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JAMES LABRIE Says DREAM THEATER Wanted To Get Back To Writing A 'Classic' And 'Heavy' Album With 'Distance Over Time'

James LaBrie says DREAM THEATER wanted to "get back to writing a classic heavy album" with its upcoming 14th full-length effort, "Distance Over Time". The move was apparently influenced by the 25th-anniversary tour in support of the band's seminal "Images And Words" LP and the lukewarm reaction to its light and ponderous 2016 double-disc concept ...

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STAIND's AARON LEWIS Calls ELIZABETH WARREN A 'F**king Lying Bitch' Over Native American Ancestry Claims

STAIND frontman Aaron Lewis has slammed Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts senator and 2020 Democratic presidential contender, as a "lying bitch" for claiming to be Native American. Lewis, who was born and raised in Vermont but now lives in Massachusetts, made his comments during his February 9 solo concert in Jacksonville, Florida. Speaking to the audience ...

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SKILLET Frontman JOHN COOPER Launches 'Cooper Stuff' Podcast

Taking a cue from what he gets asked about most from fans, a desire to have some fun and to live out the golden rule, multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated SKILLET frontman John Cooper has officially launched his "Cooper Stuff" podcast. Available on SKILLET's YouTube channel, iTunes and more, Cooper's goal for the podcast is to post ...

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LED ZEPPELIN Partners With VANS For New Shoe Line

LED ZEPPELIN has teamed up with the Vans clothing company to launch officially licensed shoes. Two versions of ZEPPELIN shoes will be made available. First up, the Era features a black leather upper emblazoned with the symbols featured in the album art for "Led Zeppelin IV". Second, the Sk8-Hi features the image of the Hindenburg ...

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JOHN PETRUCCI Says DREAM THEATER's Musical Showmanship Comes From A 'Genuine And Natural Place'

Rob Chapman from Ernie Ball Music recently conducted an interview with guitarist John Petrucci of progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On producing DREAM THEATER albums himself and whether he favors the guitar over other instruments: John: "I've always said this and ...

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SACRED REICH To Release 'Awakening' Album In The Summer

Veteran Arizona thrashers SACRED REICH are currently in the studio recording their highly anticipated new studio album — the band's first in 23 years — titled "Awakening". Due this summer, the disc is being produced by Arthur Rizk, who has previously worked with CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, POWER TRIP and CODE ORANGE, among others. "Awakening" will mark ...

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MIKE PORTNOY And JORDAN RUDESS Reunite On Stage For First Time In Nine Years During 'Cruise To The Edge' (Video)

On February 8, ex-DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy and his former bandmate Jordan Rudess reunited on stage during the Cruise To The Edge to perform "Instrumedley" from DREAM THEATER / LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT. They were joined by NEAL MORSE BAND guitarist Eric Gillette and HAKEN bassist Conner Green. On Saturday, Portnoy wrote on Facebook: "My ...

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Guitarist JOHN 5: 'I'm Always Looking For Inspiration'

Guitarist John 5 (ROB ZOMBIE, MARILYN MANSON) recently spoke with WSOU 89.5 FM — the South Orange, New Jersey-based college radio station of Seton Hall University — about "Invasion", the forthcoming new album by his solo band JOHN 5 AND THE CREATURES. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed ...

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Video Premiere: DREAM THEATER's 'Paralyzed'

The official music video for the song "Paralyzed" from progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER can be seen below. The track is quintessential DREAM THEATER, showcasing the band's unique ability to write memorable melodies backed with unique song structures and maestro-level musicianship. Wayne Joyner, who also imagined the clip for "Fall Into The Light", created the ...

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AC/DC Singer BRIAN JOHNSON Photographed With Wife In Florida

Author and concert promoter Daniel Hartwell has posted a brand new photo of AC/DC singer Brian Johnson and his wife Brenda Johnson. In the picture, which can be seen below, Brian is holding a copy of Hartwell's fictional novel "Saint John Lennon", co-written with Roseanne Bottone. Daniel wrote in a caption accompanying the photo: "Its ...

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IMPERIA: 'Book Of Love' Lyric Video

The official lyric video for the song "Book Of Love" from IMPERIA — fronted by Norwegian singer Helena Iren Michaelsen (the original vocalist of the Dutch band SAHARA DUST, which later changed its name to EPICA) — can be seen below. The track is taken from IMPERIA's fifth studio album, "Flames Of Eternity", which will ...

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MIKE PORTNOY And JORDAN RUDESS 'Hang Out' And 'Chat' On 'Cruise To The Edge': 'Once Family, Always Family'

Ex-DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy reconnected with his former bandmate Jordan Rudess earlier this week aboard the sixth annual Cruise To The Edge. Portnoy and Rudess are among the scheduled performers on the five-night progressive rock cruise, which sailed on Monday, February 4 out of Tampa, Florida aboard Royal Caribbean's Brilliance Of The Seas and ...

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JOHN 5 'Learned So Much' From DAVID LEE ROTH

Former MARILYN MANSON and current ROB ZOMBIE guitarist John 5 says that he "learned so much" from VAN HALEN frontman David Lee Roth. John 5, whose first "big break" came when he was selected by Roth to play lead guitar on the critically well-received 1998 release "DLR Band", spoke about his collaboration with the iconic ...

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NETFLIX Nearing Deal For U.S. Rights To JAMES HETFIELD's Dramatic Acting Debut

According to Variety, Netflix is nearing deal for U.S. rights and some international territories for the thriller "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile", in which METALLICA frontman James Hetfield makes his dramatic acting debut. The deal cost about $8 million. "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile" follows the relationship between notorious serial killer ...

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NEAL SCHON Adds 'Journey Through Time' Tour Dates

JOURNEY guitarist Neal Schon has added more dates to his "Journey Through Time" tour, which kicks off later this month. Schon will take the stage alongside founding JOURNEY and SANTANA singer/keyboardist Gregg Rolie, ex-JOURNEY drummer Deen Castronovo, bassist Marco Mendoza of THE DEAD DAISIES and THIN LIZZY, a musician named Chris Collins (on guitar and ...

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