ROCK HARD FESTIVAL 2003: Complete Lineup Announced

The complete lineup and running order has been announced for Rock Hard Festival 2003, a two-day event set to take place June 7-8 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. It is as follows: Saturday, June 7: 01. GOD DETHRONED 02. TRIBE AFTER TRIBE 03. CIRCLE II CIRCLE (feat. guest appearance by Jon Oliva) 04. TROUBLE 05. ...

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FINNTROLL To Carry On Touring Despite Guitarist's Passing

FINNTROLL have announced plans to go ahead with their previously announced European tour with KATATONIA despite the recent passing of guitarist Teemu "Somnium" Raimoranta. "We are doing the tour as previously agreed," the band said in an official statement. "We do this with heavy hearts, as the sudden loss of Teemu 'Somnium' Raimoranta, a close ...

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Former NEUROTICA Singer Auditions For DROWNING POOL

Former NEUROTICA frontman Kelly Shaefer has reportedly tried out for the DROWNING POOL singer slot left vacant by the death of Dave Williams. Shaefer, who was recently linked with the new group formed by the former GUNS N' ROSES members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum, didn't land the DROWNING POOL gig and has since ...

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AMORPHIS To Play Special Gig In Finland

AMORPHIS will play a special, one-off gig at Senssi club in Tampere, Finland on Sunday, April 20. The band will premier some of the brand new material which is set to surface on the upcoming "Far From The Sun" album and will perform a number of their old classics from their previous recorded efforts. Also ...

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GODSMACK's ERNA On The New Album: 'Nobody Else Is Doing What We're Doing'

GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna is confident that the group's new album, "Faceless" (due April 8 through Republic/Universal Records), will help the band build upon the momentum created through the quadruple-platinum success of the group's debut and the double-platinum performance of its follow-up, "Awake". "Nobody's doing what we're doing on this record, I guarantee it," Erna ...

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ANDREW W.K.: Reaching The Heights Of Euphoria

Contrary to previously published reports, ANDREW W.K.'s forthcoming album is being produced by Mario Dane and Frank Vierti and at the moment has no confirmed title. Between 10 and 25 songs are being recorded for the new CD, which is tentatively set to surface in August/September through Island DefJam Records. Says Andrew, "The whole point ...

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KISS To Close WANGO TANGO At California's ROSE BOWL

KISS are among the artists confirmed to perform at 102.7 FM KIIS Wango Tango: The Ultimate Reality Show on Saturday, May 17 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The band, who are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, will reportedly be closing the event, which is set to include appearances by NELLY, CHRISTINA AGUILERA, ...

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HALFORD Part Ways With Bassist, Announce Replacement

HALFORD have officially parted ways with bassist Ray Riendeau and have replaced him with former LIZZY BORDEN four-stringer Mike Davis. Davis, 38, was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and had reportedly played in OZZY OSBOURNE's band for a week until he "got booted due to politics and other miscellaneous issues." Mike had also ...

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