THE DARKNESS Sign $3.5 Million 2-Album Deal

U.K. rockers THE DARKNESS have singed a two-album publishing deal with Universal Music Publishing for a whopping $3.5 million. "It's a phenomenal deal," a music business insider told The Mirror. "Usually such a big deal would be for five albums. To get £2million for just two albums is almost unheard of." ...

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Drummer FAUST Leaves DISSECTION

Former EMPEROR drummer Bård "Faust" Eithun has officially parted ways with DISSECTION. According to an official press release, Eithun made the decision after a meeting with DISSECTION guitarist/vocalist Jon Nödtvedt in Stockholm, Sweden. Bård "explained that he has been tense about what impression the whole deal with DISSECTION would do to him in practice and ...

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SYSTEMATIC: New Rehearsal Spot, New Tunes In The Works

Tim Narducci, vocalist/guitarist of the San Francisco Bay Area metallers SYSTEMATIC, has posted the following message on the group's web site: "Hey friends!!! Long time no speak. Things have been in a different mode lately. We decided to pick up shop and move out to the Central Valley (Modesto, Ca.) for our new camp. [Drummer] ...

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MCM Complete Work On Debut Album

MCM, the new band formed by Alex Masi (guitar), Randy Coven (bass, ARK, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) and John Macaluso (drums, ARK, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, TNT), have completed work on their debut CD, tentatively due in early 2004 through Lion Music. The album will reportedly consist of 11 songs: 10 original numbers written by the band, plus a ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Officially Announce Summer 2004 Tour Dates

JUDAS PRIEST have officially announced the following summer 2004 tour dates: Jun. 05 – Bologna, ITA @ Gods of Metal Jun. 10 – Sölvesborg, SWE @ Sweden Rock Jun. 12 – Lichtenvoorde, NETH @ Arrow Classic Rock Jun. 20 – Athens, GRE @ Rock Wave Festival Jun. 25 - Villarobledo (Albacete), SPA @ Metal Mania ...

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MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP Confirmed For Spain's PIORNO ROCK FESTIVAL

MSG (MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP) have been confirmed for the Piorno Rock Festival 2004, which is set to take place on Saturday, February 28 in Pinos Puentes (Granada), Spain. Other bands scheduled to appear at the event so far are AMON AMARTH, AXXIS, BATTLELORE, CALLENISH CIRCLE, CAGE, CONTRA, DARK FUNERAL, DESTRUCTION, ENSLAVED, EPICA, EVERGREY, FINTROLL, IRON ...

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Lawyer: GREAT WHITE Singer Is Relieved But Agonizing

Laurel J. Sweet of the Boston Herald is reporting that GREAT WHITE singer Jack Russell was "relieved" to be spared criminal culpability for the fourth deadliest fire in U.S. history, but remains tormented by his role in rock 'n' roll infamy, his lawyer said. "Jack is still agonizing over this," attorney Neil Philbin said yesterday ...

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UNJUST Sign To KOOLARROW RECORDS

Criminally underrated San Francisco Bay Area band UNJUST have just signed to Koolarrow Records, the label headed up by former FAITH NO MORE bassist Billy Gould. The group's third CD, "Glow", is scheduled for release in March 2004, and will coincide with a U.S. tour. Details on European release dates will follow soon. Recorded at ...

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THE WILDHEARTS Singer Postpones Acoustic Tour

THE WILDHEARTS frontman Ginger has been forced to postpone his previously announced acoustic tour after coming down with a "throat infection," according to the singer's web site. Ginger is hoping to reschedule the dates for January 2004. Ticket holders should contact the venue/booking agent they purchased the tickets from for details of ticket validity at ...

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GODHEAD Frontman To Perform At Charity Event

GODHEAD frontman Jason Miller will be performing two songs with Reeves Gabrels (DAVID BOWIE, THE CURE) at Tangier in Los Filez, California Wednesday night (Dec. 10). This is a charity event for "The Crib", a transitional home for young mothers. Jason will take the stage at approximately 10:00 p.m. Tangier is located at 2138 Hillhurst ...

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