DREAM THEATER Guitarist Says 'You Can Do Whatever You Want' In Progressive Music

Valerio Cesari of Radio Rock 106.6 radio station in Rome, Italy, recently conducted an interview with guitarist John Petrucci of progressive metal giants DREAM THEATER. You can watch the full chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On recording DREAM THEATER‘s 1992 breakthrough album “Images And Words”: John: “We were very young back then. I was half my age, which was 25 years ago. I was 25 when I made the album. I’ll be 50 in July. Wow, I’m old! How did that happen? We were young. It was only our second album; we didn’t know what it … Continue reading

DEVIN TOWNSEND: 'I Don't Want To Be Considered A Freak Or An Anomaly'

Mike Seidinger of Austria’s Stormbringer.at conducted an interview with Canadian musician/producer Devin Townsend prior to DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT‘s February 14 gig at Arena in Vienna. You can watch the full chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On relinquishing some control on DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT‘s 2016 “Transcendence” album: Devin: “Everything is a learning process. I think it also comes down to the fact that in order to continue doing this, you got to have something you can sing about that makes you feel like you’re not just… lying. You have to dig into yourself and see where that … Continue reading

IAN PAICE: 'We Are Scared Of The End Of DEEP PURPLE'

Rock Antenne recently conducted an interview with drummer Ian Paice and bassist Roger Glover of British rock legends DEEP PURPLE. You can watch the full chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the band’s forthcoming “The Long Goodbye” world tour: Ian: “There’s going to be a day in the not-so-far future when it is going to be ‘the last.’ That’s an emotional strain that I don’t think any one of us are brave enough to say ‘This is the date.’ But we are thinking… not thinking, we are realizing that time is creeping up every day that … Continue reading

TRIXTER Guitarist Landed DEF LEPPARD Gig Because Of His Vocal Ability

TRIXTER guitarist Steve Brown filled in for Vivian Campbell at several shows in 2014 and 2015 while the DEF LEPPARD guitarist received treatment in his fight against Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Brown‘s first appearance with DEF LEPPARD took place in September 2014 during the pregame show for the first of three NFL International Series outings. Asked by Sleaze Roxx how the DEF LEPPARD gig came about, Brown said: “Those guys are like family to me. Most people don’t know this, but I go back with DEF LEPPARD to about 1988 when they were touring behind ‘Hysteria’. Phil Collen is a like a … Continue reading

METALLICA Wanted To Respect Chinese Culture By Performing Censored Setlist

When METALLICA returned to China last month for their first shows in the country after their 2013 Shanghai debut, their censored setlist saw them performing barely more than an hour with several key hit notably missing: “Master Of Puppets”, “One” and “Hardwired”. In an interview with the South China Morning Post, METALLICA frontman James Hetfield stated he didn’t resent the Chinese government for its censorship, and it certainly didn’t put him off playing in the country. He said: “Why shouldn’t you respect their culture when you’re there as a guest and you’ve been invited to play? We want to be … Continue reading

Video: Former ACCEPT Singer DAVID REECE Performs 'Generation Clash' At SAINTED SINNERS CD-Release Concert

SAINTED SINNERS, the band featuring former ACCEPT singer David Reece, celebrated the release of its self-titled debut album by performing last night (Friday, February 24) at Traube in Bellenberg, Germany. Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below. The group’s lineup is rounded out by guitar player Frank Pané, keyboardist Ferdy Doernberg (AXEL RUDI PELL) and the dynamic rhythm section of the two former PURPENDICULAR members Malte Frederik Burkert (bass) and the Hungarian drum maestro Berci Hirleman. Expressing the “pure essence of rock’n’roll”, was the ambition that paired five well-known and experienced musicians together in early 2016, to … Continue reading

DAVE MUSTAINE Says He 'Didn't Care' About METALLICA's 'Master Of Puppets' Being Played At GRAMMY AWARDS

Dave Mustaine says that he “didn’t care” that the house band played the song “Master Of Puppets” from his former band METALLICA when MEGADETH was honored with its first-ever Grammy on February 12. MEGADETH was nominated for a 2017 Grammy Award for “Best Metal Performance” for the title track of “Dystopia”. This marked the band’s twelfth Grammy nomination in this category (including nominations in the discontinued “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” category). Asked by Grammy.com what it was like winning his first award, Mustaine said: “It was really exciting. We were all sitting in a row, and when Margaret Cho [one … Continue reading

ANTHRAX Bassist: 'When Art And Business Get Together, They're Oil And Water'

On February 19, Holland’s FaceCulture conducted an interview with ANTHRAX singer Joey Belladonna and bassist Frank Bello. You can watch the chat in two parts below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On what they would attribute ANTHRAX‘s longevity to: Frank: “Love for music. I don’t know… just love for a good song. I just think we know we work well together, and people like what we do.” Joey: “And we’re musicians that wanna be good at what we do. That’s the strive even for me, and I’m sure for Frankie — to be really good and to … Continue reading

OVERKILL Singer On Writing Lyrics: 'I Like To Cleanse My Sins Of The Prior Year And A Half'

Aniruddh “Andrew” Bansal of Metal Assault recently conducted an interview with vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth of New Jersey thrash metal veterans OVERKILL. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Metal Assault: I think [the new OVERKILL album “The Grinding Wheel”] has a more epic feel and there are longer songs, but in a good way. It’s more dynamic. The overall length of the album is also more than the last few. Why do you think it came out like that? Blitz: “You’re correct. I think in the OVERKILL school, saying that you don’t give a shit really frees … Continue reading

For Those About To Squawk: Six Feet Under, Xibalba, King Woman

As it starts to warm up, so does the release schedule… I dunno, here we go… Six Feet Under release Torment on Metal Blade… and what’s to be said about this that hasn’t already been said?  This listen is a patently boring experience, I mean like every time there’s a new 6FU, this birdbrain is hoping that it’ll be SOMEWHAT of a return to form, but realistically… it’s not. This is lowest common denominator death metal in its purest form, and I’m sure this is just so the band can go out on the road and make a couple of … Continue reading