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Former QUEENSRŸCHE and current OPERATION: MINDCRIME frontman Geoff Tate spoke to the Irish Examiner about how the rise of grunge in the early 1990s forced most hard rock bands off the radio and MTV, with album and tour sales plummeting. "When we started, genre wasn't really a thing in the business," the singer said. "Rock music was all encompassing. You had different bands doing different things and it was all totally fine. "What happened was that the marketing mentality came into the business. They started breaking everything down and...

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SOUNDGARDEN, DEF LEPPARD, THE OFFSPRING, STONE SOUR, RATT Among Confirmed Bands For ROCKLAHOMA
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A massive music lineup has been announced for the eleventh year of Rocklahoma, set to take place May 26-28 at "Catch the Fever" Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma, just outside Tulsa. SOUNDGARDEN, DEF LEPPARD and THE OFFSPRING lead the music lineup for America's Biggest Memorial Day Weekend Party, which features the best current rock artists and classic bands. The three-day camping festival features music on three stages, as well as a campground stage to keep the music going all night long. With onsite camping amenities and unparalleled VIP...

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Exclaim!'s Aggressive Tendencies recently conducted an interview with former SEPULTURA members Max Cavalera (guitar, vocals) and Igor Cavalera (drums) about their "Return To Roots" tour during which they are celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the band's classic album "Roots" by performing the LP in its entirety. You can now watch the chat in two parts below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On hearing new bands that are pushing the envelope musically: Igor: "I also can see ourselves in that a lot. Like...

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In a brand new interview with the "WTF With Marc Maron" podcast, METALLICA frontman James Hetfield spoke about the importance of reconnecting with MEGADETH, ANTHRAX and SLAYER — the other members of the so-called "Big Four" of 1980s thrash metal — for a run of dates in 2010 and 2011. "It really started the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame ," Hetfield said (hear audio below). Getting nostalgic and thinking, 'My God, look at all the people that have helped us along the way, and look who are still around. Let's say 'thank you' to them.'...

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KREATOR Frontman On Producer JENS BOGREN: ‘He’s Very Much A Team Player, But Sometimes He’s Not’
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On January 6, Rustyn Rose of Metalholic conducted an interview with guitarist/vocalist Mille Petrozza of German thrash metal veterans KREATOR. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). On whether it seems surreal to think that KREATOR has been around for 35 years already: Mille: "It is. I don't even think about it. Once you start thinking about it, it makes you feel old-ish. But it's something… To me, I live in the moment. And I'm more than thankful that I...

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