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KANSAS To Release 'The Absence Of Presence' Album In June

KANSAS, America's legendary progressive rock band, will release its new studio album, "The Absence Of Presence", on June 26 via InsideOut Music. The LP follows 2016's "The Prelude Implicit", which debuted at No. 14 on the Billboard 200 chart. "The Absence Of Presence" features nine all-new tracks written by KANSAS, produced by Zak Rizvi, and ...

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RONNIE JAMES DIO: 'Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund' Commemorates 10th Anniversary With Awards Gala And Live Concert

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, founded in memory of the late rock music legend, commemorated the 10th anniversary of his passing and the formation of the charity with its 10th Anniversary Memorial Awards Gala held on February 20 at the Avalon Hollywood. Hosted by radio and television personality Eddie Trunk, ...

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PINK CREAM 69 Announces New Guitarist, Bassist

PINK CREAM 69 has announced the addition of two new members — guitarist Marco Wriedt and bass player Roman Beselt. Wriedt replaces Uwe Reitenauer, who left the group late last year for personal reasons, while Beselt takes the place of Dennis Ward. Commented founding member Alfred Koffler: "It wasn't a long search. And it was ...

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HEATHEN To Release 'Empire Of The Blind' Album

San Francisco Bay Area metallers HEATHEN have set "Empire Of The Blind" as the title of their new album, due later in the year via Nuclear Blast Records. A flyer showing the "Empire Of The Blind" artwork can be found at the merchandise table during "The Bay Strikes Back" 2020 European tour featuring TESTAMENT, DEATH ...

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HAVOK Releases 'Phantom Force' Music Video

Colorado-based thrashers HAVOK will release their new album, "V", on May 1 via Century Media Records. The official music video for the disc's debut single, "Phantom Force", can be seen below. The clip, complete with a seizure warning, was directed by K. Hunter Lamar of Digital Myle and is described in a press release as ...

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DEEP PURPLE To Release New Album, 'Whoosh!', In June

According to various online retailers, the new DEEP PURPLE album will be titled "Whoosh!" and will be released on June 12 via earMUSIC. The legendary rockers' 21st studio LP was once again helmed by Canadian producer Bob Ezrin (KISS, PINK FLOYD, ALICE COOPER), who also worked on DEEP PURPLE's last two studio albums, 2017's "Infinite" ...

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DOUG ALDRICH Says New THE DEAD DAISIES Album 'Sounds Amazing'

Prior to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund's 10th Memorial Awards Gala, which took place at The Avalon in Hollywood, California on February 20, Doug Aldrich spoke to "The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show" about the forthcoming album from THE DEAD DAISIES, the hard rock "collective" founded by Australian musician ...

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Watch KIRK HAMMETT, STEVEN TYLER, BILLY GIBBONS Perform At PETER GREEN Tribute Concert

On February 25, METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett performed at an all-star tribute concert to FLEETWOOD MAC co-founder Peter Green at the London Palladium. The event, which was curated by Green's fellow FLEETWOOD MAC co-founder Mick Fleetwood, featured additional appearances by Billy Gibbons, David Gilmour, Jonny Lang, Andy Fairweather Low, John Mayall, Christine McVie, Zak Starkey, ...

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METALLICA's KIRK HAMMETT Is 'Completely Blown Away' By Opportunity To Perform At PETER GREEN Tribute Concert

On February 25, METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett will perform at an all-star tribute concert to FLEETWOOD MAC co-founder Peter Green at the London Palladium. The event, which is being curated by Green's fellow FLEETWOOD MAC co-founder Mick Fleetwood, will feature additional appearances by Billy Gibbons, David Gilmour, Jonny Lang, Andy Fairweather Low, John Mayall, Christine ...

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DISTURBED's DAVID DRAIMAN In Conversation With OZZY OSBOURNE At iHeartRadio's 'ICONS' Event

DISTURBED frontman David Draiman will host iHeartRadio's "ICONS" event, celebrating the release of Ozzy Osbourne's "Ordinary Man", which will also include an exclusive question-and-answer session with Ozzy and David. Fans can listen and tune in free for a video stream of the exclusive "iHeartRadio ICONS Ozzy Osbourne: In Celebration Of 'Ordinary Man'" on Monday, February ...

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SONS OF APOLLO: 'Asphyxiation' Lyric Video

"Asphyxiation", the new lyric video from SONS OF APOLLO — featuring former DREAM THEATER members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-GUNS N' ROSES), Billy Sheehan (THE WINERY DOGS, MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-JOURNEY, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN'S RISING FORCE) — can be seen below. The song is taken from ...

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NUCLEAR BLAST And BELIEVE Launch BLOOD BLAST DISTRIBUTION

Believe and Nuclear Blast have announced Blood Blast Distribution, the first worldwide digital distribution offer dedicated to extreme music. Blood Blast provides strong and fast distribution to over 200 digital streaming and download platforms and will help bands and artists at all levels make their music available to their audiences on a global basis while ...

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PAGE HAMILTON On Collapse Of HELMET's Classic Lineup: 'Money Kind Of Came In And Changed Things'

Australia's Heavy magazine recently conducted an interview with HELMET frontman Page Hamilton. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On assembling a setlist for their 30th-anniversary tour where the band is playing 30 songs each night: Page: "Everything's kind of mixed together. Some ...

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JOE BONAMASSA Announces 2020 Summer U.S. Tour Dates

Two-time-Grammy-nominated blues-rock sensation Joe Bonamassa has announced U.S. tour dates for summer 2020, as he heads out on the road for his extensive spring U.S. tour. The newly announced dates will include performances at the coveted Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, two nights at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, and a selection of ...

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RICHIE KOTZEN On THE WINERY DOGS: 'We All Agreed That We Would Like To Do A Third Record'

In a brand new interview with "The Classic Metal Show", guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen was asked about the status of THE WINERY DOGS, his power trio with drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD) and legendary bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, TALAS, DAVID LEE ROTH). He said (hear audio below): "The first record [2013's self-titled effort] ...

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METALLICA's KIRK HAMMETT To Battle MRS. SMITH In Live Guitar 'Cry Baby Battle Royale' Wah-Off

Kirk Hammett's long-professed his love of the wah-wah pedal will be challenged by Mrs. Smith, the guitar virtuoso alter-ego of actor-musician David Hanbury, at the "Cry Baby Battle Royale" on March 8 at the Senate in Columbia, South Carolina. The event will also include a performance by the METALLICA guitarist's THE WEDDING BAND covers project, ...

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Japan's All-Female Metal Band LOVEBITES Releases New Single 'Signs Of Deliverance'

LOVEBITES, the all-female heavy metal band from Tokyo, Japan, has released a new single called "Signs Of Deliverance". The song is taken from the group's new album, "Electric Pentagram", which is due on April 24 via Red River Entertainment/BFD, in partnership with JVCKENWOOD Victor Entertainment Group and distributed by The Orchard in North America. "'Signs ...

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