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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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Watch: RILEY'S L.A. GUNS Performs Without Late Drummer STEVE RILEY In Connecticut

RILEY'S L.A. GUNS played its first concert without founding drummer Steve Riley this past Saturday (January 20) at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. Also appearing on the bill were Stephen Pearcy of RATT, QUIET RIOT and VIXEN. Fan-filmed video of RILEY'S L.A. GUNS's performance, whic...
January 22, 2024
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RILEY'S L.A. GUNS To Release 'The Dark Horse' Album On What Would Have Been STEVE RILEY's 68th Birthday

RILEY'S L.A. GUNS will release its sophomore album, "The Dark Horse", on January 22 via Golden Robot Records. The effort will arrive more than two months after the death of the band's drummer and leader, Steve Riley, who would have celebrated his 68th birthday on the day of "The Dark Horse"'s releas...
January 14, 2024
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L.A. GUNS Singer PHIL LEWIS On STEVE RILEY's Death: 'It Was Awful. I Didn't Wanna See That.'

L.A. GUNS singer Phil Lewis says that "it was awful" to hear about the passing of the band's former drummer Steve Riley. Steve died on October 24 after "battling a severe case of pneumonia for several weeks," his family confirmed in a statement. He was 67 years old. In a new interview with  Radioact...
December 19, 2023
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W.A.S.P.'s BLACKIE LAWLESS Pays Tribute To KISS: 'What That Band Was In The Beginning Was Astonishing'

W.A.S.P. leader Blackie Lawless paid tribute to KISS on the eve of the legendary rockers' final-ever concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City. On Saturday (December 2),Lawless took to his social media to share an early KISS promotional photo, and he included the following message: "Next Ma...
December 3, 2023
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JAY WEINBERG's Drumming Colleagues Offer Words Of Support Following His Shock Firing From SLIPKNOT

A number of Jay Weinberg's drumming colleagues have offered their words of support to the musician after his shock firing from SLIPKNOT last weekend. On November 5, SLIPKNOT released a statement via social media in which it said it had "decided to make a creative decision and to part ways with Jay."...
November 12, 2023
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BLACKIE LAWLESS Denies Using Backing Tapes For His Lead Vocals: 'As A Singer, I Take A Lot Of Pride In What I Do'

In a new interview with Canada's The Metal Voice, W.A.S.P. frontman Blackie Lawless was once again asked about complaints from some of the band's fans about the use of backing tracks during the group's live performances. He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "The conclusion that I came...
November 8, 2023
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W.A.S.P. Is 'Pretty Far Into The Writing Process' For Next Studio Album

In a new interview with Canada's The Metal Voice, W.A.S.P. frontman Blackie Lawless, who underwent two successful surgeries in August to treat two herniated discs and a broken vertebra, was asked about the progress of the songwriting and recording sessions for the band's long-awaited new studio albu...
November 5, 2023
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BLACKIE LAWLESS On STEVE RILEY's Death: 'It Was A Big Shock To All Of Us'

In a new interview with Canada's The Metal Voice, W.A.S.P. frontman Blackie Lawless paid tribute to the band's former drummer Steve Riley, who died on October 24 after battling a severe case of pneumonia for several weeks. He was 67 years old. Blackie said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "I wr...
November 4, 2023
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'Gym Rat' BLACKIE LAWLESS Says He Is 'Getting There' In His Post-Surgery Recovery

W.A.S.P. frontman Blackie Lawless, who underwent two successful surgeries in August to treat two herniated discs and a broken vertebra, offered an update on his condition in a new interview with Canada's The Metal Voice. Asked how he is doing right now in his recovery, the 67-year-old said (as trans...
November 2, 2023
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W.A.S.P.'s BLACKIE LAWLESS Pays Tribute To Former Bandmate STEVE RILEY: 'His Individual Legacy Will Live On'

W.A.S.P. frontman Blackie Lawless has paid tribute to the band's former drummer Steve Riley, who died on Tuesday (October 24) after battling a severe case of pneumonia for several weeks. He was 67 years old. Late Friday night (October 27),Blackie released the following statement via the W.A.S.P.&nb...
October 28, 2023
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L.A. GUNS' PHIL LEWIS Was 'Very Shocked' To Hear About STEVE RILEY's Passing: 'We Were Never Truly Friends'

L.A. GUNS singer Phil Lewis says that he was "very shocked" to hear about the passing of the band's former drummer Steve Riley. Steve died on Tuesday (October 24) after "battling a severe case of pneumonia for several weeks," his family confirmed in a statement. He was 67 years old. Earlier today (F...
October 27, 2023
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Former L.A. GUNS And W.A.S.P. Drummer STEVE RILEY Dead At 67

Former L.A. GUNS and W.A.S.P. drummer Steve Riley has died at the age of 67. Riley's death was confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET by his son Cole, who said that Steve passed away this past Tuesday, October 24. The Riley family has released the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET: "We are devastated t...
October 27, 2023
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W.A.S.P.'s BLACKIE LAWLESS On Importance Of Free Speech: 'I Don't Want To Limit Your Ability To Speak'

In a new interview with "Metalshop", W.A.S.P. frontman Blackie Lawless spoke about how he was affected by his experience with the PMRC (Parents' Music Resource Center) more than three and a half decades ago. Back in the mid-'80s, the PMRC published a list called "The Filthy Fifteen" which consisted...
October 22, 2023
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DORO PESCH Hits 40th Anniversary With New Album And Same Outlook: 'I Always Follow My Heart'

By David E. Gehlke German metal queen Doro Pesch is many things to many people, but not least of all, she is unflinchingly positive. There is not a trace of bitterness in her voice about the 1989 collapse of WARLOCK, her influential breakout band, nor the subsequent rough patch that she and so many...
October 18, 2023