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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

I.C.O.N welcomes new bassist. The family grows once more...


I.C.O.N are delighted to announce the arrival of bass player Reece Bevan to the band.

Reece played with legendary Northern metal band Nightmare Visions for many years and is well known to us. We have great memories of sharing a stage with NV when both bands were guests to Ex-Iron Maiden vocalist Blaze Bayley in 2008 and hazy memories of sharing lots of beers afterwards...!

After talking to many bass players these past few weeks, it was obvious to us that Reece was the natural choice to join I.C.O.N from meeting with him.

Reece has been knocking us out with his huge bass sound, solid playing, energy and commitment and we’re thrilled about his sound on I.C.O.N music present and future.

We’re now looking forward to our first live dates with him, which will be in Europe in July.

As we also have our good mate Larry Paterson on drums for these Euro shows, to say we’re excited about the four of us hitting the stage together is an understatement!

We hope you will give Reece a warm welcome to the family and we all look forward to seeing you on tour soon.

For us now, the focus is on our brand new material, finding our new drummer and rebuilding the beast that is I.C.O.N...!

The ascent has begun...

Thank you for your support friends.

More soon,


I.C.O.N on the Radio...

I.C.O.N will be on 'Total Biker FM' Thursday evening (19th May) on the fantastic 'Kuschel & Dee Dees Chaos Theory @Total Biker FM' show! They broadcast from 9pm - 12am If you like metal, tune in, enjoy and don't forget to visit their Facebook page and 'like'...they rock hard! http://www.totalbikerfm.com I.C.O.N will be appearing on the BBC Radio Lancashire programme 'BBC Introducing' presented by Sean McGinty. Tune in LIVE from 7.30pm on THURSDAY 9th JUNE to hear Sean chat with Mark and Scott. They will be performing a couple of acoustic versions of I.C.O.N songs, plus you can hear some choice metal tracks chosen by the lads. You can listen online too: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/radio/bbc_radio_lancashire/listenlive Stay metal, I.C.O.N


To all friends of I.C.O.N - It is with considerable regret that I.C.O.N must sadly announce the departure of drummer James Henderson. James joined the band in 2005 and made I.C.O.N his home very quickly. He has been an incredible powerhouse behind the kit for us and a very important person in the development of I.C.O.N over the last 6 years. His decision to leave the band was not made lightly but he feels he must move on to a new phase in his life and we completely accept his decision. There is no animosity, no problems, no anger and as he leaves the band, James is still and always will be a brother to us. More than his drumming, we are going to miss James as a person terribly and his sense of humour, drive and spirit which has made the last 6 years so special for us all. His commitment to the band has been enormous and he has been very strong during tougher times for us. James, we will miss you in the band very much indeed. Thank you for everything you have done for I.C.O.N and all the very best to you mate. Our bassist Joe has been with us since last September. He has been superb to work with and a great deal of fun, but Joe is a very busy musician with lots of projects he’s committed to and unfortunately cannot give I.C.O.N his full attention. Therefore, we will also be searching for a full time member to join us on bass guitar. Joe will continue to work with us when he can though as we search. Obviously, this now means huge change for I.C.O.N. After a great deal of thought and consideration, we have decided to continue. I.C.O.N means too much to us to let go of and we have worked too hard to quit. We are building a fantastic fanbase and we are on the verge of great things for the band. So, what next…? First, we’re going to take some time out to regroup and get things in order. Unfortunately, we are going to have to cancel our upcoming UK dates in late May and in June. We apologise to our friends in Preston, Derby and Hull, but rest assured, we will return as soon as we possibly can. Our European tour in July WILL go ahead as planned however. We are delighted to have our good friend Larry Paterson (Chokehold, IV Stroke, Blaze Bayley) behind the kit for this tour. Larry has generously offered to fill the drum stool for these shows in Europe and we are very grateful he’s stepping in. We will still be appearing on ‘BBC Introducing’ on BBC Radio Lancashire on Thursday 9th June. We will be performing a couple of acoustic versions of I.C.O.N songs and chatting with presenter Sean McGinty. Change can also be very exciting. We are now looking forward to this next phase of I.C.O.N. We will continue to write our next album and are going to record and release it in 2012 as planned. Our determination and passion for the band has become even stronger. Our search will now begin for new members of the family to join us on drums and on bass guitar. We will keep you all updated. If anyone reading this feels they have what’s necessary to succeed in a busy, hard working metal band, we are happy to arrange an audition. Email us at Iconrock@hotmail.com, but please, only serious, dedicated musicians willing to put in 100% with no other bands on the go. Life in a band is often not as glamorous as you may think… Thank you for your amazing support of I.C.O.N. We’re hugely appreciative. We are very lucky to have so many people who love what we do. We love it too, and that is why we will continue and return. Stronger, meaner and more determined than ever… We WILL see you soon. Stay metal, Mark Sagar Scott Knowles May 2011

On tour...

The first couple of dates on the Spring tour have been excellent.

Our show at the Snooty Fox, Wakefield was a top night with Sizen and Six Second Silence. The crowd were awesome headbangers and we had a great night!!

A big thank you to everyone that packed the Sanctuary, Burnley out for us on Saturday. It was great to play back home again and get such a cool reception. Big thanks. We'll see you again Burnley.

We're at the Grand Central, Manchester on Thursday 14th April and Stereo, York on Saturday 16th April.

See you there!

Home Sweet Home!

A HUGE thank you to all our fans who packed Sanctuary Burnley out, despite the weather, on Saturday night. In our first hometown gig for almost a year, it was fantastic to see so many people give us all such a great reception, welcome Joe into the family and in our last show of the year, see out 2010 on such a superb note. A few thanks are in order for Saturday from the band... Big thanks to Thom from Sanctuary for all his support and great sound on Saturday, and main man Rob too for all his hard work and support of I.C.O.N. A special thank you to FLATLINE for stepping in as a great support at the very last minute. Look out for this band, they rock! Thanks also to Paul for helping us set that up. A good few were asking about Line of Fire from Derby, who sadly had to postpone due to the terrible weather of late. These guys will be up here with us next year, so don't miss it! We will not leave it so long next year Burnley until you see us again, so we'll see you in April 2011 where you will be amongst the first to hear brand new material road tested for the next album! Look out for our I.C.O.N review of 2010, coming soon.

Hometown show for final date of 2010

I.C.O.N return to Sanctuary Burnley, next week - Saturday 4th December for the first hometown show in nearly a year. Special guests are the excellent metal band Line of Fire featuring the guitarist from UK thrashers Lawnmower Deth. These guys are just about to release their second EP and they rock hard! This will also be the first opportunity for our fans and friends at home to check out our new line up with our new bassist Joe Nearney! The night is free entry, doors are around 9pm. We hope to see you down there with us. Best to ya.

I.C.O.N to support UK thrash legends Lawnmower Deth

I.C.O.N have been confirmed for a concert with legendary UK thrashers LAWNMOWER DETH on Saturday May 28th 2011. The venue is the fantastic rock club, The Old Bell in Derby. Also on the bill - Evil Scarecrow, Virus, Line of Fire, R H Conspiracy, Addictive Philosophy, Ericbana and Hellrazer. Tickets are £8 adv and £10 on the door. Full details can be found at the Old bell website: http://www.myspace.com/theoldbellinderby