METALLICA's JAMES HETFIELD Says Touring Is Hard Business

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that METALLICA kicked off the third — and most likely final — leg of their 2004 North American tour on Monday (August 16) in St. Paul, Minnesota, and frontman James Hetfield says that on a personal level, he is enjoying performing now more than ever. But Hetfield also said that ...

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SPIRITUAL BEGGARS Singer Checks In From Recording Studio

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS frontman Janne "JB" Christoffersson has posted the following studio update on the band's official web site: "JB here, back in the [Slaughterhouse] studio in Halmstad doing vox for the new album. [Guitarist] Mike [Amott] is constantly on my case for singing out of key, ha-ha! So far we've done 2 songs: 'No One ...

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TOMMY THAYER: 'KISS Fans Rock Like No Other'

KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer has issued the following post-tour message via his official web site: "We just finished the KISS Rock The Nation 2004 tour last night in Mexico City and what an incredible four-month journey it was! "I feel like we covered a lot of ground this year from Australia to Japan, to the ...

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CHAIN COLLECTOR Sign With SOUND RIOT RECORDS

CHAIN COLLECTOR, the Norwegian band featuring guitarist Gøran Bomann (CARPATHIAN FOREST), drummer Anders Kobro (CARPATHIAN, GREEN CARNATION, LAST CALL INC), guitarist Kjell Jacobsen (NEON GOD) and vocalist Kjetil Nordhus (TRAIL OF TEARS, GREEN CARNATION), have inked a two-album deal with the Portugese label Sound Riot. The group, who had previously recorded a four-song demo entitled ...

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SIRENIA Part Ways With Guitarist, Seek Replacement

SIRENIA, the Norwegian band featuring former TRISTANIA guitarist/vocalist Morten Veland, have parted ways with guitarist/"clean" vocalist Kristian Gundersen due to his commitments to his other groups, NEW BREED and ELUSIVE. The gothic metal band, who released their sophomore album, "An Elixir for Existence", in February through Austria's Napalm Records, are currently seeking a replacement. Interested ...

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W.A.S.P. Tribute Album Due Next Year

GODDESS OF DESIRE, IMPALER and DRACENA are among the bands scheduled to appear on a W.A.S.P. tribute album, "Shock Rock Hellions - A Tribute to W.A.S.P.", tentatively due next year through Denmark's Valhalla Records. Songs currently set to appear on the compilation include the following: 01. DRACENA (SWE) – "Animal (I Fuck Like a Beast)" ...

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DEFTONES Singer Says New Album Will Be 'Way Aggressive'

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that DEFTONES recently spent a month writing songs in Malibu, California, and after a club tour in October to road test the material, they will start recording their fifth album with producer Bob Ezrin (KISS, JANE'S ADDICTION, PINK FLOYD). Frontman Chino Moreno recently said that he expects it to be ...

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