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VANDENBERG Parts Ways With Singer RONNIE ROMERO, Recruits Former CANDLEMASS Frontman MATS LEVÉN

VANDENBERG has recruited Mats Levén as its new lead singer. The powerhouse Swedish vocalist is known for his work with Yngwie Malmsteen, CANDLEMASS and tours with TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, among many other bands. To celebrate this new coming together, they have announced their only show of 2021 with the new lineup at the Planet Rockstock festival ...

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TOM HUNTING Rejoins EXODUS On Stage At AFTERSHOCK Festival (Video)

EXODUS drummer Tom Hunting rejoined his bandmates on stage last night (Thursday, October 7) at the Aftershock festival in Sacramento, California. The concert marked the 56-year-old musician's first appearance with the group since undergoing a successful total gastrectomy in July in his battle with squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the stomach. Video footage of the ...

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IRON MAIDEN's BRUCE DICKINSON Says 'There's A Possibility Of Around 35' Spoken-Word Shows In U.S. This Winter

IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson spoke to Pablo of the Minneapolis, Minnesota radio station 93X about his current spoken-word tour, which kicked off in his native United Kingdom in August. "It's hopefully reasonably amusing," Bruce said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). "It's a look at how a spotty kid from the middle of nowhere ended up ...

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Quantum Leap - GUS G

At the risk of stating the obvious, GUS G is really, really good at playing the guitar. He shares that quality with the majority of those who release records like "Quantum Leap": instrumental, shred-heavy affairs that, with all due respect, are aimed squarely at other people who also want to be able to play with ...

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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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STEVE VAI Announces Details Of 'Vai Academy 6.0 - Finding Your Note' Feat. NUNO BETTENCOURT, BILLY SHEEHAN

Steve Vai and Dreamcatcher Events have announced Vai Academy 6.0 - "Finding Your Note" will be staged August 4-8, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa. Featured guests at this year's gathering include Nuno Bettencourt, Guthrie Govan, Larry Mitchell, Joe Robinson, Billy Sheehan, Yvette Young, plus special guest ...

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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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JOHN 5 Says All Former Members Of VAN HALEN Should Take Part In Hypothetical EDDIE VAN HALEN Tribute Concert

During an appearance on the "Talking Shred" podcast, former MARILYN MANSON and current ROB ZOMBIE guitarist John 5 reflected on the passing of legendary VAN HALEN axeman Eddie Van Halen almost exactly a year ago. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "Me, just like millions of others, he was my favorite. It's strange — I'm ...

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JOE BONAMASSA Announces February/March 2022 U.S. Tour

Two time-Grammy nominee and blues-rock star Joe Bonamassa has announced a run of shows for early 2022. The 24-date tour across the U.S. is in support of his upcoming album "Time Clocks", which is set to be released on October 29. The dates, which begin February 15, in Orlando, Florida, also feature the return of ...

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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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JOE BONAMASSA Releases 'Time Clocks' Single And Music Video

Guitar legend Joe Bonamassa today reveals his stunningly sweeping new single, "Time Clocks". This is the third song taken from his upcoming studio album of the same name, due on October 29 via Provogue (Europe) and J&R Adventures (North America). Joe continues his soul-searching evolution on this beautifully poignant Bonamassa-Kevin Shirley-penned song. At just over ...

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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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JUDAS PRIEST's RICHIE FAULKNER Hospitalized For 'Major Medical Heart Condition Issues'; Remainder Of U.S. Tour Postponed

British heavy metal legends JUDAS PRIEST have postponed the remainder of their U.S. tour due to "major medical heart condition issues" suffered by guitarist Richie Faulkner. Produced by Live Nation, the rescheduled "50 Heavy Metal Years" trek kicked off on September 8 in Reading, Pennsylvania and was slated to run through October before concluding on ...

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Watch EXODUS Singer And DEATH ANGEL Drummer Perform AC/DC Covers In San Francisco

AC/DZ, the long-running San Francisco Bay Area-based AC/DC tribute band featuring EXODUS singer Steve "Zetro" Souza and DEATH ANGEL drummer Will Carroll, performed this past Friday night (September 24) at Bottom Of The Hill in San Francisco, California. Fan-filmed video footage of the show is available below. In addition to Souza and Carroll, AC/DZ's current ...

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Former IRON MAIDEN Singer PAUL DI'ANNO Is Still Waiting For His Knee Surgery: The Situation Is 'Only Getting Worse'

Kastro Pergjoni, operations director of the Cart & Horses pub in Stratford, London, England where IRON MAIDEN made its live debut in 1976, who recently raised £13,100 (approximately $18,000) so former MAIDEN vocalist Paul Di'Anno can undergo his long-delayed knee surgery, has posted a new photo of the 63-year-old musician, saying ...

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EXODUS's TOM HUNTING Opens Up About His Cancer Battle: 'I Wouldn't Recommend It For Anybody'

EXODUS drummer Tom Hunting joined HELLHUNTER on stage last Saturday night (September 18) at Thee Parkside in San Francisco, California to play the classic EXODUS song "Metal Command". The concert was a benefit event for the 56-year-old musician, who performed live for the first time since undergoing a successful total gastrectomy in July in his ...

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THE DARKNESS Releases Music Video For New Single 'Jussy's Girl'

British rockers THE DARKNESS have released new single "Jussy's Girl" along with the official video for the track. The song is taken from the band's upcoming album, "Motorheart", which is due on November 19 via Cooking Vinyl. "Jussy's Girl" is sensitive as a falling boulder. It oozes rock and roll extravagance with huge 1980s influenced ...

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