PAIN To Record Album Of Covers

Sweden's PAIN, the band led by acclaimed metal producer and HYPOCRISY frontman Peter Tägtgren, are currently in the studio recording a full-length album of covers, due in the spring through Stockholm Records. Among the tracks that are set to be included on the effort are the band's (presumably) metallized versions of such mainstream selections as ...

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Former HELLOWEEN Singer To Guest On AINA Debut

Former HELLOWEEN and current SUPARED frontman Michael Kiske has been tapped to sing on the forthcoming album from AINA, the new project spearheaded by acclaimed German producer Sascha Paeth (KAMELOT, ANGRA, RHAPSODY). Kiske, whose SUPARED debut is due on Jan. 20 through Noise/Sanctuary Records, has laid down his vocals on two of the cuts so ...

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BLIND GUARDIAN, SYMPHONY X Cancel San Diego Gig

BLIND GUARDIAN and SYMPHONY X cancelled their scheduled Saturday, Dec. 14 appearance at the 4th and B in downtown San Diego, California. An official statement on the cancellation has yet to be released, but according to management/public relations firm Desert Rock Promotions, who represent one of the designated openers for the show, CAGE, "the dreaded ...

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DEATHRIDE Sign With ROADRUNNER RECORDS

California's DEATHRIDE, the new project featuring COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara, have inked a deal with Roadrunner Records. The group — whose lineup is completed by Dragon (guitar), Shak (bass), Sleeper (guitar), and Junk (drums) — will enter the studio early next year with producer Ross Hogarth (COAL CHAMBER, MÖTLEY CRÜE, FASTER PUSSYCAT) to begin ...

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GRAND FUNK RAILROAD To Embark On U.S. Tour

GRAND FUNK RAILROAD, which currently includes in its ranks former KISS guitarist/singer Bruce Kulick, has announced the following dates during the coming months: Jan. 09 - Soaring Eagle Casino - Mt. Pleasant, Michigan Feb. 06 - Americstar Casino - St. Charles, Louisiana Mar. 01 - Gulfstream Park - Hallandale, Florida Mar. 07 - California Mid-Winter ...

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PATRICK LACHMAN Leaves HALFORD!

Guitarist Patrick Lachman has left HALFORD in order to commit himself fully to his band DIESEL MACHINE. The following is frontman Rob Halford's official statement on Lachman's departure: "Last month, November 2002, Pat Lachman notified all of us at HALFORD Central that he had decided now was the time to commit himself fully to his ...

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THE OSBOURNES To Star In PEPSI Commercial

The New York Times reports: "The neighbors in OZZY OSBOURNE's neighborhood in Los Angeles have been alerted: a Pepsi commercial will be filmed there this weekend. That had Madison Avenue types wondering if the Osbournes would be seen during Super Bowl XXXVII on Jan. 26. Two Pepsi brands are in the game, including the one ...

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