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LOUDER THAN LIFE, AFTERSHOCK And INKCARCERATION Festivals Will Now Require Proof Of Vaccination Or Negative COVID-19 Tests

Leading U.S. independent festival promoter and producer Danny Wimmer Presents has announced that several of its festivals this fall — including Louder Than Life, Aftershock and Inkcarceration Music & Tattoo Festival — will require full vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test to attend the events. Danny Wimmer Presents founder Danny Wimmer shared the ...

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SEBASTIAN BACH Urges His Fans To Get The Vaccine, Says He Doesn't Understand Why Medicine Is Being Politicized

During an appearance on this morning's (Wednesday, August 11) edition of CNN's "New Day", former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach — who went public with his COVID-19 battle earlier in the month — was asked about his recent tweet in which he said "thank God for vaccines." He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Well, absolutely, ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Confirms MIKE STONE Will Continue Playing With Band Through At Least End Of 2021

QUEENSRŸCHE has confirmed that guitarist Mike Stone will continue playing with the band at least for the remainder of 2021. Since late May, Stone has been handling second-guitar duties in QUEENSRŸCHE, which announced last month that longtime guitarist Parker Lundgren was exiting the group to focus on "other business ventures." Asked by a fan in ...

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SATYRICON Frontman Has Best-Selling Wine In Norway

Wongraven Morgenstern Riesling, which is part of the portfolio of SATYRICON frontman Sigurd "Satyr" Wongraven's wine company, Wongraven Wines, is now officially the best-selling wine in his home country of Norway. Satyr broke the news earlier today in an Instagram post. He wrote: "This is a big day for me! Wongraven Morgenstern Riesling is now ...

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MEGADETH To Begin Mixing New Album

MEGADETH has officially completed the recording process for its long-awaited sixteenth studio album. Earlier today, MEGADETH leader Dave Mustaine shared a photo of him in the studio with his engineer, and he included the following caption: "Sending the album in for mixing. Final step. I can't wait to play the new songs for you! #Megadeth ...

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Watch SCORPIONS Rehearse Brand New Song

A short video of SCORPIONS rehearsing a brand new song, apparently titled "Seventh Sun", at their studio in Hannover, Germany can be seen below. Drummer Mikkey Dee uploaded the clip to his Instagram, writing in a caption: "SCORPIONS - rehearsing new songs for upcomming Tour. Pretty damn heavy." SCORPIONS recently completed work on a new ...

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WOLFGANG VAN HALEN Blasts Bands Who Rely Heavily On Backing Tracks During Live Performances: 'That's Lame As Hell'

Former VAN HALEN bassist and current MAMMOTH WVH frontman Wolfgang Van Halen has blasted bands who rely heavily on pre-recorded tracks during their live performances. In recent years, more and more artists have been given a pass for relying on pre-recorded tracks, drum triggers and other assorted technology that makes concerts more synthetic but also ...

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THE OFFSPRING Recruits Drummer JOSH FREESE For Los Angeles Concert

THE OFFSPRING played its first show since the departure of drummer Pete Parada on Sunday, August 8 as part of iHeartMedia Los Angeles's ALT 98.7 FM and the Los Angeles Chargers FanFest in the American Airlines Plaza, just outside SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. The concert also marked THE OFFSPRING's first live appearance since March ...

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MIKE PORTNOY And ALEX SKOLNICK Have A 'Bad Feeling' About COVID-19's Impact On Upcoming Tours

Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, THE WINERY DOGS, SONS OF APOLLO) and Alex Skolnick (TESTAMENT) have both expressed their concern over the increasing number of concerts and tours that are being canceled as the coronavirus is still spreading, especially among the unvaccinated. In the past week, a number of high-profile hard rock and heavy metal artists ...

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TESLA's FRANK HANNON Confirms COVID-19 Diagnosis: 'I Have Not Been Able To Move All Week In Pain'

TESLA guitarist Frank Hannon has confirmed that he recently tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Hannon publicly acknowledged his diagnosis on the same day that TESLA announced it was postponing its next few shows due to members of the touring party contracting COVID-19. As BLABBERMOUTH.NET reported yesterday, TESLA played the ...

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TESLA 'Postpones' Shows Due To Multiple COVID-19 Cases

TESLA has announced that it is "postponing" its next few shows due to members of the touring party contracting COVID-19. No further details have been made available, but the band "look forward to returning to the road soon," according to a statement released earlier today. As BLABBERMOUTH.NET reported yesterday, TESLA played the first two shows ...

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VIO-LENCE Debuts New Song At Fresno Concert (Video)

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers VIO-LENCE debuted a new song, apparently titled "Upon Their Cross", during their concert this past Friday (August 6) at Strummer's in Fresno, California. The track will appear on the band's upcoming EP, "Let The World Burn", which is due in early 2022 via Metal Blade Records. The effort was ...

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SEBASTIAN BACH Tests Positive For COVID-19 After Being Fully Vaccinated: 'I Feel Totally Great,' He Says

Former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach has tested positive for the novel coronavirus after being vaccinated. The 53-year-old musician, who lives in Los Angeles, California, revealed his positive diagnosis in a video message Friday night (August 6). He stated in the clip (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "If you're wondering why I'm by myself wearing a ...

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MADBALL Won't Play Shows Where Proof Of Vaccine Is Required

New York hardcore veterans MADBALL have said that they will not perform in any venue that require audience members to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The band touched upon the hot-button issue while updating fans on the status of MADBALL's previously announced August 14 concert at Irving Plaza in New York. Earlier today, the group took ...

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SHINEDOWN Drummer BARRY KERCH To Sit Out Beginning Of Tour After Testing Positive For COVID-19

SHINEDOWN drummer Barry Kerch has tested positive for the novel coronavirus after being vaccinated. The 44-year-old musician, who lives in Jacksonville, Florida, revealed his positive diagnosis in a video message earlier today. He stated in the clip (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "In the 20 years of SHINEDOWN, I have never missed a show — until ...

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QUIET RIOT's CHUCK WRIGHT On RUDY SARZO's Return: 'I've Supported' The Band 'For 40 Years And Will Continue To Do So'

QUIET RIOT bassist Chuck Wright has made his first public comments since the announcement that the band's former bassist, Rudy Sarzo, will be returning to the group after an 18-year absence. Rudy was one of the original founding members of the legendary "Metal Health" lineup. He played bass on the "Metal Health" album, which sold ...

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TESTAMENT's CHUCK BILLY To Fans Coming To See 'The Bay Strikes Back' Tour: 'If You're Not Vaccinated, Wear A Mask'

TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy has outlined some of the changes that will be made to the meet-and-greet sessions on the band's upcoming tour as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Billy, who was one of the first metal musicians to test positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, discussed TESTAMENT's plans ...

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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH Shares Snippet Of New Version Of 'The Bleeding' From Upcoming 'The Way Of The Fist' Re-Recording

FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH recently entered the Hideout Recording Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada to begin recording its new album for a 2022 release. In addition, the band has commenced re-recording its debut LP, 2007's "The Way Of The Fist", for its 15th anniversary. Late last night, FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH guitarist Zoltan Bathory took ...

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