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During an October 7 appearance on SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk”, former SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach confirmed that there was “a little talk” of him joining VAN HALEN shortly after Sammy Hagar departed in 1996. “[SKID ROW manager] Doc McGhee had me up at the office, and Ray Daniels was managing [VAN HALEN] at the time, and Ray and Doc were talking. But they didn’t want [VAN HALEN guitarist] Eddie [Van Halen] to smoke weed. And I go, ‘That’s funny,’ because I was smoking weed with Ray Danniels. I go, ‘So you can [smoke weed] but I can’t. What the fuck? The lead singer of VAN HALEN can’t smoke pot? What?’ But that was a discussion. “I was summoned into Doc‘s office, and there was talk about it,” he reiterated. “At the time, they were looking for a singer. But I didn’t get to audition. I don’t think Doc was into me leaving SKID ROW either; there was something about that.” In 1999, when the news came that VAN HALEN had parted company with Gary Cherone and was again in the market for a new lead singer, rumors once again abounded, and Bach‘s name was thrown in the mix. At the time, Bach shot down the chatter, telling MTV News: “The thing is, man, there’s only one singer for VAN HALEN, and that’s David Lee Roth, and if they’ve got no use for him, what possible use could they have for me? If they don’t like him, they definitely won’t like me.” He continued: “I mean, when they’re looking for singers and they pick Gary Cherone, they’re thinking in ways that we’re not. I mean, I love Gary. He’s a really nice guy, but you can’t be a really nice guy and be the lead singer of VAN HALEN. It just doesn’t go together. You got to kick some ass, man, and he does kick ass in his Gary Cherone way. But David Lee Roth was doing kicks off of the drum riser and flying 40 feet in the air. It’s a tough act to follow. I can’t do that, but I can sing the Sammy Hagar stuff and the David Lee Roth stuff. I’m not bragging, I’m stating a fact.” Eddie died on October 6 at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica, California. His wife, Janie, was by his side, along with his son, Wolfgang, and Alex, Eddie‘s brother and VAN HALEN drummer. The iconic VAN HALEN axeman passed away from complications due to cancer, his son confirmed.

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The Obelisk contains double LP’s, three 12″ LPs and three 12″ picture discs, and does not come in a watermelon-shaped box For more, check out: (Source)

In the new issue of Metal Hammer, on sale now, DEVILDRIVER frontman Dez Fafara answered questions from readers in the magazine’s regular “People Vs…” feature. Asked by one reader if there will ever be a new record from COAL CHAMBER, the band that put him on the musical map and gave him his first and only gold-certified album in the shape of the group’s 1997 debut, Dez replied: “I’m not gonna say yes or no. I’m not gonna say no, because we’ve all spoken. The main thing for me is that the relationship is all good after numerous fallouts in the beginning and after sone stuff went horribly wrong when we got back together to release [2015 comeback album] ‘Rivals’. The vibe in that camp is very cool at the moment, and we all have each other’s backs. I wouldn’t put it past us, but right now I’m definitely concentrating on DEVILDRIVER.” COAL CHAMBER existed for ten years before disbanding in 2003 to pursue other musical projects. They reunited in 2011 for touring purposes but it wasn’t until 2014 that the band began work on a new studio album of original material, the aforementioned critically acclaimed “Rivals”. Several months of touring activity followed before Dez returned to DEVILDRIVER to make a new record, 2016’s “Trust No One”. DEVILDRIVER‘s 2019 co-headlining tour with STATIC-X saw the Fafara-fronted outfit performing material from COAL CHAMBER for the first time. In an interview with KCAL 96.7‘s “Wired In The Empire” radio show, Dez stated about his decision to perform COAL CHAMBER songs with DEVILDRIVER: “I’ve kept those things separate for so many years, man. It’s just time for me to embrace everything that I’ve done.” He continued: “COAL CHAMBER‘s not coming back. It is what it is. And I’m not gonna wait another 15-20 years to sing the songs that gave me gold records and allowed me a career. And I say it every night, ‘Look, this song gave me gold records on my walls and you people out here gave me a career. Thank you for both of them. Let’s get loco.'” Fafara painted a bleak picture of COAL CHAMBER‘s future during a 2016 interview with Revolver magazine. He stated at the time: “I had a lot of fun doing that record and playing shows with them again. But there were some circumstances that were not ideal and that’s why that thing is not continuing as of right now. If something comes up and I have time and want to make a record and the members have their shit together, I’ll do it. But as of now, there’s some deep-seated shit that certain dudes in the band still need to work out. And if they work it out and want to tour or make another record, they can come back and give me a call. But right now, everyone in DEVILDRIVER is stoked. No one’s fighting. And I feel lucky to be where I am.” Dez had stated in previous interviews that COAL CHAMBER‘s original split happened because “I did not want to be around the band’s hard drug use and I realized that going onstage every night that the money was feeding their habit, so I walked to save my friends.” He added that his COAL CHAMBER bandmates were “clean” as of 2012, which made him realize that “it was the right thing to walk [away from the group back in 2003].” For more, go to: (Source)

Back in August, Dragonforce guitarists Herman Li and Sam Totman took a shot at writing a Sabaton song during one of Li’s recent Twitch livestreams. Watch the step-by-step process below. In the new clip below, Sabaton founding members Joakim Brodén and Pär Sundström join Li and Totman to…For more, check out: (Source)

Vocalist Liv Kristine (ex-Leaves’ Eyes, ex-Theatre of Tragedy) recently revealed that her forthcoming EP, which is currently in the works, will feature four brand new songs written with Theatre Of Tragedy bandmate Tommy Olsson, and five live tracks from her 2019 performance in Nagold, Germany. She has now…For more, check out: (Source)

As reported by, the clip below features a tribute to guitar legend Eddie Van Halen, who sadly passed away October 6th. Carillonneur Malgosia Fiebig played a trubute to Eddie on October 10th on the carillon of the Dom Tower in Utrecht, Holland. You will hear “Why Can’t This…For more, check out: (Source)

“Dark Wave,” hosted by Slicing Up Eyeballs’ Matt Sebastian, airs 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Eastern every Sunday on Sirius XM satellite radio’s 1st Wave (Channel 33). The most recent two episodes also are available via Sirius XM’s On Demand service for online subscribers. Here’s tonight’s full playlist.

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Massive Wagons’ rarities album The Good The Bad And The Ugly gets even more massive For more, check out: (Source)

Among the bands that made their mark on Slash Records were X, the Germs, Los Lobos, the Blasters and the Violent Femmes.

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“In The Trenches with Ryan Roxie  have invited me to be a part of his podcast on October 20th at 12pm EST,” says The Lazys vocalist Leon Harrison. The podcast will be available to view on Roxie’s official YouTube channel.  “Ryan’s a beauty of a person and a musician I…For more, check out: (Source)