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DEEP PURPLE's STEVE MORSE On Future Of Guitar: 'I Think It's Always Gonna Be Part Of Music'

DEEP PURPLE's Steve Morse has dismissed reports of the impending death of U.S. guitar business, saying that the instrument will "always" be part of music. As more popular music has been made with computers, international guitar sales began to decline, creating a challenge for larger manufacturers and retailers like iconic brand Gibson, which filed for ...

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HALESTORM's LZZY HALE 'Empowers People,' Says JOE HOTTINGER

HALESTORM guitarist Joe Hottinger says that lead singer Lzzy Hale has a knack for making the band's fans feel empowered. "She does that; she empowers people," he told the Wichita, Kansas radio stations KICT and KFXJ (hear audio below). "She gets on social media — on Twitter and stuff — and she's just, like, 'Ask ...

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MANILLA ROAD's MARK 'THE SHARK' SHELTON Dead At 60

Mark "The Shark" Shelton, a founding member of the legendary epic metal band MANILLA ROAD, has died at the age of 60. He passed away Friday morning after performing at the Headbangers Open Air festival in Brande-Hörnerkirchen, Germany. The band confirmed in a live Facebook video that Shelton died of a heart attack. "Last night ...

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Listen To New HALESTORM Song 'Do Not Disturb'

"Do Not Disturb", a brand new song from HALESTORM, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's fourth album, "Vicious", which will be released on July 27 via Atlantic. Although based on a true story, the raunchy song wasn't originally intended to be a HALESTORM track. Frontwoman Lzzy Hale explains: "I don't ...

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UNDERØATH Announces Fall 2018 Tour With DANCE GAVIN DANCE

UNDERØATH will embark on the "Erase Me" tour this fall. It is the band's first major market headline tour in support of its new album, "Erase Me" (Fearless Records), which recently debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top Album Sales chart. The tour finds UNDERØATH returning to many markets they previously sold out on ...

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METALLICA's LARS ULRICH Recalls Meeting JAMES HETFIELD For First Time: 'He Was Very Shy And Super Introverted'

The day before METALLICA was honored with the prestigious Polar Music Prize on June 14 in Stockholm, Sweden, the band's drummer, Lars Ulrich, was interviewed by music journalist Jan Gradvall. During the hour-long chat, which can be seen below, Ulrich spoke about METALLICA's beginnings back in the early 1980s, their musical influences and long and ...

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STEPHEN PEARCY: 'WARREN DEMARTINI Was Not Fired' From RATT

RATT singer Stephen Pearcy says that Warren DeMartini "didn't wanna go out there" and play shows with the band, leading to the guitarist's departure from the group. Pearcy and bassist Juan Croucier are the sole remaining original members in RATT's current lineup, which made its live debut Saturday night (July 7) in Mulvane, Kansas. Joining ...

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STEVE VAI, ZAKK WYLDE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, NUNO BETTENCOURT To Join Forces For Second North American 'Generation Axe' Tour

The term "supergroup" gets thrown around on a regular basis these days. However, "Generation Axe" undisputedly brings together some of the greatest guitarists of all time. Steve Vai, Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt and Tosin Abasi once again will join together to tour North America to stage 32 appearances across the country. Beginning on ...

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RATT's New Lineup Performs Live For First Time: Video, Photos

RATT's new lineup made its live debut last night (Saturday, July 7) in Mulvane, Kansas. Fan-filmed video footage and photos of the concert can be found below. Singer Stephen Pearcy and bassist Juan Croucier are the sole remaining original members in RATT's current lineup, which also includes drummer Pete Holmes (BLACK 'N BLUE, RATT'S JUAN ...

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RATT's Rumored New Lineup Revealed

According to Metal Sludge, singer Stephen Pearcy and bassist Juan Croucier have recruited drummer Pete Holmes (BLACK 'N BLUE, RATT'S JUAN CROUCIER), lead guitarist Jordan Ziff (RAZER) and rhythm guitarist Chris Sanders (BRITNY FOX, KNIGHT FURY) to play in the new lineup of RATT. Pearcy and Croucier are the sole remaining original members ...

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Drummer JIMMY DEGRASSO Is No Longer Involved With RATT

Drummer Jimmy DeGrasso has confirmed to SiriusXM DJ Eddie Trunk that he is no longer part of RATT. Singer Stephen Pearcy and bassist Juan Croucier are the sole remaining original members in RATT's current lineup, which will make its live debut in Mulvane, Kansas on July 7. When RATT announced its 2018 relaunch, Pearcy said ...

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Watch HALESTORM's Official Visualizer Video For 'Black Vultures'

HALESTORM has released the official "visualizer" video for its new single, "Black Vultures". Check it out below. The track is taken from the band's fourth album, "Vicious", which will be released on July 27 via Atlantic. Recorded last year at Nashville, Tennesse's Rock Falcon recording studio with producer Nick Raskulinecz, "Vicious" is available for pre-order ...

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CLUTCH's NEIL FALLON Says Playing Live Is 'The Only Exercise' He Gets All Day While On Tour

Shawn Wiseman of Rock All Photography recently conducted an interview with frontman Neil Fallon of Maryland rockers CLUTCH about the band's forthcoming "Book Of Bad Decisions" studio album. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On regularly conjuring up the live-show energy as CLUTCH's frontman: ...

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Listen To New HALESTORM Single 'Black Vultures'

HALESTORM will release its fourth album, "Vicious", on July 27 via Atlantic. The second single from the disc, "Black Vultures", can be streamed below. Recorded last year at Nashville, Tennesse's Rock Falcon recording studio with producer Nick Raskulinecz, "Vicious" is available for pre-order at all DSPs and streaming services. Deluxe album packages are available for ...

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CLUTCH Announces North American Tour With SEVENDUST

Maryland rockers CLUTCH have announced U.S./Canada fall dates for their "Book Of Bad Decisions Tour 2018". CLUTCH is making the following special offer for this tour: The price of a ticket when purchased in advance online includes a physical CD copy of CLUTCH's new album, "Book Of Bad Decisions". Fans will receive information on how ...

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GEORGE LYNCH Says He Received Offer To Join New Lineup Of RATT

During an interview with SiriusXM DJ Eddie Trunk that aired yesterday (Thursday, June 14), guitarist George Lynch (DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB, KXM) revealed that he recently received an offer to play with RATT. Asked whether the rumors are true that he was asked to join the current touring lineup of RATT — presumably alongside singer Stephen ...

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