Former EF BAND Singer Dies Of Cancer

Vocalist John Ridge of acclaimed early '80s Swedish hard rockers EF BAND passed away on March 4, 2003 after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. Ridge is the second member of the group to succumb to the disease, which also claimed the life of guitarist/vocalist Bengt Fischer several years earlier. Although they weren't British, the ...

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TAETRE To Support DEFLESHED In Europe

Sweden's TAETRE will support DEFLESHED on their "Battle Royal Tour 2003". The tour will include stops in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Holland and Belgium. Battle Royal Tour 2003 dates are as follows: Apr. 23 – Falkenberg, SWE @ Wake up Cafe (w/ ABLAZE MY SORROW) Apr. 24 – Aarhus, DEN @ Musikcafeen Apr. 25 – Copenhagen, ...

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STONE SOUR Guitarist Welcomes Addition To Family

Congratulations are in order for STONE SOUR guitarist Josh Rand and wife Laura on the birth of their second daughter, Mia. Mia Angelina Rand was born on Thursday, March 20 at 2:21 p.m., weighing in at 7lbs 12ozs. STONE SOUR are currently taking a break before they kick off a six-week U.S. tour with POWERMAN ...

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FRED DURST: 'Go USA! Go Freedom For Iraq!'

LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst has posted the following message to the group's official web site: "What the hell is up people!!!! I just finished doing a song with Snoop Dogg and I brought Bubba Sparxxx in on it too!! It's a cool track I wrote with DJ Lethal. We've also been rehearsing for the ...

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MUSIC AS A WEAPON Tour To Result In Live CD

DISTURBED's current Music As A Weapon tour with CHEVELLE, TAPROOT and UNLOCO will result in a live record featuring album tracks from all four acts as well as some live versions of unreleased songs, according to Rolling Stone. "We just played one of those unreleased tracks, 'Dehumanized', for the first time," DISTURBED frontman David Draiman ...

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LIMP BIZKIT Frontman Gets In The Studio With COLD

LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst recently produced a track for COLD, entitled "Check Please", which will appear on an upcoming soundtrack. The song was originally written for the demo that got the band signed to Flip Records in 1997, but ended up being omitted from the group's 1998 self-titled debut and the follow-up, "13 Ways ...

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Debating Iraq at OZZY's

The following item was published in today's edition of the New York Daily News: Elizabeth Taylor and Justin Timberlake were the guests of honor at a benefit Elton John gave with Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne Wednesday night in L.A. But the names of two other well-known people were on everybody's lips: Bush and Saddam. "We ...

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CARNAL FORGE To Tour With Childhood Idols

Swedish thrashers CARNAL FORGE are currently preparing to embark on The 2003 Metal Gods Tour, a multi-band package featuring HALFORD, co-headliners TESTAMENT, IMMORTAL, PAIN MUSEUM, and AMON AMARTH. The trek is set to kick off on April 25 at the House Of Blues in Chicago. CARNAL FORGE bassist Lars Linden commented on the upcoming tour ...

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DARK TRANQUILLITY: We Are Not Touring With HALFORD!

Sweden's DARK TRANQUILLITY have denied reports that they have been confirmed for The 2003 Metal Gods Tour, a multi-band package featuring HALFORD, co-headliners TESTAMENT, IMMORTAL, CARNAL FORGE, PAIN MUSEUM, and AMON AMARTH. "Regarding touring, the information circulating on the [Internet] implying that [DARK TRANQUILLITY] will be part of the HALFORD tour package in the U.S. ...

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