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K.K. DOWNING Says It's 'Extremely Unfair' For TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS-Era JUDAS PRIEST Albums To Be 'Erased'

In a new interview with "THAT Rocks!", the YouTube series hosted by Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson, former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing was asked how he and his KK'S PRIEST bandmates come up with the setlist for their live shows. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET)...
February 28, 2024
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JEFF SCOTT SOTO: 'I Don't Think SONS OF APOLLO And DREAM THEATER Can Coexist At The Same Time'

In a new interview with Jeff Gaudiosi of MisplacedStraws.com, singer Jeff Scott Soto (TALISMAN, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) was asked if his progressive metal supergroup SONS OF APOLLO, which also features guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-GUNS N' ROSES),bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, THE WINERY DOGS),ke...
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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CHRIS SLADE 'Definitely' Would Have Been Interested In Playing With AC/DC Again

During an appearance on the latest edition of "Rock Camp: The Podcast", the all-new official podcast of Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp hosted by David Fishof, Britt Lightning and Miles Schuman, ex-AC/DC drummer Chris Slade was asked if would have been interested in playing with the band again had he bee...
February 28, 2024
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SOIL Announces Fall 2024 U.K. Tour With (HED) P.E., NONPOINT And THE UNION UNDERGROUND

SOIL will return to the U.K. for the first time since 2019 this coming November. Support on the trek will come from (HED) P.E., NONPOINT and the reunited Texas nu metal pioneers THE UNION UNDERGROUND. This fully packed package will see SOIL performing songs exclusively from the band's 2001 hit album...
February 28, 2024
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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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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 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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Watch: MACHINE HEAD Joined By FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH's CHRIS KAEL For 'Davidian' Performance In Denver

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH bassist Chris Kael joined MACHINE HEAD on stage last night (Wednesday, February 21) at the Gothic Theatre, Englewood, Colorado to sing a verse of the classic MACHINE HEAD song "Davidian". Earlier today, MACHINE HEAD shared a video of Kael's appearance and captioned the clip:...
February 22, 2024
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AL JOURGENSEN Says MINISTRY's Next Album Will Be Band's Last: 'I Think It's A Good Time To Stop'

In a new interview with Chuck Armstrong of Loudwire Nights, Al Jourgensen once again confirmed that he is planning to put MINISTRY to bed, more than 40 years after he launched the band in his former hometown of Chicago. "Film scores are really where I wanna be right now," he said (as transcribed by...
February 21, 2024
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Next Release From SOIL Will Be New Music, Says TIM KING

In a new interview with Brutal Planet Magazine, SOIL bassist Tim King was asked about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the long-awaited follow-up to 2013's "Whole" album. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "That's the million-dollar question about new music. It's something tha...
February 20, 2024