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JASON BECKER To Undergo Operation To Drain Abscess In His Lung

Jason Becker, the guitarist/composer who has had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, a.k.a. Lou Gehrig's Disease) for 30 years, will undergo an operation to drain the abscess in his lung on March 21. According to his mother, Patricia Becker, this "should be an outpatient procedure, if all goes well. He is off the antibiotics for now ...

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IMMORTAL GUARDIAN Shoots For The Stars In Epic 'Stardust' Music Video/Short Film

The Texas-based extreme progressive/power metal group IMMORTAL GUARDIAN has been described as "seriously epic" (MetalSucks), so it's only fitting that the group's new music video for the song "Stardust" fits that same description. A riveting, special effects-laden five-minute hybrid of an "Armageddon"-like action movie and a telenovela, the clip can be seen below. Featuring special ...

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Ex-MEGADETH Guitarist MARTY FRIEDMAN: 'A Lot Of People Probably Thought I Fell Off The Map When I Moved To Japan'

Chris Akin of "The Classic Metal Show" recently conducted an interview with former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On why the U.S. market has not warmed to his solo career, which now includes 14 studio albums: Marty: "I don't know how ...

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist CHRIS BRODERICK Praises KIKO LOUREIRO: 'He's A Phenomenal Player'

Former MEGADETH guitarist Chris Broderick has praised his replacement, Kiko Loureiro, calling him a "phenomenal player" who "fits" the band's style. Loureiro officially joined MEGADETH in April 2015, about five months after Broderick's exit from the group. Asked by Jason McNamara at this year's NAMM for his opinion of Kiko's musical contribution to MEGADETH, Chris ...

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TREMONTI Releases 'Throw Them To The Lions' Video

TREMONTI, the band comprised of Mark Tremonti on vocals/guitars, Eric Friedman on guitars, and Garrett Whitlock on drums, has released a music video for the latest single from its Napalm Records album "A Dying Machine". "Throw Them To The Lions" is an up-tempo metal song, something that TREMONTI has come to be known for over ...

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MEGADETH Teases January 11 Announcement

MEGADETH is teasing a special announcement that will be delivered on Friday, January 11 via the band's official web site and social media. A 25-second video featuring a snippet of MEGADETH's classic track "Take No Prisoners" has been uploaded to the band's YouTube channel, leading some fans to speculate that the announcement will involve a ...

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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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MARTY FRIEDMAN On Guitarists Having Their Own Unique Sound: 'When A Player Is Playing, It's Really That Person's Life Coming Out'

During a recent appearance on "The Jasta Show", the podcast hosted by HATEBREED's Jamey Jasta, former MEGADETH axeman Marty Friedman spoke about the importance of guitarists having their own sound and style that can be easily identified. "I think, especially if you create a lot of music, you have to decide every single thing that ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN On MEGADETH's 'Risk': 'Everybody Involved With It Was Doing The Best That They Possibly Could'

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman has no regrets about the band's "Risk" album, saying that the controversial record was created "with the best of intentions." Issued in 1999, "Risk" received a mixed response from critics and alienated hardcore MEGADETH fans due to its departure from the band's heavy thrash metal roots to a more commercial, ...

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KIKO LOUREIRO: How I Landed Guitarist Gig In MEGADETH

BackStage360 recently conducted an interview with former ANGRA and current MEGADETH guitarist Kiko Loureiro. You can now watch the chat below. Asked how he landed the gig with MEGADETH, Kiko said: "ANGRA, we [had] a gold disc in Brazil, and then we released the album in Europe in 1994. And that was quite successful — ...

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DAVE MUSTAINE On MEGADETH's 'Risk': 'That Was Me Capitulating To MARTY FRIEDMAN's Desires To Be More Of An Alternative Band'

Dave Mustaine says that MEGADETH's "Risk" was the result of him "capitulating" to Marty Friedman's "desires to be more of an alternative band." Issued in 1999, "Risk" received a mixed response from critics and alienated hardcore MEGADETH fans due to its departure from the band's heavy thrash metal roots to a more commercial, pop rock ...

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One Bad M.F. Live!!" - MARTY FRIEDMAN

The self-imposed exile of guitarist Marty Friedman to Japan after his 2001 departure from MEGADETH lasted so long and took on such mythical proportions that it's hard to believe that it has already been four years since he re-engaged with the American heavy metal scene after the release of his 2014 effort, "Inferno". Friedman still ...

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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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