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JUDAS PRIEST's RICHIE FAULKNER Dismisses 'K.K. DOWNING Clone' Accusations: 'I Didn't Try To Copy Him'

JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Richie Faulkner has dismissed the criticism he received for supposedly trying to look too much like the man he replaced, original PRIEST guitarist Kenneth "K.K." Downing. Nearly three decades Downing's junior, Faulkner joined PRIEST in 2011 after previously playing guitar in the backing group for Lauren Harris, daughter of IRON MAIDEN bassist ...

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JASON NEWSTED Takes Credit For 'The Stabilization' Of METALLICA

Jason Newsted says that he "would like to take some credit" for the "stabilization" of METALLICA after the passing of Cliff Burton. Burton played on METALLICA's first three studio albums — "Kill 'Em All", "Ride The Lightning" and "Master Of Puppets" — and co-wrote classic songs like "Ride The Lightning", "For Whom The Bell Tolls", ...

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Watch Pro-Shot Video Of METALLICA Performing 'The Memory Remains' With SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY

Last month, METALLICA played two shows with the San Francisco Symphony for the grand opening of Chase Center, the new home of the Golden State Warriors. The concerts, conducted by Edwin Outwater with a special appearance by Michael Tilson Thomas, marked the 20th anniversary of METALLICA's first performance with the symphony at the Berkeley Community ...

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IRON MAIDEN's TROOPER And ROBINSONS Announce Limited-Edition Collector Bottlecaps

To celebrate each of the iconic IRON MAIDEN studio albums, Trooper and Robinsons Brewery have launched exclusive collector bottlecaps. Appearing on all Trooper beer from October, including limited-edition Halloween-inspired "Day Of The Dead" bottles, the unique bottlecaps commemorate every record from IRON MAIDEN's self-titled album, released in 1980, until 2015's award-winning and No. 1 album ...

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TOM KEIFER On Bands Using Pre-Recorded Tracks During Live Performances: 'It's Not Something That I Would Wanna Do'

Tom Keifer says that he would never want to rely on pre-recorded tracks during his live performances. In recent years, more and more bands have been given a pass for using backing tracks, drum triggers and other assorted technology that makes concerts more synthetic but also more consistent. Asked by "Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon" ...

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Watch KITTIE's MORGAN LANDER Perform With KARKAOS In Montreal

Quebec metal band KARKAOS played the second show with its new lead singer, KITTIE frontwoman Morgan Lander, on September 21 in Montreal. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below. When her addition to KARKAOS was first announced in August, Lander said in a statement: "Joining KARKAOS has been a true honor for ...

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TRIUMPH: Official Documentary, 'Lay It On The Line', Due In 2020

Banger Films, in association with Revolver Films and Bell Media's streaming service Crave, is currently in production on "Triumph: Lay It On The Line", the first-ever feature documentary about the dramatic career of the legendary Canadian power trio. And now, the producers are inviting a limited number of fans to be part of the action. ...

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Watch IRON MAIDEN Perform In Dallas

Fan-filmed video footage of IRON MAIDEN's September 21 concert at the Dos Equis Pavilion (formerlly the StarPlex Pavilion) in Dallas, Texas can be seen below. IRON MAIDEN kicked off the 33-city North American leg of "Legacy Of The Beast" on July 18 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. Drummer Nicko McBrain recently said about ...

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ANTHRAX: Why You Can't Say 'Rock Is Dead'

ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello has dismissed the notion that rock is dead, saying that the genre "will never die." While rock 'n' roll has been king of the music world for decades, in the past few years, it's been unseated by the growing popularity of hip-hop. This has caused many pundits to proclaim the genre ...

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K.K. DOWNING, LES BINKS, TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS, DAVID ELLEFSON: Second Guitarist Announced For Upcoming 'MegaPriest' Fest

Former JUDAS PRIEST members K.K. Downing (guitar), Les Binks (drums) and Tim "Ripper" Owens (vocals) will team up to perform "a full-length set of PRIEST classics" with MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson on November 3 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. Joining them on second guitar will be A.J. Mills of HOSTILE, the British metal band whose two ...

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IRON MAIDEN Visits 'Hugely Impressive' SpaceX Headquarters

Several members of IRON MAIDEN visited the SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California on a day off from the North American leg of their ongoing "Legacy Of The Beast" tour. The band posted a photo from the visit along with the following caption: "Day off and the kind folks @spacex invited us for a tour - ...

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Former JUDAS PRIEST Members K.K. DOWNING, LES BINKS And TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS To Perform Band's Classic Songs At One-Off Concert

Former JUDAS PRIEST members K.K. Downing (guitar), Les Binks (drums) and Tim "Ripper" Owens (vocals) will join forces to perform "a full-length set of PRIEST classics" with MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson on November 3 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. The one-off show at K.K.'s Steel Mill will feature a full band set from Ellefson's "Sleeping Giants" ...

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