GENE SIMMONS Says KISS Will Continue 'For A Few More Years' Before Calling It Quits

Gene Simmons says that KISS has “a few more years” left before it calls it quits. He told Glasgow Live ahead of the band’s sold-out May 27 concert at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland (see video below): “We’re the hardest-working band in show business. I wear over forty pounds of studs and armor and all that stuff, seven-inch platform heels, spit fire and have to fly through the air and do all that stuff. “If Bono or [Mick] Jagger, who we all love, had to dress up and do what I do, they couldn’t last an hour — they … Continue reading


Swedish industrial rock band DEATHSTARS has announced the departure of drummer Oscar “Vice” Leander. Leander, who started in DEATHSTARS as session drummer almost ten years ago became a full member in 2011, will play final last shows with the band in Mexico in July. “After almost a decade of blood, sweat and darkness with DEATHSTARS, our journey has now come to an end,” Leander said in a statement. “My aspiration to explore and to use my instrument in new areas has driven me to this decision. “I wanna take the opportunity to say thank you to Andreas, Emil, Skinny and … Continue reading

GUNS N' ROSES Performs Cover Of SOUNDGARDEN's 'Black Hole Sun' For CHRIS CORNELL In Ireland (Video)

GUNS N’ ROSES paid tribute to Chris Cornell earlier tonight by performing a cover version of SOUNDGARDEN‘s “Black Hole Sun” at the opening concert of GN’R‘s European tour at Slane Castle in Meath, Ireland. Fan-filmed video footage of the rendition can be seen below. “This one’s to you, Chris. ‘Black Hole Sun’ live from Slane Castle,” GN’R wrote in a Twitter message shortly after the performance of the “Superunknown” classic. Over four hundred gardai (Irish police) were reportedly on duty at sold-out show, which was attended by eighty-three thousand fans. There was also an additional one thousand and two hundred … Continue reading

I AM MORBID Feat. Former MORBID ANGEL Members: Video Of Entire Moscow Concert

Fan-filmed video footage of I AM MORBID — the new band featuring former MORBID ANGEL members David Vincent (vocals, bass) and Tim Yeung (drums) alongside guitarists Bill Hudson (CIRCLE II CIRCLE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA) and Ira Black (METAL CHURCH, LIZZY BORDEN) — performing on May 26 at Club Volta in Moscow, Russia can be seen below. The group’s setlist was as follows: 01. Immortal Rites 02. Fall From Grace 03. Visions From The Dark Side 04. Blessed Are The Sick 05. Day Of Suffering 06. Rapture 07. Pain Divine 08. Sworn To The Black 09. Eyes To See, Ears To Hear … Continue reading

DEICIDE Drummer On JACK OWEN's Departure: 'He Kind Of Left One Day And Just Never Came Back'

Chuck Marshall of Metal Wani recently conducted an interview with drummer Steve Asheim of Florida death metal veterans DEICIDE. You can now watch the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On how the recording sessions for DEICIDE‘s long-awaited follow-up to 2013’s “In The Minds Of Evil” album are coming along: Steve: “The record is coming along. We’ve got songs recorded — rhythms, drums — and it sounds amazing. It’s gonna be heavy as shit. What we’re waiting to do is complete it with vocals, leads and the mix, and that kind of takes some time. We … Continue reading


Gregg Allman, the legendary singer, songwriter, keyboardist and co-founder of THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND, has passed away at age 69. He was diagnosed with hepatitis C in 1999 and underwent a liver transplant in 2010. A statement posted to the singer’s official web site reads: “It is with deep sadness that we announce that Gregg Allman, a founding member of THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND, passed away peacefully at his home in Savannah, Georgia. “Gregg struggled with many health issues over the past several years. During that time, Gregg considered being on the road playing music with his brothers and solo … Continue reading

WE START WARS Feat. NITA STRAUSS: Video Footage Of Live Debut

WE START WARS, the new all-female group led by Nita Strauss, the Los Angeles-based guitar shredder for the ALICE COOPER band, made its live debut this past Thursday, May 25 at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below. In addition to Nita, WE START WARS features Alicia Vigil (VIGIL OF WAR) on bass, Seana (a.k.a. Shauna Lisse) on vocals, Nicole Papastavrou on guitar, Katt Scarlett (FEMME FATALE) on keyboards and Lindsay Martin on drums. Asked how WE START WARS came together, Strauss told The Front Row Report at … Continue reading

JOHN GALLAGHER Says RAVEN 'Got A Lot Of Sh*t' For Going 'More Commercial' In Mid-'80s

Mark Kadzielawa of 69 Faces Of Rock conducted an interview with bassist/vocalist John Gallagher of the British/American heavy metal trio RAVEN prior to the band’s May 18 show at Reggie’s Rock Club in Chicago, Illinois. You can watch the full interview below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the band’s early days: John: “We were very similar to the other bands that had been around in the world at the time. We learned our trade. We weren’t ready to get a record deal. We learned to play, we learned how to play to an audience, play to an … Continue reading

QUEENSRŸCHE's Next Album Will Include 'More Up-Tempo Songs,' Says TODD LA TORRE

Straus Project conducted an interview with QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Todd La Torre prior to the band’s May 5 show at the Arcada Theatre in Saint Charles, Illinois. You can watch the full chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On plans for his first solo album: Todd: “I’ve had solo material for many, many years. When I joined QUEENSRŸCHE, it was, like, ‘Okay, a hundred percent of your focus is on that,’ and rightfully so. But it was always hard to try to find the time: okay, we’re writing an album. You can’t work on your stuff, because we’re … Continue reading

ICED EARTH Mainman Says New Album 'Incorruptible' Is 'Headed To Be A Classic'

Lilo of HeadBangers LifeStyle recently conducted an interview with ICED EARTH guitarist Jon Schaffer. You can view the entire interview below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On ICED EARTH‘s forthcoming album, “Incorruptible”: Jon: “It’s a really important milestone, because we’ve just completed our contract, so this is our last record under kind of the old model of the way the record business was done. I’m very proud of everything the band [has done]. Everybody executed their parts killer and I think the songs are great. Obviously, in my mind, I feel like it’s headed to be a classic, … Continue reading