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STEVE VAI On 'Generation Axe' Tour: 'We Didn't Want It To Be Just A Gang-Bang Of Guitar Freaks'

Guitarist Steve Vai recently spoke with PureGrainAudio. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the "Generation Axe" tour with fellow guitar heroes Zakk Wylde (OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY), Nuno Bettencourt (EXTREME), Yngwie Malmsteen and Tosin Abasi (ANIMALS AS LEADERS): Steve: "It's fantastic. These ...

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KING'S X Is Working On 'Amazing' Documentary: It 'Really Shows Who We Are And What We've Been Through'

Straus Project conducted an interview with KING's X frontman Doug "dUg" Pinnick prior to the band's December 7 concert at Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, Illinois. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the influence of Jimi Hendrix, whom Pinnick recently released a tribute album to: Doug: ...

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BIAS Feat. Former KORN Drummer DAVID SILVERIA: First Single To Be Released Next Month

BIAS, the new band featuring former KORN drummer David Silveria, will release its debut single, "Pity", on January 4. David is joined in the Orange County, California-based group by bassist Chris Dorame, guitarists Joe Taback and Mike Martin and singer Rich Nguyen. Silveria, Dorame and Taback previously played together in CORE 10, which "imploded" earlier ...

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KANSAS Announces Addition Of Keyboardist TOM BRISLIN

KANSAS has announced the addition of keyboardist Tom Brislin to the group's ranks. Brislin is replacing departing keyboardist David Manion. An internationally acclaimed musician, Brislin has performed and toured with a variety of artists, including YES (appearing on "Symphonic Live"), Meat Loaf, Debbie Harry of BLONDIE, CAMEL, RENAISSANCE and Dennis DeYoung (formerly of STYX). For ...

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SOTO Signs With INSIDEOUT MUSIC

SOTO, the modern heavy metal / hard rock group featuring vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, TALISMAN, JOURNEY, SONS OF APOLLO, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA), has signed a new worldwide deal with InsideOut Music. Soto commented: "I am proud to have SOTO working with the great InsideOut Music and their partners at Century Media Records and Sony ...

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HAMMERFALL To Release 'Dominion' Album In August

Swedish metallers HAMMERFALL will enter the studio on January 7, 2019 to begin recording their new album. Titled "Dominion", the disc will be released on August 16, 2019 via Napalm Records. HAMMERFALL's last album, "Built To Last", was released in November 2016 via Napalm Records. Lat year, drummer David Wallin returned to HAMMERFALL — nine ...

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Watch MEGADETH's DAVID ELLEFSON Perform In Longwood, Florida During 'Basstory' Tour

Fan-filmed video footage of MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson's December 14 appearance at Shovelhead in Longwood, Florida can be seen below (courtesy of YouTube user "hvymtlmom"). The Longwood gig was part of Ellefson's "Basstory" tour, which combines solo bass performance with David's celebrated brand of storytelling, as he recounts intimate details of his struggles and triumphs ...

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SOILWORK Frontman On 'Verkligheten' Album: 'We Always Aim To Surprise Ourselves And Our Fans'

Metal Wani's Jake Patton recently conducted an interview with frontman Björn "Speed" Strid of Swedish metallers SOILWORK about the band's forthcoming studio album, "Verkligheten". You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On still releasing studio albums over two decades since SOILWORK's formation: Björn: "I didn't really predict ...

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SOILWORK Vocalist Says New Drummer BASTIAN THUSGAARD Was 'A Big Part' Of 'Verkligheten' Album

SOILWORK frontman Björn "Speed" Strid recently spoke with United Rock Nations. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the three-and-a-half year gap between the group's 2015 release, "The Ride Majestic", and forthcoming album, "Verkligheten": Björn: "I think the main reason was that we did so much ...

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LAMB OF GOD Guitarist's 'Anesthetic' Solo Album To Feature Guest Appearances By LINKIN PARK, PAPA ROACH Members

LAMB OF GOD guitarist Mark Morton will release a solo album titled "Anesthetic" on March 1, 2019 via WPP Records and Spinefarm Records. The disc's first single, "The Truth Is Dead", featuring guest vocals by LAMB OF GOD singer Randy Blythe and ARCH ENEMY frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz, can be streamed below. "Anesthetic" was made alongside ...

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KIKO LOUREIRO: How I Landed Guitarist Gig In MEGADETH

BackStage360 recently conducted an interview with former ANGRA and current MEGADETH guitarist Kiko Loureiro. You can now watch the chat below. Asked how he landed the gig with MEGADETH, Kiko said: "ANGRA, we [had] a gold disc in Brazil, and then we released the album in Europe in 1994. And that was quite successful — ...

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DAVID LEE ROTH Launches Skin-Care Line INK THE ORIGINAL

VAN HALEN singer David Lee Roth spoke to Vogue about his business venture Ink The Original, the just-launched skin-care line specifically made to preserve, protect, and highlight tattoos and keep them from fading. Regarding how he got involved in a business in the tattoo-maintenance space, Roth said: "Simple: The product that we're dealing ...

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SLAUGHTER Frontman Says 'People Really Don't Care' About New Music From His Band: 'They Still Wanna Hear The Hits'

Sally Steele of Vegas Rocks! recently conducted an interview with SLAUGHTER frontman Mark Slaughter and bassist Dana Strum. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether they thought their career was over when hair metal's popularity took a nosedive in the 1990s in the wake ...

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