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APOCALYPTICA Reschedules North American Tour Dates For January/February 2021

Due to the current global health crisis as well as government-imposed travel and live performance restrictions, Finland's APOCALYPTICA has rescheduled all U.S. and Canada dates on the band's 2020 "Cell-0" world tour. This decision was made following the recommendations and legal regulations of government authorities including the Center For Disease Control to reduce the spread ...

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TESTAMENT Singer CHUCK BILLY Tests Positive For Coronavirus

TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. The band said he received his test results on Saturday (March 21). According to TESTAMENT, Billy had "been feeling unwell" since returning home to the San Francisco Bay Area last week following the completion of "The Bay Strikes Back ...

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MEGADETH's DAVID ELLEFSON And Some Of His Famous Friends Are Offering Free Music Lessons To Kids Displaced By Coronavirus

The David Ellefson Youth Music Foundation, the nonprofit started in 2018 by MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson, has announced the "School's Out" initiative, providing free music lessons and one-on-one mentoring sessions via Skype from major artists to students stuck at home due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Skype sessions will be held by legendary rock and metal ...

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STRYPER's MICHAEL SWEET Thinks TRUMP Administration 'Has Been Doing A Good Job So Far Regarding COVID-19'

STRYPER's Michael Sweet has praised President Donald Trump's recent actions that serve to ramp up the federal government's response to the COVID-19 epidemic. "I personally think our leadership has been doing a good job so far regarding Covid-19," Sweet tweeted earlier today. "I also think it's important for all of us to stay positive & ...

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DUFF MCKAGAN Calls For Compassion Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan has called for compassion amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The 56-year-old rocker has urged the public to "take care of our fellow man" amid the health crisis, saying that "this will pass." McKagan wrote on social media: "More than anytime, it seems we must reach out a hand and take ...

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Sixth Annual 'Ride For Ronnie' Motorcycle Ride And Concert Postponed Due To Coronavirus Concerns

The sixth annual "Ride For Ronnie" motorcycle ride and concert, originally planned for Sunday, May 17, has been postponed due to concerns surrounding the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The annual event benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund is comprised of a motorcycle ride originating at Harley-Davidson of Glendale followed ...

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HALESTORM's LZZY HALE On Coronavirus Pandemic: 'Stay Home, And We'll Get Through This The Way Our Species Has For Billions Of Years'

HALESTORM frontwoman Lzzy Hale has penned an open letter to fellow musicians and concertgoers, urging them to stay home and avoid public gatherings. A number of artists have seen their concert dates drop off as they're either canceled or postponed in the wake of the global spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new ...

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MACHINE HEAD's ROBB FLYNN Slams 'Dumbf**k Politicians', Says TRUMP's Action On Coronavirus Is 'Too Late'

MACHINE HEAD frontman Robb Flynn has blasted "dumbfuck politicians" for blaming the media for supposedly exaggerating the risk and spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). While the coronavirus outbreak has resulted in thousands of deaths globally and has hugely affected the stock market, some supporters of President Donald Trump say the growing crisis is largely the work ...

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VIO-LENCE Signs With METAL BLADE RECORDS

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers VIO-LENCE have inked a deal with Metal Blade Records. The band's new EP is tentatively due to be recorded in the coming months. Vocalist Sean Killian comments: "My first real exposure to thrash metal was brought to me by Metal Blade Records in the form of SLAYER's 'Show No ...

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Reunited VIO-LENCE To Record New EP

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers VIO-LENCE are about to sign a deal with an as-yet-undisclosed record label to release a new EP. The news of VIO-LENCE's return to the studio was broken by guitarist Phil Demmel in a recent interview with the "Talk Toomey" podcast. Speaking about his plans for the coming months, Demmel ...

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SIXX:A.M. Releases Music Video For 'Talk To Me'

"Talk To Me", the new video from SIXX:A.M., can be seen below. The track, originally released last September, invites each of us to take the first step toward mutual understanding and healing using the power of conversation. "Talk To Me", written by MÖTLEY CRÜE founding member and Global Recovery Initiative Foundation board member Nikki Sixx ...

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VIO-LENCE Recruits Former OVERKILL Guitarist BOBBY GUSTAFSON

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers VIO-LENCE have parted ways with guitarist Ray Vegas. His temporary replacement for VIO-LENCE shows starting in late February will be former OVERKILL guitarist Bobby Gustafson. Says the band: "VIO-LENCE would like to thank Ray Vegas for all his hard work and contributions to this band. It's been an incredible ...

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TWISTED SISTER's DEE SNIDER Dons 'Stay Hungry' Outfit To Bring Attention To Australia Wildfire Relief

TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider donned his classic outfit from 1984's "Stay Hungry" album to bring attention to the devastation deadly wildfires across Australia have caused, saying people in the country are "going through literal hell right now." Snider took to Instagram to spread his message, saying in a video: "Hey, everybody. It's me, Dee ...

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METALLICA Pledges More Than $500,000 To Australia Fire Relief Efforts

METALLICA has pledged $750,000 AUD (approximately $516,000) to NSW Rural Fire Service and the Victoria Country Fire Authority to help the victims of Australia's devastating bushfire crisis. The band said in a statement: "We are totally overwhelmed by the news of the wildfires sweeping through millions of acres across Australia, with major impact in New ...

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