Linda Leseman

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  • 5 months ago | Rock

    In 2013, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian asked fellow guitarist Jim Wilson for an unusual gift. For his 50th birthday, Ian wanted to play songs by Wilson’s then-defunct L.A. hard rock band Mother Superior — with Wilson, who agreed. Ian created a five-...

  • 6 months ago | Metal

    Ask any group of serious guitar shredders who their influences were, and you’re likely to hear Uli Jon Roth mentioned at least once. His tenure with Germany’s Scorpions from 1974 to 1978 was brief relative to the longevity of the band, but his leg...

  • 10 months ago | Metal

    L.A. doesn't have a big death metal scene, but Abysmal Dawn is looking to change that. Their fourth album, Obsolescence, drops at the end of October and, spoiler alert: it’s sick. Check out their new track "The Inevitable Return to Darkness", belo...

  • 1 year ago | Metal

    The seventh annual Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival goes down Saturday at San Manuel Amphitheater, featuring Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Asking Alexandria, and others of the extreme music persuasion. None, however, are as extreme as death m...

  • 1 year ago | Rock

    It's been a wild decade for Brody Dalle, who has has a deep, husky voice and a tough attitude. The punk band she led, The Distillers, dissolved in 2006, and she subsequently went into recovery from a crystal meth addiction. After getting divo...

  • 1 year ago | Metal

    Metal legend Ronnie James Dio, before dying from stomach cancer in 2010, led bands like Rainbow, Dio, and Black Sabbath (in the non-Ozzy era) with richly-colored vocals and fantastical lyrics. The pint-sized singer, at 5'3", was three inches short...

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