THE TRACY G GROUP Feat. Former DIO Guitarist: 'Tramp' Album Due In October

THE TRACY G GROUP, the band featuring former DIO and WWIII guitarist Tracy “G” Grijalva., will release its new album, “Tramp”, on October 13 via Sonic Night Music Club. Joining Tracy on the disc are drummers Ray Luzier (KORN) and Patrick Johansson (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, W.A.S.P.) as well as vocalist Michael Beatty and bassist Randy Oviedo. According to a press release, “Tramp” “showcases Tracy G‘s blend of modern-day heavy metal.” It “features bone-crushing riffs and a barrage of both instrumental and lyrical intensity along with all the guitar-hero-level licks.” Track listing: 01. The Revolution 02. The Erector 03. Leech 04. Brokenness … Continue reading

LEIF EDLING Is Working On New CANDLEMASS Song: 'This Will Be A New Challenge For Me As A Songwriter'

Leif Edling is working on a new CANDLEMASS song, to be released next year. The Swedish bassist and songwriter broke the news in a Facebook post, writing: “[The track] will see the light of day early 2018. It will be a part of something bigger, something really cool that will take [CANDLEMASS] on another adventure. This will be very exciting and a new challenge for me as a songwriter.” Edling, who has been unable to tour the last few years due to unspecified health problems, also revealed that he is no longer a member of AVATARIUM, the band he launched … Continue reading

DAVE LOMBARDO Recalls Moment He Knew SLAYER Was Doing 'Something Special'

Former SLAYER and current SUICIDAL TENDENCIES drummer Dave Lombardo was interviewed on a recent installment of the “Peer Pleasure” podcast. You can now listen to the chat below. Asked at which point he knew that SLAYER had finally become successful, Lombardo said: “I think once we signed with Rick Rubin, once the major label interest happened, that moment, I think that was a turning point. It was, like, ‘Wait, we’re doing something special. We’re gaining the attention of major companies, and managers as well.’ I remember… Well, it was this manager. [Q Prime co-founder] Cliff Burnstein shows up at SLAYER‘s … Continue reading

DAVE GROHL On JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE's Guest Appearance On FOO FIGHTERS Album: 'He Was Such A Pro'

FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl spoke to U.K.’s Absolute Radio about Justin Timberlake‘s guest appearance on the band’s new album, “Concrete And Gold”. “He’s the greatest,” Dave said (see video below). “He’s fun, he’s smart, he’s funny, obviously he’s really talented. He’s fun to hang out with. I mean, his career has taken him to quite a ride — going from the band that he was in when he was young and then going solo and then all the acting and stuff. He’s really legitimized himself as an artist and a songwriter. And when he came in to sing on … Continue reading

ACE FREHLEY And GENE SIMMONS: Video Of Full KQRS 92.5 FM Interview

KISS legends Gene Simmons and Ace Frehley were interviewed together for the first time in many years on September 20 prior to performing at a charity concert at CHS Field in St. Paul, Minnesota. They were joined at the studios of the KQRS 92.5 FM radio station by CHEAP TRICK guitarist Rick Nielsen and former EAGLES lead guitarist Don Felder. The interview marked Simmons and Frehley‘s first joint public appearance since KISS‘s Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction in 2014. Ace and Gene did not perform at the Hall Of Fame — the organizers wanted the original quartet only … Continue reading

Watch Former PANTERA Bassist REX BROWN Perform With His Solo Band For First Time

Former PANTERA bassist Rex Brown took his solo band out on the road for the first time earlier this month in support of his debut solo album, “Smoke On This…”. Backing Rex at several shows in Germany were Joe Shadid on guitar, John Luke Hebert on drums, Francisco “Pancho” Tomaselli on bass and Lance Harvill on guitar. Fan-filmed video footage of Rex‘s concerts in Göttingen, Düsseldorf and Leipzig can be seen below. Prior to embarking on the German tour, Rex played a one-off show at Mercy Lounge in Nashville, Tennessee on July 14. “Smoke On This…” was released on July … Continue reading

Video: MINISTRY Performs New Song 'Antifa' At Chicago's RIOT FEST

Industrial metal veterans MINISTRY played a new song called “Antifa” during their September 15 appearance at this year’s edition of the Riot Fest at Douglas Park in Chicago, Illinois. Video footage of the performance can be seen below (courtesy of In The Loop magazine). “Antifa” is expected to be included on MINISTRY‘s next studio album, “AmeriKKKant”, which will tentatively arrive in early 2018. The disc will feature guest appearances by DJ Swamp (Beck), Burton C. Bell (FEAR FACTORY), Arabian Prince (N.W.A.) and Lord Of The Cello. Fans can pre-order the album now from PledgeMusic, where they can find a number … Continue reading

Video: DEE SNIDER Performs In Ridgefield, Connecticut

Fan-filmed video footage of Dee Snider‘s September 22 performance at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, Connecticut can be seen below. During an August 17 appearance on the “Trunk Nation” show on SiriusXM channel Volume (106), Snider spoke about TWISTED SISTER‘s decision to call it quits last year after completing a farewell fortieth-anniversary tour. “Basically, the level of intensity that I performed at with TWISTED SISTER, I had to stop while I could still deliver that before I could no longer deliver that,” the singer explained. “The headbanging, the thrashing, all that energy… Where Alice [Cooper] always seemed like a crotchety … Continue reading

LITA FORD Would Take Part In RUNAWAYS Reunion 'In A Heartbeat'

Lita Ford, a former member of the pioneering ’70s all-female rock band THE RUNAWAYS, was asked by Guitars Exchange if she now has any new perspective on why the band broke up. She responded: “We weren’t happy with what we were doing. We weren’t a team. Joan [Jett] and Cherie [Currie] were very much a team and Joan and I tried but we really didn’t click musically. I wanted to play heavy metal and Joan wanted to play… Well, her first hit was ‘I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll’, which was very pop rock and it took off and did great; … Continue reading

PAPA ROACH Pays Tribute To CHESTER BENNINGTON With 'In The End' Cover (Video)

Fan-filmed video footage of PAPA ROACH paying tribute to Chester Bennington by performing a partial cover of the LINKIN PARK classic “In The End” on September 20 at Gasometer in Vienna, Austria can be seen below. PAPA ROACH singer Jacoby Shaddix admitted in several interviews that he came close to taking his own life in 2012 as he struggled with both marital problems and falling off the wagon druing the making of the band’s “The Connection” album. “There was a moment in the record where I was suicidal,” Shaddix told the Associated Press at the time. “I was done. I’m … Continue reading