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GENE SIMMONS Says KISS Couldn't Do Full 'End Of The Road' Tour With ACE FREHLEY And PETER CRISS: 'They're Completely Undependable'

Gene Simmons says that Peter Criss and Ace Frehley have both been invited to appear on KISS's "End of the Road" tour. The trek, which kicked off in January, features the band's current lineup, consisting of Simmons, guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley, drummer Eric Singer and guitarist Tommy Thayer. As recently as this week, Ace said that ...

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TAU CROSS Members Had No Idea About ROB MILLER's Admiration For 'Notorious Right-Wing Author'

Four members of the multinational punk/heavy metal collective TAU CROSS say they were "blindsided" by Relapse Records' decision to drop the band before the release of their third LP, "Messengers Of Deception". On Tuesday (July 2), TAU CROSS posted a statement saying that the band was "parting company" with Relapse because "circumstances have arisen that ...

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RELAPSE RECORDS Explains Decision To Part Ways With TAU CROSS

Relapse Records has explained its decision to part ways with TAU CROSS, the multinational punk/heavy metal collective featuring AMEBIX bassist/frontman Rob "The Baron" Miller, VOIVOD drummer Michel "Away" Langevin, and members of cult crust outfits MISERY and WAR//PLAGUE. On Tuesday (July 2), TAU CROSS posted a statement saying that the band was "parting company" with ...

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GEOFF TATE: 'I'm Endeavoring To Do Something Unique And Different Each Time With Each Release I Do'

Former QUEENSRŸCHE and current OPERATION: MINDCRIME singer Geoff Tate was interviewed on a recent episode of the "Metal Magdalene With Jet" show on Metal Messiah Radio. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On taking part in SWEET OBLIVION, the melodic metal project led by Italian musician ...

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CONCEPTION Announces First European Tour In More Than Two Decades

Reactivated Norwegian progressive metallers CONCEPTION, who feature in their ranks former KAMELOT singer Roy Khan, have announced a European headlining tour for spring 2020. It will be the band's first run of European shows since 1997. Guitarist Tore Østby states: "With the overwhelming response we've received from fans, and with these last shows under our ...

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DISTURBED Singer Says ROGER WATERS Is 'A Very Sick Man' Who Is 'Wrapped Up In His Own Psychosis And His Own Hatred'

DISTURBED singer David Draiman, who is of Jewish heritage, has once again spoken out against a growing international movement that targets Israel. A number of artists, including Roger Waters, have been vocal in their support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, which calls for economic pressure on Israel to end the occupation of ...

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EXODUS To Perform At San Diego's COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL

Metal and comics will once again come together as one at the 50th anniversary of San Diego Comic-Con International (SDCC) with a special live performance from Bay Area thrash metal legends EXODUS. The intimate event, dubbed "Bonded By Con", will take place on Thursday, July 18 at the House of Blues. Tickets are on sale ...

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FLAW To Release 'Vol IV: Because Of The Brave' Album This Month

Louisville's FLAW will release its new album, "Vol IV: Because Of The Brave", on July 19 via Pavement Entertainment. Amid the rocking hooks, the band offers songs with a mixture of personal, patriotic, and heartfelt lyrics. With Chris Volz at the helm, FLAW's story began with the independent release of home-grown albums "American Arrogance" (1996), ...

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ROBERT PLANT Releases Third Episode Of 'Digging Deep' Podcast

Robert Plant has released the latest episode of his new podcast. "Digging Deep: The Robert Plant Podcast" is available on iTunes, Spotify, Acast, YouTube or wherever you get your podcasts. In the third episode, the LED ZEPPELIN frontman discusses "Achilles Last Stand", the opening track of LED ZEPPELIN's 1976 album "Presence". Plant has spent the ...

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PHILIP ANSELMO Says He Doesn't Feel Like Doing SUPERJOINT Anymore, Wants KIRK WINDSTEIN For DOWN's 'Nola' Celebration

Philip Anselmo says that he wants Kirk Windstein involved in a hypothetical 25th-anniversary celebration of DOWN's classic debut album. A founding member of DOWN, Windstein left the band in 2013 in order to focus on CROWBAR and his family life. He was replaced by Bobby Landgraf, DOWN's former guitar tech who was previously in GAHDZILLA ...

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Watch DEE SNIDER, SEBASTIAN BACH And WARREN DEMARTINI Cover GUNS N' ROSES' 'Paradise City'

KINGS OF CHAOS performed at RiverEdge Park in Aurora, Illinois on June 22. The supergroup's lineup for the show included three lead vocalists: Sebastian Bach (SKID ROW), Dee Snider (TWISTED SISTER) and Lou Gramm (FOREIGNER). They were joined by guitarists Gilby Clarke (GUNS N' ROSES) and Warren DeMartini (RATT), bassist James LoMenzo (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, ...

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STATIC-X Bassist: Why Mask-Wearing Touring Vocalist's Identity Has Not Been Officially Revealed

Tony Campos has explained STATIC-X's decision to enlist a vocalist who wears a mask in the likeness of late frontman Wayne Static during the band's current reunion tour. The North American trek, which celebrates the 20th anniversary of STATIC-X's platinum-certified "Wisconsin Death Trip" album and pays homage to Static, features co-headliner DEVILDRIVER and support from ...

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METALLICA's KIRK HAMMETT Gets Reimagined As Universal Monsters In New Funko POP! Line Of Figures

The popular vinyl collectible company Funko — best known for its big-headed Pop! figures — has reimagined METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett as two Universal Monsters: Frankenstein's Monster and The Creature From The Black Lagoon. The two limited figures, which are the first in the new "The Kirk Hammett Collection," will be made available starting July ...

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