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NITA STRAUSS On JILL JANUS's Suicide: 'I Did Not See It Coming'

Nita Strauss, the Los Angeles-based guitar shredder for the ALICE COOPER band, says that she was surprised by the death of her THE STARBREAKERS bandmate Jill Janus. Janus, who was also the frontwoman for the California heavy metal band HUNTRESS, passed away on August 14. A longtime sufferer of mental illness, she took her own ...

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RAMMSTEIN Guitarist On His 'Very Personal' Side Project EMIGRATE: 'I'm Trying To Be As Open As Possible'

RAMMSTEIN guitarist Richard Kruspe recently spoke with Australia's Heavy magazine about "A Million Degrees", the new album by his side project EMIGRATE. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On "A Million Degrees": Richard: "One of the things that people tell me all the time when they ...

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DREAM THEATER's JORDAN RUDESS And JUDITH LYNN STILLMAN To Perform An Evening Of Music For Two Pianos

DREAM THEATER keyboardist Jordan Rudess will perform a two-piano classical concert event with his longtime Juilliard school friend, pianist Judith Lynn Stillman, on Saturday, December 15 at Sapinsley Hall in Providence, Rhode Island. They will be playing the greats: Mozart, Brahms and a special treat for DREAM THEATER fans. "It's taken a lot of shredding, ...

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JAY JAY FRENCH Says TWISTED SISTER Had A Strict No-Drugs-And-Alcohol Policy: 'We Fired Anybody Who Did It'

Heavy Metal And Booze conducted an interview with TWISTED SISTER guitarist Jay Jay French at this year's "Days Of The Dead" convention, which was held November 16 in Chicago, Illinois. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On how TWISTED SISTER adopted their look in the 1970s: French: ...

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ULI JON ROTH Says He Was 'Going Through The Motions' On SCORPIONS' 'Taken By Force' Album

Midlands Metalheads Radio recently conducted an interview with legendary German guitarist Uli Jon Roth (ex-SCORPIONS). You can listen to the entire chat via the SoundCloud widget below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On what type of recording environment he prefers: Uli: "I've never really had much of a band experience in albums, ever ...

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MICK BOX On URIAH HEEP's 50th-Anniversary Celebration: 'Looking Back Sometimes Can Be A Real Millstone Around Your Neck'

Rock Bottom's Jörg Reiche conducted an interview with guitarist Mick Box and drummer Russell Gilbrook of British rock veterans URIAH HEEP prior to their November 12 concert at Docks in Hamburg, Germany. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the reception to the material from their new ...

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FOREIGNER's 'Jukebox Hero' Musical To Make World Premiere In Toronto

A new musical built around legendary band FOREIGNER's peerless catalog of hit songs will make its world premiere this winter in Toronto. FOREIGNER recently celebrated its 40th anniversary of rocking the charts and arenas worldwide. The highly anticipated musical "Jukebox Hero, The Musical" from Calgary-based Annerin Theatricals will play an exclusive limited engagement at Toronto's ...

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ZAKK WYLDE: 'I'm Truly Living The Dream'

Guitarist Zakk Wylde (OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, ZAKK SABBATH) recently spoke with Deathwish Coffee's "Fueled By Death Cast" podcast. The full conversation can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET and Deathwish Coffee). On returning to Ozzy's band: Zakk: "It's business as usual. I always said back in ...

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NITA STRAUSS: 'Mariana Trench' Music Video

The official music video for the song "Mariana Trench" from Nita Strauss, the incredibly talented guitarist who has rocked out on stage with ALICE COOPER, FEMME FATALE, Jermaine Jackson, THE IRON MAIDENS and more, can be seen below. The track is taken from her debut solo album, "Controlled Chaos", which was released on November 16 ...

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NITA STRAUSS: 'Road To Chaos' Episode 2

The second episode of "Road To Chaos", the video series documenting the promotional activities for "Controlled Chaos", the upcoming debut solo album from Nita Strauss, the incredibly talented guitarist who has rocked out on stage with ALICE COOPER, FEMME FATALE, Jermaine Jackson, THE IRON MAIDENS and more, can be seen below. The disc will be ...

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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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DISTURBED Singer Says METALLICA's 'Ride The Lightning' Gave Him 'A Very Rude Awakening To The Heavier Side Of Music'

In the latest episode of Kerrang! magazine's "The Album That Saved My Life", DISTURBED frontman David Draiman singled out METALLICA's 1984 full-length "Ride The Lightning" as one of the most important releases during his formative years. "The power, the complexity, the aggression — there's so many things that would attract anyone to METALLICA," ...

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KISS Members Envision Final Show Of Upcoming Farewell Tour: 'How Do You Not End With 'Rock And Roll All Nite'?'

Even though KISS's upcoming "End Of The Road" farewell tour will feature numerous songs the group has been playing live for more than four decades, band members Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer say they never tire of performing them. When Madison Vain of BUILD Series asked Simmons to envision the closing ...

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