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BIFF BYFORD: Why SAXON Never Made It Big In America

Biff Byford has explained why he believes SAXON never achieved the same kind of commercial success in America as fellow British bands IRON MAIDEN and DEF LEPPARD. Although SAXON is widely recognized as one of New Wave Of British Heavy Metal's pioneering exponents, the band has failed to mirror its European success in the U.S. ...

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LAST IN LINE To Begin Writing Third Album In August

LAST IN LINE will begin writing material for its third album next month. The band, which features former DIO members Vivian Campbell (guitar) and Vinny Appice (drums), alongside ex-OZZY OSBOURNE bassist Phil Soussan and singer Andrew Freeman, released its second LP, "II", this past February. Asked in a new interview with Eonmusic what ...

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SKID ROW Is 'Just About Done' Recording New Album

SKID ROW guitarist Dave "Snake" Sabo has confirmed to Finland's Kaaos TV that the band is "just about done" recording the final chapter of the "United World Rebellion" trilogy, which will tentatively be released in early 2020. The disc is being tracked at a Nashville, Tennessee studio with producer Michael Wagener, who also ...

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DEF LEPPARD's PHIL COLLEN Gets Sugar Chakra Pickup From DiMarzio

DiMarzio, Inc. has announced the release of the Sugar Chakra (DP427) pickup for electric guitars. The Sugar Chakra was developed for Phil Collen of DEF LEPPARD. An iconic player needs iconic pickups; that's why world-renowned guitarist Phil Collen has used DiMarzio pickups exclusively for over 40 years. When he asks a question that starts with ...

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RAVEN Frontman On Almost Going Into Business With OZZY And SHARON OSBOURNE: 'You Could Maybe Say We Dodged A Bullet'

Andrew McKaysmith of the "Scars And Guitars" podcast recently conducted an interview with bassist/vocalist John Gallagher of British metal legends RAVEN. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On being part of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal scene: John: "We had the first independent metal album out in England, which was 'Rock Until ...

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MEGADETH Bassist DAVID ELLEFSON To Produce Horror Film 'Dwellers'

Ellefson Films, the new film production company run by MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson and his partner, music and film producer and industry exec Thom Hazaert, is partnering with musician, filmmaker and actor Drew Fortier ("Zen From Mars", "Her Name Was Christa") on an original horror film titled "Dwellers", with Fortier writing, directing, and starring. Additionally, ...

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Legendary SLAYER Cover Artist LARRY CARROLL Dead At 65

Lawrence "Larry" Carroll, the Australian-born, American-raised painter who was responsible for creating the cover artwork for SLAYER's "Reign In Blood", "South Of Heaven", "Seasons In The Abyss" and "Christ Illusion" albums, has died at the age of 65. His death on Tuesday morning was announced by his Cologne gallery, Karsten Greve, which has represented the ...

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