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K.K. DOWNING Says It's 'Extremely Unfair' For TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS-Era JUDAS PRIEST Albums To Be 'Erased'

In a new interview with "THAT Rocks!", the YouTube series hosted by Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson, former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing was asked how he and his KK'S PRIEST bandmates come up with the setlist for their live shows. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET)...
February 28, 2024
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How Much Gas Is Left In The Tank For TESLA? BRIAN WHEAT Responds

In a new interview with "Paltrocast" host Darren Paltrowitz, bassist Brian Wheat of Sacramento rockers TESLA, who celebrated their 40th anniversary in 2021, spoke about when he and his bandmates might eventually retire from performing live. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "One thing I'...
February 28, 2024
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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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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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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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Ex-DOKKEN Bassist JEFF PILSON Says He Has Been Approached To Sell His Catalog: 'I Have No Desire To Do That'

In a new interview with Ernest Skinner of Canada's Border City Rock Talk, FOREIGNER bassist Jeff Pilson was asked if he still gets royalties from the songs that he co-wrote and recorded while he was a member of DOKKEN in the 1980s and 1990s. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Not mi...
February 25, 2024
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PANTERA's CHARLIE BENANTE: Drum Kit Rundown For North American Stadium Tour With METALLICA

Modern Drummer has shared a rundown of the drum kit used by Charlie Benante during last year's PANTERA North American stadium tour as the support act for METALLICA. You can check out the 14-minute report below. PANTERA's current lineup includes two surviving members from the band's classic formation...
February 25, 2024
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EXHORDER's KYLE THOMAS: 'I Think It's A Good Thing PANTERA Is Back In Business'

In a new interview with the "Scars And Guitars" podcast, vocalist Kyle Thomas of New Orleans-based thrash metal pioneers EXHORDER once again spoke about his band's supposed influence on PANTERA's decision to move from a power metal act to a more aggressive form of thrash. Asked if he still gets ques...
February 21, 2024
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JEFF PILSON On DON DOKKEN's 'Hostile' Comments About Former DOKKEN Bandmates: 'It Sounds Like He Has Sour Grapes'

In a new interview with Thomas S. Orwat, Jr. of Rock Interview Series, former DOKKEN bassist Jeff Pilson once again addressed some of Don Dokken's recent claims about who was responsible for most of the songwriting during the band's classic era and the alleged drug use that led to the lineup's split...
February 21, 2024
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TESLA 'Won't Get A Replacement' Vocalist If JEFF KEITH Gets Sick And Can't Sing: 'It's Kind Of Sacred Ground'

In a new interview with Scott Itter of Dr. Music, TESLA guitarist Frank Hannon was asked if he and his bandmates would ever consider getting a temporary replacement if singer Jeff Keith got sick and couldn't play certain shows. The 57-year-old musician, who handles lead vocals in his solo band, resp...
February 20, 2024
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JEFF PILSON Says 'Ridiculously Bad' Royalty Rate For Music Streaming Is 'Unsustainable'

In a new interview with the "Arroe Collins View From The Writing Instrument" podcast, former DOKKEN and current FOREIGNER bassist Jeff Pilson spoke about the importance of streaming in supporting music industry revenues. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Well, streaming is a big part of...
February 19, 2024
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AUDIE DESBROW Says It Was JACK RUSSELL's Solo Band, Not GREAT WHITE, Which Was Involved In Deadly Rhode Island Concert Fire

GREAT WHITE drummer Audie Desbrow spoke to The Rock N' Roll & Coffee Show about the deadly blaze on February 20, 2003 in Rhode Island caused by pyrotechnics at a concert by the now-former GREAT WHITE singer Jack Russell. At the time of the fire, the group that was on the road was called JACK RUS...
February 19, 2024
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THE END MACHINE Feat. GEORGE LYNCH, JEFF PILSON: 'Killer Of The Night' Music Video Released

THE END MACHINE, the collaborative project featuring former DOKKEN members, guitarist George Lynch and bassist Jeff Pilson, has shared a new single, "Killer Of The Night". The track is taken from THE END MACHINE's new album, "The Quantum Phase", which will arrive on March 8 via Frontiers Music Srl....
February 15, 2024
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GENE SIMMONS, DAVID DRAIMAN And More Sign Letter Rejecting Attempt To Bar Israel From 2024 'Eurovision Song Contest'

More than 400 leaders from the entertainment industry — including KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons, DISTURBED singer David Draiman and Ozzy Osbourne's wife/manager Sharon Osbourne — have signed an open letter released by the non-profit entertainment industry organization Creative Community For Pea...
February 14, 2024
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TESLA's FRANK HANNON Releases Music Video For Cover Of GARY WRIGHT's 'Love Is Alive'

TESLA guitarist Frank Hannon has released the official music video for his cover of "Love Is Alive", a classic song originally written and performed by Gary Wright on his 1976 album "Dream Weaver". Hannon states: "This is such a great song by one of my favorite classic rock artists who recently pass...
February 14, 2024