AREA 54 To Support PAUL DI'ANNO In England

Britain's AREA 54 will support ex-IRON MAIDEN frontman PAUL DI'ANNO and KILLERS at the following U.K. dates: Mar. 21 - Camden Underworld – London, UK Mar. 22 - Townsgate Theatre, St. Martins Square – Basildon, UK AREA 54's sophomore full-length effort, "Beckoning Of The End", is due on April 21 through Casket Records. The album, ...

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PASSENGER Set American Release Date For Debut Album

Sweden's PASSENGER, the new project featuring IN FLAMES vocalist Anders Friden, ex-TRANSPORT LEAGUE drummer Patrik J. Sten, GARDENIAN guitarist Niclas Engelin (ex-IN FLAMES), and HEADPLATE bassist Håkan Skoger, have set an April 28 release date through Century Media Records for their debut self-titled effort. PASSENGER's music is being described as "a cross between DEPECHE MODE ...

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THE OFFSPRING Drummer Exits, FREESE Takes Over

THE OFFSPRING drummer Ron Welty has announced that he has quit the band. In a statement on the band's web site, the drummer explained: "After more than 15 great years with THE OFFSPRING, I've decided to leave to devote all my energies to a new project called STEADY GROUND. I wish Dexter, Noodles and Greg ...

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NIGHTWISH: Upcoming Dates Announced

Finland's NIGHTWISH have lined up the following dates during the summer: Jul. 04 - Rockefeller – Oslo, NOR Jul. 05 - Rockefeller – Oslo, NOR Jul. 11 - Metal Mania Festival – Villarrobledo, ESP Aug. 02 - Gates Of Metal – Hultsfred, SWE Aug. 16 - Z-7 – Pratteln, SWI Aug. 30 -Bloodstock Festival – ...

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METALLICA To Work With PUSHEAD On 'St. Anger' Cover

METALLICA are leaning towards using their old friend Pushead to design the cover for their forthcoming album, "St. Anger", drummer Lars Ulrich revealed during an interview with Canadian radio station 97.7 HTZ FM. In addition, Ulrich offered two more working songtitles for the upcoming CD: "All Within My Hands" and "Dirty Window". Other known working ...

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SOMNIUM Memorial Concert: More Details Revealed

More details have emerged about the memorial concert for FINNTROLL/IMPALED NAZARENE guitarist Teemu "Somnium" Raimoranta, who 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 in Helsinki and will feature the following lineup: 09:00 p.m. BARATHRUM 10:00 ...

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ROBERT TRUJILLO: How I Found Out I Got The METALLICA Gig

New METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo recently spoke to Kerrang! magazine about his addition to the group and his decision to leave OZZY OSBOURNE's band in order to hook up with the San Franciscian metal pioneers. When asked how he found out he got the gig, Robert said, "METALLICA called me [in late February]. They said, ...

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WARRANT Singer Signs European Solo Deal

WARRANT frontman Jani Lane has signed a European solo deal with Z Records. His first release for the label will be the album "Back Down To One", featuring exclusive European bonus tracks not found on the American version of the CD. A June 28 release is expected. ...

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BLIND GUARDIAN: Live Album Details Unveiled

German melodic metallers BLIND GUARDIAN have set a May 26 release date for their as-yet-untitled live album. The two-disc collection, which is currently being mixed at a German studio, will contain 20 songs recorded last year on the band's world tour. The full track listing for the CD is as follows (in no particular order): ...

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