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  • Twisted Sister Drummer A.J. Pero Is Laid To Rest >

    A funeral for Twisted Sister drummer A.J. Pero was held thursday in his hometown of Staten Island, New York. He died last Friday from a heart attack at age  55. His daughter Nicole says, "He looked like he was tough, but he was a gentle giant, the biggest teddy bear, and very softhearted. He was a Read More
  • Ozzfiesta Bites El Dusto >

    You’ve heard of OzzFest…but did you know there was an Ozzfiesta?, the all-inclusive festival in Mexico featuring performances by Ozzy Osbourne and Zakk Wylde, has been canceled. Promoters say that the event, set for May 27th through the 31st at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, was axed because Read More
  • New SOAD Coming Soon? >

    Could System of a Down already have new material in the works? Back in early January, singer Serj Tankian told Rolling Stone that after their Wake Up the Souls tour they'd see "if we have songs that work for System." But in a just published interview with Shavo Odadjian that Read More
  • RHCP Chad Smith Honored By Kids' Charity >

    Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith will be honored for his work with children's music charities. Smith will be celebrated at the Little Kids Rock Family Jam May 16th at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, California. Smith will be given the Livin’ the Dream’ Award in memory of Chef Read More
  • Van Halen Announce North American Tour >

    Van Halen will return to the road this summer. The group's North American tour will start July 5th in Auburn, Washington and hit 39 cities before it wraps up October 2nd in Los Angeles. The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band will open up all the shows, which go on sale April Read More
  • Twisted Sister Calling It A Day? >

    The sudden death of drummer A.J. Pero may have been the beginning of the end for Twisted Sister. They've gathered in New York for A.J.'s funeral this week, and guitarist and manager Jay Jay French tells That Metal Show's Eddie Trunk they're meeting today (Wednesday) to "discuss the near term, Read More
  • Bigger Taste Of The New Live Van Halen Album "Under The Dome" >

    Van Halen has taken the lid off four more songs from next week's release of their first live album with David Lee Roth -- Tokyo Dome in Concert. The songs are "Jump," "Hot for Teacher," "Unchained" and "I'm the One." The album comes out Tuesday, and Van Halen will perform a Read More
  • Metallica Engineer Comes Clean on Bassless "And Justice For All" Album >

    There’s a reason for the oft-criticized thinness of the bass on Metallica‘s … And Justice For All, according to mixer Steve Thompson: Drummer Lars Ulrich wanted it that way. In fact, Ulrich came into the sessions with a detailed sense of what he wanted out of the drum sound, Thompson says, Read More
  • New Breaking Benjamin Tune Released - Listen Here >

    Breaking Benjamin have confirmed that their first album in six years is titled Dark Before Dawn. It's due out June 23rd and fans can pre-order it now through iTunes and get an instant download of the first single, "Failure." A lyric video for the track is also streaming below:   Read More
  • New Three Days Grace Track Released - Listen Here >

    Three Days Grace have unveiled the third single from their upcoming album Human. A lyric video for "Human Race" is streaming now at thelaseronline.com. Human, the band's first album with singer Matt Walst, will be out on March 31st. You can pre-order a limited-edition two-CD deluxe version of Human now Read More
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Twisted Sister Drummer A.J. Pero Is Laid To Rest

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A funeral for Twisted Sister drummer A.J. Pero was held thursday in his hometown of Staten Island, New York. He died last Friday from a heart attack at age  55. His daughter Nicole says, “He looked like he was tough, but he was a gentle giant, the biggest teddy bear, and very softhearted. He was a wonderful father, always believed in us and was very proud of us.” In addition to Nicole, he is survived by his son, Anthony Jude Junior; daughter Brianna; two grandchildren; his girlfriend, Michele Agnello; and his sister, Louise. A cremation followed today’s service. Share this:EmailPrintFacebookTwitterGoogleReddit

Help Dave Grohl Help A Terminally Ill Fan Get To A Foo Fighters Show!

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Dave Grohl is known as one of the nicest guys in rock and has definitely been generous with fans over the years. Now, he’s hoping to fulfill the wish of an ailing fan who recently missed out on a chance to meet the band when the Foos had to cancel a show. Ken Powell has battled melanoma cancer for 14 years, but in 2009 it had gotten so bad that it was classified as Stage 4 and terminal. Though he’s undergone two brain surgeries, radiation and a trial treatments, Powell’s prognosis is still terminal. As such, he’s attempting to finish a bucket list of things he wants to do before he passes and among them is meeting Dave Grohl, the frontman of Powell’s favorite band. As Yahoo News Australia reports, the 56-year-old Powell almost got his wish when Foo Fighters recently toured Australia, but unfortunately, a bout of food poisoning led Grohl to cancel all meet-and-greets with fans. “That was our quest — to try and meet the band. We came close in Perth, but it didn’t happen,” says Powell. But Powell lucked out in that the Foos were flying Qantas airlines and a flight attendant who knew of Powell’s goal shared his story with the band. Grohl offered his support in the form of a photo with a sign to Powell, assorted Foo Fighters souvenirs, an autograph and VIP tickets to the band’s Los Angeles performance. Powell’s daughter Tara has since set up a Facebook page and there’s also a Go Fund Me page that’s been launched to help the man fulfill his wish. The ‘Ken the Foo Fighter – My Hero’ page has been quickly gaining support online with over 5,000 “likes” at press time. Powell stated that creating a bucket list and setting life objectives is one of the things that drives him day-to-day. He’s attempting to raise $20,000 to cover the expenses of the trip, with any additional funds raised going to melanoma research at the Melanoma Institute of Australia. To make a donation, visit the ‘Ken the Foo Fighter’ Go Fund Me page at this location.   Share this:EmailPrintFacebookTwitterGoogleReddit

Ozzfiesta Bites El Dusto

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You’ve heard of OzzFest…but did you know there was an Ozzfiesta?, the all-inclusive festival in Mexico featuring performances by Ozzy Osbourne and Zakk Wylde, has been canceled. Promoters say that the event, set for May 27th through the 31st at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya, was axed because “Ozzy is having surgery, scheduled for May, following his South American tour. He requires at least four weeks of recovery time.” The promoters and Ozzy’s camp haven’t revealed what exact surgery he’s having. Share this:EmailPrintFacebookTwitterGoogleReddit

New SOAD Coming Soon?

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Could System of a Down already have new material in the works? Back in early January, singer Serj Tankian told Rolling Stone that after their Wake Up the Souls tour they’d see “if we have songs that work for System.” But in a just published interview with Shavo Odadjian that was conducted in mid-January, the bassist claimed that they’ve already got new songs done. Odadjian told Madcap Music Review that going into the studio soon is a possibility and that “we’ve already gone. We’ve written some songs. We’re keeping it to ourselves. We’re getting back to the [bullcrap] of being together.” System of a Down start their tour April 6th with a warm-up show at the Forum in Inglewood, California before heading to Europe for two weeks. Share this:EmailPrintFacebookTwitterGoogleReddit

RHCP Chad Smith Honored By Kids’ Charity

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Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith will be honored for his work with children’s music charities. Smith will be celebrated at the Little Kids Rock Family Jam May 16th at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California. Smith will be given the Livin’ the Dream’ Award in memory of Chef Josef Desimone. James Hetfield ofMetallica was given the award last year. Share this:EmailPrintFacebookTwitterGoogleReddit

Van Halen Announce North American Tour

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Van Halen will return to the road this summer. The group’s North American tour will start July 5th in Auburn, Washington and hit 39 cities before it wraps up October 2nd in Los Angeles. The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band will open up all the shows, which go on sale April 4th. Van Halen has also announced that they’ll perform a special concert for Jimmy Kimmel Live March 30th on Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. Performances from the concert will be shown on Kimmel’s show March 30th and March 31st. It will be Van Halen’s first U.S. television performance with David Lee Roth. Their second will be on Ellen April 2nd. All of this activity is to promote the band’s new live album Tokyo Dome Live In Concert and the reissues of Van Halen Iand 1984 on March 31st. Remastered versions of Diver Down, Women and Children First, Van Halen II and Fair Warningdue out later this spring. • 7/5 – Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre • 7/7 – Portland, OR – Amphitheater Northwest • 7/9 – Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion • 7/11 – San Bernardino, CA – San Manuel Amphitheater • 7/14 – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre • 7/16 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre • 7/18 – Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre • 7/20 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre • 7/22 – Bonner Springs, MO – Cricket Wireless Amphitheater • 7/24 – Tinley Park, IL – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre • 7/26 – Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre • 7/28 – Burgettstown, PA – First Niagara Pavilion • 7/30 – Bangor, ME – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion • 8/1 – Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center • 8/3 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center • 8/5 – London, ON (Can) – Western Fair District • 8/7 – Toronto, ON (Can) – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre • 8/9 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center • 8/11 – Hartford, CT – Xfinity Center • 8/13 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon At Jones Beach Theater • 8/23 – Hershey, PA – Hershey Park • 8/25 – Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performing Arts Center • 8/27 – Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center • 8/29 – Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live • 8/31 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center Share this:EmailPrintFacebookTwitterGoogleReddit

Twisted Sister Calling It A Day?

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The sudden death of drummer A.J. Pero may have been the beginning of the end for Twisted Sister. They’ve gathered in New York for A.J.’s funeral this week, and guitarist and manager Jay Jay French tells That Metal Show’s Eddie Trunk they’re meeting today (Wednesday) to “discuss the near term, which is a show in Las Vegas in May. And we’re gonna discuss the middle term, which is getting through the shows in Europe this year. And then we’re gonna [talk about] the long term, which is: Is 2016 gonna be a statement year for us?… It may be time.. We are trying to confront the reality of it.” French last spoke with Pero last Thursday, the day before he died. He says he was unaware that A.J. had heart disease. “I think if you have a [family] history of these things, if you don’t take care of yourself, I guess this is what happens. But he never pulled me aside and said, ‘Look, man, I’m having a hard time here’… In fact, it was the exact opposite. ‘A.J., can you do this?’ ‘No problem’… Well, if someone tells you there’s no problem, there’s no problem.” French says the family is asking for donations to be made to the American Heart Association in lieu of flowers. A.J. was 55. Share this:EmailPrintFacebookTwitterGoogleReddit

Bigger Taste Of The New Live Van Halen Album “Under The Dome”

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Van Halen has taken the lid off four more songs from next week’s release of their first live album with David Lee Roth — Tokyo Dome in Concert. The songs are “Jump,” “Hot for Teacher,” “Unchained” and “I’m the One.” The album comes out Tuesday, and Van Halen will perform a song or two on Ellen DeGeneres on Thursday, April 2nd. Here is a taste:       Share this:EmailPrintFacebookTwitterGoogleReddit

Metallica Engineer Comes Clean on Bassless “And Justice For All” Album

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There’s a reason for the oft-criticized thinness of the bass on Metallica‘s … And Justice For All, according to mixer Steve Thompson: Drummer Lars Ulrich wanted it that way. In fact, Ulrich came into the sessions with a detailed sense of what he wanted out of the drum sound, Thompson says, even bringing in photos of an equalizer set up. And Ulrich was willing to fight for that vision, even at the expense of the other instruments, Thompson tells Ultimate-Guitar.com. “We had to get the drum sound up the way he had it,” Thompson says. “I wasn’t a fan of it. So now he goes, ‘See the bass guitar?’ and I said, ‘Yeah, great part, man. He killed it.’ He said, ‘I want you to bring down the bass where you can barely, audibly hear it in the mix.’ I said, ‘You’re kidding. Right?’ He said, ‘No. Bring it down.’ I bring it down to that level and he says, ‘Now drop it down another 5 dB.’ I turned around and looked at [Metallica guitarist James] Hetfield and said, ‘He’s serious?’ It just blew me away.” The shame of it, according to Thompson, was that former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted had put the performance of lifetime to tape. “My only regret is that we didn’t have enough time to at least mix it the way we heard it,” he says. “I wanted to take Master Of Puppets and blow that away. That was my sonic direction for … And Justice For All. It was all there but I think they were looking for more garagey-type sound without bass. And the bass was great; it was perfect.” Thompson says he’s speaking out after years of withering comments, including – ironically enough – from Ulrich himself. Fast forward to 2009, and Steve Thompson was on hand for Metallica’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. “They flew us out and I’m sitting with Lars,” Thompson recalled. “He goes, ‘Hey, what happened to the bass in … Justice?’ He actually asked me that. I wanted to cold cock him right there. It was a shame because I’m the one getting the s– for the lack of bass.” Share this:EmailPrintFacebookTwitterGoogleReddit

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