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Here Is First Video Of VINNIE PAUL's Grave Marker

The first video of Vinnie Paul Abbott's grave marker next to that of his brother, PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, can be seen below (courtesy of Tom Bachonski). Vinnie Paul's grave marker was officially installed on May 24. That same day, two pictures of the gravesite were released via PANTERA's social media, along with the ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN Says He Was Told He Was Too Short To Audition For KISS

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman recently spoke with Sam Ash Music. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether he practices: Marty: "I've never considered anything that I've done practicing. I was never one of those wood-shedding in a bedroom with a metronome type. [I've] always ...

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DORO PESCH On GENE SIMMONS: 'He Really Was A Great Mentor'

German "metal queen" Doro Pesch (DORO, WARLOCK) recently spoke with Sally Steele of Vegas Rocks! Magazine. The full conversation can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the early years of her career: Doro: "We were just doing what we loved. Back then, I felt I was one of the ...

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First Look At VINNIE PAUL's Grave Marker

A couple of photos of Vinnie Paul Abbott's soon-to-be-installed grave marker can be found below. The PANTERA Facebook page released a full picture of the marker after a couple of "unauthorized" photos were posted online without the permission of Vinnie Paul's estate. "There is a lot of bad info floating around about Vinnie Paul's grave ...

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AVANTASIA's TOBIAS SAMMET: 'I Certainly Don't Intend To Retire Any Time Soon'

AVANTASIA vocalist Tobias Sammet recently spoke with writer Clay Marshall in conjunction with an OC Weekly story about the group's upcoming performance in Anaheim, California. Some select "outtakes" follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On AVANTASIA's new album "Moonglow": Tobias: "It's not trendy. It's not flavor of the week, but it's put together with a lot ...

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WHITESNAKE's REB BEACH Has 'No Problems' With Certain Artists Using Pre-Recorded Tracks During Live Performances

WHITESNAKE and WINGER guitarist Reb Beach says that he has "no problems" with certain rock and pop artists relying on pre-recorded tracks during their 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 ...

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K.K. DOWNING Says SCOTT TRAVIS And RICHIE FAULKNER Are Not Official Members Of JUDAS PRIEST: 'They Are On A Wage'

Carsten Smolinsky of Germany's Bleeding4metal.de recently conducted an e-mail interview with former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing. The original English-language version of the chat appears here in its entirety. Bleeding4metal.de: Hello, Mr. Downing, thank you very much for taking the time for an interview! I really enjoyed reading "Heavy Duty: Days And Nights ...

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Hear SYSTEM OF A DOWN Singer SERJ TANKIAN's Cover Of BLUE ÖYSTER CULT's 'Godzilla' Feat. BRENDON SMALL + GENE HOGLAN

SYSTEM OF A DOWN frontman Serj Tankian's cover version of BLUE ÖYSTER CULT's classic "Godzilla" can be heard below. The song will appear on the upcoming soundtrack album for "Godzilla: King Of The Monsters". According to Rolling Stone, the members of DETHKLOK, from the show "Metalocalypse", including Brendon Small and TESTAMENT drummer Gene ...

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RON KEEL BAND: 'Fight Like A Band' Video

RON KEEL BAND's video for the title track of its new album, "Fight Like A Band", can be seen below. The disc hit stores March 1 via EMP Label Group's EMP Outlaw imprint. The collection features 11 brand-new songs and fresh recordings of KEEL classics. "This album is really about the struggle to survive and ...

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VINNIE VINCENT Says He Got A 'Cold Reception' At GENE SIMMONS's 'Vault' Event: 'I Was Treated Very Indifferently'

Vinnie Vincent says that he got a "cold reception" when he joined his former bandmate Gene Simmons a year ago at the KISS bassist/vocalist's "Vault" event in Nashville, Tennessee. The ex-KISS guitarist, who famously filed multiple lawsuits against his former bandmates, alleging unpaid songwriting royalties, spoke about the experience of seeing Simmons again during a ...

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KISS: Front-Row Video Of Tampa Concert

Fan-filmed video footage of KISS's April 11 concert at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida can be seen below. The first North American leg of KISS's farewell tour, "End Of The Road", launched January 31 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada at Rogers Arena and is hitting an additional 43 cities. KISS frontman Paul Stanley recently said ...

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