SHARON OSBOURNE Planning More Surgery

ContactMusic.com is reporting that Sharon Osbourne is going to treat herself this Christmas to more cosmetic surgery. The 52-year-old wife of Ozzy has admitted to having confidence-boosting procedures performed in the past and jokes that after her upcoming operation she will look like British glamour model Jordan. The reality TV star says, "After Christmas I'm ...

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REPULSION Part Ways With Guitarist, Announce Replacement

Guitarist Aaron Freeman has left death metal/grindcore pioneers REPULSION "due to other commitments," according to a posting on the group's web site. "Unfortunately this is a permanent decision. He will be sorely missed. "Taking over guitar duties will be EXHUMED's Matt Harvey. We are very excited to have him aboard, thanks Matt!!!" In other news, ...

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CARDBOARD VAMPYRES: Californian Tour Announced

CARDBOARD VAMPYRES, the new "covers" band featuring former ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell, ex-THE CULT guitarist Billy Duffy and former MÖTLEY CRÜE frontman John Corabi, have lined up a short Californian tour in November. Confirmed dates are as follows: Nov. 14 - Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern Nov. 15 - Los Angeles, ...

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VANISHING POINT Change Projected Title Of New Album

Australian progressive metal band VANISHING POINT have changed the projected title of their new album to "Embrace the Silence" from the previously announced "A Life Less". "We are currently speaking to labels about the release of the new album and we are hopeful that if all goes correctly then it will be out early in ...

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VELVET REVOLVER: Yet Another New Air Date Announced For VH1 Special

According to a VH1 press release, VELVET REVOLVER's upcoming VH1 special, "(Inside)Out: The Rise of Velvet Revolver", has yet another new air date: Wednesday, December 1. The program, which was originally set to air in June, is described as a behind-the-scenes look at how VELVET REVOLVER got constructed, from the songwriting process to the singer ...

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KING'S X: Live Album Samples Posted Online

Audio samples from KING'S X upcoming double live CD, entitled "Live All Over the Place", have been posted online at InsideOut.de. The album, which was recorded at various shows on the band's most recent North American tour, includes all of the group's classics as well as an acoustic portion featuring songs rarely performed ...

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ANDREW W.K. Sings With FEAR FACTORY

Andrew W.K. had the "honor" of singing with FEAR FACTORY during their New York City concert at the Roseland Ballroom Wednesday night (Oct. 13), according to a posting on the singer's web site. "Andrew helped sing the song 'Edgecrusher' from the band's 'Obsolete' album," the posting continues. "It was really fun to sing ...

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UNLEASHED Confirmed For Germany's ROCK HARD FESTIVAL

Legendary Swedish death metallers UNLEASHED are the latest band confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Rock Hard Festival, set to take place May 13-15 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen. Other groups scheduled to appear at the festival include THE HAUNTED, CHILDREN OF BODOM, AMON AMARTH, MASTERPLAN, ENSIFERUM and HEAVEN SHALL BURN. More information (in German) ...

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist Schedules Italian Appearances

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman will be appearing in Italy in November for six very special events sponsored by Italy's top music distributors Casale Bauer and Mogar. Marty will be performing some of his latest music, answering questions, signing autographs, taking pictures and more. For more details, check Crate and Ibanez web sites or contact ...

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