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MIKE PORTNOY Says It Would Be 'Nice' If DREAM THEATER Could Bring Back 'Crazy' Setlist Ideas For Upcoming Shows

In a January 29, 2024 interview with the "Pure Saturation" radio show, drummer Mike Portnoy was asked if he will go back to preparing a different setlists for every DREAM THEATER concert now that he is once again playing with the band or if he will "kind of have to just see how it is for a little bi...
February 28, 2024
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SLAYER, IRON MAIDEN, MÖTLEY CRÜE, SLIPKNOT, PANTERA And JUDAS PRIEST Set For 2024 AFTERSHOCK Festival

Aftershock returns to Discovery Park in Sacramento, California October 10-13 for its 12th year with its biggest lineup yet. The four-day destination festival will feature the only U.S. festival play for IRON MAIDEN, the exclusive West Coast performance for SLAYER — one of only three shows in nearly...
February 28, 2024
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Doomed Forever Forever Doomed

Depending on your perspective, the re-recording of classic albums by contemporary artists is either a neat way to pay tribute to the greats or an utterly pointless exercise. Fortunately, ZAKK WYLDE has such a natural connection to the original BLACK SABBATH line-up's esteemed catalogue that, frankly...
February 28, 2024
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GEOFF TATE Thinks 'It's A Great Idea' For Singers To Rely On Backing Tracks During Live Shows

Original QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate says that it is "a great idea" for singers to rely on backing tracks to enhance their lead vocals 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 technol...
February 28, 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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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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The Mandrake Project

26 years ago, Bruce Dickinson released one of the greatest metal albums of the '90s. It was called "The Chemical Wedding", and it was seriously fucking heavy. Sandwiched between 1997's similarly monstrous "Accident Of Birth" and 2005's diverse and dynamic "Tyranny Of Souls", the IRON MAIDEN frontman...
February 27, 2024
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OZZY OSBOURNE Explains Why He Turned Down KANYE WEST's Sample Request

Ozzy Osbourne has spoken to Rolling Stone magazine about the decision to refuse permission to Kanye West to sample an Ozzy song at a listening event for the rapper's new album in Chicago. West, who is now known as Ye, and Ty Dolla $ign hosted the listening party at the United Center earlier in the m...
February 27, 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
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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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BRUCE DICKINSON Already Has '10 Or 12 Different Ideas' For Follow-Up To 'The Mandrake Project'

In a new interview with "Loudwire Nights", IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson, who is promoting his upcoming solo album, "The Mandrake Project", spoke about his hectic recording and touring schedule after coming out of a two-year pandemic. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "We all got lo...
February 24, 2024
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AUGUST BURNS RED Announces 'Spring Fling' 2024 Tour

Grammy-nominated Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based five-piece AUGUST BURNS RED will embark on a short but sweet tour in May, dubbed "Spring Fling 2024". FUMING MOUTH will support. AUGUST BURNS RED will also appear at the Welcome To Rockville and Sonic Temple festivals. "We can't wait to hit the road wit...
February 23, 2024
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VILLE VALO Says His New Music Will 'Still Be Emotional' And 'Melancholy'

In a new interview with Zisis Petkanas of Rock Overdose, former HIM frontman Ville Valo spoke about his plans for the coming months, including work on a possible follow-up to his debut solo album, "Neon Noir", which was released in January 2023 under the VV banner. He said (as transcribed by BLABBER...
February 22, 2024
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Quad Brutal

After a nearly 10-year break, AS I LAY DYING vocalist Tim Lambesis is back with his unique side project, AUSTRIAN DEATH MACHINE. The project started as a joke, presenting music that was a parody of and tribute to Arnold Schwarzenegger movies. But, as it turns out, the music was really, really good....
February 22, 2024