Metal News Recap – Week of May 22, 2015

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Ronnie James Dio Showered With Tributes This past weekend, it was a time to remember the late, great Ronnie James Dio with a host of events in Los Angeles on the 5th anniversary of his death. At his emotional public memorial service on Saturday, former band members performed a blistering version of “Rainbow In The Dark”. That was followed by Dio Disciples, who performed ... [read more]

Metal News Recap – Week of May 16, 2015

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Extreme, Tom Keifer, Sebastian Bach, Dokken + More At "Cathouse Live" Festival This August The Cathouse was THE place to be in Hollywood back in the late 80's and early 90's. Owned and operated by MTV's Headbangers Ball host Riki Rachtman (with plenty of early help from his roommate Faster Pussycat's Taime Downe) the Cathouse became the place to see rock stars and hear ... [read more]

B.B. King Dead at 89

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B.B. King has died. He was 89 and had been receiving hospice care at his home in Las Vegas. The announcement was made late Thursday evening by King's attorney. Over the course of his remarkable career King was the recipient of nearly every available accolade in his field: the winner of 15 Grammy Awards (not counting a Lifetime Achievement Grammy in 1987); inductions into the ... [read more]

Metal News Recap – Week of May 9, 2015

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Original Rainbow, Elf and Gary Moore Bassist Craig Gruber Dead at 63 Craig Gruber, a longtime former collaborator of Ronnie James Dio‘s, died this week after a bout with prostate cancer. He was 63. Gruber most memorably appeared on 1975′s Ritchie Blackmore‘s Rainbow, a No. 11 UK smash, after a two-album stint with Elf – which, like the earliest editions of Rainbow, featured ... [read more]

Metal News Recap – Week of May 2, 2015

Metal News Recap – Week of May 2, 2015

Lemmy Is ‘Feeling Much Better’ After Latest Health Scare Mötorhead fans who were worried by the cancellation of the band’s appearance this past weekend at the Monsters of Rock Festival in Sao Paolo can breath easier. Lemmy Kilmister's recent health woes were merely the result of food poisoning. As Mötorhead wrote on their Facebook page, “Due to a food-related tummy ... [read more]

Metal News Recap – Week of April 26, 2015

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The Crüe Add 21 More 2015 Tour Dates to ‘Final Tour’ “The demand to add more shows in North America has been overwhelming,” says Nikki Sixx. “The fans have spoken so we’ve been trying to find time for more dates in addition to the international dates on the schedule this year. We want to say goodbye to as many fans as possible so we added these shows around the holidays. No ... [read more]

Motley Crue Adds 21 More Fall 2015 Dates To Their ‘Final Tour’

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Motley Crue was scheduled for an extended break after their Mexico City show on Sept. 10, but that break will now be a little less than a month as they’ve just added another North American tour leg kicking off Oct. 5 in Hidalgo, Texas. Says bassist Nikki Sixx: “The demand to add more shows in North America has been overwhelming,” says Nikki Sixx. “The fans have spoken so ... [read more]

AC/DC’s Phil Rudd Pleads Guilty to Drug and Murder Threats Charges

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The New Zealand Herald reports that AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd entered a guilty plea to charges of methamphetamine and cannabis possession in a New Zealand court Tuesday morning (April 21). He also pled guilty to one charge of threatening to kill. A second threatening to kill charge was dropped. Rudd reportedly remained silent in court except when asked to enter his plea. He ... [read more]

Metal News Recap – Week of April 17, 2015

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Skid Row: New singer, new music As reported last week, Skid Row has split with their singer of the last 14 years, Johnny Solinger. Founding member Snake Sabo said, "We had a lot of great times together and created a lot of great music. We wish him nothing but the best." Co-founder Rachel Bolan added, "Sometimes things just end. People go in different directions and grow ... [read more]