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VOLBEAT's ROB CAGGIANO Joins JACKSON Family

Jackson has welcomed VOLBEAT guitarist Rob Caggiano to its family of signature artists. Throughout summer 2019, sharp-eyed fans will see the Bronx-born guitarist putting prototypes of his distinctive new Jackson model through their paces at SLIPKNOT's "Knotfest Roadshow" with GOJIRA and BEHEMOTH as well as VOLBEAT's upcoming "Rewind, Replay, Rebound" world tour, which will kick ...

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IRON MAIDEN's BRUCE DICKINSON Speaks At CAMPUS PARTY BRASÍIA Technology Festival (Video)

On Saturday, June 22, IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson was one of the speakers at this year's Campus Party Brasíia technology festival in Brasíia, the capital of Brazil. The third annual event gathers developers, gamers and computer enthusiasts. Video footage of Bruce's appearance can be seen below. Dickinson joined IRON MAIDEN in 1981, replacing Paul ...

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DIAMOND HEAD Singer Says Partnership With DAVE MUSTAINE's THRASHVILLE MANAGEMENT 'Didn't Work Out'

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal pioneers DIAMOND HEAD have explained the end of their working relationship with MEGADETH's Dave Mustaine. It was announced in December 2017 that DIAMOND HEAD had inked a management deal with Thrashville Management, the company founded by Dave and his son Justis Mustaine. Several months later, the affiliation came to ...

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TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS On ROB HALFORD's Comment That A Straight Man Can't Front JUDAS PRIEST: 'Maybe I'm Gay And I Didn't Know It'

Tim "Ripper" Owens has dismissed Rob Halford's recent claim that a straight man can't front JUDAS PRIEST as a "fun" comment that didn't mean anything. Earlier this month, Halford told the Edmonton Journal about his position in PRIEST: "A straight man can't do my job. That's the way I view it. Freddie [Mercury] said it ...

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Ex-KISS Guitarist BRUCE KULICK Aligns With W.A.S.P.'s DOUGLAS BLAIR To Conjure Victims Of Salem Witch Trials

On June 10, "Dreams In The Witch House: Sanitarium" was released and offered as a free download for the first 200 people. The track features former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick, W.A.S.P. lead guitarist Douglas Blair and 1980s horror icon Courtney Gains ("Children Of The Corn", "The Burbs", "Tales From The Crypt") on lead vocals. Produced ...

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AEROSMITH Opens Las Vegas Museum

America's all-time top-selling rock 'n' roll band AEROSMITH is set to kick off the second leg of its critically acclaimed Las Vegas residency, "Aerosmith: Deuces Are Wild", on Wednesday, June 19, and to celebrate they are allowing fans access to their museum showcasing incredible items they've collected over their nearly 50 years together. Initially only ...

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ALICE COOPER Announces November 2019 U.S. Tour Dates

Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer Alice Cooper has just announced his fall 2019 tour plans. He will embark on a spate of "An Evening With" headline tour dates this November, beginning November 3 in Florida. Additional dates will be announced shortly. Cooper will spend the summer on the road. He hits the road again ...

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GRAHAM BONNET: 'The Day I Give Up Singing Is The Day I Drop Down Dead'

Dennis Gray of "The Australian Rock Show" recently conducted an interview with legendary vocalist Graham Bonnet (RAINBOW, ALCATRAZZ, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP). You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the RAINBOW song "Lost In Hollywood", which appears on the band's 1979 "Down To Earth" album: Graham: "That's ...

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BLAZE BAYLEY: 'It Was A Shock To Leave IRON MAIDEN'

British heavy metal vocalist Blaze Bayley, who fronted IRON MAIDEN from 1994 until 1999, told filmmaker Daniel Sarkissian that his dismissal from the band 20 years ago came as a complete surprise. "It was a shock to leave IRON MAIDEN — it was an absolute shock," Blaze admitted (see video below)." But CD sales were ...

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HOWLING SYCAMORE's 'Seven Pathways To Annihilation' Album To Feature Guest Appearance By MARTY FRIEDMAN

HOWLING SYCAMORE, the extreme progressive ensemble featuring Davide Tiso, Jason McMaster and Hannes Grossmann, has returned with its sophomore album, "Seven Pathways To Annihilation". Due on June 21, the disc features over 50 minutes of music and will be available on gatefold 2LP, compact disc and on all digital outlets. The album's first single, "Initiation", ...

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SAMHAIN's LONDON MAY Stars In 'Brutal Realty, Inc.' Black Metal Short

"Brutal Realty, Inc." is an absurd black metal satire film from award-winning director Erik Boccio ("Blood Bath", "Wiretap Scars"). Set for release this summer and starring actor/musician London May of Glenn Danzig's SAMHAIN, the 15-minute short also features Sarah Burns from HBO's "Barry" and a decimating musical score composed by Sanford Parker (BURIED AT SEA, ...

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AVANTASIA's TOBIAS SAMMET: 'I Certainly Don't Intend To Retire Any Time Soon'

AVANTASIA vocalist Tobias Sammet recently spoke with writer Clay Marshall in conjunction with an OC Weekly story about the group's upcoming performance in Anaheim, California. Some select "outtakes" follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On AVANTASIA's new album "Moonglow": Tobias: "It's not trendy. It's not flavor of the week, but it's put together with a lot ...

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METALLICA's JAMES HETFIELD 'Nailed' His Role As Cop In TED BUNDY Movie

Actor Zac Efron has praised METALLICA frontman James Hetfield's performance in the thriller "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil And Vile", which premieres on Netflix and in select theaters this Friday (May 3). The film follows the relationship between notorious serial killer Ted Bundy, played by Efron, and his longtime girlfriend, played by Lily Collins, who at ...

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