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IRON MAIDEN's NICKO MCBRAIN On Why He Doesn't Play Double-Bass Drums: 'I'm Just A Lazy, Old-Fashioned Git'

Australian Musician editor Greg Phillips conducted an interview with IRON MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain at last month's NAMM show in Anaheim, California. You can now watch the chat below. Asked once again why he has steadfastly refused to incorporate a double-bass setup into his playing technique, McBrain said: "The way I grew up playing, being ...

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Listen To Title Track Of JUDAS PRIEST's New Album, 'Firepower'

"Firepower", the title track of the new album from British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST, can be streamed below. Due on March 9 via Epic, the follow-up to 2014's "Redeemer Of Souls" was recorded by British producer Andy Sneap, the band's longtime collaborator Tom Allom and engineer Mike Exeter (BLACK SABBATH). The cover artwork for ...

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MEGADETH's DAVID ELLEFSON Was 'Surprised' By SLAYER's 'Farewell Tour' Announcement: They Are 'Young To Be Retiring'

MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson says that he was "surprised" to hear about SLAYER's "farewell" tour, explaining that the Tom Araya-fronted outfit is "young to be retiring." Last week, SLAYER, one of metal's most popular and influential bands of the past four decades, announced its "final world tour" via a 30-second video. The group also confirmed ...

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ROB HALFORD On JUDAS PRIEST's Longevity: 'We've Never Slacked Off'

JUDAS PRIEST vocalist Rob Halford was recently interviewed by "The Rockside Chronicles With Shawn Sixx". The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On whether he feels he's still "living the dream": Rob: "Yeah, absolutely. It's just a glorious journey that PRIEST has been on for almost 50 ...

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SLAYER To 'Make Its Exit' After One 'Final' World Tour

SLAYER will "make its exit" with one final world tour, it has been revealed. The legendary thrash metal band announced its plans via a video featuring a compilation of press clippings, early posters and press photos spanning the group's entire career. In addition, SLAYER has confirmed that it will hit the road in North America ...

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SODOM Announces New Lineup, Expands To Four-Piece

While rumors are still flying thick and fast in the media, Thomas "Angelripper" Such has already announced the new lineup of his band SODOM: guitarist Frank "Blackfire" Gosdzik (also formerly of KREATOR, ASSASSIN) has rejoined the group, with Stefan "Husky" Hüskens (ASPHYX, DESASTER) set to man the drum kit, and Yorck Segatz (BEYONDITION) on second ...

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ACE FREHLEY To Perform On This Year's 'Kiss Kruise'

Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has been added to the list of performers who will appear on The KISS Kruise VIII. The cruise is set to sail on Halloween (October 31) on Norwegian Jade leaving out of Miami, Florida. Also scheduled to play on the ship this year are KISS, former KISS and current GRAND ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Teases New Song 'Spectre'

A 12-second snippet of the new JUDAS PRIEST song "Spectre" is available in the YouTube clip below. The track is taken from the band's upcoming album, "Firepower", which will be released on March 9 via Epic. The follow-up to 2014's "Redeemer Of Souls" was recorded by British producer Andy Sneap, the band's longtime collaborator Tom ...

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Watch Former METALLICA Bassist JASON NEWSTED Perform Cover Of NEIL YOUNG's 'Rockin' In The Free World'

Former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted and his THE CHOPHOUSE BAND performed yesterday (Friday, January 12) at the Cultural Council in Lake Worth, Florida. You can watch video footage of their rendition of the Neil Young classic "Rockin' In The Free World" below. Named after Jason's four recording studio facilities around the U.S. and featuring a ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Bassist Pays Tribute To 'Brilliant' 'Painkiller' Producer CHRIS TSANGARIDES: 'It's A Great Loss To Metal'

JUDAS PRIEST bassist Ian Hill was recently interviewed by Metal Shock Finland. The full conversation can be heard at this location. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET and Metal Shock Finland): On the recent passing of Chris Tsangarides, who produced the band's albums "Painkiller" and "Jugulator": Ian: "The first ...

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SODOM Guitarist And Drummer Were Fired Via WhatsApp

Guitarist Bernd "Bernemann" Kost and drummer Markus "Makka" Freiwald have released a joint statement regarding their departure from legendary German thrashers SODOM. SODOM bassist/vocalist and sole remaining original member Thomas "Angelripper" Such announced on Friday (January 5) that he made the decision to part ways with Kost and Freiwald because he wanted to "start all ...

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