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W.A.S.P.'s BLACKIE LAWLESS Admits To Using Backing Tracks During Live Performances

During a "VIP Experience" question-and-answer session before W.A.S.P.'s November 26 concert at The Plaza Live in Orlando, Florida, frontman Blackie Lawless was asked about complaints from some of the band's fans about the use of backing tracks during the group's live performances. "To answer your qu...
November 27, 2022
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DEEP PURPLE's IAN GILLAN Blasts Bands Who Rely Heavily On Backing Tracks During Live Performances: 'I Think That's Cheating'

DEEP PURPLE singer Ian Gillan has blasted bands who rely heavily on pre-recorded tracks during their live performances. In recent years, more and more artists have been given a pass for relying on pre-recorded tracks, drum triggers and other assorted technology that makes concerts more synthetic but...
November 26, 2022
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SHINEDOWN's BRENT SMITH: Performing 'Simple Man' With LYNYRD SKYNYRD Was 'A Very Special Moment For Me'

SHINEDOWN's Brent Smith joined LYNYRD SKYNYRD on stage on November 13 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee to perform the classic LYNYRD SKYNYRD song "Simple Man". SHINEDOWN recorded a cover of "Simple Man" in 2004 as an acoustic "thank you" to LYNYRD SKYNYRD singer Ronnie Van Zant's wido...
November 24, 2022
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DISTURBED's DAN DONEGAN Says Touring Environment Is Logistically 'Challenging' Due To Global Inflation

DISTURBED guitarist Dan Donegan spoke to Rock 100.5 The KATT's Cameron Buchholtz about the band's plans to hit the road in support of its newly released eighth studio album "Divisive". He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Hopefully we'll be able to announce [some tour dates] soon. It's def...
November 20, 2022
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JOE LYNN TURNER Blasts KISS For Allegedly Using Backing Tracks: 'All It's Doing Is Destroying Your Legacy'

In a new interview with Andrew Daly of Metal Castle, legendary hard rock vocalist Joe Lynn Turner (RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) was asked for his thoughts on his contemporaries using backing tracks in the live setting. He said: "I think it's become too much. I understand some groups need...
November 17, 2022
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Watch: SHINEDOWN's BRENT SMITH Performs 'Simple Man' With LYNYRD SKYNYRD

SHINEDOWN's Brent Smith joined LYNYRD SKYNYRD on stage this past Sunday (November 13) at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee to perform the classic LYNYRD SKYNYRD song "Simple Man". Fan-filmed video of his appearance can be seen below. SHINEDOWN recorded a cover of "Simple Man" in 2004 as a...
November 16, 2022
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IRON MAIDEN Thanks Fans For Buying More Than Three Million Tickets During 'Legacy Of The Beast' Tour (Video)

British heavy metal legends IRON MAIDEN have shared a video message thanking their fans for coming out to see them on the band's just-completed "Legacy Of The Beast" tour. The fall 2022 North American leg of "Legacy Of The Beast" ended last Thursday night (October 27) at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, F...
October 31, 2022
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IRON MAIDEN's 'The Future Past Tour' To Continue Into 2024

The fall 2022 North American leg of IRON MAIDEN's "Legacy Of The Beast" tour ended last night (Thursday, October 27) at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida with yet another sold-out U.S. show in front of over 12,000 fans. MAIDEN manager Rod Smallwood of Phantom Music Management says: "On behalf of th...
October 28, 2022
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HALESTORM Announces 'Back From The Dead: Deluxe Edition'

Grammy-winning hard rock band HALESTORM has announced a deluxe edition of its album "Back From The Dead". "Back From The Dead: Deluxe Edition" will include seven previously unreleased B-sides, including "Mine", a 1980s-inspired rocker which can be heard below. "Back From The Dead: Deluxe Edition" is...
October 28, 2022
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ANTHRAX Singer JOEY BELLADONNA To Relaunch His JOURNEY Tribute Band With Three Shows In December

ANTHRAX singer Joey Belladonna will relaunch his JOURNEY tribute band called BEYOND FRONTIERS (formerly JOEY BELLADONNA'S BEYOND THE BAND and JOURNEY BEYOND) with three East Coast shows in December. The dates are as follows: Dec. 28 – Worcester, MA @ Palladium Dec. 29 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance...
October 27, 2022
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DREAM THEATER's JOHN PETRUCCI Weighs In On Use Of Backing Tracks At Live Concerts

In a new interview with Guitar World magazine, DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci was asked for his thoughts on some of his contemporaries using backing tracks in the live setting. He said: "It depends on what people are doing because some people don't tour with their whole bands, so they have so...
October 24, 2022
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HALESTORM's AREJAY HALE: 'I Get More Joy Out Of Touring Knowing That I'm Not Getting Wasted Every Night'

In a new interview with Australia's Serpent Tongue, HALESTORM drummer Arejay Hale spoke about the physical preparation that goes into the touring and performing aspect of being in a high-energy rock band. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "As a drummer, I try to think like an athlete. I...
October 23, 2022
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HALESTORM Shares Live Video For 'Wicked Ways'

HALESTORM has released the official live video for "Wicked Ways", a song from the band's latest studio album, "Back From The Dead". The clip was filmed during HALESTORM's October 4 concert at Pikes Peak Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. "Back From The Dead" was released in May via Atlantic. The...
October 20, 2022
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SHINEDOWN Cancels European Dates Due To 'Economic And Logistical Side Of Touring'

SHINEDOWN has canceled its previously announced fall 2022 dates in continental Europe due to "economic and logistical side of touring". On Wednesday (October 19),SHINEDOWN released the following statement via social media: "To our friends in Europe -- we wanted to give you a message directly from t...
October 20, 2022
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LZZY HALE Isn't Worried About Alienating HALESTORM Fans With Her Opinions

At last month's Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, Kentucky, HALESTORM frontwoman Lzzy Hale was asked by Heavy Consequence if she is ever concerned about alienating a portion of the band's fans when she takes a stand that doesn't match their current political views. She responded (as transcrib...
October 18, 2022