Britain's KERRANG! RADIO To Launch Next Summer

Richard Wray and Julia Day of The Guardian report that media company Emap, publisher of U.K.'s long-running weekly heavy metal publication Kerrang!, won a lucrative radio license Thursday (October 2) to broadcast a station based on the magazine. Emap beat 10 rivals, including bids backed by Ozzy Osbourne and local comedian Jasper Carrot, in a ...

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JOSH HOMME's 'Desert Sessions' Seized By Customs Officials

Five thousand limited-edition vinyl copies of "Desert Sessions 9 & 10", the side project from QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE's Josh Homme that features Polly Jean Harvey and Dean Ween, among other musicians, were seized by customs officials at New York's JFK Airport on Wednesday (October 1), according to MTV.com. The shipment was headed for ...

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Police Conduct In GUNS N' ROSES Riot Probed

A public inquiry has been ordered into the conduct of two police officers during a riot after a GUNS N' ROSES concert was cancelled at the last moment in Vancouver last November, the Canadian Press reports. Complaints Commissioner Dirk Ryneveld says most of the police response to the disturbance was appropriate, but an inquiry is ...

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MELDRUM To Open For DANZIG In Europe

Stockholm, Sweden's MELDRUM, the band featuring former PHANTOM BLUE guitarist Michelle Meldrum, have been confirmed as one of the support acts on DANZIG's upcoming European mini-tour. The trek, which is scheduled to kick off in late November, will include a one-off U.K. appearance in London on November 22 under the "Blackest Of The Black" banner. ...

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HALLOWEEN Confirmed For Germany's KEEP IT TRUE II Festival

Detroit-based metallers HALLOWEEN are the latest act to be confirmed for next year's installment of the Keep It True II festival, set to be held on April 10, 2004 at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany. As previously reported, legendary NWOBHM metallers SATAN will reunite in their original "Court In The Act" lineup (including BLITZKRIEG singer Brian ...

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LINKIN PARK's 'Meteora' Certified Triple Platinum

LINKIN PARK's latest CD, "Meteora", has been certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), signifying sales of more than 3,000,000 units. "Meteora", sold more than 810,000 copies in its first week of release back in late March, easily securing the group the #1 slot on that week's The Billboard 200 chart. ...

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KISS Drummer: TOMMY THAYER Is Doing A Great Job

KISS drummer Peter Criss has told the San Antonio Express-News that Ace Frehley's replacement, Tommy Thayer, is handling amazingly well the difficult task of playing the parts of the group's original guitarist on the band's current tour. "He's really doing a great job," Criss said of Thayer. "I'm up there with him every night and ...

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