BACKYARD BABIES To Begin Mixing In Late August

Sweden's BACKYARD BABIES are on track to complete the recordings for their new album on Monday, July 28 and begin mixing the effort on August 24 in Los Angeles. The band, who are currently recording the follow-up to 2001's "Making Enemies Is Good" at Stockholm's Polar studios with producer Joe Barresi (LIMP BIZKIT, BUCKCHERRY, QUEENS ...

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DEFTONES Singer Says He Feels Lucky To Be Touring With METALLICA

T'cha Dunlevy of the Montreal Gazette is reporting that "celebration was in the air as METALLICA's Summer Sanitarium tour rolled into Parc Jean Drapeau yesterday (July 20). For music that is supposedly dark and angry, there were an awful lot of smiles going around. " 'You guys are f--king amazing,' LINKIN PARK singer Chester Bennington ...

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LIFE OF AGONY Announce European Tour!

The classic LIFE OF AGONY lineup of Keith Caputo (vocals), Alan Robert (bass), Joey Z (guitar) and Sal Abruscato (drums) will embark on a European tour during October/November. Confirmed dates are as follows: Oct. 18 - Antwerp, BEL - Hof Ter Lo Oct. 19 - Offenbach, GER - Capitol Oct. 21 - Dortmund, GER - ...

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Record Label: IMMORTAL Did Not Split Up!

According to a posting on the Nuclear Blast Records web site, the reports of a split within the ranks of long-running Norwegian black metallers IMMORTAL "aren't 100% correct. In fact, IMMORTAL will simply take a long break, as the musicians need to rest a while after 12 months of excessive touring. In the ...

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Album Sales Down, But Hard Rock Rebounds

Edna Gundersen of USA Today is reporting that "hard rock took a hard fall in recent years, but the embattled genre may be climbing the comeback trail. "Album sales, down 8.3% from a year ago and certain to register a third year of decline, vary from genre to genre, with jazz and Latin ...

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GENE SIMMONS: I Am Very Civilized

Gene Simmons insists the live concert pairing of KISS and the prestigious 60-piece Melbourne Symphony Orchestra featured on the group's "Kiss Symphony: Alive IV" CD, which comes out this Tuesday (July 22), was a natural combination, the LA Daily News reports. "The notion is, if you're a rocker, when you get offstage, you can't speak ...

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Hard Rock Among The Winners In The Hit-And-Miss Concert Tour Market

Billboard magazine is reporting that as 2003 enters its busiest concert performance window, it has already been a year of dizzying highs and disappointing lows. In the hard rock genre, METALLICA's Summer Sanitarium, the KISS/AEROSMITH tour and Ozzfest will be among the big winners this season. "This is really a pretty decent summer," says Dennis ...

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