RACER X Songs 'Stolen'

RACER X webmaster Ken Hower has sent us the following message: "The band RACER X has just become aware of a guy named Luke John who is claiming as his own, 2 RACER X songs. The songs, 'Technical Difficulties' and '17th Moon' are on the 1999 CD 'Technical Difficulties'. "Luke John, at www.lukejohn.net, ...

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THE WILDHEARTS Bassist Back In Rehab

THE WILDHEARTS bassist Danny McCormack has dropped out of the band's forthcoming U.K. tour with AMEN to go into a rehabilitation center, according to Kerrang!. Frontman Ginger stresses the tour will still go ahead, with bass duties being handled by SILVERGINGER 5/CARDIACS bassist John Poole. "We are incredibly shocked and saddened by the revelation that ...

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PAPA WHEELIE Bassist Forms Metal Band

PAPA WHEELIE bassist Joe Ledesma (a.k.a. Joefus) has formed a new metal band called KRUCIBLE. The group — who are completed by Satawn (vocals), Jason Lonich (guitar), and Eric Berry (drums) — will be performing live at Bourbon Street Bar & Grill in Concord, California on Saturday, April 12. Tentative plans exist to record a ...

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN: German Dates Cancelled!

The final two German dates on YNGWIE MALMSTEEN's current European tour were apparently cancelled by the promoter without the Swedish guitarist's knowledge. The following is a statement on the matter as it appears on Yngwie's official web site, www.yngwie.org: "Imagine Yngwie's surprise when he and the band returned to Germany after a great ...

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AGENT STEEL Complete Work On 'Order Of The Illuminati'

AGENT STEEL have completed work on their new album, "Order Of The Illuminati". The follow-up to "Omega Conspiracy" is due in Japan in late May through King Records and in Europe in June via Italy's Scarlet Records. A July U.S. release through Artillery Music is tentatively planned. The complete track listing for the album is ...

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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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