NILE, MALEVOLENT CREATION Confirmed For WACKEN OPEN AIR 2003

NILE and MALEVOLENT CREATION are the latest acts to have been officially confirmed for next year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival, which is scheduled to take place between Jul. 31 and Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany. Also set to appear at the event are ICED EARTH, GAMMA RAY, STRATOVARIUS, DARK ANGEL, and THE ...

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COAL CHAMBER Frontman Offers Update On Future Activities

COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara has posted a lengthy update on the band's official web site, addressing, among other things, the group's recent split with drummer Mike Cox, the release of an upcoming DVD and other future activities. The following is Dez's statement in its entirety: "OK, here's what's going on. Let's talk COAL CHAMBER ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE: No Performance Planned At K-ROCK'S CLAUS-FEST 2002

Despite widespread rumors to the contrary, OZZY OSBOURNE will NOT be performing at K-Rock's Claus-Fest 2002 at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island, New York on Thursday, Dec. 12. Instead, Ozzy will be there simply to introduce his daughter, Kelly Osbourne, who will make an appearance at the event to promote her debut album debut, ...

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JUDAS PRIEST: HALFORD Reunion Rumors Are False

JUDAS PRIEST have slammed as false an "official" announcement on a British hard rock web site that the group are reuniting with ex-vocalist Rob Halford for an upcoming album and tour in 2003. "Please ignore the so called 'official' announcement in PowerPlay magazine about a reunion — this is not true and definitely ...

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PEGAZUS To Release First-Ever DVD

Australia's PEGAZUS are in the process of putting together a very special video/DVD package for release in 2003. "This special video/DVD package will be a retrospective covering basically the whole history of PEGAZUS so far!" wrote guitarist Johnny Stoj on the band's official web site. "It will go as far back as the earliest days ...

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CINDERELLA Frontman Performs With Country Singer

CINDERELLA mainman Tom Keifer performed with country singer ANDY GRIGGS Friday at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The performance included "A Hundred Miles of Bad Road" from ANDY GRIGGS' new "Freedom" CD. This event was broadcast on Nashville's WSN 650 AM. ...

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SAMAEL To Issue Double DVD

Century Media will release an as-yet-yet untitled double DVD from Switzerland's SAMAEL on Jan. 27, 2003. The specially-priced DVD will include footage from this year's Summer Breeze Open Air festival, a 1996 Polish gig on the band's "Passage Tour", video clips for "Jupiterian Vibe", "Infra Galaxia" and "Baphomet's Throne", plus interview and studio footage from ...

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SONATA ARCTICA Announce New Keyboardist, Complete Album

Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA have announced the addition of ex-SILENT VOICES/REQUIEM keyboardist Henrik Klingenberg to the group's lineup following the departure of Mikko Harkin in early September. SONATA ARCTICA recently completed work on their new full-length album for a Mar. 17, 2003 release through Spinefarm Records. An as-yet-unspecified single will precede the album on ...

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