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See Teaser For AVENGED SEVENFOLD's Immersive Interactive Concert

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 26, 2024
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MIKE PORTNOY Denies His Return To DREAM THEATER Had Anything To Do With SONS OF APOLLO's 'Demise'

Mike Portnoy has shot down the suggestion that his return to DREAM THEATER is the reason for the end of his progressive metal supergroup SONS OF APOLLO. SONS OF APOLLO, which also featured guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-GUNS N' ROSES),bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, THE WINERY DOGS),keyboardi...
February 26, 2024
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BRUCE DICKINSON On NICKO MCBRAIN's Post-Stroke Recovery: 'How He Coped With That, It Was Just Amazing'

During a February 25 question-and-answer session at Bio Roy in Gothenburg, Sweden to promote his upcoming solo album, "The Mandrake Project", IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson spoke about the stroke his bandmate Nicko McBrain suffered in early 2023 and the drummer's ongoing recovery. Bruce said (as...
February 26, 2024
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METALLICA And BLACKENED Share 'The Core Of Collaboration' Episode Of 'The Blending Sessions' Video Series

Blackened master distiller and blender Rob Dietrich and METALLICA have shared "The Core Of Collaboration", a new episode in an exclusive series of conversations titled "The Blending Sessions" in which they reveal what goes into making music and whiskey. Tune in to learn more about their creative pro...
February 26, 2024
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PETER BALTES On ACCEPT: 'I Felt Like We Were Always Doing The Same Album Or Concept Again And Again, Only With Different Lyrics'

In a new interview with Marko Syrjala of Metal Rules, former ACCEPT and current U.D.O. bassist Peter Baltes was asked about the songwriting process in U.D.O. and how it compares to that of ACCEPT. He said: "Everyone is involved in songwriting in U.D.O. It's great because so many different writing st...
February 26, 2024
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AL JOURGENSEN Is 'Completely Horrified' And 'Disgusted' By DONALD TRUMP And His MAGA Followers

In a new interview with Heavy Consequence, MINISTRY leader Al Jourgensen, whose 2018 album "AmeriKKKant" was a scathing assault on then-U.S. president Donald Trump and, by extension, the country and political system that put him in office, was asked how he feels about Trump's November rematch of the...
February 26, 2024
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Stand United

Gus G was already a name before he became the lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne's band in 2009, but the big gig certainly helped his notoriety. At the time, Gus G was the ringleader of Greek power metal band FIREWIND and a buzzed-about lead guitarist in the metal scene. But his gig with Ozzy took him...
February 26, 2024
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Watch: Young DIMEBAG Lookalike Joins PANTERA On Stage To Sing 'F***ing Hostile'

A young "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott lookalike joined PANTERA on stage during the band's February 24 concert at the CFG Bank Arena in Baltimore, Maryland to sing the PANTERA classic "Fucking Hostile". Prior to launching into the track, PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo pointed out the fan, whose name is Hun...
February 26, 2024
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MIKE MUIR Praises New INFECTIOUS GROOVES Drummer JAY WEINBERG: 'We're Super Excited' For The Upcoming Shows

Three months after Jay Weinberg was fired from SLIPKNOT, the drummer announced that he will be joining INFECTIOUS GROOVES, the long-running outfit formed more than three decades ago by now-METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo alongside Robert's then-SUICIDAL TENDENCIES bandmate Mike Muir. INFECTIOUS GR...
February 26, 2024
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MÖTLEY CRÜE Guitarist JOHN 5: 'I Have Such A Respect And Fondness For MICK MARS'

MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist John 5 spoke to Rock Feed about the three new songs he and his bandmates recorded early last year with legendary producer Bob Rock, including "Dogs Of War" and a cover of BEASTIE BOYS' "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)". He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET):...
February 26, 2024
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Former JOURNEY Bassist ROSS VALORY Releases New Solo Single 'Wild Kingdom'

Ross Valory, regarded as one of rock's best bass guitarists and an original member of the multi-platinum band JOURNEY until his 2020 departure, has released the official music video for "Wild Kingdom". It's the second single from the bassist and songwriter's debut solo album, "All Of The Above", due...
February 26, 2024
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Watch: ROB DUKES Performs EXODUS Songs With SHOVEL HEADED KILL MACHINE In Clifton

On Saturday, February 24, former EXODUS singer Rob Dukes performed a full set of the band's songs under the SHOVEL HEADED KILL MACHINE banner at Dingbatz in Clifton, New Jersey. SHOVEL HEADED KILL MACHINE's setlist included the following tracks, most of which were originally recorded during Dukes's...
February 26, 2024
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Watch: SEBASTIAN BACH Performs His New Single 'What Do I Got To Lose?' Live For First Time

Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach performed his new single, "What Do I Got To Lose?", live for the first time during his February 24 concert at Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota. Fan-filmed video of the performance can be seen below (courtesy of Melvin Zoopers). Bach released the official mu...
February 26, 2024
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K.K. DOWNING Talks About Evolution From Early Rock To Modern Heavy Metal

In a new interview with The Times, original JUDAS PRIEST and current KK'S PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing was asked what he thinks makes metalheads unique. He responded: "It's just getting into those bands that evolved, that took music from blues and progressive blues in the late '60s and early '70s....
February 26, 2024
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KYLE THOMAS Talks The Boost PAT O'BRIEN Has Given To EXHORDER: 'He's The RANDY RHOADS Of Extreme Music'

By David E. Gehlke Cult New Orleans thrashers EXHORDER formally welcomed former CANNIBAL CORPSE guitarist Pat O'Brien into the fold when 2024 got underway. O'Brien had spent the previous two years playing live gigs with the band and lent his lead skills to their new "Defective Omnium" full-length, b...
February 26, 2024