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KREATOR To Play Special 1985-1990 Set Aboard 70000 TONS OF METAL Cruise

German thrash metal veterans KREATOR will play a very special set aboard this year's 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise. Round 11 will sail from Miami, Florida to Bimini, Bahamas and back from January 30 to February 3 on board the Freedom Of The Seas. Earlier today (Thursday, January 26),KREATOR tweeted ou...
January 26, 2023

JON SCHAFFER Is Continuing To Cooperate With U.S. Capitol Riot Investigators; Next Status Report Due In March

ICED EARTH guitarist Jon Schaffer, who pleaded guilty nearly two years ago to his role in the Capitol riot, is continuing to cooperate with authorities while on pre-sentencing release. In a status report filed on Tuesday (January 24) in federal court in Washington, D.C., Schaffer's attorney Andrew C...
January 26, 2023


An unexpected treat from the Steve Vai archives, "Vai/Gash" reveals a rarely seen side to the legendary guitarist. Recorded back in 1991, somewhere between "Passion and Warfare" and the Devin Townsend-augmented "Sex and Religion", this 30-minute project was conceived to provide Vai with some suitabl...
January 25, 2023

JONAS RENKSE Takes KATATONIA To Cinematic Heights On 'Sky Void Of Stars': 'We Have The Whole Universe To Play With'

By David E. Gehlke KATATONIA frontman Jonas Renkse hides his face behind an impenetrable mob of black hair while on stage. It's a suitable look for a man unwillingly thrust into the role of lead singer — Renkse was a drummer who also happened to write lyrics, after all. His actions in the live arena...
January 23, 2023

At The Heart Of Wintervale

From the very start, TWILIGHT FORCE made it plain that their ambition knew no limits. On the surface, the Swedes were another symphonically inclined power metal band with a hard-on for the exploration of wild, fantasy realms, with additional LARP-ing possibilities for the truly devoted. Even on thei...
January 16, 2023

METALLICA's JAMES HETFIELD Warns Fans Of Imposter Accounts On Social Media

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield has taken a stand on social media impostors holding an active account in his name. Earlier today, the 59-year-old musician took to the METALLICA social media to inform his fans and followers who are following such fake accounts to not indulge in any conversation wit...
January 14, 2023

TRACII GUNS Explains Decision To Narrate RANDY RHOADS Documentary Despite Late Guitarist's Family's Non-Involvement

L.A. GUNS guitarist Tracii Guns has explained his decision to narrate last year's "Randy Rhoads: Reflections Of A Guitar Icon", a documentary about legendary guitarist Randy Rhoads, despite the fact that the Rhoads family was not involved in the making of the film. Earlier today (Friday, January 13)...
January 13, 2023

JOE LYNN TURNER: 'There's A Lot Wrong, In My Opinion, That's Going On In The United States Right Now'

In a new interview with Metal Godz Radio, former RAINBOW and DEEP PURPLE frontman Joe Lynn Turner confirmed that his latest solo album, "Belly Of The Beast", is "a lot darker" than his previous efforts. He explained (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "You know, art is a reflection of life. It's a...
January 12, 2023

Ex-ICED EARTH Singer TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS Was 'Surprised' To See JON SCHAFFER Involved In U.S. Capitol Riot

Former ICED EARTH singer Tim "Ripper" Owens says that Jon Schaffer will "regret" his role in the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Owens, who joined ICED EARTH in 2003 and stayed in the group for four years before being fired in December 2007, addressed his time with the band in a new interview wi...
January 10, 2023

KINGDOM COME's JAMES KOTTAK Says He Recently 'Jacked' His Left Hip Up When 'He Tripped And Fell On The Pavement'

Former SCORPIONS and current KINGDOM COME drummer James Kottak says that he "really jacked" his left up last fall when he "tripped and fell on the pavement." The 60-year-old musician, who missed some of KINGDOM COME's shows in September because he was dealing with "health issues", discussed his late...
January 9, 2023

Watch AXL ROSE And TRACII GUNS Perform LED ZEPPELIN's 'Rock And Roll' With SHARK ISLAND In 1986

Tracii Guns has shared a video of him and Axl Rose playing play the LED ZEPPELIN classic "Rock And Roll" with SHARK ISLAND at Gazzarri's in West Hollywood, California in April 1986. The full video, which has floating around the Internet for a number of years, was shot by Marc Canter, an amateur phot...
January 9, 2023

Watch MIKE PORTNOY, FRANK BELLO Perform At Tribute Concert To Late RUSH Drummer NEIL PEART

Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, THE WINERY DOGS),Frank Bello (ANTHRAX),Jason Bittner (SHADOWS FALL, OVERKILL),Jon Dinklage ("Clockwork Angels" string ensemble),Joe Bergamini (drum instructor, author),John Wesley (PORCUPINE TREE) and Seven Antonopoulos (OPIATE FOR THE MASSES) are among the guests w...
January 8, 2023

DEVIN TOWNSEND Explains Why He Turned Down Chance To Audition For JUDAS PRIEST

Devin Townsend has confirmed that he was on the list of candidates when JUDAS PRIEST was looking for a new vocalist to fill the massive shoes of Rob Halford in the early 1990s. The 50-year-old Canadian musician/producer discussed the hypothetical pairing during an appearance on the latest episode of...
January 5, 2023

JEN MAJURA Reflects On Seven Months Since Her Split With EVANESCENCE: 'There's A Lot Of Judgment Out There'

Jen Majura has once again opened up about her exit from EVANESCENCE, saying there has been "a lot of judgment" about the circumstances that led to her getting fired from the Amy Lee-fronted band. The 39-year-old guitarist's departure from EVANESCENCE was announced on May 21 via social media. "It has...
December 31, 2022


YYNOT, considered one of the premier RUSH tribute bands, has announced "Bubba Bash 2023", a charity concert in celebration of RUSH's late drummer Neil Peart" on the third anniversary of his passing. The show will be held at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside, Pennsylvania on January 7, 2023 and will fe...
December 28, 2022