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Rock Legends ANGEL Sign Deal With CLEOPATRA RECORDS

Legendary rock band ANGEL has signed a deal with Cleopatra Records. Original members Punky Meadows and Frank DiMino, along with current member Danny Farrow (rhythm guitar), have written 14 brand new songs for the album, which they will begin recording in April. The tracks are described in a press release as "very diverse, ranging from ...

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JASON BECKER's Mother Says 'All Went Well' With His Operation

On March 21, Jason Becker, the guitarist/composer who has had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, a.k.a. Lou Gehrig's Disease) for 30 years, underwent an operation to drain the abscess in his lung. According to his mother, Patricia Becker, "All went well and we are waiting on the lab results, but the doctor was encouraging and didn't ...

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ANVIL's LIPS Is Still Waiting For 'A Real Break'

Guitarist/vocalist Steve "Lips" Kudlow of Canadian metal legends ANVIL says that he believed from the beginning that the band's documentary, "Anvil! The Story Of Anvil", would have the kind of impact that it ended up having. "I knew immediately, because it wasn't some jackass with a video camera," he told A&P-Reacts in a new interview ...

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ALAN PARSONS: 'I Can't Get There From Here' Video

"I Can't Get There From Here", the new video from Alan Parsons, can be seen below. The track is taken from Alan's upcoming studio album, "The Secret", which will be released on April 26 via Frontiers Music Srl. The song, which includes guest vocals by Jared Mahone, is also featured in the motion picture "5-25-77". ...

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JON ANDERSON Is 'Very Open' To YES Reunion

Jon Anderson says that he is "very open" to a YES reunion. Anderson sang "Roundabout" and "Owner Of A Lonely Heart" with YES at the band's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction two years ago, and his former bandmate Steve Howe makes a guest appearance on a song called "Now And Again" on Jon's ...

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I PREVAIL: 'Paranoid' Video Released

"Paranoid", the new video from Detroit's I PREVAIL, can be seen below. The song is taken from second full-length album, "Trauma", which will be released on March 29 via Fearless Records. "Trauma" represents a victorious moment in the wake of a series of trials and tribulations endured by the Michigan quartet — Brian Burkheiser (clean ...

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Ex-JUDAS PRIEST Guitarist K.K. DOWNING: Given The Choice, ROB, IAN And SCOTT Would Have Considered Bringing Me Back

Former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing says that Rob Halford, Ian Hill and Scott Travis would "certainly" have "entertained the idea" of having him return to the band if there wasn't something preventing them from doing so. K.K. announced his retirement from PRIEST in April 2011. He has since been replaced by Richie Faulkner, who ...

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LAMB OF GOD's MARK MORTON Was 'Humbled' When Well-Known Guests Agreed To Appear On His Solo Album

LAMB OF GOD guitarist Mark Morton recently appeared on the Detroit radio station 101 WRIF's "Talkin' Rock With Meltdown" podcast. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On his new solo album, "Anesthetic": Mark: "That first Slash solo album is definitely kind of a template for at ...

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LAMB OF GOD's MARK MORTON: Video Of Entire Solo Tour Kickoff

LAMB OF GOD guitarist Mark Morton kicked off his solo tour Wednesday night (March 13) at The Broadberry in Richmond, Virginia. Fan-filmed video footage of the entire concert can be seen below. Making a special guest appearance at the show for the song "The Truth Is Dead" was Mark's LAMB OF GOD bandmate, vocalist Randy ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND: 'Evermore' Video Released

The official music video for "Evermore", a brand new song from the Canadian heavy music artist Devin Townsend, can be seen below. The track is taken from his upcoming album, "Empath", which will be released on March 29 via InsideOut Music. Devin explains in a letter direct to his fans: "So with the release of ...

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JASON BECKER To Undergo Operation To Drain Abscess In His Lung

Jason Becker, the guitarist/composer who has had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, a.k.a. Lou Gehrig's Disease) for 30 years, will undergo an operation to drain the abscess in his lung on March 21. According to his mother, Patricia Becker, this "should be an outpatient procedure, if all goes well. He is off the antibiotics for now ...

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GEEZER BUTLER Says DEADLAND RITUAL Will Perform BLACK SABBATH, VELVET REVOLVER And BILLY IDOL Songs

DEADLAND RITUAL, the new band featuring bassist Geezer Butler (BLACK SABBATH), guitarist Steve Stevens (BILLY IDOL, VINCE NEIL), drummer Matt Sorum (GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER) and singer Franky Perez (APOCALYPTICA), will perform several songs from BLACK SABBATH, VELVET REVOLVER and Billy Idol on its upcoming tour. Asked by Billboard in a new ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND Says CHAD KROEGER's Contribution To 'Empath' Album 'Can't Be Understated'

Canadian musician/producer Devin Townsend found an unlikely supporter in oft-reviled NICKELBACK frontman Chad Kroeger, who offered Townsend some key bits advice before Devin embarked on the songwriting process for his new "Empath" studio album. Opposites in many respects, Townsend originally connected with Kroeger after tweeting his fondness for NICKELBACK's recent "Feed The Machine" album, drawing ...

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MICHAEL GILBERT Says FLOTSAM AND JETSAM's ERIC 'A.K.' KNUTSON Is 'Singing At The Top Of His Game Right Now'

Chris Akin of "The Classic Metal Show" recently conducted an interview with guitarist Michael Gilbert of Arizona metal veterans FLOTSAM AND JETSAM. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether he's the "difference maker" in FLOTSAM AND JETSAM considering the studio albums he's appeared on tend ...

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