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VIVIAN CAMPBELL On Strained Relationship With RONNIE JAMES DIO: 'We Both Made The Mistake Of Going After Each Other Through The Media'

Clint Switzer of the "Music Mania" podcast recently conducted an interview with DEF LEPPARD and LAST IN LINE guitarist Vivian Campbell. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On DEF LEPPARD's current co-headlining North American tour with JOURNEY: Vivian: "It's incredible, actually. It's a really good fit. ...

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SPINAL TAP Bassist DEREK SMALLS On The Key To His Longevity: 'Refusal To Learn Another Trade'

SPINAL TAP bassist Derek Smalls — the metallic alter-ego of comedic actor Harry Shearer ("Saturday Night Live", "The Simpsons") — recently discussed his debut solo album, "Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)", with Meltdown of Detroit, Michigan's WRIF 101.1 FM radio station. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On comparisons of his ...

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THE APOCALYPSE BLUES REVUE Feat. GODSMACK Members: New Song 'Nobody Rides For Free' Available

THE APOCALYPSE BLUES REVUE will release its new album, "The Shape Of Blues To Come", on July 20 via Provogue/Mascot Label Group. The third single from the disc, "Nobody Rides For Free", can be streamed below. Following 2016's self-titled debut, GODSMACK's Shannon Larkin (drums) and Tony Rombola (guitar) return with some more bone-shaking blues with ...

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VAN HALEN Bassist WOLFGANG VAN HALEN Completes Work On Solo Album

VAN HALEN bassist Wolfgang Van Halen has completed work on his debut solo album. The disc was mixed by producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette, who has previously worked with ALTER BRIDGE, Slash and SEVENDUST, among many others. Baskette wrote in a social-media post: "There are no words to describe the sense of excitement and accomplishment of ...

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TOBIAS FORGE Still Considers GHOST To Be A 'Metal Band'

GHOST's Tobias Forge was interviewed backstage at this year's edition of the Graspop Metal Meeting, which was held earlier this month in Dessel, Belgium. The full conversation can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On what inspired him to form GHOST: Tobias: "It's a myriad of different things, but over ...

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Late AC/DC Guitarist MALCOLM YOUNG Honored By GRETSCH With Signature JET Guitar

Gretsch has honored the late Malcolm Young, whose rock-solid rhythm guitar swagger and songwriting provided the unshakeable foundation for monumental rock titans AC/DC, with the G6131-MY Malcolm Young Signature Jet. The G6131-MY pays homage to Young's famously battle-hardened Gretsch Jet. Nicknamed "The Beast," Malcolm certainly made the instrument his own, not least by removing two ...

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THE SMASHING PUMPKINS Release Music Video For New Single 'Solara'

Acclaimed alternative rock pioneers THE SMASHING PUMPKINS have released a music video for their new single, "Solara". Directed by Nick Koenig, the dreamlike clip expands on the theatrics of the band's catalog of iconic music videos. "Solara" marks the band's first recording to feature frontman Billy Corgan, guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin together ...

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EDDIE VAN HALEN Unveils New 'Eruption' Model Guitars

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of 1978 landmark album "Van Halen", Eddie Van Halen has unveiled three tribute "Eruption" models, including the Super '78, '78 Eruption Relic and '78 Eruption. On the cover of VAN HALEN's eponymous debut album, Eddie Van Halen thrusts his black-and-white striped instrument towards the camera as if he's showing ...

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SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS To Release 'Living The Dream' Album In September; North American Tour Announced

SLASH FT. MYLES KENNEDY & THE CONSPIRATORS will release their new album, "Living The Dream", on September 21 via Slash's own label Snakepit Records in partnership with Roadrunner Records. The follow-up to 2014's "World On Fire" is Slash's fourth solo album, and third with his band featuring Myles Kennedy (vocals), Brent Fitz (drums), Todd Kerns ...

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METALLICA Honored With POLAR MUSIC PRIZE; GHOST And CANDLEMASS Members Perform 'Enter Sandman' (Video)

GHOST frontman Tobias Forge (as his new alter ego, Cardinal Copia) was backed by members of CANDLEMASS and the Swedish songwriting, producer and artist duo VARGAS & LAGOLA for a performance of the METALLICA classic "Enter Sandman" earlier tonight (Thursday, June 14) when the San Francisco heavy metal giants were honored with the prestigious Polar ...

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MARK TREMONTI On 'A Dying Machine': 'I Tried To Make The Music As Dynamic And Diverse As Any Album'

Chris Akin of "The Classic Metal Show" recently conducted an interview with ALTER BRIDGE guitarist Mark Tremonti about his namesake solo band. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On writing and recording TREMONTI's new concept album, "A Dying Machine": Mark: "It was a challenge, but it ...

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Listen To SMASHING PUMPKINS' New Song 'Solara'

SMASHING PUMPKINS have released a new song called "Solara". It marks the band's first recording to feature frontman Billy Corgan, guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin together in 18 years. The track, which was produced by Rick Rubin, also features longtime guitarist Jeff Schroeder. SMASHING PUMPKINS will perform "Solara" on Monday on "The Tonight ...

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SEVENDUST Vocalist On New Deal With RISE RECORDS: 'It's Like A New Fire Up Under The Band After All These Years'

SEVENDUST vocalist Lajon Witherspoon says that after the band parted ways with longtime label TVT Records, the courting process from other record companies "was like having a whole bunch of girlfriends all of the sudden that liked you." SEVENDUST eventually landed with Rise Records, who, according to Witherspoon, has given the band such a strong ...

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DEREK SMALLS On New Solo Album: 'I Didn't Want To Wait Any Longer' For SPINAL TAP Reunion

SPINAL TAP bassist Derek Smalls — the metallic alter-ego of comedic actor Harry Shearer ("Saturday Night Live", "The Simpsons") — recently discussed his debut solo album, "Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)", with United Rock Nations. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On why it ...

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Listen To New TREMONTI Song 'As The Silence Becomes Me'

The song "As The Silence Becomes Me" from TREMONTI, the band comprised of Mark Tremonti on vocals/guitars, Eric Friedman on guitars, and Garrett Whitlock on drums, can be streamed below. The track is taken from TREMONTI's fourth album, "A Dying Machine", which will be released on June 8 via Napalm Records. The disc was produced ...

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GHOST's TOBIAS FORGE On Lawsuit: 'It's Always Alarming When You Have People Working Diligently To Destroy Your Life'

GHOST leader and frontman Tobias Forge says that he hasn't "felt very anonymous for many years," this in spite of the great efforts he went through to conceal his true identity through various incarnations of his stage alter-ego Papa Emeritus. Forge has since "retired" Papa Emeritus and now performs as Cardinal Copia. Since GHOST arrived ...

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THE APOCALYPSE BLUES REVUE Feat. GODSMACK Members: 'The Shape Of Blues To Come' Album Due In June

THE APOCALYPSE BLUES REVUE will release its new album, "The Shape Of Blues To Come", on July 20 via Provogue/Mascot Label Group. Following 2016's self-titled debut, GODSMACK's Shannon Larkin (drums) and Tony Rombola (guitar) return with some more bone-shaking blues with Brian Carpenter (bass) and the shamanistic frontman Ray "Rafer John" Cerbone. Larkin discovered Cerbone ...

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