29 March 2020
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Ex-MACHINE HEAD Guitarist PHIL DEMMEL Apologizes For Social Media Comments About His Former Band
has apologized for letting his former bandmates' comments about his contributions to
album "get the best" of him. In a March 26 e-mail blast to its mailing list,
celebrated the 13th anniversary of
by stating the following, in part, about the LP: "While ex-guitarist
is often viewed in the media as the savior of the band, 85% of the material on
TOM KEIFER Releases #EndCovid19 Version Of 'Rise' Video
has released a special #EndCovid19 version of the video for the title track of his second solo album,
. The clip, which was created by
, can be seen below. In a message accompanying the video,
wrote: "Our world may be falling but these turbulent times will pass and we will rise. #TogetherApart we will #EndCovid19 #humanspirit Love you all...Please stay safe, healthy & keep the faith". The...
JUDAS PRIEST Guitarist RICHIE FAULKNER's 'Lockdown Rockdown' Challenge
has invited his fans to contribute any musical ideas to a riff he has posted online for download. Earlier today (Sunday, March 29), he tweeted out a video of him playing the riff and he included the following message: "So as promised, here's another riff for you 'orrible lot! It's another original idea called
that I want you maniacs to do your own thing with. Whether it's a guitar part, a solo, a bass line, drum part or...
ATKINS MAY PROJECT Feat. Original JUDAS PRIEST Singer AL ATKINS: Audio Snippets Of 'The Final Cut' Album
Audio snippets of the songs that will appear on
"The Final Cut"
, the new album from
ATKINS MAY PROJECT
, the band featuring original
and Christian guitarist and music artist
, are available in the
clip below. The LP is scheduled for release in April.
previously created three records —
"Valley Of Shadows"
"Empire Of Destruction"
EXODUS/SLAYER Guitarist GARY HOLT Is Still Waiting For His COVID-19 Test Results
says that he is still waiting for his COVID-19 test results, more than 10 days after he first revealed he was exhibiting all the symptoms of the disease caused by the new coronavirus. The San Francisco Bay Area-based axeman, who was tested — along with his wife — on March 20, took to his
earlier today to write: "Well, if I'm gonna be locked away waiting for test results for COVID 19, there's no one on earth I'd rather be in quarantine...
JUDAS PRIEST's ROB HALFORD Urges 'Metal Maniacs' To Stay Home To Contain Pandemic
has once again urged the band's fans to do their part in keeping everybody healthy while they are at home due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Saturday (March 28),
took to his
to share a photo of him wearing a face mask and gloves while holding what appears to be a mask-wearing stuffed cat, and he included the following message: "stay safe maniacs you know what and what not to do! tell each other about your isolation...
GRAHAM BONNET Says RUSH Was 'The Most Incredible Band Ever'
In a recent interview with
"The Blairing Out With Eric Show"
, legendary vocalist
MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP
) spoke about the passing of iconic
. Asked what kind of influence
had on his life,
said (see video below): "On my life, not very much. But I love the band. I mean, he was an incredible lyricist, apart from being a great drummer. [They were] the most incredible...
LAMB OF GOD's RANDY BLYTHE: 'No One Will Ever Take SLAYER's Place'
LAMB OF GOD
has dismissed suggestions that his band is the natural successor to the thrash metal throne previously occupied by
. Ever since
completed its final tour last November, there has talk about which younger act is best equipped to follow in the legendary Californian act's footsteps, with
LAMB OF GOD
mentioned by some as the most likely candidate. Asked in a new interview with...
TESTAMENT's CHUCK BILLY Says 'We Are Not Prepared' For Worst Of COVID-19
, who was one of the first metal musicians to test positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, says that he is concerned some people are not taking the spread of the virus more seriously. "It hits so close, because being the ones on the road, watching people talk about it on the Internet with conspiracies and don't take it so seriously," he told...
STRYPER's MICHAEL SWEET On Global Coronavirus Pandemic: 'We've Never Seen Anything Like This'
was a guest on the
"Kingdom Of Rock"
podcast to discuss the the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on the entertainment industry. Speaking about how he and his family are dealing with the crisis,
said (see video below): "We're doing our best to move forward with wisdom and do what we're told to do. I think the mentality, at this stage, of, 'Ah, it's not a big deal, and, 'It's gonna go away,' and, 'Who cares?' and 'We're gonna go...
TARJA TURUNEN Performs Live Show On INSTAGRAM As Part Of #TogetherAtHome Series (Video)
On March 28, former
put on a solo performance, accompanied only by a piano, as a part of the #TogetherAtHome series, fueled by
and in support of the
World Health Organization
. You can now watch the performance below.
wrote in an accompanying message: "Together at Home - Live Thank you very much for being there last night with me. I hope you enjoyed this little performance and that it let you forget for a...
SAMMY HAGAR & CIRCLE Record New Song 'Funky Feng Shui' As Part Of 'Lockdown Challenge'
are using the coronavirus downtime to make new music. The four musicians connected via their smartphones from four separate locations to record a brand new song titled
"Funky Feng Shui"
. The track originated from a jam
had been playing backstage to warm up for shows, with
laying down his parts first,
adding his guitar...
FASTER PUSSYCAT Drummer CHAD STEWART Is Recovering From COVID-19: 'The Worst Is Over'
says that he is recovering after testing positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, earlier in the month.
took to his
on Saturday (March 28) to write: "Thank you everyone for your concern on my recent diagnosis with Covid 19. I'm much better and resting. The worst is over. Hope to see you all as soon as we can get back on the road. Stay safe!! Wash your hands!! Cheers."
KISS's PAUL STANLEY: How I Wrote 'Love Gun' (Video)
, who has spent the last "17 or 18 days" at home in an effort to help slow the spread of the coronavirus, has shared a video of him talking about how he wrote the band's classic song
. Check out the clip below.
was the title track of
's sixth studio album, which was released on June 30, 1977 and was the band's highest-charting LP at the time when it topped out at No. 4.
marked not only the...
Fractures - DAKESIS
It's easy to be blown away by the bombastic, big-budget efforts of bands like
, but there is an equal amount of magic and joy to be found in records like this.
are much-loved stalwarts of the UK heavy metal underground and one of the few bands from the country that truly grasp what makes music this overblown so irresistible in the first place. They are also from Birmingham, which means that extra metal points are awarded as...
FAITH NO MORE Keyboardist RODDY BOTTUM: 'Make Music, Read, Be Creative And Love As Hard As You Can'
FAITH NO MORE
has urged his fans to read and be creative while they are at home due to the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier today (Saturday, March 28),
took to his
to write: "How are you, my people. Love to each and every one of yous. We breathe, we persevere and we get through this together. Day by day. Big big big big love, xo. "I feel bittersweet about fleeing NYC. I drove across the country being super dooper safe with the...
Video: RITCHIE BLACKMORE And CANDICE NIGHT Cover JOAN BAEZ's 'Diamonds & Rust'
and his wife, vocalist/multi-instrumentalist
, have uploaded a video of them performing an acoustic version of the
"Diamonds & Rust"
(later famously covered by
). The clip, which was apparently filmed at
's home on Long Island, New York, near Port Jefferson, can be seen below. In a message accompanying...
JAMES HETFIELD, KIRK HAMMETT And JOHN PETRUCCI Featured In New Video Celebrating MESA/BOOGIE' 50th Anniversary
) are among the guitar greats who reflect on their first encounter with
's Mark I guitar amp in a new seven-minute video celebrating
's 50th anniversary. Founder and president
offers his perspective on the impact of his landmark discovery, the cascading high gain preamp and the contribution the Mark I became to...
Original RIOT Guitarist LOU 'L.A.' KOUVARIS Dies At 66
Lou "L.A." Kouvaris
has passed away. He was 66 years old. No cause of death has been revealed, but
developed symptoms of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, over a week ago.
's passing was confirmed by
, who wrote on social media: "
Lou (LA) Kouvaris
has lost another brother.
played on the very 1st
LIPS On ANVIL's Original Rhythm Guitarist: 'He's Sitting At Home On His Couch Wishing He Was Me'
In a new interview with
Steve "Lips" Kudlow
spoke about how he and his bandmates have retained an uncompromising attitude throughout their 40-year-plus existence, at times drastically limiting their commercial appeal. "Whatever fame and whatever success we've had has been completely on our own terms," he said (hear audio below). "It's not because...