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NEW YEARS DAY's ASH COSTELLO Defends Using Backing Tracks During Live Shows: 'Every Band Does It'

NEW YEARS DAY singer Ash Costello 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 b...
March 14, 2024
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TOOL's DANNY CAREY: 'Fear Inoculum' Tour Kit Rundown

Modern Drummer magazine has scored an exclusive backstage peek into the rhythmic labyrinth that is Danny Carey's drum kingdom for TOOL's "Fear Inoculum" tour. Surrounded by instruments, Danny is joined by Modern Drummer CEO David Frangioni as they peel back the layers of Carey's one-of-a-kind drum a...
March 10, 2024
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SHINEDOWN Guitarist Says Lip Syncing Is 'Bulls***', But Backing Tracks Can Be 'Great' If They're Used To 'Fill' Out The Sound

SHINEDOWN guitarist Zach Myers says that he has no issue with bands who use a limited amount of backing tracks to fill out their sound during their concerts. In recent years, more and more artists have been given a pass for relying on pre-recorded tracks, drum triggers and other assorted technology...
March 6, 2024
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EXODUS's GARY HOLT Says Lip Syncing Is 'Bad', But Backing Tracks Can Be 'Cool' If They're Used To 'Fill Up' The Sound

EXODUS and SLAYER guitarist Gary Holt says that he has no issue with bands who use a limited amount of backing tracks to fill out their sound during their concerts. In recent years, more and more artists have been given a pass for relying on pre-recorded tracks, drum triggers and other assorted tech...
February 27, 2024
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KYLE THOMAS Talks The Boost PAT O'BRIEN Has Given To EXHORDER: 'He's The RANDY RHOADS Of Extreme Music'

By David E. Gehlke Cult New Orleans thrashers EXHORDER formally welcomed former CANNIBAL CORPSE guitarist Pat O'Brien into the fold when 2024 got underway. O'Brien had spent the previous two years playing live gigs with the band and lent his lead skills to their new "Defective Omnium" full-length, b...
February 26, 2024
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APOCALYPTICA Enlists METALLICA's ROBERT TRUJILLO For 'Plays Metallica Vol. 2' Album

Finnish cello rockers APOCALYPTICA have announced a follow-up to their legendary debut record. "Apocalyptica Plays Metallica Vol. 2" will continue the journey that began in 1996 when cellists from Helsinki's world-renowned Sibelius Academy played symphonic tribute to the biggest of the big four–heav...
February 23, 2024
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EXODUS's TOM HUNTING Talks Beginnings Of Thrash Metal, His Early Musical Inspirations

Legendary EXODUS drummer Tom Hunting recently talked with host Jarrad James of Drum Rundown about the beginnings of thrash metal, his inspirations behind the genre, and how he chooses gear to "get in and get out" of one of the fastest, heaviest gigs around. Check out the full interview below. A year...
February 14, 2024
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GENE SIMMONS, DAVID DRAIMAN And More Sign Letter Rejecting Attempt To Bar Israel From 2024 'Eurovision Song Contest'

More than 400 leaders from the entertainment industry — including KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons, DISTURBED singer David Draiman and Ozzy Osbourne's wife/manager Sharon Osbourne — have signed an open letter released by the non-profit entertainment industry organization Creative Community For Pea...
February 14, 2024
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HELMET Announces Spring 2024 North American Tour With CRO-MAGS

HELMET has announced a spring 2024 North American tour with support from CRO-MAGS. The trek will kick off on April 14 in Detroit, Michigan and run through May 18 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. HELMET will also make an appearance at the Sonic Temple festival in Columbus, Ohio on May 19. A Live Nation t...
February 13, 2024
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SLIPKNOT's SHAWN 'CLOWN' CRAHAN Opens Up About Personal 'Sacrifice' His Family Made During Band's Formative Years

In a new appearance on The Break Down With Nath & Johnny podcast, SLIPKNOT co-founder and percussionist M. Shawn Crahan (a.k.a. Clown) spoke about the personal sacrifices he and his family had to make during the band's formative years. He said in part (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "It's...
February 12, 2024
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TOOL Fans Won't Have To Wait 13 Years For Follow-Up To 'Fear Inoculum'

In a new interview with Metal Hammer, TOOL bassist Justin Chancellor said that fans won't have to wait another 13 years to hear a new studio album from him and his bandmates, referencing the gap between 2006's "10,000 Days" and 2019's "Fear Inoculum". "Danny [Carey, TOOL drummer] is 62 now, so there...
February 12, 2024
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DEE SNIDER Says 'Something Is Lost' When Bands Rely Too Heavily On Backing Tracks During Live Shows

TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider says that "something is lost" when artists enhance their show by relying too heavily on backing tracks during their concerts. In recent years, more and more artists have been given a pass for relying on pre-recorded tracks, drum triggers and other assorted technolo...
February 11, 2024
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LAMB OF GOD And MASTODON Announce North American Tour With Special Guest KERRY KING

Grammy Award-nominated metal titans LAMB OF GOD and Grammy Award-winning band MASTODON announce the co-headlining "Ashes Of Leviathan" tour. The tour finds the two iconic bands join forces to celebrate the 20th anniversary of two seminal releases: LAMB OF GOD's biggest-selling album "Ashes Of The Wa...
February 6, 2024
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DREAM THEATER Keyboardist JORDAN RUDESS Signs To INSIDEOUT MUSIC For New Solo Album

InsideOut Music has announce the signing of legendary DREAM THEATER keyboardist Jordan Rudess for a brand-new solo album to be released later in 2024. This announcement coincides with an exciting new collaboration between Jordan and Moises, an immersive AI-powered creation tool for musicians. Jordan...
February 2, 2024
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ROB HALFORD On METALLICA: 'They're The Most Amazing People In The Business As Far As Keeping Your Feet On The Ground'

In a new interview with Ultimate Classic Rock, JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford spoke about the band's performance at last fall's Power Trip festival the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. The historic three-day event took place on October 6, October 7 and October 8 brought together six iconic ba...
January 21, 2024