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DIRK VERBEUREN: My Favorite MEGADETH Song To Play

In the video below, MEGADETH drummer Dirk Verbeuren talks about Gar Samuelson and Nick Menza's influences on him and his favorite MEGADETH song to play. Said Dirk: "I discovered [MEGADETH] when Gar Samuelson was still the drummer. And he had a very unique style of playing that really stood out for me. It was unlike ...

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GEEZER BUTLER On Why He Decided To Join DEADLAND RITUAL: Being In A Band Is 'What I've Known Since I Started' Playing Music

During an appearance on the latest edition of "Trunk Nation LA Invasion: Live From The Rainbow Bar & Grill" on SiriusXM, 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) spoke about the formation of their new collaborative project, ...

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SHARON DEN ADEL Says New WITHIN TEMPTATION Album 'Resist' Was Inspired By Urban Music

The "Everblack" podcast recently conducted an interview with frontwoman Sharon Den Adel of Dutch metallers WITHIN TEMPTATION about the band's forthcoming studio album, "Resist". You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether "Resist" signifies a new musical direction for WITHIN TEMPTATION: Sharon: "That's correct. We've had ...

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FOREIGNER Announces Search For Original 'Juke Box Hero'

The search is on for the original "Juke Box Hero", the die-hard fan who inspired FOREIGNER's eponymous hit song. FOREIGNER founder, songwriter and lead guitarist Mick Jones and original lead singer Lou Gramm wrote the song following a memorable encounter with a fan at a sold-out show. Interest in the identity of the person was ...

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SLIPKNOT's MICK THOMSON Was 'Horrified' When He First Heard METALLICA's 'Black Album'

SLIPKNOT guitarist Mick Thomson says that he was "horrified" the first time he heard METALLICA's self-titled LP. Released in 1991, the so-called "Black Album" represented a shift toward a slower, more melodic, and more commercial heavy-metal sound, with many of METALLICA's hardcore fans believing that radio-friendly hard-rock anthems like "Enter Sandman", "The Unforgiven" and "Nothing ...

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PHIL LYNOTT: 'Songs For While I'm Away' Documentary To Include Interviews With THIN LIZZY, U2, METALLICA Members

According to ScreenDaily.com, a documentary on the life and career of Phil Lynott is now in the works from award-winning Irish filmmaker Emer Reynolds. "Phil Lynott: Songs For While I'm Away" will include interviews with THIN LIZZY's Eric Bell, Scott Gorham, Darren Wharton, U2's Adam Clayton, Suzi Quatro, Huey Lewis and METALLICA's James ...

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NIGHTWISH's TUOMAS HOLOPAINEN: 'I Couldn't Take Another Member Leaving The Band Anymore'

Rock Hard Slovakia conducted an interview with NIGHTWISH keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen prior to the band's November 13 concert at Incheba Expo Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On playing older, lesser-known NIGHTWISH songs during the band's 2018 "Decades" tour: Tuomas: "I think nostalgic ...

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Watch SLIPKNOT's SID WILSON In Horror Comedy Series 'The Midnight Snack'

SLIPKNOT's Sid Wilson, a.k.a. DJ Starscream, plays the lead role of John in Deathaus Films' new offbeat horror/comedy project "The Midnight Snack". For his character transformation, Sid's numerous tattoos, including his trademark gas mask face tat, neck ink, and transformers hand tattoos were all covered by expert FX make-up artist and "Face Off" (SyFy) alumni ...

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KIP WINGER Says It 'Will Be A Cold Day In Hell' When WINGER Gets Inducted Into ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

Sally Steele of Vegas Rocks! Magazine conducted an interview with WINGER bassist/vocalist Kip Winger and lead guitarist Reb Beach prior to the band's November 23 show at Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether they think '80s ...

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BJÖRN 'SPEED' STRID Says He Has The 'Best Of Both Worlds' With SOILWORK And THE NIGHT FLIGHT ORCHESTRA

Kjo of Germany's Moshpit Passion conducted an interview with frontman Björn "Speed" Strid of Swedish metallers SOILWORK prior to the band's January 11 concert at Turbinenhalle 2 in Oberhausen, Germany, alongside AMORPHIS, JINJER and NAILED TO OBSCURITY. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On how ...

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BEAST IN BLACK Guitarist Says New Album 'From Hell With Love' Is 'More Like The '80s Style'

Laureline Tilkin of Tuonela magazine recently conducted an interview with guitarists Anton Kabanen and Kasperi Heikkinen of Finnish melodic metallers BEAST IN BLACK. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the writing process for BEAST IN BLACK's second album, "From Hell With Love": Anton: "It ...

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STEVE VAI, BILLY SHEEHAN, RIKKI ROCKETT, DOUG ALDRICH, Others To Perform At 2019 'Ultimate NAMM Night'

"Ultimate Jam Night", the long-running community-oriented show in residency at the Whisky A Go Go, presents its second annual show at NAMM dubbed "Ultimate NAMM Night - The Power Of Music" on Saturday, January 26 at the Hilton Anaheim California Ballroom. The show is sponsored by DW drums, Ampeg, Mezzabara, Morley, Axis, Wedgie, Gear Secure, ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Singer Says SCOTT ROCKENFIELD 'Wasn't Available' To Play On New Album 'The Verdict'

On January 16, Shred Shack conducted an interview with QUEENSRŸCHE singer Todd La Torre and guitarist Michael "Whip" Wilton. You can now listen to the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On La Torre laying down drum tracks on QUEENSRŸCHE's upcoming album, "The Verdict": Todd: "Yeah, I played the drums on ...

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NEAL MORSE Explains Decision To Scrap Initial Version Of New Conceptual Double Album 'The Great Adventure'

Neal Morse (TRANSATLANTIC, FLYING COLORS, ex-SPOCK'S BEARD) recently spoke with Jonathon Rose of Metal Wani about "The Great Adventure", the new album by THE NEAL MORSE BAND. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On how the group came to record a sequel to its 2016 concept ...

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DEF LEPPARD's VIVIAN CAMPBELL: 'From Year To Year, From Tour To Tour, We Get Stronger At What We Do'

DEF LEPPARD and LAST IN LINE guitarist Vivian Campbell recently spoke with Jake Taylor of the Edmonton, Alberta classic rock radio station K-97. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On DEF LEPPARD's upcoming induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame: Vivian: "Who would have ...

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TOM MORELLO Hopes His New Solo Album Will Create 'A New Genre Of Rock 'N' Roll'

Politically minded guitarist Tom Morello (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, PROPHETS OF RAGE, AUDIOSLAVE) was interviewed by Full Metal Jackie on the January 13 edition of her "Whiplash" program on Los Angeles's 95.5 KLOS radio station. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether PROPHETS OF RAGE ...

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