DREAM THEATER Drummer Forms BEATLES Tribute Band

For his May 17 appearance at the Modern Drummer Festival, DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy has assembled a one-off lineup of musicians to fulfill one of his dreams of playing in a BEATLES tribute band. The project will be called YELLOW MATTER CUSTARD and will feature Mike Portnoy, Matt Bissonette and Neal Morse. Due to ...

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SETHIAN: Sound Clips Posted Online

Finland's SETHIAN, the band featuring current FINNTROLL frontman Tapio Wilska, have posted several new MP3 clips via their official web site at this location. The three tracks — "Dream Domain", "Epitaph" and "Nothing Is True" — come off the group's forthcoming debut CD, "Into The Silence", due on April 14. The album, which ...

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LEFAY Part Ways With Bassist, Announce Replacement

Sweden's LEFAY have parted ways with bassist Micke Åsentorp due to "difference of opinions," according to the band's official web site. The group, whose last album, entitled simply "Lefay", came out in 2000, have announced a replacement in the shape of Fredrik Lundberg (FANTASMAGORIA, DIVINE SIN, INCARNATED). "We hope to get started on some new ...

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METALLICA To Be Spotlighted On MTV's 'mtvICON'

METALLICA's 20-year career will be spotlighted on MTV's annual music tribute, "mtvICON", to premiere Tuesday, May 6 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT). The show will be taped before a live audience in Los Angeles on May 3, featuring performances and testimonials from artists and celebrities who have been influenced by the band, their videos and music. ...

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DEFTONES To Release New Album In May

DEFTONES' long-awaited follow-up to 2000's "White Pony" is tentatively set for a May 20 release through Maverick Records. "It's been a long process, longer than any other record," DEFTONES drummer Abe Cunningham told MTV.com about the almost three-year span leading up to the Sacramento band's fourth album. DEFTONES singer Chino Moreno is currently in a ...

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SKINLAB Frontman To Launch Side Project At 420 FESTIVAL PRE-PARTY

DEF:IGNITION, the new side project of SKINLAB frontman Steev Esquivel, will be making their live debut on Friday, April 18 at the Pound in San Francisco. The band, who feature Esquivel on guitar/vocals, will be joined on the bill by ARMAGETITON (featuring SKINLAB drummer Paul Hopkins), KRENSHAW, and DRAGWATER. DEF:IGNITION, whose sound has been described ...

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IMMORTAL 'Not Confirmed' For BLACKEST OF THE BLACK Tour

Despite reports to the contrary, a source close to the IMMORTAL camp has informed BLABBERMOUTH.NET that the band have not yet officially accepted a slot on the upcoming "Blackest Of The Black" tour, also featuring DANZIG, SUPERJOINT RITUAL and THE HAUNTED. "IMMORTAL were offered the dates, but have NOT confirmed ANYTHING AT ALL, NOTHING," the ...

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SYSTEM OF A DOWN Bassist Sues Security Company

SYSTEM OF A DOWN bassist Shavo Odadjian has sued a Grand Rapids, Michigan security company, claiming assault, ethnic intimidation and humiliation by guards who threw him out of his own concert at Van Andel Arena, according to The Grand Rapids Press. Odadjian left the stage to join two female guests in the audience when his ...

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