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DONNA GRANTIS Releases New Music In Collaboration With PEARL JAM Guitarist MIKE MCCREADY

Acclaimed guitarist Donna Grantis, best known as the co-lead guitarist in Prince's celebrated funk-rock band 3RDEYEGIRL, has released two new songs, "Trashformer" and "Violetta", as a limited-edition seven-inch single with PEARL JAM guitarist Mike McCready via his vinyl label HockeyTalkter Records. The tracks are off Grantis's forthcoming album, "Diamonds & Dynamite", which is set for ...

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ANN WILSON 'Was Not Surprised' By CHRIS CORNELL's Suicide

Ann Wilson says that she "was not surprised" by the suicide of SOUNDGARDEN and AUDIOSLAVE singer Chris Cornell. The HEART frontwoman, whose latest album, "Immortal", features a cover of AUDIOSLAVE's "I Am The Highway" as a tribute to Cornell, spoke about the passing of her friend during a brand new interview with SiriusXM. "I was ...

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See SLIPKNOT's SID WILSON Like You've Never Seen Him Before In Photos From Horror Comedy '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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STEVE VAI On Playing With FRANK ZAPPA: 'A Day Doesn't Pass Where I Don't Marvel That It All Happened'

Legendary guitarist Steve Vai was recently interviewed on "Whiplash", the KLOS radio show hosted by Full Metal Jackie. You can now watch the chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether he is having fun on the "Generation Axe" tour, which sees him joining forces with Zakk Wylde, Yngwie Malmsteen, Nuno Bettencourt ...

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FLOOR JANSEN Laments Split Of Her Pre-NIGHTWISH Band AFTER FOREVER: 'I Was Not Too Pleased With Stopping'

Holland's FaceCulture recently conducted an interview with NIGHTWISH frontwoman Floor Jansen about NORTHWARD, her hard rock project with PAGAN'S MIND guitarist Jørn Viggo Lofstad. You can watch the entire interview below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the origins of NORTHWARD, which date back to an all-star jam at the 2007 ProgPower USA ...

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PERRY FARRELL Recruits Ex-PEARL JAM, JANE'S ADDICTION Members For Solo Band, KIND HEAVEN ORCHESTRA

Visionary artist and impresario Perry Farrell announced today the highly anticipated live performance of his new musical venture, PERRY FARRELL'S KIND HEAVEN ORCHESTRA. Farrell has assembled a dream team of musicians and performers to deliver an immersive experience of sound and vision. Perry will headline Los Angeles's Teragram Ballroom on Friday, November 30 as part ...

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STEVE VAI On Performing With YNGWIE MALMSTEEN: 'It's A Peak Moment For Me In The Pantheon Of My Live Touring Experience'

Andy Hall of the Iowa radio station Lazer 103.3 recently conducted an interview with guitar virtuoso Steve Vai about his "Generation Axe" tour. You can listen to the entire chat via the SoundCloud widget below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether he had a "wish list" for the "Generation Axe" tour: Steve: ...

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BUCKCHERRY Covers NINE INCH NAILS' 'Head Like A Hole' (Audio)

California rockers BUCKCHERRY are back with their first music in over three years with the cover of the NINE INCH NAILS classic "Head Like A Hole". "Head Like A Hole" is taken from BUCKCHERRY's forthcoming seventh full-length album, "Warpaint", which will be released in the spring via Century Media/RED Music. Helming the sessions is producer ...

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Hear Previously Unreleased Recording Of 'Wake Up Dead' By Former MEGADETH Members MENZA, LOMENZO, POLAND

A 2014 live rehearsal, unreleased instrumental recording of MEGADETH's "Wake Up Dead" by the band's former members Nick Menza (drums), Chris Poland (guitar) and James LoMenzo (bass) can be heard below. The unnamed trio came together when Menza and LoMenzo decided to join forces in a new project, later inviting Poland to handle rhythm and ...

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Former GUNS N' ROSES Guitarist GILBY CLARKE On Hearing 'Appetite For Destruction' For First Time: 'I Was Blown Away'

Former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Gilby Clarke recently spoke with IndiePower. The two-part conversation can be viewed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On Paul Stanley nearly producing his early band CANDY: Gilby: "That was the idea. We were managed by KISS's manager at the time, Howard Marks. At that ...

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METAL ALLEGIANCE To Be Joined By SEPULTURA, OVERKILL, ARCH ENEMY, MISFITS Members At Anaheim Concert

METAL ALLEGIANCE — the all-star collective anchored by Mike Portnoy (SONS OF APOLLO, ex-DREAM THEATER), Alex Skolnick (TESTAMENT), David Ellefson (MEGADETH) and Mark Menghi — began as a celebration of heavy metal, powered by the almost tribal bond shared between the extreme music community’s most revered trailblazers, armed with a list of contributors onstage (and ...

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Watch NITA STRAUSS Jam With STEVE VAI At 'The Big Mama Jama Jam-A-Thon'

Nita Strauss, the guitarist who has rocked out on stage with ALICE COOPER, FEMME FATALE, Jermaine Jackson, THE IRON MAIDENS and more, joined Steve Vai on stage on September 28 at "The Big Mama Jama Jam-A-Thon" event at Musicians Institute's LiveHouse in Los Angeles, California. The "improvisational music/art event" benefited Extraordinary Families and featured 52 ...

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PHIL COLLEN Explains Why DEF LEPPARD Doesn't Invite Other Musicians Onstage To Jam

Dave Lawrence of Hawaii Public Radio's "All Things Considered" recently conducted an interview with DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether DEP LEPPARD has invited musical guests onstage during their live performances: Phil: "Not really. I mean, usually the songs ...

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DAVE GROHL To Debut 23-Minute 'Play' Live

According to The Pulse Of Radio, FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl will debut his innovative 23-minute song "Play" as a live performance piece with "friends" on December 8 at "Warren Haynes Presents: Christmas Jam 30". The event takes place at US Cellular Center in Asheville, North Carolina and will also feature appearances from Eric Church, ...

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