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KING DIAMOND On 'The Institute' Live Show: We Are Building Something That Has Never Been Seen On A Stage Before

At this year's Bloodstock Open Air festival at Catton Park, Walton-on-Trent, United Kingdom, King Diamond spoke to Bloodstock TV's Oran O'Beirne about his plans for the long-awaited new album from his namesake band. Titled "The Institute", the group's first studio LP in 16 years is tentatively due i...
August 27, 2022
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SCORPIONS Guitarist MATTHIAS JABS On Drummer MIKKEY DEE: 'The Chemistry Is Wonderful'

In a new interview with Goldmine magazine, SCORPIONS guitarist Matthias Jabs spoke about what it has been like for him and his longtime bandmates to work with drummer Mikkey Dee, best known for his work with MOTÖRHEAD and KING DIAMOND — on their latest album, "Rock Believer", following the departure...
August 25, 2022
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KINGDOM COME Recruits Drummer BLAS ELIAS While JAMES KOTTAK Is 'Recovering And Getting His Health Together'

According to Metal Sludge, KINGDOM COME has recruited Blas Elias (SLAUGHTER) to play drums for the band while James Kottak is "recovering and getting his health together." KINGDOM COME singer Keith St. John, who joined the band in 2018 as the replacement for original frontman Lenny Wolf, announced B...
August 24, 2022
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SCORPIONS Kick Off North American 'Rock Believer' Tour In Toronto (Video)

SCORPIONS kicked off their North American "Rock Believer" tour last night (Sunday, August 21) at the Budweiser Stage in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 4K HDR "cinema-wide" footage shot at the show can be found below. According to Rob Ksiadz, who filmed most of the video found at the bottom of this post,...
August 22, 2022
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KINGDOM COME's JAMES KOTTAK Says He Won't Join His Bandmates At Their Texas Shows: 'Don't Waste Your Time'

KINGDOM COME drummer James Kottak says that he won't play with his bandmates at their upcoming concerts in Texas. In the early hours of Sunday morning (August 21),Kottak took to his Twitter to write: "I will not be at the Kingdom Come Plano or San Antonio shows so don't waste your time thanks jams...
August 22, 2022
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MATTHIAS JABS Says SCORPIONS' Current Success 'Is Comparable To The One In The '80s'

In an interview with France 3 Pays De La Loire conducted at this year's Hellfest, SCORPIONS guitarist Matthias Jabs spoke about the band's enduring commercial popularity. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "When I joined the band, it's like 44 years ago. The band was already going in the...
August 17, 2022
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SCORPIONS Guitarist MATTHIAS JABS: 'It Was A Fantastic Feeling' To Return To Live Stage After Two-Year Break

SCORPIONS guitarist Matthias Jabs spoke to Joe Rock of The Eagle 103.3 radio station about what it has been like for him and his bandmates to return to performing live after a two-year pandemic-related break. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "After a two-year break due to the pandemic,...
August 16, 2022
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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's CHRIS KAEL Says His Stand-Up Comedy Debut Was 'A Lot Of Fun'

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH bassist and longtime Las Vegas resident Chris Kael made his stand-up comedy debut on July 21 as part of "Punchlines & Backlines" at the world-famous Count's Vamp'd, which is owned by History channel's "Counting Cars" host Danny Count Koker and his wife Korie Koker. "Punch...
August 13, 2022
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SCORPIONS Release New Single 'Hammersmith'

Legendary German hard rockers SCORPIONS have just released a new single, "Hammersmith", through Universal Vertigo. Hammersmith is an event venue located in the London district with the same name. Some artists who performed there were THE WHO, QUEEN, AC/DC, MOTÖRHEAD, METALLICA and SCORPIONS. "Hammer...
August 12, 2022
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AVANTASIA Releases New Single 'Misplaced Among The Angels' Featuring NIGHTWISH's FLOOR JANSEN

EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet's AVANTASIA project will release its ninth album, "A Paranormal Evening With The Moonflower Society", on October 21 via Nuclear Blast. The disc will be the follow-up to "Moonglow", which came out in 2019. The official lyric video for the LP's third single, "Misplaced Amo...
August 9, 2022
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STRYPER's MICHAEL SWEET: 'I Don't Believe That Grunge Killed Hair Metal'

STRYPER guitarist/vocalist Michael Sweet has weighed in on the never-ending debate about how the rise of grunge in the early 1990s forced most hard rock bands off the radio and MTV, with album and tour sales plummeting. On Tuesday (August 2), the 59-year-old openly Christian rocker, who writes...
August 3, 2022
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LEMMY Sculptor Interviewed On Latest Episode Of Official MOTÖRHEAD Podcast (Audio)

Caroline Brisset, an emerging French sculptor who created the massive new statue of MOTÖRHEAD frontman Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister at this year's Hellfest in Clisson, France, was interviewed on the latest episode of "The Motörcast", the official podcast series celebrating the extraordinary world of MOTÖRH...
August 1, 2022
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TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS Releases Music Video For New JAMEY JASTA-Produced Song 'Embattled'

Former JUDAS PRIEST singer Tim "Ripper" Owens has released the official music video for his new solo song "Embattled". The track, which will appear on Owens's upcoming EP, was produced by Jamey Jasta (HATEBREED) and Nick Bellmore (JASTA, DEE SNIDER). Players on the effort, which will contain Owens's...
July 29, 2022
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Did Grunge Kill 1980s Heavy Metal? PEARL JAM's STONE GOSSARD Weighs In

In a new interview with Andrew Daly of VWMusic, PEARL JAM guitarist Stone Gossard was asked for his take on the long-running narrative that grunge killed the career of many hard rock and heavy metal musicians. He replied: "I think there's always renewal in the world, and with that renewal, comes new...
July 29, 2022
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DEE SNIDER Says He 'Cannot Legally Or Morally Stop' Far-Right Arizona Gubernatorial Candidate From Using 'We're Not Gonna Take It'

Dee Snider says that he cannot "legally or morally" stop controversial Arizona GOP gubernatorial hopeful and election denier Kari Lake from using TWISTED SISTER's "We're Not Gonna Take It" at her campaign events. The classic TWISTED SISTER song was played as Lake, a former local TV anchor, walked on...
July 28, 2022