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POWER TRIP Announces First Official Comeback Concert After Singer RILEY GALE's Death

POWER TRIP has announced its first show since original vocalist Riley Gale's death. The band will perform at the new Goldenvoice punk festival No Values on June 8 in Pomona, California. Also schedule to appear on the bill are MISFITS, SOCIAL DISTORTION, IGGY POP, TURNSTILE, BAD RELIGION, SUBLIME, TH...
February 20, 2024

TARJA TURUNEN Says She Has 'A New Relationship' With Former NIGHTWISH Bandmate MARKO HIETALA: 'Life Has Changed Us'

In a new interview with Thiago Rahal Mauro of Brazil's Metal Musikast, Tarja Turunen spoke about what it was like to team up with her former NIGHTWISH bandmate Marko "Marco" Hietala to perform a cover of "The Phantom Of The Opera" during their special open-air concert in July 2023 at Z7 Summer Night...
February 19, 2024

KERRY KING: First Look Inside Gatefold Art For Vinyl Version Of 'From Hell I Rise'

The first look inside the gatefold art by James Bousema for the vinyl version of Kerry King's upcoming debut solo album, "From Hell I Rise", is available below. Bousema is a freelance digital artist specializing in illustration and graphic design. Since earning his BFA from the University Of Nevada,...
February 17, 2024

SEBASTIAN BACH Names 'Well-Crafted Song' He Wishes He Wrote

During a new appearance on "The Mistress Carrie Podcast", former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach was asked to name "a perfectly crafted, a perfectly written song" that he wishes he wrote himself. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Well, there's many, there's so many that I could choo...
February 7, 2024

See First Official Photo Of KERRY KING's New Band

The first official promotional photo of Kerry King's new eponymously named solo band can be seen above (photo credit: Andrew Stuart. The SLAYER guitarist's debut solo album, "From Hell I Rise", will be released on May 17 via Reigning Phoenix Music. All material for the LP was written by the 59-year-...
February 6, 2024

KERRY KING: 'I'm Nowhere Near Being Done'

The Los Angeles Forum, just before midnight on Saturday, November 30, 2019. SLAYER's Kerry King stood center stage, his signature chains hung from his belt, he walked over to stage right, unhooked the chains and held them high, dropped them onto the stage floor, turned around and walked off the stag...
February 5, 2024

SIMONE SIMONS On Being In EPICA With Her Ex-Boyfriend, MARK JANSEN: 'We Wanted To Preserve The Band Because It Was Special'

During a January 24 appearance on "El Hilo" on Honduras's Canal 5, EPICA singer Simone Simons spoke about what it's been like to work with guitarist/vocalist Mark Jansen for the past two decades after the breakup of their romantic relationship. She said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I think...
February 4, 2024

NIGHTWISH's KAI HAHTO Says Upcoming Album Contains 'Heavier' And 'New Elements': It's 'Quite Challenging Music To Play'

In a new interview with Laureline Tilkin of Tuonela Magazine, NIGHTWISH drummer Kai Hahto spoke about the band's upcoming follow-up to 2020's "Human. :II: Nature." album. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "At least it's not gonna be the same as 'Human. :II: Nature.', so… Probably, let's...
January 30, 2024

EVANESCENCE's 'Bring Me To Life' Surpasses One Billion Streams On SPOTIFY

EVANESCENCE has joined Spotify's "Billions Club" with the band's breakthrough 2003 hit "Bring Me To Life". Billions Club is a playlist first launched in 2020 which includes all of the songs on Spotify that have surpassed one billion streams on the platform. After the achievement, Spotify gifts artis...
January 24, 2024

NIGHTWISH's KAI HAHTO Says 'It Looks Like' The Band Won't Play Any Shows 'In Next Two Or Three Years'

NIGHTWISH drummer Kai Hahto says "it looks like" the band won't play any shows in the next two or three years. The 50-year-old Finnish-born musician touched upon NIGHTWISH's touring plans in a new interview with Chaoszine promoting his upcoming solo concert in Helsinki on February 3 where he will pe...
January 23, 2024

BUSH's GAVIN ROSSDALE Mourns Death Of Beloved Dog CHEWY: 'He Was Magic'

Gavin Rossdale is mourning the death of his beloved dog Chewy. On Saturday (January 13),the BUSH frontman announced in an emotional social media post that his 11-year-old golden Pomeranian died, as he called the dog his "absolute little furry bestie". "This is the last post I ever wanted to write,"...
January 14, 2024

JAMES KOTTAK Had Just Been Through 48-Day Stint In Rehab Facility Before His Death, Says KINGDOM COME Singer

KINGDOM COME singer Keith St. John, who joined the band in 2018 as the replacement for original frontman Lenny Wolf, spoke to SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk" about the passing of the group's drummer, James Kottak. Kottak, who was open about his battle with alcoholism, died Tuesday morning...
January 10, 2024


According to Metal Sludge, veteran rock drummer James Kottak, who is best known for his work with SCORPIONS and KINGDOM COME, has died. He was 61 years old. Kottak's daughter Tobi told TMZ her father passed away Tuesday morning (January 9) in Louisville, Kentucky, where he was born and lived until 1...
January 9, 2024

CRADLE OF FILTH Guitarist Gets Engaged To Band's Keyboardist

CRADLE OF FILTH guitarist Marek "Ashok" Šmerda will marry the band's female vocalist and keyboardist Zoë M. Federoff. The 31-year-old Federoff, who joined CRADLE OF FILTH in 2022, announced on her verified Instagram account that she has gotten engaged to the 48-year-old Šmerda. Zoë wrote: "Happy N...
January 2, 2024

EVANESCENCE Releases Music Video For 'Yeah Right'

EVANESCENCE has released a music video for the song "Yeah Right". The clip, which was filmed on the band's October 2023 Latin American tour, was directed and edited by Eric Richter. "Yeah Right" is taken from EVANESCENCE's first album of original music in a decade, "The Bitter Truth", will was relea...
December 31, 2023