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Guitar EDDIE VAN HALEN Gifted To JASON BECKER Sells At Auction For $110,000

The guitar Jason Becker received as a gift from Eddie Van Halen has sold in an auction for $110,000. Becker, who was diagnosed with ALS in 1989, parted ways with the instrument in order to raise money for his ongoing care, which costs more than $100,000 a year. The guitar — which was given to Becker...
December 20, 2023
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VLTIMAS Feat. Former MORBID ANGEL Frontman DAVID VINCENT, Ex-MAYHEM Guitarist, CRYPTOPSY Drummer: 'Epic' Album Announced

VLTIMAS (pronounced 'uhl-tuh-mas'),the multinational quinet featuring Norwegian guitarist Rune "Blasphemer" Eriksen (ex-MAYHEM, AURA NOIR),American vocalist David Vincent (ex-MORBID ANGEL) and Canadian drummer Flo Mounier (CRYPTOPSY),will release its second album, "Epic", on March 15, 2024 via Se...
December 19, 2023
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CRAIG LOCICERO Looks To The Future With A Resurrected FORBIDDEN: 'People Are More Ready For Us'

By David E. Gehlke FORBIDDEN had the best pure singer in Russ Anderson of all the Bay Area thrash bands, but it never translated to the kind of success they deserved. Oddly, Anderson's vocal acrobatics somehow prevented FORBIDDEN from reaching audiences beyond the thrash scene, in spite of their leg...
December 19, 2023
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REVOLUTION SAINTS Feat. DEEN CASTRONOVO, JEFF PILSON And JOEL HOEKSTRA: 'Against The Winds' Album Due In February

REVOLUTION SAINTS, the band led by JOURNEY vocalist/drummer Deen Castronovo, will release a new album, "Against The Winds", on February 9, 2024 via Frontiers Music Srl. The follow-up 2023's "Eagle Flight" sees Castronovo once again joined by fellow rockers bassist Jeff Pilson (known for his work wit...
December 16, 2023
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RUSH's GEDDY LEE On Making Albums: 'Mixing Is The Death Of Hope'

In a new interview with NPR's "World Café", RUSH bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee was asked to explain the term "post-production blues" as it relates to the album-making process, something he discusses in his recently released memoir "My Effin' Life". Geddy said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Well...
December 11, 2023
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ZZ TOP Bassist DUSTY HILL's 1953 Fender Is Second-Highest-Selling Bass In Auction History

In celebration of its 20th anniversary as the leading rock 'n' roll memorabilia auction house, Julien's Auctions kicked off "The Collection Of Dusty Hill Of ZZ Top" Thursday, December 7, with a spectacular first evening sale presentation of the rock icon's one-of-a-kind instruments, custom made west...
December 8, 2023
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SEPULTURA Announces 'Farewell Tour' To Mark Band's 40th Anniversary

Brazilian/American metallers SEPULTURA will celebrate their 40th anniversary next year by embarking on a "farewell tour" which will cover the entire globe. Starting in March 2024, SEPULTURA will spend 18 months celebrating the band's past and the present one final time. In the works for two years, S...
December 8, 2023
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How Did STYX End Up Being Accused Of Having Hidden Messages In Its Songs? JAMES 'J.Y.' YOUNG Explains

In a new interview with Ethan Dometrius of the 107.3 The Eagle radio station, STYX guitarist James "J.Y." Young spoke about how claims were made by anti-rock-music activists during the early 1980s that the STYX song "Snowblind"'s lyrics were Satanic and contained hidden backwards messages. The line...
December 5, 2023
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NIGHTWISH, CHILDREN OF BODOM And WINTERSUN Members Join Forces In CROWNSHIFT

Nuclear Blast Records has announced the signing of the new Finnish metal band CROWNSHIFT. Born as the longtime idea of four friends, CROWNSHIFT's members come from the ranks of Finland's finest exports such as NIGHTWISH, CHILDREN OF BODOM, WINTERSUN and FINNTROLL, are thrilled to start a new journey...
December 5, 2023
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AMON AMARTH Announces Spring 2024 North American Tour With CANNIBAL CORPSE, OBITUARY And FROZEN SOUL

Following their summer run crisscrossing the continent with their metal comrades in GHOST, Swedish heavy metal icons AMON AMARTH will return to U.S. and Canadian stages this spring on the "Metal Crushes All Tour 2024" produced by Live Nation; the band's biggest North American tour to date! Set to co...
December 5, 2023
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PETER FRAMPTON Announces Spring 2024 'Never EVER Say Never Tour'

To celebrate his 60th year of touring, Grammy Award-winning guitarist Peter Frampton has confirmed new spring dates on "Never EVER Say Never Tour". Fresh off the heels of his nationwide headline run this year, the 2024 tour will see the legendary artist playing at venues across North America, includ...
December 1, 2023
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TED NUGENT Knows How To Stop The U.S. Invasion Of Hard-To-Eradicate 'Super Pigs' From Canada

During an appearance on last night's (Monday, November 27) edition of Fox News' "Jesse Watters Primetime", legendary rocker and avid hunter Ted Nugent was asked what can be done to stop the invasion of hard-to-eradicate feral "super pigs" in Canada that are threatening to spill over to the United St...
November 28, 2023
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GODSMACK Announces More Dates For 2024 'Vibez Tour'

GODSMACK will embark on the "Vibez Tour" in February 2024. The multi-platinum Grammy-nominated hard rock band is transforming its thunderous pyro-filled amphitheater rock show into a more intimate experience. The band is set to deliver a series of intimate evenings featuring acoustic/electric perfo...
November 28, 2023
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Sequel To Iconic Mockumentary 'Spinal Tap' To Start Filming In February 2024

The sequel to the iconic mockumentary "This Is Spinal Tap" is set to start filming in February 2024. Rob Reiner will return to direct and write, and original stars/writers Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Harry Shearer will reprise their roles as Nigel Tufnel, David St Hubbins and Derek Smalls,...
November 28, 2023
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STRYPER's MICHAEL SWEET Says Some Of His Friends Called Him A 'Moron' For Voting For TRUMP

In a new interview with Real Music With Gary Stuckey, Michael Sweet of Christian rockers STRYPER was asked how he goes about working together in harmony with fellow musicians like Tracii Guns (L.A. GUNS) who represent completely opposing viewpoints. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET):...
November 25, 2023