Vinnie Paul Abbott, former Pantera, Damageplan and Hellyeah drummer, has passed away. He was 54 years old. The legendary musician died on Friday in Las Vegas, where he owned a home. No other information has been available. Myth of Rock would like to express its condolences to the family and friends of Vinnie. You will be missed, R.I.P. 

Latest update:

According to Vinnie Paul's family, he died in his sleep at his home in Las Vegas.

A seriously great real metal package is coming to town: Manowar co-founding guitarist Ross The Boss announces headline tour all over Europe to promote his recently released album "By Blood Sworn". His band features siren Marc Lopes on lead vocals, Symphony X bassist Mike LePond on bass and Steve Bolognese on drums.

Ross The Boss states: “On April 20th we released a very ambitious album, "By Blood Sworn".  Now in the fall we will perform some of these great new tunes plus the timeless classics. Hope everyone will be there to witness the onslaught!”.

Alongside the Ross The Boss band, Sweden’s Bullet will raise the value of the tour package as co-headliner. The band released their latest critically acclaimed album "Dust To Gold" just as Ross on April 20th.

BULLET says:"Are you ready for the second leg of the ”Dust to Gold” European tour? We are!!! Feels great to be back with a new tour especially with the legend Ross the Boss. See you all on the Heavy Metal Highway!!!!".

And as if that is not enough Poland' s Crystal Viper will join in as a special guest for the first part of the tour from October 16th – 22nd. After that Sweden’s Portrait will take over the special guest slot for the shows from October 24th until November 3rd, including the Metal Hammer Paradise and Aalborg Metal Festival.

Ross the Boss


Crystal Viper

16.10. ES - Oviedo, Sir Laurens

17.10. ES - Madrid, Caracol

18.10. ES - Barcelona, Bóveda

19.10. FR - Grenoble, Ilyade

20.10. IT - Parma, Campus Industy

22.10. FR - Colmar, Le Grillen


Ross the Boss



24.10. CH - Winterthur, Gaswerk

25.10. DE - Köln, Essigfabrik

26.10. DE - Bochum, Matrix

27.10. DE - Andernach, JUZ

30.10. DE - Aschaffenburg, Colos-Saal

31.10. DE - Hamburg, Markthalle

01.11. DE - Rheine, Hypthalamus

02.11. DE - Metal Hammer Paradise

03.11. DK - Aalborg Metal Festival

Foreigner is back with all original members! Lou Gramm, Dennis Elliott, Al Greenwood, Ian McDonald and Rick Wills will join Mick Jones for their ticketed reunion concert, which will take place at The Sturgis Buffalo Chip in Sturgis, South Dakota, on August 4th. These original members had joined the legendary AOR band only for surprise appearances in the past. So it is time to enjoy all of them together for the first time in years!

Mick Jones says: "It's been incredible to have Lou, Dennis, Al, Ian and Rick join us for some surprise appearances throughout the past few years. It always brings back special memories. But now, for the first time, we are letting our fans know we'll be making history together at The Buffalo Chip on August 4th with a Foreigner reunion concert, and we hope they'll come on down to Sturgis and join us!"

Let's hope they will embark on a full tour and that we will have the chance to see them live also in Europe! 

Ian Gillan, the legendary singer of Deep Purple, shared some interesting news, when he spoke to Kaaos TV. More specifically, he revealed that he just recorded a new album with his first-ever band, The Javelins! Let's see what he told during this interview, when he was asked if he has any plans to release new solo music.

Ian Gillan: "I've got about five projects in mind. I've got about 30 songs in my library that have never been recorded. I don't know which of those will actually end up coming alive, but there is one, a project that we've just finished recording in Hamburg. I recorded a new album with my first-ever band, The Javelins, from 1962, and we finished recording that material of the time. And that's coming out in August. And I'm gonna start promotion work on that in a few weeks' time. So you're the first to actually know about it. And it contains songs like Ray Charles and Buddy Holly and Howlin' Wolf and Chuck Berry and stuff like that, from that era. And the guys in the band, most of them tickled along at the occasional gig and they practiced, but most of them haven't really played in any progressive way for 50 years or more — 55, 56 years now. I prepared all the material with Steve Morris, my old partner from Liverpool — not Steve Morse; Steve Morris. And we sent the tapes, 16 songs, to each of the guys, and said, 'Okay, practice like crazy for six weeks.' And so we all met in the studio in Hamburg and we recorded 10 songs on the first day. And the whole 16 were recorded in two days, and then the solos and extra bits and pieces, a few mistakes, were repaired on a Wednesday, and then we did a video, and that was it. It was unbelievable. And I was listening to the rough mixes, before we put on the vocal backings, the girls, and the brass section, because a lot of those old songs, like The Coasters and Ray Charles, had brass sections on them, so we're doing it authentically, augmenting the band. But, you know, because they hadn't played professionally for 50 years, they didn't evolve at all — they kept playing in the style which was in 1962, and consequently, when I'm listening to it, I think, 'My God! This is so authentic. It sounds just exactly as it did in those days.' It's not musicians from today trying to do a retro version of those songs, which I've heard plenty of, and they're always high production — there's no breathing space; no nothing. It sounds, to me, just as I remember it. And so I'm very excited about that. Of course, we're all in our 70s, and we're like a bunch of school boys in the studio. We had a reunion a couple of years ago — at Christmas, we all went on a boat up the river Thames and had a fantastic night. And it was great — the old banter was still there, the jokes and the sense of humor. And it was wonderful — just truly wonderful. A great experience for these guys who have not been in a studio like that before. We did try another project a few years ago and made another set. So I think there were some nerves and some apprehension prior to the session, but by God, they went through it great. After every day's work, we sat down, we had a meal and drank some beers together and just talked about things. It was great. It was certainly a fantastic experience ...".