Former BLUE CHEER Member ETHAN JAMES Dead At 56

Ethan James, a member of the '60s heavy metal band BLUE CHEER who shifted in the 1980s to a behind-the-scenes role as producer and engineer on dozens of recordings, has died, the Los Angeles Times has reported. He was 56 years old. James died June 19 in San Francisco after an eight-month battle with liver ...

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Lawsuit Over Guitarist's Death Kept Alive By Judge

Brian Anderson of Contra Costa Times reports that an Alameda County judge has preliminarily declined to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the California Department of Transportation of failing to keep safe a section of Interstate 580 in Livermore where an up-and-coming heavy metal guitarist was killed last year. Judge Steven Brick overruled Thursday (July 3) the ...

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PITCHSHIFTER To Issue Posthumous DVD

Defunct British industrial metallers PITCHSHIFTER have announced plans to issue a posthumous DVD, titled "P.S.I.entology", through their own PSI Records Ltd. Commented vocalist J.S. Clayden and bassist Mark Clayden, "First off we just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone who bought the live/remix double album. It means a lot to us to ...

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DEEP PURPLE Producer Talks About The 'Bananas' Recording Experience

Producer Michael Bradford, who has worked with such varied artists as KID ROCK, UNCLE KRACKER, TERENCE TRENT D'ARBY and ANITA BAKER, recently spoke to ElectricBasement.com about his collaboration with DEEP PURPLE on their upcoming "Bananas" CD, the group's follow-up to the acclaimed "Abandon" (1998). "The most impressive thing about DEEP PURPLE is that they can ...

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OZZFEST 2003: Devore Photos Posted Online

CRADLE OF FILTH, VOIVOD, TWISTED METHOD, SWORN ENEMY, SHADOWS FALL, THE REVOLUTION SMILE, MOTORGRATER, MEMENTO, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, HOTWIRE, GRADE 8, DISTURBED and CHEVELLE were among the bands that performed live at Ozzfest 2003 at the Glen Helen Pavilion in Devore, California over the weekend. Check out pictures from LFI. ...

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SHARON OSBOURNE: 'OZZY Will Die A Tortured Soul'

Sharon Osbourne is featured on the cover of the August issue of Ladies' Home Journal, which hits newsstands tomorrow (July 9). In the accompanying interview, Sharon offers some interesting insights into husband Ozzy Osbourne. "As funny and robust and bat-biting as people may think he is, Ozzy has the lowest self-esteem you've ever seen, and ...

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METALLICA's Back Catalog Doing Brisk Business

METALLICA's back catalog is continuing to sell at a pace that far exceeds that of most of their counterparts, with four of the group's albums receiving multi-platinum certifications from the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) last month. The following are the latest METALLICA releases to get certified: "…And Justice For All" (1988) 8x Platinum ...

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SAVATAGE Mastermind Confirmed For PROGPOWER USA IV

SAVATAGE mastermind Jon "The Mountain King" Oliva will join FATES WARNING's Ray Alder as a special guest at ProgPower USA IV on Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6 at Earthlink Live in Atlanta. "I think bringing Jon and Ray to the fest simply adds to the mystique of the show," said promoter Glenn Harveston. ...

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