DEEP PURPLE's Tribute To Victims Of SPACE SHUTTLE COLUMBIA Tragedy

The instrumental song "Contact Lost", the bittersweet finale of DEEP PURPLE's new album "Bananas", was inspired by the tragic loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia. It was written by guitarist Steve Morse. Columbia broke up over Texas upon re-entry on February 1, 2003, after a successful 16-day scientific research mission. The accident claimed the lives ...

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WHITE LION 2004 Reunion Lineup Revealed

The details of WHITE LION's 2004 reunion lineup have been revealed in a European magazine. Joining singer Mike Tramp in the new formation will be guitarist Warren DeMartini (RATT), bassist James Lomenzo and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (ex-MEGADETH, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, Y&T). However, it should be pointed out that this lineup is not 100% confirmed as it ...

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THREE INCHES OF BLOOD Secure U.S. Deal For Debut Album

Canadian metallers THREE INCHES OF BLOOD will release their full-length debut, "Battlecry Under a Winter Sun", in the U.S. on January 20 through Arena Rock Recording Co., distributed by ADA. "Good times were had for the month of October," the band write on their web site. "Our first U.K. tour was an unbelievable success. Huge ...

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THE (INTERNATIONAL) NOISE CONSPIRACY Sign With AMERICAN RECORDS

Sweden's THE (INTERNATIONAL) NOISE CONSPIRACY, the band fronted by former REFUSED screamer Dennis Lyxzen, have inked a deal with American Records. Rick Rubin (AUDIOSLAVE, SYSTEM OF A DOWN, SLAYER, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS) will produce the group's third full-length album, tentatively due early next year. "I think they're a great live band — they have ...

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SEBASTIAN BACH Talks About His New Band, Upcoming Solo Album

Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach recently spoke to Christa Titus of Billboard magazine about his new band BACH TIGHT 5 and the brand-new material he has written for his upcoming sophomore solo album, tentatively due in early 2004. Regarding the musicians in his new band, Bach said, "I chose these guys basically how I ...

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PAIN CONFESSOR Sign With MEGAMANIA

PAIN CONFESSOR, a melodic metal band from Finland, have signed a three-record deal with the Finnish label Megamania. The co-operation begins with the release of an EP during the first quarter of 2004. Following will be the full-length debut, which is planned for release during the Fall of 2004. PAIN CONFESSOR play "melodic metal with ...

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ANDREW W.K. Extends Fall Tour

ANDREW W.K. has extended his tour in support of his latest album, "The Wolf", with dates now stretching into early December. HOOBASTANK and DIE TRYING open most shows. On November 14, W.K. is scheduled to perform on NBC's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien". Released in early September, "The Wolf" is W.K.'s second full-length for Island ...

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CALLENISH CIRCLE To Play 'Longest Set Ever' On Upcoming Tour

Dutch melodic death metallers CALLENISH CIRCLE have posted the following message on their official web site: "Only having a few weeks break, CALLENISH CIRCLE started rehearsing again for the upcoming headline shows, scheduled late 2003 and early 2004. The band will perform an extended live-set, actually being the longest in the band history ever. Of ...

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KISS/AEROSMITH Concert Grosses Revealed

The following are some of the latest concert grosses for the KISS/AEROSMITH tour, as reported by Billboard magazine: Artist/Event: AEROSMITH & KISS, SALIVA Venue: Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen City/State: Devore, Calif. Event Dates: Oct. 18, 2003 Gross Sales: $1,405,752 Attendance/Capacity: 20,090 / 40,288 Shows/Sellouts: 1 / 0 Prices: $150, $45 Promoters: Clear Channel Entertainment ...

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EVANESCENCE: 'Fallen' Certified Triple Platinum

EVANESCENCE's major label debut album, "Fallen", has been certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA) for sales of three million records. Sales have been fueled by the multi-format smash "Bring Me To Life", which features Paul McCoy of 12 STONE, and its follow-up single, "Going Under". As previously reported, EVANESCENCE lead ...

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