THE DARKNESS Score Highest-Climbing Album On BILLBOARD Chart

U.K. rock sensations THE DARKNESS have scored the highest-climbing album on this week's U.S. chart, making their first appearance in the top 100, according to Ireland Online. Their album "Permission To Land" went from number 173 to 92 in one week on the Billboard chart. The flamboyant rock group, influenced by QUEEN and AC/DC, are ...

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JANI LANE Leaves WARRANT, Rest of The Band Vow To Carry On

Vocalist Jani Lane has officially left WARRANT to pursue a solo career. "This comes to us as no surprise," stated WARRANT bassist Jerry Dixon in an official press release. "We always figured someday he would want to go after a solo career and today is that day." The remaining members of the band will continue ...

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DREAM THEATER: More North American Dates Announced

DREAM THEATER have announced more dates as part of the North American leg of their "An Evening With Dream Theater - Train of Thought 2004 World Tour". They are as follows: Mar. 03 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater Mar. 05 - San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theater Mar. 06 - Los Angeles, CA @ ...

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LAMB OF GOD's 'As The Palaces Burn' Named Best Album of 2003

Revolver magazine has named LAMB OF GOD's "As the Palaces Burn" as 2003's "Album of the Year." Commented the band: "This is absolutely flattering, and it came totally unexpected. We'd like to express our sincerest gratitude to Revolver's readers and staff, and to our fans worldwide who've made 2003 an amazing year for us. Things ...

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It's Official: SPINESHANK Part Ways With Vocalist JONNY SANTOS

SPINESHANK have officially parted ways with vocalist Jonny Santos, a spokesperson for the band's management company has confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET. The following is drummer Tommy Decker's statement on the matter: "The rumor is true. It is an amicable split and is mainly due to musical differences. The four of us have accomplished a lot of ...

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SCOTT WEILAND Switches Rehab Facilities Once Again

MTV.com reports: "Scott Weiland has switched rehab facilities once again — but this time, the court does not approve. The former STONE TEMPLE PILOTS frontman/current VELVET REVOLVER singer was originally placed in court-ordered lockdown rehab at Grandview in Pasadena, California, and then, with the court's permission, switched to Las Encinas, also in Pasadena, last month. ...

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Bassist JOHN BECHTEL Leaves SYSTEMATIC

Bassist John Mark Bechtel has left San Francisco Bay Area metallers SYSTEMATIC. No reason was given for his departure. Bechtel, who played on SYSTEMATIC's sophomore album, 2003's "Pleasure To Burn", will reportedly be performing with CORETEZ when they open for HATEBREED on January 28-29 at Downtown in Farmingdale, New York. It is not presently clear ...

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DOPE Postpone Shows After Tour Bus Breaks Down

DOPE have been forced to postpone tonight's show in Columbus, OH and tomorrow's show in Fayetteville, NC due to "circumstances beyond their control." According to a posting on the group's official web site, "the band's tour bus, en route from North Carolina to pick them up, suffered from mechanical failures, leaving the band stranded at ...

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