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Popular, fast rising UK metal band I.C.O.N announce their forthcoming signing to Burning Halo Records in July 2014. Burning Halo Records are brand new, highly motivated, independent specialists of rock and metal music, Utilising and combining the industry know how and experience of artists, managers and agents, Burning Halo Records is intent on releasing high quality recordings from exciting, rising bands within the rock and metal scene. I.C.O.N guitarist Scott Knowles talked about the signing “This is a huge step forward for us and a very important time too. After being an unsigned live act for many years with an independently released debut album and working very hard to establish the band, we’re delighted and very proud to be signing with Burning Halo. The fit is just right, and they are very supportive of our music. We are looking forward to an exciting relationship with the label and can’t wait to release our next album with them. It’s a truly thrilling time for I.C.O.N.” The first I.C.O.N release through Burning Halo Records will be a very limited edition live EP ‘NEW BORN LIVE’ recorded at Out Of The Ashes Festival, Ellesmere Port in 2013, with unique artwork resembling a well loved, well worn, old style live record, and special sleeve notes on the mammoth ‘New Born Lie’ tour by frontman Mark Sagar, on Monday 14th July 2014. I.C.O.N have so far shared the stage with Breed 77, Blaze Bayley, Warrior Soul, Diamond Head, Furyon, Witchfynde, Conquest of Steel, Jaguar, Sworn To Oath, Logan, Zico Chain, Rogue Male and Voodoo Six amongst many other rock and metal bands. Stunning, exciting live festival appearances over recent years, coupled with a strong work ethic and literally hundreds of live shows have firmly established I.C.O.N as one of the UK's fastest rising, hardest working, genuine, gritty metal acts. Their critically acclaimed debut album 'NEW BORN LIE' has sold close to 1000 copies on CD alone, alongside further hundreds of digital downloads. In the past 18 months, the band has performed over 100 shows on their ‘New Born Lie on the Road’ tour which took in the whole of the UK. I.C.O.N are extremely pleased to welcome industry renowned drummer Larry Paterson to the band. Probably best known for his work with former Iron Maiden frontman Blaze Bayley amongst others, Larry has now permanently joined I.C.O.N after the departure of Simon Tubbs who recently left due to other commitments. The band would like to publically thank Simon for his commitment, dedication and hard work over the past twelve months and wish him every success for the future. Larry commented "I'm stoked to be joining this awesome band. We've been friends since we first shared a stage in 2008, and I was fortunate enough to fill in a few times when they were between drummers. To be a permanent part of I.C.O.N now is bloody great: my kind of people; my kind of metal! See you on the road." The band will be concentrating on working on their label debut and much anticipated follow up to NEW BORN LIE throughout 2014, citing an early 2015 release. Further details on the album and chosen producer will follow shortly. I.C.O.N HIT THE ROAD IN 2014, MARKING LARRY’S FIRST OFFICIAL DATES WITH THE BAND : JULY 12 - CAVEMANBASH FESTIVAL, BALDERSTONE JULY 13 - OUT OF THE ASHES FESTIVAL, ELLESMERE PORT JULY 20 - SOS FESTIVAL, MANCHESTER (ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE with Mark, Reece and Scott) SEPT 12 - ROCK AND METAL CIRCUS, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE NOV 8 - HEADBANGERS BALLS, MANCHESTER Information, news and all tour dates can be found at the official website - ICONUKONLINE.COM I.C.O.N are MARK SAGAR - VOCALS SCOTT KNOWLES - GUITAR REECE BEVAN - BASS LARRY PATERSON - DRUMS

PRESS RELEASE 18/4/13 - I.C.O.N announce UK tour, new line up and more...

It is with great pleasure that I.C.O.N announce our Spring/Summer 2013 UK tour.

We’re looking forward to a welcome return by demand to the METAL GODS FESTIVAL in Derbyshire on Saturday 25th May. After our second stage headline appearance in 2012, we’re thrilled to be returning to the main stage in 2013 alongside fast rising British metal acts Beholder, Bull-Riff Stampede, Line Of Fire, Incinery, Derision and many more.

We’re pleased to be headlining the Saturday night of the METAL MASSACRE FESTIVAL weekend in Bolton on 4th May organised by the Bolton Metal Alliance.

We’re returning to London on Friday 31st May to The Intrepid Fox as guests to Emperor Chung. We’re ready to get crazy with our friends from the capital once again!

As well as these killer shows, we’ll be returning to see our Iconrocker buddies all over the UK and will be arriving at some new venues too.

This 2013 tour will be the first with our powerhouse new drummer Simon Tubbs replacing Aaron Youd who recently left the band. Si comes to us with a wealth of experience and energy having toured and performed previously with the popular Uncle Rotter. We welcome Si to I.C.O.N and we know you will give him a warm welcome on the road.

Rehearsals have been full of energy, passion, enthusiasm and absolute determination to bring you the best I.C.O.N shows so far! We’re hugely excited about the future and we have a host of great news and further shows and festivals that we will be sharing with you over the coming weeks.

See you on the road!

Thursday 25th April - Grand Central, Manchester

Friday 26th April - Railway Institute, Bangor

Saturday 27th April - Gasworks, Bradford

Saturday 4th May - Metal Massacre Festival, Bolton

Friday 10th May - North Wales Inn, Rhyl

Friday 17th May - The Salutation, Nottingham

Saturday 18th May - Freebird Freehouse, Stoke on Trent

Friday 24th May - The Borough, Darwen

Saturday 25th May - Metal Gods Festival, Intake Club, Mansfield

Friday 31st May - Intrepid Fox, London

Saturday 1st June - Rock Zombie Club, Dudley

Friday 7th June - Rampage @ Roper Hall, Preston




"Dear All, It is with great sadness that we have had to postpone the Where Angels Suffer tour until further notice. This is due to the sad news that singer Rich Lewis's son has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and Rich doesn't want to travel outside the USA and wants to be by his son’s side which is understandable. I'm sorry that we have had to do this but the band, have decided out of respect for Rich this is the only course of action."


PRESS RELEASE - I.C.O.N announce extensive UK tour, Endorsement and more

Rising UK metal band I.C.O.N are about to undertake their most extensive UK tour to date continuing the promotion of their critically acclaimed debut album ‘New Born Lie’. The tour culminates in December with five dates as guests to US metal band Where Angels Suffer featuring former members of W.A.S.P and Metal Church.

In recent years, I.C.O.N has shared the stage with Diamond Head, Voodoo Six, Blaze Bayley, Sworn to Oath, Witchfynde, Furyon, Zico Chain and a host of other rock and metal artists.

I.C.O.N consists of founder members vocalist Mark Sagar and guitarist Scott Knowles, ex-Nightmare Visions bassist Reece Bevan and former UK drummer of the year Aaron Youd.

The ‘New Born Lie On The Road’ tour will take in amongst other places London and the South, The Midlands, North and South Wales, Scotland and the North West.

Says Scott ‘This tour is certainly the largest UK trek we have done so far. Around twenty five dates in total. The band is kicking on all four cylinders since Reece and Aaron joined us last year. We’ve been gigging very hard for the past twelve months, introducing the new guys and tightening the set. We’re looking forward to hitting lots of new venues as well as returning to others as the buzz is really building for us. The dates we have on the Where Angels Suffer tour is a huge opportunity for the band and the thought of sharing a stage with rock legends like Chris Holmes and Stet Howland from W.A.S.P is really getting us fired up!’.

I.C.O.N have consistently toured throughout the UK and mainland Europe continuing to build a loyal fanbase. The band have appeared on SKY TV, BBC Radio, Total Rock Radio and appeared in rock press such as Metal Hammer and Powerplay magazines. Two tracks from the album appear on the worldwide smash PC game MOTORM4X and lead track ‘Messiah Complex’ continues to receive airplay on international rock radio stations.

The band have been announced amongst the first seven bands for the 2013 SOS Festival in Manchester next July. I.C.O.N have just secured their first official endorsement with UK based Dovetail Strings.

I.C.O.N plan to write and record their second album in 2013. ‘We are itching to get the second album done!’ Scott admits ‘But the touring has been so busy this year as we felt there was a need to be out there on the road. The ideas we already have are enormously exciting and we have a couple of producers in the frame, so we’ll definitely be taking time out to hammer the next batch of songs into shape early next year and the second album is expected to be released at the end of 2013’

I.C.O.N tour the UK from September to December 2012.


Greetings Iconrockers!

Well, the Spring tour is at an end and what a tour!

Starting back in March, we hit the road for some warm up shows before starting in Manchester. The tour was mainly focussing on our Northern friends, (we will be announcing dates further afield later in the year.)

We had an awesome time and played with some superb bands including Kyrbgrinder, Line of Fire, Karma Killers, Fire in the Empire and many more.

Metal Gods Festival on Saturday 26th May was fantastic and we made many new friends and hung out with some very cool people and bands. A great end to our spring tour.

Thank you to everyone that came out and saw us on these dates, bought some merch or an album - you rock!

Below are our current dates for summer 2012.

These dates are continuing our run of Northern shows, visiting some old friends and hitting new venues too.

At the end of June, we will making our first appearance at the legendary Tache Blackpool, opening for MAIDEN SCOTLAND. The guys have backed original Iron Maiden singer Paul Di’anno on a few tours and are well worth checking out.

We are delighted to announce that we are guests to the excellent and fast rising DEF-CON-ONE featuring the exceptional ex Venom/Mpire of Evil drummer Antton Lant.

The guys were on the first stage of Metal Gods festival and we had a killer day with them, so we are very pleased to be opening for them in Blackpool in August. We will have tickets available for this show, so don’t miss out!

There are more shows to add - including some VERY cool shows coming up that we are extremely excited about, but we can’t tell you just yet…Stay posted!

We hope to see you at some of our summer dates.

Our friends in London and the South… Autumn/Winter 2012 tour dates to come soon…


Saturday 2nd June - The Rigger, Stoke *STOKE MUSIC FESTIVAL*

Sunday 3rd June - The Borough Arms, Darwen *DARWEN MUSIC LIVE*

Monday 4th June - The Flying Horse, Rochdale *CHARITY MUSIC EVENT*

Thursday 14th June - Bohemia, Accrington

Friday 29th June - The Tache, Blackpool *guests to MAIDEN SCOTLAND*

Saturday 14th July - Outdoor Bike Rally, Preston

Thursday 19th July - Whittles, Oldham

Friday 24th August - The Tache, Blackpool *guests to DEF CON ONE*

Spring tour 2012 is GO!

Following on from the success of their Autumn/Winter tour 2011 and with the new red hot line up solidly in place, I.C.O.N hit the road again for a series of shows to form their spring tour 2012.

In recent years, I.C.O.N has shared the stage with artists such as DIAMOND HEAD, BLAZE BAYLEY, WITCHFYNDE, VOODOO SIX and SWORN TO OATH amongst many other great rock and metal bands.

The I.C.O.N live show is always 100% adrenaline fuelled, and the band will be pumping out fan favourites such as Messiah Complex and Seven Second Warning.

Two warm up shows have already been announced in Stoke and Eccles and the tour itself kicks off on Thursday April 5th.

This will be the first leg of shows on the NEW BORN LIE tour covering April and May and the band will be hitting venues in the North and the Midlands. DON’T MISS IT!

I.C.O.N will be sharing the stage on this leg of the tour with rising bands such as KYRBGRINDER and LINE OF FIRE plus making an appearance at the METALGODS FESTIVAL in Mansfield in May alongside DEF CON ONE, STUKA SQUADRON, EVIL SCARECROW and many more.

The second leg of the tour will be announced later in the year - and spreading much further afield...

Keep up to date with all the bands announcements at facebook.com/icon.uk and the band would like you to share this tour event with all your metal friends and help spread the word of I.C.O.N - Your support is greatly appreciated.

Get ready for the metal onslaught that is I.C.O.N live in 2012!! See you on the road!

Sat 24th March - The Rigger, Stoke with guests WE WERE GHOSTS Tour warm up show

Sun 1st April - Wangies, Eccles guests to KYRBGRINDER Tour warm up show

NEW BORN LIE 2012 SPRING UK TOUR ----------------------------------------------

Thurs 5th April - Grand Central, Manchester

Sat 7th April - Sanctuary, Burnley

Sat 14th April - Gasworks, Bradford (With special guests LINE OF FIRE)

Fri 20th April - Flying Shuttle, Bury

Sat 28th April - Three Tuns, Whitehaven

Saturday 5th May - Swan with two necks, Macclesfield

Friday 11th May - Rampage, Preston

Saturday 26th May - MetalGods Festival, Intake, Mansfield (Alongside EVIL SCARECROW, DEF CON ONE, STUKA SQUADRON and many more) Tickets now on sale here http://www.seetickets.com/Event/METAL-GODS-FESTIVAL-2012/Intake-Club/592385

Stolen drumkit...please help our friend...

Our brother Larry Paterson has been the victim of a callous, spineless theft.

The fuckers in question have stolen Larry's drumkit from Palmer's Green, London around the last 24 hours.

PLEASE - Take a look at the details below, forward this on to ANY musical buddies you know and let's return this

equipment to it's rightful owner.

Larry is one of THE best metal drummers around and needs your support.

Thanks eternally friends. :)


Gear stolen

November 9, 2011

Looks like I’ll need too update my gear section.

I need people to keep their eyes open for my lovely Mapex drum kit and cymbals. It’s been stolen from Palmer’s Green. The kit is unusual in that its colour is not available for that series.

The gear comprised:

Mapex Saturn Series in Ebony Burst with Chrome Hardware. Full description including codes is -

SWT1009U-TK Saturn 10×9 Tom in Ebony Burst

SWT1210U-TK Saturn 12×10 Tom in Ebony Burst

SWT1411U-TK Saturn 14×11 Tom in Ebony Burst

SWF1616U-TK Saturn 16×16 Floor Tom in Ebony Burst

14″ x 6 1/2″ Black Panther Sledgehammer Snare Drum

Tama Iron Cobra power glide double pedal

H950A HiHat Stand

S950A Snare Stand

TH682 Double Tom Holder

2x B75 2x Boom Arm

AC908 Multi Clamp

B950A Boom Stand

B995A Triple Boom Stand


Paiste 14″ Crunch Hi-Hats

Paiste 20″ Reflector Heavy Crash

Paiste 18″ RUDE Wild Crash

Paiste 18″ RUDE Crash/Ride

Paiste 17″ Signature Crash

Paiste 2002 18″ Novo-China

Paiste Powerslave Signature 22″ Bell Ride (based on the Reflector)

Hardcase cases for all the above. The cymbal case and snare case have stickers all over them and writing including Chokehold, Rogue Male, Blaze Bayley and Russian customs stickers.

Toolbox full of spares

Stick bag with signature Wincent sticks and a pair of Zildjian gloves

(bought in Brazil when my thumb got injured

Autumn/Winter UK tour 2011 - Dates now in...

I.C.O.N are delighted to announce their Autumn/Winter UK tour for 2011.

Check the tour dates section for the details.

One or two more yet to add to the schedule - we will give you those as they come in.

We’re very excited to be bringing the new line up to venues and friends that we are returning to and places we are also playing for the first time on this tour.

We look forward to seeing you down the front at a venue near you, then at the bar!

To our friends in London, Europe and the rest of the UK - Watch out in 2012...

See you on the road...

New dates for the diary...

Some new dates to add to your diary friends. We're very pleased to be returning to Preston to rock out at another cool RTR events night in late Sept. A hometown appearance at Sanctuary as part of their birthday weekend is one we're looking forward to also! Plus, we're delighted to be performing alongside legendary classic rock bands ROGUE MALE in Oct and TYSON DOG in Nov. Many more to be announced over the next few weeks. Come catch the new line up and rock out with us! Friday September 23rd - Roper Hall, Preston (As part of the new 'Rock On Preston' nights) Saturday September 24th - Sanctuary, Burnley (As part of Sanctuary's Big Birthday weekend) Thursday October 6th - The Roadhouse, Birmingham (Special guests to ROGUE MALE) Friday November 11th - The Railway, Bolton (Special guests to TYSON DOG) More details to follow. Look forward to seeing you all on the road! \m/

I.C.O.N welcomes new drummer...

To all our friends,

Firstly, we would like to publically thank Larry Paterson for all his help and support this past couple of months. Larry offered to step in to fill the drum stool for our tour dates whilst we auditioned potential drummers. He has played an important role in keeping the band active and positive during this period. Larry, we are forever grateful for all you have done for us and you are most certainly an honorary family member of I.C.O.N. Thank you so much from all of us and the best of luck with your exciting future projects. We would also like to specially thank Anna Di Laurenzio for her help and advice and being a great friend to us.

I.C.O.N are very pleased to welcome drummer Aaron Youd into the band, completing our new line up.

After a stunning audition, the chemistry between Aaron and the rest of us is electric. His goals, enthusiasm and focus match ours, and we’re very excited about his presence in I.C.O.N.

We’ve auditioned some superb drummers this past couple of months (and we thank you all for your time, we’re very grateful.)

Aaron’s unique and powerful drumming style absolutely gel with the band, refreshing the debut album material and we’re looking forward to getting back out on tour and bringing the new line up to our friends everywhere!

The welcoming of Aaron and our new bassist Reece Bevan brings to a close the toughest period of the band that we’ve faced so far. We’d like to thank everyone for their support these past few months, our family behind the scenes, including Ang, Steve and Julie. Our personal friends who have kept us going, and to our amazing fans - we’re grateful for your messages and inspiration.

Now, it’s back to the rehearsal room for the four of us and working hard for the upcoming tour dates which we will be giving you shortly.

After a number of important meetings with management, we have much in the pipeline and are now very excited about the time ahead.

Rest assured friends, lots to share very soon…

Thank you for your support.

Good to be back.


Mark Sagar - Vocals Scott Knowles - Guitar Reece Bevan - Bass Aaron Youd - Drums