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JAMES LABRIE Says DREAM THEATER Wanted To Get Back To Writing A 'Classic' And 'Heavy' Album With 'Distance Over Time'

James LaBrie says DREAM THEATER wanted to "get back to writing a classic heavy album" with its upcoming 14th full-length effort, "Distance Over Time". The move was apparently influenced by the 25th-anniversary tour in support of the band's seminal "Images And Words" LP and the lukewarm reaction to its light and ponderous 2016 double-disc concept ...

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AEROSMITH's 'Hollywood Walk Of Fame' Star Ceremony Postponed

Due to severe weather conditions today, the unveiling of AEROSMITH's Hollywood Walk Of Fame star has been postponed. Singer Steven Tyler was scheduled to be joined by actress Sharon Stone in speaking at the 11:30 a.m. ceremony in front of the Musicians Institute. That ceremony is now postponed until further notice. Steven tweeted earlier today: ...

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TANK Reimagines Classic Songs On 'Re-Ignition' Album

Veteran British metallers TANK will release their new album, "Re-Ignition", on April 26 via Cleopatra Records (Rubicon Music in Japan). The LP is a tribute to the early days of TANK and features 11 classic TANK songs chosen from the first four albums which were originally released in the early '80s: "Filth Hounds Of Hades", ...

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JOHN PETRUCCI Says DREAM THEATER's Musical Showmanship Comes From A 'Genuine And Natural Place'

Rob Chapman from Ernie Ball Music recently conducted an interview with guitarist John Petrucci of progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On producing DREAM THEATER albums himself and whether he favors the guitar over other instruments: John: "I've always said this and ...

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DAMON JOHNSON Discusses Leaving BLACK STAR RIDERS To Pursue Solo Career: 'I'm Really Inspired Right Now'

Singer/guitarist Damon Johnson (BROTHER CANE, ALICE COOPER, BLACK STAR RIDERS) recently appeared on "The Classic Metal Show" to discuss his forthcoming solo album, "Memoirs Of An Uprising". The full conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On his career path to date, and choosing to go solo: Damon: "I ...

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Video Premiere: DREAM THEATER's 'Paralyzed'

The official music video for the song "Paralyzed" from progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER can be seen below. The track is quintessential DREAM THEATER, showcasing the band's unique ability to write memorable melodies backed with unique song structures and maestro-level musicianship. Wayne Joyner, who also imagined the clip for "Fall Into The Light", created the ...

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AEROSMITH To Get Star On Hollywood Walk Of Fame

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has announced that a star will be given to AEROSMITH when the band is honored with the 2,657th star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on Thursday, February 14, at 11:30 a.m. PST. The star will be dedicated in the category of Recording at 6752 Hollywood Boulevard in front of ...

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Listen To Snippet Of New HELLYEAH Song

HELLYEAH has released what appears to be a snippet of a brand new song from the band's upcoming album. The LP will mark the group's final effort with drummer Vinnie Paul Abbott, who passed away in June 2018. Vinnie Paul died of dilated cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart, as well as severe coronary artery disease. His ...

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KANSAS To Enter Studio In August

Progressive rock group KANSAS will enter the studio in August to begin work on its new album for a 2020 release. The band's first new studio LP in 16 years, "The Prelude Implicit", arrived in 2016. It followed the 2014 departure of singer Steve Walsh, who had fronted KANSAS for all but a few years ...

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Video Premiere: EVERGREY's 'End Of Silence'

"End Of Silence", the new video from acclaimed Swedish dark melodic metal masters EVERGREY, can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's latest studio album, titled "The Atlantic", which was released on January 25. The clip was directed by Patric Ullaeus of Revolver Film Company, who has previously worked with DIMMU BORGIR, ...

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Which DREAM THEATER Drummer Plays With More 'Feel': MIKE MANGINI Or MIKE PORTNOY? JOHN PETRUCCI Weighs In

DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci has dismissed suggestions that Mike Mangini has a more "robotic" drumming style than that of Mike Portnoy, saying that Mangini is "one of the most talented" musicians he has ever had the opportunity to play with. Mangini joined DREAM THEATER in late 2010 through a widely publicized audition following the ...

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THERAPY?: 'Kakistocracy' Video

The official music video for the song "Kakistocracy" from Northern Ireland rockers THERAPY? can be seen below. The song is taken from the band's 15th studio album, "Cleave", which was released in September via Marshall Records. THERAPY? vocalist and guitarist Andy Cairns says: "Michael [McKeegan, bass] actually sent me this riff. It was mid-paced, with ...

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THE TREATMENT To Release 'Power Crazy' Album In March

British hard rock five-piece THE TREATMENT will release a new album, "Power Crazy", on March 22 via Frontiers Music Srl. The lyric video for the first single, "Bite Back", can be seen below. "Power Crazy" is the band's fourth full-length album and continues their successful formula of coupling sonic power with a taste for infectious ...

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