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DISTURBED Singer DAVID DRAIMAN Says He's Written '95 Percent' Of Songs While High

According to The Pulse Of Radio, DISTURBED frontman David Draiman says that as much as 95 percent of the music he's written for the band has been created while he was high. Speaking with Revolver, Draiman revealed that the new song "Fire It Up", which opens with the sound of a bong hit, was inspired by the singer's routine. He explained: "There was a big fat bowl before that one. 95 percent of the songs I'v ...

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MISFITS Mainman JERRY ONLY's Book To Include Chapter About Having Dinner With SID VICIOUS The Night He Died

MISFITS mainman Jerry Only has revealed to Metal Hammer magazine that he is writing a book about his life. He said: "The book is basically about growing up when I grew up, in the '70s, and being able to get involved in the music scene that was taking off. [It will include] a lot of the tragedies — I'm actually writing a chapter about Sid Vicious [SEX PISTOLS] right now. I was there when he died." He continu ...

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MEGADETH: New Album Track Listing Revealed

MEGADETH recently finished recording its fifteenth album in a Nashville studio for a tentative late 2015 or early 2016 release. The production duties on the follow-up to 2013's "Super Collider" were handled by MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine and Toby Wright (ALICE IN CHAINS, KORN). The CD is currently being mixed by Josh Wilbur, who has previously worked with LAMB OF GOD, ALL THAT REMAINS and GOJIRA. In a Ju ...

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MIKAEL ÅKERFELDT Talks The Business Side Of OPETH (Audio)

Rodney Holder of Australia's Music Business Facts recently conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Mikael Åkerfeldt of Swedish progressive metallers OPETH. You can now listen to the chat using the audio player below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On the importance of having the business side in order when running a band like OPETH: Mikael: "Yeah. I mean, obviously, music co ...

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GREAT WHITE Drummer AUDIE DESBROW To Marry Longtime Girlfriend Tomorrow

GREAT WHITE drummer Audie Desbrow will marry Dr. Darlene Conforti in a private ceremony on Tuesday, July 28. The longtime couple will continue to call Los Angeles home. "We wanted to share our wonderful news with the fans," Desbrow said. "It's been an amazing summer touring and this is just the pinnacle. The fans have already embraced Darlene and it will be amazing to have her at shows officially as my wife ...

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CANNIBAL CORPSE Frontman To Guest On New EKTOMORF Album

CANNIBAL CORPSE's George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher has laid down guest vocals on the song "Evil By Nature" from Hungarian extreme metallers EKTOMORF, to be included on the latter band's forthcoming album, due later in the year via AFM Records. The CD was once again produced by Tue Madsen at Denmark's Antfarm Studio (DARK TRANQUILLITY, HEAVEN SHALL BURN, SICK OF IT ALL). Commented EKTOMORF guitarist/vocalist Zo ...

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Drumstick Pioneer VIC FIRTH Dies At 85

Everett "Vic" Firth, founder of leading drumstick manufacturing company Vic Firth Company, has died. He was 85. A statement on the Vic Firth Facebook page reads: "To our dear friends around the world: We are heartbroken to share the news with you that Vic has passed away. "Vic was an inspiration to all of us. He was a visionary, a mentor, a leader and a friend. He always said he surrounded himself with the ...

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K.K. DOWNING Talks Exit From JUDAS PRIEST, Possibility Of ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME Induction (Audio)

Former JUDAS PRIEST guitarist K.K. Downing was interviewed on a recent edition of the "Rockin' Metal Revival" Internet radio show. You can now listen to the chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On his decision to leave JUDAS PRIEST in 2011: "I thought I couldn't remember the last time I saw the seasons change in England… you know, spring, summer, autumn and winter. [That was] ...

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LAMB OF GOD's RANDY BLYTHE 'Calls Bulls**t' On MAYHEM FESTIVAL Co-Founder's 'Gray, Bald And Fat' Comment

LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe has slammed Kevin Lyman over comments the co-founder of the annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival made regarding the state of the heavy metal scene and the future of the traveling event. In an article published on July 8 by Detroit Free Press, Lyman was quoted a saying about the difficulties of booking headline-worthy acts for the festival: "The bands at the top all ...

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LED ZEPPELIN's JIMMY PAGE: JOHN BONHAM's Death Was 'A Massive Loss To Everybody'

In the fourth episode of Metal XS's interview series of Jimmy Page, the LED ZEPPELIN guitar legend talks about ZEPPELIN drummer John Bonham's passing and legacy. Said Page: "[John] and I were really good pals. We were really, really close in our musical collaboration, if you want… the camaraderie. And just the sheer fact that, you know… 'Bonzo's Montreux' [the drum solo by John Bonham, which is the seventh ...

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