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Judas Priest To Tour As A Four-Piece Going Forward

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The mighty Judas Priest have announced some really big news. I’ll share their statement and let you all digest it before I add to the mix.

“Hello maniacs! We are chomping at the British Steel bit to return to world touring….celebrating 50 years of Judas Priest as an even more powerful, relentless four piece Heavy Metal band – with Glenn coming out on stage with us here and there as before…..!! Big thanks to Andy for all you’ve done and continuing to be in the production team for our new album…. See you all soon headbangers!”

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Judas Priest by Ken Pierce (2009)

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: This one is not registering with me so I will have to think on it a little bit before I add anything else. I do wonder what the rest of you Metal maniacs think about the news though so do chime in down below in the comments section and I will see you next time. Stay safe out there.

Official: http://www.judaspriest.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/judaspriest

Metallica Announces 40th Anniversary Shows Streaming Live On Amazon

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The Press Release:
It’s almost here… our 40th anniversary celebration is right around the corner! We’re looking forward to hitting the stage in San Francisco at Chase Center with so many of our friends visiting from around the globe those two nights next week. While we wish each and every one of you could join us, we know you can’t all be in the house. So we’re incredibly excited to announce that our friends at Amazon will be streaming both shows live, as they happen, worldwide and for free!
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Japanese Rockers Lovebites Announce Hiatus

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We’ve just learned that the all-female Japanese Metal sensation Lovebites have announced their hiatus after the departure of one of their number. Statements from management, their bassist and the remaining membership are all below along with additional thoughts at the close. Read on.

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The Statement:
An important announcement from LOVEBITES’ management. Thank you everyone for always extending your kind support and encouragement to LOVEBITES.

We are writing to announce that as of this day of August 17, 2021, Miho will be leaving LOVEBITES. As a result, for the time being, the band will be taking a hiatus from all activities as LOVEBITES. Here follow messages from Miho and the band. We would be very grateful if everyone could please wish for lights to shine upon whatever paths Miho and LOVEBITES may take.

Thank you.
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Guitarist Parker Lundgren Exits Queensryche

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From Queensryche: Hello Queensryche Fans, Parker Lundgren, guitarist for Queensryche, has recently decided to step down to pursue other business ventures, which he has become very invested in over the past couple of years. For over a decade it has been a great pleasure watching him evolve and flourish as a guitarist, song writer, and most importantly, a wonderful human being. Parker will always be family to us and we wish him all the success in the world with his new endeavors. Take hold, Brother!

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Parker Lundgren w Queensryche in NYC by Ken Pierce (2016)

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Legendary Guitarist Frank Marino Announces Retirement from Touring and More

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Just a short time ago, legendary guitarist Frank Marino of Mahogany Rush, took to his Official Facebook (linked below) to announce his immediate retirement from music based on illness. I’ve shared that statement below for your review.

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From Frank Marino:
With sorrow I am forced to announce my immediate retirement from touring, and possibly all things related to continuing my career, due to an unexpected and debilitating medical condition which makes it impossible for me to tour. I want to thank all the people who supported me all of the last half-century. I know that many were looking forward to seeing us play this fall and I was looking forward to getting out again and doing more shows, but it now appears that in the absence of a miraculous recovery, my Concert DVD (Live at the Agora) will constitute the last show I will ever have played. I ask any that are believers to include me in their prayers.

PiercingMetal Thoughts: This is some sad news and before I say anything else I am sending all the good energy and vibes for health in Franks direction. Oddly enough, despite my having seen more than 1000 artists over the course of my media life, Frank Marino was not on this list as he didn’t always come to New York City and the last time I remember him doing so I was unable to work out my attendance. I’ll keep this brief and not speculate on what could be going wrong with him. We are still dealing with the Coronavirus Pandemic no matter what the politicians decide to do about openings and mask wearing and the like and I will hope that this is not the case for him or something even worse. Let’s hope that his health can rally (he is 66 after all) and that he reconsiders his retirement. Let’s all keep him in our thoughts and if you’d like to chime in with your favorite concert experience of his please feel free to share them down below in the comments section. See you next time.

Official: https://www.mahoganyrush.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OfficialFrankMarino/