DEEP PURPLE Joined By Former Keyboardist At London Concert

Former DEEP PURPLE keyboardist Jon Lord joined the band on stage at the Wembley Arena in London on Saturday (Nov. 13) for a rendition of the DP classic "Black Night". According to a posting on the DEEP PURPLE fan site TheHighwayStar.com, Lord's appearance on stage was apparently a surprise to the band as well — ...

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ANIMAL Explain CHRIS HOLMES' Absence From Current Lineup

ANIMAL, the new group featuring original W.A.S.P. guitarist Randy Piper, have posted a message on their web site addressing the question from many fans regarding the absence of former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes from the group's current lineup (Holmes played on ANIMAL's debut album, 2002's "900 Lb. Steam"). "We know there are a lot of ...

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COLLECTIVE SOUL Rips Off METALLICA? You Be The Judge

Georgia rockers COLLECTIVE SOUL appear to have "borrowed" a riff from METALLICA's "King Nothing" for their latest single, "Counting the Days". "Counting the Days" is the first single off COLLECTIVE SOUL's sixth studio album, "Youth", due on November 16, 2004 through the group's own newly formed label El Music Group. The track has reportedly been ...

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Venue Change For SHADOWS FALL/THE HAUNTED Gig In Seattle

The venue has been changed for the Seattle SHADOWS FALL/THE HAUNTED gig on Sunday, November 14. The new venue will be Studio 7 on Horton Street. The concert, featuring SHADOWS FALL and THE HAUNTED, is scheduled to begin at 10:00 p.m. Please note that DAMAGEPLAN will **NOT** be playing this show. ...

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THE MEADS OF ASPHODEL Outline Upcoming Activities

U.K. black metallers THE MEADS OF ASPHODEL have posted the following update on their official web site: "'The Mill Hill Sessions' CD is now out on Godreah Records. This airs the band in a raw environment with guitars taking over the main sound, leaving the keyboards at a bare minimum. HAWKWIND's Alan Davey and Huw ...

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New MEGADETH Drummer SHAWN DROVER Speaks Out

MEGADETH drummer Shawn Drover (EIDOLON) has posted his first message at the band's official forum. It reads as follows: "OK, so here I am pondering on how to approach my first entry on my personal forum — several options could have taken place here, but I feel the best approach is to let you know ...

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IMPERIA Confirmed For Holland's EUROSONIC FESTIVAL

IMPERIA, the new band fronted by former TRAIL OF TEARS singer Helena Iren Michaelsen, have been confirmed for EuroSonic Festival 2005, a two-day event set to be held January 13-14 in in Groningen, Holland. More than 110 bands (including Italy's LINEA 77 and Holland's NEMESEA) are expected to perform on 25 different stages. More information ...

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