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K.K. DOWNING Says SCOTT TRAVIS And RICHIE FAULKNER Are Not Official Members Of JUDAS PRIEST: 'They Are On A Wage'

Carsten Smolinsky of Germany's Bleeding4metal.de recently conducted an e-mail interview with former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing. The original English-language version of the chat appears here in its entirety. Bleeding4metal.de: Hello, Mr. Downing, thank you very much for taking the time for an interview! I really enjoyed reading "Heavy Duty: Days And Nights ...

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DROPKICK MURPHYS Announce Fall 2019 Tour With CLUTCH, HATEBREED

DROPKICK MURPHYS will kick off fall 2019 with a coast-to-coast tour featuring CLUTCH, launching September 20 at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts. Joined by HATEBREED on most dates, plus special guests AMIGO THE DEVIL and Russ Rankin of GOOD RIDDANCE on select dates, the tour wraps October 15 at the WAMU Theater in Seattle, ...

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DREAM THEATER Keyboardist JORDAN RUDESS: 'I Don't Have Any Shortage Of Musical Ideas'

DREAM THEATER keyboardist Jordan Rudess recently appeared on the "Talk Toomey" podcast. The full conversation can be streamed below (interview starts around the 17-minute mark). A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On his extensive discography, both with DREAM THEATER and as a solo artist: Jordan: "As long as there's a keyboard around, or ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE Postpones All 2019 Tour Dates

Ozzy Osbourne has announced the postponement of all his 2019 tour dates, inclusive of shows in North America and Europe, as he recovers from an injury sustained while dealing with his recent bout of pneumonia. The BLACK SABBATH singer fell at his Los Angeles home, aggravating years-old injuries (from his 2003 ATV accident) that required ...

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THENIGHTTIMEPROJECT Feat. Former Members Of KATATONIA: 'Pale Season' Album Due In June

Swedish collective THENIGHTTIMEPROJECT — founded by current and former members of KATATONIA, OCTOBER TIDE and LETTERS FROM THE COLONY — has announced the details of its impending second LP, "Pale Season", now confirmed for release on June 28 through Debemur Morti Productions. THENIGHTTIMEPROJECT is comprised of Fredrik and Mattias Norrman, (guitars and bass, respectively), who ...

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DOUG ALDRICH Would 'Definitely' Pay Money To See RONNIE JAMES DIO Hologram, But Doesn't Think RONNIE Would Be 'Into It'

Former DIO guitarist Doug Aldrich says that he would "definitely" pay money to go see the Ronnie James Dio hologram even though he doesn't believe the the legendary heavy metal singer would be pleased about having a a life-size digital version of him touring the world. The former vocalist in BLACK SABBATH and RAINBOW, who ...

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LES CLAYPOOL Says PRIMUS Will Open For SLAYER On Final U.S. Leg Of Farewell Tour

PRIMUS bassist/vocalist Les Claypool says that his band will support SLAYER on the thrash metal veterans "very last" U.S. tour. Claypool broke the news of the PRIMUS-SLAYER pairing during an appearance Thursday (March 21) on "Bill Burr's Thursday Afternoon Monday Morning Podcast". He said (around 50-minute mark in SoundCloud widget below): "There's another thing too ...

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RAMMSTEIN Guitarist's EMIGRATE Project: 'War' Music Video

"War", the new David Gesslbauer-directed video from EMIGRATE, the side project of RAMMSTEIN guitarist Richard Z. Kruspe, can be seen below. The song is taken from EMIGRATE's third album, "A Million Degrees", which was released last November 30 via Spinefarm Records. If there's a description that, personally and professionally, fits Kruspe like a Savile Row ...

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ANDI DERIS On MICHAEL KISKE's Return To HELLOWEEN: 'It Felt Like He Was Coming Home'

Tony Webster of the "Metal Command" radio show recently conducted an interview with frontman Andi Deris of veteran German power metallers HELLOWEEN. You can listen to the entire chat via the SoundCloud widget below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the personal chemistry that existed during HELLOWEEN's recently completed "Pumpkins United" tour, which ...

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