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K.K. DOWNING, LES BINKS, TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS, DAVID ELLEFSON: Second Guitarist Announced For Upcoming 'MegaPriest' Fest

Former JUDAS PRIEST members K.K. Downing (guitar), Les Binks (drums) and Tim "Ripper" Owens (vocals) will team up to perform "a full-length set of PRIEST classics" with MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson on November 3 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. Joining them on second guitar will be A.J. Mills of HOSTILE, the British metal band whose two ...

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Former JUDAS PRIEST Members K.K. DOWNING, LES BINKS And TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS To Perform Band's Classic Songs At One-Off Concert

Former JUDAS PRIEST members K.K. Downing (guitar), Les Binks (drums) and Tim "Ripper" Owens (vocals) will join forces to perform "a full-length set of PRIEST classics" with MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson on November 3 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. The one-off show at K.K.'s Steel Mill will feature a full band set from Ellefson's "Sleeping Giants" ...

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Listen To New STITCHED UP HEART Song 'Warrior'

STITCHED UP HEART has just released a new track, "Warrior". The song will appear on the band's forthcoming full-length album, "Darkness", due out in the spring 2020 via RED Music. The 13-song follow-up to 2016's "Never Alone" was produced by produced by Matt Good of FROM FIRST TO LAST and D.R.U.G.S. "This song is dedicated ...

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Listen To New STEEL PANTHER Song 'Gods Of P**sy'

"Gods Of Pussy", a new song from California glam metal jokesters STEEL PANTHER, can be streamed below. The track is taken from the band's fifth studio album, "Heavy Metal Rules", which will be released on September 27. The disc, which is described in a press release as a "heavy metal version of a self-help manual ...

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Watch SONS OF APOLLO Cover AEROSMITH's 'Dream On' With Full Orchestra

SONS OF APOLLO — the progressive metal supergroup featuring former DREAM THEATER bandmates Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, as well as guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-GUNS N' ROSES), bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, THE WINERY DOGS) and vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (W.E.T., TALISMAN) — released "Live With The Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony" on August 30. "Live ...

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SAXON's PAUL QUINN: 'It Feels Great To Be Relevant Still'

Currently celebrating the 40th anniversary of its debut self-titled studio album, SAXON continues to be one of metal's most reliable bands, with 22 albums now to its credit as well as countless tours and festival appearances. While the band's age and wear-and-tear from the road would suggest SAXON should be slowing down, guitarist Paul Quinn ...

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BEARTOOTH To Release 'The Blackbird Session' EP In September

Every now and again, an artist that is already vital in its genre will take a complete 180-degree turn with its music and flex new creative muscles. That's exactly what Ohio-based rock band BEARTOOTH delivered with the folk- and country music-inspired "The Blackbird Session" EP. "The Blackbird Session" reveals a fresh sound from the band ...

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SANTA CRUZ Unveils Lyric Video For 'Into The War'

Finnish hard rock quartet SANTA CRUZ will release its fourth album, "Katharsis", via M-Theory Audio on October 18, two days before the group hits the road with ATREYU on a month-long North American tour. Today, the group — which has recently shared European stages with the likes of BON JOVI, STEEL PANTHER and WHITESNAKE, and ...

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THE ANSWER Singer Signs Solo Deal With SOCIAL FAMILY RECORDS

Cormac Neeson, the lead singer of Northern Irish rock band THE ANSWER, has inked a deal with the independent label Social Family Records (SFR). The label will be responsible for the re-release of Neeson's Americana/country soul/blues-based debut solo album, "White Feather", which has been well received in his home territory of Ireland and the U.K., ...

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JUDAS PRIEST's RICHIE FAULKNER Says K.K. DOWNING 'Looked And Sounded Great' During First Performance In 10 Years

Richie Faulkner says that K.K. Downing "looked and sounded great" when he returned to the live stage earlier this month as a special guest of ex-MANOWAR axeman Ross "The Boss" Friedman. Downing's August 11 appearance at the Bloodstock Open Air festival at Catton Park, Derbyshire, United Kingdom marked K.K.'s first public performance since October 17, ...

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Dawn of the Dragonstar - TWILIGHT FORCE

You know what you're getting from a new TWILIGHT FORCE album. Ever since the Swedish crew emerged with 2014's "Tales of Ancient Prophecies", the ante for overblown, fantasy-based power metal has been robustly upped. They pulled off the same trick, albeit with even more bombast and pomp, on 2016's big-label breakthrough "Heroes of Mighty Magic"; ...

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Watch SONS OF APOLLO Perform 'Labyrinth' From 'Live With The Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony'

SONS OF APOLLO — the progressive metal supergroup featuring former DREAM THEATER bandmates Mike Portnoy and Derek Sherinian, as well as guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal (ex-GUNS N' ROSES), bassist Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, THE WINERY DOGS) and vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (W.E.T., TALISMAN) — will release "Live With The Plovdiv Psychotic Symphony" on August 30. ...

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BEAST IN BLACK Vocalist Says New Album 'From Hell With Love' 'Turned Out Even Better Than Expected'

A&P-Reacts conducted an interview with vocalist Yannis Papadopoulos of Finnish melodic metallers BEAST IN BLACK at this year's Heavy Montreal festival. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether the success of their 2017 "Berserker" debut put pressure on BEAST IN BLACK for its follow-up, ...

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GWAR Announces European Tour With VOIVOD

GWAR will make its triumphant return to Europe late this November into December on as part of the "Use Your Collusion" 2019 tour. The trek, which features main support VOIVOD, begins in Bochum, Germany on November 22 and ends on December 14 in Zurich, Switzerland. Pre-sales begin today and the general public on-sale is set ...

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MR. BUNGLE To Reunite For First Shows In Nearly 20 Years

MR. BUNGLE will perform "The Raging Wrath Of The Easter Bunny", the Eureka-born band's 1986 self-produced/released demo, in a trio of early 2020 shows: February 7 at the Fonda Theatre (Los Angeles), February 8 at the Warfield Theatre (San Francisco) and February 10 at Brooklyn Steel (New York City). The dates mark both the first ...

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K.K. DOWNING On His Return To Live Stage: 'It Was A Bit Of A Whirlwind'

Former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing joined ex-MANOWAR axeman Ross "The Boss" Friedman on stage earlier today (Sunday, August 11) at this year's Bloodstock Open Air festival at Catton Park, Derbyshire, United Kingdom to perform four songs. This marked K.K.'s first public performance since October 17, 2009 when JUDAS PRIEST played the final "British Steel ...

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Ex-JUDAS PRIEST Guitarist K.K. DOWNING Returns To Stage For First Time In 10 Years (Video)

Former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing joined ex-MANOWAR axeman Ross "The Boss" Friedman for four songs earlier today (Sunday, August 11) at this year's Bloodstock Open Air festival at Catton Park, Derbyshire, United Kingdom. This marked K.K.'s first public performance since October 17, 2009 when JUDAS PRIEST played the final "British Steel 30th Anniversary" date ...

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Video Premiere: STEEL PANTHER's 'Always Gonna Be A Ho'

"Always Gonna Be A Ho", the new video from California glam metal jokesters STEEL PANTHER, can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's fifth studio album, "Heavy Metal Rules", which will be released on September 27. The disc, which is described in a press release as a "heavy metal version of a ...

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K.K. DOWNING On His Business Arrangement With JUDAS PRIEST: 'They Want Me Out Of The Way, Every Speck Of Me'

Ex-JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing says that he hasn't been approached by his former bandmates about taking part in the group's upcoming 50th-anniversary tour, which is expected to launch next spring/summer. PRIEST recently announced that it will mark the half-century milestone with a world tour in 2020, including an appearance at next year's edition of ...

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STEEL PANTHER: 10-Camera Video Edit Of New Orleans Concert

A 10-camera video edit of STEEL PANTHER's June 28 performance at The Fillmore in New Orleans, Louisiana can be seen below (courtesy of Tim Mcaskill). STEEL PANTHER will release its fifth studio album, "Heavy Metal Rules", on September 27. The disc, which is described in a press release as a "heavy metal version of a ...

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