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Legendary IRON MAIDEN And DEEP PURPLE Producer MARTIN BIRCH Dead At 71

Legendary British producer Martin Birch, who is best known for engineering and producing albums by DEEP PURPLE, RAINBOW, FLEETWOOD MAC, WHITESNAKE, BLACK SABBATH, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT and IRON MAIDEN, died earlier today (Sunday, August 9) at the age of 71. His passing was confirmed former DEEP PURPLE and current WHITESNAKE frontman David Coverdale, who tweeted: ...

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SEBASTIAN BACH Blasts Rock Bands Who Play Concerts During Coronavirus Pandemic: They 'Care Only About Taking Your Money'

Sebastian Bach has blasted bands who have chosen to play live shows during the coronavirus pandemic, saying that those musicians "care only about taking your money and do not give one single shit if you live or die". While the coronavirus has devastated the live event industry this summer, and nearly all major concerts and ...

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WINGER Is Working On New Music Remotely

WINGER frontman Kip Winger spoke to Marci Wiser of the 95.5 KLOS radio station about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band's new studio album. The disc will be the follow-up to "Better Days Comin'", which came out in 2014. "It's very interesting, 'cause I was never into doing albums through the mail, ...

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Former AGNOSTIC FRONT Bassist ALAN PETERS Dies

Former AGNOSTIC FRONT bassist Alan Peters (second from left in photo above), who played on the legendary hardcore band's 1987 album "Liberty And Justice For..." album, has died. The news of his passing was confirmed by AGNOSTIC FRONT in a social media post on Friday (August 7). The group wrote: "Today was a very sad ...

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Ex-QUEENSRŸCHE Singer GEOFF TATE: 'It's Very Disheartening To Play With A Bunch Of People Who Aren't Interested In Being There'

Former QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate recently spoke to "Singers Speaking", the new video podcast hosted by Nick Reese of the hard rock band JOYOUS WOLF. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about his current solo backing band, Tate said: "I have all of these very young musicians playing with me, which I love, ...

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DOWN To Make 'Big Announcement' On Tuesday

DOWN will make a "big announcement" on Tuesday, August 11 at 1:00 p.m. EDT / 10:00 a.m. PDT. The acclaimed supergroup is expected to officially reveal that it will perform live for the first time in four years as part of a virtual concert later this month. The news of DOWN's return to live activity ...

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Hunter Gatherer - AVATAR

Cheerfully standing apart from the crowd and confusing the hell out of almost as many people as they delight, AVATAR are a unique proposition. They're also a fantastic heavy metal band: a fact that is often missed, largely due to the Swedes' cartoonish image and their propensity for occasionally sounding like a power metal SYSTEM ...

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Metal Drummer Wounded In Massive Beirut Explosion

Drummer Bachir Ramadan of Dubai, United Arab Emirates-based extreme metallers NERVECELL is one of the survivors of an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon last week that killed more than 150 people and wounded over 5,000. Officials believe the cause of the August 4 blast was over 2,700 metric tons of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive substance ...

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DREAM THEATER's JOHN PETRUCCI Doesn't Want Fans To Get 'Wrong Idea' That MIKE PORTNOY Is Rejoining Band

DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci will release his second solo album, "Terminal Velocity", on August 28 via Sound Mind Music/The Orchard. The follow-up to 2005's "Suspended Animation" features guest musicians Mike Portnoy (SONS OF APOLLO, ex-DREAM THEATER) on drums and Dave LaRue (DIXIE DREGS) on bass. The effort marks the first time Petrucci and Portnoy ...

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Is METALLICA Teasing 'The Howard Stern Show' Appearance?

METALLICA is rumored to be preparing for an appearance on "The Howard Stern Show". Speculation about the heavy metal giants' return performance on the long-running talk show airing on SiriusXM satellite radio gained strength after METALLICA posted a couple of rehearsal videos from its headquarters in San Rafael, California and followed it up with a ...

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HEATHEN: Lyric Video For 'Empire Of The Blind' Title Track

San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal veterans HEATHEN will release their fourth studio album, "Empire Of the Blind", on September 18 via Nuclear Blast Records. The lyric video for the second single, the title track, can be seen below. HEATHEN comments: "We are very proud to announce the second single, title track from our new ...

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GODSMACK Could Release Acoustic EP Next Year

GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna spoke to the "Appetite For Distortion" podcast about the progress of the songwriting sessions for 2018's "When Legends Rise" album. He said (hear audio below): "We're starting to get ready to write some more music now for the GODSMACK record. We're gonna try to maybe even do two albums next year, ...

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MEGADETH's DAVID ELLEFSON Taps JASON MCMASTER, DAVE MCCLAIN For Cover Of JUDAS PRIEST's 'Freewheel Burning'

ELLEFSON, the solo band of Grammy-winning MEGADETH bassist/co-founder David Ellefson, will release "No Cover", an LP featuring more than 13 cover songs, including classic tracks from MOTÖRHEAD, W.A.S.P., DEF LEPPARD, CHEAP TRICK, QUEEN, JUDAS PRIEST, TWISTED SISTER, FASTWAY, FIGHT, DEAD KENNEDYS, and more, on October 2 via Combat Records. The LP once again features cover ...

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STEEL PANTHER's STIX ZADINIA To SEBASTIAN BACH: 'It's A Bad Idea To Pick A Fight With A Guy Like CHRIS JERICHO'

STEEL PANTHER drummer Stix Zadinia has once again come to Chris Jericho's defense after Sebastian Bach accused FOZZY's lead singer of using pre-recorded vocal tracks during live performances. Last month, Jericho challenged Bach to a "singoff" with "no effects, no tuning, no bullshit" in response to Sebastian's allegation that Chris "mimes to a tape" during ...

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