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TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Creator PAUL O'NEILL's Death Ruled Accidental Prescription Drug Overdose

According to TMZ, Paul O'Neill, creator of the multi-platinum rock theater experience TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, died of intoxication from a mix of prescription drugs: methadone, codeine, diazepam (generic Valium) and doxylamine (an antihistamine). TMZ obtained a copy of O'Neill's autopsy report, and it also mentions other ailments he was battling, such as mild heart ...

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Singer KYLE THOMAS Quits DEVIL'S HIGHWAY Due To 'Personal And Business Differences'

Singer Kyle Thomas (TROUBLE, EXHORDER) has announced his departure from DEVIL'S HIGHWAY, the band he launched several years ago with Ralph Santolla (DEICIDE, OBITUARY, DEATH), Steve DiGiorgio (TESTAMENT, SADUS), guitarist Matt Brunson (CROWBAR, KINGDOM OF SORROW) and Tony Laureano (DIMMU BORGIR, NILE). Thomas said in a statement: "It is with great sadness, disappointment, and regret ...

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TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Creator PAUL O'NEILL Dies At 61

Paul O'Neill, creator of the multi-platinum rock theater experience TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, has passed away from chronic illness. He was 61 years old. The news of O'Neill's death was broken on the TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Facebook page. The statement added: "[Paul] was our friend and our leader — a truly creative spirit and an altruistic soul. This ...

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OVERKILL, ACCEPT, Ex-GUNS N' ROSES, DREAM THEATER Members Perform At 'Rock Against Dystrophy' Benefit (Video)

Mark Tornillo (T.T. QUICK, ACCEPT), Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA), Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (GUNS N' ROSES), Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, THE WINERY DOGS) and members of OVERKILL are among the musicians who took part in the Rock Against Dystrophy benefit concert on Sunday, August 21 at The Headliner in Neptune, New Jersey. Fan-filmed video footage ...

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JON OLIVA Recovering From Stroke

Jon Oliva, the American composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer who is best known as the founder of and keyboardist and lead vocalist for SAVATAGE, has revealed that he suffered a stroke back in April. He writes on his Facebook page: "It was not as serious as it could have been, but it did leave me with ...

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PAGAN'S MIND, SECRET SPHERE, SYMPHONY X, Ex-HELLOWEEN Members Join Forces In SHADOWSPELL

Frontiers Music Srl has announced the signing of SHADOWSPELL, a new melodic metal act born from a collaboration between Italian guitarist/songwriter Aldo Lonobile and Norwegian vocalist Nils K. Rue. Lonobile is best known for his extraordinary work with power/progressive stalwarts SECRET SPHERE while Nils K. Rue has has traversed the globe with Norwegian progressive metal ...

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DORO: 'Bad Blood' Performance Clip From 'Strong And Proud' DVD

German metal queen Doro Pesch celebrated the 30th anniversary of performing live during 2013 and 2014 by touring the world extensively for a year and by playing three official anniversary shows. The tour kicked off impressively in front of 85,000 people at the world's biggest metal festival, Wacken Open Air, followed by two sold-out nights ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE Releases 'Somewhere' Lyric Video

The official lyric video for the song "Somewhere" from CIRCLE II CIRCLE can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's latest album, "Reign Of Darkness", which came out on October 16, 2015 via earMUSIC. earMUSIC/Edel and Zak Stevens have enjoyed critical acclaim and commercial success together over the years with SAVATAGE albums ...

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METAL CHURCH's 'XI' Lands On BILLBOARD Chart

"XI", the new album from hard rock veterans METAL CHURCH, debuted at No. 57 on The Billboard 200, having shifted 11,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 31. The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) ...

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METAL CHURCH: Video Footage Of New York City Concert

Fan-filmed video footage of METAL CHURCH's March 28 performance at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in New York City can be seen below. METAL CHURCH's new album, "XI", was released on March 25 via Rat Pak Records. Produced by guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof and co-produced by Chris "The Wizard" Collier, the band's eleventh studio release ...

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SABATON Frontman: 'Just Because You Play An Instrument Very Well Doesn't Automatically Make You A Songwriter'

Swedish metallers SABATON will enter the studio in April to begin recording their new album for a tentative fall release. Asked if the songwriting process has changed since the addition of SABATON members Thobbe Englund (guitar), Chris Rörland (guitar) and Hannes van Dahl (drums), vocalist Joakim Brodén told Bucketlist Music Reviews: "Not that ...

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METAL CHURCH: Official Lyric Video For 'Reset' Song

The official lyric video for "Reset", a brand new song from hard rock titans METAL CHURCH, can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's new album, "XI", which will be released on March 25 via Rat Pak Records. Produced by Kurdt Vanderhoof and co-produced by Chris "The Wizard" Collier, the band's eleventh ...

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SABATON To Enter Studio In April

Metal Wani's editor in chief Owais "Vitek" Nabi recently conducted an interview with vocalist Joakim Brodén of Swedish metallers SABATON. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. Asked about SABATON's plans to work on the follow-up to 2014's "Heroes" abum, Joakim said: "We start recording in a few weeks. Actually, ...

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Video: JON OLIVA Performs SAVATAGE Classics With OBITUARY

SAVATAGE frontman Jon Oliva joined OBITUARY on stage this past Saturday, January 30 at the first annual Florida Metal Fest at The Cuban Club in Ybor City in Tampa, Florida to perform a couple of SAVATAGE classics: "City Beneath The Surface" and "The Dungeons Are Calling". Fan-filmed video footage of his appearance can be seen ...

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The Magic of Winter - THE WIZARDS OF WINTER

TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA was the unlikeliest commercial breakthrough when it was first founded by SAVATAGE's Jon Oliva and Al Pitrelli. SAVATAGE's "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24" became a Christmastime classic as a radio staple under the TSO banner and its revered live extravaganza. A gazillion players have performed in both of TSO's two touring ensembles over the years, ...

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HALESTORM's LZZY HALE Performs With TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA In Cleveland; Video, Photos

HALESTORM frontwoman Lzzy Hale joined TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA on stage on December 30 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio to perform the song "Forget About The Blame (Moon Version)", the first radio single from TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA's newest release, "Letters From The Labyrinth". Hale joined TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA for both performances that day (3:30 and 8 ...

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HALESTORM's LZZY HALE To Perform With TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA In Cleveland

HALESTORM frontwoman Lzzy Hale will join TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA on stage on December 30 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio to perform the song "Forget About The Blame (Moon Version)", the first radio single from TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA's newest release, "Letters From The Labyrinth". Hale will join TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA for both performances that day (3:30 ...

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TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA's 'Letters From The Labyrinth' Cracks U.S. Top 10

"Letters From The Labyrinth", the new album from TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, the collaboration between longtime SAVATAGE singer/songwriter Jon Oliva and producer Paul O'Neill, entered The Billboard 200 chart at position No. 7 with first-week sales of just over 45,000 units. The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week based on multi-metric consumption, ...

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Listen To LZZY HALE's Guest Appearance On TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA's 'Forget About The Blame'

Billboard.com has premiered a reprise version of "Forget About The Blame" from TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA's upcoming "Letters From The Labyrinth" album, featuring a guest appearance by HALESTORM's Lzzy Hale. Check it out below. Regarding how the collaboration came about, Lzzy tells Billboard.com: "In all honesty, it was a complete honor and surprise to me. ...

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