Drummer Says AEROSMITH Won't Play For JOHN KERRY

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that if Democratic Presidential candidate Senator John Kerry wins the election on Tuesday, he probably shouldn't invite AEROSMITH to play for him. Kerry wanted AEROSMITH to play the Democratic convention in Boston in late July, but the band was on tour in Japan, so frontman Steven Tyler said they'd play ...

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UNION Complete Work On DVD, Plan Japanese Reunion Shows

UNION, the late '90s group formed by Bruce Kulick (GRAND FUNK RAILROAD, ex-KISS) and John Corabi (CARDBOARD VAMPYRES, ex-MÖTLEY CRÜE) along with Brent Fitz and Jamie Hunting, will reunite for some Japanese shows in late January 2005, according to a posting on Kulick's web site. "I am excited to do this as our DVD is ...

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GRAVE To Support DEICIDE In Stockholm

Legendary Swedish death metallers GRAVE will be supporting DEICIDE at the Stockholm stop of their European tour on November 16 at Mondo (Club Aggression). Other bands appearing on the bill are ARKHON INFAUSTUS and RELEVANT FEW. GRAVE's latest album, "Fiendish Regression", was released in August through Century Media Records. The group's sixth full-length effort was ...

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BEHEMOTH Frontman Issues European Tour Update

Polish black metallers BEHEMOTH kicked off a European tour KRISIUN, INCANTATION and RAGNAROK on Oct. 21 in Tilburg, the Netherlands. BEHEMOTH mainman Nergal has issued the following update on the tour's progress so far: "I'm proud to say that the tour is moving on with no bigger problems. We've just done London which was simply ...

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Original EXCITER Singer To Interview ANNIHILATOR For Upcoming DVD

Dan Beehler, former singer/drummer of '80s Canadian metal legends EXCITER, will be one of the guest interviewers on ANNIHILATOR's "Ten Years in Hell" DVD, to be released around April 2005. ANNIHILATOR mainman Jeff Waters recently remastered five of EXCITER's early releases and orchestrated a worldwide deal with Megaforce Records for much of their catalogue (most ...

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OVERKILL: Putting Finishing Touches On New Album Recordings

Legendary New Jersey metallers OVERKILL are putting the finishing touches on the recordings for their new album, tentatively due in February 2005. "We're recording down the shore, down at [bassist] D.D.'s [Verni] place," OVERKILL frontman Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth stated during an appearance on the "Friday Night Rocks" show on New York's Q104.3 FM this past ...

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DREAM THEATER Begin Recording New Album

Progressive heavy rock giants DREAM THEATER are scheduled to enter a New York City studio on Monday (Nov. 1) to begin recording the follow-up to 2003's "Train of Thought". A spring/summer 2005 release through Elektra Records is expected. DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy played a set with classic East Coast thrashers OVERKILL on Friday (Oct. ...

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MEGADETH Mainman Comments On Split With Drummer NICK MENZA

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has commented on the group's split with drummer Nick Menza prior to the launch of their "Blackmail the Universe" North American tour last week. Writing to MEGADETH's official forum, Mustaine said, "In respect of all parties concerned, you included, this statement will be brief. Nick Menza and I parted ways because ...

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