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Interview: Jason Newsted Talks New EP, 'Metal,' and Reconnecting with Metallica

Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted walked away from one of the world's biggest bands to explore his own music. In the process, he worked with the progressive metal veterans Voivod and played with Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and many others.

Interview: Dust's Richie Wise, Kenny Aaronson and Marky Ramone Discuss New Reissue of 'Hard Attack/Dust'

Individually, members of '70s band Dust have produced some of the biggest acts in the world, played with some of the biggest names in rock and even gone on to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Collectively, Richie Wise, Kenny Aaronson and Marc Bell (now Marky Ramone) may have been ahead of their time.

Interview: Andy Biersack of Black Veil Brides Talks Golden Gods Awards, 'Wretched and Divine' and Devoted Fans

The year is shaping up to be a impressive one for Andy Biersack and Black Veil Brides. They've already released The Wretched and Divine: The Story of the Wild Ones, which debuted at No. 7 in the US; they've unveiled a motion picture, Legion of the Black, done two North American legs and one European leg of the Church of the Wild Ones tour — and they're up for two Golden God awards.

Interview: Kiss Guitarist Tommy Thayer Discusses His Signature Epiphone "Spaceman" Les Paul

It's hard to imagine that 10 years have gone by since Tommy Thayer officially took over as the “Spaceman” in Kiss. It seemed only fitting that the Spaceman should don the Les Paul. However, as fate would have it, Thayer has been a longtime Les Paul player, even back in his days in Black and Blue.

Interview: Godsmack's Sully Erna Talks Solo Albums and New 'Avalon Live' DVD

Last year, Godsmack’s Sully Erna took a creative leap of faith and released Avalon. Godsmack has shown glimpses of Erna’s world and tribal influences most notably with tracks like “Voodoo." Avalon fully immersed the artist into a word of musicians and collaborators that resulted in an album that shows the depth and breadth of Sully’s talents.

Interview: Zakk Wylde Discusses His Signature Edition Guitar Apprentice Instructional DVDs

Zakk Wylde had long been known for his guitar pyrotechnics, signature look and over-the-top personality. Beneath all that, however, lies Zakk Wylde the guitar ambassador. Though his instructional videos, tab books and Guitar World columns, Wylde has made the instrument more approachable, and he never shies away from giving credit to his influences or peers.

Interview: George Lynch Discusses New Lynch Mob EP, 'Sound Mountain Sessions,' T&N and More

"We tried to take a chance with this EP and record in a very non-traditional way, away from how we typically record, away from a larger studio in Hollywood. I think we have better results when we just practice. I thought, "Let’s record that way.'" I knew someone who had a studio up in the mountains north of LA called Sound Mountain. Basically it’s a vacant two-story house equipped with a studio. We went in without any preconceived ideas. We just wanted to see what happened."

Interview: Guitarist Wes Wallace of Texas Hippie Coalition Discusses 'Peacemaker' and Non-Stop Touring

Texas Hippie Coalition released their third studio album, Peacemaker, August 14 through Carved Records. The band — Big Dad Ritch (vocals), John Exall (bass), Wes Wallace (guitar) and Timmy Braun (drums) — blends Pantera-style riffs and energy with vocals that sound a bit like ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons.

Interview: Guitarist Tak Matsumoto of B'z Discusses the Band's First English-Language EP and His Signature Edition Gibson

In 1988, guitarist Tak Matsumoto and vocalist Koshi Inaba formed the rock duo B’z. Over the next 24 years, B’z released 18 albums and 50 singles, 46 of which debuted at No. 1 on Japan’s Oricon singles chart. B’z have sold more than 80 million CDs in Japan alone, making them the best-selling artists in that country's history.

Photo Gallery: Kiss Tear It Up in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, September 2

Kiss made a stop at the First Niagara Pavilion in Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, Sunday, September 2, as part of their co-headlining tour with Mötley Crüe. Kiss took the stage to a near-capacity crowd and tore through many of their live standards. Sprinkled in with "Shout It Out Loud," "Deuce" and "Love Gun" was their new single, "Hell Or Hallelujah," and "War Machine."