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MIKE PORTNOY Says Playing With AVENGED SEVENFOLD Was 'A Great Experience'

Drummer Mike Portnoy says that recording and touring with AVENGED SEVENFOLD was "a great experience" despite the fact that the band ended up recruiting a younger musician to replace him on the road only a few months after Portnoy quit DREAM THEATER. AVENGED's original drummer James "The Rev" Sulliva...
March 7, 2012
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SAMMY HAGAR Talks New VAN HALEN Album

Former VAN HALEN singer Sammy Hagar tells Michael Christopher of The Boston Phoenix that he has yet to hear the band's entire new album, "A Different Kind Of Truth", which came out last month. "I don't listen to much new music unless I hear a new song on the radio, and the last ...
March 7, 2012
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RHAPSODY OF FIRE: North American Tour Announced

Italian symphonic metal masters RHAPSODY OF FIRE have announced the details of the North American leg of their "From Chaos To Eternity" world tour. Commented RHAPSODY OF FIRE keyboardist Alex Staropoli: "American and Canadian RHAPSODY OF FIRE fans have been waiting a long time for our return to Nort...
March 7, 2012
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RUSH: 'Clockwork Angels' North American Release Date Revealed

According to Amazon.com, RUSH's long-awaited new album, "Clockwork Angels", will be released on May 29 in the U.S. via Roadrunner Records and in Canada through Anthem/Universal Music. The CD will be made available in Japan on May 23 via Warner Music. RUSH started work on the follow-up to 2007's "Sna...
March 7, 2012
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MARDUK To Tour North America With 1349, WITHERED, WEAPON

Swedish black metallers MARDUK will embark on a North American tour in June with support from 1349, WITHERED and WEAPON. The dates are as follows: June 02 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar June 03 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg June 04 - Montreal, QC - Les Foufounes Electriques June 05 - Toronto,...
March 7, 2012
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'Rock 'N' Roll Allstars' Tour: Tentative Setlist Revealed

Comprised of musicians from some of the biggest bands in recent rock history, the Rock 'N' Roll Allstars tour will hit the road in South and Central America in April/May. Described as a live show unlike any before, Rock 'N' Roll Allstars will include appearances by the following musicians: * Gene Si...
March 7, 2012
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Season Ten Of VH1 CLASSIC's 'That Metal Show': Guests Announced

Season ten of VH1 Classic's "That Metal Show" kicks off on Saturday, March 31 and featured guests include IRON MAIDEN's Adrian Smith (making his first appearance on the program),METALLICA's Lars Ulrich, MOTÖRHEAD's Lemmy Kilmister, Alice Cooper and former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted. "I've know...
March 7, 2012
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DREAM THEATER's MIKE MANGINI To Take Part In Q&A At 'A Drummer's Dream' Screening

Drummer Mike Mangini of progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER will take part in a question-and-answer session after the Saturday, March 10 screening of the "A Drummer's Dream" film at the Boston Museum Of Fine Arts. Featuring Nasyr Abdul Al-Khabyyr, Dennis Chambers, Kenwood Dennard, Horacio "El-Neg...
March 7, 2012
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LITA FORD: 'RONNIE MONTROSE Changed The Face Of Rock Forever'

'80s hard rock queen Lita Ford has released the following statement regarding the passing of legendary American rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose: "The day I got the call to jam with Ronnie Montrose for NAMM 2011 [show in Anaheim, California] was a day a dream of mine came true. "I had loved MONTROSE a...
March 6, 2012
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MIKE PORTNOY: DREAM THEATER's GRAMMY Nomination 'Was Heartbreaking For Me On A Personal Level'

Fingers of the Babylon, New York rock radio station WBAB recently conducted an interview with drummer Mike Portnoy (ADRENALINE MOB, DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD). You can now listen to the chat at this location. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow below (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NE...
March 6, 2012
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PORTNOY, SHEEHAN, MACALPINE, SHERINIAN At 'Drum Off Grand Finals'; Pro-Shot Footage Available

Drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD),bassist Billy Sheehan (STEVE VAI, DAVID LEE ROTH),guitarist Tony MacAlpine (neo classical-metal style, STEVE VAI) and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER, PLANET X, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION) performed on January 14, 2012 at the twenty-t...
March 6, 2012
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RUSH Wins Governor General's Award

According to CBC News, legendary Canadian rockers RUSH have won a Governor General's Performing Arts Award. The bandmembers are among the laureates announced Tuesday in Calgary. Each laureate receives a cash award of $25,000 from the Canada Council For The Arts and a commemorative medallion struck b...
March 6, 2012
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Former MONTROSE Singer Pays Tribute To RONNIE MONTROSE

Vocalist Robert "Bob" James, who replaced Sammy Hagar in MONTROSE and sang on the band's albums "Warner Bros. Presents" (1975) and "Jump On It" (1976),has released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET regarding the passing of his former bandmate Ronnie Montrose (MONTROSE, GAMMA): "I am sorry...
March 6, 2012
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GWAR Frontman Recording 'Scratch' Tracks For New Album Today

GWAR frontman David Brockie — better known to the band's legion of fans as the alien overlord Oderus Urungus — has revealed via Twitter that he will record his first official scratch tracks for the band's new album later today (Tuesday, March 6). GWAR's upcoming CD will be a tribute to their fallen...
March 6, 2012
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OSI: New Song Available For Streaming

"Fire Make Thunder" marks the fourth undertaking for the collaborative duo known as OSI. The CD is slated for a March 27 release via Metal Blade Records. Formed in 2002 by Jim Matheos (FATES WARNING, ARCH/MATHEOS) and Kevin Moore (CHROMA KEY, former DREAM THEATER keyboardist),OSI is a long-distance...
March 6, 2012