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METALLICA's JAMES HETFIELD Turns 56 On Saturday

METALLICA singer/guitarist James Hetfield turns 56 years old on Saturday (August 3). Born in 1963 in Downey, California, James was the son of a truck driver named Virgil and a singer named Cynthia. Hetfield's parents were Christian Scientists and strongly disapproved of the use of any kind of medicine or medical treatments, even when Cynthia ...

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METALLICA's KIRK HAMMETT Says Metal And Horror Are Both 'Really Good At Capturing Dark Emotions'

METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett recently spoke with the Canadian Broadcasting Centre (CBC) program "Q" about his exhibit of vintage horror film posters, "It's Alive!: Classic Horror And Sci-Fi Art From The Kirk Hammett Collection", which is currently on display at Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum. The full conversation can be seen below. A few excerpts follow ...

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NERGAL Says BEHEMOTH's Next Album Will Arrive In 2021

Following BEHEMOTH's performance in San Bernardino, California on July 27, guitarist/vocalist Adam "Nergal" Darski spoke with RadioactiveMike Z, host of the Riverside, California radio station 96.7 KCAL-FM program "Wired In The Empire". The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the group's participation in SLIPKNOT's current "Knotfest ...

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CHIMAIRA Singer MARK HUNTER Diagnosed With Thyroid Cancer

CHIMAIRA singer Mark Hunter has been diagnosed with thyroid cancer. The Ohio-based musician revealed his diagnosis in a Facebook post earlier today (Thursday, August 1). He wrote: "Hello friends. There's no easy way to say it. I have thyroid cancer. "Last year during a physical, my doctor discovered a large mass in my neck. I ...

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Watch IRON MAIDEN Perform In Philadelphia

Fan-filmed video footage of IRON MAIDEN's July 30 performance at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania can be seen below. The 16-song set included a number of classic IRON MAIDEN cuts, such as "The Trooper", "Fear Of The Dark", "Hallowed Be Thy Name" and "Run To The Hills", as well as rarely played tracks like ...

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DON DOKKEN And GEORGE LYNCH Don't Rule Out More DOKKEN Reunion Shows: 'It's Based On Opportunity'

During an appearance on yesterday's (Tuesday, July 30) edition of "Trunk Nation LA Invasion: Live From The Rainbow Bar & Grill" on SiriusXM, George Lynch and Don Dokken spoke about the possibility of further shows featuring the renuted classic lineup of DOKKEN. "It's based on opportunity that anybody would take, because it's a good opportunity," ...

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Ex-GUNS N' ROSES Guitarist DJ ASHBA Is Mixing 'Four Different Genres Of Music' With His New Project PYROMANTIC

Former GUNS N' ROSES and current SIXX:A.M. guitarist DJ Ashba spoke to "Vegas Junkeez" about the status of his PYROMANTIC project. Although he originally formed PYROMANTIC as a collaboration with his SIXX:A.M. bandmate James Michael, the project has since evolved into an Ashba solo thing, with Michael announcing last year that he was stepping away ...

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MEGADETH's DAVID ELLEFSON Says Some Of 'Super Collider' Songs Did Not Work Live

In a brand new interview with "The Robbcast Podcast", MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson was asked about the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band's follow-up to 2016's "Dystopia" album. He responded (hear audio below): "We've been individually writing, submitting stuff. We've been working remotely on putting — [I've been home] here in Arizona putting ...

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KIRK HAMMETT, ROBERT TRUJILLO And WHITFIELD CRANE Perform Classic Covers At Special Ontario Concert (Video)

METALLICA members Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo, along with their good friends Whitfield Crane (UGLY KID JOE), Joey Castillo (QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, ZAKK SABBATH) and Doc Coyle (BAD WOLVES, GOD FORBID), performed last night (Friday, July 26) at Cosmopolitan Music Hall at Cosmo Music in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada. Dubbed THE WEDDING BAND, ...

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Hear New BAD WOLVES Song 'I'll Be There'

"I'll Be There", a brand new song from BAD WOLVES, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's upcoming sophomore album, which will be released in the fall via Eleven Seven Music. BAD WOLVES singer Tommy Vext recently told HardDrive Radio about the making of the band's new disc: "Gutars and bass ...

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STRYPER's MICHAEL SWEET Talks 'Social Media Wars'

STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet recently spoke to "The Herman Show" about the lyrical inspiration for "One Sided War", the title track of his 2016 solo album. He said (hear audio below): "I've been writing songs lately based on the social media wars and words that are exchanged and how people are on social media. Everybody's ...

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JOURNEY Keyboardist JONATHAN CAIN Says God Is Whispering In His Ear While He Is Working On Solo Music

Jonathan Cain says that he has God whispering in his ear while he is working on his solo music. The JOURNEY keyboardist, a devout born-again Christian whose minister wife Paula White-Cain delivered the invocation at Donald Trump's presidential inauguration, released his fourth solo album in as many years, "More Like Jesus", in May via Identity ...

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BAD WOLVES To Release New Song 'I'll Be There' On Friday

BAD WOLVES will release their sophomore album in the fall. Fans will get a first taste of the disc when the band drops a new track, "I'll Be There", this Friday, July 26. The song will be available for streaming and download on all digital platforms. BAD WOLVES singer Tommy Vext recently told HardDrive Radio ...

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DAVE 'SNAKE' SABO Reveals What SKID ROW Learned From DEF LEPPARD

In conjunction with a recent Metal Hammer retrospective on SKID ROW's self-titled 1989 debut, guitarist Dave "Snake" Sabo spoke at length about the making of the album with writer Clay Marshall. Some select "outtakes" from the interview appear below (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On why "Skid Row" was recorded in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin: Snake: "The ...

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