DESTRUCTION Frontman Slams European Record Stores For Ripping Off Fans

DESTRUCTION bassist/vocalist Marcel "Schmier" Schirmer has issued a statement slamming record stores in Europe who have chosen to sell their recently released limited-edition double-CD version of their latest CD, "Metal Discharge", for a much higher price than originally intended. Says Schmier, "This is a very bad situation for the band and the label [Nuclear Blast ...

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FORCE OF EVIL To Support VIRGIN STEELE In Greece

FORCE OF EVIL, the new Danish all-star band featuring guitarist Michael Denner (ex-MERCYFUL FATE), guitarist Hank Shermann (MERCYFUL FATE), bassist Hal Patino (KING DIAMOND), drummer Bjarne Holm (MERCYFUL FATE), and vocalist Martin Steene (IRONFIRE), will support VIRGIN STEELE at two dates in Greece in February. They will play in Athens and Thessaloniki on February 14 ...

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DEF LEPPARD Drummer To Wed?

According to the Sheffield Star newspaper and several sources, DEF LEPPARD drummer Rick Allen and his girlfriend Lauren Monroe are getting closer to their wedding date. It is unclear when they will marry but an Oct. 18 date appears likely in the Los Angeles area. "The Sheffield rock legend tied the knot with Lauren Anne ...

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DEF JAM Hasn't Slowed ROADRUNNER's Indie Spirit

Tamara Conniff of the Hollywood Reporter reports that it's been 2-1/2 years since the Island Def Jam Music Group acquired a 50% stake in Roadrunner Records. However, the longtime rock-metal independent label still feels like an indie despite its major label parent, president Jonas Nachsin says. "In terms of the Roadrunner's indie spirit, I don't ...

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JAMES MURPHY Says Florida Benefit Was 'A Great Success'

Former TESTAMENT/DEATH guitarist James Murphy, who is currently receiving treatment for a massive brain tumor with which he was diagnosed in August 2001, has posted the following message regarding the James Murphy Benefit concert, which took place on September 6 at Venom Night Club in St. Petersburg, Florida: "The benefit show held in St. Petersburg ...

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STRYPER: Spreading The Message Of Christ

STRYPER singer Michael Sweet recently spoke to the Toledo Blade about the band's decision to reunite this fall for their first nationwide performance junket in more than 12 years. "The inspiration, more or less, was when we got together and recorded two new songs in January for the compilation album '7: The Best of Stryper'," ...

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Vancouver Police Cited In GUNS N' ROSES Riot

Amy O'Brian of the Vancouver Sun reports that at least two Vancouver Police officers appeared to use "unnecessary and excessive" force during the GUNS N' ROSES riot last fall, the police complaint commissioner said Friday (October 10). Commissioner Dirk Ryneveld made the statement in a written notice for a public hearing that will examine the ...

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TOMMY LEE Is 'An Illustrated Man'

Former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee has reportedly set "An Illustrated Man" as the title for his upcoming autobiography, now due in the spring through Atria Books, the hardcover imprint of Simon & Schuster. As previously reported, the book, which was originally rumored to have been titled "Ragz to Riches" (and later "Misunderstood"), will contain ...

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MNEMIC To Film New Video

Danish "hybrid metal" act MNEMIC, featuring former INVOCATOR session drummer Brian Rasmussen and ex-MERCENARY guitarist Mircea G. Eftemie, are preparing to shoot a video for the track "Liquid" with director Patric Ulleaus (ACE OF BASE, SCOOTER, FREAK KITCHEN, TRANSPORT LEAGUE) of Revolver Film. "Liquid" is the second video off the band's debut album, "Mechanical Spin ...

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KISS: Excerpt From Official Biography Posted Online

An excerpt from the official KISS biography, titled "Kiss: Behind The Mask", has been posted online at this location. The 450-page hardcover edition of "Kiss: Behind The Mask" features recollections from the band and photographs from the KISS archives, many of which have never been published. The book also includes comments from AEROSMITH ...

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