just updated in the Multimedia section there are two samples of VR's upcoming work, samples from Sonic Rebellion and Mr. Miracle. Why not have a listen and talk about it in the VR Forum!

[2006.09.02]

New Tour Dates

New tour dates have been added to the Concerts section for October and November. Check and get your tickets in advance for this chance to see VR Live!!

[2006.08.01]

News and updates!

VICIOUS RUMORS new cd, WARBALL, has just been completed. WARBALL, VR's ninth studio album and twelfth official release was recorded, mixed and mastered by Juan J. Urteaga at Trident Studios in Pacheco, CA.(www.tridentstudios.com)and was produced by Geoff Thorpe and Juan J. Urteaga. WARBALL features Geoff Thorpe re-united with original members Larry Howe (drums/vocals) and Dave Starr (bass guitar). "It felt great to have the original nucleus together again. Larry and Dave are a tight knit veteran rhythm section whose years of working together definitely helped create the metal mayhem on WARBALL", Geoff says.

Also joining Vicious Rumors is vocal legend James Rivera (Hellstar, Seven Witches) demonstrating his vocal mastery with a wide range of vocal styles on WARBALL that Metal fans worldwide will soon be witness to.

Brad Gillis (Ozzy Osbourne/Night Ranger) makes a very special guest appearance on five songs blowing some crazy guitar solos and harmonies with Geoff. Brad's legendary performance taking over for the late Randy Rhoads in Ozzy can not be forgotten. Multi-platinum success with Night Ranger followed, but now Brad returns to Metal in 2006 in Vicious Rumors with WARBALL.

S.F. Bay Area guitarist, Thaen Rasmussen, (Anvil Chorus)lends his hands on three songs and will be touring with VR following the cd's release. Thaen's monster guitar playing is a perfect fit on WARBALL.

WARBALL features ten new original songs. Some of the titles to look for are: "Sonic Rebellion", "Mr. Miracle", "Dying Every Day", "Immortal" and the title track, "WARBALL". The cd will be released this October 2006 on Mascot Records with the World War Tour to follow. WARBALL...more solos, more double-bass, more sub-sonic thunder, more Metal!

[2006.05.04]

News and updates!

Congratulations to Carl ALbert's son, Keven Albert, guitarist for Bay Area thrash band, Kaos who will be filling in on guitar with Ulysses Siren at the Headbanger's Open Air Festival in Germany with Candlemass, Girlschool and many others. Give 'em Hell Keven!!

Meanwhile, VR will be busy mixing the tracks they've just finished
recording and planning the tour for their upcoming cd, Sonic Rebellion.

The material was recorded at Trident Studios in Pacheco, CA by Juan
Oretga and includes guitarists Brad Gillis and Thaen Rassmussen. Sonic Rebellion is scheduled for release in Oct./Nov. 2006 with a tour to follow. All you hardcore VR fans are going to love this new cd, even the rough mixes sound RIPPING!!

Stay tuned for more info..

[2006.04.04]

Reviews and Interview

Reviews from Belgium and Germany available at right in the Reviews section, as well as an interview with Geoff at MetalFrontiers.com

[2006.02.24]

VR Studio Updates

Go to the VR Forum and check out Dave Starr's studio updates for the studio recording of VR's upcoming album.

VR Live Date Change

Note that the show initially announced in Madrid, Spain, on March 11th has been indefinitely postponed. Thank you.

[2006.02.17]

VR In the Studio

VR will be entering studio on Feb. 20th to start work on their upcoming CD. The band is excited to bring together their collective firepower to record their new material for you!

[2006.02.15]

Additional Show Date

Saturday, March 11th
Copernico, Madrid, Spain

Don't miss this chance to catch VR Live!!

[2006.02.09]

New Dates

VR is pleased to annouce additional dates for March in Europe:

Wed. March 8th in Ghent, Belgium
Thu. March 9th in Frankfurt, Germany
Friday, March 10th in Granada, Spain

More details here

[2005.12.24]

Best Wishes

The whole VR family offers fans and all their best wishes for the festive season, and a happy new year! 2006 will see the VR ball scorching and roaring back with a vengeance!

[2005.12.11]

Official VR Lineup - First pictures

Brand new VR Pictures are available in the Gallery

Also there is a brand new Interview in German available at Steelmag

[2005.12.02]

VR at the Atarfe Vega Rock Festival

VR confirms it will be part of the Atarfe Vega Rock Festival in Granada, Spain on March 10th and 11th, 2006. VR will be playing with a few other big names like Behemoth, Crematory, Gamma Ray, In Extremo, Masterplan, Monsorrow, To/Die/For, Nuclear Assault, Testament, Ten, Twisted Sister.

Be sure not to miss this event!! VR Live in Spain!

VR also has it's own entry in Wikipedia!

[2005.11.04]

VR Announces New Lineup

The VR family welcomes Brad Gillis and James Rivera to the band! The
veteran, all-star lineup is now complete.

Brad Gillis (Ozzy Osbourne, Night Ranger) returns to metal and beyond with VR for the next studio CD and tour. Brad blew everyone away when he took over for the late Randy Rhoads touring with Ozzy in 82 & 83 and did all the guitar work on the “Speak of the Devil – Live” and then went on to platinum success with Night Ranger. His mind bending guitar playing is perfect for the VR guitar team and is sure to provide some scorching riff exchanges!

James Rivera (Helstar, Flotsam & Jetsam) joins VR bringing soaring vocals and a true metal spirit to the band. James has performed, recorded and toured with many legendary metal outfits. He brings a powerful sound and creativity. A true pro, James has the tools to carry on in the VR legacy.

“This is truly a new and exciting time in VR. I look forward to unleashing this new animal on the next CD and tour! The chemistry between the 5 of us is wicked!” says Geoff.

The recording sessions for the new CD will start in January '06. New
sound clips from the new CD coming soon! Look for the new CD and for VR
on tour in 2006!

Stay tuned…the VR Ball marches on full force into the future!

[2005.10.11]

VR Crushing the World DVD Preview

That's right. for those who wants to sample out the goods, here is a short 6 minute, squeezed version of the real deal. Be patient, it's still a hefty 32 Mb. Right click on the link and choose Save As... to put it on your system.

The file is also available in the Multimedia section

[2005.09.18]

VR Lineup update

The lineup so far consists of Geoff Thorpe, Larry Howe and Dave Starr in their respective positions as in the Classic VR Lineup.

Added more Crushing the World reviews here, here, here, here, here

More to come soon...

[2005.09.10]

Brand new VR Forum

That's right, time to put the good old guestbook to a much needed rest. Please join us on the official VR Forum. Registration is mandatory to join, however it is free! Come all to discuss all things VR.

[2005.08.27]

New Line-up - 3 original members - New tour dates - New CD:

More info coming soon.

[2005.07.18]

New Crushing the World review:

Read more about it here.

[2005.07.09]

VR Merchandise:

We have refreshed the Merchandise page, go and have a look here

[2005.07.08]

VR @ Bang your Head 2005: Pictures:

Patrizia Cogliati has collected a fine collection of VR pictures from the BYH 2005. Check her excellent work here

Enrico Salvini also did a superb job, you can enjoy his pictures of VR here

[2005.06.21]

Bang your Head 2005:

VR will be scorching the place this coming Saturday, June 25th. Get there early to have your dose of VR Metal! Get there, thrash hard, let them remember the VR set!

[2005.06.20]

VR Live Review posted:

A Live review of the show at the Last Day Saloon in Santa Rosa in May 2005. Thanks to Doug Troxell.

[2005.06.11]

Tradate Festival Pictures + Classic VR Album Review + Uster City Show Review:

Head to this site to find brand new pics from the VR show in Italy earlier this month.

Also in the Review section (here on the right) you will find links to Reviews of the DVD: VR Crushing the World (in german) as well as the classic VR album Soldiers of the night and pictures and review from the show in Uster City (review in German)

[2005.05.31]

NEW DATE ADDED FOR SWITZERLAND:

Sunday, June 5th
at Rock City
Uster City, Switzerland

[2005.05.24]

Former HEATHEN bassist Mike "Yaz" Jastremski passed away on May 23rd. VR would like to extend their wishes and sympathies to all friends and family of Mike. R.I.P. Brother, your music lives on.

Crushing the World DVD:

The new DVD: VR - Crushing the World is now available to order. Please Contact Us. The price is $15.95 Please add $2.00 Shipping in the continental U.S. More options available in the coming days so check out this page often.

[2005.05.23]

Bang Your Head Running Order:

All VR metalheads stand up and fight to get VR get the prime slot at the bang Your Head. Select your favourite out of these four: VICIOUS RUMORS, DEMON, MORGANA LEFAY and EXCITER. Here's the poll... Come on and Rock the vote!!!

[2005.05.12]

DVD Release Party Update:

Those attending the DVD Release party are in for some fun! It will be almost 11 years to the day that 11 years ago, VR released Word of Mouth! To celebrate this, VR will play with the ORIGINAL Word of Mouth lineup (Geoff Thorpe, Mark McGee, Larry Howe, Tommy Sisco) with Brian O'Connor handling the vocals!

Don't miss this unique opportunity to catch up on this dream lineup!

Mark McGee and Tommy Sisco along with their bandmates in Luvplanet have a brand new CD just out, click here to find more about it!

[2005.04.24]

DVD Release Party:

Vicious Rumors is excited to announce that the DVD Release party will be held at the Last Day Saloon in Santa Rosa, Ca. Don't miss this chance

[2005.04.24]

Important Announcement :

It is with some sadness that Vicious Rumors announces that bassman Cornbread has left the band. We wish Cornbread the best of luck in all it's future endeavors and projects, and would like to thank him for his time and dedication to VR through the years!

Tommy Sisco will be filling in on bass duty for the forthcoming shows announced for the next months as well as the Festivals in Europe.

[2005.02.21]

Larry Howe Interview:

Since rejoining the band, Larry has been interviewed by Doug Troxell and offers answers on where he's been, what he's gone through and the prospect ahead after rejoining with VR. Interview available in PDF format here

[2005.01.09]

Happy New Year!:

Vicious Rumors wants to wish all a very happy new year, and what better way to announce for things to come than to confirm the return to the fold of drummer Larry Howe!

Read all about Larry's return to the band and what VR has planned for 2005 in an interview with Larry Howe and Geoff Thorpe - Coming in the next weeks! Don't miss it!

[2004.12.13]

Dimebag Darrell:

Vicious Rumors wants to send it's most heartfelt thoughts and condolences to the families of Dimebag Darrell, Nathan Bray and all who suffered through the events in Columbus, Ohio. Words cannot suffice to express the shock at the senseless madness and horror of the scene.

Dimebag, rest in peace brother, thank you for the music, thank you for the magic!

-VR

[2004.12.04]

Bang Your Head 2005:

Vicious Rumors is pleased to annouce they have been confirmed for the Bang Your Head Festival 2005, along with Dio, Motorhead, Saxon, Sebastian Bach, Twisted Sister and many, many more!

Stay tuned for more dates and updates as the Plans for the 2005 DVD release shapes up. We have many more good surprises coming up for you!

[2004.11.04]

VR Update:

Vicious Rumors guitarist & band leader, Geoff Thorpe is now in physical therapy and showing definite signs of improvement! At this point, Geoff's plans are to return to the band by the end of this year. Geoff and the band were deeply disappointed that they were unable to tour in 2004 and are planning a BIG year in 2005.

Furthermore while Geoff is making progress in his therapy his doctors have advised that he focuses on the training program that he is going through and as such, Geoff will have to pass on the opportunity to provide solos for Kaledon's upcoming release. Geoff is deeply disappointed not to be able to participate in this venture and offfer Kaledon's and friends his very best wishes for things to come.

Geoff also sends a huge "Thanks!" to all the people who have supported him through this difficult time. Stay tuned metalheads...the VR ball will crush the world in 2005 with more power & more hunger...Geoff & the band are coming back with a vengence!!!

VR has also landed dates for two major Metal Festivals in 2005. Details coming soon...

[2004.06.21]

Geoff Thorpe to Guest on Kaledon's upcoming CD, new VR Band Picture available:

First a few words from the man himself:

"I just wanted to say a HUGE THANKS to all of you for your kind words and wishes. I am doing fine and will be back 100% very soon! Thanks again...Love to you all. -Geoff"

Geoff will be guesting on Kaledon's upcoming CD providing Solo material for a track. Information can be found here

We also added a brand new picture of VR here

[2004.05.05]

VR Cancels Italian Tour:

Dear Fans,

With much regret, Vicious Rumors has had to cancel their Italian tour. Lead guitarist, Geoff Thorpe, recently underwent back surgery and although the procedure was successful, and a full recovery is expected, he will need some time to recuperate making it imposible to attend the Italian dates.

In the meantime, VR's upcoming DVD, "Crushing the World - Part 1" is in production and due to be released later this summer. The band will be perfecting the material for their forthcoming studio album, "Immortal". The album is scheduled for release in 2005 with extensive touring in it's support to follow.

With that in mind, VR would like to thank the promoters for the Gods of Metal Festival in Italy for rescheduling the band for the festival in 2005!

[2004.04.20]

Classic Album reviewed:

Our friends at revelationz.net have posted online a review of the classic 1992 album Welcome to the Ball. Read about it here

[2004.02.23]

VR Record Deal Details:

Vicious Rumors has signed a multi-album recording contract with Mascot Records in Holland. After months of mystery the deal is done!! The first release will be a DVD entitled, "Crushing the World - Part 1" and it features...

  • VR live at the Wacken Open Air & Bang Your Head festivals in Germany.
  • Tour clips from the 2002 European tour with Savatage
  • Clips from US gigs in 2002 with Aerosmith, Scorpions & Death Angel.
  • 3 new, unreleased songs that kill!
  • AND, as a special bonus, 4 MTV videos from the 90’s featuring none other than the late, great Carl Albert and the old school VR lineup!!!

The band will also record a full length studio album to follow the DVD!

Mascot Records is a very “guitar shred” oriented label signing guitar legends such as Michael Schenker, Paul Gilbert, Marty Friedman and now Vicious Rumors’ Geoff Thorpe & Ira Black have now been added to their monster guitar roster. Label President, Ed van Zijl, and Geoff Thorpe have worked together before in the early days when VR first broke into Europe; Ed was then with Roadrunner Records.

Look for the new release on Mascot Records later this year! Lots more news & info coming soon…

2004.02.12]

VR Signs New Record Deal

More details coming soon...

[2003.08.07]

::Geoff Appears on Seattle's 7th Order Single Launch::

Geoff Thorpe of Vicious Rumors and Martin Pugh of Steamhammer/Armageddon are guesting on the new CD release by Seattle's 7th Order (www.7thorder.com). The radio debut of their new single, "Lake of Memory" takes place on www.wnti.org on 8/9/03 at 6:00 pm EST (US).

Geoff's powerful grasp of various guitar styles are captured on this track - while it is a departure from traditional VR metal, VR fans will appreciate this stunning guitar statement from the master himself.

[2003.06.10]

::Vicious Rumors with Queensryche, Dream Theatre, and Fates Warning::

Can you say "Perfect Lineup!" That is what will happen Saturday, July 26th at the Concord Pavilion.

Don't miss this chance to see VR Live along with some of the greatest names in Metal!

[2003.06.02]

::FREE VR SHOW!!! FRIDAY, June 6th!! ::

That's right metalheads! VR will be blasting live at the Pound, This coming FRIDAY, June 6th! - NO COVER CHARGES! So get there for Billy Steele's Bash !!

But that's not all...

This show will be featured in a Live Simulcast WorldWide!! Tune in to 107.7FM The Bone! at 10:30 PST SHARP! Or listen on the web at www.1077thebone.com

Go stand On the Edge!

Cover Art Research - Opportunity!!

Send us your ideas for album cover art…No limits…No boundaries…whatever you think would make a kick ass album cover for VR. If we use it, you'll receive full album credit. Send ideas to Kathleen at rumors@viciousrumors.com and put the words "cover art" in the subject line. 

Another Agglutination Metal Festival pic

Visit the Pictures

[2003.05.03]

Additional Immortal Preview MP3

Visit the VR Radio page to get two brand new MP3 Preview of the upcoming VR CD: IMMORTAL

[2003.05.02]

Additional date to see VR Live!:

VR Will be performing live at The Boardwalk in Sacramento, Fri. June 20th with Syphon and L.D.K.

[2003.04.30]

New VR Appearances confirmed:

VR Will be performing at:

3rd Annual Guitar Godathon with Special Guest performance by Vicious Rumors
Tuesday May 6th at The Curve Bar, 747 3rd St. (at Townsend, across from Pac Bell Park), San Francisco

Show starts at 9:30 - VR goes on at 10:30
All guitar players are invited to enter the competition to win...
Grand Prize - A silver Schecter C1ST guitar! (valued at $700)

And also:

Saturday May 31st
at Bourbon Street in Concord, Bent will be opening the show.

We're hoping to see as much of you there!

[2003.04.17]

A NEW CD & DVD…FESTIVAL DATES…THIS SUMMER!!!

VR has written over a dozen songs for the new CD and is still going
strong! Plans to enter the studio and record the new CD set for July &
September. Look for VR on tour in Europe this August - dates to be
announced soon!

VR has been asked to return to Italy for an Italian tour this May!
Geoff Thorpe said, "We have so many friends and have had great times in Italy! I can't wait to bring the full power of the band back to the
incredible fans this year!"

At Wacken Open Air Festival last year, VR recorded a CD & DVD of the entire show. Germany's largest metal festival featuring VR's
performance…feel the full onslaught of release date coming soon!

So stay tuned in to this site for Italian tour dates! Festival dates!
New studio CD! Live CD and DVD from 2002 Wacken Open Air Fest!

Thanks to all our fans worldwide!! - VR

[2003.04.15]

New Links added

[2003.02.15]

New Pics added

Great set of pics added from the Wacken Open Air show in 2002.

[2002.12.31]

Happy New Year!!

Vicious Rumors thanks everyone who supported us in 2002! We had a killer year and we're looking forward to keeping the ball shredding in 2003!

[2002.11.19]

New show announced!!

Death Angel with Vicious Rumors

Saturday, Nov 30th at The Road House
1556 Bell Ave. Sacramento, CA

Don't miss out this awesome lineup that promises to deliver no compromise thrash and metal to you!

[2002.11.08]

Date Change: AEROSMITH + KIDD ROCK + VICIOUS RUMORS

VR will be Thundering on the Main Stage! Get ready for some serious metallic thunder! VR will unleash it's contagious trademark live energy!

When: Friday, Nov. 15th (VR will play at @ 6:00pm SHARP!)
Location: Autowest Amphitheater in Marysville, CA

Don't miss this other excellent chance to see VR invade the stage to deliver it's trademark energy and sonic mayhem!!!

[2002.10.05] Ira Black - Trash Metal Cover

VR Featured on the cover of: Rockdetector: A To Z Of Thrash Metal

And also on the included CD compilation of 17 of the best Trash Metal tracks of all time.

[2002.09.15]

Added: Pictures of the Fun and Crust Festival, Check it out!

The Guestbook is back online! This is YOUR guestbook, use it wisely! =)

[2002.08.29]

The Guestbook link will be out of commission for a few days. The provider, beseen.com apparently decided that they couldn't care less about users and cut off the service at the end of August. Please be patient while we find a more reliable and interesting one.

[2002.08.14]

Friday, Aug. 16th from 9:00pm to 11:00pm
VR will be guest hosting The Metal Zone on 107.7 The Bone
with Billy Steel

VIIIth AGGLUTINATION Metal Festival

Don't miss the show on August 11/12th in Chiaromonte, (PZ) Italy !

[2002.08.11] VR Shines at Wacken!!

VR Had a ball in Wacken and wants to thank all that showed up for their undying support and good times! Don't miss the show at the Agglutination Festival in Italy on Aug. 12th 2002! See you live in ITALY!!

[2002.08.01] Don't Miss WACKEN! WOA:2002

Sat. Aug. 3rd at Wacken Open Air Festival (Germany)
For the Schedule click Here or click on the Webcam 
(updated every 30 min) to get a piece of the action!

[2002.07.18] New VR Show Dates

*****TIME CHANGE*****
Sun. July 28th at The Concord Pavilion (US)

Scorpions, Deep Purple, Dio and Vicious Rumors 

(VR Will play at 17:00 SHARP!)

Sat. Aug. 3rd at Wacken Open Air Festival (Germany)
Mon. Aug. 12th at Agglutination Festival (Italy)

Get all the details Here!

[2002.07.17] WACKEN  2002 Running Order

WACKEN 2002

VICIOUS RUMORS - MAIN STAGE - Sat. Aug. 3rd at 1:00pm
with Nuclear Assault, Exodus, Edguy, U.D.O., and Blind Guardian, the

festival headliner. VR takes off on a new level at Wacken Open Air 2002!

[2002.06.01] Flurry of News...

Bang Your Head 2002

Sat. June 29th - Slayer, Rob Halford, Magnum, Nevermore, RawHead Rexx with Geoff Thorpe and many others.  Geoff returns to BYH 2002 for a guest appearance performing VR classics with RawHead Rexx.
 

Hooter's Pro Cup Racing!

Geoff has written 3 tunes for the "Hooter's Pro Cup Racing" PC video game in stores now. The game features Geoff on guitar, Ira Black on bass, and Max Garcia on drums.  "Hooter's Racing and metal…it's a match made in heaven.  I'm really proud to be working with the people at Hoplight Research and Hooter's." Geoff said. Look for VR on more games in the future as they have already bben contracted for upcoming releases.
 

Bruce Dickinson, Brian O'Connor

Together live at Wacken Open Air 2002!  2 of the hottest singers in
metal at one show!  Wacken is going to be insane. This year the lineup

is a killer.  VR is ready to explode at Wacken debuting new material

from the upcoming CD for the first time live…stay tuned!!

[2002.05.31] Interview

Added an old Interview from 2001 between Geoff and the wicked people at sweet-suffering.de

[2002.05.11] Reviews

Live review of the Euro show in Antwerp by our friends at nicowobben.com Take a moment to read it now!

Live Date Correction

Take not of the corrected date for the Agglutination Metal Festival in Italy:
VIII AGGLUTINATION METAL FESTIVAL, 11th, 12th august 2002 in Chiaromonte(PZ) Italy

More pictures!

Thanks to Nico Wobben eight more quality pictures up for your enjoyment!

[2002.04.28] Reviews

VR FAns & Friends! Just posted some reviews from the last tour in Europe from the major metal magazines who saw the shows. As promised VR delivered the merchandise with clockwork regularity over the course of the Euro Tour.

Take a moment, read it now!

[2002.04.28] Interview

One Interview from Quintessence Metal Webzine is now online. Check the Interviews section for more. 

[2002.04.27] Live Shows Update

Alright Metal Maniacs! Two new shows for you to go out and preview Vicious Rumors upcoming material One in San Jose, One in Italy:

Friday, May 10th
@ the Cactus Club
417 South First Street 

San Jose, CA 95113 

Ph: 408.491.9300

Friday, August 16th
Agglutination Metal Festival
Brescha, Italy

[2002.04.17] Site Update

Just added 60 (!!) new live pictures of VR taken in Europe on the last tour. Take a moment to check it out, in the coming days we will have an interview added to the site, featuring Brian O'Connor! Stay Tuned!

[2002.04.04] Press Release

Back to the Studio

No rest for the wicked!! Immediately following their return from a highly successful European tour with Savatage, VR went directly into the studio to begin work on their next CD. This CD will be their 11th to date. The material is crushing, high energy…the signature VR sound - ala, "Welcome to the Ball" & "Digital Dictator". "Back to the big studios! We're going old school production…2 inch tape, fat analog recording for a huge, classic VR sound for this new CD!" says lead guitarist, Geoff Thorpe.

Demos for the new CD will be recorded in April and May - look for sound clips on the VR website! 

Geoff Thorpe will make a special appearance at the "Bang Your Head Festival" this year sitting in with Raw Head Rexx and VR will be performing at the Wacken Open Air Festival 2002. VR will destroy at Wacken, playing their classics as well as brand new songs from the upcoming CD. The band is very excited to be a part of the largest metal festival in the world! More dates to be announced soon.

A message to the fans from VR

Thanks to so many fans and friends who sent in photos of the VR European tour 2002! We will continue to add the live shots of the band to our photo page - if you haven't seen yours yet, keep checking back, new shots will be updated regularly. 

VR's European tour 2002 was tremendous! To summarize the reviews we've gotten from the media and from you fans as well, they say that VR was tight as hell…they played hard and the fans could feel it!! Brian O'Connor blew everyone away with his powerful, commanding vocals and stage show - the band totally kicked ass!! Thanks to all of you for making it an amazing and memorable tour!! 

VR fans & friends…

[2002.02.24]

San Fran Show FEB. 26th!!!
That's right. On tuesday, Feb. 26th at the Covered Wagon on 5th & Folsom in San Francisco. No one should miss this one! Catch a whiff of the European Mayem right at home with VR and the crew!

[2002.02.20]

VR THANKS EUROPEAN METAL HEADS!
To the incredible Metal Heads who we just played for. To our old friends and fans who keep coming back year after year! To the new fans and friends of VR for the first time. Thank You with much love and respect from all of us in Vicious Rumors. 

You the fans made it a total success for VR in 2002. Now we're back to work on our new CD. We'll be back in Europe for Wacken 2002. Were also up for other huge festivals to be announced soon! Good Luck and Thanks to all the bands who gave us their CD's on the tour. It was an honor to perform for some of the greatest Metal Fans in the world. 

Geoff Thorpe and Vicious Rumors
[2002.02.18]

Message from Geoff Thorpe:
Due to circumstances beyond our control, we had to leave the tour 2
shows early. We apologize to all of the fans that came to see us, but we
will be back this summer stronger than ever! See you then!!

[2002.02.10]

More dates available on the Tour Info page...

[2002.02.07]

Live Pictures Added
Started adding live pictures from the Euro Tour 2002

[2002.02.03]

Another voice silenced within...
It is with sadness that we learned about Paul Baloff's passing away on Feb. 2nd 2002.  VR wishes to pass along to Exodus fans and Paul's family their thoughts. Now dig out "Bonded by Blood" and play it loud! You made it all happen and will never be forgotten!

Vicious Rumors Asks for your Pictures!
That's right, if you have any live shots of you, the band, that you would like to be put on this site, we are working on accumulating material for new pages and reviews.  Please email your pictures here: rumors@viciousrumors.com

[2002.02.01]

Vicious Rumors Fire continues to blaze!
The current tour is generating a lot of very positive reviews and good times for the fans and the band! Heading to Austria and Italy, VR leaves behind pleased crowds of Germany, Switzerland and Greece.

Rave reviews are coming in from fans and organizers, read some of them in the Guestbook section

Added an interview conducted by our friend Stig G. Nordahl of MetalExpress.no in the Interviews section.

 

[2002.01.15]

Hold on to your seats and....
VR HITS EUROPE!

VR Will be debuting their Euro tour with Friends Savatage this coming Friday the 18th in Malmo, Sweden!  Be sure to all get your tickets ready and don't miss this opportunity to catch the VR LIVE Experience!

Be sure to check the TOUR INFO section for more information.

[2001.12.10]

Set In Stone...
VR LIVE at WACKEN 2002!!

The largest heavy metal festival in the world has just confirmed VR to
appear on the main stage in 2002. VR is honored to be part of this
historic event. Geoff Thorpe will also make a guest appearance with
Rawhead Rexx at this years Bang Your Head Fest 2002. More festival dates to be announced soon! 

DON'T FORGET - The Savatage/Vicious Rumors European tour 2002 begins Jan 17th in Malmo, Sweden. The tour travels through 12 countries and finishes in London Feb. 13th. Check the tour dates for whole tour! Blaze has just been announced as the latest partner on the European Tour Bill.

On the homefront - VR has been perfecting the material for the upcoming CD...the tracks are CRUSHING!! The band will debut the new material throughout the tour with Savatage. 

Thank you to the VR faithful, we'll see you on tour soon!!

[2001.11.17]
New VR Tour Dates

It's official!! VR is confirmed in the support slot with Savatage on the entire European tour beginning Jan. 15, 2002!  A reunion that is long overdue, more than 10 years have past since these two metal legends shared the same bill in 1991; a tour so explosive both the fans and the media still regard it as one of the best power metal lineups of all time! 

When the horrific events of 9-11 cancelled the Savatage, Symphony X, Vicious Rumors tour of Oct. 2001, VR decided it was time to go back into the studio and begin writing l for their next CD, scheduled for release around May 2002.  With over half of the new album completed, VR is planning a special preview of a few of these new songs along with all the VR classics during their set in this upcoming tour.

If you only see one tour this year - make sure it's this one!!

[2001.09.25]
Tour News...
To all VR fans and friends,

VR just got word yesterday that Savatage has decided it would be best to postpone the European tour due to the recent tragic events that have been inflicted on our world. The following statement is posted on their web site...

Dear SavaFriends and Fans,

In lieu of the recent tragic events that have gripped the world we have decided to postpone our upcoming European Tour. We feel it is in the best interest for everybody's safety. Our hearts go out to the victims of this senseless disaster and we pray that all in the Legion stay safe. Savatage apologizes for any inconvenience that has been caused due to this, but feel it is the right and necessary move.

This was a very difficult decision for Savatage to make and Vicious Rumors supports them in their concern for everyone's safety. Our deepest sympathies to all of the victims, their families and friends and to the rest of you, your safety is in our thoughts and prayers...and please, watch your backs!!

              Vicious Rumors

PLAN B: Back to the studio

No rest for the wicked! 

With the change in tour plans, the band has decided  it's time to do the next album. The writting has already begun and they plan to be back in the studio to record by December. This new release will be wearing a new record label!! Keep checking back here, we will post an announcement once all has been confirmed - this is one announcement you won't want to miss!

[2001.09.11]
Terrorist Action in NYC
Vicious Rumors and the crew offers their most sincere condolences to those who have been touched by this tragedy. Our prayers out to you and those you love...

VR

[2001.08.26]
Update: Pictures
Just added 16 new pictures of VR taken live at the Bang your Head 2001 festival! Thanks to Nico Wobben / Nico's Photopit

[2001.08.09]
Update: Pictures
Just added 10 new pictures of VR taken live at the Bang your Head 2001 festival! Thanks to Lars E. Steffensen / metalexpress.no

[2001.08.03]
Update: Interviews

Just added a nice interview VR gave to Metal Express, and an interview done by VR to Michael Schübeler

[2001.07.26]
Vicious Rumors Live at Wacken Open Air 2002!

That's right! VR will unleash it's electric punishment to WOA 2002. Be sure to be there and experience the VR powered metal feast!

[2001.07.25]
Updated: MP3 and Pictures

Just added, a rare track from Vicious Rumors early days: Ultimate Death
Also a few pictures from the Bang your Head Festival 2001

[2001.07.09]
Vicious Rumors KILLS at the Bang Your Head Festival!!

VR just returned from 2 crushing shows...First, a SOLD OUT headline gig June 28th at the World of Motorcycles Night Club in Balingen, Germany - the warm up party for the Bang Your Head Festival. Then came the festival the next day, June 29th at 1:30pm...Vicious Rumors destroyed 22,000 metal heads with a blistering set!! The setlist consisted of both classics like, Digital Dictator, On the Edge, Down to the Temple, and Abandoned, and new crushing cuts like Liquify, Sadistic Symphony and Blacklight. 

This set was proof to the fans and the press that VR is still as strong as ever!! As a result, the band has been invited to play at the Wacken festival, as well as support Savatage once again in their upcoming headline tour - all this just from one set at the BYH Festival!! Stay tuned for all the details and a Bang Your Head photo page - coming soon!!

[2001.06.12]
**Reminder**
Classic Metal Festival - Kalamazoo, MI June 14th-16th
Vicious Rumors will perform at the festival along with Halloween, Anvil, Agent Steel, Steel Prophet and more! Tickets available Here!

[2001.06.11]
New Live Show Date! 

New LIVE show opportunity to catch VR: 
Saturday, June 23rd at Bourbon Street in Concord
playing with Knights in Satan's  Service and WhyteBred

Vicious Rumors Radio Appearance

Geoff and the band will be appearing Friday, June 22nd on The Bone Metal Zone with Billy Steel - 107.7 fm or via their web site at http://www.ksan.com/home.html
[2001.05.22]
Updated biographies

See the section "What's Up" for Brian and Dan's Bios.

[2001.05.22]
Welcome back Brian O'Connor!

Yes it's true, Brian O'Connor is back as lead singer for Vicious Rumors!  More powerful than ever, Brian and his 5 octave range allow the classic VR sound to become a reality!! And the band is wasting no time putting this into action. VR has already begun writing for a new studio CD featuring Brian on vocals, due to be released in January 2002. While continuing to move forward creatively, at the core of this new CD will be everything that is "signature VR".

In true VR tradition and style, a killer live show has been put together, as they prepare to headline "The Classic Metal Festival" in Kalamazoo, Michigan on Friday, June 15th and then off to Europe for the "Bang Your Head Festival" in Germany with Judas Priest on Friday June 29th.  Check back for a preview and see for your self - we will be posting sound clips of Brian with VR recorded live at a VR rehearsal.

[2001.04.18]
Important Euro Tour Information!!!

To all of VR's fans and friends:

Their bags were packed and the band was ready to go when they received the following news from Rage the day before leaving to Europe. The band would like to extend their sincerest apologies to all of you who were planning to attend these shows, this was truloy beyond our control. 

But it takes a hell of a lot more than this to make VR "drop the ball" - no worries! Management is working overtime to book VR on another European tour and VR will still be appearing with Judas Priest at the Bang Your Head Festival, June 29th!! This show will be recorded for their second "live" album entitled, "Plug In and Hang On II - Live in Germany", due out in september. 

We will keep you updated on any new developements as they happen.

All our best to Rage - let's hope for a speedy recovery!



Follows is Rage's official Statement:

"Dear Fans,

Due to an unfortunate set of circumstances Rage will announce that the first 3 concerts of the "Welcome To The Other Side" tour will be cancelled. Peavy Wagner is suffering from a throat problem and which has affected his vocal cords and is forbidden to sing until further notice by doctor's orders.

On Tuesday it will be decided whether the tour has to be displaced completely or if a part can be held. Rage hopes Peavy will recover in time so that we don't have to cancel even more concerts. Rage would like to apologies to the fans and we hope we can reschedule the first 3 concerts of the tour at a later point in time.

Best regards,

RAGE -Peavy Wagner, Victor Smolski, Mike Terrana"


[2001.02.23]
Classic Metal Festival 2001! - Kalamazoo, MI June 14th-16th
Vicious Rumors will perform at the festival along with Halloween, Anvil, Agent Steel, Steel Prophet and more! Tickets available Here!

Official Classic Metal Festival Site

[2001.02.21]
Bang your Head Festival 2001! - Balingen, DE June 29th-30th
Vicious Rumors will perform at the festival along with Judas Priest, Kreator, Stratovarius, etc. Tickets available Here!

Official Bang your Head Site

Lyrics page updated!!

[2001.02.05]
Interview with Geoff Thorpe
Thanks to Rock Reunion, go and read the interview, and browse this very nice Metal Site NOW!

[2001.01.30]
Vicious Rumors Radio Broadcast Launched
Why not indulge yourself to a random selection of VR music!! Click the VR Radio button to get your daily fix!

[2001.01.25]
Vicious Rumors Global Domination
Vicious Rumors has just added to their Global Domination for their latest release, "Sadistic Symphony"...TOXIC RECORDS has just signed VR for the territories of South America, New Zealand and Australia!!  Toxic Records is now the 4th label to pick up "Sadistic Symphony" along with Perris Records (USA), JVC (Japan), Point Music (Europe).

[2000.12.24] Vicious Rumors signs new record deal!

Vicious Rumors has just completed three new record deals for the worldwide January 24th, 2001 release of their 10th full-length sonic montrositity, "Sadistic Symphony". The band has signed with Perris Records (USA), Point Music (Europe), and JVC (Japan). 

Geoff Thorpe has just returned from a promotional tour of Germany, and the reaction of the European press is unanimous - "Sadistic Symphony" is a hit! A small sampling of reviews show 6 of 7 in Hammer, 10 of 10 in Power Trip, 9 of 10 in Walls of Fire, and 9.5 of 10 in FRS Stuttgard.

Engineered and recorded by PfilBryte at Electric Chair, San Fransisco, CA, produced by Geoff Thorpe, and mastered by Dirk Ulrich at EMI Studios, Germany, this album is the culmination of the incredible  talent and melodic firestorm force of the new Vicious Rumors lineup. Featuring the dynamic powerhouse soaring lead vocals of Morgan Thorn, The thunderous low frequency attack and ripping back up vocals of Bassist Cornbread, the twin guitar assaults and sonic sorcery of Ira Black and Geoff Thorpe, and the undeniable percussion and voodoo grooves of legendary studio pro Atma Anur.

Plans for a full world tour are now in the works. Recently, Vicious Rumors killed at the November to Dismember Metal Fest 2000, in Los Angeles, CA, along with Testament, Witchery, Agent Steel, and other giants of the metal industry.

Don't miss the world release of Vicious Rumors "Sadistic Symphony" on January 24, 2001. 

Welcome back to the ball.....

On The Edge will be experiencing major plastic surgery in the next few weeks, and will be graphically redone with all the final artwork from the new album "Sadistic Symphony". Keep your eyes peeled...

Perris Records has recently asked Morgan and Geoff to appear on an upcoming Metallica tribute album!  Morgan will be belting out the track "Wherever I May Roam", and Geoff will be shredding some killer leads on the song as well. More details to follow soon...

You will be able to order your copy of "Sadistic
Symphony" through this website very soon. Stay tuned for details.....

[2000.11.12]
Added Two Atlantic-era Videos of Vicious Rumors for your viewing pleasure.

[2000.11.07]
Interview with Morgan Thorn
Thanks to the folks at RockReunion.de

[2000.10.08]
MORE! New Soundclips now available!
That's right! Hot off the console and into your ears you can sample some of VR's most up to date works.
 

2000.06.28
Sadistic Symphony is loud & clear
Recorded from March 10th to June 27, 2000, the final mastering is now complete!! This new CD truly is a sonic monstrosity. 

Geoff says, "this album is so loud, bright  and in your face - a warning to all of you - it's going to be tearing some heads off!

Geoff and Morgan are working on a killer new show for the upcoming World Tour 2001!!

The track listing for Sadistic Symphony is as follow:

    1. Break
    2. Sadistic Symphony
    3. March of the Damned
    4. Blacklight
    5. Puritan Demons
    6. Born Again Hard
    7. Neodymium Man
    8. Elevator to Hell
    9. Cerebral Sea
    10. Ascention
    11. Liquify


2000/05/26
IT'S DONE!

The band has completed the recording of the sonic monstrocity "Sadistic Symphony". The album, featuring 11 killer tracks, is scheduled for mastering within the next two weeks. As soon as the mastering is completed, the band will post all new soundclips from the 11 songs on Sadistic Symphony. 

Check back often as new soundclips and recording information will be posted On the Edge!

2000/05/14
The recording of Sadistic Symphony will be completed this week on Friday, May 19th, and will include 11 tracks of pure melodic heavy metal power. 

The next task is to have the CD mastered, then it will be ready for production and distribution!  Album artwork, track listings and additional sound clips will be available soon for viewing and listening on the Rumor Mill upon completion.

Rejoice! The wait is almost over!!! 

2000/05/06
As the recording for Sadistic Symphony continues in
grand fashion, the band has just finished tracking the
longest song in Vicious Rumors' history - the 8 minute sonic epic, Black Light. This track crushes!!!

Blistering solos and soaring lead vocal tracks  abound, with roughly 70% of the tracking done
for the entire album! The band plans to finish the
sessions by the first week of May. 

Sadistic Symphony is taking on ominous shape, and is well on its way to becoming the most daring and melodic Vicious Rumors album of all time! 

Also more pictures soon from the upcoming gigs and concerts to be released, Stay Tuned!

2000/04/06
The Recording session goes on for Sadistic Symphony, Vicious Rumors' upcoming effort. The Drum tracks are complete as well as the bass and rythm guitar sections. 

With all the rythm tracks  done Geoff, Mark and Ira will concentrate on laying down the Solos and other track additions. 

Later on this week steps in Morgan for the vocals...

Keep checking back we will inform you as the recording progresses.

2000/03/29
New details on the Ultrasound 2000 show!
Added Vicious Rumor's Family Tree

2000/03/22
Vicious Rumors continues on with the recording of Sadistic Symphony. After only two days in which Atma Anur laid down all the required drum tracks. Next up is Geoff for some serious Guitar work. 

2000/03/05
Atma Anur and Ira Black join Vicious Rumors!!

Vicious Rumors official new lineup has been finalized!  The band's 10th album "Sadistic Symphony" will feature an incredible multi-faceted chemistry of musicianship.  With the recent acquirement of world renown percussion icon, Atma Anur (Journey, Bowie, MacAlpine, Kotzen, etc.), and the fret melting onslaught of the new, full time guitarist Ira Black (Heathen, Uteris), Vicious Rumors is indeed ready for a new millennium of metal. Currently in production, "Sadistic Symphony" will unleash 10 tracks of melodic heavy metal fury, saturated with scorching guitar and bass attacks, concussive drum power, and soaring vocals reminiscent of Vicious Rumors' past.

Tour schedules will begin in May 2000, with dates across the US, including the first annual Ultrasound 2000 Festival in Las Vegas Nevada, featuring Leatherwolf, Saxon, Vicious Rumors, and many other killer bands.

2000/03/01
Vicious Rumors Interview with Geoff Thorpe By Alan Christensen
2000/02/01
20 years worth of rare VR items for sale!

VR Memorabilia Sale
The VR storage room is full! It's time to clean it out!
Check out this list of very rare VR items that will very soon be available to you the fans!

CD's and Merchandise for Sale
Come and visit the Merchandise page for rare and out of print CD's, Shirts, Necklaces etc.

2000/01/24 
NEW MP3 AVAILABLE!

We have added a new clip from the upcoming Sadistic Symphony CD for you to enjoy. The track is titled Elevator to Hell.  All comments welcome! Click the banner under this frame or click here 

NOTE: These soundclips are only pre-production recordings. The final product currently being recorded will be infinitely more polished and thundering!

2000/01/12 
PRESS RELEASE 2000

The past…The present…The future…

Vicious Rumors has lived it all!!  The dawn of this new century has inspired exciting changes for VR.  With the release of  "Sadistic Symphony", Geoff Thorpe introduces a brand new lineup for VR's 10th album.

Featuring new lead singer, Morgan Thorn. Topping the list of contenders in VR's nationwide search, Morgan's diverse vocal abilities range from powerful and melodic to full of balls and aggression allowing him the versatility to recreate the old VR classics as well as forge new ground for the future. 

Joining Geoff and Morgan will be "Cornbread" on bass. What else can be said to describe this wildman except "you have to see him to believe him!" 

Playing along with Geoff for the ultimate VR guitar attack - special guest appearances by Mark McGee (VR and Greg Allman Band) and James Murphy (Testament, Death).  Explosive guitar fireworks will be in abundance!!

Recording for "Sadistic Symphony" begins January 24th thru February 28th, with the finished product due out in May of 2000

2000/01/10
If you would like to chat, exchange and interact with other VR fans and a few band members that are online you may want to register onto the Vicious Rumors ICQ network. It's Free, it's Fun! 

1999/11/25
Vicious Rumors is caught in a songwriting frenzy! Over ten! (10) new tracks have penned in one of the most sustained outbursts of creativity by the band! And it's not over, the harvest for Sadistic Symphony promises to be a very good one!

1999/11/18
Vicious Rumors next album, "Sadistic Symphony", begins production in January 2000.

We would like to thank all of you who sent us back such fantastic responses to our latest sound clip, featuring our new vocalist, Morgan Thorn.  The song, "Liquify" will be one of 12 songs on the new cd. 

Cornbread has been confirmed as the the new bassist for VR!!  Look out VR fans, the "Breadman" is bringing a low end, all fingers, bass bombardment to the band. 

Click here to view photos and info about this madman!

We also want to say a HUGE thanks to Tommy Sisco - you rule and good luck!!

1999/11/04
JUST RELEASED! Brand new clip of the upcoming VR Music with the upcoming lineup featuring Morgan Thorn on vocals!

VR is back in the studio doing pre- production for their upcoming CD entitled: Sadistic Symphony

Killer New VR Lineup:
Soon to be announced You know we always like to keep a little suspense and reserve the best News for the last. You've been warned!

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