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FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, SHINEDOWN, SMASHING PUMPKINS, Others Added To Next Year's WELCOME TO ROCKVILLE

Danny Wimmer Presents has announced the lineup for the 2022 edition of the Welcome To Rockville festival. Returning to its new home at the iconic Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida over the weekend of May 19-22, 2022, the event includes previously announced headliners GUNS N' ROSES, FOO FIGHTERS, KISS and KORN. The music ...

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TED NUGENT To DEE SNIDER: 'When You're Ready To Be A Man And Apologize, I Will Expect And Accept Your Apology'

Ted Nugent has blasted Dee Snider for seemingly celebrating the fact that the controversial rocker was diagnosed with coronavirus. After Nugent went public with the fact that he was battling COVID-19 in April, TESTAMENT guitarist Alex Skolnick shared a couple of headlines highlighting the fact that Nugent was previously spreading false information about the pandemic, ...

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ADRIAN SMITH + RICHIE KOTZEN: Making Of 'Better Days' Music Video

Behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the "Better Days" video from Adrian Smith and Richie Kotzen's project SMITH/KOTZEN can be seen below. The clip was filmed at Mates studio in Los Angeles and was directed by Jeff Wolfe, who successfully combined an action career onscreen with an award-winning director's role behind camera. BMG released a ...

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HYPOCRISY/PAIN Leader PETER TÄGTGREN Won't Get Vaccinated Against COVID-19 Until It's Time To Go On Tour

Swedish producer and multi-instrumentalist Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN) has spoken out against vaccine mandates, saying "when they try to force it on you, I become the opposite." The 51-year-old Tägtgren, who lives in a small Swedish village called Pärlby, discussed his views on vaccines in a new interview with Tuonela Magazine. ...

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Watch OPETH's Entire Atlanta Concert

Fan-filmed video footage of OPETH's entire November 24 concert at The Eastern in Atlanta, Georgia can be seen below. OPETH played its first show with drummer Sami Karppinen (THERION) on November 16 at ExploreAsheville.com Arena in Asheville, North Carolina at the opening date of the band's tour with MASTODON and ZEAL & ARDOR. Karppinen stepped ...

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BEHEMOTH's NERGAL Gets Booster Shot, Blasts 'Covidiots'

BEHEMOTH frontman Adam "Nergal" Darski has received a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot and has urged others to do the same. Earlier today (Wednesday, November 17), Nergal shared a photo of him getting the additional dose of a vaccine after the protection provided by his original shots had begun to decrease over time. He wrote in ...

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OPETH Plays First Show With Drummer SAMI KARPPINEN (Video)

OPETH played its first show with drummer Sami Karppinen (THERION) Tuesday night (November 16) at ExploreAsheville.com Arena in Asheville, North Carolina at the opening date of the band's tour with MASTODON and ZEAL & ARDOR. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below. Karppinen stepped in to play with OPETH after the Swedish ...

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OPETH Parts Ways With Longtime Drummer MARTIN 'AXE' AXENROT

OPETH has parted ways with longtime drummer Martin "Axe" Axenrot. The Swedish progressive metallers announced Axenrot's exit from the group in a social media post earlier today. The band wrote: "Due to a conflict of interests, Martin Axenrot is no longer part of the OPETH collective. His replacement for the North American tour with MASTODON ...

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ILL NIÑO Bassist Blasts 'Back-Stabbing' Former Bandmates, Says He 'Wasn't Impressed' With LIONS AT THE GATE

ILL NIÑO's longtime bassist Laz Pina says that he "wasn't impressed" with the sample of music he has heard from LIONS AT THE GATE, the new group launched by some of his former bandmates. LIONS AT THE GATE features ex-ILL NIÑO members Cristian Machado (vocals), Ahrue "Luster" Ilustre (guitar) and Diego Verduzco (guitar). LIONS AT ...

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DAVID ELLEFSON Says He Is 'Disappointed' In How His Split With MEGADETH Went Down, But Is 'Not Bitter' About It

During an appearance earlier today on SiriusXM's "Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk", David Ellefson opened up about his dismissal from MEGADETH five months ago, just days after sexually tinged messages and explicit video footage involving the bassist were posted on Twitter. At the time, Ellefson released a statement on Instagram denying all social media chatter ...

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THE OFFSPRING Shares Behind-The-Scenes Footage From Making Of Music Video For 'The Opioid Diaries'

THE OFFSPRING has shared behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the music video for "The Opioid Diaries". The song, which appears on the band's acclaimed, chart-topping tenth studio album "Let The Bad Times Roll", is part cautionary tale and part admonition, and takes aim squarely at the source of the opioid crisis that has devastated ...

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Former SOULFLY Guitarist MARC RIZZO Rejoins ILL NIÑO

Former SOULFLY guitarist Marc Rizzo has rejoined ILL NIÑO. Rizzo was originally a member of the New Jersey Latin metal favorites two decades ago, appearing on their classic 2001 Roadrunner release "Revolution Revolucion" and the 2003 follow-up "Confession". After leaving ILL NIÑO, Rizzo had an 18-year stint with SOULFLY, which ended acrimoniously this past summer, ...

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JUDAS PRIEST's RICHIE FAULKNER Suffered An 'Aortic Aneurysm' During LOUDER THAN LIFE Performance

JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Richie Faulkner says that he suffered an "aortic aneurysm and complete aortic dissection" during the band's performance at the Louder Than Life festival. On September 27, one day after PRIEST's appearance in Lousville, Kentucky, the British heavy metal legends announced that they were postponing the remainder of their U.S. tour so that ...

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EXODUS Members Recall Onset Of Pandemic During European Tour With TESTAMENT And DEATH ANGEL (Video)

In the four-minute video below, San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal legends EXODUS recall the onset of the coronavirus pandemic while on "The Bay Strikes Back" European tour in February/March 2020 with TESTAMENT and DEATH ANGEL. EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt officially tested positive for COVID-19 on March 31, 2020, less than two weeks after he ...

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LIONS AT THE GATE Feat. Former ILL NIÑO Members: Music Video For New Single 'Scapegoat' Available

LIONS AT THE GATE, the new band featuring former ILL NIÑO members Cristian Machado (vocals), Ahrue "Luster" Ilustre (guitar) and Diego Verduzco (guitar), alongside bassist Stephen Brewer (WESTFIELD MASSACRE) and drummer Fern Lemus, has released its second single, titled "Scapegoat". The track, which is accompanied by an official music video shot by Vicente Cordero, is ...

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JUDAS PRIEST's RICHIE FAULKNER Reportedly Underwent 10-Hour Open-Heart Surgery After Heart Attack

JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Richie Faulkner reportedly underwent a "10-hour open-heart surgery" after suffering a "heart attack" following the band's performance at the Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, Kentucky on Sunday (September 26). The British heavy metal legends announced on Monday (September 27) that they were postponing the remainder of their U.S. tour so that ...

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JUDAS PRIEST's RICHIE FAULKNER Undergoes 'Major Emergency Heart Surgery'

JUDAS PRIEST guitarist Richie Faulkner is "stable and resting" after undergoing "major emergency heart surgery." On Monday (September 27), JUDAS PRIEST announced that it was postponing the remainder of its U.S. tour due to "major medical heart condition issues" suffered by Faulkner. Produced by Live Nation, the rescheduled "50 Heavy Metal Years" trek kicked off ...

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RUSH's GEDDY LEE Prepping Memoir For Fall 2022 Release

RUSH bassist/vocalist Geddy Lee will release a memoir in the fall of 2022. The book will be edited Noah Eaker and made available via HarperCollins. Lee shared the news of his memoir in an Instagram post earlier today (Tuesday, September 21). He wrote: "So, how did I kill time during the pandemic? Little did I ...

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Ex-FEAR FACTORY Bassist CHRISTIAN OLDE WOLBERS Hopes DINO CAZARES Keeps Band Alive 'As Long As He Can'

In a brand new interview with Drew Stone of The New York Hardcore Chronicles, former FEAR FACTORY bassist-turned-guitarist Christian Olde Wolbers revealed that he has not yet heard the band's latest album, "Aggression Continuum", which came out this past June. Asked what he thinks about FEAR FACTORY's founding guitarist Dino Cazares carrying on with the ...

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