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KLAUS MEINE's Illness Forces SCORPIONS Sydney Concert Cancelation

German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS were forced to cancel their concert in Sydney, Australia Saturday night — just two days after calling off their Melbourne show with DEF LEPPARD. SCORPIONS vocalist Klaus Meine issued the following statement: "Dear Australian fans, believe me, I have tried everything to be up on stage tonight in Sydney... I ...

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SCORPIONS Launch Their First Whisky

German heavy rock legends SCORPIONS continue to make waves, teaming up with Swedish top distillers Mackmyra to release ground-breaking whisky, adding a distinct and original German twist to the drink. The affectionate relationship between SCORPIONS and their Swedish audience is not only manifested with the addition of Gothenburg-based drummer Mikkey Dee a couple of years ...

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Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic - THE OCEAN

It's been five years since THE OCEAN's last LP, and three since the group appeared on the "Transcendental" split EP with MONO. Brainiac post-metalheads rejoice, for THE OCEAN COLLECTIVE (best known simply as THE OCEAN) is back, releasing the first of a proposed two-album project, "Phanerozoic", intended to drop conceptually between 2007's "Precambrian" and 2010's ...

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STRYPER To Record New Studio Album In 2019

STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet has told Sleaze Roxx in a new interview that the band will record a new studio album in 2019. The guitarist/vocalist is also planning on issuing the follow-up to his 2016 solo album, "One Sided War". Other releases in the works include another collection of cover songs from bands ...

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TNT Releases 'Not Feeling Anything' Music Video

Norwegian/Spanish hard rockers TNT have released the official music video for their new single, "Not Feeling Anything". The trackis taken from their latest studio album, "XIII", which came out on June 8 via Frontiers Music Srl. The aptly titled "XIII" is the band's thirteenth studio album to date and features founding members Ronni Le Tekrø ...

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JAMES KOTTAK Says He Was Told To Avoid Comparing KINGDOM COME To LED ZEPPELIN

Clint Switzer of the "Music Mania" podcast recently conducted an interview with former SCORPIONS and current KINGDOM COME drummer James Kottak. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On KINGDOM COME's current reunion tour which features four-fifths of the band's classic lineup, minus lead singer Lenny Wolf, ...

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KINGDOM COME Kicks Off 30th-Anniversary Tour In Seattle (Video)

A revamped version of KINGDOM COME — comprised of guitarists Danny Stag and Rick Steier, bassist Johnny B. Frank, drummer James Kottak, along with singer Keith St. John (formerly of MONTROSE and LYNCH MOB) — is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of the band's self-titled debut album by embarking on a U.S. tour. ...

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LUCIFER Releases Cover Of SCORPIONS' 'Evening Wind'

Heavy rockers LUCIFER have released their cover version of the SCORPIONS classic "Evening Wind". The track was previously made available as the B-side of LUCIFER's seven-inch single "California Son" and as a bonus track of the Japanese edition of LUCIFER's new album, "Lucifer II". Comments singer Johanna Sadonis: "Since many have asked, we are happy ...

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Former SCORPIONS Drummer JAMES KOTTAK Says That He 'Will Be Involved' When Band Eventually Gets Inducted Into ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

Former SCORPIONS drummer James Kottak says that he "will be involved" when the band eventually gets inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The German hard rockers, who been eligible for the honor since 1997, had been the decade-long international long shot when their 1982 album, "Blackout", blew up Top 10 in the ...

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MATTHIAS JABS Says SCORPIONS 'Couldn't Continue' With Drummer JAMES KOTTAK: 'We Gave Him All The Chances, And 10 More'

Matthias Jabs says that SCORPIONS "had to make" the decision to fire James Kottak, explaining that he and his bandmates gave the drummer "all the chances" to get better. In September 2016, Kottak was dismissed from the legendary German hard rock band during his well-publicized battle with alcoholism and was replaced by former MOTÖRHEAD drummer ...

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KINGDOM COME: More Dates Announced For 30th-Anniversary Tour

A revamped version of KINGDOM COME — comprised of guitarists Danny Stag and Rick Steier, bassist Johnny B. Frank, drummer James Kottak, along with singer Keith St. John (formerly of MONTROSE and LYNCH MOB) — will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the release of the band's self-titled debut album by embarking on a U.S. tour ...

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