80's Rock: Newsroom

Former KISS Producer Says Peter Criss and Ace Frehley were 'Hired Hands'

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Former Kiss drummer Peter Criss recently took his old band's current lineup to task in an interview, dismissing the replacement members as hired guns doing a job. But Richie Wise, who co-produced the first two Kiss albums, says as far as he's concerned, Criss and guitarist Ace Frehley themselves were nothing more than employees whose purpose was to help Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley realize...

Former Krokus Drummer Dani Crivelli Dies

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Drummer Dani Crivelli, who played with the Swiss metal band Krokus from 1987-1989, has passed away. The band revealed his death in a statement on their web site on Sunday (April 21).

Crivelli played in a band called Ain't Dead Yet with fellow Krokus members Many Maurer and Tony Castell before joining Krokus in 1987.

The drummer performed on the 'Heart Attack' album in 1988...

Van Halen Perform First Show of 2013 in Sydney

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It's not just Black Sabbath who are opening up their touring season along the Tasman Sea. At the same time earlier today (April 20) that the metal giants were playing in Auckland, New Zealand, Van Halen began their concert schedule of 2013 at the Stone Music Festival, which is being held at the ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Australia.

According to Van Halen News Desk, the band played a...

Slash 'Speechless' at Video of 7 Year Old Guitarist (Video)

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We have a new addition to our growing collection of 'Really Talented Little Kids Playing Classic Rock' videos. Earlier this month we saw a six-year-old drumming along to Van Halen's 'Hot for Teacher.' and now we have a seven-year-old girl playing Slash's guitar part on Guns N' Roses' 'Sweet Child O' Mine.'

The video was brought to our attention by, of all people, Slash, who got it from...

Van Halen to Begin Work on New Album

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David Lee Roth confirms Van Halen will begin work this summer for a follow up to 2012′s 'A Different Kind of Truth,' but cautions not to expect a studio effort anytime soon — maybe not for as long as three years.

"We are going to be getting together, not this month, at the end of June to start preparing for some new recording and some new songs," Roth tells...

Rush Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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Well, it finally happened, Rush fans — the legendary Canadian power trio is finally, officially, ensconced in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Dave Grohl may have phrased it best in his induction speech for the band, when he asked the audience in mock puzzlement: "When the f— did Rush become cool?"

Of course, as Grohl quickly acknowledged, for the millions who have eagerly absorbed...

Heart Inducted Into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

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After 40 years and 30 million albums sold worldwide, the members of Heart were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night (April 18) in Los Angeles, Calif.

The Hall made the honor official in a typically star-studded ceremony featuring appearances and performances by some of rock's biggest artists — including the members of Heart, who delivered a brief set with the...

Vince Neil: 'It's Time for Motley Crue to Say Goodbye'

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Motley Crue's end is in sight. The group started publicly talking about hanging up their guitars for good early last month with Nikki Sixx providing come recent clarification on the group's decision to call it a day. Now, in a new interview, Vince Neil confirms what many of us already know.

"It's time, that's really it," Vince told the Toronto Sun. "Do you want to go out on top rather...

Iron Maiden Drummer Nicko McBrain's Wife Accused of Assault

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The wife of Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain was arrested and charged with domestic battery earlier this year, and she'll have her date in court next month. Rebecca McBrain will face a judge on May 3 after being accused of trying to stab her husband*, and throw logs at him.

* 4/18 Update: The Boca News Now website, our original source, has altered its story to report that it is now...

Former Uriah Heep Singer Joins Band on Tour

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The bad news: Uriah Heep's current singer is dropping out of some upcoming tour dates because of health issues. The good news: One of the band's former singers is filling in for him while he recovers.

You wouldn't be alone in thinking that Uriah Heep have gone the way of dinosaurs. But fact is, the British metal pioneers are still around and still very much active, touring and...

Tony Iommi on Cancer Fight: 'I'm Not Ready to Go"

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With a new tour and album just around the corner, there are some very busy days ahead for the guys in Black Sabbath. But until then, there's time for reflection, and during a recent interview with 'Birmingham Mail,' guitarist Tony Iommi opened up about the band's new music, as well as the cancer diagnosis that nearly sidelined him just as it was all coming together.

Looking back on the...

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