HALFORD's RAY RIENDEAU: I Haven't Left The Band

HALFORD bassist Ray Riendeau has dismissed as false rumors that he has left the band and has been replaced by FLOTSAM AND JETSAM bassist Jason Ward. As previously reported, Ward was set to fill in for HALFORD's Ray Riendeau during the group's West Coast mini-tour this week after Riendeau's family suffered a tragic loss that ...

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ZAKK WYLDE To Appear On Chicago's Channel 19

OZZY OSBOURNE/BLACK LABEL SOCIETY guitarist Zakk Wylde and BLS drummer Craig Nunenmacher (ex-CROWBAR) will appear on the Chicago-area cable TV show "3 Guys Pickin" on Monday, Jan. 13 at 10:30 p.m. on cable channel 19. Zakk will perform "Spoke In the Wheel" and clips of the BLS show in Chicago last September will be shown. ...

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CLAWFINGER Push Back Release Date, Set Tentative Track Listing

Swedish rap-metallers CLAWFINGER have set a May 2003 release date for their forthcoming fifth full-length CD, which was recently recorded at Stockholm's Polar Studios and at a recording studio they co-own with MESHUGGAH in the outskirts of the city. The tentative track listing for the as-yet-untitled effort is as follows: 01. Are You Talking To ...

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Z RECORDS Kill Bid To Release JOHN SYKES Solo Albums In Europe

Z Records have officially withdrawn from negotiations to release legendary guitar superstar John Sykes' (TYGERS OF PAN TANG, THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE, BLUE MURDER, SYKES) solo albums in Europe. The following is the label's statement on the matter: "Z Records have had to review our position regarding John Sykes, after several weeks of labored negotiations we ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Scrap Album Title, Push Back Release Date

QUEENSRŸCHE have pushed back to Apr. 14 the projected release date through Sanctuary Records of their as-yet-untitled new studio CD (the previously-reported album title, "Tribe", has now apparently been scrapped). Undisclosed problems in the recording phase are being blamed for the delay, according to unofficial fan site WhoKilledMary.com. The band, who are believed ...

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MCBRAIN/SPITZ/ELLEFSON Project To Pick Up Steam After IRON MAIDEN Tour

A spokesperson for IRON MAIDEN's Nicko McBrain has confirmed that the drummer has been jamming with ex-ANTHRAX guitarist Dan Spitz and ex-MEGADETH bassist Dave Ellefson as part of what he is calling a "work in progress." This as-yet-unnamed "supergroup" is in its very early stages and will be explored further once MAIDEN complete their upcoming ...

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Former GODSMACK Drummer Joins LO-PRO

Former GODSMACK drummer Tommy Stewart has joined LO-PRO, the band featuring ex-ULTRASPANK members Pete Murray (vocals) and Neil Godfrey (guitar). The group, who are STAIND frontman Aaron Lewis' first signing to his new Geffen/Interscope imprint label, tentatively titled A.D.D., will start recording their debut album Jan. 6 with producer Don Gilmore (LINKIN PARK, TRUST COMPANY). ...

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FOO FIGHTERS To Film New Video

FOO FIGHTERS will shoot a new video for "Times Like These", their second single from "One by One", with director Marc Klasfeld in California next week. The band previously shot a lo-fi video for the song with Liam Lynch, creator of the sock-puppet show "Sifl and Olly". That clip has aired in Europe, but will ...

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