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PEARL JAM Named 'Record Store Day' 2019 Ambassador

PEARL JAM has been selected as the official Record Store Day ambassador for 2019. Record Store Day takes place on April 13 at independent record stores around the world. Guitarist Mike McCready said in a statement: "Independent record stores are hugely important to me, and have been ever since I was 12 years old. Before ...

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MIKE TRAMP Has No Interest In Resurrecting WHITE LION: 'I Don't Wanna Go Out And Try To Be Something I Don't Feel In My Heart'

Ex-WHITE LION singer Mike Tramp says that he has no interest in resurrecting his former band. The Danish-born singer hasn't played with his former songwriting partner and bandmate, guitarist Vito Bratta, since WHITE LION performed its last concert in Boston in September 1991. Speaking to "Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon", Tramp said that he has ...

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FRANK ZAPPA Hologram Tour Dates Announced

Live music's premier hologram production company Eyellusion has announced that a who's who of Zappa fan favorite musicians will support "The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa" hologram tour which will make its debut this April in the U.S. The nine U.S. shows kick off Friday, April 19, with seven European shows in May to follow. ...

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MIKE PORTNOY And JORDAN RUDESS Reunite On Stage For First Time In Nine Years During 'Cruise To The Edge' (Video)

On February 8, ex-DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy and his former bandmate Jordan Rudess reunited on stage during the Cruise To The Edge to perform "Instrumedley" from DREAM THEATER / LIQUID TENSION EXPERIMENT. They were joined by NEAL MORSE BAND guitarist Eric Gillette and HAKEN bassist Conner Green. On Saturday, Portnoy wrote on Facebook: "My ...

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JOURNEY's NEAL SCHON Undergoes Emergency Gallbladder Removal Surgery

JOURNEY guitarist Neal Schon underwent an emergency gallbladder removal surgery on Saturday, February 9. The operation apparently took place at Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae, California under the watchful eye of James G. Minnis, MD. The rocker, who is scheduled to kick off his "Journey Through Time" tour later this month, wrote on Twitter earlier ...

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BLACK SABBATH Bench Unveiled In Birmingham: Photos, Video

BLACK SABBATH was honored with a "heavy metal" bench earlier today (Saturday, February 9) in Birmingham, England. SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi attended the commemorative event organized by Westside Business Improvement District. The handmade, stainless steel bench was forged in the city by Gateway Steel Fabrications and features images of Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler ...

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LAMB OF GOD Guitarist Says 'Certain People' Close To CHESTER BENNINGTON 'Needed To Be Okay' With Him Releasing 'Cross Off' Song

LAMB OF GOD guitarist Mark Morton said in an interview with Lazer 103.3 this week that late LINKIN PARK vocalist Chester Bennington was "excited" about singing on something heavy again when the two teamed up for a track on Morton's new solo LP. Bennington appears on the song "Cross Off" from Morton's upcoming solo album, ...

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Listen To Title Track Of New BUCKCHERRY Album 'Warpaint'

"Warpaint", the title track of the new album from Californian rockers BUCKCHERRY, can be streamed below. Due on March 8 via Century Media/RED Music, the 12-song disc, featuring 11 new BUCKCHERRY songs along with a cover of the NINE INCH NAILS classic "Head Like A Hole", was produced by Mike Plotnikoff, whose last collaboration with ...

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EYEHATEGOD Frontman Fires Back At Lawmaker: 'Your Moral Crusade Against Basic Human Rights Will Be Fought At Every Turn'

EYEHATEGOD vocalist Mike IX Williams has fired back at Arkansas senator Jason Rapert after the ultra-conservative lawmaker took a stand against the band's show in his home state. A poster for the May 24 concert at Vino's depicts Rapert — who just announced his plans to file a so-called trigger law that would make abortion ...

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MIKE PORTNOY And JORDAN RUDESS 'Hang Out' And 'Chat' On 'Cruise To The Edge': 'Once Family, Always Family'

Ex-DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy reconnected with his former bandmate Jordan Rudess earlier this week aboard the sixth annual Cruise To The Edge. Portnoy and Rudess are among the scheduled performers on the five-night progressive rock cruise, which sailed on Monday, February 4 out of Tampa, Florida aboard Royal Caribbean's Brilliance Of The Seas and ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND On NICKELBACK's CHAD KROEGER: 'I Feel Like I Owe Him A Real Debt Of Gratitude'

Devin Townsend says that he owes Chad Kroeger "a real debt of gratitude" for giving him invaluable career advice. Last August, Townsend surprised longtime fans by revealing his unexpected friendship with the NICKELBACK frontman. Four months later, it was announced that Kroeger would appear on Devin's upcoming "Empath" album, along with guitarists Steve Vai, Mike ...

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SUICIDAL TENDENCIES' MIKE MUIR Calls BEN WEINMAN A 'Legendary Dude', Says DAVE LOMBARDO Is 'An Amazing Person'

During an interview with Rockwell Anderson of The Edge aboard this year's ShipRocked cruise, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES frontman Mike Muir spoke about the latest two high-profile additions to the band's lineup: THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN guitarist Ben Weinman and ex-SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo . "Ben Weinman [is a] legendary dude," Mike said (see video below). "My ...

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Covered In Blood - ARCH ENEMY

Let's get the disclaimer out of the way now: cover albums are never essential. They can be fun diversions to tide fans over until the release of a proper record, and a good insight into the musical tastes of the bands delivering the record. Anyone visiting this site would not be shocked that their favorite ...

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Would GLENN HUGHES Accept Hypothetical Invitation From DEEP PURPLE To Sing With Band On 'The Long Goodbye' Tour?

Glenn Hughes says that he has no interest in performing DEEP PURPLE's classic songs with the current version of the group. Hughes spent key years of his career as the beloved bassist and vocalist of DEEP PURPLE, appearing on the classic albums "Burn", "Stormbringer" and "Come Taste the Band". More recently, he has been playing ...

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