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K.K. DOWNING, LES BINKS, TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS, DAVID ELLEFSON: Second Guitarist Announced For Upcoming 'MegaPriest' Fest

Former JUDAS PRIEST members K.K. Downing (guitar), Les Binks (drums) and Tim "Ripper" Owens (vocals) will team up to perform "a full-length set of PRIEST classics" with MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson on November 3 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. Joining them on second guitar will be A.J. Mills of HOSTILE, the British metal band whose two ...

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UFO Guitar Legend VINNIE MOORE To Release New Album 'Soul Shifter'

The follow-up to Vinnie Moore's critically acclaimed 2015 "Aerial Visions" album will be released on October 9 on his label Mind's Eye Music. Titled "Soul Shifter", Vinnie's ninth solo album features guest appearances by legendary artists Rudy Sarzo (OZZY OSBOURNE, QUIET RIOT) and Jordan Rudess (DREAM THEATER), with Richie Monica on drums, Michael Bean (bassist ...

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Former JUDAS PRIEST Members K.K. DOWNING, LES BINKS And TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS To Perform Band's Classic Songs At One-Off Concert

Former JUDAS PRIEST members K.K. Downing (guitar), Les Binks (drums) and Tim "Ripper" Owens (vocals) will join forces to perform "a full-length set of PRIEST classics" with MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson on November 3 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. The one-off show at K.K.'s Steel Mill will feature a full band set from Ellefson's "Sleeping Giants" ...

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STATUS QUO Frontman: 'There Are Some Fans Who Don't Like The Idea That We Still Exist'

Jörg Reiche of Germany's Rock Bottom recently conducted an interview with STATUS QUO frontman Francis Rossi and guitarist Richie Malone. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the reactions to their current lineup: Francis: "With respect, we cannot be saying they're 'shit reactions.' We're bound to say ...

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ROB HALFORD Doesn't Rule Out K.K. DOWNING's Return To JUDAS PRIEST: 'What Will Happen Will Happen'

Rob Halford hasn't ruled out the return of K.K. Downing to JUDAS PRIEST, saying that "what will happen will happen." The guitarist, who left PRIEST in 2011 amid claims of band conflict, shoddy management and declining quality of performance, was replaced by Richie Faulkner, nearly three decades his junior. As part of a question-and-answer session ...

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Watch ACE FREHLEY Perform In Atlanta

Fan-filmed video footage of Ace Frehley's August 16 concert at Variety Playhouse in Atlanta, Georgia can be seen below. Last fall, Frehley parted ways with the solo band that backed him on some of his most recent tours — Richie Scarlet on guitar, Chris Wyse on bass and Scot Coogan on drums/vocals — and replaced ...

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Go Behind The Scenes Of DEF LEPPARD's Second Las Vegas Residency

DEF LEPPARD kicked off its second Las Vegas residency last Wednesday night (August 14) at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. An eight-and-a-half-minute behind-the-scenes look at the gig is available below. The band's 23-song set included two tracks which had never been performed before — "Let Me Be" from "X" and "We Belong" ...

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JUDAS PRIEST's RICHIE FAULKNER Says K.K. DOWNING 'Looked And Sounded Great' During First Performance In 10 Years

Richie Faulkner says that K.K. Downing "looked and sounded great" when he returned to the live stage earlier this month as a special guest of ex-MANOWAR axeman Ross "The Boss" Friedman. Downing's August 11 appearance at the Bloodstock Open Air festival at Catton Park, Derbyshire, United Kingdom marked K.K.'s first public performance since October 17, ...

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K.K. DOWNING On Whether He Will Take Part In JUDAS PRIEST's 50th-Anniversary Tour: 'It's The Other Guys That Need To Be Asked'

In a brand new interview with Eonmusic, ex-JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing was asked about the possibility of taking part in the band's upcoming 50th-anniversary tour, alongside other former members Al Atkins and and Tim "Ripper" Owens. He responded: "Yeah, lots of things could happen, but I think the main thing is, lots ...

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K.K. DOWNING On His Return To Live Stage: 'It Was A Bit Of A Whirlwind'

Former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing joined ex-MANOWAR axeman Ross "The Boss" Friedman on stage earlier today (Sunday, August 11) at this year's Bloodstock Open Air festival at Catton Park, Derbyshire, United Kingdom to perform four songs. This marked K.K.'s first public performance since October 17, 2009 when JUDAS PRIEST played the final "British Steel ...

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Ex-JUDAS PRIEST Guitarist K.K. DOWNING Returns To Stage For First Time In 10 Years (Video)

Former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing joined ex-MANOWAR axeman Ross "The Boss" Friedman for four songs earlier today (Sunday, August 11) at this year's Bloodstock Open Air festival at Catton Park, Derbyshire, United Kingdom. This marked K.K.'s first public performance since October 17, 2009 when JUDAS PRIEST played the final "British Steel 30th Anniversary" date ...

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JUDAS PRIEST's RICHIE FAULKNER On His Most Embarrassing Onstage Moment: 'Luckily, I've Always Got Away Scot-Free'

In a recent interview with KISW's "Metal Shop", JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Richie Faulkner was asked to reveal his most embarrassing onstage moment. He said (hear audio below): "Oh, wow. I've gotta think hard about that. Luckily — I shouldn't say this, because when you say it, something always happens — luckily, I've always got away ...

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K.K. DOWNING On His Business Arrangement With JUDAS PRIEST: 'They Want Me Out Of The Way, Every Speck Of Me'

Ex-JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing says that he hasn't been approached by his former bandmates about taking part in the group's upcoming 50th-anniversary tour, which is expected to launch next spring/summer. PRIEST recently announced that it will mark the half-century milestone with a world tour in 2020, including an appearance at next year's edition of ...

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DAVE 'SNAKE' SABO On How Legendary Manager DOC MCGHEE Came To Represent SKID ROW

In conjunction with a recent Metal Hammer retrospective on SKID ROW's self-titled 1989 debut, guitarist Dave "Snake" Sabo spoke at length about the group's early years with writer Clay Marshall. Some select "outtakes" from the interview appear below (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On SKID ROW's musical development: Snake: "With that first record, there's so many ...

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ROB HALFORD: GLENN TIPTON Is 'Still Fully Immersed' In JUDAS PRIEST

Rob Halford says that Glenn Tipton "still fully immersed" in the world of JUDAS PRIEST, despite the fact that he is battling Parkinson's disease. The 71-year-old guitarist announced his retirement from touring in February 2018 after revealing his unfortunate diagnosis. He passed on the torch to the producer of the "Firepower" LP, Andy Sneap. Asked ...

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