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Concert By BOBBY BLOTZER's RATT Shut Down Over Name Dispute

A concert by by Bobby Blotzer's version of RATT was canceled last night just hours before showtime after a Michigan venue received a cease-and-desist letter from the drummer's former bandmates. Blotzer is embroiled in a legal a dispute over the group's name with singer Stephen Pearcy, guitarist Warren DeMartini and bassist Juan Croucier. The Soaring ...

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Rumor: TRIVIUM Parts Ways With Drummer PAUL WANDTKE, Replaces Him With ALEX BENT

Florida metallers TRIVIUM are rumored to have parted ways with their drummer of the past twelve months, Paul Wandtke. Although there has been no official confirmation on the matter, Wandtke's replacement is believed to be Alex Bent (BATTLECROSS, DECREPIT BIRTH), the California-based musician who has previously played with TESTAMENT as the fill-in for that band's ...

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EMMURE To Release 'Look At Yourself' Album; Listen To Another New Song 'Russian Hotel Aftermath'

Metalcore heavy hitters EMMURE will release their new album, titled "Look At Yourself", in early 2017. The follow-up to the 2014's "Eternal Enemies" marks EMMURE's first release with SharpTone Records. To give listeners a taste of what they can expect from "Look At Yourself", EMMURE has released another new song off the album, "Russian Hotel ...

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Video: BOBBY BLOTZER's RATT Performs In Amarillo, Texas

Fan-filmed video footage of Bobby Blotzer's RATT performing on December 9 at Azteca Music Hall in Amarillo, Texas can be seen below. Blotzer earlier in the month refuted Warren DeMartini's claim that the drummer has been expelled from the RATT partnership and therefore no longer has an interest in the band's name. At the end ...

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BOBBY BLOTZER's RATT Performs In Spokane (Video)

Drummer Bobby Blotzer's version of RATT performed last night (Saturday, December 3) at the Star Theatre at Spokane Arena in Spokane, Washington as the support act for POISON singer Bret Michaels. The concert marked Blotzer's first appearance with his version of RATT since he was expelled from the partnership which owns the RATT name and ...

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STEPHEN PEARCY Says 'The Real RATT' Will Return In 2017

Stephen Pearcy has announced "the return of the real RATT" in 2017, presumably featuring the band's original singer, along with guitarist Warren DeMartini and bassist Juan Croucier. A court ruling on November 8 apparently decided in Croucier's favor over RATT drummer Bobby Blotzer with respect to whether Croucier had committed trademark infringement by ...

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MIKE PORTNOY: Why I Needed To Leave DREAM THEATER

On November 21, Josh Rundquist (a.k.a. That Drummer Guy) conducted an interview with drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, THE WINERY DOGS, AVENGED SEVENFOLD, METAL ALLEGIANCE). You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. Asked about his decision to leave DREAM THEATER in 2010 while he was on tour with AVENGED SEVENFOLD, ...

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BOBBY BLOTZER Says RATT Fans 'Love' His New Version Of The Band

On November 12, Metal Gods TV conducted an interview with RATT drummer Bobby Blotzer backstage at this year's Hard Rock Hell festival at Camp HRH, Pwllheli, North Wales, Gwynedd. You can now watch the chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On performing in the U.K. for the first time with his new ...

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Members Of SLIPKNOT, MÖTLEY CRÜE, FEAR FACTORY And Others React To DONALD TRUMP's Win Over HILLARY CLINTON

Members of SLIPKNOT, MÖTLEY CRÜE, TRIVIUM, FEAR FACTORY, SUICIDE SILENCE, ALL THAT REMAINS, OTEP, STRYPER, ANTHRAX and LIVING COLOUR are among the rockers who have reacted on social media to Donald Trump winning the presidential election. SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR singer Corey Taylor was among the most vocal critics of the president-elect, writing on Twitter: ...

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RICHARD FORTUS: I've Rehearsed More In Last Year With GUNS N' ROSES Than In Previous 14 Years Put Together

In a wide-ranging interview seen in the video below, GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Richard Fortus shares his long history with Gretsch guitars and discusses his involvement in the band's current "Not In This Lifetime" reunion tour. Fortus, who joined GUNS N' ROSES in 2001 and became the band's longest-serving post-Slash guitarist, says: "I've been playing ...

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