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MICHAEL SCHENKER Blasts K.K. DOWNING Over Flying V Guitar Claim: 'Why Would He Lie About This?'

In a brand new interview with the "Rock Of Nations With Dave Kinchen & Shane McEachern" classic rock show, legendary German guitarist Michael Schenker was asked about ex-JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing's claim that he "was the first guy to bring the Flying V [guitar] to heavy metal ever." Sc...
May 21, 2022
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TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS And SIMON WRIGHT To Pay Tribute To JUDAS PRIEST And DIO With METAL GODS Tour

METAL GODS, described as the ultimate ode to JUDAS PRIEST and DIO featuring Tim "Ripper" Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, KK'S PRIEST) and Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO),will tour Australia in October. The METAL GODS band will also feature the talents of James Morley, former bassist with THE ANGELS, and...
May 10, 2022
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MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP Salutes RONNIE JAMES DIO And RAINBOW 'Rising' With New Song 'A King Has Gone'

MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, the band led by legendary German guitarist Michael Schenker, has released a new single, "A King Has Gone". The track and its intro, "Calling Baal", also available on MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP's upcoming album "Universal", both have a special significance: sung by HELLOWEEN front...
April 29, 2022
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MICHAEL SCHENKER Looks Back On His Brief Stint As Guitarist Of RATT: 'I Couldn't Wait To Get Out Of It'

In a new interview with The Rock Experience With Mike Brunn, legendary German guitarist Michael Schenker reflected on how he agreed, in late 1990, during one of the MCAULEY SCHENKER GROUP's many breaks, to do a favor for his friend Warren DeMartini and temporarily replaced Robbin Crosby in Los Angel...
April 14, 2022
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TESTAMENT's CHUCK BILLY Says 'A Lot' Of Guitarists Have Approached Him About Contributing To His Solo Album

In a new interview with Shawn Ratches of Laughingmonkeymusic, 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 recruited guitar players and I told guitar players that I've recrui...
April 13, 2022
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RUDOLF SCHENKER On His Brother MICHAEL SCHENKER: 'He Can Say Whatever He Wants To Say'

SCORPIONS guitarist Rudolf Schenker has once again responded to criticism from his brother Michael after the former UFO axeman accused him of being a "dangerous bully" who "takes advantage" his younger sibling. Michael Schenker gave a number of interviews in recent years in which he questioned his b...
April 13, 2022
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MICHAEL SCHENKER Says K.K. DOWNING Copied His Look In JUDAS PRIEST's Early Days: 'It Was Unbelievable'

Michael Schenker, the German guitar virtuoso who made his recorded debut at age 16 on the SCORPIONS' "Lonesome Crow" album and rose to fame as the guitarist of the English hard rock band UFO, spoke to Canada's The Metal Voice about how he was able to influence an entire generation of guitar players...
April 6, 2022
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TESTAMENT's CHUCK BILLY On His Upcoming Debut Solo Album: 'I Wanna Be Challenged'

TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy spoke to the "Let There Be Talk" podcast with rock and roll comedian Dean Delray about his upcoming first-ever solo album. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I started talking about it and recruiting guitar players to write songs for me, to put together a rec...
March 29, 2022
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MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP Releases Music Video For 'Emergency' From Upcoming 'Universal' Album

MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, the band led by legendary German guitarist Michael Schenker, has released a new single, "Emergency". The haunting opening track of MSG's upcoming studio album, "Universal", comes with an official music video, produced by Justin Griffiths. Schenker states: "'Emergency' is quit...
March 25, 2022
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MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP Announces Fall 2022 U.S. Tour

MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, the band led by legendary German guitarist Michael Schenker, will embark on a U.S. tour this fall. The trek will kick off on September 27 in San Juan Capistrano, California and end on November 6 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tour dates: With Eric Martin, IMAGES OF EDEN: Sep. 27 - The C...
March 23, 2022
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MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP Announces 'Universal' Album

There are few rock guitarists on this planet who have had such a lasting influence on so many renowned musicians as Michael Schenker. With his outstandingly fluid style, inexhaustible wealth of ideas and instinctive feel for hooks and melodies, Michael Schenker is a living legend who, despite his lo...
March 3, 2022
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Ex-JUDAS PRIEST Guitarist K.K. DOWNING Discusses His Role In Creation Of Heavy Metal Genre

In a new interview with Kylie Olsson's YouTube show "Life In Six Strings", former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing discussed his role with one of the oldest and most famous bands synonymous with the creation of heavy metal, along with BLACK SABBATH. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "...
February 27, 2022
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Watch: BRUCE DICKINSON Explains Why IRON MAIDEN Uses UFO's 'Doctor Doctor' As Its Entrance Music At Every Concert

During the question-and-answer portion of his February 11 spoken-word show at The Vic Theatre in Chicago, Illinois, Bruce Dickinson was asked why IRON MAIDEN always uses UFO's "Doctor Doctor" as its "entrance music" at is concerts. He responded: "It has the added advantage that everybody knows we pl...
February 25, 2022
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GEORGE LYNCH Unveils New Lineup Of ELECTRIC FREEDOM Project At Las Vegas Concert: 'I Finally Put Together My Perfect Band'

George Lynch introduced the latest lineup of his GEORGE LYNCH AND THE ELECTRIC FREEDOM project last night (Saturday, January 29) at Count's Vamp'd in Las Vegas, Nevada. Joining the legendary DOKKEN axeman in the band are Andrew Freeman (LAST IN LINE) on vocals, Jimmy D'Anda (BULLETBOYS) on drums and...
January 30, 2022
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So much has been written about the enduring influence of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal over the decades that it's easy to forget that only a few of its bands achieved any significant success. PRAYING MANTIS were never afforded the fortune or opportunities that came the way of the movement's bi...
January 26, 2022