KISS/AEROSMITH, METALLICA Among 2003's Most Successful Tours

KISS/AEROSMITH and METALLICA's "Summer Sanitarium" were among the Top 10-grossing tours of 2003 through Nov. 18, according to Billboard Boxscore, which tracks touring activity. As Billboard continues to expand its touring coverage, concert activity is at an all-time high. A record 13,437 worldwide concerts were reported in 2003 to Billboard Boxscore — an increase of ...

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KREATOR: New Album Update

KREATOR frontman Mille Petrozza has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Dear friends. Just came back from Romania, very cool show, fantastic audience! This was definitely the last show of the Violent Revolution tour and I want to thank all of you for making 2003 another great year in the history ...

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TIMO TOLKKI Contemplates Getting Female Singer For STRATOVARIUS

STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki has issued the following update regarding the group's search for a new singer and drummer: "Dear Friends, "Since the rumours are wildly speculating about the new STRATOVARIUS singer and drummer I have decided to tell you how things are going at the moment. First of all I have not been in ...

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ANATHEMA: Polish Performance To Be Filmed For Upcoming DVD

ANATHEMA's Jan. 31, 2004 performance at the "Krzemionki" TV studio in Cracow, Poland will be filmed for an upcoming DVD, according to Metal Mind Productions. Also set to appear are AMPLIFIER, GREEN CARNATION and CORRUPTION. ANATHEMA's seventh studio album, "A Natural Disaster", was released last month through Music For Nations Records. The follow-up to 2001's ...

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Ex-HELOWEEN Singer MICHAEL KISKE: I Will Not Join STRATOVARIUS

Former HELLOWEEN singer Michael Kiske has shot down the rumors linking him with Finnish neo-classical metallers STRATOVARIUS as the replacement for the recently departed Timo Kotipelto. The following is the official statement released by the webmaster for Kiske's new project, SUPARED: "The fact that vocalist Timo Kotipelto left STRATOVARIUS was awakening the hope of many ...

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ZYKLON Announce Finnish Mini-Tour

Norway's ZYKLON, the band featuring Zamoth (a.k.a. Samoth) and Trym of EMPEROR, have lined up the following gigs in Finland in January: Jan. 08 – Tavastia – Helsinki, FIN Jan. 09 – Klubi – Turku, FIN Jan. 10 – Lutakko – Jyväskylä, FIN ...

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ARCH ENEMY Cancel Three U.K. Shows

ARCH ENEMY vocalist Angela Gossow has contracted a flu virus and is too ill to perform at the next three gigs on the band's U.K. tour. As a result, the band have had to cancel the following shows: Dec. 17 – Leeds, UK @ Cockpit Dec. 18 – Birmingham, UK @ Carling Academy Dec. 20 ...

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VISIONS OF ATLANTIS Sign With NAPALM RECORDS

Austrian "symphonic metal" band VISIONS OF ATLANTIS have signed a worldwide recording deal with Napalm Records. "VISIONS OF ATLANTIS stands for strong classically arranged metal and captivating melodies, with which the female soprano and the clear male vocals intertwine to create an unusual, mythical, and symphonic experience," reads an official press release. The band's second ...

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ROYAL HUNT Split With Bassist, Guitarist

Bassist Steen Mogensen and guitarist Jacob Kjaer have officially left Danish melodic/progressive metallers ROYAL HUNT. No reason was given for their departure. Mogensen is expected to continue his collaboration with ex-RAINBOW/current YNGWIE MALMSTEEN vocalist Doogie White in CORNERSTONE, whose third album, "Once Upon Our Yesterdays", was released last month through Germany's Massacre Records. ROYAL HUNT's ...

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ABADDON INCARNATE Embark On New 'Crusade'

Irish grindcore act ABADDON INCARNATE have completed work on their new album, "Dark Crusade", at Soundlab Studios in Sweden for a January release through Xtreem Music. The 33-minute effort was recorded and mixed over a two-and-and-a-week period and includes 16 tracks. Among the songtitles set to appear on the CD are "Centrefold Redemption", "Hour Of ...

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