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JOE ELLIOTT Pushes Back Against CHUCK BILLY's And CHRIS HOLMES's DEF LEPPARD 'Backing Tracks' Claim: They've Got It 'Completely Wrong'

DEF LEPPARD's Joe Elliott has dismissed accusations that his band is using backing tracks during live performances, saying "we've never done that." The 64-year-old singer and founding member of the iconic British band made the comment while responding to a question about DEF LEPPARD's "polished"-but...
April 11, 2024
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SLASH's 'Jessica' Les Paul Standard Guitar Available Worldwide

As it celebrates 130 years of music history, Gibson, the iconic global instrument brand, has shaped sound across generations and genres of music for over a century, becoming one of the most relevant, played, and loved music brands around the world. With a partnership that has lasted over three decad...
April 10, 2024
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APOCALYPTICA Releases Music Video For Cover Of METALLICA's 'The Unforgiven II'

APOCALYPTICA has shared the official music video for the band's cover of METALLICA's "The Unforgiven II". The track is taken from APOCALYPTICA's upcoming album, "Apocalyptica Plays Metallica Vol. 2". Due on June 7 via Throwdown Entertainment, the LP will continue the journey that began in 1996 when...
April 5, 2024
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ACCEPT's WOLF HOFFMANN: 'The Thought Of Artificial Intelligence Creating Art, That Is Something That Concerns Me'

During a press conference in Paris, France to promote ACCEPT's upcoming album "Humanoid", guitarist Wolf Hoffmann addressed the positive side of A.I. (artificial intelligence),particularly as it relates to the potential to drive innovation, streamline processes, enhance productivity and improve dec...
April 3, 2024
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HELMET's PAGE HAMILTON Names The Album That Made Him Want To Pick Up A Guitar

In a new interview with Jordi Pinyol, HELMET frontman Page Hamilton reflected on how he first started playing guitar. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Well, I wanted a guitar because of LED ZEPPELIN. The first album I got was 'Led Zeppelin IV', the one with 'Stairway To Heaven'. I boug...
April 2, 2024
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ADRIAN BELEW, TONY LEVIN, STEVE VAI And DANNY CAREY On Upcoming BEAT Tour: 'Sparks Will Fly'

Former KING CRIMSON members Adrian Belew and Tony Levin band together with guitar virtuoso Steve Vai and TOOL drummer Danny Carey for the first time to create BEAT, a creative reinterpretation of the three iconic 1980s KING CRIMSON albums — "Discipline", "Beat" and "Three Of A Perfect Pair". They wi...
April 2, 2024
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How ROBERT TRUJILLO Ended Up Guesting On APOCALYPTICA's Upcoming Album 'Apocalyptica Plays Metallica Vol. 2'

APOCALYPTICA lead cellist Perttu Kivilaakso spoke to the DJ Force X Podcast about the band's upcoming album, "Apocalyptica Plays Metallica Vol. 2". Due on June 7 via Throwdown Entertainment, the LP will continue the journey that began in 1996 when cellists from Helsinki's world-renowned Sibelius Aca...
April 1, 2024
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ACCEPT's WOLF HOFFMANN Admits He Tried Using A.I. For Lyrical Ideas: 'It's Scary Good'

In a new interview with Appetite For Distortion, ACCEPT guitarist Wolf Hoffmann weighed in on a debate about people using an A.I. (artificial intelligence) music generator as a tool to create melodies, harmonies and rhymes based on artificial intelligence algorithms and machine learning (ML) models....
March 29, 2024
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SIX FEET UNDER's CHRIS BARNES Explains Why He Quit Smoking Weed

Former CANNIBAL CORPSE and current SIX FEET UNDER frontman Chris Barnes, who previously described cannabis his "best friend for [his] entire life", has revealed in a new interview with This Day In Metal that he doesn't smoke cannabis anymore. "I haven't for about a year and a half," he said (as tran...
March 28, 2024
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APOCALYPTICA's PERTTU KIVILAAKSO On Split With Drummer MIKKO SIRÉN: 'It Was Time'

In a new interview with I Ask No One With Kevin Re LoVullo, APOCALYPTICA lead cellist Perttu Kivilaakso spoke about the recent departure of longtime drummer Mikko Sirén. Sirén laid down his drum tracks on APOCALYPTICA's upcoming album, "Apocalyptica Plays Metallica Vol. 2", before officially exiting...
March 27, 2024
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DANNY CAREY Describes TOOL's 'Painstaking' Songwriting Process

In a new interview with producer and YouTuber Rick Beato, TOOL drummer Danny Carey spoke about the evolution of the band's songwriting process. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "In the old days, like '89, '90, whatever, when we would write the song, we were just all in the room together...
March 26, 2024
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DISTURBED's DAVID DRAIMAN Isn't Very Concerned About The Influence Of AI In Rock Music  

In a new interview with The Jesea Lee Show, DISTURBED singer David Draiman weighed in on a debate about people using an AI (artificial intelligence) music generator as a tool to create melodies, harmonies and rhymes based on artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms and machine learning (ML) models. D...
March 21, 2024
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Would DISTURBED's DAVID DRAIMAN Ever Use Backing Tracks During Live Shows? 'Never In A Million Years', He Says

DISTURBED singer David Draiman has weighed in on bands who rely on pre-recorded tracks during their live performances. In recent years, more and more artists have been given a pass for relying on pre-recorded tracks, drum triggers and other assorted technology that makes concerts more synthetic but...
March 20, 2024
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METALLICA's Longtime Producer GREG FIDELMAN Opens Up About Band's Creative Process

Producer Greg Fidelman, who has been firmly entrenched in the METALLICA camp since 2008, when he joined Rick Rubin's "Death Magnetic" production team, was interviewed for the latest episode of "The Metallica Report", the podcast offering weekly insider updates on all things METALLICA. You can now wa...
March 20, 2024
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DRAGONFORCE's HERMAN LI: All The New Musicians Have To Also Be Content Creators

In a new interview with "The Jasta Show", DRAGONFORCE guitarist Herman Li talked about the importance of musicians acting as content creators on social media in their own right in order to succeed in today's industry. Regarding where fans can find him online, Li said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH....
March 18, 2024