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TESLA's JEFF KEITH Says Tuning Down To Accommodate His Aging Voice Has 'Worked Out Well' For The Band

In a new interview with Rockin' Metal Revival, TESLA singer Jeff Keith spoke about the fact that he and his bandmates are still enjoying themselves on stage, more than 40 years after the group's formation. "I will admit that back in the '80s or in the '90s, I could sing things in the regular key of...
October 2, 2023

STRYPER's MICHAEL SWEET Launches 'Melodic Rock' Project SOLEDRIVER

Frontiers Music Srl has announced the upcoming debut album from SOLEDRIVER, a collaboration between two extremely talented and prolific songwriters, musicians and producers, Michael Sweet (STRYPER, BOSTON, ICONIC, SWEET & LYNCH) and Alessandro Del Vecchio (EDGE OF FOREVER, HARDLINE, JORN). The...
September 30, 2023

STRYPER Plans To Return To 'Pop Metal' Sound On A 'Few' Songs On Next Studio Album

STRYPER will enter the studio in early 2024 to begin recording the follow-up to 2022's "The Final Battle" album. Earlier today, STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet, who is responsible for almost all of the songwriting in the band, took to his social media to write: "I plan to start writing the next @stry...
September 21, 2023

STRYPER's MICHAEL SWEET: 'Tuning Down Has Helped Me A Lot To Get Through The Sets'

Michael Sweet has elaborated on his recent announcement that he and his STRYPER bandmates no longer attempt to perform the group's songs in the original key. In a social media post more than a year ago, the now-60-year-old guitarist/vocalist revealed that and the rest of STRYPER are playing their mu...
September 16, 2023

STRYPER Frontman Says It's 'Odd That Many Metalheads Have A Problem With Jesus Yet Have Absolutely No Problem With The Devil'

Michael Sweet of openly Christian rockers STRYPER says that he finds it "odd that many metalheads have a problem with Jesus yet have absolutely no problem with the devil". The 60-year-old musician, whose band threw Bibles into the audience and placed a Bible verse on STRYPER's posters (Isaiah 53:5),...
August 22, 2023

STRYPER's MICHAEL SWEET: 'The Cost Of Touring Is Absurd'

In a new interview with Robert Miguel of Uvalde Radio Rocks, STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet was asked how he and his bandmates have been able to has been able to adapt to the access-over-ownership business model of streaming music. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Well, I think ST...
August 19, 2023


BLACKBIRD ANGELS, the new project founded by guitarist Tracii Guns (L.A. GUNS) and bassist/vocalist Todd Kerns (SLASH, TOQUE, HEROES AND MONSTERS),will release its debut album, "Solsorte", on September 8 via Frontiers Music Srl. Adam Hamilton, a multi-instrumentalist who spent time in L.A. GUNS and...
July 17, 2023

JEFF KEITH Says TESLA Is Tuning Down 'A Whole Step' On Some Songs To Accommodate His Aging Voice

During a new appearance on the "That Metal Interview" podcast, TESLA frontman Jeff Keith was asked for his secret to keeping his voice in such magnificent shape. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Well, I'll tell you one secret. We started dropping things down to — instead of in E,...
July 4, 2023

RATT's STEPHEN PEARCY Doesn't Blame Grunge For Death Of 'Hair Metal'

RATT vocalist Stephen Pearcy 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. Asked in a new interview with Goldmine magazine if grunge was the deciding factor in RATT's...
July 3, 2023

STRYPER's MICHAEL SWEET Details Latest Health Issues, Asks Fans For Prayers

STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet has opened up about his latest health scares, including issues with his vision and a growing nodule on his thyroid. Earlier today (Thursday, June 22),the 59-year-old vocalist/guitarist, who resides in Massachusetts, took to his social media to write: "Hello my friends...
June 22, 2023

STEPHEN PEARCY: RATT And 'Only A Handful' Of Other Bands Kickstarted Early 1980s Sunset Strip Scene

In a new interview with Katie Daryl of AXS TV, RATT singer Stephen Pearcy reflected on the period in the early 1980s when a new musical genre was germinating on Hollywood, California's Sunset Strip — glam metal — which would soon take over the clubs in Los Angeles and charts across America. "There w...
June 8, 2023

GEORGE LYNCH Says His Career Highlights Were 'Financial Things', Not Musical Achievements

In a new interview with the "CooperTalk" podcast, legendary guitarist George Lynch was asked to name his career highlights. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Well, I'm gonna be a hundred thousand percent honest with you here. The highlights of the career weren't musical things; the...
May 26, 2023

SWEET & LYNCH Featuring MICHAEL SWEET And GEORGE LYNCH: New Single 'Leaving It All Behind' Now Available

SWEET & LYNCH, the musical union of guitarist/vocalist Michael Sweet of STRYPER and legendary guitarist George Lynch (DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB),will release its third album, "Heart & Sacrifice", on May 19 via Frontiers Music Srl. The combination of Sweet's powerful, high-octane vocals and Lynch's...
May 1, 2023

ACCEPT's WOLF HOFFMANN: 'We Are One Of The Very Few Bands That Still Play Everything In The Original Key'

In a new interview with Colombia's El Expreso Del Rock, Wolf Hoffmann said that ACCEPT is "one of the very few bands that still play everything [live] in the original key." He added: "That is something that a lot of [people in] the audience don't even pay any attention to. But a lot of singers, when...
April 20, 2023


Joel Hoekstra (WHITESNAKE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, REVOLUTION SAINTS) will release the third album from his solo project JOEL HOEKSTRA'S 13, "Crash Of Life", on June 16 via Frontiers Music Srl. "Crash Of Life" introduces a new talent into the fold as Girish Pradhan (GIRISH AND THE CHRONICLES, THE...
April 17, 2023