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STRATOVARIUS Is Not Interested In Recording Album Of Covers

Wave TV conducted an interview with vocalist Timo Kotipelto and keyboardist Jens Johansson of Finnish/Swedish melodic metallers STRATOVARIUS prior to the band's November 19, 2016 show at Pakkahuone in Tampere, Finland where they were playing their 1996 "Episode" album in its entirety. You can watch the full chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by ...

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Former And Current Members Of NIGHTWISH, RAINBOW, URIAH HEEP To Perform Hard Rock Classics With Sweden Symphony Orchestra

This summer's edition of the Sweden Rock Festival will feature the debut appearance of an absolutely massive project. The Sweden Rock Symphony Orchestra is a grand symphony orchestra with 48 musicians and a choir who, together with a band and six invited guest star vocalists, will e perform newly arranged, well-known hard rock and metal ...

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RONNIE JAMES DIO Hologram Will Tour The World, Says Creator

A hologram of the late Ronnie James Dio made its U.S. debut last month at the 28th annual Pollstar Awards at the The Novo (formerly Club Nokia) in Los Angeles, California. Created by Eyellusion, the appearance of the heavy metal icon took place during a performance by DIO DISCIPLES, which pays tribute to Ronnie and ...

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Announces Spring 2017 'World On Fire' U.S. Tour

Following the overwhelmingly positive reception to his latest album, "World On Fire", legendary Swedish guitar virtuoso Yngwie J. Malmsteen has announced a spring 2017 U.S. headling tour. Yngwie and his ensemble of top-tier musicians will perform pieces from the legendary neo-classical stylings of "Rising Force" (1984) as well as songs from the fierce "World On ...

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Former SABATON Guitarist THOBBE ENGLUND To Release 'Sold My Soul' Solo Album

On March 10, Swedish multi-instrumentalist, singer and producer Thobbe Englund (ex-SABATON, WINTERLONG) will release his new solo album, titled "Sold My Soul", via Metalville Records. Many albums, live DVDs and almost five hundred SABATON shows later all over the world, headlining the biggest festivals such as Wacken Open Air and Sweden Rock Festival, Thobbe is ...

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Former LOUDNESS And YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Singer MICHAEL VESCERA Launches VESCERA Project

VESCERA, the new band led by acclaimed heavy metal vocalist Michael Vescera (LOUDNESS, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, OBSESSION), has signed a worldwide deal with Pure Steel Records. The group — whose lineup is completed by ex-NITEHAWKS members Mike Petrone (guitar) and Frank Leone (bass), along with drummer Fabio Alessandrini, will release its debut album, "Beyond The Fight", ...

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DIO DISCIPLES Perform At 'Hall Of Heavy Metal History' (Video)

DIO DISCIPLES — the project featuring former DIO members Simon Wright (drums), Craig Goldy (guitar) and Scott Warren (keyboards) alongside vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) and bassist Bjorn Englen (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) — performed at the Hall Of Heavy Metal History all-star induction ceremony on Wednesday, January 18 at the Anaheim ...

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist CHRIS BRODERICK Featured In Latest Episode Of ERNIE BALL's 'String Theory'

Ernie Ball's latest "String Theory" episode features former MEGADETH and current ACT OF DEFIANCE guitarist Chris Broderick. In the seven-minute clip below, Broderick talks about how he discovered the guys who influenced his style of play ("I got into the shredders — Yngwie [Malmsteen], [Paul] Gilbert and Jason Becker, and they've been torturing these fingers ...

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GEOFF TATE, BLAZE BAYLEY And TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS: 'Trinity' Tour Hits Annapolis, Maryland (Video)

"Trinity", the tour featuring three of heavy metal's finest vocalists — Geoff Tate (QUEENSRŸCHE, OPERATION: MINDCRIME), Blaze Bayley (IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE) and Tim "Ripper" Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, BEYOND FEAR, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) — hit Rams Head Onstage in Annapolis, Maryland on November 26. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below. Backed ...

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GEOFF TATE, BLAZE BAYLEY And TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS Kick Off 'Trinity' Tour In Falls Church, Virginia (Video)

"Trinity", the tour featuring three of heavy metal's finest vocalists — Geoff Tate (QUEENSRŸCHE, OPERATION: MINDCRIME), Blaze Bayley (IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE) and Tim "Ripper" Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, BEYOND FEAR, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) — officially kicked off this past Thursday, November 17 at the State Theatre in Falls Church, Virginia. Backed by Tate's OPERATION: MINDCRIME ...

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CANDLEMASS Singer MATS LEVÉN Makes His Live Debut With TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA In Council Bluffs (Video)

Swedish vocalist Mats Levén (CANDLEMASS, TREAT, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) made his live debut with TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Thursday night (November 17) at Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below. Musicians performing with TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA on the tour include Philip Brandon, storyteller; Angus Clark, guitar; Vitalij Kuprij, keyboards; Jane ...

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TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS Is Making More Money As A Solo Artist Than He Did As A Member Of JUDAS PRIEST

Canada's The Metal Voice recently conducted an interview with American powerhouse vocalist Tim "Ripper" Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, DIO DISCIPLES). You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether he thinks doing a third studio album with JUDAS PRIEST would have solidified ...

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ICED EARTH Enlists Guitarist JAKE DREYER

ICED EARTH has announced the addition of guitarist Jake Dreyer (WITHERFALL, WHITE WIZZARD, KOBRA AND THE LOTUS) to the group's ranks. He joins the band as the replacement for Troy Seele, who announced his departure from ICED EARTH in August due to family responsibilities. ICED EARTH guitarist/founder Jon Schaffer said in a statement: "We're excited ...

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