MELISSA AUF DER MAUR To Make U.K. Solo Debut In February

Former HOLE/SMASHING PUMPKINS bassist Melissa Auf der Maur will make her U.K. live debut as a solo artist on February 16 at the Carling Islington Academy in London. Auf Der Maur will release her self-titled debut album internationally on February 2, and in the U.K. on March 1 through Capitol Records. The single, "Followed The ...

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DREAM THEATER: 11 Minutes With Guitarist JOHN PETRUCCI

DREAM THEATER guitarist John Petrucci gave a short interview to Norway's Metal Express earlier this month. Listen to the 11-minute conversation here. DREAM THEATER are currently in the middle of a European tour in support of their latest CD, "Train of Thought". The group's North American tour will kick off on March 2 ...

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CAGE To Open For IRON MAIDEN, ARCH ENEMY

San Diego, California-based heavy metal band CAGE have been invited to open for IRON MAIDEN and ARCH ENEMY at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, California on Friday, January 30 and Saturday, January 31. CAGE will play at the Sirius Satellite Radio Showcase Stage from 7:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. The band's set will include ...

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RESPONSE NEGATIVE: New Soundclip Posted Online

RESPONSE NEGATIVE, the Florida-based death/thrash metal band featuring former OVERKILL/GRIP INC. guitarist Bobby Gustafson, have posted a soundclip of their new track "Silent Son" at this location. "Silent Son" comes off the group's recently completed five-song EP, which was recorded at Studio 13 with producer Jeremy Staska and mastered by Mike Fuller. The ...

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TEXTURES Announce New Singer

Dutch progressive metallers TEXTURES have announced the addition of vocalist Eric Kalsbeek (ex-BRAINSHAKE) to the group's ranks. Kalsbeek replaces Pieter Verpaalen, who left the band earlier this month due to "musical differences." TEXTURES recently inked a deal with France's Listenable Records. The group's self-produced debut CD, "Polars" — originally released through the group's own label ...

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SLAYER Named 'Best Band' By Readers Of REVOLVER Magazine

Veteran Los Angeles thrashers SLAYER have been voted "Best Band" by the readers of Revolver magazine. Revolver has committed to putting SLAYER on the cover of the May issue, out March 30. The band will apparently share the cover with Bam Margera of "Jackass" fame (Margera's MTV show "Viva La Bam" won for "Best TV ...

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BLUE MURDER To Tour Japan In April?

Guitarist John Sykes (WHITESNAKE, THIN LIZZY) will reportedly play a few dates in Japan as BLUE MURDER in April. It is not presently clear which musicians will make up the rest of Sykes' touring band. According to the Japanese promoter Creativeman, BLUE MURDER will play the following shows: Apr. 16 – Osaka, JPN ...

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SKID ROW Announce New Drummer

SKID ROW have announced the addition of drummer Tim DiDuro to the group's ranks. An Orlando, Florida native, DiDuro replaces Phil Varone, who abruptly left the band due to "personal reasons." Tim has signed on to play with the band for the first leg of SKID ROW's 2004 World Tour, which starts in Vernal, UT ...

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LULLACRY: 'Killer' New Album In The Works

Finland's LULLACRY have set "Killer" as the working title of their forthcoming album, tentatively due in January 2005. "We have made lots of new amazing songs and I must say they're heavier, faster & more hellish heavy rock than ever," stated main songwriter Sami Vauhkonen. "We'll make something like 20-30 songs and choose the best ...

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