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MICHAEL WILTON Says QUEENSRŸCHE's 'Hardcore Fans' Are 'Sold' When They See TODD LA TORRE

Prior to QUEENSRŸCHE's January 30 performance in Anaheim, California, guitarist Michael Wilton spoke with Assilym. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the band's ongoing tour in support of its latest album, "The Verdict": Michael: "This is obviously a two-year endeavor so far, and it's booked ...

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SUICIDE SILENCE's MARK HEYLMUN: 'If TRUMP Wins Again, I Very Well Could Just Leave America'

SUICIDE SILENCE guitarist Mark Heylmun opened up about his political views during a lengthy interview with Australia's "Scars And Guitars" podcast. The 32-year-old musician, who replaced SUICIDE SILENCE's original lead guitarist Rick Ash in 2005, said that many people put too much emphasis on the world's political affairs when their everyday lives are not drastically ...

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PRETTY MAIDS Singer RONNIE ATKINS Announces He Is Cancer-Free

PRETTY MAIDS singer Ronnie Atkins says that he is cancer-free. The Danish musician broke the news of his lung cancer diagnosis in October via the band's Facebook page. He wrote in an open letter to the PRETTY MAIDS fans that his illness "came totally unexpected without any typical symptoms." Earlier today, Atkins released the following ...

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THE USED Releases New Song 'Paradise Lost, A Poem By John Milton'

"Paradise Lost, A Poem By John Milton", a new song from THE USED, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's forthcoming eighth full-length album, "Heartwork", due on April 24 via producer John Feldmann's Big Noise label. "Heartwork" features guest appearances by FEVER 333's Jason Aalon Butler, BEARTOOTH frontman Caleb Shomo, and ...

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ROSE TATTOO To Release 'Outlaws' Album In March

Australian hard rock legends ROSE TATTOO will release "Outlaws", a re-recording of the iconic "Rock N Roll Outlaw" LP, on March 6. In addition to classics like "Nice Boys (Don't Play Rock 'N' Roll)", "Rock N' Roll Outlaw", "One Of The Boys" and "Bad Boy For Love", which have etched their way into the music ...

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STONE SOUR Releases Demo Version Of 'Tumult' Song

STONE SOUR has released a demo version of the song "Tumult". The original track appeared on the band's self-titled debut album, which came out in 2002. In a statement accompanying the YouTube release of the "Tumult" demo, STONE SOUR guitarist Josh Rand wrote: "When Corey [Taylor, vocals] and I finished up recording the Project X ...

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TESTAMENT's ALEX SKOLNICK On Brief Stint As OZZY OSBOURNE's Guitarist In 1995: 'There Was Still A Lot Of Craziness In That Camp'

Andrew McKaysmith of the "Scars And Guitars" podcast recently conducted an interview with lead guitarist Alex Skolnick of San Francisco Bay Area metallers TESTAMENT. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether he's "overqualified" to be playing in TESTAMENT considering his accomplishments in the jazz guitar ...

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LAMB OF GOD Teases New Single 'Checkmate'

LAMB OF GOD has released a teaser for a new single called "Checkmate". The short video, which consists of clips of current political figures and footage of the band recording in the studio, can be seen below. The lyrics for the track, which is expected to be released this Thursday, February 6, were also made ...

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NIGHTWISH's TUOMAS HOLOPAINEN On 'Human. :II: Nature': 'It's A Concept Album Without Intending It To Be'

Arto Mäenpää of Finland's Kaaos TV recently conducted an interview with keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen and drummer Kai Hahto of Finnish/British/Dutch symphonic metallers NIGHTWISH. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On how Holopainen emerged from writer's block to write the band's forthcoming "Human. :II: ...

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GEOFF TATE Says Performing QUEENSRŸCHE's Entire 'Empire' Album Is A 'Completely Selfish Endeavor'

Australia's Heavy magazine recently conducted an interview with former QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On rehearsing QUEENSRŸCHE's 1988 classic album, "Operation: Mindcrime" more than three decades after its release for a run of 30th-anniversary tour dates: Geoff: ...

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STRYPER Frontman Defends This Year's SUPER BOWL Halftime Show: It Was 'Very Entertaining To Watch'

STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet has defended this year's Super Bowl halftime performance, saying it was "pretty amazing" and "very entertaining to watch." Sunday's (February 2) halftime show saw Shakira and Jennifer Lopez teaming up for a history-making performance that honored the Latino community. Shakira sang a medley of some of her hit songs before swapping ...

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Here Is A New Photo Of VINCE NEIL At Country Concert In Tennessee

A brand new photo Vince Neil has emerged online. The MÖTLEY CRÜE singer took to his social media Saturday night (February 1) to share a new picture of him "hanging out" with his "buddy" Mike Wolfe, star of the long-running, treasure-hunting History Channel series "American Pickers". They were photographed "enjoying" country singer JT Hodges's January ...

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MACHINE HEAD To Release New Standalone Single In February

Robb Flynn has confirmed to "Robb's MetalWorks" that MACHINE HEAD will release another new standalone song in February. The track will follow "Do Or Die", which came out last October and was described by some fans and media outlets as a "diss" track aimed at MACHINE HEAD's detractors, in particular those who have been critical ...

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BOBBY 'BLITZ' ELLSWORTH, MIKE PORTNOY, PHIL DEMMEL And MARK MENGHI Join Forces In BPMD: 'American Made' Album Due Soon

Former MACHINE HEAD and current VIO-LENCE guitarist Phil Demmel spoke to "The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show" about his soon-to-be-released collaboration with drummer Mike Portnoy (ex-DREAM THEATER), vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth (OVERKILL) and bassist Mark Menghi (METAL ALLEGIANCE). "It's called BPMD," he said. "So it's Bobby Blitz, Mike Portnoy, Mark Menghi and Phil Demmel ...

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