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JEFF SCOTT SOTO Says MIKE PORTNOY Didn't Tell Him He Was Rejoining DREAM THEATER, Jokes That He Is 'Pissed Off At' Him

In a new interview with DJ Ramo (a.k.a. Omar Rodriguez) of The Metal Mixtape, Mike Portnoy's SONS OF APOLLO bandmate Jeff Scott Soto was asked for his opinion on this week's announcement that the drummer was rejoining DREAM THEATER after a 13-year absence from the latter group. Soto replied (as tran...
October 27, 2023

CHILDREN OF BODOM's Final Concert To Be Released As Live Album This December

CHILDREN OF BODOM's final concert, which took place on December 15, 2019 at the Black Box in Helsinki Ice Hall in Helsinki, Finland, will be released as a live album, "A Chapter Called... Children Of Bodom (Final Show In Helsinki Ice Hall 2019)", on December 15, 2023 via Spinefarm. Released with the...
October 27, 2023


Jeff Scott Soto has implied that Mike Portnoy's return to DREAM THEATER is the reason for the apparent end of their collaborative project SONS OF APOLLO. SONS OF APOLLO, which also features guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-GUNS N' ROSES),bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, THE WINERY DOGS) and keybo...
October 26, 2023

EVERGREY Announces 30th-Anniversary Album, 'From Dark Discoveries To Heartless Portraits'

EVERGREY, Gothenburg, Sweden's finest export of darkness, celebrates 30 years of metal mastery with a very special treat to be released via Napalm Records: an anniversary album, titled "From Dark Discoveries To Heartless Portraits", to be issued on December 15, 2023. "From Dark Discoveries To Heartl...
October 23, 2023

RON 'BUMBLEFOOT' THAL On SONS OF APOLLO: 'Everything Has Its Lifespan'

In a new interview with Thomas S. Orwat, Jr. of Rock Interview Series, guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-GUNS N' ROSES) spoke about the status of SONS OF APOLLO, his project with bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, THE WINERY DOGS),former DREAM THEATER members Mike Portnoy (drums; also of THE WINERY...
October 20, 2023

WOLFGANG VAN HALEN's Wedding Playlist Included MESHUGGAH

According to People, Wolfgang Van Halen, the 32-year-old son of VAN HALEN legend Eddie Van Halen, married his fiancée Andraia Allsop on Sunday, October 15 at their home in Los Angeles. Wolfgang walked down the aisle with his mother, actress Valerie Bertinelli, to a song that his father, who died thr...
October 16, 2023

BUMBLEFOOT On Status Of SONS OF APOLLO: 'I Hope Everybody Enjoyed It. Past Tense.'

In a new interview with We Go To 11, guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-GUNS N' ROSES) was asked if fans can expect new music soon from SONS OF APOLLO, his project with bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, THE WINERY DOGS),former DREAM THEATER members Mike Portnoy (drums; also of THE WINERY DOGS) and D...
October 14, 2023

LES CLAYPOOL To Release New Box Set, 'Adverse Yaw: The Prawn Song Years', In February

In a celebratory return to his roots, the legendary bassist Les Claypool has announced the "Adverse Yaw: The Prawn Song Years" box set, slated for release on February 9, 2024. Spanning the illustrious and eclectic moments of his solo career, this compilation is a tribute to the dynamic range of musi...
October 9, 2023

FOZZY's RICH WARD: 'I've Had Lots Of Bad Interactions With Famous Musicians Over The Years'

During a new appearance on Knotfest's Squared Circle Pit, FOZZY and STUCK MOJO guitarist Rich Ward reflected on FOZZY's September 2019 concert as the opening band for IRON MAIDEN at Banc Of California Stadium in Los Angeles, California. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "That was another...
October 4, 2023

FIREHOUSE Singer CJ SNARE To Undergo Abdominal Surgery

FIREHOUSE frontman CJ Snare will sit out a "a few" of the band's shows in order to undergo an abdominal surgery. He will be replaced at those gigs by an as-yet-undisclosed "fill-in singer." Earlier today (Tuesday, September 26),Snare released the following message via social media : "To all our fan...
September 26, 2023

COREY TAYLOR: 'I Don't Think I'll Ever Be A Truly Peaceful Person'

In a new interview with Kyle Meredith, SLIPKNOT's Corey Taylor spoke about where he still gets the inspiration to sing with so much aggression nearly three decades into his career. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I don't think I'll ever be a truly peaceful person. [Laughs] And I know...
September 17, 2023

TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS Believes JUDAS PRIEST Should Stage Special Concert Featuring Current And Former Members

In a recent interview with Cassius Morris, former JUDAS PRIEST frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens spoke about his relationship with the band's current singer Rob Halford. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I think it made people very angry that there never really was [a rivalry between us]. I m...
September 16, 2023

METALLICA Launches Guitar-Shaped Ice Cream Bar

METALLICA's foundation All Within My Hands (AWMH) and Enlightened have partnered in the fight against hunger with the release of their limited-edition guitar-shaped ice cream bar. The campaign will launch nationally on September 6, 2023. Inspired by the legendary ESP Truckster, once available as par...
September 2, 2023

EDDIE VEDDER Announces Two Seattle Solo Shows For October

Eddie Vedder has announced two new concert dates for October 2023. Coming on the heels of his September 30 headlining set at Ohana Festival, these shows will take place Monday, October 23 and Tuesday, October 24 at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. Vedder will be returning to the solo stage to raise support...
August 21, 2023

W.A.S.P.'s BLACKIE LAWLESS Undergoes Successful Back Surgery

W.A.S.P. frontman Blackie Lawless has undergone a successful surgery to treat two herniated discs and a broken vertebra. On Thursday (August 10),Lawless released the following statement via social media: "I just got out my back surgery earlier today and all is good, the surgery was a big success! T...
August 11, 2023