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TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS Says K.K. DOWNING Is 'Telling The Truth' About Behind-The-Scenes Turbulence In JUDAS PRIEST Camp

Former JUDAS PRIEST singer Tim "Ripper" Owens has defended Kenneth "K.K." Downing over the comments the ex-PRIEST guitarist made about his former bandmates in his recently released autobiography, explaining that Downing is "just telling the truth." K.K. departed the iconic band eight years ago, but looked back on his time with the British metal titans ...

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INCITE Joined by SIX FEET UNDER's CHRIS BARNES on New Song 'Poisoned By Power' (Audio)

INCITE, the Phoenix, Arizona-based band fronted by SOULFLY mainman Max Cavalera's stepson Richie Cavalera, will release its fifth full-length album, "Built To Destroy", on January 25 via Minus Head Records. Produced by Steve Evetts (THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, SUICIDE SILENCE) and mastered by Chris "Zeuss" Harris (ROB ZOMBIE, HATEBREED), the disc is a visceral, urgent, ...

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CARMINE APPICE's GUITAR ZEUS To Be Reissued

Legendary drummer Carmine Appice is scheduled to re-release his GUITAR ZEUS project, a compilation album featuring a who's who list of the best and world-renowned guitarists on the planet backed by his core band featuring Tony Franklin (THE FIRM, BLUE MURDER) on bass, Kelly Keeling (TSO, MSG) on vocals, keys and rhythm guitar, and Appice ...

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Triumphant Hearts - JASON BECKER

Some of you reading this will know the name Jason Becker through his work in CACOPHONY, and his guitar and songwriting contributions with David Lee Roth and Marty Friedman. Additionally, you also might've seen the movie "The Theory of Everything", which painfully illustrates the physical debilitation of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, one of our time's ...

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RICHIE KOTZEN Says THE WINERY DOGS 'Helped' His Solo Career

Guitarist Richie Kotzen (THE WINERY DOGS, POISON, MR. BIG) recently spoke with Ryan Witting of the "Rockin' You All Night" podcast. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On his plans from now until late April, when THE WINERY DOGS will reunite for an American tour: Richie: ...

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Former FREHLEY'S COMET Members Rejoin Forces In RETURN OF THE COMET

Former FREHLEY'S COMET members John Regan (bass), Tod Howarth (guitar/lead vocals) and Richie Scarlet (guitar/lead vocals) have joined forces with former ACE FREHLEY drummer Steve Werner in RETURN OF THE COMET. Original KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, Regan and world-renowned drummer Anton Fig formed FREHLEY'S COMET in 1984. The band went on to sell well over ...

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THE WINERY DOGS Announce May 2019 U.S. Tour

THE WINERY DOGS — the hard rock power trio featuring guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen (POISON, MR. BIG), bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH) and drummer Mike Portnoy (SONS OF APOLLO, DREAM THEATER) — will embark on an American tour in May of 2019. The trek will mark the group's first tour in nearly three ...

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THE WINERY DOGS To Embark On North American Tour In May

THE WINERY DOGS — the hard rock power trio featuring guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen (POISON, MR. BIG), bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH) and drummer Mike Portnoy (SONS OF APOLLO, DREAM THEATER) — will embark on an American tour in May of 2019. The trek — dates for which have not yet been announced ...

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K.K. DOWNING: Listen To Excerpt Of Audiobook Version Of 'Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest'

An excerpt from the audiobook version of former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing's recently released autobiography, "Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest", is available below. The book was read by Maxwell Caulfield. "Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest" was released in September via Hachette Audio as a digital download, and in ...

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JASON BECKER Releases Music Video For 'Hold On To Love' Song From 'Triumphant Hearts' Album

The official music video for the song "Hold On To Love" from Jason Becker can be seen below. The track is taken from the guitarist's new album, "Triumphant Hearts", which will be released on December 7 via Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group. Becker's story is one of brilliance, talent, determination, adversity, and, ultimately, triumph. A ...

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4th Annual 'Bowl For Ronnie' Celebrity Bowling Tournament Raises $74,000 For 'Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund'

The fourth annual "Bowl For Ronnie" celebrity bowling tournament, benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, held on Thursday, October 25 at Pinz bowling center in Studio City, California, was once again sold out in advance. This year's event brought in its largest amount yet — $74,000 — for the music-based ...

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ERIC MARTIN Wants RICHIE KOTZEN To Support MR. BIG On What He Believes Will Be Band's Final Tour

Prior to his October 28 solo acoustic performance in Pontypridd, Wales, MR. BIG vocalist Eric Martin spoke with Midlands Metalheads Radio. The complete conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On guitarist Paul Gilbert's departure from the group in 1999: Eric: "It was weird circumstances. Paul just left us. ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Drummer Says ANDY SNEAP Was 'Logical Choice' To Fill In For GLENN TIPTON On 'Firepower' Tour

Scott Travis says JUDAS PRIEST got to know producer Andy Sneap well enough during the "Firepower" recording sessions that they felt comfortable asking him to fill in for guitarist Glenn Tipton, who had to retire from full-time touring activities due to his diagnosis with Parkinson's disease. While there were plenty of talented prospects available, the ...

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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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