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DAVID ELLEFSON Explains Why Proposed Project With JIMMY DEGRASSO And AL PITRELLI Failed To Materialize

In a new interview with Real Music With Gary Stuckey, former MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson spoke about why a proposed project featuring him and some other ex-MEGADETH members failed to materialize two decades ago. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "When Dave [Mustaine] broke the band u...
October 19, 2023

SAVATAGE's JON OLIVA Fractures Spine: 'I Slipped On A Wet Marble Floor', He Says

In a new interview with Monsters, Madness And Magic, SAVATAGE leader Jon Oliva offered an update on new music from the cult metal outfit. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Well, we were working on a new SAVATAGE record until I fractured my spine, and so we have to put that off now until...
September 19, 2023

RAINBOW Singer RONNIE ROMERO Explains Why Now Is Right Time For Him To 'Move On' With His Own Material

In a new interview with Lana Teramae of Metal Express Radio, Chilean-born singer Ronnie Romero, who forged a formidable reputation over past few years with his work with Ritchie Blackmore's RAINBOW and Michael Schenker, among other projects, spoke about his desire to focus more on his solo career an...
September 6, 2023

TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS On Battling Detractors: 'I'll Always Have Something To Prove'

By David E. Gehlke Possessor of one of the finest voices in American metal, Tim "Ripper" Owens has been a bit of a musical nomad since his 2003 departure from the band that put him on the map, JUDAS PRIEST. A long-term situation has unfortunately eluded the Akron, Ohio native, namely high-profile st...
September 6, 2023

SAVATAGE's 'Ghost In The Ruins' To Be Released On Vinyl With Bonus Tracks, Liner Notes, Photos And Memorabilia

During the past two years, earMUSIC has given SAVATAGE fans and metal collectors a true treasure: the greatly desired LP reissue series of all studio albums. These carefully curated collector's editions of high-quality, heavyweight 12-inch LPs — all released in chronological order and enriched with...
September 1, 2023

RAINBOW Singer RONNIE ROMERO Announces First Solo Album Of All-New Original Material, 'Too Many Lies, Too Many Masters'

Ronnie Romero will release his third solo album, "Too Many Lies, Too Many Masters", on September 15 via Frontiers Music Srl. The first single from the album, "Castaway On The Moon", is out today with an accompanying music video. Written by Romero with drummer Andy C. and guitarist Jose Rubio, "Too M...
July 5, 2023

SAVATAGE's CHRIS CAFFERY Plots Future Solo Material And New DOCTOR BUTCHER Album

By David E. Gehlke SAVATAGE recently returned to the metal news cycle thanks to founding member and frontman Jon Oliva's promises of new music and a final tour. SAVATAGE, of course, hasn't released an album since 2001's "Poets And Madman" and was last seen live at the 2015 installment of Wacken Open...
May 23, 2023


Former METAL CHURCH drummer Kirk Arrington has died after an unspecified illness. He was 61 years old. Earlier today, METAL CHURCH shared the following statement via Facebook: "We just received the sad news, Kirk Arrington passed away this morning due to health issues. RIP in brother! See you on the...
May 22, 2023

JON OLIVA Recalls Nearly Auditioning For BLACK SABBATH: 'I Would Have Been The Best Singer For Them Besides OZZY OSBOURNE'

In a new world-exclusive interview with Sakis Fragos of Greece's Rock Hard magazine, SAVATAGE leader Jon Oliva confirmed that he nearly auditioned for BLACK SABBATH almost four decades ago. He recalled (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "We [SAVATAGE] were gonna break up after 'Fight For The Nigh...
May 3, 2023

JON OLIVA Opens Up About Arrest For DUI, Cocaine Possession: 'They're Trying To F*** Me Because I'm A Supposed Rock Star'

In a new interview with Sakis Fragos of Rock Hard Greece, SAVATAGE frontman Jon Oliva, who is also well known for co-creating the classical music-meets-prog rock and pyro act TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA alongside the project's founder Paul O'Neill, spoke about his plans to eventually retire from record...
April 21, 2023

JON OLIVA Says Upcoming SAVATAGE Album And Tour Will Be His 'Way Of Saying Goodbye To Everybody'

In a new interview with Sakis Fragos of Greece's Rock Hard, SAVATAGE leader Jon Oliva confirmed that he is working on new music from the cult metal outfit. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "This [next] SAVATAGE record is going to fuck people up. It's that good. "I've made these mistakes...
April 20, 2023


They were there at the very beginning and, judging by the sheer venomous brutality of their 20th studio album, they will be there at the end. OVERKILL are not a band that have ever seriously contemplated retirement, possibly because somebody has to be there to show everyone else how this face-rippin...
April 11, 2023

ZAK STEVENS Hints At New SAVATAGE Music, Says Fans Should 'Keep Being Patient'

In a new interview with Jeff Gaudiosi of, vocalist Zak Stevens spoke about the status of SAVATAGE, the cult metal band which resurfaced in 2015 for an appearance at Germany's Wacken Open Air festival but hasn't performed live since then. He said: "We got a lot of work done at the...
April 7, 2023

RONNIE ROMERO Says He Contemplated Suicide Over Critiques Of His RAINBOW Performances

Ronnie Romero says he contemplated committing suicide twice over Internet critiques of his performances with the Ritchie Blackmore-led RAINBOW, with whom he played live shows between 2015 and 2019. In a recent interview with BLABBERMOUTH.NET, Romero, who is originally from Chile but is now settled i...
January 27, 2023

Fear City

No longer tethered to their reputation as a former KING DIAMOND tribute act, THEM have evolved into a beast of their own design. As with both 2018's "Manor Of The Se7en Gables" and 2020's "Return To Hemmersmoor", the band's fourth album is a high-concept heavy metal record that adds depth and fresh...
October 26, 2022