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IRON MAIDEN's BRUCE DICKINSON Lands First Top 10 Solo Album In The U.K. With 'The Mandrake Project'

"The Mandrake Project", the new solo album from IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson, has entered the U.K. album chart at position No. 3. The LP has also topped the German and Swedish album charts, marking his first-ever solo No. 1s anywhere in the world. Prior to the new LP's release, Bruce's highest...
March 8, 2024
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SLASH's 'Orgy Of The Damned' Blues Album To Feature BRIAN JOHNSON, IGGY POP, PAUL RODGERS, Others

Slash, the iconic, Grammy-winning guitarist and songwriter, has announced his highly anticipated sixth solo album titled "Orgy Of The Damned", will be released on May 17 via Gibson Records. A collection of 12 dynamic songs that shakes up and revitalizes blues classics with a stripped-down, instincti...
March 8, 2024
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KERRY KING Guitarist PHIL DEMMEL Was 'Caught Off Guard' By SLAYER Reunion: 'I Didn't Know Anything About It'

Phil Demmel, who is a member of Kerry King's solo band, says that he was caught off guard by the recent announcement that SLAYER was reuniting for several festival shows this year. Five years after SLAYER played the last concert of what was being billed as the band's farewell tour and just weeks aft...
March 7, 2024
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BRUCE DICKINSON Signs Copies Of 'The Mandrake Project' In Paris: Video, Photos

IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson signed copies of his new solo album, "The Mandrake Project", on March 4 at Gibert Disc in Paris, France. Video and photos of the event can be found below. Dickinson will likely land his highest-charting solo album in the U.K. with "The Mandrake Project". The sing...
March 6, 2024
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Watch: TARJA TURUNEN And MARKO HIETALA Perform NIGHTWISH Classics In Buenos Aires

Tarja Turunen and her former NIGHTWISH bandmate Marko "Marco" Hietala played the third show of their joint "Living The Dream - The Hits Tour 2024" last night (Sunday, March 3) at Teatro Vorterix in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The setlist for Tarja's performance was as follows: 01. Eye Of The Storm 02....
March 4, 2024
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RICKEY MEDLOCKE: LYNYRD SKYNYRD Has 'Two Dozen' Unfinished Songs For Possible New Studio Album

In a new interview with Iridium Rock And Metal Reviews, LYNYRD SKYNYRD guitarist Rickey Medlocke spoke about the possibility of new music from the iconic rockers. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Johnny [Van Zant, LYNYRD SKYNYRD singer] and I have discussed about doing some new SKYNYRD...
March 3, 2024
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Photos: BRUCE DICKINSON Signs Copies Of 'The Mandrake Project' In London

Bruce Dickinson is taking part in a series album-signing sessions at HMV stores across the United Kingdom in partnership with Planet Rock. The IRON MAIDEN frontman is signing copies of his first solo LP in 19 years, "The Mandrake Project", at five stores. The events kicked off at the stroke of midni...
March 2, 2024
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GUS G. Explains Why EDDIE VAN HALEN Wasn't An Early Influence On His Guitar Playing

In a new interview with "Paltrocast" host Darren Paltrowitz, Greek guitar virtuoso Gus G., well known in rock and metal circles for his work as Ozzy Osbourne's guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND, was asked if legendary VAN HALEN guitarist Eddie Van Halen was an early musical influence...
February 29, 2024
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EXODUS's GARY HOLT Says Lip Syncing Is 'Bad', But Backing Tracks Can Be 'Cool' If They're Used To 'Fill Up' The Sound

EXODUS and SLAYER guitarist Gary Holt says that he has no issue with bands who use a limited amount of backing tracks to fill out their sound during their concerts. In recent years, more and more artists have been given a pass for relying on pre-recorded tracks, drum triggers and other assorted tech...
February 27, 2024
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EXODUS To Enter Studio In May

In a new video uploaded to his Zetro's Toxic Vault YouTube channel, EXODUS frontman Steve "Zetro" Souza offered an update on the songwriting sessions for the band's follow-up to 2021's "Persona Non Grata" album. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "We're writing new EXODUS right now and I...
February 27, 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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SEBASTIAN BACH Seemingly Takes Issue With RACHEL BOLAN's Claim '98 Percent' Of SKID ROW's Debut Was Written Before Singer Joined

Sebastian Bach has apparently taken issue with SKID ROW bassist Rachel Bolan's recent claim that 98 percent of the band's debut album was written before Bach joined SKID ROW. In a December 2023 interview with the "Radio Forrest" podcast, Rachel was asked if it's true that 1989's "Skid Row" LP was "c...
February 25, 2024
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TOM ARAYA's Wife Fires Back At 'Trolls' Over SLAYER Reunion: 'I Have Harassed Him For Over A Year' To Make It Happen

Sandra Araya, the wife of SLAYER bassist/vocalist Tom Araya, has defended the band's decision to reunite this fall for a couple of headlining festival gigs, five years after SLAYER wrapped up its "farewell" tour. This past Wednesday (February 21),it was announced that Tom, guitarist Kerry King, gui...
February 24, 2024
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FOREIGNER's JEFF PILSON On MICK JONES: 'I Suspected That He Had Parkinson's Disease Long Before He Even Got The Diagnosis'

In a new interview with the "Focus On Metal" podcast, FOREIGNER bassist Jeff Pilson was asked if it was difficult for him to not say anything when people would ask about the absence of FOREIGNER's co-founder and guitarist Mick Jones from the band's recent shows, especially in light of the fact that...
February 22, 2024
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SLAYER Guitarist's Wife Defends Return To Live Stage After 'Farewell' Shows: 'This Isn't A 'Tour'; It's Some Dates'

Lisa Holt, the wife of SLAYER guitarist Gary Holt, has defended the band's decision to reunite this fall for a couple of headlining festival gigs, five years after SLAYER wrapped up its "farewell" tour. Earlier today (Wednesday, February 21),it was announced that Holt, bassist/singer Tom Araya, gui...
February 21, 2024