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FIREWIND Shares New Song 'Chains'

FIREWIND will release a new studio album, "Stand United", on March 1, 2024 via AFM. The official lyric video for the LP's latest single, the powerful hard rock anthem "Chains", can be seen below. FIREWIND mastermind Gus G. says: "This is the last single we put out as we're getting closer to the 'Sta...
February 9, 2024
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AVENGED SEVENFOLD's Immersive Interactive Concert To Be Released This Month

AVENGED SEVENFOLD's immersive interactive concert, created in collaboration with AmazeVR, the company behind what was billed as the world's first VR concert tour with artist Megan Thee Stallion in 2022, will be released on Apple Vision Pro and Meta Quest on February 28. The band said: "Honored to be...
February 2, 2024
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STATIC-X Collaborator EDSEL DOPE Is 'Skeptical' About KISS Avatars: 'I'm Not Sure That The Music Can Speak To A Younger Generation'

DOPE leader Edsel Dope, who is widely believed to be Xer0, the masked frontman of STATIC-X, has weighed in on KISS's announcement that the legendary rockers will continue as digital avatars. The technology, originally developed for ABBA's "Voyage" show in London, will allow KISS to stay "on the road...
January 21, 2024
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PAUL STANLEY: KISS Fans 'Got The Wrong Impression Initially Of The Avatars'

In a new interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, Paul Stanley commented on the skepticism from some of the KISS fans with regard to the band's recent announcement that the legendary rockers will continue as digital avatars. The technology, originally developed for ABBA's "Voyage" show in London, will...
January 18, 2024
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DAVID VINCENT And PETE SANDOVAL To Perform MORBID ANGEL's Entire 'Altars Of Madness' Album At MILWAUKEE METAL FEST

I AM MORBID, the band featuring former MORBID ANGEL members David Vincent (bass, vocals) and Pedro "Pete" Sandoval (drums),along with guitarists Richie Brown (EXMORTUS, THE ABSENCE, TRIVIUM) and Bill Hudson (NORTHTALE, DORO),will perform MORBID ANGEL's classic debut album, "Altars Of Madness", in...
January 11, 2024
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TOMMY THAYER On KISS Avatars: 'It'll Take Some Time To Get The Imagery Where We Want It To Be'

In a new interview with Guitar World magazine, KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer commented on the band's announcement that the legendary rockers will continue as digital avatars. The technology, originally developed for ABBA's "Voyage" show in London, will allow KISS to stay "on the road" in retirement. "...
January 9, 2024
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GENE SIMMONS On Recording A Song With Fans At New York’s ELECTRIC LADY STUDIOS: 'What An Amazing Experience'

Last month, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons offered fans the opportunity to spend a day with him at New York City's iconic Electric Lady studio, scene of the band's very first recording session, way back in 1972. For just under $6,000, purchasers (plus their guests) were able to record a song wit...
January 2, 2024
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First KISS Avatar Show Scheduled For 2027

Fans will apparently have to wait more than three years to see the first KISS avatar performance. Earlier today, KISS released a short video announcing that "a show" featuring the KISS avatars "is coming" in "2027". The band captioned the clip: "50 years is a long time, and what the future holds is...
December 22, 2023
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ACE FREHLEY Believes He Will Get Paid For Use Of 'Spaceman' Makeup In KISS Avatars

In a new interview with Greg Prato of Ultimate Guitar, original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley was asked if he will be getting paid for the "Spaceman" makeup which is being incorporated into the KISS avatars. He responded: "I get paid for the usage — for merch and stuff. And I would consider this avatar...
December 21, 2023
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JAMEY JASTA Previews 2024 MILWAUKEE METALFEST And Touts Current Metal Scene: 'I See The Future Is Bright'

By David E. Gehlke HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta had his work cut out for him when he took over the long-shelved but highly important Milwaukee Metalfest in 2022. While the festival's reputation was occasionally dotted by founder and promoter Jack Koshick's shaky relationships with its bands (word...
December 19, 2023
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GENE SIMMONS Says KISS Avatars Will 'Get Better': 'They're Spending 200 Million To Take It To The Next Level'

Gene Simmons says that "about 200 million" dollars is being invested into the KISS avatar show. The technology being used for the KISS avatars, originally developed for ABBA's "Voyage" show in London, will allow KISS to stay "on the road" in retirement. The KISS avatars were created by Industrial Li...
December 17, 2023
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ACE FREHLEY Doesn't 'Get' The KISS 'Avatar Thing': It Looks Like It Is 'Geared Towards Children'

In a new interview with Germany's Rock Antenne, original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley was asked if he is happy the band's farewell tour, "End Of The Road", is finally over. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I'm happy it's over, because I'm not gonna be compared to them anymore… But I...
December 13, 2023
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SAXON's BIFF BYFORD On KISS Avatars: 'I Don't Think They Should Do It'

In a new interview with Barry Robinson of Classic Album Review, SAXON frontman Biff Byford was asked to weigh in on KISS's announcement that the legendary rockers will continue as digital avatars. The technology, originally developed for ABBA's "Voyage" show in London, will allow KISS to stay "on th...
December 8, 2023
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DEE SNIDER On KISS's Farewell Tour: 'When I See The Bodies In The KISS Coffins, Then I'll Say, 'They're Done.''

In a new interview with Canada's The Metal Voice, Dee Snider was asked if he believes that KISS's just-completed "End Of The Road" farewell tour is in fact that last time the legendary rockers will ever perform live. The 68-year-old TWISTED SISTER singer said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I...
December 7, 2023
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AVENGED SEVENFOLD Is Collaborating With AmazeVR On Virtual Experience

According to the Los Angeles Times, AVENGED SEVENFOLD has collaborated with AmazeVR, the company behind what was billed as the world's first VR concert tour with artist Megan Thee Stallion last year, on a virtual reality experience that, "when it launches early next year, will resemble a cross betwe...
December 6, 2023