Design The GENE SIMMONS Alter-Ego: FIRESTARTER!

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons is busy readying his highly anticipated solo record, "Firestarter", the debut release on Simmons Records/Sanctuary Music Group, and is looking for the best and most creative designer to come up with the image for his alter-ego. "We want to leave the creative vision to the individual designer, but as a point ...

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DISTURBED Guitarist Becomes A Father

DISTURBED guitarist Dan Donegan became a father in late December, according to MTV.com. His daughter, Maya Jean, was born in Chicago to Dan and his girlfriend. "She's got big wisps of a full head of black hair," DISTURBED frontman David Draiman said. "She's very cute and he's very, very happy." ...

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Report: Two Heavy Metal Fans Accused In Columbine-Like Plot

Two Southeast Louisiana heavy metal fans (photos) were arrested Monday (Jan. 12) on charges of terrorizing for what detectives say was a plan to re-create the bloody massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., according to the Associated Press. Dutchtown High School students Christopher Levins, 17, of Prairieville and Addam Sinclair, 19, ...

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ANNIHILATOR: New Album Cover Posted Online

Long-running Canadian thrashers ANNIHILATOR have posted the cover artwork for their upcoming CD, "All For You", at this location. As previously reported, "All For You" is tentatively due this spring through Germany's AFM Records. The forthcoming CD marks the recording debut with the group of new singer Dave Padden, who replaced previous vocalist ...

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VENOM Singer Comments On PROBOT Project: 'This Was Heavy Shit!'

VENOM frontman Conrad "Cronos" Lant recently spoke to Germany's Visions magazine about his involvement with the PROBOT project, the one-off metal album put together by ex-NIRVANA drummer/current FOO FIGHTERS guitarist/vocalist Dave Grohl. "It was very, very strange," Cronos recalled about the first time he heard from Grohl. "I didn't know what to expect at all. ...

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THE WILDHEARTS: U.K. 'Warm-Up' Dates Announced

THE WILDHEARTS will be playing several full electric warm-up gigs in February. The dates are as follows: Feb. 06 – Whitehaven, UK - Civic hall Feb. 07 - Wrexham, UK - Central station Feb. 08 - Brighton, UK - Concord 2 As previously reported, THE WILDHEARTS will release a special version of their "Riff After ...

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Former SPINESHANK Singer Explains His Departure

Former SPINESHANK frontman Jonny Santos has issued a statement via the band's official forum explaining his reasons for leaving the group. His statement reads as follows: "Hello everyone. First off, I would like to thank everyone who has stuck by SPINESHANK over the years. You are the single most important people to myself and the ...

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ANDREW W.K. To Tour Canada

ANDREW W.K. is in the process of scheduling a cross-country Canadian tour. "The Wolf Tour Canada 2004" will start sometime in mid-February and "will span the full east-to-west width," according to a posting at Andrew's web site. In other news, Andrew has made an e-mail address available where fans can write to him directly with ...

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CRISIS: Live Dates Announced

CRISIS, the reformed group which up until early 2003 performed and recorded in Los Angeles under the name SKULLSICK NATION, have lined up the following dates during the coming weeks: Jan. 19 – Troubadour - West Hollywood, CA (free show) Feb. 20 - The Pound - San Francisco, CA Feb. 21 - TBA Feb. 22 ...

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