METALLICA: 'Rock In Rio' TV Broadcasting Rights Secured

METALLICA's performance at this year's Rock In Rio festival in Lisbon, Portugal on June 4 will be included in a broadcast to more than 45 countries via several television channels. The interest demonstrated by the viewers in what concerns Rock in Rio-Lisboa led these channels' responsible teams to assure that the best moments of the ...

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THE 69 EYES: 'Helsinki Vampires' DVD To Receive European Release

Finland's goth-metallers THE 69 EYES will distribute their 2003 DVD "Helsinki Vampires" Europe-wide through Nuclear Blast starting on July 12. The DVD was previously only available in Finland and contains a complete live concert of the band at Helsinki's famous Tavastia club (filmed in November 2002), eight video clips, interviews with the band, backstage footage ...

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RUSH Guitarist Talks About 30th Anniversary Tour, Upcoming EP

RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson has spoken to the Cleveland Plain Dealer about the group's 30th anniversary tour and upcoming covers EP "Feedback". "This being the anniversary and everything, we thought we'd get back out and do something special with this," Lifeson, 50, said of the current trek. "I mean, we have every intention of going ...

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LAKE OF TEARS: New Album Samples Posted Online

Sweden's LAKE OF TEARS have uploaded two MP3 clips from their upcoming album, "Black Brick Road", at their official web site. The tracks available for download are "The Greymen" (mp3) and "Making Evenings" (mp3). The follow-up to 2002's "The Neonai", "Black Brick Road" will feature cover artwork by Kristian Wåhlin, who ...

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AEROSMITH Won't Rock With BOSTON POPS After All

According to The Boston Globe, the organizers of the annual Fourth of July extravaganza confirmed Thursday (June 3) AEROSMITH will not be joining the Boston Pops orchestra for their annual Independence Day concert after all. "The Pops and AEROSMITH have been unable to resolve logistical issues in the period between [the band's] North American tour ...

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HECATE ENTHRONED Announce New Keyboardist

British black metallers HECATE ENTHRONED have announced the addition of keyboardist Pete to the group's ranks. "[Pete] was actually a stand-in when Mike left five years ago," the band write on their web site. "He had other commitments at the time so he couldn't continue." HECATE ENTHRONED are continuing their search for a new vocalist ...

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MNEMIC To Guest On Danish TV Show

MNEMIC vocalist Michael Bøgballe and guitarist Mircea Gabriel Eftemie will be interviewed on June 18 on the Danish national TV program DR2's "Musikprogrammet" regarding the group's appearance at this year's Roskilde Festival. For more information go to the "Musikprogrammet" web site. In other news, MNEMIC's Brian Rasmussen has "nailed the drums for 10 ...

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CREED Officially Split Up

CREED have officially broken up, according to MTV.com. After nearly 10 years together and more than 24 million albums sold, CREED have decided to put an end to their string of multi-platinum records and chart-topping singles. The choice was made months ago, when guitarist Mark Tremonti and singer Scott Stapp reconvened after a yearlong hiatus ...

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DREAM EVIL: 'Book Of Heavy Metal' Catches On

DREAM EVIL — the Swedish band featuring acclaimed producer Fredrik Nordström (HAMMERFALL, IN FLAMES, DIMMU BORGIR, SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, etc.), drummer Snowy Shaw (KING DIAMOND, MERCYFUL FATE, MEMENTO MORI, NOTRE DAME), and guitarist Gus G. (MYSTIC PROPHECY, NIGHTRAGE) — have entered the Swedish and Japanese album charts at positions No. 45 and No. 47, respectively, with ...

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SOILWORK To Film Video For 'Departure Plan'

Swedish melodic death thrashers SOILWORK will be filming a video for the track "Departure Plan" later in the month. "Departure Plan" comes off the group's most recent album, "Figure Number Five" (2003), which was recorded primarily at Queenstreet Recording (THE DEFACED) in SOILWORK's hometown of Helsingborg with producer Fredrik Nordström (THE HAUNTED, DARK TRANQUILLITY). Drums ...

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