ARCH NEMESIS Part Ways With Keyboardist

Keyboardist Jesper "Jaz" Thomsen has left Norwegian metallers ARCH NEMESIS due to "personal reasons." A replacement keyboardist has yet to be announced. As previously reported, ARCH NEMESIS have set "Of Mind and Fantasy" as the title of their follow-up to 2002's "Shadows In The Mirror", tentatively due later in the year through an as-yet-undetermined label. ...

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ANGRA: Studio Update

ANGRA vocalist Edu Falaschi and guitarist Rafael Bittencourt traveled to Germany last week to put the finishing touches on the band's follow-up to 2001's "Rebirth", tentatively due this fall through SPV Records (NTS Records in France). Rafael had the following to say about the process. "We've been here for two days and started working ever ...

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AEROSMITH: 'Honkin' on Bobo' Certified Gold

AEROSMITH's "Honkin' On Bobo" has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of more than 500,000 copies in the U.S. "Honkin' on Bobo", released in March through Columbia, features classic blues songs by MUDDY WATERS, FISHER/HOPKINS, BLIND WILLIE MCTELL and others done AEROSMITH-style, and one original, a track called ...

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OZZFEST: Band Competition Update

Ozzfest.com has revealed more details about Ozzfest's recently announced search for unsigned bands to perform at this year's festival. As previously reported, auditions will be held coast-to-coast to find eight unsigned, undiscovered bands to take part in a final competition yielding one lucky winner. Not only will they share the same stage with rock legends, ...

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UFO: Rescheduled U.S. Dates Announced

UFO have announced the rescheduled dates for their U.S. tour. They are as follows: Sep. 22 - Baltimore MD - Thunderdome Sep. 23 - Glenside PA - Keswick Sep. 25 - Hampton Beach NH - Hampton Beach Casino Sep. 26 - Sayerville NJ - Starland Ballroom Sep. 28 - Pittsburgh PA - The Rex Theater ...

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FILTER: Studio Update

FILTER frontman Richard Patrick has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "Hey everyone, I'm back with a little studio update. I just finished a song called 'Only You' and out of all the songs I've written it's definitely one of my favorites. It's gorgeous and melodic and it mixes acoustic guitars ...

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TOOL: New Album Update

According to a posting at Toolband.com, TOOL members Adam Jones (guitars), Justin Chancellor (bass) and Danny Carey (drums) "have been keeping to their rigorous schedule, writing and arranging material for the next TOOL CD, this despite the Lakers being in the NBA play-offs, a fact of life which occupies a couple of the ...

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