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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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FOREIGNER's JEFF PILSON: I've Known About MICK JONES's Parkinson's Disease Battle 'For Years'

In a new interview with Scott Penfold of Loaded Radio, FOREIGNER bassist Jeff Pilson was asked if he knew about FOREIGNER co-founder and guitarist Mick Jones's battle with Parkinson's disease before it was publicly announced earlier this month. Jeff responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I...
February 27, 2024
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HOPIUMFORTHEMASSES

If Al Jourgensen did not exist, we would have to invent him. A perennially essential antidote to political stupidity and dim-witted mainstream thinking, Uncle Al is one of heavy music's greatest subversives, even if MINISTRY's latter-day work hasn't always been as powerful as it was back in their '9...
February 27, 2024
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PRONG's TOMMY VICTOR On METALLICA's 'Ride The Lightning': 'I Still Am Baffled By That Record'

In a new interview with Radioactive MikeZ, host of the 96.7 KCAL-FM program "Wired In The Empire", PRONG mainman Tommy Victor was asked which METALLICA album he thinks is better, "Ride The Lightning" or "Master Of Puppets". He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "It's 'Ride The Lightning...
February 27, 2024
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BRUCE DICKINSON: How To Get Over Your Fear Of Flying

IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson, who is also a licensed commercial pilot, was asked during a new interview with Janne Innanfors of the Swedish radio station Rockklassiker if he had any advice for people who have a fear of flying. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Loads of people...
February 27, 2024
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ELOY CASAGRANDE On His Exit From SEPULTURA: 'Decisions Needed To Be Made Thinking About New Cycles That Will Come'

Drummer Eloy Casagrande says that his decision to leave SEPULTURA was made "with a view toward new cycles that will come." The news of Eloy's exit from SEPULTURA came just two months after the band announced it would celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2024 by embarking on a "farewell tour" which will...
February 27, 2024
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JASON BONHAM'S LED ZEPPELIN EVENING Announces Spring 2024 North American Tour

JASON BONHAM'S LED ZEPPELIN EVENING has announced a 12-city North American tour for this spring. The trek will kick off on April 16th in Montreal and run through May 3 in Portland, Oregon. Jason's son Jager Henry will provide support at all shows. A Live Nation ticket pre-sale for select dates begin...
February 27, 2024
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Drummer ELOY CASAGRANDE Quits SEPULTURA To Join 'Another Project'

Drummer Eloy Casagrande has left SEPULTURA to join "another project", with some fans speculating that he will be the new drummer of SLIPKNOT. The news of Eloy's exit from SEPULTURA comes just two months after the band announced it would celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2024 by embarking on a "farew...
February 27, 2024
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TONY KAKKO On SONATA ARCTICA's Return To Power Metal On 'Clear Cold Beyond': 'It Was Like Riding A Bike'

By David E. Gehlke Finland's SONATA ARCTICA were on a four-album winning streak by the time the touring cycle for 2004's "Reckoning Night" concluded. With countrymen STRATOVARIUS consumed by lineup instability, SONATA ARCTICA stepped up to the plate with a series of LPs that were shamelessly fast, o...
February 27, 2024
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DIRTY HONEY Releases Music Video For 'Coming Home (Ballad Of The Shire)'

Currently on its third consecutive, sold-out European headline tour, today DIRTY HONEY has released a brand new music video for "Coming Home (Ballad Of The Shire)" from the band's current album, "Can't Find The Brakes". The "Coming Home" video offers an unexpected element from a band best known for...
February 27, 2024
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JUDAS PRIEST's IAN HILL On Recording Process For 'Invincible Shield': 'It Was Different'

In a new interview with Nicholas Kobe of WOUB.org, JUDAS PRIEST bassist Ian Hill spoke about the songwriting process for the band's upcoming album, "Invincible Shield", which will arrive on March 8 via Sony Music. He said: "Well, I'm not one of the writers. That'll be Richie [Faulkner, guitar], Glen...
February 26, 2024
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Ex-GREAT WHITE Singer JACK RUSSELL Won't Dish Any Dirt In His Autobiography: 'What's The Point?'

In a new interview with George Dionne of KNAC.COM, former GREAT WHITE singer Jack Russell spoke about the status of his long-awaited autobiography. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "A girl named Katelyn [Louise] Doty is working on it with me. We started writing this together about three...
February 26, 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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BRUCE DICKINSON On NICKO MCBRAIN's Post-Stroke Recovery: 'How He Coped With That, It Was Just Amazing'

During a February 25 question-and-answer session at Bio Roy in Gothenburg, Sweden to promote his upcoming solo album, "The Mandrake Project", IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson spoke about the stroke his bandmate Nicko McBrain suffered in early 2023 and the drummer's ongoing recovery. Bruce said (as...
February 26, 2024
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PETER BALTES On ACCEPT: 'I Felt Like We Were Always Doing The Same Album Or Concept Again And Again, Only With Different Lyrics'

In a new interview with Marko Syrjala of Metal Rules, former ACCEPT and current U.D.O. bassist Peter Baltes was asked about the songwriting process in U.D.O. and how it compares to that of ACCEPT. He said: "Everyone is involved in songwriting in U.D.O. It's great because so many different writing st...
February 26, 2024