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TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS: People Who Say Hateful Things About RONNIE JAMES DIO Hologram Are 'Miserable'; They 'Don't Like Anything'

Tim "Ripper" Owens says that people who say hateful things about the Ronnie James Dio hologram are "miserable" individuals who "don't like anything." Dio died in 2010 at the age of 67 from stomach cancer. The legendary heavy metal frontman's hologram was created by a company called Eyeillusion and made its debut at the Wacken ...

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METALLICA Donates $279,000 To Romanian Pediatric Hospital

According to Reuters, METALLICA has donated 250,000 euros (approximately $279,000) to a Romanian association building the country's first pediatric oncology hospital. The band made the donation to Daruieste Viata (Give Life) ahead of the its sold-out concert on Wednesday (August 14) at Arena Națională in Bucharest. Inspired by Mastercard's €1,000,000 donation toward the ...

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MEGADETH's KIKO LOUREIRO Is Working On New Solo Album

MEGADETH guitarist Kiko Loureiro has confirmed that he is in pre-production for his next solo album. The disc will be the follow-up to "Sounds Of Innocence", which was released in June 2012. "I'm here doing pre-production on my new album," Kiko stated in a new video message posted to his social media. "I'm just working ...

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DAVID ELLEFSON On New MEGADETH Album: 'It's A Good Vision Of Hope To Keep Working Forward On A Creative Endeavor Together'

MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson recently spoke with Meltdown of the Detroit radio station 101 WRIF. The full conversation can be streamed at this location. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On his new solo album, "Sleeping Giants": David: "'Sleeping Giants' is really a compilation of some brand new tracks that I've ...

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MY DYING BRIDE Completes Work On New Album

U.K. doom metal veterans MY DYING BRIDE have completed work on their new album. Vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe writes in a Facebook post: "It has taken quite some time to put together but it is now finished and is with Nuclear Blast as I write this. There is no release date as yet, but rest assured, ...

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DAVID ELLEFSON Says He Was Asked To Play With TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA After MEGADETH Disbanded In 2002

Shortly after MEGADETH disbanded in early 2002 due to a severe arm injury suffered by frontman Dave Mustaine, bassist David Ellefson says he was approached by then-MEGADETH lead guitarist Al Pitrelli to play with TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA. Although Ellefson turned the gig down, it apparently taught him a valuable lesson — he would go on to ...

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METALLICA's JAMES HETFIELD Turns 56 On Saturday

METALLICA singer/guitarist James Hetfield turns 56 years old on Saturday (August 3). Born in 1963 in Downey, California, James was the son of a truck driver named Virgil and a singer named Cynthia. Hetfield's parents were Christian Scientists and strongly disapproved of the use of any kind of medicine or medical treatments, even when Cynthia ...

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DAVID ELLEFSON Looks Back On MEGADETH's GRAMMY Win

David Ellefson spoke to Sonic Perspectives about MEGADETH's first-ever Grammy win back in 2017 when he and his bandmates took home the trophy for "Best Metal Performance" for the title track of their latest album, "Dystopia". MEGADETH's "Dystopia" nod marked the band's twelfth Grammy nomination in the "Metal" category (including nominations in the discontinued "Best ...

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Watch Video For New REFUSED Single 'Blood Red'

Spinefarm Records and Search & Destroy have partnered with REFUSED globally to deliver the band's opening salvo "Blood Red". The song is the first single off their upcoming album, "War Music", and is a straight forward declaration of the band's unwavering political and musical philosophy. Blending the musical and political passions that have helped the ...

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MERCYFUL FATE Bassist TIMI HANSEN Is Battling Cancer

MERCYFUL FATE bassist Timi Hansen has revealed that he is battling cancer. Hansen went public with his diagnosis after it was announced that he wouldn't participate in MERCYFUL FATE's 2020 reunion. Filling in for him will be ARMORED SAINT and FATES WARNING bassist Joey Vera. On Thursday (August 1), Timi released a statement via the ...

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CHIMAIRA Singer MARK HUNTER Diagnosed With Thyroid Cancer

CHIMAIRA singer Mark Hunter has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. The Ohio-based musician revealed his diagnosis in a Facebook post earlier today (Thursday, August 1). He wrote: "Hello friends. There's no easy way to say it. I have thyroid cancer. "Last year during a physical, my doctor discovered a large mass in my neck. I ...

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MEGADETH's DAVID ELLEFSON Says Some Of 'Super Collider' Songs Did Not Work Live

In a brand new interview with "The Robbcast Podcast", MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson was asked about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band's follow-up to 2016's "Dystopia" album. He responded (hear audio below): "We've been individually writing, submitting stuff. We've been working remotely on putting — [I've been home] here in Arizona putting ...

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MOTÖRHEAD Is Celebrating 40th Anniversary Of 'Overkill' And 'Bomber' Albums With Newly Launched Web Site

MOTÖRHEAD's official social media pages have been updated with a teaser video promoting the Motorhead79.com web site. The clip, featuring footage of important political and pop-culture events from 1979, as well as brief glimpses of MOTÖRHEAD performing, includes the tagline: "We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming for the following important news update..." 2019 ...

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GODSMACK Frontman: 'I've Been Just As Disappointed As I've Been Blessed With Meeting Some Of My Childhood Heroes'

GODSMACK vocalist Sully Erna recently spoke with Andy Hall of the Des Moines, Iowa radio station Lazer 103.3. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the band's latest album, "When Legends Rise": Sully: "I've got to tell you, it's really been an impressive album cycle so ...

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