MELDRUM Joined By MOTÖRHEAD's LEMMY At Hollywood Gig

MELDRUM, the Swedish band led by former PHANTOM BLUE guitarist Michelle Meldrum (wife of EUROPE axeman John Norum), were joined by MOTÖRHEAD's Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister for a rendition of the MOTÖRHEAD classic "No Class" during their appearance at House of Blues in Hollywood, California on Saturday (Jan. 22). Headlining the show were BLACK LABEL SOCIETY. ...

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ROYAL HUNT Singer Says New Album Is Band's Best Record To Date

Denmark's ROYAL HUNT are currently at the North Point studio in Copenhagen recording their new album. The as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2003's "Eyewitness" is due in late spring/early summer. A studio update from the band's official web site follows: "[Singer John West] has landed… John's vocal work — impeccable as usual — is done. Showing his ...

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CANDLEMASS To Begin Mixing New Album This Week

Reunited Swedish doomsters CANDLEMASS are completing the recording sessions for their new, self-titled album at Polar studios (ABBA, GENESIS, LED ZEPPELIN) in Stockholm, Sweden for a May 2 release through Nuclear Blast Records. "Messiah [Marcolin] just finished his vocal tracks this weekend and I'm working with some keyboards right now," bassist/main songwriter Leif Edling told ...

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JUDAS PRIEST To Embark On Japanese Tour In Late April/Early May

JUDAS PRIEST will be embarking on a Japanese tour in late April/early May, immediately following the group's European trek. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon. PRIEST have yet to announce their U.S. tour plans but it is expected that they will be scheduling a headlining run in the summer. Among the rumored support ...

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A PERFECT CIRCLE's JOSH FREESE Drumming For STING

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that singer Maynard James Keenan has gone back to TOOL, bassist Jeordie White has joined the touring lineup of NINE INCH NAILS, and now A PERFECT CIRCLE drummer Josh Freese has found something to do while APC is on hiatus. Freese will sit behind the kit for former POLICE singer ...

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METALLICA Frontman Says 'Monster' Still Difficult To Watch

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that METALLICA frontman James Hetfield said "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster", the 2004 documentary about the turbulent making of the group's last album, "St. Anger", with its revealing scenes of band arguments and therapy sessions, is still difficult for him to watch. "First couple times it was difficult," he said. ...

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INVOCATOR Drummer Joins Forces With Ex-WITHERING SURFACE Members

INVOCATOR drummer Jakob Gundel has recently spent time in the studio recording five tracks for a new project called THE DOWNWARD CANDIDATE. In addition to Gundel, the project features Allan Tvedebrink and Kasper B of the now-defunct Danish melodeathsters WITHERING SURFACE. Vocal duties are being handled by Kim Orneborg of the Danish band MUGSHOT. The ...

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AXL ROSE Signs Publishing Deal With SANCTUARY

According to MusicWeek.com, Sanctuary Music Publishing announced on Monday (Jan. 24) that it has signed the publishing for GUNS N' ROSES legend Axl Rose. The deal, which was confirmed by Sanctuary, covers all catalog on futures for the composer, including classics such as GN'R's "Sweet Child Of Mine". It also follows a year after the ...

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