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DAVID ELLEFSON Talks About Lyrical Inspiration For MEGADETH's 'Holy Wars... The Punishment Due' (Video)

In the four-minute clip below, MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson talks about the story leading to the creation of "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due", the opening track of the band's 1990 album "Rust In Peace". MEGADETH leader Dave Mustaine told the U.K. magazine Guitarist that he was inspired to write "Holy Wars" in Northern Ireland, when ...

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EDDIE OJEDA On What Led To 2001 TWISTED SISTER Reunion: 'Everybody Was Broke. The Lack Of Funds Put Us Back Together'

"Epic Ink" star Josh Bodwell conducted an interview with TWISTED SISTER guitarist Eddie Ojeda at this year's Headbangers Con, which was held November 10-11 in Portland, Oregon. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On TWISTED SISTER's early days: Eddie: "There definitely was a struggle. I mean, once ...

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METALLICA: New Pro-Shot 'WorldWired' Concert Clips From Milwaukee, Pittsburgh

Professionally filmed video footage of METALLICA performing the song "Motorbreath" on October 16 at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and "Whiplash" on October 18 at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania can be seen below. The second North American leg of METALLICA's "WorldWired" features in-the-round production and a few firsts, including a "Light It Up" ...

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SABATON Is In Studio Recording New Album

Swedish metallers SABATON have entered the studio to begin recording their new album. The follow-up to 2016's "The Last Stand" will be released next year via Nuclear Blast Records. SABATON singer Joakim Brodén and bassist Pär Sundström released a short video message earlier today letting their fans know what they can expect from the group ...

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TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA's CHRIS CAFFERY Is 'Really Bothered' By National Anthem Protests During NFL Games

TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA guitarist Chris Caffery says his solo song "Upon The Knee" is inspired by the recent U.S. national anthem protests. NFL players started protesting police brutality in 2016 by taking a knee during the anthem, setting off a flurry of debate across the country. While the issue has subsided considerably during the 2018 NFL ...

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BUSH's GAVIN ROSSDALE Looks Back On 'Sixteen Stone'

BUSH frontman Gavin Rossdale spoke to The Smoky Mountain News about the upcoming 25th anniversary of the band's debut LP, 1994's "Sixteen Stone". Asked how the album has stood the test of time for him, Gavin said (hear audio below): "People sometimes talk about lyrics being too fragmented. And the weird thing is that I ...

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BLAZE BAYLEY Says He's 'So Proud' That IRON MAIDEN Is Still Performing Two Songs From His Time With The Band

Former IRON MAIDEN vocalist Blaze Bayley (BLAZE, WOLFSBANE) recently appeared on the "Talking Maiden" podcast. The full conversation can be streamed below (interview begins at the 24:45 mark). A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the fact that IRON MAIDEN has been performing two songs from his time with the group during its ...

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Former OPETH Drummer MARTIN LOPEZ On SOEN's 'Lotus': 'We've Never Been This Satisfied After Making An Album'

SOEN drummer Martin Lopez (OPETH, AMON AMARTH) recently spoke with Rock All Photography. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the group's upcoming album, "Lotus": Martin: "I think we've never been this satisfied after making an album. We've always had some problems with the ...

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SLASH: 'CHER Helped Me Quit Smoking'

Slash says that watching Cher perform in concert helped him quit smoking nearly a decade ago. The GUNS N' ROSES guitarist has not smoked since 2009 and admits seeing his mother lose her battle with lung cancer, and a bout of pneumonia he suffered himself, made him realize he needed to ditch his habit for ...

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Albuquerque's Metalhead Mayor Dons PANTERA Christmas Sweater For Bill-Signing Ceremony

Albuquerque, New Mexico's mayor Tim Keller donned a PANTERA Christmas sweater for this past Thursday's (December 27) signing of a bill granting family paid parental leave to city employees. The legislation made Albuquerque the first city in New Mexico to extend paid parental leave benefits to its municipal workforce. Born and raised in Albuquerque, Keller ...

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JESSE LEACH On Recording Next KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Album: 'This Was The Single Hardest Process I've Ever Had To Deal With'

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE's Jesse Leach has finished laying down the vocal tracks for the band's new album, tentatively due in early 2019. The follow-up to 2016's "Incarnate" will mark the Massachusetts metallers' third full-length effort since the return of Leach, who rejoined the group in 2012. Leach took to his Instagram account last night (Friday, December ...

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NEAL SCHON Says He Is Not To Blame For JOURNEY Not Touring In 2019

Neal Schon says that he will embark on his "Journey Through Time" tour next year because two of his JOURNEY bandmates want to work on outside projects. In addition to Schon, "Journey Through Time" features founding JOURNEY and SANTANA singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie, ex-JOURNEY drummer Deen Castronovo, bassist Marco Mendoza of THE DEAD DAISIES and THIN ...

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