Watch New Lineup Of QUIET RIOT Perform At Toledo's ROCK THE ARENA II Festival

Fan-filmed video footage of the new lineup of QUIET RIOT performing at the Rock The Arena II festival on March 25 at the Savage Arena in Toledo, Ohio can be seen below. QUIET RIOT made its live debut with the band’s seventh lead singer, “American Idol” finalist James Durbin, on March 18 at The Cotillion in Wichita, Kansas. Durbin, who became known as the “metal guy” on 2011’s season of “American Idol” after performing “Living After Midnight” and “Breaking The Law” with JUDAS PRIEST, joined QUIET RIOT earlier in the month after the dismissal of Seann Nicols (a.k.a. Sheldon Tarsha; … Continue reading

METALLICA's KIRK HAMMETT Featured In HOWLIN' WOLF Documentary

THE ROLLING STONES bassist Bill Wyman said that if he could only choose one musician to listen to, “without question it would be Howlin’ Wolf.” And the man who first recorded Elvis Presley and other early rock and roll legends, Sam Phillips, said about Wolf‘s sound, “You couldn’t buy that…anywhere in the world!” Both Wyman and Phillips give their testimonies about this musical genius in a new documentary titled, “Smokestack Lightning: The Legendary Howlin’ Wolf”, due this spring. It’s well established that blues music was a major creative source for rock and roll. The early rock and roll musicians and … Continue reading

TERRY BUTLER Says RICK ROZZ 'Destroyed' MASSACRE With His 'Backstabbing'

Terry Butler says that his former MASSACRE bandmates Rick Rozz and Mike Mazzonetto “destroyed” the band with their “behind-the-scenes backtalking and backstabbing.” MASSACRE‘s last incarnation included guitarist Rozz and drummer Mazzonetto alongside Butler and vocalist Ed Webb. That lineup lasted for four years and released a critically acclaimed album, 2014’s “Back From Beyond”, via Century Media Records. Back in December, Rozz and singer Kam Lee announced that they were rejoining forces in a revamped version of MASSACRE, dubbed MASSACRE X . The main objective of the group — which also features Rozz‘s THE END bandmates Michael Grim (bass/vocals) and Mazzonetto … Continue reading

Identity Of GHOST's New Keyboard Player Revealed?

Zac Baird, the American musician best known for his collaboration with KORN, is rumored to be the new keyboard player for GHOST. Baird has been posting hints on his official Twitter account about his involvement with a new, mystery band. In addition to revealing that last night (Friday, March 24) marked his first show with this new outfit, he tweeted this not-so-suble hint earlier in the day about the identity of his new group: “I’ve spent 90% of my life in costume.” After a fan told Baird in a tweet on March 14 that she was looking forward to seeing … Continue reading

THE PRETTY RECKLESS's TAYLOR MOMSEN Is Open To Collaborating With EMINEM

Taylor Momsen has shot down as untrue a rumor that she is working with Eminem on his upcoming album. Reports of a collaboration between the THE PRETTY RECKLESS singer and the rap superstar first surfaced earlier this month, with no credible source cited to corroborate the information. Asked by Meltdown of the WRIF radio station in Detroit, Michigan if there is any validity to the rumor that she is making music with Eminem, Taylor said: “I keep hearing that rumor. It’s not true, as far as I now, but I am a fan of his.” Pressed on whether she would … Continue reading

BUTCHER BABIES Begin Recording Third Album; Short Clip Of New Song Available

BUTCHER BABIES have begun recording the follow-up to their 2015 album “Take It Like A Man” for a tentative late 2017 release via Century Media Records. A short clip of a new song with the working title “Chevelle” can be heard in the Instagram post below. BUTCHER BABIES vocalist Carla Harvey told the Rock 105 radio station last year about the musical direction for the band’s next record: “Me and Heidi [Shepherd, BUTCHER BABIES co-vocalist] and all the rest of the band, of course, as well, we’ve been sharing notes and talking about our vision for the next album and … Continue reading

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 BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On playing “Episode” in full: Jens: “It was the anniversary, 20 years since it was released. It was because of that, like, ‘Oh, we should do something!” Timo: “A couple of years ago, we played the whole ‘Visions’ album. The feedback from the fans … Continue reading

GUS G. Says New FIREWIND Vocalist HENNING BASSE Is 'One Of The Best Power Metal Singers Of Our Generation'

Metal Assault recently conducted an interview with Greek guitar virtuoso Gus G., well known in rock and metal circles for his work as Ozzy Osbourne‘s guitarist and as leader of his own band FIREWIND. You can listen to the full chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On reactivating FIREWIND after doing two solo albums: Gus: “The whole idea from the start was to do another FIREWIND album whenever I felt ready and had good enough material. That time came now, basically. It was just the right time for us to do a new record. It was really … Continue reading

DESTRUCTION Frontman Says Internet 'Keyboard Warriors' Are 'A Bit Ridiculous'

Metal Wani‘s Carla Morton conducted an interview with DESTRUCTION vocalist/bassist Schmier prior to the band’s January 31 show at Fabrica in Bucharest, Romania. You can listen to the full chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On how crowds have been responding to the band’s 2016 “Under Attack” album: Schmier: “New songs will always take a little time to get into the setlist, but we usually play three to four off the new album. The reaction has been good; it’s good live material, I think. The new album has songs that are working really well live. The reactions … Continue reading

THE NEARLY DEADS To Release 'Revenge Of The Nearly Deads' EP In May

Nashville rock band THE NEARLY DEADS will release a brand new EP, “Revenge Of The Nearly Deads”, on May 26. In making their third EP and follow-up to their 2014 full-length album, “Invisible Tonight”, the group called on their fans, known as the #zombienation, to help fund the effort via a PledgeMusic campaign that ended up surpassing their goal by 148% in a short amount of time. The band also took this opportunity to help raise awareness about breast cancer, a cause they’re deeply passionate about, and ultimately donated 10% of money raised from the campaign to the Keep A … Continue reading