METALLICA's HAMMETT Says He Does Not Fear Overseas Travel

METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett was recently asked if the impending war in Iraq made him think twice about traveling overseas, as the band intend to do in June when they travel to Europe to play festivals before they come back home for their Summer Sanitarium tour, which starts July 4. "I can't wait," Hammett said. ...

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SHARON OSBOURNE Rushed To Las Vegas Hospital For 'Heat Exhaustion'

The following item was published in today's edition of the New York Post: Sharon Osbourne was rushed by ambulance to a Las Vegas hospital Friday night after she fell ill backstage at an Ozzy Osbourne concert. Sharon, who has undergone chemotherapy treatments after being diagnosed with colon cancer last June, was watching Ozzy perform at ...

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SYSTEM OF DOWN's MALAKIAN: 'I Have Family In Iraq'

SYSTEM OF A DOWN guitarist Daron Malakian says that the potential war with Iraq is an "extremely personal issue" for him. "I have family [in Iraq]," Daron Malakian said in a statement. "I visited Iraq when I was a teenager, and I can tell you first-hand that the people who I met there are really ...

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LINKIN PARK's Record Label Is Keeping Tight Lid On 'Meteora'

LINKIN PARK singer Chester Bennington told Jon Bream of Star Tribune that security is so tight for their "Meteora" album, due March 25 through Warner Bros. Records, that his copy of the advance disk includes a special code, so any duplicates can be traced back. "They don't even trust me," he said. Chester explained to ...

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PRONG's TOMMY VICTOR Rejoins DANZIG!

PRONG founder Tommy Victor has officially rejoined DANZIG. According to DANZIG's web site, "[Glenn] Danzig and Victor kept in touch after PRONG supported [DANZIG] on the US 'I Luciferi' tour and Tommy will once more be tearing up the stage starting with the 'Blackest of the Black' dates. European DANZIG fans who never got to ...

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COAL CHAMBER Name Collection Of Rarities

COAL CHAMBER have set "Giving the Devil His Due (BSides)" as the title for their forthcoming collection of B-sides and rarities, due later in the year through Roadrunner Records. According to COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara, the upcoming CD "will include almost an hour of tracks consisting of B-sides used on all the digipacks ...

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OPETH Added To 'Blackest Of The Black' Tour

Sweden's OPETH are the latest group to have been confirmed for the DANZIG-headlined "Blackest of The Black" festival mini-tour, set to take place in early May. The lineup of acts currently scheduled to appear at the event is as follows: DANZIG SUPERJOINT RITUAL MESHUGGAH NILE OPETH Other groups are expected to be announced soon. Confirmed ...

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DEICIDE Cancel Dates Due To 'Crew' Problems

DEICIDE have been forced to cancel several dates on their current The Coalition For Musikal Armageddon Tour 2003, also featuring AMON AMARTH, BEHEMOTH, REVENGE and VEHEMENCE. The following is DEICIDE frontman Glen Benton's official statement on the matter: "Hello this is Glen Benton of DEICIDE. There have been many rumors and speculation about the tour ...

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SCOTT REEDER Quits UNIDA

Former KYUSS bassist Scott Reeder has officially left UNIDA, according to www.stonerrock.com. Reeder's replacement, presently known only as "Jerry", made his live debut with the group this past Saturday, March 15 at the P'Nut Gallery in Palm Springs, California. UNIDA have yet to secure a release for their much-anticipated full-length CD, which was ...

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THE CROWN Set Tentative Track Listing For New CD

Swedish thrashers THE CROWN, recently rejoined by original vocalist Johan Lindstrand, have set the tentative track listing for their forthcoming album, tentatively due in early September through Metal Blade Records. The as-yet-untitled follow-up to last year's "Crowned In Terror", which will be recorded and mixed at Gotheburg's Studio Fredman between May 5 and June 15, ...

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