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SAMMY HAGAR To Be Joined By CHAD KROEGER, JOE SATRIANI, MICHAEL ANTHONY At 'Acoustic-4-A-Cure VI' Benefit Concert

Sammy Hagar has announced the lineup for the sixth annual "Acoustic-4-A-Cure" benefit concert, set to take place on May 15 at The Fillmore in San Francisco. Artists performing at "Acoustic-4-A-Cure VI" include (in alphabetical order): Tom Johnston (THE DOOBIE BROTHERS), Chad Kroeger (NICKELBACK), Lukas Nelson, Joe Satriani, Rick Springfield, Nancy Wilson (HEART) and SAMMY HAGAR ...

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Ex-JUDAS PRIEST Guitarist K.K. DOWNING: Given The Choice, ROB, IAN And SCOTT Would Have Considered Bringing Me Back

Former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing says that Rob Halford, Ian Hill and Scott Travis would "certainly" have "entertained the idea" of having him return to the band if there wasn't something preventing them from doing so. K.K. announced his retirement from PRIEST in April 2011. He has since been replaced by Richie Faulkner, who ...

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LAMB OF GOD's MARK MORTON Was 'Humbled' When Well-Known Guests Agreed To Appear On His Solo Album

LAMB OF GOD guitarist Mark Morton recently appeared on the Detroit radio station 101 WRIF's "Talkin' Rock With Meltdown" podcast. The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On his new solo album, "Anesthetic": Mark: "That first Slash solo album is definitely kind of a template for at ...

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LAMB OF GOD's MARK MORTON: Video Of Entire Solo Tour Kickoff

LAMB OF GOD guitarist Mark Morton kicked off his solo tour Wednesday night (March 13) at The Broadberry in Richmond, Virginia. Fan-filmed video footage of the entire concert can be seen below. Making a special guest appearance at the show for the song "The Truth Is Dead" was Mark's LAMB OF GOD bandmate, vocalist Randy ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND: 'Evermore' Video Released

The official music video for "Evermore", a brand new song from the Canadian heavy music artist Devin Townsend, can be seen below. The track is taken from his upcoming album, "Empath", which will be released on March 29 via InsideOut Music. Devin explains in a letter direct to his fans: "So with the release of ...

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JASON BECKER To Undergo Operation To Drain Abscess In His Lung

Jason Becker, the guitarist/composer who has had amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, a.k.a. Lou Gehrig's Disease) for 30 years, will undergo an operation to drain the abscess in his lung on March 21. According to his mother, Patricia Becker, this "should be an outpatient procedure, if all goes well. He is off the antibiotics for now ...

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GEEZER BUTLER Says DEADLAND RITUAL Will Perform BLACK SABBATH, VELVET REVOLVER And BILLY IDOL Songs

DEADLAND RITUAL, the new band featuring bassist Geezer Butler (BLACK SABBATH), guitarist Steve Stevens (BILLY IDOL, VINCE NEIL), drummer Matt Sorum (GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER) and singer Franky Perez (APOCALYPTICA), will perform several songs from BLACK SABBATH, VELVET REVOLVER and Billy Idol on its upcoming tour. Asked by Billboard in a new ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND Says CHAD KROEGER's Contribution To 'Empath' Album 'Can't Be Understated'

Canadian musician/producer Devin Townsend found an unlikely supporter in oft-reviled NICKELBACK frontman Chad Kroeger, who offered Townsend some key bits advice before Devin embarked on the songwriting process for his new "Empath" studio album. Opposites in many respects, Townsend originally connected with Kroeger after tweeting his fondness for NICKELBACK's recent "Feed The Machine" album, drawing ...

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MICHAEL GILBERT Says FLOTSAM AND JETSAM's ERIC 'A.K.' KNUTSON Is 'Singing At The Top Of His Game Right Now'

Chris Akin of "The Classic Metal Show" recently conducted an interview with guitarist Michael Gilbert of Arizona metal veterans FLOTSAM AND JETSAM. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether he's the "difference maker" in FLOTSAM AND JETSAM considering the studio albums he's appeared on tend ...

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Anesthetic - MARK MORTON

There is nothing to be gained from being cynical about albums like this. Clearly created as a very personal labor of love, "Anesthetic" captures the devoted musician and all-round good guy that we know from LAMB OF GOD exploring other sides of his songwriting and inviting a bunch of friends and idols to chip in ...

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BUSH And LIVE Celebrate 25th Anniversary Of 'Sixteen Stone' And 'Throwing Copper' Albums With Co-Headline Tour

Seminal rock bands LIVE and BUSH are joining forces for "The Alt-Imate Tour", a high-powered co-headline summer run that will see these two iconic acts celebrating the 25th anniversary of their respective landmark albums "Throwing Copper" and "Sixteen Stone". Produced by Live Nation, this hits-packed road show will hit arenas and outdoor amphitheaters in 33 ...

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Video Premiere: L.A. GUNS' 'Rage'

Less than two years since the release of "The Missing Peace" — the first L.A. GUNS album since 2002's "Waking The Dead" to feature founding guitarist Tracii Guns and vocalist Phil Lewis — the group will issue a follow-up effort, "The Devil You Know", on March 29 via Frontiers Music Srl. The official music video ...

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NITA STRAUSS Announces Spring 2019 U.S. Tour Dates

Having wowed fans across the U.S. on her co-headline tour with Angel Vivaldi at the end of 2018, Nita Strauss, the Los Angeles-based guitar shredder for the ALICE COOPER band, has announced a new run of dates. The trek will start on April 10 in Hermosa Beach, California and continue across the country with a ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND On New Album 'Empath': It's 'A Crossroads For Me – Not Only Creatively, But Life In General'

Former DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD and VAI front man Devin Townsend recently spoke with Australia's Heavy magazine about his new solo album, "Empath". The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On "Empath": Devin: "If I had any business sense whatsoever, and if I had any ...

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