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STEVE VAI Discusses Upcoming Projects

In an interview with Guitar.com, legendary guitarist Steve Vai revealed that he has several new albums in the works. "My original plan was to record three trio-based instrumental guitar records that have no overdubs," he said. "One record was going to be all clean guitar tones. The second one was going ...

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No New BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION Album Before 2022 At The Earliest

In a recent interview with "The Eddie Trunk Podcast", guitarist Joe Bonamassa spoke about the possibility of a fifth studio album with BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION, the band he formed with vocalist/bassist Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, THE DEAD DAISIES), drummer Jason Bonham (LED ZEPPELIN) and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (DREAM THEATER, ALICE COOPER, BILLY IDOL). Joe said ...

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DREAM THEATER's JOHN PETRUCCI Says It Was 'Very Cathartic' To Play Music With MIKE PORTNOY Again

DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci will release his second solo album, "Terminal Velocity" in the fall via Sound Mind Music/The Orchard. The follow-up to 2005's "Suspended Animation" features guest musicians Mike Portnoy (SONS OF APOLLO, ex-DREAM THEATER) on drums and Dave LaRue (DIXIE DREGS) on bass. The effort marks the first time Petrucci and Portnoy ...

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METALLICA's 'The Shortest Straw' Covered By CHRIS KAEL, MIKE PORTNOY, PHIL DEMMEL And DOC COYLE (Video)

Chris Kael (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH) recently teamed up with Chris Ojeda (BYZANTINE), Doc Coyle (BAD WOLVES), Phil Demmel (VIO-LENCE, MACHINE HEAD) and Mike Portnoy (SONS OF APOLLO, ex-DREAM THEATER) to record a quarantine cover version of METALLICA's "The Shortest Straw". Kael uploaded video of the performance to his YouTube channel, writing in an accompanying ...

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DREAM THEATER's JOHN PETRUCCI Says It's 'Really Awesome' To Reunite With MIKE PORTNOY On 'Terminal Velocity' Album

Former DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy played drums on "Terminal Velocity", the upcoming solo album from DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci. Due in the fall, the disc also features Dave LaRue (DIXIE DREGS) on bass. Petrucci discussed his musical reunion with Portnoy during a lengthy chat with the official DREAM THEATER fan club. He said ...

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Thalassic - ENSIFERUM

It's almost impossible to achieve longevity in heavy metal without repeating yourselves occasionally. In the best possible way, ENSIFERUM have been the model of consistency over the years, with a long-established musical identity and a steady forward march toward bigger and better things very much part of the bargain. Righteously huge in Europe, the Finns ...

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Garbers Days Revisited - Inter Arma

Covers albums are curious things. Wildly variable in quality and often a lot less revealing than we might hope, they can be cynical, lazy stopgaps or heartfelt and fascinating detours. INTER ARMA seem like the kind of band to deliver the latter, rather than assailing us with a handful of self-consciously wacky '80s pop covers ...

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DREAM THEATER: 'Every Album, Every Song' Book Now Available

Sonicbond Publishing has released a new book, "Dream Theater: Every Album, Every Song", from author Jordan Blum. No other band has affected modern progressive metal as deeply or widely as American quintet DREAM THEATER. Formed at Berklee College Of Music as Majesty in 1985 by guitarist John Petrucci, drummer Mike Portnoy and bassist John Myung, ...

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STYX's TOMMY SHAW Performs 'Fooling Yourself' With CONTEMPORARY YOUTH ORCHESTRA

43 years ago today, legendary rockers STYX released their triple-platinum album "The Grand Illusion", which included the smash hit "Fooling Yourself". With that release, STYX became the first band to score four triple-platinum albums in a row: "The Grand Illusion" (1977), "Pieces Of Eight" (1978), "Cornerstone" (1979), "Paradise Theater" (1981). As a celebratory nod ...

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DEREK SHERINIAN's 'The Phoenix' Album To Include Guest Appearances By STEVE VAI, ZAKK WYLDE, BILLY SHEEHAN

Acclaimed keyboardist Derek Sherinian (SONS OF APOLLO, BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION, ex-DREAM THEATER), one of the most significant keyboard players of the modern era, has signed to InsideOut Music for the release of his new solo album, "The Phoenix". His first solo LP since 2011's "Oceana" is due on September 18. Once again, Sherinian has teamed ...

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SEPULTURA Announces 2021 North American Tour With SACRED REICH, CROWBAR And ART OF SHOCK

Brazilian/American metallers SEPULTURA have announced the rescheduled dates for their North American tour. The trek, which was originally slated to kick off on March 18 in San Diego, California and conclude on April 22 in Ventura, California, was postponed in the wake of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. SEPULTURA's 2021 tour, which will still feature support ...

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DEE SNIDER Says DONALD TRUMP Is 'A Commie-Loving Traitor' Who Is Prostituting Our Democracy

Dee Snider has blasted President Donald Trump as "a commie-loving traitor" who is prostituting our democracy. The TWISTED SISTER frontman, who got to know Trump personally after appearing more than once on "The Celebrity Apprentice", took to his Twitter earlier today to share a BLABBERMOUTH.NET article headlined " TWISTED SISTER's JAY JAY FRENCH: 'DONALD TRUMP ...

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MIKE PORTNOY And JOHN PETRUCCI Reunite On DREAM THEATER Guitarist's New Solo Album, 'Terminal Velocity'

Former DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy played drums on "Terminal Velocity", the upcoming solo album from DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci. Due in the fall, the disc also features Dave LaRue (DIXIE DREGS) on bass. Portnoy revealed his involvement with "Terminal Velocity" in a social media post earlier today (Wednesday, July 1). He also shared ...

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SCORPIONS To Embark On 'Full-Blown' U.S. Tour In 2021

Rod MacSween, renowned music agent and founder/CEO of ITB (International Talent Booking), spoke to Pollstar about his nearly three-decade-long working relationship with German hard rock legends SCORPIONS. Asked about the band's upcoming tour plans, he said: "The Vegas residency is being moved to 2021, along with a full-blown USA run. We're ...

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TED NUGENT Says JOE BIDEN Is 'Painfully Deranged In A Mental Capacity' And 'The Poster Child For Hypocrisy'

Outspoken conservative rocker Ted Nugent was interviewed by President Donald Trump campaign's "Real News Insights" series with host Lara Trump, the president's daughter-in-law. Speaking about the peaceful demonstrations and violent riots that have erupted across the country in response to police brutality and the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, Ted said ...

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DEATH ANGEL Drummer: 'When You Get The Lead Singer Of STRYPER Backing You Up, You Know That There's Something Wrong'

DEATH ANGEL drummer Will Carroll says that it's "unfortunate" that some mainstream news outlets "mangled" his story of how he dreamt of visiting the afterlife before waking up from a 12-day coma after testing positive for coronavirus. The 47-year-old musician was hospitalized at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco after catching the virus ...

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