Matthias Jabs says that SCORPIONS “had to make” the decision to fire James Kottak, explaining that he and his bandmates gave the drummer “all the chances” to get better. In September 2016, Kottak was dismissed from the legendary German hard rock band during his well-publicized battle with alcoholism and was replaced by former MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey Dee. Jabs spoke about the lineup change during an […]

On November 11, DEF LEPPARD and LAST IN LINE guitarist Vivian Campbell was interviewed by Gerry Kelly of BBC Radio Ulster. You can now listen to the chat below. Asked how he has managed to avoid getting any tattoos after playing in rock bands for more than three and a half decades, Vivian said: “I just don’t like that kind of thing. I’ve never been too […]

Former GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Gilby Clarke says that performing with the band’s partially reunited lineup at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction was a “surreal” experience. Clarke replaced founding guitarist Izzy Stradlin in the GUNS lineup in 1991, during the “Use Your Illusion” tour, and stayed with the band for three years. Clarke played with GUNS members Slash, Steven Adler, Matt Sorum and Duff McKagan at the band’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction in […]

According to The Pulse Of Radio, FOO FIGHTERS mainman Dave Grohl and “Landmarks Live In Concert” host — and RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS drummer — Chad Smith discuss the music their families listened to when they were growing up and how it impacted them in a video preview of this Friday’s (November 10) broadcast of the new PBS series, which will feature the FOO FIGHTERS performing at the Acropolis in […]

In a brand new interview with Rolling Stone, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist Kirk Hammett looked back on the band’s final show with bassist Cliff Burton. The gig, which took place on September 26, 1986 in Stockholm, Sweden, is included on the upcoming super-deluxe, box-set reissue of METALLICA‘s touchstone 1986 LP “Master Of Puppets”, due out on Friday, November 10. Asked if it was […]

DOKKEN plans to enter the studio in early 2018 to begin recording its new album for a tentative summer release. Singer Don Dokken told “The Roman Show” at this past weekend’s RockFest 80’s in Pembroke Pines, Florida (see video below): “We’ve been on the road almost all year, so we’re gonna shut down in January and February — [we’ll only do] a […]

Ozzy Osbourne will embark on a two-year “farewell world tour” starting in 2018. On the trek, Ozzy — Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy-winning singer and songwriter — will celebrate more than five decades as a performer (both as a solo artist and as lead singer of BLACK SABBATH, which formed in 1968). This tour, expected to take Ozzy around the […]

The official video for the song “Feels Like Forever” from Jeff Scott Soto can be seen below. The track is taken from his new album, “Retribution”, which will be released on November 10 via Frontiers Music Srl. Says Jeff: “Here it is, finally — one of the two clips we created for ‘Retribution’. This one features Howie Simon and me, who wrote, performed and produced […]

Holland’s FaceCulture recently conducted an interview with former WHITESNAKE and VANDENBERG guitarist Adrian Vandenberg about his VANDENBERG’S MOONKINGS band. You can watch the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the new VANDENBERG’S MOONKINGS album, “MK II”: Adrian: “It’s going to sound like a cliché, every time when I make an album, which is probably [what] every band or artist tries to do, you want […]

Bruce Dickinson says that Ronnie James Dio was originally supposed to take part in a proposed project called THE THREE TREMORS before he was replaced by Geoff Tate. It was announced in 2000 that the QUEENSRŸCHE frontman would be joining Dickinson and JUDAS PRIEST singer Rob Halford in the all-star group, which was slated to record an album’s worth of material with Dickinson‘s solo guitarist and Roy “Z” Ramirez. That same […]

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