Testament‘s Alex Skolnick is one of the most beloved and admired guitarists in the world. Along with fellow band member Eric Peterson, the duo have unleashed some of the most ear-gasmic guitar hooks and solos in metal history. As well as being a thrash shredder, Skolnick dabbles in jazz with the Alex Skolnick Trio and has toured with the iconic rock opera outfit Trans-Siberian Orchestra. However, during our recent interview with Skolnick, he revealed that he has no plans to ever return to the Orchestra.
Surprise, surprise! Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has said something ridiculous yet again! His latest rant, however, may be the Mustaine’s most bizarre claim to date. During Megadeth’s Aug. 7 performance at Fort Canning in Singapore, Mustaine took some shots at Barack Obama, claiming that the President was “staging” various massacres on American soil to gain support in the passing of stricter gun control laws.
Progressive metal / rock heavyweights Baroness were involved in a serious accident earlier this morning (Aug. 15) in England, as the band’s tour bus reportedly plummeted for 30 feet over a viaduct. Several people were inside the bus when the accident took place, with two of them having to be rescued by firefighters after the passengers were trapped inside the bus. Two of the passengers apparently suffered serious injuries, with reports suggesting that band members suffered broken bones. Another seven people were treated for minor injuries.
Waiting patiently outside of the band trailers during the 2012 Heavy MTL Festival in Montreal, Canada, we couldn’t help but feel anxiously elated that we were about to speak with Slipknot percussionist / backup vocalist Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan. After he allowed us into his den, we spoke with Clown about the past, present and future of Slipknot in an interview you won’t want to miss.
A couple of days ago, it was announced that Primus bassist/singer Les Claypool would be auctioning off a rare prototype of his Pachyderm bass to benefit his two-year-old nephew, Matthew. Claypool’s nephew is suffering from a rare form of infant leukemia and is undergoing bone marrow treatment. With the medical costs rising, Claypool is putting his bass up for auction on eBay to help pay for Matthew’s treatment.
For those of you who are fans of Black Sabbath‘s Ian Gillan years, we’ve got some great news to report. Sabbath guitar master Tony Iommi and Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan have teamed up once again for the release of a 2-CD collection under the moniker of WhoCares. The compilation will contain the two 2011 singles the duo released for charity, ‘Out of My Mind’ and ‘Holy Water,’ under the WhoCares band name, along with rarities from the careers of both musicians.
Foo Fighters and the Black Keys are among the acts who will be playing the Global Festival on Sept. 29 in New York City’s Central Park. The two rock groups will be joined by Band of Horses, K’naan and classic rock legend Neil Young at the massive concert, which aims to help spread awareness and raise funds for the global epidemic of poverty.
Ted Nugent is one of the most politically outspoken rock stars in the world. It’s no secret that Nugent is strongly against Barack Obama and endorses Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, but Nugent has now painted the two politicians on polar opposite sides. Nugent recently stated, “I am saddened to admit that Obama represents everything bad about humanity and Romney pretty much all that is good.”
From the moment of their inception, Steel Panther reversed the ‘Nirvana effect’ and have once again secured heavy metal’s place as the world’s most important genre. When Steel Panther say, “Heavy metal’s back!” or “Death to All But Metal,” they aren’t just spouting out catchphrases, they’re redefining an entire genre of music in the single most impressive way, by keeping it exactly the same.
The Chick-fil-A fast food chain has been receiving a ton of media scrutiny as of late, after declaring that they, as a company, are opposed to gay marriage. Although opposition to same-sex marriage is prevalent throughout America, Chick-fil-A Chief Operating Officer Dan Cathy created a media firestorm after a series of controversial actions. As the most prominent gay man in metal, Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford recently addressed the issue in a new interview.
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