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STRYPER's MICHAEL SWEET Is 'Concerned' About His Band's Future

Michael Sweet of openly Christian rockers STRYPER says that he is "concerned" about the future of his band. The vast majority of musicians are struggling more than ever without income from concerts and merch sales due to pandemic-induced lockdowns. Since it's become clear that concerts full of tightly packed fans won't be returning in a ...

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TRIUMPH's RIK EMMETT On Bands Who Use Backing Tracks During Live Performances: 'We Live In A Different World Now'

Guitarist/vocalist Rik Emmett of the legendary Canadian power trio TRIUMPH has weighed in on bands who rely heavily on pre-recorded tracks during their live performances. In recent years, more and more artists have been given a pass for using backing tracks, drum triggers and other assorted technology that makes concerts more synthetic but also more ...

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DOWN To Celebrate 25th Anniversary Of 'NOLA' With Full-Length Exclusive Livestream On August 29

This year marks the 25th anniversary of DOWN's 1995-released, now classic debut, "NOLA". Plans for select shows featuring vocalist Philip Anselmo, guitarists Pepper Keenan and Kirk Windstein, drummer Jimmy Bower and bassist Pat Bruders performing the record in its entirety were sidelined due to the global pandemic. In its wake, the band is pleased to ...

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ANTHRAX Drummer Looks Back On 'Married With Children' Appearance In Episode Four Of 'Persistence Of Time' Video Series

ANTHRAX invites you to get the inside story behind the making and promotion of the band's fifth album, "Persistence Of Time", and its 30th-anniversary Deluxe Edition. This six-part video series is hosted by drummer Charlie Benante, who assembled and oversaw the anniversary edition. Throughout the series, he shines light on where the band was at ...

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NAMM 2021 Convention Canceled Due To Coronavirus

The 2021 NAMM Show, which was scheduled to take place in January 2021 in Anaheim, California, has officially been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic which is sweeping the globe. Instead of staging an in-person event, organizers will bring music merchants, industry insiders and musicians together in a virtual space with the launch of Believe ...

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DOWN To Make 'Big Announcement' On Tuesday

DOWN will make a "big announcement" on Tuesday, August 11 at 1:00 p.m. EDT / 10:00 a.m. PDT. The acclaimed supergroup is expected to officially reveal that it will perform live for the first time in four years as part of a virtual concert later this month. The news of DOWN's return to live activity ...

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Metal Drummer Wounded In Massive Beirut Explosion

Drummer Bachir Ramadan of Dubai, United Arab Emirates-based extreme metallers NERVECELL is one of the survivors of an explosion in Beirut, Lebanon last week that killed more than 150 people and wounded over 5,000. Officials believe the cause of the August 4 blast was over 2,700 metric tons of ammonium nitrate, a highly explosive substance ...

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MEGADETH's DAVID ELLEFSON Taps JASON MCMASTER, DAVE MCCLAIN For Cover Of JUDAS PRIEST's 'Freewheel Burning'

ELLEFSON, the solo band of Grammy-winning MEGADETH bassist/co-founder David Ellefson, will release "No Cover", an LP featuring more than 13 cover songs, including classic tracks from MOTÖRHEAD, W.A.S.P., DEF LEPPARD, CHEAP TRICK, QUEEN, JUDAS PRIEST, TWISTED SISTER, FASTWAY, FIGHT, DEAD KENNEDYS, and more, on October 2 via Combat Records. The LP once again features cover ...

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FOO FIGHTERS Cancel 'Van Tour'

FOO FIGHTERS have canceled their "Van Tour". The trek, which was originally scheduled to take place in April and May, was rescheduled two months ago to this fall due to the coronavirus pandemic that is spreading across the globe. FOO FIGHTERS says in a statement: "We look forward to seeing you all as soon as ...

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Watch DREAM THEATER's JOHN PETRUCCI And MIKE PORTNOY Reunite In 'Terminal Velocity' Music Video

DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci will release his second all-instrumental solo album, "Terminal Velocity", on all digital and streaming platforms on August 28 and on CD and vinyl on October 30 through The Orchard Music on his Sound Mind Music record label. "Terminal Velocity" was written and produced by Petrucci, recorded by James "Jimmy T" ...

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