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DREAM THEATER And BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC Announce Creation Of 'Dream Theater Scholarship Fund'

Berklee College Of Music and DREAM THEATER have announced the creation of the Dream Theater Scholarship Fund. In celebration of the band's 35th anniversary, DREAM THEATER and Berklee are creating a fund that will provide scholarship money to student musicians in need on an ongoing basis through the future. Recently, alumni John Petrucci '86 (guitarist) ...

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MIKE PORTNOY Defends SONS OF APOLLO's Decision To Postpone Remainder Of European Tour: 'The Fear Is Absolutely Real'

Mike Portnoy has defended SONS OF APOLLO's decision to postpone the remaining dates on their current European tour due to mounting concerns of the coronavirus. The band, which features former DREAM THEATER members Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-GUNS N' ROSES), Billy Sheehan (THE WINERY DOGS, MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH) and Jeff ...

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Australian AC/DC Fans Break Air Guitar World Record

More than 3,500 people played air guitar to an AC/DC classic at this year's Perth Festival, setting a new Guinness World Record for the world's "biggest air guitar gathering." On Sunday, March 1, Australian air guitar champion Alex Roberts — a.k.a. "Jinja Assassin" — led 3,722 rock fans as they strummed to a recording of ...

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HALESTORM Is Working On 'Fresh And Weird' New Music

HALESTORM appears to have resumed the songwriting process for its next album. On Wednesday night (March 4), guitarist Joe Hottinger shared a photo of frontwoman Lzzy Hale playing guitar and included the following caption: "The writing rocket has finally lifted off. The music is feeling fresh and weird. I love it. I can't wait for ...

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SYSTEM OF A DOWN Drummer Slams BERNIE SANDERS As A 'Hypocrite'

SYSTEM OF A DOWN drummer John Dolmayan has slammed Sen. Bernie Sanders as a "hypocrite" after the Democratic presidential candidate rolled out a plan under which the federal government would make child care and pre-kindergarten available to all American families, with no tuition or fees. On Tuesday (February 25), Dolmayan shared a photo of Sanders ...

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MEGADETH, ANTHRAX And VENOM ReAction Figures Coming From Super7

Super7 showed off prototypes and production samples for upcoming heavy metal ReAction figures for the first time at this year's Toy Fair in New York. The prototypes include MEGADETH's mascot Vic Rattlehead, the demon from the cover of VENOM's "Black Metal" album the person who is featured on the cover of ANTHRAX's "Among The Living". ...

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MIKE PORTNOY Praises OZZY OSBOURNE's 'Surprisingly Great' New Album 'Ordinary Man'

Former DREAM THEATER and current SONS OF APOLLO drummer Mike Portnoy has praised Ozzy Osbourne's new album, "Ordinary Man", calling it a "surprisingly great" effort with "some seriously poignant introspective life reflections." Earlier today, Portnoy took to his Instagram to share the "Ordinary Man" album cover and he included the following message: "In all honesty, ...

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METALLICA's KIRK HAMMETT Is 'Completely Blown Away' By Opportunity To Perform At PETER GREEN Tribute Concert

On February 25, METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett will perform at an all-star tribute concert to FLEETWOOD MAC co-founder Peter Green at the London Palladium. The event, which is being curated by Green's fellow FLEETWOOD MAC co-founder Mick Fleetwood, will feature additional appearances by Billy Gibbons, David Gilmour, Jonny Lang, Andy Fairweather Low, John Mayall, Christine ...

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SONS OF APOLLO: 'Asphyxiation' Lyric Video

"Asphyxiation", the new lyric video from SONS OF APOLLO — featuring former DREAM THEATER members Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-GUNS N' ROSES), Billy Sheehan (THE WINERY DOGS, MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH) and Jeff Scott Soto (ex-JOURNEY, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN'S RISING FORCE) — can be seen below. The song is taken from ...

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RATT Performs As Four-Piece In Oklahoma Following Departure Of Guitarist CHRIS SANDERS: Video, Photos

RATT played as a four-piece in Oklahoma following the departure of guitarist Chris Sanders. Singer Stephen Pearcy, bassist Juan Croucier, drummer Pete Holmes (BLACK 'N BLUE, RATT'S JUAN CROUCIER) and guitarist Jordan Ziff (RAZER) took the stage last night (Saturday, February 22) at Sugar Creek Casino in Hinton without a replacement for Sanders, who confirmed ...

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RICHIE KOTZEN On THE WINERY DOGS: 'We All Agreed That We Would Like To Do A Third Record'

In a brand new interview with "The Classic Metal Show", guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen was asked about the status of THE WINERY DOGS, his power trio with drummer Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, AVENGED SEVENFOLD) and legendary bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, TALAS, DAVID LEE ROTH). He said (hear audio below): "The first record [2013's self-titled effort] ...

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STRYPER Frontman's Cigar Photo Draws Ire Of Some Christian Fans

STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet has pushed back against criticism over a photo he posted on social media. On Monday (February 17), Sweet took to his Instagram to share a picture of him and STRYPER bassist Perry Richardson smoking cigars, along with the following caption: "We're enjoying a long overdue day off and celebrating @pastforpresent birthday ...

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METALLICA's KIRK HAMMETT To Battle MRS. SMITH In Live Guitar 'Cry Baby Battle Royale' Wah-Off

Kirk Hammett's long-professed his love of the wah-wah pedal will be challenged by Mrs. Smith, the guitar virtuoso alter-ego of actor-musician David Hanbury, at the "Cry Baby Battle Royale" on March 8 at the Senate in Columbia, South Carolina. The event will also include a performance by the METALLICA guitarist's THE WEDDING BAND covers project, ...

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