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Circle II Circle – Live at Wacken: Official Bootleg (2014)

Circle II Circle – Live at Wacken: Official Bootleg (2014)

A new Circle II Circle release whets my appetite for this summer’s Wacken, which will be headlined by the reunited Savatage.

“Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, “Whiskey Road” (2014): One Track Mind

“Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, “Whiskey Road” (2014): One Track Mind

This previously unheard song from former Pantera guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott proves to be a bittersweet listen.

Fred Phillips’ Best of 2014 (Hard Rock + Metal): Judas Priest, Down, Alestorm, Grand Magus

Fred Phillips’ Best of 2014 (Hard Rock + Metal): Judas Priest, Down, Alestorm, Grand Magus

Fred Phillips’ Best of 2014 list for hard rock and metal albums includes Judas Priest, Down, Alestorm, Grand Magus, Anti-Mortem and others.

David Lee Roth selects his favorite Van Halen album: ‘That’s my ticket; my entry fee’

David Lee Roth selects his favorite Van Halen album: ‘That’s my ticket; my entry fee’

David Lee Roth was reluctant to pick his top Van Halen album — until he came up with a suitably salacious scenario in which he’d have to.

Ian Gillan joined Black Sabbath after a night at legendary pub: ‘Did that happen? What happened?’

Ian Gillan joined Black Sabbath after a night at legendary pub: ‘Did that happen? What happened?’

Black Sabbath’s Ian Gillan era didn’t begin with some high-level strategy meeting featuring label execs and stalwart member Tony Iommi.

Pete Townshend wrestles with the Kiss phenomenon: ‘Not quite sure about it’

Pete Townshend wrestles with the Kiss phenomenon: ‘Not quite sure about it’

The Who’s Pete Townshend admits that Kiss’ on-stage garb baffled him, at least to begin with.

Dimebag Darrell (1966-2004): An Appreciation

Dimebag Darrell (1966-2004): An Appreciation

I’m not one to get overly emotional about a celebrity’s death, even one whose work touched me. Dimebag Darrell was different.

AC/DC – Rock or Bust (2014)

AC/DC – Rock or Bust (2014)

If AC/DC’s ‘Rock or Bust’ ends up being the final album in the history of classic rock, well, that’s probably OK.

Carmine and Vinny Appice – Drum Wars Live! (2014)

Carmine and Vinny Appice – Drum Wars Live! (2014)

Carmine Appice attacks from the right, while Vinny sets up on the left for ‘Drum Wars Live!,’ creating a gloriously thunderous racket.

Sanctuary – The Year the Sun Died (2014)

Sanctuary – The Year the Sun Died (2014)

If there’s a balm for fans to ease the breakup/hiatus of Nevermore, it has to be this: The first new music from Sanctuary since 1989.