LINKIN PARK Drummer: We Are Not Afraid Of Our Fans

Despite frightening events like the shooting of DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott last week, LINKIN PARK drummer Rob Bourdon told Launch Radio Networks that his band is comfortable with meeting their fans up close. "For the most part, our fans are really respectful," he said. "From the very beginning, we've always been very approachable and ...

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SOLITUDE AETURNUS Continue Work On New Album

Long-running Arlington, Texas-based doom metallers SOLITUDE AETURNUS are currently in the studio recording their new album, tentatively titled "Alone". "The drums are completed and the rhythm guitars and bass tracks are being recorded as I write this," singer Robert Lowe writes on the group's web site. "If all goes as planned (ha: that never happens) ...

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Former EVANESCENCE Guitarist Begins Work On Solo Album

Former EVANESCENCE guitarist Ben Moody will enter the studio in January to begin work on his solo debut, according to MTV.com. Moody has been writing and demoing songs in Los Angeles since the split, and he is planning on recording all the lead vocals himself — as well as playing most of the instruments — ...

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MESHUGGAH: 'Catch 33' Tentatively Scheduled For Release In April

Nuclear Blast Records has set an April 11, 2005 tentative European release date for the new MESHUGGAH studio album, "Catch 33". In a recent interview with the Chronicles of Chaos extreme music webzine, MESHUGGAH drummer Tomas Haake said of the upcoming CD, "It's not a proper full-length if you will, more like an experimental full-length. ...

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DARRELL ABBOTT Memorial Fund Details

A memorial fund has been created to aid help cover bereavement and medical expenses for DAMAGEPLAN's head of security, Jeffrey "Mayhem" Thompson, and two other band employees injured in last week's shooting that resulted in the death of the group's guitarist, "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. Checks can be sent to The Dimebag Darrell Memorial Fund at ...

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Injured OZZY OSBOURNE Forced Out Of Variety Show

BBC News is reporting that Ozzy Osbourne has been forced to pull out of the Royal Variety Performance, which is being filmed on Tuesday (Dec. 14), because of a shoulder injury. Osbourne needs another operation because the metal plate he had inserted after a quad bike accident last year has become so painful. ...

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