CHILDREN OF BODOM Confirm Memorial Gig Appearance

Contrary to previously published reports, it now appears that CHILDREN OF BODOM WILL in fact perform at the memorial concert for FINNTROLL/IMPALED NAZARENE guitarist Teemu "Somnium" Raimoranta. Teemu died Sunday morning (March 16) from injuries sustained in an accidental fall he took while intoxicated. The gig will take place on Tuesday, March 25 at Nosturi ...

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LIMP BIZKIT's FRED DURST Goes After SPICE GIRL

After former SPICE GIRL Geri Halliwell and LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst flirted on the "Jimmy Kimmel" show and shared a mutual interest in doing Britney Spears, the pair were spotted on a secretive lunch date at La Scala in Beverly Hills yesterday, according to Rock Dirt. A spy says the duo went to outrageous ...

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METALLICA's LARS ULRICH Keeps Quiet When It Comes To Politics

Unlike many of his musician counterparts who have chosen to publicly speak out against the Bush administration's foreign policy, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich — who usually has no problem yapping away on a variety of subjects — draws the line when it comes to offering his political views. When asked by New York radio station ...

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MOONSPELL Split With Bassist, Prepare To Record New CD

Portugal's MOONSPELL have amicably parted ways with bassist Sérgio Crestana and will replace him during the recording sessions for their upcoming album with AMORPHIS bassist Niclas Etelävuori. MOONSPELL will record the follow-up to "Darkness And Hope" between March 23 and April 12 at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki, Finland with producer Hiili Hiilesmaa (H.I.M., SENTENCED, AMORPHIS). ...

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LOSTPROPHETS Singer Clarifies War Statement

LOSTPROPHETS singer Ian Watkins has issued a follow-up message clarifying his previous statement in which he accused most anti-war musicians of being more interested in publicity than politics. "Radio 1 are kinda making more of an issue [of my comment] than it really was," Watkins writes on the band's official web site. "They ...

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NAPALM DEATH To Begin Work On 'Leaders Not Followers 2'

NAPALM DEATH bassist Shane Embury has posted the following update to the group's official web site: "Well the [North American] tour with NILE has been done for quite awhile now and we all agree that it was a success, great attendances and good reactions made it very enjoyable from our point of view. "We had ...

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ALTARIA: MP3 Posted Online

Finnish melodic metal band ALTARIA, who feature in their ranks SONATA ARCTICA guitarist Jani Liimatainen, have posted a track called "Fire & Ice" at this location. "Fire & Ice" comes off the group's debut album, "Invitation", due in Europe on April 28 through AOR Heaven sub-label Metal Heaven Records. ...

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Former EF BAND Singer Dies Of Cancer

Vocalist John Ridge of acclaimed early '80s Swedish hard rockers EF BAND passed away on March 4, 2003 after a lengthy battle with brain cancer. Ridge is the second member of the group to succumb to the disease, which also claimed the life of guitarist/vocalist Bengt Fischer several years earlier. Although they weren't British, the ...

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TAETRE To Support DEFLESHED In Europe

Sweden's TAETRE will support DEFLESHED on their "Battle Royal Tour 2003". The tour will include stops in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Holland and Belgium. Battle Royal Tour 2003 dates are as follows: Apr. 23 – Falkenberg, SWE @ Wake up Cafe (w/ ABLAZE MY SORROW) Apr. 24 – Aarhus, DEN @ Musikcafeen Apr. 25 – Copenhagen, ...

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