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KYLE THOMAS Talks The Boost PAT O'BRIEN Has Given To EXHORDER: 'He's The RANDY RHOADS Of Extreme Music'

By David E. Gehlke Cult New Orleans thrashers EXHORDER formally welcomed former CANNIBAL CORPSE guitarist Pat O'Brien into the fold when 2024 got underway. O'Brien had spent the previous two years playing live gigs with the band and lent his lead skills to their new "Defective Omnium" full-length, b...
February 26, 2024
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STEPHEN PEARCY Says He Has 'Every Reason To Go Out There' And Perform RATT Classics With His Solo Band

During an appearance on the latest episode of "The Hook Rocks!" podcast, RATT singer Stephen Pearcy was asked how much it bothers him that he and the other surviving members of the band's classic lineup can't reunite one more time to perform for their fans. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOU...
February 24, 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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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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FOREIGNER's JEFF PILSON On MICK JONES: 'I Suspected That He Had Parkinson's Disease Long Before He Even Got The Diagnosis'

In a new interview with the "Focus On Metal" podcast, FOREIGNER bassist Jeff Pilson was asked if it was difficult for him to not say anything when people would ask about the absence of FOREIGNER's co-founder and guitarist Mick Jones from the band's recent shows, especially in light of the fact that...
February 22, 2024
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APOCALYPTICA Parts Ways With Longtime Drummer MIKKO SIRÉN

Finnish cello rockers APOCALYPTICA have parted ways with their longtime drummer Mikko Sirén. Sirén started performing live with APOCALYPTICA in 2003 but didn't become a full-time member of the band until 2005, after playing over 200 concerts with APOCALYPTICA and recording an album with the group. E...
February 22, 2024
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JEFF PILSON On DON DOKKEN's 'Hostile' Comments About Former DOKKEN Bandmates: 'It Sounds Like He Has Sour Grapes'

In a new interview with Thomas S. Orwat, Jr. of Rock Interview Series, former DOKKEN bassist Jeff Pilson once again addressed some of Don Dokken's recent claims about who was responsible for most of the songwriting during the band's classic era and the alleged drug use that led to the lineup's split...
February 21, 2024
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FOREIGNER's MICK JONES Reveals Parkinson's Disease Diagnosis

FOREIGNER guitarist Mick Jones has revealed that he is battling Parkinson's disease. The 79-year-old musician, who has not performed with FOREIGNER since 2022, opened up about his diagnosis in a social media post earlier today. He wrote: "Fans will have become very aware that for some time now, I ha...
February 21, 2024
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JON SCHAFFER To Undergo Medical Procedure; Sentencing Delayed Until April

According to The Republic, a federal judge has agreed to push back Jon Schaffer's sentencing hearing until April 5 on medical grounds, as the ICED EARTH guitarist is scheduled to undergo an undisclosed medical procedure "with the need for a recovery afterwards." However, U.S. District Court Judge Am...
February 19, 2024
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Watch: TESTAMENT Plays Special 'The Legacy' + 'The New Order' Set In Connecticut

TESTAMENT played a special set focusing on the band's first two albums, 1987's "The Legacy" and 1988's "The New Order", on February 18 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. Fan-filmed video of the concert can be seen below. According to Setlist.fm, TESTAMENT's setlist was as follow...
February 19, 2024
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ANDERS FRIDÉN Praises IN FLAMES' Current Lineup: 'We Never Sounded Better'

In a new interview with Rolling Stone India, Anders Fridén, frontman of Swedish melodic metallers IN FLAMES, spoke about the band's latest three additions: Tanner Wayne on drums, Chris Broderick on guitar and Liam Wilson on bass. Asked what it is like bringing different people into the band, even if...
February 19, 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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BILLY GRAZIADEI Wants To Capture BIOHAZARD's Live Energy On Upcoming Album

In a new interview with 518Scene.com, BIOHAZARD guitarist/vocalist Billy Graziadei spoke about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band's next studio album. He said: "Like always, we have this thing called the BIOHAZARD meat grinder. We all write, and we all have our ideas, and we put i...
February 19, 2024
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Watch FEAR FACTORY's Entire Orlando Concert During January/February 2024 North American Tour

The IFM RAW YouTube channel has uploaded video of FEAR FACTORY's entire February 15 concert at the House Of Blues in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Check out the clips below. The band's setlist was as follows: 01. Shock 02. Edgecrusher 03. Powershifter 04. Disruptor 05. Fuel Injected Suicide Machin...
February 17, 2024
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BIOHAZARD Is Officially Working On New Album: 'We're Back Stronger Than Ever'

In an interview with Ace Annese of Reality Check TV at the seventh annual Metal Hall Of Fame gala, which took place on January 24 at the Marriott Delta hotel in Garden Grove, California, BIOHAZARD guitarist/vocalist Billy Graziadei spoke about the status of the reunited classic lineup of the band —...
February 17, 2024