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Metal Blade Records has added Amon’s Amarth‘s Johan Hegg, Ray Alder of Fates Warning, as well as dUg Pinnick of King’s X as the special guests for the indie label’s 30th Anniversary show, set for Friday, Nov. 30 at the House of Blues in Los Angeles. The guest musicians will join Armored Saint on stage throughout their set to perform a variety of cover songs. ‘That Metal Show’ co-hosts Eddie Trunk and Don Jamieson will be hosting the event.

“So pumped to be hosting Metal Blade’s 30th Anniversary Show with quintessential metal warriors, Armored Saint and a destined-to-be quintessential metal band, Gypsyhawk,” Jamieson said. “Gonna be heavier than Honey Boo Boo’s mama!” That’s pretty heavy.

Lizzy Borden had to drop off the bill, but the label plans to make it up to the fans by bringing out some amazing artists for the special jam session. [Via Press Release]

Baroness were involved in a nightmarish bus accident over the summer. Recovery has been slow-going, but it’s going nonetheless. Frontman John Baizley has finally broken his silence about how he has navigated the road to recovery.

He said, “I discovered that being able to articulate the experience, either verbally or on paper, was quite nice for my mental state. I won’t say cathartic because that would seem to denote that at the end of it, I feel better or that I purged with it. I guess over time it’s a slow purging. But yeah, I discovered some sort of therapy through putting my thoughts down on paper in a different way than I’m accustomed to. The tools in my trade are typically songs and images, so now I’m trying to keep them a verbal thing. It’s a new thing for me but it’s actually been quite good for me.” [Loudwire]

Lynch Mob and Dio’s Disciples vocalist Oni Logan has offered a lengthy update about his status and his work in Dio’s Disciples. He also shared some fond memories of the late, great Ronnie James Dio. The full text of his update is posted below:

A note to all Lynch Mob listeners,

The Lynch Mob is on hiatus, for how long ? I don’t know.

Without getting long winded, truth is I haven’t left Lynch Mob, I’m just taking the time in pursuing other projects that I would like to be a part of. I’m sure we’ll regroup somewhere down the road.

Other projects……

One being The Dio Disciples US tour dates that start on October 20th at the House of Blues in Anaheim CA as a guest vocalist.

I had been asked by the band to join them in paying homage to Dio’s music and legacy. I have many great memories of Ron, I first met him in 1989 in West Palm Beach Florida, we had spoken for a couple of hours back stage which led to the bar, by the end of the night I told him that I was interested in coming out to California to catch the dream.

His answer was, ‘Well, come to L.A. then,’ as easy as that, I couldn’t help but chuckle as to how easy he made the journey appear to me but I did, I took his advice, it had been one of the best pieces of advice anyone has ever given me.

As fate would have it, we would become family friends in sharing Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas holidays as well as Halloween and new years eve party’s together, sort of surreal to think about it now, he always was such a great host and organized the best new years eve party’s every year, those were and still are some great memories.

Ron had such a great quality in how he was able to engage with people, no matter who you were he always made you feel like you were the only person in the room, I believe this had been one of the reason why his arms had reached so many people across the globe. It’s an honor to have been asked to represent a friend’s legacy and music, I truly believe he would have wanted his songs to continue being celebrated in all four corners of the globe through his fans, fellow musicians, friends and family and loyal band members…….. we’ll all keep on singing his songs.

Oni Logan [Via Press Release]

Who needs MTV when there will be Heavy Metal Television. A live television station, streaming worldwide 24-hours-a-day in HD video and hi-fi audio, Heavy Metal Television brings the classic MTV format back to life with favourites such as Judas Priest and Iron Maiden as well as newer bands like Five Finger Death Punch and Shinedown.

The format will consist of conceptual videos presented by VJs with short segments of rock news and interviews sprinkled throughout. Concerts will be shown Saturday nights. Specialty programing is being developed.

Heavy Metal TV launches on November 15 at this location. [Via Press Release]

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