Tye Trujillo Contributed “Additional Guitar Tracks” To Version Of Metallica’s “Master Of Puppets” On “Stranger Things”

In the season four finale of “Stranger Things,” Eddie Munson ended up shredding through Metallica’s “Master Of Puppets” during a performance in the “Upside Down.” You can see footage of that below. Notably, the version of the song used in the show actually included “additional guitar tracks” from Robert Trujillo’s 17-year-old son Tye Trujillo (OTTTO). Robert said the following about that:

“**Spoiler Alert** That’s my boy! Proud of ya Tye! Stranger Things finale shredding it on ‘Master of Puppets’ and big thanks to @kirkhammett on helping! @tyetru @metallica @strangerthingstv #metallica #masterofpuppets #strangerthings #eddiemunson”

Stephen Pearcy Says Members Of RATT & Mötley Crüe Almost Formed A Band Together

During a recent interview with Tommy London of SiriusXM Hair Nation, Stephen Pearcy revealed that him and his late RATT bandmate Robbin Crosby almost formed a band with Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx and Tommy Lee many years ago. However, the project never fully materialized.

Pearcy said the following:

“I’m doing another book, part two, next year, and that’s actually one of the stories that I kind of held back. There’s a bunch — with VAN HALEN and guys and stuff.

When we met MÖTLEY — first we have to start with how we met them. So Robbin and I used to go out all the time into Hollywood — you know, ‘The [Sunset] Strip, yeah. You’ve gotta be seen. You’ve gotta be out there.’ Well, MÖTLEY was doing the same thing. Nikki, Tommy, Vince [Neil] — they’d be doing the same thing. You know, tripping down the Strip, going to the Rainbow, going here, getting fucked up… So anyway, we meet them on the Strip, hanging out. We became friends and we became The Gladiators, which was our street thing there, when we went out together. And we each had names, which goes back to [Robbin’s nickname] ‘King’. I don’t know if it was Nikki who gave him that nickname or Robbin gave it to himself.

So in ’82, we really became close friends. don’t think Nikki was ever really satisfied. Musicians were coming and going in bands, as the whole implosion was getting going — [in] ’81, ’82 in L.A. and that whole Strip thing. He wasn’t happy with his band at that moment.

So, yes, it’s a true story. Robbin, Nikki, Tommy and myself, and me on guitar, were rehearsing at [pre-RATT band] MICKEY RATT’s rehearsal in Culver City there. And I believe we rehearsed for a couple of times. I don’t know if we wanted to start a band or if we were just jamming, but something was getting intense in there. And Nikki is, like, ‘Nah. I’m gonna go do my thing.’ And I said, ‘Well, I’m here. Me and Robbin are doing our thing.’ And so be it.

Yeah — true story. True story. So, if that would have been a band, it would have been a great band, actually. I don’t know what songs we played, but we were very supportive of each other back in the day, in the beginning, yeah. It was great.”

He continued when asked if the group were planning to use The Gladiators moniker:

“Well, that’s probably what we were gonna call it — THE GLADIATORS. I really don’t know. I’d have to check with my roadie guy back then. I forget the shit. We were kind of almost taking it seriously, if I remember, like, ‘All right. We’re gonna be here. We’re gonna rehearse.’ But it happened a couple of times, yeah — a couple of times. So there’s a bit of a tale there.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Blink-182’s Travis Barker Says He Is Feeling “Much Better” After Being Hospitalized With “Life-Threatening Pancreatitis”

Blink-182’s Travis Barker has shared a new health update after recently being hospitalized with pancreatitis. The drummer said the following in a series of tweets:

“I went in for an endoscopy Monday feeling great. But After dinner, I developed excruciating pain and have been hospitalized ever since. During the endoscopy, I had a very small polyp removed right in a very sensitive area, usually handled by specialists, which unfortunately damaged a critical pancreatic drainage tube. This resulted in severe life-threatening pancreatitis. I am so very very grateful that with intensive treatment I am currently much better. 🙏🏼”

Watch Guns N’ Roses Perform “Sweet Child O’ Mine” And “Paradise City” With Carrie Underwood In London, England

During their July 1 show in London, England, Guns N’ Roses were joined onstage by Carrie Underwood. You can see fan-filmed footage of the country singer performing “Sweet Child O’ Mine” and “Paradise City” with the band below. This news comes after frontman Axl Rose previously performed the aforementioned tracks with Underwood during her set at the Stagecoach country music festival in Indio, CA.

Nile Part Ways With Bassist/Vocalist Brad Parris

Nile have parted ways with bassist/vocalist Brad Parris. The musician is exiting the group “to focus on other projects and family concerns.”

The band issued the following statement:

“It’s time for us to share with our fans and the metal community that Brad Parris is leaving Nile this year. This is something that we have known about and have been working together with Brad through the transition.

Brad has been an exemplary band member of Nile since 2015, conducting himself at all times with professionalism and integrity. He is parting under the absolute best of terms to focus on other projects and family concerns.

Our friendship and brotherhood remain as strong as ever, and we wish him only the best as he continues his musical journey in life.

Nile’s touring and recording commitments remain in effect. It is natural for a band that’s been going strong for 25+ years to have changes and we promise our fans to stay as true and brutal as ever!

At this time we have a few strong candidates for bass/vocals, however any persons interested in auditioning should email nilebassistaudition@gmail.com.”

Amaranthe Premiere “Crystalline” Video

Amaranthe have premiered a new video for their song “Crystalline.” That track is from the band’s latest album “Manifest.” With this news, the group have also released a new orchestral version of “Crystalline.” You can stream that below as well. Amaranthe commented:

“‘Crystalline’ was a song born from pure emotions in the moment, and we felt that it truly deserved its own spotlight as a single together with a video. Shot at Rydzyna, a 17th century Château outside of Wrocław, Poland, long time collaborators Grupa13 once again worked their visual magic for the video. We hope you will love the result just as much as we do!”

Inhuman Condition (Obituary, The Absence, Etc.) Premiere “Caustic Vomit Reveries” Music Video

Inhuman Condition (Obituary, The Absence, etc.) have premiered a new video for their new song “Caustic Vomit Reveries.” This track is from the band’s new album “Fearsick,“ which will be released on July 15. Guitarist Taylor Nordberg commented:

“We are nearing ‘Fearsick’‘s release and we couldn’t be more excited. ‘Caustic Vomit Reveries’ is such a barn-burner of a song; we thought it would be perfect as the last single before the album comes out. This was one of the newer songs we wrote for ‘Fearsick,’ and we wanted to make sure we got a solid simple, caveman death metal song on the album. Meat, potatoes, and more meat! Bang your head; throw something, and grab the album!”

[via Decibel]

Mushroomhead’s Steve “Skinny” Felton Comments On New Touring Lineup

As previously reported, Mushroomhead have been out on the road in Europe with a new touring lineup consisting of VentanA‘s Scott Beck, who is filling in for vocalist Jason “J Mann” Popson, Aydin Michael, who is filling in for sampler Rick “St1tch” Thomas, and Joe “Jenkins” Gaal, who has taken over for ex-guitarist Tom “Tankx” Shaffner. Now, drummer/percussionist Steve “Skinny” Felton has officially commented on the changes within the band, saying that they are “stronger than ever.”

Felton told Moshpit Passion the following:

“This is just the current version that we’re touring with. COVID came in and changed a lot of people’s lives, and some people decided that they didn’t wanna do the touring anymore. And we weren’t gonna just sit around and wait for people to feel that the world was convenient enough for them.”

He also added:

“We’ve been trying to put this tour together since we put [the ‘A Wonderful Life’] record out — June of 2020. So we’ve been trying to do this for two years. So if people kind of fell off over the course of two years, then that’s what happened. So we ended up rebranding the band once again. And it’s stronger than ever. And we changed up quite a bit of the material [in the setlist] because of that. We’ve got abilities now that we simply did not have in the past, as far as touring. So we’re totally taking advantage of it.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider Teams Up With Z2 Comics For New Graphic Novel “He’s Not Gonna Take It”

Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider has joined forces with Z2 Comics for a new graphic novel called “He’s Not Gonna Take It.” The effort, which can be pre-ordered HERE, will focus on the frontman’s fight against censorship and the PMRC.

Here’s a description of the comic:

“The name of Dee Snider is synonymous with the battle for freedom of expression in the arts. This new graphic novel will follow the impact of it throughout Dee’s life. From a childhood where he was frequently silenced, through the early efforts to stifle his band’s music, to the open warfare of the PMRC hearings in Washington DC, and his current efforts on social media, ‘HE’S NOT GONNA TAKE IT’ tells the story of why free speech is so important to this man who has fought for it. Even when it endangered everything that was important to him.”

Snider commented:

“When I look back on that historic day, I think, ‘How did I fit balls that big into those skin tight jeans!?.’ Then I reflect on the fact that I still stand for everything I stood for all those years ago…and I’m ready to do battle again.”

Editor Rantz Hoseley added:

“Unless you grew up during the PMRC hearings, I don’t think you can really understand what a massive impact it had as teenagers watched Dee testify before congress about the importance of freedom of speech. Metal and rock preached rebellion and fighting back in the song lyrics, but here was the only frontman who was walking the walk. In a world where you thought that adults said one thing and did another, it was the moment where you could believe… Yes, there are people out there who will fight for what is right, against all odds, no matter what the cost. It’s a story that is more vital today than ever.”

Tesla, Michael Schenker, Winger, Etc. Set For 2023 Monsters Of Rock Cruise

The lineup has been revealed for next year’s Monsters Of Rock Cruise. The event will take place aboard Royal Caribbean’s Mariner of the Seas on April 29 – May 4 as it sets sail from Port Canaveral, Florida and makes stops in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic and the Private Isle of Labadee. The following artists will perform: Tesla, Michael Schenker, Winger, Queensrÿche, Saxon, Extreme, Vandenberg, Autograph, Burning Witches, Chez Kane, D-A-D, Dirty Looks, Doro, Faster Pussycat, Great White, Hardcore Superstar, Joel Hoekstra, Junkyard, Kix, Lee Aaron, Liliac, Loudness, Mac Sabbath, Nestor, Reckless Love, Rhino Bucket, Rose Tattoo, Shiraz Lane, Stryper, Ted Poley, Tora Tora, Treat, Tyketto, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, Vain, Wig Wam, Dueling Pianos, and John Corabi.