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GONE IS GONE Feat. MASTODON, AT THE DRIVE-IN, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE Members: Video For New Song 'Sometimes I Feel'

GONE IS GONE, the project featuring MASTODON's Troy Sanders, AT THE DRIVE-IN's Tony Hajjar, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE's Troy Van Leeuwen and guitarist-keyboardist Mike Zarin, has surprised fans with a new single, "Sometimes I Feel", following the release of "Everything Is Wonderfall" earlier this summer. The new single is available on all digital platforms ...

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Even The Devil Believes - STRYPER

As THE DAMNED memorably put it back in 1979: "religion doesn't mean a thing/it's just another way to be right-wing". Not that the STRYPER album is full of paeans to Mike Pence, of course. Always a much better band than their vexed reputation would suggest, the Orange County crew made a handful of great records ...

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TED NUGENT Rocks New 'Spirit Campfire' Podcast

Legendary rocker Ted Nugent is igniting audiences nationwide with the "Ted Nugent Spirit Campfire With John Brenkus". The outspoken Nugent and co-host John Brenkus, the Emmy-winning broadcaster from ESPN, make for a high-energy and entertaining combination. The show launched in June and offers a front row glimpse into musical inspirations, hilarious anecdotes, thoughtful recollections and ...

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RAVEN Releases Music Video For 'Metal City' Title Track

British/American metal trio RAVEN has released the official music video for the title track of its upcoming album, "Metal City". The LP is due on September 18 via SPV/Steamhammer as a CD digipak, LP, bundle version with shirt (only at the Steamhammer shop), download and stream. RAVEN's English brothers John (bass, vocals) and Mark Gallagher ...

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Former MACHINE HEAD, DREAM THEATER, QUIET RIOT Members Team Up For Cover Of OZZY OSBOURNE's 'Revelation (Mother Earth)' (Video)

Former MACHINE HEAD and current VIO-LENCE guitarist Phil Demmel has teamed up with singer Dino Jelusick (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, DIRTY SHIRLEY, ANIMAL DRIVE), bassist Rudy Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE, THE GUESS WHO) and drummer Mike Portnoy (SONS OF APOLLO, THE WINERY DOGS, DREAM THEATER) to record a "quarantine" cover version of the OZZY OSBOURNE ...

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BUCKCHERRY Recruits JETBOY Guitarist BILLY ROWE

BUCKCHERRY has recruited JETBOY's Billy Rowe (pictured) as its new guitarist. He joins the group as the replacement for Kevin Roentgen, who left BUCKCHERRY in July. Roentgen, who joined the California-based band in 2017, made his exit official in a social media post earlier this week. He wrote: "Bottom line, I made this decision to ...

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ALL THAT REMAINS To Release New Album In Spring 2021

ALL THAT REMAINS vocalist Philip Labonte has confirmed to the FM99 WNOR radio station that the band has commenced the songwriting process for the follow-up to 2018's "Victim Of The New Disease" album. Asked when fans can expect to see the disc released, he said (see video below): "We're looking to have a record out, ...

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BUCKCHERRY Guitarist KEVIN ROENTGEN Quits

Kevin Roentgen has announced his departure from BUCKCHERRY. The guitarist, who joined the California-based band in 2017, made his exit official in a social media post earlier today. He wrote: "Struggling a bit with words as I write this. "Several of you have msg'd me, so I thought I'd just respond here. "Last month, I ...

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PAUL STANLEY, SLASH, RUDY SARZO, DEE SNIDER, GLENN HUGHES, Others React To Passing Of QUIET RIOT's FRANKIE BANALI

Paul Stanley (KISS), Slash (GUNS N' ROSES), David Coverdale (WHITESNAKE), Dee Snider (TWISTED SISTER), Rudy Sarzo (QUIET RIOT), Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX), Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE), Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, SONS OF APOLLO), Jeff Scott Soto (SONS OF APOLLO), Ron Keel (KEEL) and BULLETBOYS are among the musicians who have reacted to the passing of QUIET ...

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QUIET RIOT's FRANKIE BANALI Dead At 68

QUIET RIOT's Frankie Banali has died after a battle with pancreatic cancer. The drummer passed away last night (Thursday, August 20) at the age of 68. Frankie was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer on April 17, 2019 and given six months to live. He put up an inspiringly brave and courageous 16-month battle to ...

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DREAM THEATER's JOHN PETRUCCI On Reunion With MIKE PORTNOY: It's Really Cool To Be Able To Play Music With My Friend Again

DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci will release his second solo album, "Terminal Velocity", on August 28 via Sound Mind Music/The Orchard. The follow-up to 2005's "Suspended Animation" features guest musicians Mike Portnoy (SONS OF APOLLO, ex-DREAM THEATER) on drums and Dave LaRue (DIXIE DREGS) on bass. The effort marks the first time Petrucci and Portnoy ...

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