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DREAM THEATER's JOHN PETRUCCI Is 'Almost Embarrassed' About Not Having Released Solo Album In 14 Years

DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci says that he is "almost embarrassed" about not having released a solo album since 2005's "Suspended Animation". Since the 2010 departure of drummer Mike Portnoy, Petrucci, along with keyboardist Jordan Rudess, has taken on much of the songwriting load for the progressive metal giants, including 2016's controversial double concept album, ...

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TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS Says He Was Asked By JUDAS PRIEST Camp To Stop Using 'Jugulator' And 'Demolition' Artwork To Promote Solo Shows

In a brand new interview with "Talking Metal", ex-JUDAS PRIEST frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens was asked if it's true that the band's management requested that he stop using artwork related to his time with the group to promote his solo shows. "Yeah, it did happen," Owens confirmed (hear audio below). "It was basically… Someone released ...

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K.K. DOWNING's Former Estate To Be Transformed Into Huge Leisure Complex

According to Express & Star, plans are underway for ex-JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing's former estate to be transformed into a huge leisure complex. Shropshire Council's planning officers have recommended that ambitious redevelopment plans for the Astbury Estate near Bridgnorth, Shropshire, England are given planning permission. The 354-acre site, which includes a top ...

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DAVE GROHL, CHEAP TRICK Performances Scheduled For Debut Of 'Howard Stern's Saturday Soundtracks'

Howard Stern and SiriusXM have announced "Howard Stern's Saturday Soundtracks", a weekly exploration of the most intimate, innovative, and inspiring music performances recorded both recently and over the decades on "The Howard Stern Show". The radio premiere will be March 9 at 9:00 a.m. ET on his exclusive SiriusXM channel, Howard 101, with replays later ...

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Discusses 'Blue Lightning' Album In New Trailer

A trailer for Yngwie Malmsteen's upcoming album, "Blue Lightning", is available below. The disc will be released globally on March 29 via Mascot Records/Mascot Label Group. To call Malmsteen a "maestro" or "virtuoso" is to state the obvious. But such terms don't do sufficient justice to either his talent or impact. There are innumerable guitarists ...

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SOEN Feat. Ex-OPETH Drummer MARTIN LOPEZ: 'Covenant' Video

"Covenant", the new video from SOEN, the progressive heavy rock group featuring world-renowned drummer Martin Lopez (formerly of AMON AMARTH and OPETH), can be seen below. The track is taken from SOEN's fourth album, "Lotus", which was released on February 1 via Silver Lining Music. The clip was directed by RISK and Maxi Muniz and ...

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OF MICE & MEN Releases Music Video For 'How To Survive'

"How To Survive", the new video from OF MICE & MEN, can be seen below. The clip was directed by Zev Deans (DENZEL CURRY, GHOST). Hinging on hard-hitting grooves and airtight riffing, the track snaps from visceral verses into an instantly chant-worthy growl of "In a world that teaches eye for an eye, I'll show ...

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THE TREATMENT: 'Hang Them High' Video

British hard rock five-piece THE TREATMENT will release a new album, "Power Crazy", on March 22 via Frontiers Music Srl. The official music video for the latest single, "Hang Them High", can be seen below. "Power Crazy" is the band's fourth full-length album and continues their successful formula of coupling sonic power with a taste ...

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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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DUFF MCKAGAN's Wife To Publish First Novel In April

Susan Holmes McKagan, the wife of GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan, will publish her first novel, "The Velvet Rose", on April 16 via Rare Bird Books. Susan told Westlake Malibu Lifestyle about the book: "It's the earnest generation authenticity of a '90s 'coming of age' page-turning novel. It has a strong lead female protagonist ...

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SKILLET Partners With Z2 COMICS For 'Eden' Graphic Novel

Coming on the heels of "Apocrypha: The Legend Of Babymetal" and the upcoming "The Ghost Of Ohio" graphic novel, Z2 Comics is pleased to announce their next title is a collaborative partnership with Grammy-nominated rockers SKILLET. "Eden: A Skillet Graphic Novel" is based on an original story idea created by SKILLET frontman John Cooper alongside ...

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