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MIKE PORTNOY Looks Back On His Exit From DREAM THEATER: 'I Needed A Break From Those Guys'

Mike Portnoy spoke about his decision to leave DREAM THEATER during an appearance on the latest episode of "Drinks With Johnny", the Internet TV show hosted by AVENGED SEVENFOLD bassist Johnny Christ. Following the passing of AVENGED SEVENFOLD's founding member Jimmy "The Rev" Sullivan in 2009, the band recruited his favorite drummer, Portnoy, to record ...

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MEGADETH's DAVID ELLEFSON Calls JUDAS PRIEST's IAN HILL 'The Most Formidable, Iconic Heavy Metal Bass Player'

MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson has sung the praises of JUDAS PRIEST four-stringer Ian Hill, calling him the "most formidable, probably iconic heavy metal bass player." Currently the longest-tenured member of PRIEST, Hill has long been overshadowed by frontman Rob Halford and the guitar tandem of Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing, with Hill found permanently planted ...

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MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST, SORTILÈGE, SOEN, TROLLFEST, GRAVE DIGGER, Others Confirmed For 70000 TONS OF METAL Cruise

The organizers of the 70000 Tons Of Metal cruise have announced that legendary German guitarist Michael Schenker and his band MICHAEL SCHENKER FEST will be aboard next year's edition of the cruise. The one and only original Mad Axeman, the triumphant genius of six strings, will be joined by the following musicians: Gary Barden (Vocals) ...

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Watch DAVID ELLEFSON Perform With MEGADETH Tribute Band WOKE UP DEAD

MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson performed with the MEGADETH tribute band WOKE UP DEAD before a meet-and-greet and signing session on August 4 at Warwick's Books in La Jolla, California. Joining them on vocals was Ellefson's partner, and "More Life With Deth" book co-author, Thom Hazaert. Video footage can be seen below (courtesy of YouTube user ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE's 'Blizzard Of Ozz' Explored On 'The Opus' Podcast

Consequence Of Sound and Sony Music Entertainment have partnered together for another season of "The Opus", a podcast that explores legendary albums and their ongoing legacy. The fifth season has officially entered the world of Darkness with the Prince himself, Ozzy Osbourne. Host Andy Bothwell, a.k.a. Astronautalis, along with a number of musicians, artists, authors, ...

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MACHINE HEAD 'Fan' Throws Beer On Band's Soundboard, Takes It 'Completely Out Of Commission' During London Concert (Video)

MACHINE HEAD was forced to perform with a "compromised" sound for part of its concert last night (Saturday, November 2) at the at O2 Academy Brixton in London, England after an "asshole" threw "a full 32-ounce beer" on the band's soundboard, completely taking it out of commission during the "Burn My Eyes" portion of the ...

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JOHN 5 Says His 'Invasion' Solo Album 'Couldn't Be More Real'

Andy Hall of the Des Moines, Iowa radio station Lazer 103.3 recently conducted an interview with ROB ZOMBIE guitarist John 5. You can listen to the entire chat via the SoundCloud widget below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On when he finds time to compose new material in between his gig with ROB ...

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TESTAMENT, Ex-OBSCURA Bassists Team Up In QUADVIUM

American bass player Steve DiGiorgio (TESTAMENT, SADUS, DEATH) and Dutch bass player Jeroen Paul Thesseling (SALAZH TRIO, OBSCURA, PESTILENCE), globally renowned for their fretless signature playing, have teamed up to work on a brand new world-fusion-metal group named QUADVIUM. They have been joined by talented Dutch fusion-metal drummer Yuma Van Eekelen (OUR OCEANS, EXIVIOUS, PESTILENCE). ...

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