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Classic Rock Awards 2016 - Kirk Hammett and Phil Collen Join the Fray

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Tokyo, Japan – August 10, 2016 – KLab, a leader in online mobile games, announced today that its subsidiary KLab Entertainment Inc., in partnership with TeamRock.com, has officially revealed the third round of artists for the Classic Rock Awards 2016 + Live Performance. This year’s event, sponsored by KLab Entertainment, is the first ever in the series to be held in Japan.

Classic Rock Awards 2016
Artists: Phil Collen, Kirk Hammett (Photo credits: Ross Halfin)
Jeff Beck, Cheap Trick, Joe Walsh

The third round of artists announcements for the event feature Metallica’s Kirk Hammett and Def Leppard’s Phil Collen.

Kirk Hammett has gained international fame as the much-celebrated lead guitarist of perhaps the greatest heavy metal band of all time, Metallica. The band, now celebrating its 35th anniversary, has won numerous awards and Grammies and produced multiple US Billboard chart-topping hits. Recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Metallica truly fits the definition of a legend of rock. Kirk Hammett has also flexed his creative muscles in the business arena, founding his own guitar effect pedal company, KHDK.

Phil Collen is the legendary lead guitarist of one of England’s biggest metal bands, Def Leppard. Having celebrated 35 years since its debut just last year, the band has produced mega-hit albums such as Hysteria and Pyromania that changed the face of metal forever. Collen, known for his muscular physique and generally healthy life-style, is also famous for his blues-tinged hard rock tastes that have delighted fans for decades. In 2015, he launched his blues-rooted side project Delta Deep, garnering international attention and proving that he still has much to contribute to the world of music.

Siân Llewellyn, Editor of Classic Rock, commented, “First London, then Los Angeles and now Japan. Last November we announced our intention to take the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour to Tokyo, and today we’re delighted to open the public vote. With brilliant new bands to celebrate and fantastic releases from the last 12-months to consider, whittling down the shortlist proved a tougher task than ever. But we got there in the end!

"We’re also delighted to announce more incredible six-string talent for our show. In what will be an epic night of the guitars, Kirk Hammett and Def Leppard’s Phil Collen will now join Cheap Trick, Joe Walsh, Richie Sambora and Orianthi in an evening that celebrates the incomparable maestro Jeff Beck… Classic Rock? Big in Japan? You can say that again."

This years Classic Rock Awards event is the first ever to be held in Japan. The evening, divided into two parts, consists of both an awards ceremony and live performances by living legends. The current list of guests of honor for the night includes Jeff Beck, Cheap Trick, Joe Walsh, and with the addition of these two kings of metal, the new total now features six living legends of rock. All eyes are on Tokyo this November as the world of rock descends upon the city for one night of unforgettable entertainment.

Event Overview

The Classic Rock Awards 2016 + Live Performance

Featured Artists
Newly added: Kirk Hammett, Phil Collen
Jeff Beck, Cheap Trick, Richie Sambora, Orianthi, Joe Walsh, Slot Machine, and more to be announced.
* A list of performing artists will be announced via the official website at a later date.

Event Details
Date: Friday, November 11, 2016
Place: Ryogoku Kokugikan Stadium in Tokyo, Japan
Time: Doors open at 5 pm/Ceremony starts at 6 pm (Tentative schedule)

Classic Rock Awards 2016 Official Website

About KLab Entertainment Inc.

KLab Entertainment is a wholly-owned subsidiary of KLab which specializes in the events business. The company utilizes KLab’s expertise in acquiring IPs to organize a variety of events. By fusing the promotional and planning abilities of KLab Entertainment with the technical prowess of KLab, KLab Group is growing into an extensive entertainment company.

About TeamRock

TeamRock is the global home of Rock and Metal music. It connects rock fans with incredible content on a range of platforms and is already the go-to destination for fans and artists alike. Owner of the leading Rock and Metal brands TeamRock, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer, Prog, and the Blues, TeamRock engages with fans through websites and apps for mobile and desktop, digital and print magazines, as well as radio and gaming.

About Parallel Contemporary Music

Headquartered in the United Kingdom, Parallel Contemporary Music is involved in countless music events around the globe through its world-class concert sponsorship programs and music event planning and operation businesses.

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About KLab

KLab is a leader in online mobile gaming. Founded in 2000 and headquartered in Tokyo, the company is listed on the 1st Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. KLab has consistently ranked as one of the top 50 grossing game publishers worldwide since 2012. With its emphasis on quality and innovative games, KLab continues to grow at a rapid pace, expanding beyond the Japanese market with offices in Singapore, Shanghai, and the United States. For more information about KLab, please visit http://www.klab.com/jp/english/.