MR. BIG To Reform?

MR. BIG are rumored to be planning a reunion after Billy Sheehan sat in with guitarist Richie Kotzen and drummer Pat Torpey during the latter pair's recent trip to Japan in support of Richie's solo release. According to Melodicrock.com, things went well enough for the trio to record some tunes together, although it is presently ...

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MORTIIS Offers Update On Video, Touring Activities

Norway's MORTIIS has posted the following update via his official web site: "Even though a certain young extra beat me to it by a couple of days, I'd like to tell you that we just completed the shooting for the upcoming video of 'Mental Maelstrom (Implode)'. (Which is a slightly altered version of the original ...

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GENITORTURERS Announce Upcoming Dates

Florida's GENITORTURERS, featuring former MORBID ANGEL frontman David "Evil D" Vincent on bass, will be performing at the WJRR Extreme Hellaween Ball on Thursday, October 31st at Cairo in Orlando, Florida. Upcoming GENITORTURERS dates are as follows: Oct. 31 – Orlando, FL @ Cairo (WJRR Extreme Hellaween Ball) Nov. 01- Ft. Myers, FL @ Neptunes ...

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SATANIC SLAUGHTER To Embark On ANGELGRINDER TOUR PT. II

Swedish "black/death/thrash" metal act SATANIC SLAUGHTER will be touring Europe in March/April as part of Angelgrinder Tour Part II. Other acts for the package will be announced soon. In other news, SATANIC SLAUGHTER have been confirmed to appear at Bands Battle 2003, the "biggest underground festival in Germany". No further information is available at this ...

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TUFF To Appear On 'The Mullet Years 2'

The TUFF song "American Hair Band" is slated to appear on a Canadian compilation through Universal Records tentatively titled The Mullet Years 2. This CD will feature various tracks from MÖTLEY CRÜE, POISON, AEROSMITH, CINDERELLA, RATT, WHITESNAKE, KISS, SKID ROW, JUDAS PRIEST and more. TUFF will also appear on a seasonal CD this year called ...

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THE GATHERING EP To See Worldwide Release

Holland's THE GATHERING are planning to release their Black Light District mini-CD in Germany in mid-October. The rest of the world (outside the Benelux and France, where the EP is already available) should see the CD later in the month. More details will be made available soon. ...

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XTREME BENEFEST: A Benefit Concert For JAMES MUPRHY

The following very important message comes to us from Cheri Anderson (a.k.a. "Cheribomb"), promoter of the Xtreme Benefest, a two-day benefit festival for former TESTAMENT/DEATH guitarist James Murphy: James Murphy (ex-TESTAMENT, DEATH, OBITUARY, CANCER, more) was diagnosed with a massive brain tumor last August 2001 & underwent emergency life saving surgery in Sept. 2001 (just ...

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NINEDENINE Confirmed For 'BBC Radio One Live'

Alternative British rock/metal act NINEDENINE have been confirmed as part of this years BBC Radio One Live event, which takes place in Nottingham at the end of October. The band have been asked to appear at one of the fringe events and will perform at The Old Angel on Sunday, October 27th, on a bill ...

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HENRY ROLLINS: How I Landed SLIPKNOT's COREY TAYLOR For Benefit CD

Punk rock icon Henry Rollins recently told Launch how he hooked up with SKIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor for the Rollins-produced compilation CD Rise Above: 24 Black Flag Songs To Benefit The West Memphis Three, due on October 8th through 2.13.61/Sanctuary Records. "It was one phone call," Rollins said. "I just got his number, called Corey ...

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