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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

STYX Guitarist JAMES 'JY' YOUNG Mourns Death Of His Wife Of 50 Years, SUSAN YOUNG

Susan Young, wife of STYX guitarist and co-founder James "JY" Young, died on Thursday, November 10. Susan's passing was announced via a statement STYX's social media earlier today. The statement reads: "It is with a heavy heart that we share the news with you that Susan Young passed away on November...
November 11, 2022

Watch: LITA FORD And TODD KERNS Perform 'Close My Eyes Forever' On This Year's 'Kiss Kruise'

Fan-filmed video of Lita Ford and SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS bassist/vocalist Todd Kerns performing her classic ballad "Close My Eyes Forever" on October 26 during this year's "Kiss Kruise" can be seen below. Lita recorded "Close My Eyes Forever" as a duet with Ozzy Osbourne...
October 30, 2022

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

Has GENE SIMMONS Experienced Any Anti-Semitism As A Member Of KISS? He Responds

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons is the featured guest on "Howie Mandel Does Stuff", the podcast co-hosted by the comedian and his daughter Jackelyn Shultz. You can now watch video of Gene's appearance below. Simmons, who was born as Chaim Witz in August 1949, at Rambam Hospital in Haifa, Israel,...
October 16, 2022

TESTAMENT's CHUCK BILLY Is 'Slowly Working' On His Debut Solo Album: 'I Just Want It To Be Raw And Real'

In a new interview with the 107.7 The Bone radio station, TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy spoke about the progress of the songwriting sessions for his upcoming first-ever solo album. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I've actually talked to over a dozen guitar players that have songs for m...
October 14, 2022

NIGHTWISH Singer Explains Decision To Cut Her Hair, Says She Loves Metal As Much As Ever

NIGHTWISH's Floor Jansen has explained her decision to cut her hair, saying that she wanted "to make it healthy and natural again". The 41-year-old Dutch-born singer revealed her new look in a social media post on Monday (October 3),sharing a photo that was taken before a performance of her new sol...
October 5, 2022

New DEEP PURPLE Guitarist SIMON MCBRIDE: 'I've Joined One Of The Most Iconic Rock Bands In The Field'

In a new interview with Andrew Daly of Vinyl Writer Music, Irish guitarist Simon McBride, who recently joined DEEP PURPLE as the permanent replacement for Steve Morse, was asked what sort of emotions he was experiencing when he was asked to become a member of the group. He responded: "It's been an a...
October 5, 2022

Watch Animated Video For TONY IOMMI SG Special Guitar From GIBSON

BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi's iconic riffs, heavy tones, and innovative tunings set him apart from the rest and defined the heavy metal genre. At the center of it all was Tony's heavily modified 1964 Gibson SG. Inspired by Iommi's original Gibson SG, Epiphone has released the Tony Iommi SG Sp...
September 27, 2022

THE PRETTY RECKLESS Shares Acoustic Version Of 'Harley Darling' From 'Other Worlds' Collection

THE PRETTY RECKLESS will release a new collection of music, "Other Worlds", on November 4 via Fearless Records. The effort sees the group delivering its first proper acoustic recordings, unexpected covers and other reimaginings. Today, the band has shared the visualizer for the acoustic version of...
September 23, 2022

LITA FORD Is Hoping To Release Her Long-Awaited New Album In Early 2023

At this past Tuesday's (September 20) premiere of the first-ever career-spanning documentary on the life and times of legendary metal icon Ronnie James Dio at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, Lita Ford spoke to "The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show" about the status of her long-awaited...
September 22, 2022


SMASHING PUMPKINS frontman Billy Corgan, considered by some to be an underrated guitarist who deserves much more credit than most of the artists that emerged from the 1990s, spoke to Kerrang! magazine about where he finds the inspiration to come up with new guitar riffs. He said: "It has to be fresh...
September 21, 2022

Norwegian Gothic Metal Pioneers TRISTANIA Call It Quits

Norwegian gothic metal pioneers TRISTANIA have called it quits after more than a quarter century as a band. Earlier today, TRISTANIA released the following statement via social media: "After 26 years on the international metal scene, the members of TRISTANIA have this week taken the heavy decision t...
September 17, 2022

DEEP PURPLE Officially Welcomes Guitarist SIMON MCBRIDE As Permanent Member

Following the news in July that guitarist Steve Morse will be stepping back from the legendary hard rock band DEEP PURPLE, after more than a quarter of a century, his former bandmates have announced that, after an abundant summer of touring, Simon McBride will join the band permanently. Collectively...
September 16, 2022

GLENN HUGHES Is Suffering From 'Throat Infection'; THE DEAD DAISIES Cancel Nashville Concert

THE DEAD DAISIES have been forced to cancel their concert tonight (Wednesday, September 14) after the band's bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes came down with "a throat infection." Hughes "has been ordered to rest" until he recovers and will be temporarily replaced by Dino Jelusick (WHITESNAKE, TRANS-SIB...
September 14, 2022