richard-fortus in - CD Reviews, DVD Reviews, News

Heavy Metal's Premier Guitarists Pick Their Dream G3 Lineups

Norway's Imhotep zine recently asked more than 100 guitarists to choose their own dream G3 lineups. "The respect that the guitar players have for Joe Satriani and Steve Vai is a proven fact," writes the magazine's Thiago Pinto Corrêa Sarkis (also of Brazil's Whiplash). "Anyway, talking with some musicians, I could realize that the G3 ...

Read more

Posted in: News

LEASH LAW Launch Drummer Search

LEASH LAW guitarist Emo Mowery (TIWANAKU, ex-NOCTURNUS) has issued the following update: "As most of you already know our drummer Mr. Richard Christy has taken the place of Stuttering John of 'The Howard Stern Show'. All of us in LEASH LAW and TIWANAKU are very happy for him as he is living his dreams! We ...

Read more

Posted in: News

ICED EARTH Bassist Explains Lineup Changes

ICED EARTH bassist James MacDonough has posted a message on the ICED EARTH fan message board Iced-Realm.de regarding the recent departures of drummer Richard Christy and guitarist Ralph Santolla: "Ok, just so you can stop freaking out and saying all kinds of outlandish things this statement should be sufficient for the situation. "All of us ...

Read more

Posted in: News

UNEARTHED: Former ICED EARTH Members Speak Out

UNEARTHED, the new band formed by former ICED EARTH members Gene Adam (vocals), Dave Abell (guitar), and Mark Prator (drums), along with Bill Owen (guitar) of the pre-ICED EARTH band PURGATORY and NASTY SAVAGE/ex-AGENT STEEL bassist Richard Bateman, recently did an interview with the Chilean "heavy & power metal webzine" Powermetal.cl. The following ...

Read more

Posted in: News

FILTER: Studio Update

FILTER frontman Richard Patrick has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "Hey everyone, I'm back with a little studio update. I just finished a song called 'Only You' and out of all the songs I've written it's definitely one of my favorites. It's gorgeous and melodic and it mixes acoustic guitars ...

Read more

Posted in: News

DEATH Tribute Update: SHADOWS FALL Members Confirmed

Guitarist James Murphy (ex-DEATH, OBITUARY, TESTAMENT) has issued the following update regarding the status of the upcoming tribute CD, "Within The Mind - In Homage To The Musical Legacy Of Chuck Schuldiner": "Hi everyone, "It's been a good while since my last update and I apologize... Been quite busy with the 'Within The Mind' project, ...

Read more

Posted in: News

Veteran Rock Drummer CARL PALMER Jams With MOTÖRHEAD Offspring

Tryst Williams of The Western Mail is reporting that veteran rock drummer Carl Palmer (ELP) treated students at a school in South Wales to a percussion lecture and workshop during a recent visit. Teacher Richard Thomas, who helped arrange the visit to Bryn Celynnog Comprehensive School, Beddau, near Pontypridd, said, "The day was superb, Carl ...

Read more

Posted in: News

Ex-MEGADETH Members, WATCHTOWER Guitarist To Perform At WORLD GUITAR CONGRESS

SPASTIC INK/WATCHTOWER guitarist Ron Jarzombek is once again hooking up with fellow guitarist Marty Friedman (ex-MEGADETH, CACOPHONY) following last year's "Guitarevolution" tour. The MARTY FRIEDMAN solo band, also featuring bassist/vocalist Chris Catero (RAZER, ex-WARDOG) and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (ex-MEGADETH, Y&T), will appear in concert at the "World Guitar Congress" on Tuesday June 8 in Baltimore, ...

Read more

Posted in: News

VELVET REVOLVER: NYC Show Attended By GNR Guitarist RICHARD FORTUS

VELVET REVOLVER's performance at New York's Roseland Ballroom Wednesday night (May 26) was attended by none other than current GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Richard Fortus, according to several eyewitnesses. Inquiring minds can't help but wonder if Mr. Fortus had the permission of notoriously heavy-handed GNR frontman Axl Rose to be at the concert, especially in ...

Read more

Posted in: News

CHIMAIRA Film Video For 'Power Trip'

CHIMAIRA recently shot a video for the track "Power Trip" in San Francisco with director Lex Halaby. Expect the video in rotation next month. "Power Trip" comes off CHIMAIRA's sophomore full-length release, "The Impossibility of Reason", which came out last May through Roadrunner Records. CHIMAIRA recently replaced drummer Andy Herrick with former SOILWORK skinsman Richard ...

Read more

Posted in: News

Ex-Manager: TRENT REZNOR's Complete Lack Of Integrity Is Astounding

Former Trent Reznor manager John Malm has slammed the NINE INCH NAILS mainman for his "complete lack of loyalty and integrity," calling Reznor's lawsuit against him an attempt by Trent to blame everyone in the world "for his problems except himself." As previously reported, Reznor sued his longtime friend Malm, along with business manager/accountant Richard ...

Read more

Posted in: News

THE KILL: Former FORTE Members Sign Distribution Deal With HELLION RECORDS

THE KILL, the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma-based band featuring former FORTE members Richard Sharp (guitar), Greg Nicholson (bass) and Kevin Valliquette (vocals), have signed a distribution deal with Hellion Records. The group, whose lineup also includes former members of THE DREAM KINGS, recently completed work on their self-financed full-length CD, titled "The Kill". THE KILL describe ...

Read more

Posted in: News

ICED EARTH: Japanese Tour Postponed

ICED EARTH have been forced to postpone their previously announced Japanese tour due to the recent departure of drummer Richard Christy. "Though we tried everything in our power to keep this from happening we have no other alternative," ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer writes on the group's web site. The affected dates are as follows: ...

Read more

Posted in: News

LEASH LAW Set U.S. Release Date For Debut Album

LEASH LAW, the new Florida-based group featuring vocalist Wade Black (ex-CRIMSON GLORY, SEVEN WITCHES), guitarist Rick Renstrom (ROB ROCK), drummer Richard Christy (ICED EARTH, ex-DEATH), bassist Stephen Elder (ROB ROCK), and guitarist Emo Mowery (TIWANAKU, ex-NOCTURNUS), have set a May 25 U.S. release date through Black Lotus Records for their debut album, "Dogface". Distribution for ...

Read more

Posted in: News

DREAM THEATER's RUDESS, YES' WAKEMAN To Perform Together

DREAM THEATER's Jordan Rudess and YES legend Rick Wakeman will be performing together tonight, May 18h at the Moog Fest. The event will be held at B.B. King's in New York City. As previously reported, Jordan Rudess and Richard Lainhart, synthesist extraordinaire, will be performing live online on Sunday, May 23, at 1 PM Eastern ...

Read more

Posted in: News