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70000 TONS OF METAL's ANDY PILLER Takes On Cruise Criticism: 'The Line Ends With Me'

By David E. Gehlke After a two-year pandemic-related break, the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise returned to action in January. The brainchild of Swiss promoter Andy Piller, the cruise has its selling points as a five-day jaunt in warm, beautiful weather, surrounded by fellow music fans, 60 bands and coun...
March 24, 2023
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STATIC-X's TONY CAMPOS Says Working On 'Project Regeneration' Albums Has Been 'Really Satisfying'

STATIC-X bassist Tony Campos spoke to Australia's Metal-Roos about the band's upcoming eighth studio album, "Project Regeneration: Vol. 2". Due on November 3, the LP is a collection of 13 brand-new songs that contain the final vocal performances and musical compositions of founding vocalist Wayne St...
March 21, 2023
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HELLOWEEN Is Working On Material For Next Studio Album

In a new interview with Canada's The Metal Voice, HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske was asked if he and his bandmates have commenced work on material for the follow-up to their self-titled effort, which came out in 2021. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Actually, 10 days ago, or maybe a w...
March 20, 2023
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JAMES KOTTAK Explains How He Cracked Three Ribs And His Left Hip In Two Separate Incidents Months Apart

Former SCORPIONS and current KINGDOM COME drummer James Kottak says that he feels "great" after undergoing physical therapy for a hip that he "cracked" last fall when he "tripped and fell on the pavement." The 60-year-old musician, who missed some of KINGDOM COME's shows last September because he wa...
March 20, 2023
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DELAIN And VISIONS OF ATLANTIS Announce September 2023 U.S. Tour

Dutch symphonic metallers DELAIN will embark on a U.S. tour in September. Support on the trek will come from VISIONS OF ATLANTIS. Tickets go on sale on Friday, March 17. Tour dates: Sep. 09 - ProgPower USA - Atlanta, GA Sep. 10 - The Underground - Charlotte, NC Sep. 12 - The Foundry - Philadelphia,...
March 15, 2023
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ARCH ENEMY's MICHAEL AMOTT Pays Tribute To DARK ANGEL's JIM DURKIN: 'Nicest Guy In Thrash? I Think So'

ARCH ENEMY's Michael Amott has paid tribute to DARK ANGEL guitarist Jim Durkin, who died this past Wednesday (March 8) at the age of 58. Earlier today (Saturday, March 11),Amott took to his Instagram to share a photo of Durkin, and he included the following message: "Nicest guy in Thrash? I think s...
March 11, 2023
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KAMELOT's THOMAS YOUNGBLOOD: 'I've Never Allowed Someone Else To Dictate My Path'

By David E. Gehlke When KAMELOT was shopping for a record deal in the desolate, unforgiving mid-1990s, founding member and guitarist Thomas Youngblood was thinking long term. Rather than signing with a stateside label that may not understand KAMELOT's brand of melodic metal, Youngblood and company h...
March 7, 2023
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MEGADETH's DIRK VERBEUREN Says Playing With MARTY FRIEDMAN At Tokyo's Budokan Was 'Very Unique And Very Crazy'

Earlier today (Wednesday, March 1),MEGADETH drummer Dirk Verbeuren spoke to Stefan Nilsson of Roppongi Rocks about the band's reunion two days earlier with ex-MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman during the Dave Mustaine-fronted outfit's first-ever gig at Tokyo, Japan's famed Budokan. Friedman came up...
March 1, 2023
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MARTY FRIEDMAN On Possibility Of Playing With MEGADETH Again: 'The Door's Open'

Ex-MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman spoke to Consequence about his reunion with his former band during the Dave Mustaine-fronted outfit's first-ever gig at Tokyo, Japan's famed Budokan. Friedman came up on stage for three songs toward the end of the main set on Monday, February 27: "Countdown To Ex...
February 28, 2023
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Here Is February 2023 Video Of VINNIE PAUL's And DIMEBAG's Gravesite

A new video of the graves of PANTERA founders Vinnie Paul Abbott and "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott at the Moore Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Arlington, Texas can be seen below. In 2021, a protective fence was erected around the Abbott brothers' graves, presumably to guard them from vandalism. Vinnie Paul...
February 25, 2023
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WHITESNAKE Announces 'Still Good To Be Bad' Retrospective Featuring Rare And Previously Unreleased Music

WHITESNAKE returned in 2008 with "Good To Be Bad", the band's 10th studio album and its first in over a decade. Fans embraced the comeback, pushing the album into the Top 10 in the U.K. and flocking to shows on the band's massive world tour. Today, album tracks like "Best Years" and "Summer Rain" ha...
February 24, 2023
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DELAIN Leader Admits 'There Are Similarities' Between Voices Of Band's Current And Former Singers

In a new interview with FaceCulture, DELAIN founder, songwriter and keyboardist Martijn Westerholt spoke about the differences in the singing approach of the band's new frontwoman Diana Leah and that of her predecessor, Charlotte Wessels. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Well, first of...
February 19, 2023
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STEVE VAI Says His Solos On DAVID LEE ROTH' 'Skyscraper' Were Taken From Original Demos

Steve Vai has spoken about the recording of David Lee Roth's "Skyscraper" album in a new interview with Eonmusic. Recalling how both he and Roth, who both co-produced the album were "really forensic" but lacked the experience of being rock music producers, the guitarist also revealed that the guitar...
February 16, 2023
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VINNY APPICE Says He Was 'Bummed' When VIVIAN CAMPBELL Was Fired From DIO: It's 'Not True' That Everybody Is Replaceable

Vinny Appice has once again defended Vivian Campbell over the way the guitarist was fired from DIO, saying that Ronnie James Dio's bandmates were not getting what they were "promised" by the legendary heavy metal singer. Campbell, Appice and Ronnie James Dio worked together on the first three DIO al...
February 13, 2023
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Vai/Gash

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