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STRYPER's MICHAEL SWEET Is 'Concerned' About His Band's Future

Michael Sweet of openly Christian rockers STRYPER says that he is "concerned" about the future of his band. The vast majority of musicians are struggling more than ever without income from concerts and merch sales due to pandemic-induced lockdowns. Since it's become clear that concerts full of tightly packed fans won't be returning in a ...

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TRIUMPH's RIK EMMETT On Bands Who Use Backing Tracks During Live Performances: 'We Live In A Different World Now'

Guitarist/vocalist Rik Emmett of the legendary Canadian power trio TRIUMPH has weighed in on bands who rely heavily on pre-recorded tracks during their live performances. In recent years, more and more artists have been given a pass for using backing tracks, drum triggers and other assorted technology that makes concerts more synthetic but also more ...

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How PANTERA Was Influenced By EXHORDER

In a brand new interview with Poisoned Rock webzine, guitarist Marzi Montazeri of New Orleans-based thrash metal pioneers EXHORDER was asked to comment on his band's alleged influence on PANTERA's decision to move from a power metal act to a more aggressive form of thrash. "Look, you're asking a question from someone that actually was ...

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Ex-GUNS N' ROSES Guitarist DJ ASHBA: 'Hypnotic' Video Preview

"Hypnotic", the debut single from ASHBA, the solo project of former GUNS N' ROSES and current SIXX:A.M. guitarist DJ Ashba, will make its online debut on August 14 via Edgeout Records. The track, which was mixed and mastered by three-time Grammy nominee Luca Pretolesi of Studio DMI (Steve Aoki, Diplo, Lil Jon), features a guest ...

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Former AGNOSTIC FRONT Bassist ALAN PETERS Dies

Former AGNOSTIC FRONT bassist Alan Peters (second from left in photo above), who played on the legendary hardcore band's 1987 album "Liberty And Justice For..." album, has died. The news of his passing was confirmed by AGNOSTIC FRONT in a social media post on Friday (August 7). The group wrote: "Today was a very sad ...

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Ex-QUEENSRŸCHE Singer GEOFF TATE: 'It's Very Disheartening To Play With A Bunch Of People Who Aren't Interested In Being There'

Former QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate recently spoke to "Singers Speaking", the new video podcast hosted by Nick Reese of the hard rock band JOYOUS WOLF. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about his current solo backing band, Tate said: "I have all of these very young musicians playing with me, which I love, ...

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HEATHEN: Lyric Video For 'Empire Of The Blind' Title Track

San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans HEATHEN will release their fourth studio album, "Empire Of the Blind", on September 18 via Nuclear Blast Records. The lyric video for the second single, the title track, can be seen below. HEATHEN comments: "We are very proud to announce the second single, title track from our new ...

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STEEL PANTHER's STIX ZADINIA To SEBASTIAN BACH: 'It's A Bad Idea To Pick A Fight With A Guy Like CHRIS JERICHO'

STEEL PANTHER drummer Stix Zadinia has once again come to Chris Jericho's defense after Sebastian Bach accused FOZZY's lead singer of using pre-recorded vocal tracks during live performances. Last month, Jericho challenged Bach to a "singoff" with "no effects, no tuning, no bullshit" in response to Sebastian's allegation that Chris "mimes to a tape" during ...

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DREAM THEATER To Begin Work On New Studio Album In The Fall

DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci has confirmed to Spain's Metal Hammer magazine that the band is planning to use some of its coronavirus downtime to work on the follow-up to last year's "Distance Over Time" album. "There's a lot going on musically this year," Petrucci said (see video below). "Obviously, everybody's trying to be creative. ...

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NIGHTWISH's FLOOR JANSEN Releases English-Language Version Of Her Solo Song, 'The Fight Goes On'

NIGHTWISH singer Floor Jansen has released an English-language version of her recently recorded solo song, "The Fight Goes On". The original Dutch-language version of the track, "De Beelden Blijven", was written by Han Kooreneef and recorded for the documentary "Kinderen In Oorlog: 75 Jaar Later" in cooperation with War Child. War Child is an organization ...

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THE SWORD Releases Sludgy Cover Of RUSH's 'Working Man'

Texan riff masters THE SWORD have released the third and final installment of their three-song mini-series — "Conquest Of Quarantine" lockdown session — a bone-rattling cover of the RUSH classic "Working Man". THE SWORD bassist Bryan Richie comments: "In the early 2000s, we were given a CD by one of Kyle's record store buddies, with ...

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