INSANIA Part Ways With Keyboardist

Swedish melodic metallers INSANIA have parted ways with keyboardist Patrik Vastila. According to the group's web site, Patrik "decided to leave due to the lack of time for his studies. It's well known that Patrik is studying chemistry at the University of Stockholm and since it is a full-time job, it became evident [that] Patrik ...

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METALLICA And LIMP BIZKIT Speak Out On Vacancies, Upcoming Tour

MTV.com has posted a report from yesterday's press conference in Los Angeles at which members of METALLICA, LIMP BIZKIT and LINKIN PARK announced their upcoming tour, dubbed Summer Sanitarium. The following are some of the more interesting statements made at the conference: On who will play guitar for LIMP BIZKIT on the upcoming tour: Fred ...

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MÖTLEY CRÜE Bassist, Wife To Appear On 'Hollywood Squares'

MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx and wife Donna D'Errico will appear on the show "Hollywood Squares" on CBS on Monday, Feb. 10 at 8:30 p.m. Other guests include John Ritter, Amy Yasbeck, Casey Kasem, Jean Kasem, John Tesh, Connie Selleca and Martin Mull, with Dame Edna in the center square. For more information, click

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AC/DC Road Movie: Casting Has Begun

The Herald Sun reports that casting has begun for the AC/DC road movie "Thunderstruck". The most prominent actor to be cast is Stephen Curry ("The Castle"). Newcomer Jason Gann, star of the short film "Wilfred", has also won a part. The film is about five friends who make a pact during AC/DC's Australian Tour in ...

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OZZY And NASCAR?

Negotiations are reportedly underway for an "Ozzy Osbourne" car to race in a live NASCAR Winston Cup event. No further information is available at this time. ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE: First Wave Of Reissues Pushed Back

QUEENSRŸCHE's "Queensrÿche", "The Warning", "Rage For Order" and "Operation: Mindcrime" releases — originally scheduled to be reissued on April 8 — will now not surface through EMI Records until April 22. No reason was given for the delay. Each of the records has been repackaged with bonus tracks, unreleased photos, memorabilia and liner notes by ...

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AKERCOCKE Complete Recordings For 'Choronzon'

The U.K. Satanic black/death metal band AKERCOCKE have finalized the track listing for their third album, "Choronzon", tentatively due in late spring. The band completed the recordings for the CD in late December and currently are in discussions with "numerous producers" about mixing the effort, which is being described as "faster, heavier, more disturbing and ...

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IRON MAIDEN Studio Update: NICKO Lays Down Vocals!

IRON MAIDEN producer Kevin Shirley, who is currently working with the band at a London studio on their as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2000's "Brave New World", has posted the following recording update via his web site: "We started the day [Tuesday, Feb. 4] trying to recut this tune of Steve and Dave's which we were busy ...

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