STRATOVARIUS Keyboardist Makes Surprise Appearance With NIGHTWISH

STRATOVARIUS keyboardist Jens Johansson joined NIGHTWISH on a cover of MEGADETH's "Symphony Of Destruction" halfway through the band's appearance at the B.B. King's Blues Club in New York City on Sunday night (August 22). According to an eyewitness, "Before the song, the band introduced Jens Johansson to play keyboards for this one special [track]. The ...

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TOMMY LEE Enrolls In College?

The Buffalo News reports: "The University at Buffalo enjoyed some positive publicity when MTV visited two years ago to follow the experiences of a fraternity and sorority pledge class. "Despite that, UB said 'no' to a new reality show, a series in which cameras will follow a well-known Hollywood celebrity as he enrolls in college ...

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HELMET: New Album Delayed Until October

Interscope Records has pushed back the projected release date of the new HELMET album, "Size Matters", to October 5 from the previously announced September 14. No reason was given for the delay. "Size Matters" was recorded by Ryan Boesch, Chris Holmes, and former NINE INCH NAILS keyboardist Charlie Clouser at Cello studios (formerly Western Recorders) ...

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DAMAGEPLAN, SHADOWS FALL To Team Up For U.S. Tour

DAMAGEPLAN and SHADOWS FALL will be teaming up for a U.S. tour beginning in late October. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon. DAMAGEPLAN are continuing to tour in support of their debut album, "New Found Power", which was released in February through Elektra Records. SHADOWS FALL's new CD, "The War Within", is scheduled ...

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MATS/MORGAN BAND: FREDRIK THORDENDAL Collaborators To Tour The U.S.

MATS/MORGAN BAND, the Swedish progressive fusion/avant-garde group featuring drummer Morgan Ågren and keyboardist Mats Öberg (both of whom played on MESHUGGAH guitarist Fredrik Thordendal's 1997 solo album "Sol Niger Within"), will be embarking on a short U.S. tour in September. The dates are as follows: Sep. 05 - Progday Festival - Chappel Hill, NC Sep. ...

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IN FLAMES Filming Video For 'Touch Of Red'

Sweden's IN FLAMES are currently filming a video for the track "Touch of Red" at a "secret" location, according to a posting in the group's web site. The clip is being directed by Revolver Film Company's Patric Ullaeus, who has previously worked with DIMMU BORGIR, CHILDREN OF BODOM and LACUNA COIL, among others. As previously ...

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BERNIE MARSDEN To Launch New Solo Project In The Fall

Former WHITESNAKE and current M3 guitarist Bernie Marsden has posted the following message on his official web site: "This year has been interesting to say the least. The new [Bernie Marsden] solo project is ready for release in the autumn. It features Jimmy Copley on drums, John Gordon on bass and Dino Baptiste on keyboards. ...

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DESTRUCTION: SCHMIER's Stage Jacket Stolen, Reward Offered

DESTRUCTION bassist/vocalist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer had his stage jacket stolen after the band's performance at the Metal Camp festival in Slovenia this past weekend. "This jacket is very valuable to Schmier and is a real personal loss to him," reads a posting on the group's web site. "If you can help returning the jacket please ...

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FLESH MADE SIN Complete Work On Full-Length Debut

Dutch thrashers FLESH MADE SIN have completed work on their full-length debut, "Dawn of the Stillborn", tentatively due in November. The album was recorded at Harrow studio with producer Marc ter Braak. Cover artwork was handled by Manuel Tinnemans (PENTACLE, NECROPHAGIA). "Dawn of the Stillborn" track listing (in no particular order): 01. Crowned In Torment ...

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