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DREAM THEATER's JOHN PETRUCCI Says It Was 'Really Nostalgic' Recording New Music With MIKE PORTNOY Again

A little over a year ago, DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci released his second solo album, "Terminal Velocity", via Sound Mind Music/The Orchard. The follow-up to 2005's "Suspended Animation" featured guest musicians Mike Portnoy (SONS OF APOLLO, ex-DREAM THEATER) on drums and Dave LaRue (DIXIE DREGS) on bass. The effort marked the first time Petrucci ...

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PHIL DEMMEL Says VIO-LENCE's Recent Concert 'Turned Out To Be' A COVID-19 'Superspreader Event': 'We All Got Sick'

VIO-LENCE guitarist Phil Demmel says that the band's recent concert in California "turned out to be a superspreader event" after which his entire household and some of his bandmates contracted COVID-19. VIO-LENCE's August 6 appearance at Strummer's in Fresno marked the first performance by the band's current lineup, consisting of Demmel, singer Sean Killian and ...

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BLACK OAK ARKANSAS Guitarist RICKIE LEE REYNOLDS Dead At 72

According to TMZ, Rickie Lee Reynolds, the longtime guitarist for BLACK OAK ARKANSAS, the southern hillbilly psycho-boogie band with over 50 years of history, has died. He was 72 years old. Reynolds passed away Sunday morning (September 5) in a hospital, where he was battling long-term health complications. BLACK OAK ARKANSAS ...

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Ex-MANOWAR Guitarist ROSS THE BOSS Calls Current Version Of Band 'Mediocre', Says Recent Musical Output Has Been 'Terrible'

Former MANOWAR guitarist Ross "The Boss" Friedman has blasted the current version of the band, calling them "mediocre fucking pieces of shit" and dismissing the group's recent musical output as "terrible." A founding member of MANOWAR, Ross recorded six albums with the band before leaving after 1988's "Kings Of Metal". His work with MANOWAR included ...

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METALLICA's LARS ULRICH On Black Album: 'It Was A Convergence Of Different Energies Coming Together Just At The Right Time'

The third episode of "The Metallica Podcast: Volume 1 - The Black Album" has just been released in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of the band's self-titled fifth LP, better known as The Black Album. The podcast's weekly episodes explore the stories behind and the legacy of the best-selling album in the history of Nielsen ...

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KORN's JONATHAN DAVIS: COVID-19 'Kicked My Motherf**king Ass'

KORN singer Jonathan Davis is still struggling with COVID-19 after-effects, nearly three weeks after it was announced that he tested positive for the novel coronavirus. As a result of his infection, the band postponed six dates and canceled two on its current U.S. tour. Davis, who was reportedly fully vaccinated, addressed his COVID-19 battle during ...

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Former QUEENSRŸCHE Tour Manager SCOTT 'FOZZY' O'HARE Suffers Series Of Debilitating Strokes; GoFundMe Campaign Launched

Vocalist Pamela Moore — best known for singing the part of Sister Mary on QUEENSRŸCHE's 1988 breakthrough album "Operation: Mindcrime" — has organized a GoFundMe campaign to benefit Scott "Fozzy" O'Hare. According to an August 19 post on Moore's Facebook page, O'Hare, who worked as the progressive metal band's tour manager ...

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TESTAMENT's CHUCK BILLY Says He Had A 'Blast' Voicing MARVEL's New Animated Series 'What If …?'

TESTAMENT's Chuck Billy has contributed "additional voices" to "What If... Doctor Strange Lost His Heart Instead Of His Hands?", the fourth episode of the first season of Marvel's new animated series "What If …?" The Disney+ series devotes each of its episodes to a different alternate-universe scenario in which things are utterly changed in ways ...

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JUDAS PRIEST's ROB HALFORD Guests On New Single From BAD PENNY

JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford is the latest legend to sign on to front a single from the rock supergroup BAD PENNY, which features former QUEEN + PAUL RODGERS bassist Danny Miranda, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT drummer Jules Radino and guitar virtuoso/songwriter Mike Holtzman. BAD PENNY's previous releases feature former JOURNEY lead singer Steve Augeri and ...

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METALLICA To Perform On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' Next Week

METALLICA will guest on the Friday, September 10 episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" Says the band: "Our friend @jimmykimmel has invited us back on Sept 10 to celebrate the reissue of The Black Album. It's been almost 5 years & we're looking forward to chatting with him & performing! There may be a few surprises ...

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PHILIP H. ANSELMO AND THE ILLEGALS Cancel ROCKLAHOMA Appearance Due To The Aftermath Of Hurricane Ida

Former PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo and his solo band, THE ILLEGALS, have been forced to cancel their performance in Dallas, Texas as well as their appearance at this year's edition of the Rocklahoma festival in Pryor, Oklahoma due to the aftermath of Hurricane Ida and circumstances beyond their control. PHILIP H. ANSELMO AND THE ILLEGALS' ...

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CROSSFAITH Releases New Single 'Slave Of Chaos'

Japanese genre-blenders CROSSFAITH have released a brand new single "Slave Of Chaos". "This is our message to the powers who try to control us," says frontman Kenta Koie. "We have been strangled by your ego and we need to take back control! 'Slave Of Chaos' mixes trap with hardcore punk and rock's attitude, so it's ...

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