TIM 'RIPPER' OWENS: Life After JUDAS PRIEST

Former JUDAS PRIEST singer Tim "Ripper" Owens says that he was on a road trip — in a minivan visiting out-of-state relatives — when his former bandmembers made the announcement last Friday (July 11) that he was being replaced by the group's longtime frontman Rob Halford. "I wish I could have been in town, but ...

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Former WHITE ZOMBIE Drummer Seeking Musicians For New Project

Former WHITE ZOMBIE drummer Ivan de Prume is forming a new band and is looking for a guitarist, bassist, vocalist and keyboardist/programmer to complete the group's lineup. Says Ivan, "[All applicants] must have similar taste to write and collaborate with from the ground up. I have a particular vision in mind that I need to ...

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MARILYN MANSON To Tour Australia In September

MARILYN MANSON will embark on a short tour of Australia in September. Confirmed dates are as follows: Sep. 13 – Brisbane, AUS @ Brisbane Entertainment Centre Sep. 15 – Melbourne, AUS @ Vodafone Arena Sep. 19 – Sydney, AUS @ The Entertainment Centre Tickets go on sale Friday, July 25. ...

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AMON AMARTH Confirmed For Austria's SKELETON BASH

Sweden's AMON AMARTH have been confirmed for this year's Skeleton Bash festival, set to take place July 25-26 in Innsbruck, Austria. They will play on Saturday, July 26 between 9:40 and 10:40 p.m. Other bands scheduled to appear at the event include MY DYING BRIDE, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, DARKSEED, ANCIENT, HOLLENTHON, ASHES YOU LEAVE, DOOMSWORD, ...

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MERLIN Drummer Killed In Car Accident

Nick Byckoff, drummer for Russia's "most aggressive and brutal" death metal band MERLIN, was reportedly killed in a car accident on Sunday, July 13. An official statement from the group is expected shortly. MERLIN are currently recording their third album for Great White North Records, entitled "Brutal Constructor". The studio sessions should resume within the ...

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DISTURBED Singer Talks About His Label Imprint

DISTURBED frontman David Draiman recently spoke to Metal Edge magazine about his Warner Bros.-backed label imprint, Intoxication Records. "[The label] is mine and [DISTURBED guitarist] Danny [Donegan]'s, who I invited in on it with me," Draiman revealed. "I value his judgment and his ear for music is fantastic. He's my songwriting partner, and there's nobody ...

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ROB ZOMBIE To Create Horror Comic

Rob Zombie has signed on with comic-book companies MVCreations and CrossGen Entertainment to create the six-issue comic series "Rob Zombie's Spook Show International". According to a press release, the first story "begins as the evil Zombie is freed from his eternal slumber." The second "is based on the chilling back stories behind the Zombie hit ...

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PAM's Family Begs: Don't Go Back To Wife-Beater TOMMY LEE

Now that Pam Anderson's engagement to Kid Rock appears to be over, Pam's family is warning her against hooking up again with ex-husband Tommy Lee, insiders tell Star magazine. "Get back with him and he'll make your life misery all over again. Don't do it, Pam!" she's been told by her family members, say sources. ...

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