THE WILDHEARTS Frontman Cancels Acoustic Dates

THE WILDHEARTS frontman Ginger has been forced to cancel the first three dates of his acoustic tour after coming down with a "throat infection," according to the singer's web site. The affected dates are as follows: Dec. 10 – Wolverhampton, UK - Civic Bar Dec. 11 - High Wycombe, UK - White Horse Dec. 12 ...

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DARKANE To Appear On Swedish TV

DARKANE will be featured on the Swedish TV show "Musikbyrån" (channel SVT1) on Wednesday, December 10. The show will include a report from this year's Sweden Rock Festival, where DARKANE were filmed during their live set and interviewed. Other bands featured on the show will be MOTÖRHEAD and ANTHRAX. For more information go to the ...

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ANDREW W.K. Adds Guitarist

Former ANDREW W.K. guitar technician Kendall has officially joined the band as their third guitarist. Kendall replaces Jimmy Coup (a.k.a. James Mecherle, formerly of Minnesota's COUP DE GRACE), who left the group last month due to "musical" differences. ANDREW's current touring band is rounded out by Payne (guitar), Frank (guitar), Gregg (bass), and Donald "D.T." ...

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RAGING SPEEDHORN Part Ways With Guitarist

Britain's RAGING SPEEDHORN have announced the departure of guitarist Tony Loughlin from the group's ranks. The following is guitarist Gareth "Gaz" Smith's official statement on the matter: "I'm sorry to announce that Tony and SPEEDHORN have parted ways. It's a sad situation all round but one I hope that will be best for everybody in ...

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Former PITCHSHIFTER Drummer To Appear On New BLAZE CD

BLAZE, the British band led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE singer Blaze Bayley, are utilizing the services of former PITCHSHIFTER drummer Jason Bowld during the recording sessions for their third full-length album, which are taking place at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire together with producer Andy Sneap. Also recording with the group is bassist Wayne Banks (SABBAT, ...

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MOTOGRATER Get Green Light To Record Second Album

Elektra Records has picked up the option for a second MOTOGRATER album, according to a posting on the band's web site. The as-yet-untitled CD is tentatively scheduled to be recorded early next year for a late 2004 release. No further information is available at this time. ...

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U.D.O.: European/Japanese Tour Dates Announced

U.D.O., the German band led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, have announced the dates for their upcoming European and Japanese tour in support of their new CD, "Thunderball". The group's follow-up to 2002's "Man And Machine" is currently being produced by U.D.O. guitarist/former ACCEPT drummer Stefan Kaufmann for a late February release through AFM ...

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SKRAPE Added To LIFE OF AGONY U.S. Tour

SKRAPE will be filling the opening slot on the upcoming LIFE OF AGONY/FLAW U.S. tour, which is slated to kick off in late January. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Jan. 20 - Northern Lights - Albany, NY Jan. 21 - Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA Jan. 23 - Palladium - Worcester, MA Jan. 24 ...

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