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MIKE PORTNOY: 'Metal Is Bigger And Better Than Ever'

Former DREAM THEATER and current SONS OF APOLLO and METAL ALLEGIANCE drummer Mike Portnoy was recently interviewed by Anne Erickson. You can now listen to the chat below. Asked for his opinion on the state of the current heavy metal scene, Portnoy said: "I think metal is bigger and better than ever. It went through ...

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Video: JOE LYNN TURNER Performs RAINBOW, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Classics In Westland, Michigan

Quality multi-camera video footage of legendary hard rock singer Joe Lynn Turner's (RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) January 19 performance at the Token Lounge in Westland, Michigan can be seen below (clips edited and produced by George S Pogacich and Ken Kitt). Turner last year slammed Ritchie Blackmore for the guitarist's decision to go out ...

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Watch SONS OF APOLLO Perform DREAM THEATER's 'Lines In The Sand'

SONS OF APOLLO, the "supergroup" featuring former DREAM THEATER members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian alongside Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-GUNS N' ROSES), Billy Sheehan (THE WINERY DOGS, MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-JOURNEY, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN'S RISING FORCE), made its live debut on February 3 as part of the Cruise To The ...

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CLOCKWORK REVOLUTION Feat. Ex-Members Of YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, CRIMSON GLORY, KAMELOT: 'Fade Away' Video

"Fade Away", the new video from CLOCKWORK REVOLUTION, the band featuring former members of YNGWIE MALMSTEEN'S RISING FORCE, CRIMSON GLORY and KAMELOT, can be seen below. The song is taken from CLOCKWORK REVOLUTION's self-titled debut album, which was released last September via Sonic Night Music Club. Formed at the end of 2015, CLOCKWORK REVOLUTION's debut ...

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MIKE PORTNOY Says 'It's Sad To See' RUSH Come To An End

Mike Portnoy says that it's "sad to see" RUSH come to an end but he believes that the legendary Canadian rock band deserves respect for "going out on top." RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson recently said that his band has no plans to tour or record again in the future. His comments came two years after ...

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JOE SATRIANI Says 'G3' Tour Was Created Because 'Success Had Isolated' Him From Everybody

Guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani says his long-running "G3" tour was created because success had isolated him from his fellow musicians. The tour, which launched in 1996 with Satriani along with Eric Johnson and Steve Vai, has since showcased some of rock's best guitarists, including John Petrucci (DREAM THEATER), Steve Morse (DEEP PURPLE), Yngwie Malmsteen, Paul ...

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Legendary Rock Producer CHRIS TSANGARIDES Dead At 61

Legendary rock producer Chris Tsangarides passed away early this morning (Sunday, January 7) after reportedly being taken ill at the start of the year. According to his daughter Anastasia Tsangarides, Chris was battling pneumonia and heart failure at the time of his death. He was 61 years old. The British Grammy-nominated record producer, sound engineer, ...

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MIKE PORTNOY On 'Prioritizing' SONS OF APOLLO: 'This Isn't Just Some Sort Of Recording Project; This Is A Real Band'

Drummer Mike Portnoy (SONS OF APOLLO, ex-DREAM THEATER) was recently interviewed by Let's Rock. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET and Korea Guitar): On why SONS OF APOLLO wasn't formed sooner: Mike: "[Keyboardist] Derek [Sherinian] and myself, along with [bassist] Billy Sheehan and [guitarist] Tony MacAlpine, ...

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RON KEEL Signs With MEGADETH Bassist's EMP LABEL GROUP

EMP Label Group, the U.S.-based label of MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson, has announced the formation of EMP Outlaw, a southern rock/outlaw country imprint. EMP Outlaw will reissue "Metal Cowboy", the 2014 independent release from STEELER/KEEL vocalist Ron Keel, on March 2. 2018 will also see the studio debut from RON KEEL BAND, the highly anticipated ...

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN: 'I Never Rest On My Laurels'

Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen was recently interviewed by Sweetwater's Nick Bowcott (former guitarist of GRIM REAPER). The full chat can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On his musical influences: Yngwie: "I listened to all those blues records. They were great — Clapton, John Mayall. Then eventually I heard GENESIS ...

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Watch W.A.S.P.'s Entire Moscow Concert

Fan-filmed video footage of W.A.S.P.'s entire November 30 performance at Stadium in Moscow, Russia can be seen below. Brazilian drummer Aquiles Priester made his live debut with W.A.S.P. at the opening show of the band's "Re-Idolized - The Crimson Idol 25th Anniversary World Tour" on September 25 at Trädgår'n in Gothenburg, Sweden. Aquiles said in ...

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Former CANDLEMASS Singer MESSIAH MARCOLIN Performs With PROCESSION In London (Video)

Former CANDLEMASS singer Messiah Marcolin joined the Chilean doom metal band PROCESSION on stage on November 20 at Nambucca in London, England to perform the CANDLEMASS classic "Solitude". Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen below. Messiah previously performed the same song with PROCESSION in 2011 in Stockholm, Sweden. Marcolin exited CANDLEMASS for ...

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Clockwork Revolution - CLOCKWORK REVOLUTION

Here's a interesting gathering of well-known metal artists: vocalist Wade Black (CRIMSON GLORY, LEATHERWOLF, LEASH LAW and WAR OF THRONES), drummer Patrick Johannson (W.A.S.P., CRIMSON GLORY, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and KAMELOT), bassist Dirk Van Tilborg (ALIAS, ATTAKK, CRIMSON GLORY and KAMELOT) and KINLIN guitarist Dewayne Hart. Together they form CLOCKWORK REVOLUTION, a power metal-hard rock hybrid ...

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Watch W.A.S.P. Perform In Tilburg

Fan-filmed video footage of W.A.S.P.'s November 12 performance at 013 in Tilburg, Netherlands can be seen below. Brazilian drummer Aquiles Priester made his live debut with W.A.S.P. at the opening show of the band's "Re-Idolized - The Crimson Idol 25th Anniversary World Tour" on September 25 at Trädgår'n in Gothenburg, Sweden. Aquiles said in a ...

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JEFF SCOTT SOTO: 'Retribution' Video Released

The official video for the song "Retribution" from Jeff Scott Soto can be seen below. The track is the title cut of his new album, which was released on November 10 via Frontiers Music Srl. Co-written and produced together with Jeff Scott Soto alumni Howie Simon, "Retribution" is Jeff's sixth proper solo studio album in ...

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OBSESSION: Early EP And Albums To Be Reissued

Inner Wound Recordings has announced reissues of the first three releases from the classic U.S. heavy metal band OBSESSION. The "Marshall Law" EP, "Scarred For Life" and "Methods Of Madness" will all be re-released on CD and digital on December 1. The CD editions come with a 12-page booklet that includes lyrics as well as ...

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Watch W.A.S.P. Perform In Paris

Fan-filmed video footage of W.A.S.P.'s October 29 performance at Élysée Montmartre in Paris, France can be seen below. Brazilian drummer Aquiles Priester made his live debut with W.A.S.P. at the opening show of the band's "Re-Idolized - The Crimson Idol 25th Anniversary World Tour" on September 25 at Trädgår'n in Gothenburg, Sweden. Aquiles said in ...

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Psychotic Symphony - SONS OF APOLLO

Since leaving DREAM THEATER seven years ago, Mike Portnoy has been remarkably prolific, having formed several supergroups (THE WINERY DOGS, FLYING COLORS, METAL ALLEGIANCE) while continuing to serve as Neal Morse's percussionist-in-crime on multiple albums and tours. In addition, he's toured extensively with TWISTED SISTER and AVENGED SEVENFOLD; he's recorded and performed with ADRENALINE MOB ...

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II: Become the Storm - BRENDON SMALL'S GALAKTIKON

Where did five years go? Brendon Small is back, not that he ever left. "Metalocalypse" may have finally succumbed to a death it cannot revive from, though its co-creator's since found much to do in the way of comedy, animation, podcasting, guest shredding and so-forth. In 2012, Small debuted the first installment of what is ...

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MIKE PORTNOY Doesn't Plan On 'Revisiting' DREAM THEATER Material Once SHATTERED FORTRESS Tour Ends

Drummer Mike Portnoy (SONS OF APOLLO, ex-DREAM THEATER) was recently interviewed by Chile's Video Volante. The full chat can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On his recent detours away from progressive metal: Mike: "Even though I made my name in progressive music with DREAM THEATER for twenty-five years, I could ...

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JEFF SCOTT SOTO: 'Feels Like Forever' Video Released

The official video for the song "Feels Like Forever" from Jeff Scott Soto can be seen below. The track is taken from his new album, "Retribution", which will be released on November 10 via Frontiers Music Srl. Says Jeff: "Here it is, finally — one of the two clips we created for 'Retribution'. This one ...

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