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MEGADETH's DAVID ELLEFSON And Some Of His Famous Friends Are Offering Free Music Lessons To Kids Displaced By Coronavirus

The David Ellefson Youth Music Foundation, the nonprofit started in 2018 by MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson, has announced the "School's Out" initiative, providing free music lessons and one-on-one mentoring sessions via Skype from major artists to students stuck at home due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Skype sessions will be held by legendary rock and metal ...

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ALEXI LAIHO Doesn't See Any Reason Why He Shouldn't Perform CHILDREN OF BODOM Songs With His New Band

Ex-CHILDREN OF BODOM guitarist/vocalist Alexi Laiho says that he will not shy away from performing his former band's songs when he launches his new group, BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT, with several festival appearances this summer. Joining him in BODOM AFTER MIDNIGHT are guitarist Daniel Freyberg (ex-CHILDREN OF BODOM), drummer Waltteri Väyrynen (PARADISE LOST), bassist Mitja Toivonen ...

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Video Premiere: LAMB OF GOD's 'Memento Mori'

LAMB OF GOD has released the music video for "Memento Mori", the opening track on the band's forthcoming self-titled album, due May 8 via Epic Records. Fans were able to unlock a 10-second teaser of the song through an eerie Instagram Story filter released by the band over the weekend. The follow-up to "VII: Sturm ...

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Ex-TESLA Guitarist TOMMY SKEOCH: 'I Was Fired'

During an appearance earlier today (Monday, March 16) on SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation" radio show, former TESLA guitarist Tommy Skeoch spoke about his departure from the band nearly a decade a half ago. Asked if he exited the group of his own accord or if he was asked to leave, Tommy said: "I was fired. I ...

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MACHINE HEAD's ROBB FLYNN Slams 'Dumbf**k Politicians', Says TRUMP's Action On Coronavirus Is 'Too Late'

MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn has blasted "dumbfuck politicians" for blaming the media for supposedly exaggerating the risk and spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). While the coronavirus outbreak has resulted in thousands of deaths globally and has hugely affected the stock market, some supporters of President Donald Trump say the growing crisis is largely the work ...

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VAN HALEN Producer TED TEMPLEMAN To Release Memoir In April

ECW Press has set an April 21 release date for "A Platinum Producer's Life In Music", the new memoir from legendary music producer Ted Templeman. Crafting smash hits with VAN HALEN, THE DOOBIE BROTHERS, Nicolette Larson and VAN MORRISON, Templeman changed the course of rock history This autobiography — as told to Greg Renoff — ...

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PALAYE ROYALE To Release 'The Bastards' Album In May

Canadian-American rockers PALAYE ROYALE will release their third album, "The Bastards", on May 29 via Sumerian Records. The official music video for the disc's first single, "Lonely", can be seen below.. The track features some of the most honest and heartbreaking lyrics ever written by frontman Remington Leith and the accompanying clip, which he also ...

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STYX Postpones Shows Over Coronavirus Concerns

In the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, STYX has postponed around a dozen shows that were scheduled to take place between March 13 and March 28. The new dates will be announced soon. STYX announced the postponement in a social media post earlier today. The group wrote: "Due to the current health concerns, the ...

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MAYHEM And ABBATH: 'Decibel Magazine Tour' Canceled

Due to bans on gatherings in excess of 250 people in numerous states and cities, the "Decibel Magazine Tour" has been canceled. This year's edition of the "Decibel Magazine Tour" — featuring MAYHEM, ABBATH, GATECREEPER and IDLE HANDS — was scheduled to launch on March 13 in Denver, Colorado and conclude on April 10 in ...

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MACHINE HEAD Postpones Second European Leg Of 'Burn My Eyes' 25th-Anniversary Tour Over Coronavirus Concerns

MACHINE HEAD has postponed the second European leg of its 25th-anniversary tour for the band's classic debut album, "Burn My Eyes", due to a fast-spreading outbreak of the new coronavirus. The second run of dates was scheduled to kick off in Zaragoza, Spain on April 19, continuing across Portugal, Eastern Europe, Russia, Scandinavia, wrapping in ...

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VIO-LENCE Signs With METAL BLADE RECORDS

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers VIO-LENCE have inked a deal with Metal Blade Records. The band's new EP is tentatively due to be recorded in the coming months. Vocalist Sean Killian comments: "My first real exposure to thrash metal was brought to me by Metal Blade Records in the form of SLAYER's 'Show No ...

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THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Frontman On 'Verminous': 'I Think It's The Biggest Evolutionary Step We've Taken Between Two Albums'

Michigan death metallers THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER will release its ninth studio album, "Verminous" on April 17 via Metal Blade Records. The disc is described in a press release as the band's "most dynamic, rousing and emotional release to date, and it achieves this without compromising one iota of heaviness." In a recent interview with ...

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Ex-GUNS N' ROSES Guitarist DJ ASHBA Signs With EDGEOUT RECORDS For ASHBA Solo Project

Former GUNS N' ROSES and current SIXX:A.M. guitarist DJ Ashba has signed an exclusive deal with Edgeout Records/Universal Music Group/UMe for his new solo project, which will see him "featuring different singers from different genres on every song." Although Ashba initially started work on the project as a collaboration with with his SIXX:A.M. bandmate James ...

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LAMB OF GOD: 'Checkmate' Guitar Playthrough Video

A guitar playthrough video for "Checkmate", the first single from LAMB OF GOD's upcoming self-titled album, can be seen below. "Lamb Of God" will be released on May 8 via Epic Records in the U.S. and Nuclear Blast Records in Europe. The follow-up to "VII: Sturm Und Drang" marks LAMB OF GOD's first recordings with ...

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SEPULTURA's DERRICK GREEN: 'The Fact The U.S. Has More People In Prison Than Any Other Country In The World Is Astonishing'

In a recent interview with Australia's Heavy magazine, frontman Derrick Green of Brazilian/American metallers SEPULTURA discussed the lyrics on the band's latest studio album, "Quadra". "Quadra" is a concept album that is based on the Quadrivium, which is the four subjects, or arts (namely arithmetic, geometry, music and astronomy), taught after ...

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Acclaimed Producer KEITH OLSEN, Who Has Worked With OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE And SCORPIONS, Has Died

Acclaimed American producer Keith Olsen, who has worked with such artists as OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE, SCORPIONS and WARRANT, has passed away. Olsen's death was confirmed by SCORPIONS, who wrote on their Facebook page earlier today (Monday, March 9): "We just learned about the passing of our dear friend and producer Keith Olsen. Keith produced many ...

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