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HALESTORM Members Unharmed After Tour Bus Catches Fire

The members of HALESTORM escaped unharmed after their tour bus caught early Thursday morning (January 20). HALESTORM guitarist Joe Hottinger revealed that he and his bandmates had slept in hotel rooms overnight but were awakened early in the morning to find their "bus burning down." "Old HALESTORM had a night for the books," he wrote ...

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STEVE VAI And IBANEZ Reveal 'Hydra' One-Of-A-Kind Instrument

Steve Vai and Ibanez have revealed the "Hydra." This one-of-a-kind instrument is the realized vision of a collaboration that's been five years in the making. It is a beast of an instrument — a one-bodied, two-headstock-ed, three-neck-ed creature that encompasses, among other things: 7 and 12-string guitars; a 4-string ¾ scale length bass; 13 sympathetic ...

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ANNIHILATOR Shares Cover Of VAN HALEN's 'Romeo Delight' Featuring DAVE LOMBARDO, STU BLOCK

earMUSIC has released the latest single from ANNIHILATOR's upcoming "Metal II" album, a cover of VAN HALEN's "Romeo Delight". "Metal II", which arrives February 18, kicks off this long-term campaign, which will include special configurations, additional bonus material, exclusive and previously unheard new tunes from the band. "There was something about 'Women And Children First'," ...

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THE WINERY DOGS' Third Studio Album Is '85 Percent Done'

During an appearance this past Monday (January 10) on SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk", guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen spoke about the progress of the recording sessions for the third album from THE WINERY DOGS, his power trio with legendary bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, TALAS, DAVID LEE ROTH) and drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED ...

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W.A.S.P.'s BLACKIE LAWLESS Is 'Leaning In The Direction Of' Performing 'Animal (F**k Like A Beast)' Live Again

W.A.S.P. mainman Blackie Lawless says that he is "leaning in the direction of" performing the song "Animal (Fuck Like A Beast)" on the band's upcoming 40th-anniversary tour. More than a decade ago, Lawless, who is a born-again Christian, said that he would "never" play "Animal" again, explaining that it was "totally because of [his] religious ...

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Ex-MEGADETH Bassist DAVID ELLEFSON Announces First Live Shows With THE LUCID, Drops Music Video For 'Deaths Of Despair'

THE LUCID, the four-piece hard rock band featuring bassist David Ellefson (ex-MEGADETH), vocalist Vinnie Dombroski (SPONGE), guitarist Drew Fortier and drummer Mike Heller (RAVEN, FEAR FACTORY), has released a music video for the song "Deaths Of Despair". The clip, which was directed by Fortier, can be seen below. In other news, THE LUCID has announced ...

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PHILIP H. ANSELMO AND THE ILLEGALS Cancel European Festival Appearances Due To 'Continued Travel Uncertainty'

Former PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo and his solo band, THE ILLEGALS, have canceled their previously announced European festival appearances this summer due to "continued travel uncertainty" as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier today, PHILIP H. ANSELMO & THE ILLEGALS released the following statement: "Due to the continued travel uncertainty surrounding these Covid times, ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Begins Recording New Album

QUEENSRŸCHE has entered the studio to begin recording its new album for a tentative late 2022 release. Helming the effort once again is Chris "Zeuss" Harris, who previously worked with the band on 2015's "Condition Hüman" and 2019's "The Verdict" LPs. Earlier today, Zeuss took to his Instagram to share a photo of QUEENSRŸCHE drummer ...

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TRIUMPH Gets Offers To Play Every Year, Says MIKE LEVINE

In a recent interview with "The Daily Derringer Podcast", bassist Mike Levine of Canadian rock legends TRIUMPH was asked if the band's 2008 reunion shows in Sweden Rock Festival and Rocklahoma were meant to be a warm-up for a more extensive tour if they were always intended to be the group's final gigs. He responded ...

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Here's The First Look At Heavy Metal-Loving Cartoon Characters 'Beavis And Butt-Head' Return On PARAMOUNT+

MTV's seminal, Gen X-defining "Beavis And Butt-Head" about two cartoon teenagers famous for their nasally laughs and love of heavy metal will return "soon" with an all-new movie on Paramount+. The timeline for the new movie adaptation was announced by "Beavis And Butt-Head" creator Mike Judge, who tweeted on Tuesday (January 4): "Beavis and Butt-Head ...

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Rockers Mourn Passing Of Actress BETTY WHITE

DISTURBED members David Draiman and John Moyer, THE OFFSPRING guitarist Kevin "Noodles" Wasserman and ANTHRAX bassist Frank Bello are among the rockers who have reacted on social media to the passing of Betty White. The beloved "Golden Girls" actress, comedian and American icon died peacefully in her sleep at her home early Friday morning (December ...

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MAX CAVALERA Says It Was 'Unreal' To Hear People Like DAVE GROHL And LEMMY Praising SEPULTURA's 'Roots' Album

In a recent interview with Chicago's WXAV 88.3 FM radio station, former SEPULTURA frontman Max Cavalera reflected on the group's groundbreaking 1996 album "Roots", on which he and his bandmates collaborated with the Brazilian Xavante tribe. "The 'Roots' record, which was heavily influenced [by] tribal music — the mix of tribal music and metal was ...

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