Former BIG WRECK Frontman Signs With CHAD KROEGER's Label

Jam! Music reports former BIG WRECK frontman Ian Thornley has signed with his friend Chad Kroeger's Universal-distributed label 604 in Canada, and Roadrunner for the rest of the world. He will begin recording with Toronto producer Gavin Brown (THREE DAYS GRACE, BILLY TALENT) in September. The album, expected in the first quarter of 2004, will ...

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IGGY POP Explains How The STOOGES Got Back Together

Iggy Pop recently spoke to Brian McCollum of Detroit Free Press about his decision to collaborate with fellow ex-STOOGES members Ron and Scott Asheton on four tracks ("Little Electric Chair", "Skull Rings", "Loser" and "Dead Rock Star") for his new album, "Skull Ring". "It took awhile sifting down, doing some soul-searching, having some conversations, for ...

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DESPAIRATION To Release New Album In November

German ambient/gothic metallers DESPAIRATION have finished recording their fourth full-length album, "Music For The Night", for a November release through Holland's DVS Records. The band will enter X-Ton-Studio next week to master the effort, which will contain 18 songs and around 80 minutes of playing time. A record-release party is planned for October 30 at ...

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SEVEN WITCHES To Enter Studio In September

SEVEN WITCHES, the band featuring former SAVATAGE guitarist Jack Frost, ARMORED SAINT/FATES WARNING bassist Joey Vera, and HELSTAR singer James Rivera, will return to the studio in September to begin recording the follow-up to "Passage to the Other Side". Touring should begin in early 2004. In other news, Frost is busy at work on his ...

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E.TOWN CONCRETE Added To OZZFEST 2003!

According to a posting on Ozzfest.com, E.TOWN CONCRETE will be replacing DEPSWA on the remaining Ozzfest 2003 shows starting with Thursday's (August 14) concert in Boston, Massachusetts. As reported here earlier today, DEPSWA and GRADE 8 dropped off the trek after their tour support was pulled by Geffen and Lava/Atlantic Records, respectively. A replacement act ...

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ATOMIZER: New Album Details Revealed

Australian black/death/thrash ensemble ATOMIZER have finalized the track listing for their third studio album, "The Only Weapon Of Choice (13 Odes To Power, Decimation and Conquest)", due in Australia in late September. 13 tracks were recorded for the CD, which has a playing time of roughly 45 minutes. The album will be mixed over the ...

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AEROSMITH Singer To Be Honored At MAP AWARDS

The Musicians' Assistance Program will honor AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler, Jimmie Vaughan and John Branca at its 4th annual MAP Awards, Nov. 5 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, according to Hits Daily Double. The evening, hosted by Sharon Osbourne, will feature performances by Tyler and Vaughan as well as Diane Schuur. Tyler will receive the ...

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MARLON BRANDO Is COURTNEY LOVE's Grandfather

GQ magazine's U.K. web site is reporting today that Marlon Brando is the unexpected grandfather of former HOLE frontwoman Courtney Love. The widow of Kurt Cobain has just discovered this tidbit of info from her mother, psychologist Linda Carroll, who has taken DNA tests to confirm she is the star's daughter. A flabbergasted ...

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