KERRANG! Falls Behind NME In U.K. Rock Weekly Sweepstakes

New Musical Express has reclaimed its crown from Kerrang! as the top-selling U.K. rock weekly publication, according to half-year figures published yesterday (August 14) by the Audit Bureau of Circulation. NME sold an average 72,443 copies per week in the period, up 0.5% on the first six months of last year. Kerrang! posted a 16.2% ...

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GLASSJAW Singer Teams Up With DAN THE AUTOMATOR

GLASSJAW frontman Daryl Palumbo and drummer Larry Gorman have teamed with producer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura to form HEAD AUTOMATICA, according to Billboard.com. The group has begun work at Nakamura's San Francisco studio on their Sire debut, expected early next year. Other as-yet-unnamed guests artists are expected to lend a hand. "I've been writing electronic ...

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Satire: GREAT WHITE Concert Blacks Out Eastern Seaboard

Satirical "news" site News Hax is reporting that "a faulty electrical display during the second set of a GREAT WHITE concert in upstate New York is being blamed for one of the largest blackouts in U.S. history Thursday (August 14), as power grids up and down the Northeast shorted out in a chain reaction from ...

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DEAD HEAD Rejoined By Frontman

Veteran Dutch thrashers DEAD HEAD have reunited with vocalist/bassist Tom van Dijk and are planning on entering the studio in October to record their fourth album, "Haatland". An early 2004 release through Cold Blood Industries is expected. A recently recorded demo track, titled "Desire", can be downloaded from this location. ...

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Review: DEF LEPPARD Does The Time Warp

Jeff Miers of The Buffalo News reviewed DEF LEPPARD's show at the Erie County Fair on Wednesday night (August 13). "It was like watching 'The Breakfast Club' for the 43rd time. You knew exactly what was going to happen, but you loved it anyway," he wrote. "Since the majority of the audience, by all appearances, ...

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JEFF SCOTT SOTO: Mammoth QUEEN Set Out On DVD

Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Jeff Scott Soto and his solo band — Howie Simon, Alex Papa and Gary Schutt — performed a set of QUEEN classics at the 2003 Queen Convention in the U.K. The performance, which was captured on video, has now been made available on DVD via Soto's official web site,

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Review: IRON MAIDEN Continues Love Affair With Heavy Metal Fans

Dave Ferman of the Star-Telegram reviewed the IRON MAIDEN/DIO/MOTÖRHEAD tour when it came to the Smirnoff Music Centre in Dallas, Texas Wednesday night (August 13). "I love the MAIDEN, always have," he wrote. "Virtually alone among the wave of British metal bands that emerged in the early 1980s, these guys have stayed extremely popular around ...

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The Ledger: Hard Rock Comes Back Around

Bill Dean of The Ledger is reporting that the Rock Never Stops tour, featuring WHITESNAKE, WARRANT, KIP WINGER and SLAUGHTER, "might just as well have been dubbed 'Hard Rock Comes Back Around', because as WARRANT bassist Jerry Dixon says, the groups are playing — and receiving crowd reactions — as if it's the heyday of ...

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