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CARMINE APPICE Argues BLACK SABBATH Isn't A Heavy Metal Band: 'They're Heavy Hard Rock'

Legendary drummer Carmine Appice was recently interviewed on "The Adventures Of Pipeman", which airs on W4CY Radio. When host The Pipeman noted that bands like QUIET RIOT weren't considered real heavy metal back in the early 1980s at the start of the thrash metal movement with bands like METALLICA a...
June 3, 2024

W.A.S.P.'s BLACKIE LAWLESS Rules Out Guest Appearances By Former Members On Upcoming Tour: 'There's Very Little Chance Of That Happening'

During an appearance on the May 29 episode of SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk", Blackie Lawless spoke about the 40th anniversary of the release of W.A.S.P.'s first album. To celebrate this classic metal album, W.A.S.P. will, for the first time in 40 years, play the entire album from top to...
May 30, 2024

CARMINE APPICE Knows For A 'Fact' That JOHN BONHAM Was Influenced By His Drumming

In a new interview with RadioBypass, legendary drummer Carmine Appice was asked if he thinks LED ZEPPELIN's John Bonham "picked up" any "tricks" from him when ZEPPELIN opened for VANILLA FUDGE early in the latter band's career. Carmine responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I know [it] as...
May 28, 2024

CARMINE APPICE Says He Never Heard Back From NIKKI SIXX About His 'Jam-Off' Challenge

Carmine Appice says that he couldn't believe it when Nikki Sixx called him "a washed-up drummer" in response to comments he made about Mick Mars's exit from MÖTLEY CRÜE. When Mars, a co-founding member of MÖTLEY CRÜE, announced his retirement from touring with the group in October 2022 as a result o...
May 19, 2024

CARMINE APPICE Rebuilds Legendary Rock Band CACTUS With Powerful New All-Star Album

Coming off two acclaimed studio albums ("Black Dawn", "Tightrope"),and an energized historic live album, "Birth Of Cactus", founding member and world-renowned drummer Carmine Appice returns with the ultimate tribute to his legendary rock band. "Temple of Blues - Influences And Friends" merges the m...
May 9, 2024

JUDAS PRIEST's ROB HALFORD: 'I Used To Be Terribly Lonely Because Of Having To Live A Double Life'

In a new interview with Global News journalist Adam Wallis, JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford pointed to metal fans' acceptance of his sexuality as evidence of metal's capacity to be a place where all are welcome. "It's broad based," he said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). "It's not just in musi...
March 13, 2024

It's Official: SLAYER Reunites, Announces First Shows In Five Years

SLAYER has officially reunited and will return to the live stage in September. For the first time since the band wrapped the last concert of its world tour back in November 2019, SLAYER — Tom Araya (bass, vocals),Kerry King (guitar),Gary Holt (guitar) and Paul Bostaph (drums) — will return to the...
February 21, 2024

MUDVAYNE's CHAD GRAY Rips Artists Who Rely Heavily On Backing Tracks During Live Shows: 'Great Bands Never Did That S**t'

In a new interview with Australia's The Underground, MUDVAYNE and HELLYEAH frontman Chad Gray once again lamented the lack of new bands who have their own musical identity as well as the growing number of artists who rely heavily on backing tracks during their live performances. He said in part (as...
February 11, 2024

KERRY KING Says He Hasn't Had Any Contact With TOM ARAYA Since Final SLAYER Show: 'Not Even A Text. Not Even An E-Mail.'

Kerry King says that he has not been in contact with Tom Araya since SLAYER played its final show more than four years ago. The 59-year-old guitarist discussed his band's decision to call it quits while speaking to Rolling Stone about his new solo project. Asked how he found out SLAYER's bassist/voc...
February 5, 2024

JUDAS PRIEST's ROB HALFORD On Political Targeting Of LGBTQ Community: 'People Are Terrified'

On the latest episode of the "WTF With Marc Maron" podcast, JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford, who publicly declared his homosexuality back in 1998 during an appearance on MTV News, discussed the discrimination lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in America and other parts of the world conti...
October 17, 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

CARMINE APPICE: 'I Was A Pioneer In The Drums'

In a new interview with Marci Wiser of the 95.5 KLOS radio station, Carmine Appice was asked what he thinks it is about his playing style that influenced so many other legendary rock drummers, including Neil Peart, Roger Taylor, Phil Collins and John Bohnam. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMO...
August 24, 2023


It's been almost four decades since the mighty KING KOBRA first burst on to the melodic metal scene. Pulled together by superstar drummer and mastermind Carmine Appice (CACTUS, VANILLA FUDGE),KING KOBRA quickly became a worldwide fan favorite with a deadly mix of stellar musicianship, killer metal...
July 18, 2023


JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford has thrown his support behind Josh Kiszka after the GRETA VAN FLEET singer came out as a member of the LGBTQ community. On Tuesday (June 20),Kiszka took to Instagram to write that he has been "in a loving, same-sex relationship with my partner for the past 8 years....
June 21, 2023

CARMINE APPICE Rails Against Being Called 'Washed Up': 'I Don't Look Like I'm Dead, Unlike A Lot Of Guys My Age'

By David E. Gehlke Legendary drummer Carmine Appice says he only spoke the truth when he spilled the dirt on guitarist Mick Mars's departure from MÖTLEY CRÜE. In doing so, he generated some nice free press ahead of his new instrumental rock album with Cuban guitarist Fernando Perdomo, "Running Up Th...
June 19, 2023