METALLICA's HAMMETT Says Lawsuit Hoax Was 'Hilarious'

METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett spoke to Daniel Durchholz of St. Louis Post-Dispatch about last week's bogus report that the litigious hard-rock band, which has gone to court on several occasions to protect its brand name and copyrighted material, was suing a little-known Canadian group called UNFAITH for unauthorized use of the "METALLICA-branded" chords ...

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DREAM THEATER Drummer To Perform With LED ZEPPELIN Tribute Band

After the great success of his BEATLES tribute band YELLOW MATTER CUSTARD, DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy has been asked to assemble another special one-off tribute project for his appearance at the Montreal Drum Fest in November. Portnoy's LED ZEPPELIN tribute band HAMMER OF THE GODS will once again feature Paul Gilbert (RACER X/ex-MR.BIG) on ...

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AUDIOSLAVE To Release DVD At The End Of The Month

AUDIOSLAVE will release their first DVD on July 29. The self-titled collection will boast the outfit's three videos ("Show Me How To Live", "Cochise" and "Like a Stone"), footage from their November 2002 live debut atop the marquee of New York's Ed Sullivan Theater and interviews with all four members of the band. AUDIOSLAVE — ...

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CATHEDRAL Sign With NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

U.K.-based cult doom rockers CATHEDRAL have signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The group's follow-up to last year's "The VIIth Coming" is tentatively due in early 2004. CATHEDRAL were previously signed to Dream Catcher Records in Europe and Spitfire Records in the U.S. CATHEDRAL will be teaming up with STRAPPING YOUNG LAD and SAMAEL ...

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Former HELMET Leader Finds 'Soulmate' In Actress WINONA RYDER

New York Post gossip columnist Liz Smith is reporting that actress Winona Ryder "has been out and about with [former HELMET leader] Page Hamilton. They have been dating — quietly (the way Winona likes it) — for weeks. A friend says, 'She couldn't be happier. It's all coming together. Her work, her love life.' "Winona ...

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Axis of Metal: The Up-and-Coming Of Springfield Röck City

Daniel Oppenheimer of the Valley Advocate is reporting that "when MTV resurrected their heavy metal show 'Headbanger's Ball' in May of this year, guest host METALLICA played 17 videos. Of those, three were from Springfield [Massachusetts]-area bands: STAIND, SHADOWS FALL and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. Another was from GODSMACK, out of Boston, and another from HATEBREED, out ...

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