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MEGADETH's DAVE MUSTAINE Says Guitarists Like MARTY FRIEDMAN And KIKO LOUREIRO Are 'Hard To Find'

MEGADETH's Dave Mustaine has once again praised the band's current guitarist Kiko Loureiro, saying it him a "long" time to find someone who plays like Marty Friedman. Mustaine touched upon Friedman and Loureiro's playing skills while filming a new video message on Cameo, which lets users hire celebrities to record brief, personalized video messages about ...

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DRAGONFORCE Goes Full '80s Glam In 'Strangers' Video, Announces North American Tour With BATTLE BEAST

DRAGONFORCE has launched a new video for "Strangers", a song from 2019's "Extreme Power Metal" album. The clip was filmed before the pandemic with a large-scale production with director Roboshobo (a.k.a. Robert Schober) in Los Angeles, California. "Strangers" is described as "a tribute to everything '80s, featuring Steve Vai's WHITESNAKE/David Lee Roth-era guitars and band ...

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Watch QUEENSRŸCHE Perform In Snoqualmie, Washington

Fan-filmed video footage of QUEENSRŸCHE's October 23 performance at Snoqualmie Casino in Snoqualmie, Washington can be seen below. For the past four and a half years, Casey Grillo has been filling in for QUEENSRŸCHE's original drummer Scott Rockenfield, who stepped away from the band's touring activities in early 2017 to spend time with his young ...

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JOEY JORDISON's SINSAENUM Bandmate Says It's Not His 'Place' To Reveal Drummer's Cause Of Death: 'It's Just Very Sad'

Two months ago, Joey Jordison's SINSAENUM bandmate Frédéric Leclercq spoke to the Impact metal channel about the passing of the founding SLIPKNOT drummer. In the chat, which has just now been uploaded to YouTube, he was asked if he knew what caused Joey's death, Leclercq said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "That's ...

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ANTHRAX Reunites With CHUCK D At NEW YORK COMIC CON (Video)

ANTHRAXFrank Bello, Charlie Benante, Scott Ian, Joey Belladonna and Jon Donais — made a special appearance at the New York Comic Con earlier this month, in support of the band's graphic novel, "Among The Living", released in July via Z2 Comics. In addition to signing copies of "Among The Living" and taking photos ...

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K.K. DOWNING Wishes RICHIE FAULKNER A 'Speedy Recovery' After Health Scare: 'It's A Terrible Thing'

Former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing has wished his replacement, Richie Faulkner, a "speedy recovery" after Faulkner suffered an acute cardiac aortic dissection during the band's performance at the Louder Than Life festival. After being rushed to the UofL Health - Jewish Hospital on September 26, Faulkner underwent an approximately 10-hour surgery — an aortic ...

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(HED) P.E. Announces 'Califas Worldwide' Album

(HED) P.E. has announced the details on its "Califas Worldwide" compilation album, dropping December 17 via Suburban Noize Records. Califas is a Hispanic nickname for Southern California, a moniker that perfectly describes (HED) P.E.'s Huntington Beach G-Punk sound as it melds together with artists from around the world to create the unholy union of "Califas ...

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NEIL PEART 'Spirit Of Drumming Scholarship' Announced By MODERN DRUMMER Magazine

In memory of RUSH drummer Neil Peart, with the support of his family, Modern Drummer will present an up-and-coming drummer with the annual "Neil Peart Spirit Of Drumming Scholarship". The scholarship, originally announced at the 2020 Modern Drummer Festival by Carrie Nutall-Peart, provides the recipient with 52 weeks of free drum lessons from world-class drum ...

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TRIVIUM's MATT HEAFY: 'We've Only Had Four Drummers'

TRIVIUM's Matt Heafy says that Alex Bent is an "insane drummer" who finds the band's material "very easy" to play. In December 2016, TRIVIUM parted ways with Paul Wandtke and welcomed Bent, a former member of BATTLECROSS and DECREPIT BIRTH who had previously played with TESTAMENT as a fill-in for that band's longtime drummer Gene ...

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MÖTLEY CRÜE's NIKKI SIXX Explains How He Ended Up With His Name

MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx spoke to Australia's "The Project" about his just-released memoir, "The First 21: How I Became Nikki Sixx". Available via Hachette Books, the book explores the Idaho-born Franklin Carlton Feranna's early childhood and troubled teenaged years before he ended up in Hollywood where he — under the names Nikki London, Nikki ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE's TODD LA TORRE On Drummer CASEY GRILLO: 'We Couldn't Ask For A Better Person To Do What He Does With Us'

QUEENSRŸCHE drummer Casey Grillo celebrated his 45th birthday onstage with his bandmates this past Saturday, October 16 at Arcada Theater in St. Charles, Illinois. Before leading the audience in singing "Happy Birthday" to his longtime friend, QUEENSRŸCHE singer Todd La Torre said about Casey: "This guy's been playing with us for almost five years now. ...

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RACHEL BOLAN On Upcoming SKID ROW Album: 'I Haven't Been This Excited About Our Songs In Quite Some Time'

SKID ROW is continuing work on its long-awaited new album for a tentative early 2022 release. The band is recording its new album in Nashville, Tennessee with producer Nick Raskulinecz, who has previously worked with FOO FIGHTERS, STONE SOUR, HALESTORM, EVANESCENCE, RUSH and ALICE IN CHAINS, among many others. SKID ROW's new LP will mark ...

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KERRY KING: SLAYER Retired 'Too Early'

Kerry King says that SLAYER retired "too early." The 57-year-old guitarist touched upon his band's decision to call it quits while recording a short video message to congratulate MACHINE HEAD on the San Francisco Bay Area act's 30th anniversary. "So, I hear congratulations are in order for my friends in MACHINE HEAD," King says in ...

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Members Of METALLICA, KORN, SLAYER And Other Bands Wish Happy 30th Anniversary To MACHINE HEAD (Video)

Members of METALLICA, KORN, SLAYER, SYSTEM OF A DOWN, ANTHRAX, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, BEHEMOTH, LAMB OF GOD, HALESTORM, TRIVIUM, FEAR FACTORY, KREATOR, HATEBREED, DEATH ANGEL and REPENTANCE have gotten together to congratulate MACHINE HEAD on the 30th anniversary of the band. On October 12, 1991 at the Oakland, California "Day On The ...

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