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JIMMY PAGE, SLASH And ACE FREHLEY Counterfeit Guitars Seized At Washington Dulles Airport

U.S. Customs And Border Protection officers at Washington Dulles International Airport seized 36 counterfeit guitars recently that if authentic, would have had a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $158,692. The guitars arrived in 36 different shipments from China on December 15. Officers suspected the guitars to be counterfeit and detained them to continue their investigation. ...

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WOLFGANG VAN HALEN Unveils Track Listing For Debut MAMMOTH WVH Album

Wolfgang Van Halen has revealed the track listing for the debut album from his solo band, MAMMOTH WVH. Tentatively due this spring via Explorer1 Music Group/EX1 Records, the effort will contain 14 tracks, including MAMMOTH WVH's recently released first single, "Distance". Wolfgang wrote the song while his late father, legendary VAN HALEN guitarist Eddie Van ...

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DJ ASHBA's Las Vegas Retail Store Closes Its Doors After Five Years

Former GUNS N' ROSES and current SIXX:A.M. guitarist DJ Ashba's Ashba Clothing retail store at The Strat Hotel & Casino (formerly Stratosphere) in Las Vegas, Nevada has officially closed its doors after five years in business. Ashba launched Ashba Clothing in 2008 and opened his clothing line's flagship store in April 2016. Earlier today, the ...

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CHRIS JERICHO Says He Could Have Pulled Off Replacing BRIAN JOHNSON On AC/DC's 'Rock Or Bust' Tour: 'That's Kind Of My Wheelhouse'

Cited by many as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, Chris Jericho joins the latest episode of "AC/DC Beyond The Thunder" to salute his favorite band and put the beatdown on such topics as Angus Young and Brian Johnson recently guesting on his "Talk Is Jericho" podcast, adding AC/DC songs to the ...

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SEVENDUST's LAJON WITHERSPOON Is Continuing Work On Solo Album

SEVENDUST frontman Lajon Witherspoon has just completed another round of songwriting and recording for his long-in-the-works debut solo album. As before, the latest sessions were overseen by RA's Daniel "Sahaj" Ticotin, this time at Sweetwater Studios in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Last month, Lajon released his new solo single, a cover of British singer Jacob Banks's ...

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Would Thrash Metal Have Existed Without Influence Of MICHAEL SCHENKER?

Michael Schenker claims the president of his current record label told him "thrash metal never would have existed" without the influence of the legendary German guitarist. Schenker has often been heralded by prominent guitarists of the style such as METALLICA's Kirk Hammett, MEGADETH's Dave Mustaine and TESTAMENT's Alex Skolnick primarily for his influence on their ...

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SUSPECT208 Teases First Single With New Singer

SUSPECT208 will release the first single with its new singer on February 1. The track, which can be previewed below, will arrive less than a month after the departure of Noah Weiland, the son of late STONE TEMPLE PILOTS vocalist Scott Weiland. Although SUSPECT208 has yet to officially announce its new frontman, Internet sleuths have ...

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SEETHER Drops Music Video For 'Bruised And Bloodied'

SEETHER has shared the official music video for its new single "Bruised And Bloodied", a standout track from the band's latest album, "Si Vis Pacem, Para Bellum" ("If You Want Peace, Prepare For War") which debuted at No. 2 on Billboard's Hard Rock chart upon its release last year. Directed by Alex Chaloff (Margo Price, ...

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WOLFGANG VAN HALEN Says His Father Cried First Time He Heard 'Distance': 'He Just Understood It As A Song About Loss'

Wolfgang Van Halen spoke to Lou Brutus of HardDrive Radio about "Distance", the first single from his solo band MAMMOTH WVH. Wolfgang wrote the song while his late father, legendary VAN HALEN guitarist Eddie Van Halen, battled cancer, "imagining what my life would be without him, and how terribly I'd miss him," as Wolfgang explained ...

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SUSPECT208 Parts Ways With Singer NOAH WEILAND

SUSPECT208 has parted ways with its frontman Noah Weiland, the son of late STONE TEMPLE PILOTS singer Scott Weiland. Earlier today, SUSPECT208, which includes drummer London Hudson (18-year-old son of GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash) and 16-year-old bassist Tye Trujillo (son of METALLICA bass player Robert Trujillo), announced that it was looking for a new ...

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RICHARD FORTUS Says BUCKETHEAD And BUMBLEFOOT 'Had A Difficult Time Assimilating' Into 'Band World' Within GUNS N' ROSES

During an appearance on a video podcast hosted by Todd Kerns, the bassist of SLASH FEATURING MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS, GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Richard Fortus talked about what it was like to work with Buckethead for a couple of years in the early 2000s. The eccentric musician (real name Brian Carroll), who wears ...

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SEVENDUST's LAJON WITHERSPOON Is 'Looking Forward' To Performing Entire 'Animosity' Album During Livestream Event

SEVENDUST singer Lajon Witherspoon spoke to Midwest Beatdown about the band's upcoming performance of its entire "Animosity" album. The January 8 event will be livestreamed from Opav in Orlando, Florida. "Oh my God. There's some songs on there that we've never played, I think," Lajon said (hear audio below). "It's gonna be fun to get ...

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WOLFGANG VAN HALEN: 'F**k 2020'

Wolfgang Van Halen has paid tribute to his father Eddie Van Halen, saying the legendary VAN HALEN guitarist is the inspiration he needs to "keep moving." The 29-year-old's end-of-year message came less than two months after the release of "Distance", the first single from his solo band MAMMOTH WVH. Wolfgang wrote the song while Eddie ...

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SLASH, CHAD SMITH Join POST MALONE For BLACK SABBATH, ALICE IN CHAINS Covers During 'Bud Light Seltzer Sessions'

Post Malone was joined by RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS drummer Chad Smith and GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash during his performance on Thursday (December 31) as part of "Bud Light Seltzer Sessions Presents: New Years Eve 2021" Facebook livestream. The rapper performed a cover of ALICE IN CHAINS' "Rooster" with Smith, guitarist/producer Andrew Watt and ...

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SLASH Announces Limited-Edition Signature Slinky Strings From ERNIE BALL

Ernie Ball has introduced a limited-edition set of custom-wound Slash signature Slinky strings. Slash's new signature string sets are the culmination of over three decades of Slash and Ernie Ball's ongoing pursuit to create strings that provide more durability and tuning stability without sacrificing tone or feel. These new sets consist of his preferred 11-48-gauge ...

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