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Ex-W.A.S.P. Guitarist CHRIS HOLMES Blasts Bands Who Use Backing Tracks: 'If You Pay To See A Real Gig, It Should Be Real'

Former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes 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 relying on pre-recorded tracks, drum triggers and other assorted technology that makes concerts mor...
June 26, 2023
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MITCH MALLOY On Musicians Who Rely Heavily On Backing Tracks: 'I Think Some Bands Use It Too Much'

Former GREAT WHITE singer Mitch Malloy 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 relying on pre-recorded tracks, drum triggers and other assorted technology that makes concerts mor...
June 21, 2023
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GRAHAM BONNET Says He Understands Why Some Aging Singers Rely On Pre-Recorded Tapes For Lead Vocals

Legendary rock vocalist Graham Bonnet (RAINBOW, MSG, ALCATRAZZ, GRAHAM BONNET BAND) has weighed in on singers and 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 relying on pre-recorded tracks, drum trigg...
June 17, 2023
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PHIL COLLEN Explains Why ADRIAN SMITH Didn't Land DEF LEPPARD Guitarist Gig After 1991 Audition

DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen has confirmed that IRON MAIDEN's Adrian Smith and ex-WHITESNAKE/THIN LIZZY guitarist John Sykes were among a handful of musicians who tried out for DEF LEPPARD following the passing of Steve Clarke. Another WHITESNAKE alumnus, Vivian Campbell, ended up landing the g...
June 17, 2023
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BOBBY GUSTAFSON Says Increased Touring Costs Are To Blame For His Exit From VIO-LENCE

In a new interview with Into The Pit, guitarist Bobby Gustafson once again opened up about his fall 2022 exit from San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans VIO-LENCE. The 57-year-old musician, who is based in Florida, said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "[The split happened] for the same...
June 16, 2023
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WOLFGANG VAN HALEN Blasts Bands Who Rely Heavily On Backing Tracks: 'You Should Be Able To Play Your S**t'

Former VAN HALEN bassist and current MAMMOTH WVH frontman Wolfgang Van Halen has once again blasted 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 relying on pre-recorded tracks, drum triggers and other...
June 15, 2023
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Watch HD Video Of IRON MAIDEN's Concert In Leipzig During 2023 'The Future Past Tour'

British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN played the eighth concert of their "The Future Past Tour" on Sunday (June 11) at the Quarterback Immobilien Arena in Leipzig, Germany. Fan-filmed video of the concert can be found below. "The Future Past Tour" features previously unperformed songs from the ban...
June 12, 2023
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Watch: STEVE HARRIS Is Less Than Amused By BRUCE DICKINSON's Stage Antics At Prague Concert

IRON MAIDEN's Steve Harris appeared less than amused with his bandmate Bruce Dickinson after the singer tried to place a piece of headgear on the bassist's head at a recent concert in the Czech Republic. The incident happened during MAIDEN's May 31 performance at the O2 Arena in Prague. While Harris...
June 10, 2023
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Watch: IRON MAIDEN Performs In Tampere, Finland During 2023 'The Future Past Tour'

British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN played the fifth concert of their "The Future Past Tour" on Sunday (June 4) in Tampere, Finland. "The Future Past Tour" features previously unperformed songs from the band's most recent studio album, "Senjutsu", along with a focus on 1986's "Somewhere In Time"...
June 5, 2023
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Watch: IRON MAIDEN Performs In Prague During 2023 'The Future Past Tour'

British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN played the second concert of their "The Future Past Tour" earlier today (Tuesday, May 30) in Prague, Czech Republic. "The Future Past Tour" features previously unperformed songs from the band's most recent studio album, "Senjutsu", along with a focus on 1986's...
May 30, 2023
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AC/DC's BRIAN JOHNSON Is Looking Forward To Playing POWER TRIP Festival: 'The Juices Are Running Again'

AC/DC singer Brian Johnson can't wait to party alongside his old pals as rock and roll royalty get pumped up about this year's Power Trip festival. AC/DC is among the headliners on a bill of veteran rockers who will take to the stage in California October 6-8. It will be the iconic Australian band's...
May 30, 2023
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Watch: IRON MAIDEN Performs 'Alexander The Great' Live For First Time At 'The Future Past Tour' Kickoff

British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN kicked off their "The Future Past Tour" earlier today (Sunday, May 28) in Ljubljana, Slovenia. "The Future Past Tour" features previously unperformed songs from the band's most recent studio album, "Senjutsu", along with a focus on 1986's "Somewhere In Time" L...
May 28, 2023
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Is BLACKIE LAWLESS Using Backing Tapes For His Lead Vocals? 'When I'm Up There, I'm Singing My Ass Off', He Says

During a May 25 appearance on SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk", W.A.S.P. frontman Blackie Lawless was once again asked about complaints from some of the band's fans about the use of backing tracks during the group's live performances. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Abo...
May 26, 2023
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VANDENBERG Shares Lyric Video For 'Sin' Title Track

VANDENBERG will release a new studio album, "Sin", on August 25 via Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group. The official lyric video for the LP's second single, the title track, can be seen below. VANDENBERG leader Adrian Vandenberg shares: "Sin. Just a tiny, three-letter word but one with a very compreh...
May 17, 2023
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DIAMOND HEAD's BRIAN TATLER On Joining SAXON's Touring Lineup: 'I Was Happy To Accept The Offer'

In a new interview with Ernest Skinner of Border City Rock Talk, DIAMOND HEAD guitarist Brian Tatler spoke about the recent announcement that he was joining SAXON as the replacement for recently departed founding guitarist Paul Quinn. "Paul Quinn has stepped down from touring because — I think partl...
May 15, 2023