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KISS To Become First U.S. Band To Go Fully Virtual And Stage Avatar Show

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The Press Release:
The Closing Song Of The Final KISS Physical Show Will Be Performed On Stage At Madison Square Garden By Their Avatars: Offering Fans A Preview Of A New Era Of KISS That Will Change Music Performance History

KISS, the legendary rock band known for electrifying live performances over a 50 year career and sales of more than 100 million records worldwide, is marking the end of its physical existence by crossing into the digital world.

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Slipknot Parts Ways With Drummer Jay Weinberg

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The Statement:
“We would like to thank Jay Weinberg for his dedication and passion over the past ten years. No one can ever replace Joey Jordison’s original sound, style or energy, but Jay honored Joey’s parts contributed to the last three albums and we, the band, and the fans appreciate it. But as ever, Slipknot is intent on evolving. The band has decided to make a creative decision, and to part ways with Jay. We wish Jay all the best and are very excited for what the future holds”.

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*** end of statement ***

PiercingMetal Thoughts: Now this is a surprise to me because I cannot imagine what creative decision would find them wanting Jay out. I was a real latecomer to the music of Slipknot but once I began following and even covering them, realized what a powerful bit of chaos they were. I never saw Joey in action but did see Jay and he was fantastic. At the time of this quite shocking news, there has been no statement from Jay Weinberg or even the record label but as more information is released about this I will surely share it since Slipknot is one of the biggest Heavy Metal bands in the world.

Update: Not long after the aforementioned news got circulated on this and all of the other websites that stopped in their tracks to get something online, Slipknot removed the posts from Facebook and their other social media profiles. Pretty strange but according to research they’ve done that before. Stay tuned for any updates that we see.

Official: https://slipknot1.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/slipknot

Dream Theater Announces Return of Drummer Mike Portnoy

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The Press Release:
GRAMMY®-winning, progressive music titans Dream Theater are announcing the return of drummer Mike Portnoy to the group. Portnoy will reunite with guitarist John Petrucci and bassist John Myung – the trio formed the band at the Berklee College Of Music in 1985 – along with longtime members, vocalist James LaBrie and keyboardist Jordan Rudess. Dream Theater will be going into the studio to begin working on their 16th studio album and the first with Portnoy since 2009’s Black Clouds & Silver Linings.

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“I understand Dream Theater’s decision to get Mike Portnoy back at this time,” states Mike Mangini. “As was said from Day 1, my place was not to fill all the roles that Mike held in the band. I was to play the drums in order to help the band carry on. My main role of keeping our live show working tightly on a nightly basis was an intense and rewarding experience. Thankfully, I got to experience playing music with these iconic musicians, as well as some fun times laced with humor. I also really enjoyed spending lots of time with the crew. And then there’s the GRAMMY® win, which was amazingly satisfying. To the fans: thank you so much for being amazing to me. I cherish the pictures I have of you all losing your minds and having fun. Finally, I really love the band, crew and management and wish them and the entire organization all the best.”
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Metallica Announces “The Metallica Report” Podcast

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The Press Release:
We’re excited to introduce The Metallica Report, launching today with our very first episode! Our new podcast will be a quick, weekly hit, including news, updates, exclusive features, and surprises from HQ and beyond.

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The pod will be hosted by two of the closest members of our extended family – some of you may even know them already! Leading the conversation will be Steffan Chirazi, who began covering us as a journalist in the ’80s and is now at the helm of our online mag, So What!, and Renée Richardson, Director of Philanthropy for All Within My Hands and well-known Bay Area radio personality.
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Creed Announces First Live Performance In More Than A Decade

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The Press Release:
Creed has announced their long-awaited return with SUMMER OF ’99 – an immersive rock ‘n’ roll celebration at sea highlighted by the GRAMMY® Award-winning band’s first public live performances in more than a decade. Presented by Sixthman, the leader in festivals and music cruises for more than two decades, SUMMER OF ’99 sails April 18-22, 2024 from Miami, FL to Nassau, Bahamas aboard Norwegian Pearl. Pre-sale Signups are available now through July 26 at 11:59 pm (ET). Pre-sales (Early Booking Times) will be available July 25-27, with some late signups available on the morning of July 28. The first 500 cabins to book will secure a cabin photo opportunity with Creed. Public On-Sales begin July 28 at 2:00 pm (ET), exclusively at summerof99cruise.com. Three different payment options will be available, with Automated Monthly Billing allowing for a deposit as low as $200 per person through September 18 (while supplies last).

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