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PANTERA To Co-Headline Mexico's MONTERREY METAL FEST In December

PANTERA will perform at the Monterrey Metal Fest on December 6 at Estadio Mobil Super in Monterrey, Mexico. Also scheduled to appear are JUDAS PRIEST, MERCYFUL FATE, BEHEMOTH and STRYPER, among others. As previously reported, PANTERA will also co-headline the first night of this year's edition of Me...
September 30, 2022

STRYPER Shares New Song 'Transgressor'

Christian rockers STRYPER have released a new single, "Transgressor". The song will appear on their upcoming studio album "The Final Battle", which is due on October 21 via Frontiers Music Srl. The follow-up to 2020's "Even The Devil Believes" was produced by guitarist/vocalist Michael Sweet and was...
September 15, 2022

Rockers React To Death Of QUEEN ELIZABETH II

Members of BLACK SABBATH, SAXON, DEF LEPPARD, STRYPER and THE OFFSPRING are among the musicians who have reacted on social media to the the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch in British history, who died today at 96 years old. "The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afte...
September 8, 2022

KORN Assistant Says Running JONATHAN DAVIS's Onstage Teleprompter Is One Of His Most Important Duties

KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch has shared the latest episode of "All In The Family", a new YouTube series in which he takes a look backstage to show fans the individuals that make KORN live shows happen. The second episode in the series, which focuses on KORN band assistant Scott Sheppard, can be...
September 2, 2022

FRANK HANNON On TESLA's Pandemic-Related Break From Touring: 'It Was A Very Bizarre Time'

In a new interview with Rock Show Critique, TESLA guitarist Frank Hannon was asked if he and his bandmates used the coronavirus downtime to stay creative and work on new music, as many other groups did during the same period. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "For us, COVID was an i...
August 30, 2022

Watch: Ex-QUIET RIOT Singer JAMES DURBIN Covers JUDAS PRIEST's 'The Ripper' At Debut DURBIN Gig

Former QUIET RIOT singer James Durbin played his first show under the DURBIN band banner this past Friday (August 26) at the Bottom Of The Hill in San Francisco, California. Joining him on stage at the gig were Dylan Rose (lead guitar), Mike Roberts (bass), Eric James Peterson (drums) and...
August 28, 2022

STRYPER Postpones Tour For 'Economic' And 'Other Reasons'

STRYPER has postponed most of its previously announced shows in September to next year for "economic" and "other reasons." The veteran Christian rockers announced the postponement in a statement on social media earlier today (Monday, August 22). The band wrote: "It is with a heavy heart that we are...
August 22, 2022


Ted Kirkpatrick of the Christian metal band TOURNIQUET has died after a brief battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF),a rare terminal lung disease for which there is no cure. He was 62 years old. Primarily a drummer, Kirkpatrick was the principal songwriter for TOURNIQUET, and played other...
August 20, 2022

JAMES DURBIN Just Wants To 'Bang His Head' In Post-QUIET RIOT Career

By David E. Gehlke James Durbin likely wasn't done any favors upon joining QUIET RIOT in 2017 when drummer Frankie Banali's wife uttered the "He is also 28 and HOT. Am I right, ladies?" line that got plenty of mileage in the BLABBERMOUTH.NET comments section. Known as the "metal guy" from his run d...
August 14, 2022

Openly Christian STRYPER Frontman MICHAEL SWEET: 'We're Definitely Living In The End Times'

In a new interview with "The Chuck Shute Podcast", Michael Sweet of openly Christian hard rockers STRYPER discussed the inspiration for the title and artwork for the band's upcoming studio album, "The Final Battle", which is due in October via Frontiers Music Srl. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERM...
August 13, 2022

STRYPER's MICHAEL SWEET Undergoes Third Eye Surgery

STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet recently underwent his third eye surgery after being diagnosed with a detached retina last November. In a new interview with Myglobalmind, he stated about the experience (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "When you think of eye surgery, it certainly doesn't seem lik...
August 11, 2022


STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet has once again weighed in on the news that PANTERA's surviving members Philip Anselmo (vocals) and Rex Brown (bass) will unite with guitarist Zakk Wylde (OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY) and drummer Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX) for a world tour under the PANTERA banner...
August 8, 2022

STRYPER's MICHAEL SWEET: 'I Don't Believe That Grunge Killed Hair Metal'

STRYPER guitarist/vocalist Michael Sweet has weighed in on the never-ending debate about how the rise of grunge in the early 1990s forced most hard rock bands off the radio and MTV, with album and tour sales plummeting. On Tuesday (August 2), the 59-year-old openly Christian rocker, who writes...
August 3, 2022

Christian Hard Rock Pioneer And BLOODGOOD Founder MICHAEL BLOODGOOD Dies

Bassist Michael Bloodgood of Christian hard rockers BLOODGOOD has died. According to his bandmates, Michael passed on Friday, July 29 at 8:15 a.m. CDT. More than five months ago, Bloodgood suffered a hemorrhagic stroke and subsequent brain bleed. He was airlifted to hospital but never fully recovere...
July 30, 2022

STRYPER Shares New Single 'See No Evil, Hear No Evil'

Openly Christian rockers STRYPER have released a new single, "See No Evil, Hear No Evil". The song will appear on their upcoming studio album, which is due later this year via Frontiers Music Srl. The follow-up to 2020's "Even The Devil Believes" was produced by guitarist/vocalist Michael Sweet and...
July 21, 2022