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HALESTORM Singer On Whether Rap Artists Are New 'Rock Stars': 'Unless You're Underground With Us, You're Probably Not'

Last December, BRING ME THE HORIZON frontman Oli Sykes rekindled the debate over the so-called decaying current state of rock music, echoing the sentiment of the mainstream that rap artists are the new "rock stars" based largely on their flamboyant lifestyles and oversized fanbases. "Rappers are almost the new rock 'n' roll or punk or ...

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SEBASTIAN BACH On His Continued Estrangement From SKID ROW: 'It Hurts That We're Not Together'

In conjunction with a recent Metal Hammer retrospective on SKID ROW's 1989 self-titled debut, former vocalist Sebastian Bach spoke at length about the album with writer Clay Marshall. Select "outtakes" from the interview appear below (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On Rhino's recent 30th anniversary "deluxe" digital reissue of "Skid Row": Sebastian: "At one time, the ...

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STEEL PANTHER To Release 'Heavy Metal Rules' Album In September

California glam metal jokesters STEEL PANTHER will release their fifth studio album, "Heavy Metal Rules", on September 27. The disc, which is described in a press release as a "heavy metal version of a self-help manual and ultimate party album combined," was once again produced by Jay Ruston, who collaborated with the band on all ...

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Watch SEBASTIAN BACH Perform At Italy's ROCK THE CASTLE Festival

Fan-filmed video footage of Sebastian Bach's July 6 performance at the Rock The Castle festival at Castello Scaligero in Villafranca Di Verona (VR), Italy can be seen below. Bach recently issued an "open invitation" to the other members of SKID ROW's classic lineup to "get onstage and jam" during the vocalist's upcoming tour, in which ...

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HALESTORM Members Perform Acoustic Set At Nashville Bar (Video)

Three-quarters of HALESTORMLzzy Hale, Joe Hottinger and Josh Smith — played a five-song acoustic set Saturday night (July 6) at Dee's Country Cocktail Lounge in Nashville, Tennessee. Fan-filmed video footage of their performance can be seen below. HALESTORM and GODSMACK will join forces for a month-long U.S. tour in the fall. The trek ...

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CLUTCH To Release Cover Of ZZ TOP's 'Precious And Grace' Next Week

Maryland rockers CLUTCH will release a cover version of ZZ TOP's "Precious And Grace" on July 9. The track, along with CLUTCH's previously issued rendition of the Willie Dixon 1950s classic "Evil" (later recorded by CACTUS), will be included on a collection of newly recorded songs, "Weathermaker Vault Series", to be made available this summer. ...

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Watch ACE FREHLEY Perform In Huntington, New York

Scarygroove TV has uploaded video footage of Ace Frehley's July 2 concert at The Paramount in Huntington, New York. Check out the clips below. Last fall, Frehley parted ways with the solo band that backed him on some of his most recent tours — Richie Scarlet on guitar, Chris Wyse on bass and Scot Coogan ...

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ROLLING STONE Magazine Launches Music Charts

What does it mean to be popular? That's a question that music fans and music makers alike have asked for ages — but recently with more urgency than ever before, as listening patterns in the digital age shift and splinter. There are now dozens of ways to tally listeners' music consumption, and streaming services have ...

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HALESTORM Drummer: 'For Us, Our Therapy Has Always Been Songwriting'

Metal Wani conducted an interview with HALESTORM drummer Arejay Hale at this year's Download festival at Donington Park in Leicestershire, England. You can listen to the entire chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On what the band's latest studio album, "Vicious", means to him given the fact it explores themes of depression: ...

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Video: GREAT WHITE Performs At Colorado's FREEDOM FEST

Fan-filmed video footage of GREAT WHITE's June 29 performance at the Freedom Fest in Golden, Colorado can be seen below. GREAT WHITE guitarist Mark Kendall recently confirmed to the "Music Mania" podcast that the band is working on new material with its latest addition, singer Mitch Malloy. "We've been writing songs," Mark said. "In fact, ...

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JOAN JETT Gets New Guitar From GIBSON, 'Joan Jett ES-339'

By leveraging its iconic past and leaning into the innovative future, Gibson, the legitimate leader in professional instruments proudly presents the Joan Jett ES-339 in Wine Red. Calling on nearly two years of touring research and development with Joan, the signature Joan Jett ES-339 guitar premieres as Gibson approaches the next era of shaping sound ...

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Watch ACE FREHLEY Perform In Wilkes-Barre

Fan-filmed video footage of Ace Frehley's June 29 concert at Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania can be seen below (courtesy of YouTube user "Steve Easton"). Last fall, Frehley parted ways with the solo band that backed him on some of his most recent tours — Richie Scarlet on guitar, Chris Wyse on bass and Scot ...

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SEBASTIAN BACH On Former SKID ROW Drummer ROB AFFUSO Accepting 'Open Invitation': '2 Outta 5 Ain't Bad'

Former SKID ROW drummer Rob Affuso has accepted Sebastian Bach's recently issued "open invitation" to "get onstage and jam" during the vocalist's upcoming tour, in which he will celebrate the 30th anniversary of SKID ROW's self-titled debut by performing the album in its entirety. During a June 6 interview with SiriusXM DJ Eddie Trunk, Bach ...

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Watch ALICE IN CHAINS Perform In Moscow

Fan-filmed video footage of ALICE IN CHAINS' entire June 20 concert at Adrenaline Stadium in Moscow, Russia can be seen below. The band's setlist was as follows: 01. Bleed The Freak 02. Check My Brain 03. Again 04. Never Fade 05. Them Bones 06. Dam That River 07. Hollow 08. Your Decision 09. Rainier Fog ...

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HALESTORM Has 'Loose Plan' To Make New Music In 2020

HALESTORM bassist Josh Smith has told The Sound Lab that the band is "constantly working" on new material. "We've been touring now for about a year on [2018's 'Vicious'] album, and we'll continue through this year," he said at this year's Download festival (see video below). "And as far as next year, we really don't ...

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GODSMACK And HALESTORM Announce Fall 2019 U.S. Tour

GODSMACK and HALESTORM will join forces for a month-long U.S. tour in the fall. The trek will kick off on September 20 in Green Bay, Wisconsin and end on October 18 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tickets go on sale on Friday, June 28 at 10:00 a.m. local time. Tour dates: Sep. 20 - Green Bay, WI ...

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