It's Official: KISS To Perform With Australian Symphony

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: One of the world's greatest bands, KISS, today announced one of the most spectacular concert events Australia will ever see, Kiss Symphony. At a press conference in Melbourne, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Peter Criss announced details of a one-off concert with the 60-piece Melbourne Symphony to be held at Telstra Dome ...

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STRATOVARIUS Frontman: Why My Brazilian Tour Was Cancelled

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto has issued a statement clarifying the reasons for the cancellation of his Brazilian solo tour. "This is the truth about the KOTIPELTO Brazil tour!" begins the statement. "I didn't cancel the tour! Me and the guys in the band wanted to do the tour and I was calling every day to ...

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NIGHTWISH To Issue Second DVD In June

NIGHTWISH have set June 2, 2003 as the release date for their second DVD, which is currently being compiled by the group and Spinefarm Records in their hometown of Helsinki. As previously reported, the as-yet-untitled DVD will consist of 12-14 tracks of music, including promo videos and various self-recorded live tracks, and about 60 minutes ...

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Police: Drugs Found On KID ROCK's Bus

Kid Rock's tour bus was pulled over and scoured for drugs on Florida's Turnpike just hours after the rap-metal singer performed in suburban West Palm Beach, reports The Palm Beach Post. He and his band weren't on board the bus when it was stopped for a top-to-bottom search — including the "celebrity bedroom," according to ...

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BLACK CLOUD: Video Clips, Band Photo Posted Online

BLACK CLOUD, the Quebec-based "all-star" thrash metal tribute band consisting of ex-VOIVOD bassist Jean-Yves Thériault (a.k.a. Blacky), ex-OBLIVEON guitarist Pierre Rémillard, MARTYR guitarist Daniel Mongrain, CRYPTOPSY drummer Flo Mounier, and GHOULUNATICS vocalist Patrick Mireault, have posted video clips of three songs performed during a recent rehearsal session in preparation for the group's November 9 gig ...

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VOIVOD's AWAY: 'I Like To Hit Flying Saucers'

VOIVOD drummer Away (a.k.a. Michel Langevin) has posted the following studio update via the Chophouse Records web site: "I like to hit flying saucers in front of my eyes. I usually play a Ludwig set that is a reissue of an old sparkly silver drum kit from the '70's. However, for the recording of this ...

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DARKANE Added To NO MERCY FESTIVALS 2003

DARKANE are the latest band to have been confirmed for the forthcoming No Mercy/Easter Festivals 2003 European tour, which is also set to include performances by TESTAMENT, MARDUK, PRO-PAIN, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, MALEVOLENT CREATION, GRAVEWORM, CALLENISH CIRCLE and ARKHON INFAUSTUS. Another as-yet-undisclosed co-headlining act — rumored to be either MORBID ANGEL or DARK ...

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C.R.A.N.K.: MP3 Samples Posted Online

C.R.A.N.K., the Stockholm-based project featuring CANDLEMASS guitarist Mats "Mappe" Björkman, singer Alex Swerdh, guitarist Ulf Larsson (of the KISS cover band KYSS), and ex-LIONS SHARE members Johan Koleberg (drums) and Pontus Egberg (bass), have posted MP3 clips of four cuts from their recently-recorded five-song demo via the group's official web site at this ...

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GORGUTS Drummer Commits Suicide

Steve MacDonald, drummer for the long-running Canadian death metal act GORGUTS, reportedly hung himself a couple of days ago after battling depression for the last few years. An official statement from the rest of the group is expected by the end of the week. ...

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