STRESSBALL Guitarist LENNON LAVIOLETTE Dies At 50

Lennon Laviolette, guitarist of New Orleans band STRESSBALL, passed away at age 50 from complications from health issues involving his liver and kidneys (not COVID-19). STRESSBALL's self-titled album was released in 1993 through Pavement Music. Along with labelmates CROWBAR, they were part of the blossoming New Orleans scene during the late 1980s and early 1990s. ...

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TESTAMENT Singer CHUCK BILLY Tests Positive For Coronavirus

TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. The band said he received his test results on Saturday (March 21). According to TESTAMENT, Billy had "been feeling unwell" since returning home to the San Francisco Bay Area last week following the completion of "The Bay Strikes Back ...

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K.K. DOWNING Says KK'S PRIEST's Debut Album Is 'Sounding Incredible'

Founding JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing says that the debut album from KK'S PRIEST is "sounding incredible." KK'S PRIEST is Downing's collaboration with former PRIEST singer Tim "Ripper" Owens and ex-PRIEST drummer Les Binks. The band, which pays homage to Downing's past, is rounded out by guitarist A.J. Mills (HOSTILE) and bassist Tony Newton (VOODOO ...

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Guitarist NIKLAS SUNDIN Quits DARK TRANQUILLITY: 'The Time Is Right'

Founding DARK TRANQUILLITY guitarist Niklas Sundin has announced his departure from the band. Sundin made his exit official nearly four years after he stopped touring with DARK TRANQUILLITY in order to focus on his family life. In recent years, he was replaced on the road by Johan Reinholdz (ANDROMEDA) and Christopher Amott (ex-ARCH ENEMY). Earlier ...

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