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F8 - FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH

Nothing engenders vitriol and scorn quite like success. By this point, everybody has pretty much decided whether they like FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH or not. One of the virtues of having such a recognizable sound is that there isn't much scope for sitting on the fence here: whether you regard the Las Vegas arena regulars ...

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MEGADETH, ANTHRAX And VENOM ReAction Figures Coming From Super7

Super7 showed off prototypes and production samples for upcoming heavy metal ReAction figures for the first time at this year's Toy Fair in New York. The prototypes include MEGADETH's mascot Vic Rattlehead, the demon from the cover of VENOM's "Black Metal" album the person who is featured on the cover of ANTHRAX's "Among The Living". ...

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MIKE PORTNOY Praises OZZY OSBOURNE's 'Surprisingly Great' New Album 'Ordinary Man'

Former DREAM THEATER and current SONS OF APOLLO drummer Mike Portnoy has praised Ozzy Osbourne's new album, "Ordinary Man", calling it a "surprisingly great" effort with "some seriously poignant introspective life reflections." Earlier today, Portnoy took to his Instagram to share the "Ordinary Man" album cover and he included the following message: "In all honesty, ...

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METALLICA's KIRK HAMMETT Is 'Completely Blown Away' By Opportunity To Perform At PETER GREEN Tribute Concert

On February 25, METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett will perform at an all-star tribute concert to FLEETWOOD MAC co-founder Peter Green at the London Palladium. The event, which is being curated by Green's fellow FLEETWOOD MAC co-founder Mick Fleetwood, will feature additional appearances by Billy Gibbons, David Gilmour, Jonny Lang, Andy Fairweather Low, John Mayall, Christine ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Announces '50 Heavy Metal Years Tour' 2020

One of heavy metal's all-time greats, JUDAS PRIEST will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year with a world tour coming to the U.S. in the fall. The "50 Heavy Metal Years Tour" will also feature SABATON as openers and is being fueled by the highest-charting album of PRIEST's career, "Firepower", which peaked at No. 5 ...

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RATT Performs As Four-Piece In Oklahoma Following Departure Of Guitarist CHRIS SANDERS: Video, Photos

RATT played as a four-piece in Oklahoma following the departure of guitarist Chris Sanders. Singer Stephen Pearcy, bassist Juan Croucier, drummer Pete Holmes (BLACK 'N BLUE, RATT'S JUAN CROUCIER) and guitarist Jordan Ziff (RAZER) took the stage last night (Saturday, February 22) at Sugar Creek Casino in Hinton without a replacement for Sanders, who confirmed ...

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JOE BONAMASSA Announces 2020 Summer U.S. Tour Dates

Two-time-Grammy-nominated blues-rock sensation Joe Bonamassa has announced U.S. tour dates for summer 2020, as he heads out on the road for his extensive spring U.S. tour. The newly announced dates will include performances at the coveted Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, two nights at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, and a selection of ...

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RICHIE KOTZEN On THE WINERY DOGS: 'We All Agreed That We Would Like To Do A Third Record'

In a brand new interview with "The Classic Metal Show", guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen was asked about the status of THE WINERY DOGS, his power trio with drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD) and legendary bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, TALAS, DAVID LEE ROTH). He said (hear audio below): "The first record [2013's self-titled effort] ...

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Video Premiere: JOE SATRIANI's 'Nineteen Eighty'

Joe Satriani's new video for "Nineteen Eighty", the first single from his forthcoming studio album, "Shapeshifting", can be seen below. The clip was shot and directed by Satriani's son, ZZ Satriani, who also filmed, edited, directed and produced the critically acclaimed documentary film "Beyond The Supernova" in addition to work with Sammy Hagar. Set in ...

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STONE SOUR Releases Demo Version Of 'The Wicked' Song

STONE SOUR has released a demo version of the song "The Wicked". The original track appeared as a bonus cut on the digipack version of the band's self-titled debut album, which came out in 2002. In a statement accompanying the YouTube release of the "The Wicked" demo, STONE SOUR guitarist Josh Rand wrote: "'The Wicked' ...

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DIRTY HONEY To Record New Music In The Spring

DIRTY HONEY, the hotly buzzed band that is giving the Millennials and Gen Z what they've been starved for — high-energy, sexy, gritty, and unapologetically-loud-AF rock'n'roll — will head to Byron Bay, Australia in early spring to record new music with producer Nick DiDia (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, PEARL JAM) who produced the band's self-titled ...

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STRYPER Frontman's Cigar Photo Draws Ire Of Some Christian Fans

STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet has pushed back against criticism over a photo he posted on social media. On Monday (February 17), Sweet took to his Instagram to share a picture of him and STRYPER bassist Perry Richardson smoking cigars, along with the following caption: "We're enjoying a long overdue day off and celebrating @pastforpresent birthday ...

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METALLICA's KIRK HAMMETT To Battle MRS. SMITH In Live Guitar 'Cry Baby Battle Royale' Wah-Off

Kirk Hammett's long-professed his love of the wah-wah pedal will be challenged by Mrs. Smith, the guitar virtuoso alter-ego of actor-musician David Hanbury, at the "Cry Baby Battle Royale" on March 8 at the Senate in Columbia, South Carolina. The event will also include a performance by the METALLICA guitarist's THE WEDDING BAND covers project, ...

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AMON AMARTH To Launch 'Berserker' Mobile Game

"Berserker", the new standalone mobile game from heavy metal Vikings AMON AMARTH in conjunction with Swedish video game developer/publisher Ride & Crash Games AB, is a mini adventure in the AMON AMARTH game series, which first came to life in 2017. Set on the shores of England, as Thor you must defeat four types of ...

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