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AEROSMITH's Drum Tech Had Six Hours To Learn 16 Or 17 Songs Before Joining Band On Stage

AEROSMITH's drum tech John Douglas told the Houston Chronicle that he had six hours to learn about 16 or 17 songs before he played his first gig last summer as Joey Kramer's temporary replacement. "Time can sometimes be your enemy," he said. "Having a lot of time can make you obsess about something...
June 16, 2020
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Campaign To Replace ROBERT E. LEE Statue With Late GWAR Frontman ODERUS URUNGUS Garners Nearly 50,000 Signatures

A fan-launched campaign to replace the controversial Robert E. Lee monument in Richmond, Virginia with a statue of late GWAR frontman Oderus Urungus has garnered more than 48,000 signatures, with a goal of 50,000. The Confederate general died in 1870, 20 years before his statue was erected on Richmo...
June 16, 2020
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QUIET RIOT's FRANKIE BANALI Admitted To Emergency Room At Los Angeles Hospital

Earlier tonight (Monday, June 15),QUIET RIOT's Frankie Banali was admitted to the emergency room at the Kaiser Permanente Woodland Hills Medical Center in Woodland Hills, California. The drummer, who has been battling stage IV pancreatic cancer for the past 14 months, took to his personal Faceboo...
June 15, 2020
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ALICE COOPER On Retirement: 'That Word Doesn't Exist In My Vocabulary'

In a new interview with Heather Brown of the KZZK radio station, legendary rocker Alice Cooper was asked if the coronavirus pandemic has made him think more seriously about retiring in the not-too-distant future. He responded (hear audio below): "Not in the least. That word doesn't exist in my vocab...
June 15, 2020
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QUIET RIOT's FRANKIE BANALI On His Cancer Battle: 'The Support' From Fans 'Has Been Amazing'

QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali, who has been battling stage IV pancreatic cancer for the past 14 months, offered an update on his health during a recent interview with Rock Titan. Asked how he is doing at the moment, Frankie said (see video below): "I'm doing good, all things considered. I contin...
June 15, 2020
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DAVID LEE ROTH Shares Original Artwork Inspired By Coronavirus Crisis

David Lee Roth has shared several pieces of original artwork which were inspired by the COVID-19 crisis. For the past two months, the VAN HALEN singer has been posting paintings on his Twitter account that reflect the times and channel the mass anxiety around the novel coronavirus. You can find them...
June 15, 2020
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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's IVAN MOODY Gets Guitar Video Lesson From TRIVIUM's MATT HEAFY

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH recently launched a new video series, "Guitar Zero: Legends Of The Fail", in which singer Ivan Moody embarks on a journey to learn to play guitar. In episode six, which can be seen below, Ivan gets a video lesson from TRIVIUM's Matt Heafy, who runs him through a couple of tho...
June 15, 2020
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DEFTONES Drummer Explains Why 'Eros' Album Remains Unreleased

DEFTONES' Abe Cunningham has explained why the band has yet to release its long-shelved 2008 "Eros" album. According to the drummer, the LP — the last to feature bassist Chi Cheng before a car crash put him in a coma that lasted until his death in 2013 — was never finished. In a new interview with D...
June 15, 2020
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HENRY ROLLINS Says He Sucks At Romantic Relationships

Punk rock icon Henry Rollins has confirmed that he hasn't had a serious romantic relationship in years. "I'm super-serious not good at it," he tells Daily Beast in a new interview: "I mean, I just suck at it! Not that I'm steeped in infidelity — one relationship is more than I can handle. I fail. I'...
June 14, 2020
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LAMB OF GOD's MARK MORTON Makes No Apologies For Voicing His Political Opinions

In a recent interview with A&P Reacts, LAMB OF GOD guitarist Mark Morton was asked if it's important for him to use the platform that he has, including his Twitter account, to create awareness about the things that are happening around him. He responded (see video below): "I'm starting to. I've...
June 14, 2020
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SYSTEM OF A DOWN's JOHN DOLMAYAN Is 'In No Danger' Of Losing His Job Because Of His Political Views

SYSTEM OF A DOWN drummer John Dolmayan has defended his right to speak out in support of U.S. president Donald Trump, saying that he is "in no danger whatsoever" of losing his job because of his political views. Two weeks after praising Trump, calling him "the most attacked president in history yet...
June 14, 2020
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MAGNUS KARLSSON Has Talked To Ex-BLACK SABBATH Singer TONY MARTIN About Collaborating On Full Album

Swedish guitarist, songwriter and producer Magnus Karlsson says he is open to recording a full-length album with Tony Martin after previously collaborating with the former BLACK SABBATH singer on three songs from his solo project MAGNUS KARLSSON'S FREE FALL. "I asked him, and we talked about it, but...
June 14, 2020
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MÖTLEY CRÜE's TOMMY LEE Reveals His Top Three Early Drumming Influences

During this past Thursday's (June 11) "All Access Hits" webinar with host David Frangioni, MÖTLEY CRÜE's Tommy Lee was asked which drummers really influenced him and got him excited about drumming when he first started playing. He responded (see video below): "The hands-down guy is John Bonham [LED...
June 14, 2020
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DREAM THEATER's JORDAN RUDESS Says It Was 'Very Exciting' To Perform With MIKE PORTNOY On Last Year's 'Cruise To The Edge'

Jordan Rudess says that it was "very exciting" to perform with his former DREAM THEATER bandmate Mike Portnoy on a progressive rock cruise more than a year ago. In February 2019, Rudess and Portnoy reunited on stage for the first time in almost nine years during the Cruise To The Edge to perform "In...
June 14, 2020
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QUEEN's BRIAN MAY Is 'Touched' By Praise From NUNO BETTENCOURT And STEVE VAI

QUEEN's Brian May says that he is "touched" by all the praise heaped upon him by other guitarists after he was recently voted greatest rock guitarist of all time in a Total Guitar poll. On Saturday (June 13),May took to his Instagram to share a BLABBERMOUTH.NET article headlined "NUNO BETTENCOURT A...
June 14, 2020