KISS To Play One-Off Show In Australia?

KISS are rumored to be planning a return to Australia for a one-off concert at Melbourne's Colonial Stadium in late February/early March 2003. If the unconfirmed reports are to be believed, this unique show will feature the band playing with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra who will all be wearing KISS makeup. The one-off concert will ...

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W.A.S.P. Tour Cancelled?

Despite Metal Blade Records' assertion last week that ENGINE's upcoming North American tour with W.A.S.P. was still most definitely on, there are strong indications that Blackie and co. have indeed pulled the plug on the trek. Many of the ticket holders who had purchased advance tickets via online outlets have been notified of ...

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EVERGREY Commence Recording Sessions For 'Recreation Day'

Swedish "progressive power metal" band EVERGREY have commenced the recording sessions for their fourth full-length album, tentatively titled Recreation Day, at KING DIAMOND guitarist Andy LaRocque's Los Angered Recordings with producer LaRocque and engineer Rizzo. The effort, which will be mixed by Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman, will contain the following tracks, among others: 01. ...

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Former JUDAS PRIEST Drummer Joins Cover Band

Former JUDAS PRIEST drummer Les Binks, who was in the band between 1977 and 1979 and who co-wrote the PRIEST classic "Beyond the Realms of Death", has reportedly joined a British cover band called THE SHAKERS, also featuring in its ranks ex-ALICE COOPER/THE ALMIGHTY guitarist Pete Friesen. Les played on the PRIEST albums Stained Class, ...

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HALFORD Manager Speaks Out On SOYOROCK Cancellation

HALFORD frontman Rob Halford's longtime personal manager John Baxter has confirmed the reports of a cancellation of Korea's Soyorock (a.k.a. World Rock) festival (as reported here last week), which was scheduled for October 12-13 and was set to include appearances by HALFORD, DIO, GAMMA RAY and RAGE, among others. "Quickly, I want to express our ...

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Former MACHINE HEAD Guitarist Produces JUGGERNAUT Demo

Former MACHINE HEAD guitarist Ahrue Luster has produced the latest demo from Sacramento's JUGGERNAUT. The band, who are currently unsigned, have previously been described as a mixture of the DEFTONES, SOUNDGARDEN and MACHINE HEAD. Two of the six songs recorded during the sessions at Puss Cavern studios in Sacramento have been posted online at the ...

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AVANTASIA: Riding High On European Album Charts

AVANTASIA's The Metal Opera Part II, the follow-up to EDGUY frontman Tobias Sammet's critically-acclaimed The Metal Opera debut, is doing great business in Europe, where it's entered the official charts in several of the countries. The following are the first-week chart positions for the album, as reported by Sammet's official web site: Germany: #17 Sweden: ...

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Former MISFITS Frontman Plots Next Move

Former MISFITS frontman Michale Graves is once again being represented by Hollowpoint Management after parting ways with the rest of his band GRAVES. Michale is currently working on new material and doing pre-production work in Houston, Texas on music that will be included on a brand new release set for release next spring. ...

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