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GRAHAM BONNET Says RUSH Was 'The Most Incredible Band Ever'

In a recent interview with "The Blairing Out With Eric Show", legendary vocalist Graham Bonnet (RAINBOW, ALCATRAZZ, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP) spoke about the passing of iconic RUSH drummer Neil Peart. Asked what kind of influence RUSH had on his life, Graham said (see video below): "On my life, not very much. But I love the ...

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TESTAMENT Singer CHUCK BILLY Tests Positive For Coronavirus

TESTAMENT singer Chuck Billy has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. The band said he received his test results on Saturday (March 21). According to TESTAMENT, Billy had "been feeling unwell" since returning home to the San Francisco Bay Area last week following the completion of "The Bay Strikes Back ...

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Ex-SLAYER Drummer PAUL BOSTAPH Teases New Musical Project

Paul Bostaph says that he is working on a musical project with a "friend" of his who is "very familiar" to everyone. The former SLAYER drummer addressed his future plans while responding to a fan question on Instagram. Asked if he has any "post-SLAYER projects" in the works, Bostaph responded: "yes! Something is brewing with ...

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SEVENDUST Bassist VINCE HORNSBY Joins Atlanta's THE CEO

Vince Hornsby, bassist for SEVENDUST, has joined the Atlanta, Georgia-based based band THE CEO while SEVENDUST prepares for a fall tour. THE CEO will release its debut album, "Redemption", in the spring. The disc was recorded and produced by Michael "Elvis" Baskette, who has previously worked with SEVENDUST, ALTER BRIDGE and Slash. THE CEO ...

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VIO-LENCE Signs With METAL BLADE RECORDS

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers VIO-LENCE have inked a deal with Metal Blade Records. The band's new EP is tentatively due to be recorded in the coming months. Vocalist Sean Killian comments: "My first real exposure to thrash metal was brought to me by Metal Blade Records in the form of SLAYER's 'Show No ...

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JAMES HETFIELD's Mandatory 'Sobriety Weekends' Forced METALLICA's Festival Cancelations

The organizers of the Sonic Temple and Louder Than Life festivals have offered more information about the cancelation of METALLICA's appearances at this year's events. It was announced earlier this month that METALLICA would not perform at the two Danny Wimmer Presents-produced U.S. festivals this spring and summer so that frontman James Hetfield can continue ...

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EXTREME's Long-Awaited New Album Is 'Pretty Much Done'

During an appearance on this past Tuesday's (February 25) episode of "Trunk Nation: L.A. Invasion" on SiriusXM, EXTREME guitarist Nuno Bettencourt confirmed that the band is putting the finishing touches on its first new album since 2008's "Saudades De Rock". "It's done in a sense where it's done," he said about the new LP. "As ...

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TESTAMENT Vocalist On 'Special' European Tour With DEATH ANGEL And EXODUS: 'It's Everything We Hoped It Would Be, And Better'

TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy recently spoke with Finland's Kaaos TV. The full conversation can be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On the band's recent ferry ride to Finland, which was described as "fucking terrifying" by EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt: Chuck: "Oh my god. We were the ...

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Reunited VIO-LENCE To Record New EP

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers VIO-LENCE are about to sign a deal with an as-yet-undisclosed record label to release a new EP. The news of VIO-LENCE's return to the studio was broken by guitarist Phil Demmel in a recent interview with the "Talk Toomey" podcast. Speaking about his plans for the coming months, Demmel ...

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PAUL STANLEY Weighs In On Latest Celebrity Trend: Face Tattoos

KISS frontman Paul Stanley has weighed in on the latest celebrity trend: face tattoos. While notable figures like Mike Tyson and Tekashi 6ix9ine have sported face tats in the past, recent months have seen more stars than ever tatting their cheeks and foreheads, including rapper Post Malone and model Amber Rose. On Sunday (February 16), ...

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NIGHT RANGER Signs New Record Deal: 'We're Going To Start Recording Ideas And Jamming Real Soon,' Says BRAD GILLIS

Prior to NIGHT RANGER's February 7 performance in Chicago, Illinois, guitarist Brad Gillis spoke with MusiciansChannel.com. The full conversation be seen below. A few excerpts follow (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the band's upcoming tour with Sammy Hagar's THE CIRCLE and WHITESNAKE: Brad: "It's a reunion with everybody. Reb [Beach, WHITESNAKE ...

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EXODUS, TESTAMENT And DEATH ANGEL Are 'Extremely Lucky' After Surviving 'Terrifying' Sweden-Finland Ferry Ride

EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt says that he and his bandmates are "extremely lucky" to have survived a ferry ride between Sweden and Finland Sunday night after Storm Ciara battered northern Europe with hurricane-force winds and heavy rains. The San Francisco Bay Area thrash metal legends, who are currently taking part in "The Bay Strikes Back" ...

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