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K.K. DOWNING Explains How Guitar Playing In JUDAS PRIEST Was 'Lopsided' Compared To That In KK'S PRIEST

In a new interview with Joe Rock of the WBAB radio station, former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing spoke about the musical chemistry between him and his KK'S PRIEST bandmate, guitarist A.J. Mills. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I've known A.J. since he was in [a band called HOSTI...
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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MIKE PORTNOY Denies His Return To DREAM THEATER Had Anything To Do With SONS OF APOLLO's 'Demise'

Mike Portnoy has shot down the suggestion that his return to DREAM THEATER is the reason for the end of his progressive metal supergroup SONS OF APOLLO. SONS OF APOLLO, which also featured guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-GUNS N' ROSES),bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, THE WINERY DOGS),keyboardi...
February 26, 2024
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AL JOURGENSEN Is 'Completely Horrified' And 'Disgusted' By DONALD TRUMP And His MAGA Followers

In a new interview with Heavy Consequence, MINISTRY leader Al Jourgensen, whose 2018 album "AmeriKKKant" was a scathing assault on then-U.S. president Donald Trump and, by extension, the country and political system that put him in office, was asked how he feels about Trump's November rematch of the...
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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Watch MARTY FRIEDMAN's Entire Houston Concert As Support Act For JOHN 5

The DeadMike.com YouTube channel has uploaded video of Marty Friedman's entire February 23 concert at the White Oak Music Hall in Houston, Texas as the support act for John 5's early 2024 tour with the MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist's solo band THE CREATURES. Check out the clips in the YouTube playlist...
February 25, 2024
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FOREIGNER's LOU GRAMM: 'I'd Like To Thank The ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME For The Honor Of Nomination'

Original FOREIGNER frontman Lou Gramm has released a video message expressing his gratitude for the band's nomination for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. In the one-minute clip, which was posted to Lou's social media, the 73-year-old singer says: "Hi, I'm Lou Gramm and I'd like to thank the Rock And...
February 25, 2024
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Watch BILLY GIBBONS And MATT SORUM Perform ZZ TOP Classics On 'Rock Legends Cruise XI'

The MrRogerRocks2 YouTube channel has uploaded fan-filmed video of ZZ TOP's Billy F Gibbons performing on February 23 aboard this year's Rock Legends Cruise XI on Royal Caribbean's Independence Of The Seas. Accompanying Gibbons during the set were Austin Hanks on guitar and Matt Sorum (GUNS N'...
February 24, 2024
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MICK MARS: 'If MÖTLEY CRÜE Wanted Me To Write Songs With Them Again, Of Course I Would'

In a new interview with Audacy Check In, MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist Mick Mars spoke about why it has taken him more than four decades since the band's inception to release his debut solo album. He said: "Well, it took me 40 years 'cause MÖTLEY was priority… and now that I'm retired, I'm just me. I mean,...
February 23, 2024
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BILLY CORGAN To Star In New Unscripted Series About His Life

Grammy Award-winning founder of THE SMASHING PUMPKINS and National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) president Billy Corgan has announced an exclusive streaming deal for NWA with The CW. Under this newly minted all-encompassing partnership, multiple NWA programs will be streaming and on-demand via The CW pla...
February 22, 2024
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AC/DC Announces '50' Limited-Edition Gold-Colored Vinyl; First Wave To Include Nine LPs

AC/DC, the legendary multi-million-selling band, played their very first show on December 31, 1973 at Chequers Nightclub in Sydney, Australia. Now, 50 years later, AC/DC has thrilled their millions of fans by announcing the "Power Up" European tour for summer 2024. To honor AC/DC's 50-year reign as...
February 20, 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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WOLFGANG VAN HALEN Has Already Done Some 'Preliminary' Work On MAMMOTH WVH's Third Album

In a new interview with Ethan Jackson of Topeka's rock radio station KDVV/V100, MAMMOTH WVH frontman Wolfgang Van Halen was asked how he spent his time around the holidays and whether he managed to get any writing done for the band's next album. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "De...
February 19, 2024
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MÖTLEY CRÜE's TOMMY LEE Reveals He Can Twirl Drumsticks Again After Undergoing Hand Surgery: 'I Have My Life Back'

MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee has shared graphic photos of the hand surgery he underwent less than a month ago. The operation, which was overseen by Glenn D. Cohen, an orthopedic surgeon in Westlake Village, California, addressed two "debilitating issues" the 61-year-old musician faced as a performe...
February 18, 2024