VIRGIN STEELE's DEFEIS: By The Hammer Of Zeus!

VIRGIN STEELE frontman David DeFeis has posted the following message to the band's official web site: "As you know, we are recording the music that will be featured onstage at the LandesTheater Schwaben's Premier of 'Lilith', this June 24 in Memmingen, Germany. A CD of this Work will not be released prior to the Premier ...

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Former MANOWAR Guitarist To Issue 'Solo' Debut

DAVID SHANKLE GROUP, the new project formed by former MANOWAR guitarist David Shankle and vocalist Trace Edward Zaber, will release their debut album, "Ashes To Ashes", on June 2 through Magic Circle Music. The CD reportedly features "a broad mix of exceptional heavy metal songs, speedy instrumentals, and epic ballads in true heavy-metal fashion," according ...

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OZZY On JASON NEWSTED: I'm 'Fucking Thrilled' He's Joining The Band

OZZY OSBOURNE unveiled his new lineup with a special media showcase/press conference Monday (March 17) at the group's North Hollywood, California rehearsal space. New bassist Jason Newsted (formerly of METALLICA) joined Osbourne, guitarist Zakk Wylde, and drummer Mike Bordin for a blinding four-song set featuring "War Pigs", "Believer", "No More Tears", and "Crazy Train". "I ...

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METALLICA's HAMMETT Says He Does Not Fear Overseas Travel

METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett was recently asked if the impending war in Iraq made him think twice about traveling overseas, as the band intend to do in June when they travel to Europe to play festivals before they come back home for their Summer Sanitarium tour, which starts July 4. "I can't wait," Hammett said. ...

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SHARON OSBOURNE Rushed To Las Vegas Hospital For 'Heat Exhaustion'

The following item was published in today's edition of the New York Post: Sharon Osbourne was rushed by ambulance to a Las Vegas hospital Friday night after she fell ill backstage at an Ozzy Osbourne concert. Sharon, who has undergone chemotherapy treatments after being diagnosed with colon cancer last June, was watching Ozzy perform at ...

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SYSTEM OF DOWN's MALAKIAN: 'I Have Family In Iraq'

SYSTEM OF A DOWN guitarist Daron Malakian says that the potential war with Iraq is an "extremely personal issue" for him. "I have family [in Iraq]," Daron Malakian said in a statement. "I visited Iraq when I was a teenager, and I can tell you first-hand that the people who I met there are really ...

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LINKIN PARK's Record Label Is Keeping Tight Lid On 'Meteora'

LINKIN PARK singer Chester Bennington told Jon Bream of Star Tribune that security is so tight for their "Meteora" album, due March 25 through Warner Bros. Records, that his copy of the advance disk includes a special code, so any duplicates can be traced back. "They don't even trust me," he said. Chester explained to ...

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PRONG's TOMMY VICTOR Rejoins DANZIG!

PRONG founder Tommy Victor has officially rejoined DANZIG. According to DANZIG's web site, "[Glenn] Danzig and Victor kept in touch after PRONG supported [DANZIG] on the US 'I Luciferi' tour and Tommy will once more be tearing up the stage starting with the 'Blackest of the Black' dates. European DANZIG fans who never got to ...

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