JASON NEWSTED: 'METALLICA Are A Joke!'

Ex-METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted has slammed his former bandmates over their decision to tour this summer with LINKIN PARK and LIMP BIZKIT, calling the move "an obvious cash thing" and claiming that the group are "not staying true to their words." "It's a joke, I think METALLICA are just a joke," Newsted told Britain's

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STRATOVARIUS Begin Mixing 'Elements Pt. 2'

STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki entered Finnvox studios Tuesday (Feb. 11) in Helsinki with Mikko Karmila to begin mixing the songs for the group's next full-length album, titled "Elements Pt. 2". Some vocal overdubs will also be recorded during the sessions. "Elements Pt. 2" is tentatively due for release in October and will include the following ...

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HELLOWEEN: CROSS Out, SCHWARZMANN In?

Veteran German metallers HELLOWEEN are strongly rumored to have replaced drummer Mark Cross (ex-METALIUM) with ex-RUNNING WILD/ACCEPT skinsman Stefan Schwarzmann. Cross joined HELLOWEEN in August 2001 as a replacement for Uli Kusch but was unable to accompany the group during the recording sessions for their upcoming album after he was struck this past September by ...

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CRUEFEST 2003 Lineup Takes Shape

MÖTLEY CRÜE tribute band LIVEWIRE83, DRUG UNDER, THE MIMSIES, LOVETOYZ, THE LOVEHAMMERS, ESOVAE, SPIDERS & SNAKES, REXWAY, 13TH STEP and BLACK LAMB will be performing at The 3rd Annual CrueFest on July 12 at Whisky A Go-Go in Hollywood, California. Cruefest is an annual event established by the fans of the rock band MÖTLEY CRÜE. ...

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MEMORY GARDEN Collaborate With MERCYFUL FATE Guitarist On New Demo

Stockholm, Sweden's MEMORY GARDEN, featuring former ABSKTRAKT ALGEBRA guitarist Simon Johansson, are in the process of recording three new songs for promotional and shopping purposes. "We are once again working together with [producer] Mike Wead [MERCYFUL FATE, KING DIAMOND] and are really happy with this collaboration," writes Johansson on the band's official web site. "What ...

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PITCHSHIFTER Launch Record Label

PITCHSHIFTER will shortly launch PSIRecords.com, the official web site of the brand new label started by the Clayden brothers J.S. and Mark (vocals and bass, respectively). The site will feature information about the new PITCHSHIFTER live album "Bootlegged, Distorted, Remixed & Uploaded" as well as ordering info and merchandise. Commented Mark: "It's awesome ...

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AEROSMITH Perform Unannounced Gig At Boston Jazz Club

AEROSMITH performed a 10-song set at the Boston jazz club Regattabar Saturday night following a fund-raiser that was also attended by actors Michael J. Fox and Dan Aykroyd, among others. BLUES BROTHER Aykroyd joined the band for one tune and Fox took a break from dancing on a table to play guitar with his friend ...

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PAUL GILBERT, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN To Record Album Of ELVIS Covers?

Former MR. BIG guitarist Paul Gilbert and Yngwie Malmsteen have discussed a possible collaboration — on an album of Elvis Presley covers! "Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen was a big influence on my guitar playing when he exploded onto the heavy metal scene in the mid-'80's," Gilbert wrote on his official web site. "Now I have ...

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