METALIUM Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Germany's METALIUM are the latest band to have been officially confirmed for this year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival. The event, which is scheduled to take place Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany, will include performances from the following artists (in alphabetical order): ANCIENT RITES ANNIHILATOR ASSASSIN CIRCLE II CIRCLE DARK AGE DARKANE ...

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, LYNCH MOB To Tour Together In The Fall

YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and LYNCH MOB are reportedly in talks about possibly touring together in the fall. Although no contracts have yet been signed, it is understood that LYNCH MOB would be opening for MALMSTEEN, and local acts from each city would also be added to the bill. A tentative Sept. 6 date at Jaxx in ...

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GRAVE Embark On First U.S. Tour In Over Seven Years

Swedish death metal stalwarts GRAVE have returned to U.S. shores are in the midst of their first stateside trek in over seven years as direct support to fellow metal titans IMMOLATION. Opening the tour are GOATWHORE and CREMATORIUM. Their highly touted new release, "Back From The Grave", is garnering rave reviews from across the metal ...

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MERCENARY To Support TYPE O NEGATIVE In Denmark

Denmark's MERCENARY will be supporting TYPE O NEGATIVE at Train in Århus on June 22. In other news, the band have begun negotiations with legendary Danish thrashers INVOCATOR about filling the support slot on their 17-gig Danish tour in November/December. Confirmed dates are as follows: Oct. 31 - Kulturfabrikken - Nykøbing Falster, DEN Nov. 07 ...

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KATAKLYSM: 'We Will Never Open Another Tour Again'

KATAKLYSM singer Maurizio Iacono has posted the following message to the group's official web site: "In response to the numerous e-mails we have received and pissed off fans we've encountered, we would like to apologize to all of you who came to the shows in Houston, Dallas, Tempe, Los Angeles and San Francisco to see ...

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NICKELBACK's 'Silver Side Up' Certified Triple Platinum In The U.K.

NICKELBACK's "Silver Side Up" has officially been certified triple platinum in the U.K. for shipments in excess of 900,000 copies. "Silver Side Up" recently turned quintuple-platinum in the U.S. after shifting over five million units since its release in Sept. 2001. NICKELBACK are currently working on their new studio album for a fall 2003 release ...

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LINKIN PARK Singer Hospitalized

LINKIN PARK frontman Chester Bennington was admitted to a Los Angeles-area hospital Friday, May 30 after suffering an attack of "severe back and abdominal pains." Bennington remains hospitalized as doctors are determining the cause of his ailments. A spokesperson for the band said, "All touring and video shoot plans in Europe have been put on ...

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THE USED's MCCRACKEN Diagnosed With Pancreas Disease

THE USED vocalist Bert McCracken was rushed to a hospital and treated for intense chest pains, nausea and vomiting after slumping to the ground during "On My Own", the first and only song the band played for a radio station concert in Cincinnati on May 27. He was later diagnosed with acute pancreatitis, a severe ...

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