Matt Sorum has reflected on the breakup of VELVET REVOLVER, the band he formed in 2002 with fellow ex-GUNS N’ ROSES members Duff McKagan and Slash. Sorum, McKagan, Slash and guitarist Dave Kushner held an exhaustive singer search after VELVET REVOLVER‘s formation that lasted for almost two years, during which they issued an open invitation to the public to send in demos. Eventually they settled on former STONE […]

In a new interview with Goldmine magazine, SCORPIONS guitarist Matthias Jabs spoke about what it has been like for him and his longtime bandmates to work with drummer Mikkey Dee, best known for his work with MOTÖRHEAD and KING DIAMOND — on their latest album, “Rock Believer”, following the departure of James Kottak in 2016. He said: “With James, we usually recorded the modern way. He played last, because we […]

Graham Bonnet has praised Joe Lynn Turner for finally deciding to drop the hairpiece he has worn since the age of 14 after being diagnosed with alopecia at three years old. The former RAINBOW and DEEP PURPLE singer, who turned 71 earlier this month, went public with his new look on Thursday (August 25) in a series publicity images released to promote […]

Tonight, Ozzy Osbourne will world premiere another new song called “Degradation Rules” from his upcoming album, “Patient Number 9”, on the latest episode of “Ozzy Speaks” on SiriusXM’s Ozzy’s Boneyard. During the one-hour show hosted by Ozzy and close friend/musician Billy Morrison, they discuss the new song and album, and Ozzy also shares a story […]

Rob Halford says that JUDAS PRIEST finally getting inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is “a wonderful moment for heavy metal.” PRIEST will receive the Musical Excellence Award at the fall 2022 event, which will honor Eminem, Dolly Parton, DURAN DURAN, Lionel Richie, Pat Benatar, EURYTHMICS and Carly Simon in the Performers category. In a new interview with Metal Pilgrim, Halford stated about the honor (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “It’s […]

On July 6, FaceCulture conducted an interview with ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist, singer and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and composer-musician Tyler Bates, who is also in Jerry‘s touring band, in Amsterdam, Netherlands. You can now watch the chat below. Speaking about ALICE IN CHAINS‘ musical impact over the course of the band’s three-and-a-half-decade career, Jerry said: “I’m still on a journey. That’s where it started, and it’s […]

During a new interview with Jorge Botas of Portugal’s “Metal Global”, SCORPIONS singer Klaus Meine assured fans that there is no more talk of retirement, as there was back in 2010 with what was purported to be a final album and a farewell tour that never quite took hold. “No, we scratched that word [retirement] out of our [vocabulary],” he said (as […]

Kevin Cronin is celebrating 50 years of ridin’ the storm out with REO Speedwagon this year — an anniversary the frontman tells UCR crept up on him. “That was an anniversary that didn’t even cross my radar screen,” Cronin says. “It didn’t dawn on me ’til we played some shows earlier in the year and that came […]

Former DIO and DIO DISCIPLES guitarist Craig Goldy has weighed in on the way Vivian Campbell was fired from DIO, saying that Vivian must have done something “pretty insulting” to get himself kicked out of Ronnie James Dio‘s band. Ronnie, Vivian, drummer Vinny Appice and bassist Jimmy Bain collaborated on the first three DIO albums — 1983’s “Holy Diver”, 1984’s “The Last In Line” and 1985’s “Sacred Heart” — before Irishman Campbell left to join WHITESNAKE in 1987. Vivian later publicly took issue with Ronnie‘s need […]

Joe Satriani, who was drafted into DEEP PURPLE to complete Japanese dates in December 1993, and stayed on for a European summer tour in 1994 following the abrupt departure of founder Ritchie Blackmore, spoke to about his decision to decline a permanent position in the band. He explained: “I took my cue from those players that were laying the […]

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