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K.K. DOWNING Says SCOTT TRAVIS And RICHIE FAULKNER Are Not Official Members Of JUDAS PRIEST: 'They Are On A Wage'

Carsten Smolinsky of Germany's Bleeding4metal.de recently conducted an e-mail interview with former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing. The original English-language version of the chat appears here in its entirety. Bleeding4metal.de: Hello, Mr. Downing, thank you very much for taking the time for an interview! I really enjoyed reading "Heavy Duty: Days And Nights ...

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THE RODS: Lyric Video For New Song 'Louder Than Loud'

Legendary U.S. metal band THE RODS will release a new album, "Brotherhood Of Metal", on June 7 via SPV/Steamhammer. The official lyric video for the disc's first single, "Louder Than Loud", can be seen below. Drummer Carl Canedy says: "'Louder Than Loud' was the first song written for the new album. It was also the ...

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STRYPER Frontman MICHAEL SWEET To Release 'Ten' Solo Album In September

STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet will release his new solo album, "Ten", in September via Rat Pak Records. Guest musicians who appear on the disc include singer Todd La Torre (QUEENSRŸCHE), drummer Will Hunt (EVANESCENCE), bassist John O'Boyle, and guitarists Joel Hoekstra (WHITESNAKE, NIGHT RANGER), Jeff Loomis (ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE), Marzi Montazeri (EXHORDER, PHILIP H. ANSELMO ...

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GEOFF TATE Recalls Recording HEAR 'N AID Charity Single With RONNIE JAMES DIO: 'It Was A Petrifying Moment'

Former QUEENSRŸCHE vocalist Geoff Tate recently spoke with the "Australian Rock Show" podcast. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On touring with AVANTASIA: Geoff: "It sounds like people are enjoying the show, which I think it's hard not to. It's a really good show, and very ...

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DOUG ALDRICH Says He Almost Auditioned For MEGADETH

Former WHITESNAKE and DIO guitarist Doug Aldrich says that he nearly auditioned for MEGADETH in 1989. At the time, MEGADETH had just parted ways with Jeff Young and was preparing to go into the studio to record the now-classic "Rust In Peace" album. "Dave [Mustaine] and I are friends now — Dave Mustaine and Dave ...

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TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS Says WENDY DIO Spent A 'Bazillion Dollars' Trying To Make Fans Happy With DIO Hologram

The "Everblack" podcast recently conducted an interview with former JUDAS PRIEST and ICED EARTH frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the formation of A NEW REVENGE, which also features guitarist Keri Kelli (SLASH'S SNAKEPIT, ALICE COOPER, VINCE NEIL), legendary bassist Rudy ...

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THE RODS To Release 'Brotherhood Of Metal' Album In June

Legendary U.S. metal band THE RODS will release a new album, "Brotherhood Of Metal", on June 7 via SPV/Steamhammer. Says THE RODS drummer Carl Canedy: "If you like the first song, then the odds are you'll like the whole album. It's balls-to-the-wall heavy metal, song after song. No ballads and nothing your mom will be ...

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JEFF PILSON: 'There's A Part Of Me That Would Like To Make One Last Great DOKKEN Record'

"Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon" recently conducted an interview with bassist and producer Jeff Pilson (FOREIGNER, DOKKEN, DIO) about the just released self-titled album from THE END MACHINE, his new band with his classic-DOKKEN bandmates Mick Brown (drums) and George Lynch (guitar). (WARRANT and occasional LYNCH MOB vocalist Robert Mason completes the group's lineup.) You ...

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VINNY APPICE: RONNIE JAMES DIO Was 'Like Another Brother To Me'

James from That Metal Interview recently conducted an interview with legendary drummer Vinny Appice (BLACK SABBATH, DIO, LAST IN LINE). You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether there's any competition with his older brother Carmine, who has drummed for the likes of OZZY OSBOURNE and ...

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BURNING RAIN Feat. DOUG ALDRICH, KEITH ST. JOHN, BRAD LANG, BLAS ELIAS: Video Of 'Face The Music' Record-Release Concert

BURNING RAIN, the hard rock band founded by guitarist extraordinaire Doug Aldrich (REVOLUTION SAINTS, THE DEAD DAISIES, WHITESNAKE, DIO) and vocalist Keith St. John (MONTROSE, KINGDOM COME), played a record-release show for its fourth studio album, "Face The Music", on March 29 at Count's Vamp'd in Las Vegas, Navada. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert ...

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GRAHAM BONNET Says STEVE VAI Contributed Material To In-Progress ALCATRAZZ Album

Prior to GRAHAM BONNET BAND's March 15 performance in Helsinki, Finland, legendary vocalist Graham Bonnet (RAINBOW, ALCATRAZZ, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP) was interviewed by Southeast Wreckmetal. The full conversation can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On GRAHAM BONNET BAND's current European tour: Graham: "We have a new guitar ...

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WARRANT Guitarist Looks Back On 'Crazy' Tour In Support Of 'Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich'

WARRANT guitarist Erik Turner recently appeared on the "Talking Metal" podcast. The full conversation can be streamed below (interview starts at the 41-minute mark). A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the band's current tour: Erik: "We're calling it the 'Dirty 30' tour in 2019. 'Dirty Rotten Filthy Stinking Rich', our first CD, ...

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