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Science, Not Fiction

Longstanding British titans ORANGE GOBLIN are a known commodity within the niche realm that they've simultaneously fallen into and been integral in building. They fit somewhere in that nebulous and diverse Venn diagram that includes stoner rock, doom, heavy metal-inspired hard rock and notable bands...
July 16, 2024

YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Explains Why He Doesn't Work With Co-Producers And Co-Writers Anymore

During a press conference at Hellfest in Clisson, France, legendary Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen was asked if it is difficult for him to co-produce his albums with other people and whether he prefers to produce his albums entirely on his own. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I ha...
June 30, 2024

MICHAEL SCHENKER Shares 'Mother Mary' Single Featuring SLASH And ERIK GRÖNWALL

The world of rock guitar has always been illuminated by a few virtuosic stars who shine brighter than the rest, and among them, Michael Schenker stands out as a comet blazing across the night sky. His tenure with the British hard rock band UFO during the 1970s remains one of the most celebrated peri...
June 19, 2024

MICHAEL SCHENKER's 'My Years With UFO' Album To Feature Guest Appearances By AXL ROSE, STEPHEN PEARCY, DEE SNIDER, Others

Axl Rose (GUNS N' ROSES),Dee Snider (TWISTED SISTER),Joey Tempest (EUROPE),Roger Glover (DEEP PURPLE),Joe Lynn Turner (RAINBOW),Biff Byford (SAXON) and Stephen Pearcy (RATT) are among the musicians who appear on "My Years With UFO", the new album from Michael Schenker on which the legendary Ger...
June 17, 2024

ANNIHILATOR Founder JEFF WATERS Releases New Single From AMERIKAN KAOS Project

In May, Metal Department released the debut album from AMERIKAN KAOS, "Armageddon Boogie". AMERIKAN KAOS is described in a press release as "the secret love child" of guitar virtuoso Jeff Waters, best known as the founder and leader of Canadian thrash metal pioneers ANNIHILATOR. AMERIKAN KAOS was bo...
June 14, 2024

JOHN 5 Releases New Song 'A Hollywood Story', Announces September/October 2024 Tour

Guitar virtuoso John 5 is giving fans a look into his life and career with a brand-new song called "A Hollywood Story". The track, and accompanying video, details John 5's incredible journey, from picking up his first guitar at the age of 7 to recording acclaimed solo material and touring the world...
June 11, 2024

WARRANT's ROBERT MASON On Touring Lifestyle: 'The Travel Is The Only Part That Can Get On Our Nerves'

In a new interview with Larry Mac of the 96.1 KLPX radio station, WARRANT singer Robert Mason spoke about the challenges of the touring lifestyle, particularly since much of WARRANT's schedule nowadays consists of fly-in dates. He said in part (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "The travel is the...
May 28, 2024

DAVID ELLEFSON On His Time With MEGADETH: 'I'm Lucky That I Had That Experience'

In a new interview with Peru's Zona Franca, former MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson spoke about how the music industry has changed in the four decades since the band's inception. He said:  "Here's the thing. Back in the old days of the record business — '60s, '70s, '80s; for me, it's '70s and '80s. '...
May 28, 2024

PETER TÄGTGREN Lets The Good Times Roll With New PAIN Album 'I Am'

By David E. Gehlke PAIN, the "hobby" project of HYPOCRISY mainman and noted extreme metal producer Peter Tägtgren, issued an unintentional Covid anthem by way of the "Party In My Head" single in 2021. The song accurately summed up the isolation most of the general populace was feeling at the time, b...
May 28, 2024

THE PINEAPPLE THIEF Announces Final Dates Of 'It Leads To This' North American Tour

THE PINEAPPLE THIEF has announced an additional six U.S. shows for the band's "It Leads to This" North American tour later this year. The U.K. based four-piece has added shows in Florida, Pennsylvania, California and Washington and will be playing songs from its latest album, "It Leads to This", alo...
May 14, 2024

JOE LYNN TURNER: Why I Decided To Go Public With My Alopecia Battle

Joe Lynn Turner says that he is "finally living" his" truth" after dropping the hairpiece he had worn since the age of 14 after being diagnosed with alopecia at three years old. The former RAINBOW and DEEP PURPLE singer, who turned 72 eight months ago, went public with his new look in August 2022 in...
April 28, 2024

ASIA Announces 'The Heat Of The Moment' July 2024 U.S. Tour

ASIA has announced "The Heat of The Moment Tour", headlined by ASIA and also featuring FOCUS, Martin Turner (ex-WISHBONE ASH) and CURVED AIR and MC'd by artist Roger Dean. The trek will commence on July 3, 2024 and will incorporate 21 dates across the USA and Canada. The tour has been masterminded b...
April 23, 2024

HEART Announces Fall 2024 'Royal Flush' Tour With CHEAP TRICK

Legendary rock band HEART has announced a fall 2024 leg of its "Royal Flush" tour with CHEAP TRICK. The trek will kick off September 26 in San Francisco and wraps up December 15 in Las Vegas. With a career spanning nearly five decades, the 2013 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees have earned global...
April 2, 2024


In a new interview with Backstage Pass Rock News, legendary hard rock vocalist Joe Lynn Turner was asked if he would have liked to have done a follow-up album to "Odyssey", his 1988 collaboration with Yngwie Malmsteen, widely considered the most commercial of all LPs the Swedish guitarist's name has...
March 25, 2024

Longtime STYX Bassist RICKY PHILLIPS Announces His Departure

STYX bassist Ricky Phillips has announced his departure from the band after a 21-year run. Earlier today, the 71-year-old musician released the following statement via his social media: "Dear Friends, after touring for 50 years with THE BABYS, BAD ENGLISH, opening for Tina Turner (on the Private Dan...
March 20, 2024