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SLAUGHTER Frontman Says 'People Really Don't Care' About New Music From His Band: 'They Still Wanna Hear The Hits'

Sally Steele of Vegas Rocks! recently conducted an interview with SLAUGHTER frontman Mark Slaughter and bassist Dana Strum. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether they thought their career was over when hair metal's popularity took a nosedive in the 1990s in the wake ...

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DAVE MUSTAINE On MEGADETH's 'Risk': 'That Was Me Capitulating To MARTY FRIEDMAN's Desires To Be More Of An Alternative Band'

Dave Mustaine says that MEGADETH's "Risk" was the result of him "capitulating" to Marty Friedman's "desires to be more of an alternative band." Issued in 1999, "Risk" received a mixed response from critics and alienated hardcore MEGADETH fans due to its departure from the band's heavy thrash metal roots to a more commercial, pop rock ...

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DAVE MUSTAINE On Lyrical Inspiration For Next MEGADETH Album: 'I've Toned It Down A Little Bit With The Political Stuff'

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has confirmed to Canada's The Metal Voice that he is working on material for the follow-up to 2016's "Dystopia" album, tentatively due next year. Asked about the musical direction of the music he has written so far, he said (hear audio below): "Well, I don't know how to answer that, because ...

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One Bad M.F. Live!!" - MARTY FRIEDMAN

The self-imposed exile of guitarist Marty Friedman to Japan after his 2001 departure from MEGADETH lasted so long and took on such mythical proportions that it's hard to believe that it has already been four years since he re-engaged with the American heavy metal scene after the release of his 2014 effort, "Inferno". Friedman still ...

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MEGADETH's DAVID ELLEFSON: 'It's Great That The Young People Are Wearing Our Shirts And Listening To Our Songs'

Sofa King Cool recently conducted an interview with MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the "intimacy" of his current "Basstory" tour: David: "That seems to be the comment we get — it's such a different concept, it's such a different thing. In ...

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MEGADETH's DAVID ELLEFSON: Why I Play Bass With A Pick

At the first stop of the European leg of his "Basstory" tour at Rough Trade in Bristol, England on October 15, MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson explained why he started playing with a pick/plectrum instead of his fingers. He said (see video below): "Your signature sound comes from the hand you sign your signature with, which ...

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MEGADETH's DIRK VERBEUREN: 'Mechanix' Drum Playthrough Video

MEGADETH drummer Dirk Verbeuren's drum playthrough video of the song "Mechanix", which originally appeared on the band's 1985 album " Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!", can be seen below. Last November, MEGADETH leader Dave Mustaine was asked by the RQP 104.3 FM radio how the band goes about the process of choosing ...

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TESTAMENT Singer Understands Why Certain Bands Use Off-Stage Backing Musicians And Pre-Recorded Tapes During Live Performances

TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy says that he understands why certain rock and metal artists rely on off-stage backing musicians or use pre-recorded tracks during their live performances. In recent years, more and more bands have been given a pass for using backing tracks, drum triggers and other assorted technology that makes concerts more synthetic but ...

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Watch DAVID ELLEFSON And BUMBLEFOOT Perform MEGADETH, BLACK SABBATH, IRON MAIDEN Classics In New Hampshire

Fan-filmed video footage of MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson and former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal performing cover versions of classics songs by MEGADETH, IRON MAIDEN and BLACK SABBATH on November 16 at Jewel in Manchester, New Hampshire can be seen below. The Manchester gig was part of Ellefson's "Basstory" tour, which combines solo ...

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JAKE E. LEE's RED DRAGON CARTEL: 'Bitter' Video

The official video for the song "Bitter" from RED DRAGON CARTEL, the band led by former OZZY OSBOURNE and BADLANDS guitarist Jake E. Lee, can be seen below. The track is taken from RED DRAGON CARTEL's sophomore album, "Patina", which was released on November 9 via Frontiers Music Srl. The follow-up to RED DRAGON CARTEL's ...

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JASON BECKER Releases Music Video For 'Hold On To Love' Song From 'Triumphant Hearts' Album

The official music video for the song "Hold On To Love" from Jason Becker can be seen below. The track is taken from the guitarist's new album, "Triumphant Hearts", which will be released on December 7 via Music Theories Recordings/Mascot Label Group. Becker's story is one of brilliance, talent, determination, adversity, and, ultimately, triumph. A ...

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LION'S SHARE's Complete Catalog Available Digitally For First Time

Swedish heavy metal band LION'S SHARE is making its first five albums available on streaming services and digital service providers today, November 14. The albums "Lion's Share" (1995), "Two" (1997), "Fall From Grace" (1999), "Entrance" (2001) and "Emotional Coma" (2007) have all been remastered by Mike Lind, giving them a new life. These new releases ...

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KLAUS MEINE's Illness Forces SCORPIONS Sydney Concert Cancelation

German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS were forced to cancel their concert in Sydney, Australia Saturday night — just two days after calling off their Melbourne show with DEF LEPPARD. SCORPIONS vocalist Klaus Meine issued the following statement: "Dear Australian fans, believe me, I have tried everything to be up on stage tonight in Sydney... I ...

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ERIC MARTIN Wants RICHIE KOTZEN To Support MR. BIG On What He Believes Will Be Band's Final Tour

Prior to his October 28 solo acoustic performance in Pontypridd, Wales, MR. BIG vocalist Eric Martin spoke with Midlands Metalheads Radio. The complete conversation can be streamed below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On guitarist Paul Gilbert's departure from the group in 1999: Eric: "It was weird circumstances. Paul just left us. ...

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ANTHRAX's SCOTT IAN: Why I Love Touring With SLAYER

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has told BBC Radio 1's "Rock Show With Daniel P. Carter" that he initially connected with the members of SLAYER nearly three and a half decades ago at a concert on the East Coast. "The first time we met, we were all hanging out at a MERCYFUL FATE show at L'Amour ...

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