Taiwanese Heavy Metal Band CHTHONIC Win Top Music Prize

Taiwanese heavy metal quintet CHTHONIC (web site), affectionately dubbed "the BLACK SABBATH of Asia", won the award for "Best Rock Group" at Taiwan's 14th annual Golden Melody Awards, held Saturday night (August 2) in Taipei. President Chen Shui-bian presented the award to the Taiwanese rockers, who wore long black leather coats and dark ...

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Rocky Mountain News: METALLICA Fans Do Themselves Justice

RockyMountainNews.com is reporting that "thousands of METALLICA fans packed Invesco Field at Mile High [in Denver] on Friday night (Aug. 1), ready to thrash, mosh, point fingers, sneer, yell and be antisocial. " 'They're the best metal band that's ever been,' said Adam Anderson, 25, of Denver. 'That's music history, not an opinion.' "As the ...

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AC/DC To Finish New Album By The End Of The Year

Australian hard rockers AC/DC plan to have a new album finished "by the end of the year," guitarist Angus Young told Billboard.com. "I'd love to get it done and so would [guitarist/brother] Malcolm [Young]. And then once we do that, the whole [touring] ballgame goes on again." As previously reported, the upcoming set will be ...

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TED NUGENT Challenges Illinois Governor

TED NUGENT says Gov. Rod Blagojevich is more than welcome to visit him backstage before his Aug. 11 performance at the Illinois State Fair, according to the Associated Press. The rocker and gun-rights advocate, known for the song "Cat Scratch Fever", is itching to tell Blagojevich how much he dislikes Illinois' gun laws. "I challenge ...

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AEROSMITH Won't Compete With KISS In Terms Of Staging And Effects

AEROSMITH and KISS kick off their co-headlining tour on Saturday (August 2) in Hartford, Connecticut. AEROSMITH will be closing the shows every night, and lead guitarist Joe Perry says they're deliberately steering clear of KISS-style theatricality: "It's gonna be pretty minimalistic," Perry told Launch. "I mean, you can't compete with — nor would we want ...

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