JASON NEWSTED: 'VOIVOD Can Kick METALLICA's Ass'

Despite his previous statements to the contrary, ex-METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted — currently a full-time member of VOIVOD — is no longer available to return to his former group. "It would only happen if [METALLICA frontman] James [Hetfield] called me and asked me, or came to the house and asked me, looked me in the ...

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METALLICA Confirm Italian, Belgian Festival Dates

METALLICA have confirmed additional dates as part of their six-week summer 2003 European tour. They will now play at Heineken Jammin' Festival in Imola, Italy on Jun. 13 and Werchter Rock Festival in Werchter, Belgium on Jun. 28. The list of currently confirmed dates now looks as follows: Jun. 6-8 – Nürburgring, GER @ Rock ...

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STONE SOUR To Issue Never-Before-Released Tracks

STONE SOUR, the recently re-launched group formed by SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root, are figuring out a way to make some previously unreleased material available to their fans. One possible scenario is for the band to release a few of the songs on the "Bother" single, or possibly a "digipack" featuring three ...

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ANTHRAX, CRADLE OF FILTH Confirmed For Spain's PIORNO ROCK Festival

ANTHRAX, CRADLE OF FILTH, IN EXTREMO, SARATOGA, and TRAIL OF TEARS are among the artists currently confirmed to perform at Piorno Rock, a three-day festival set to take place Mar. 27-29 at Pinos Puente in Granada, Spain. More confirmations are expected to be announced shortly. ANTHRAX, who recently inked a North American deal with ArtistDirect/BMG ...

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GUNS N' ROSES Guitarist Lets Success Go To His Head

GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Buckethead (who wears a Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket and white face mask over his head) refused to take the headgear off backstage at the band's Madison Square Garden show on Dec. 5, according to New York Magazine's Intelligencer column. "[Comedian] Chris Rock was saying what a great show it was," reported ...

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NIKKI SIXX Speaks Out On BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION's Live Debut

MÖTLEY CRÜE/BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION bassist Nikki Sixx has posted the following message in the "Rock'n'Roll Diary" section of CRÜE's official web site: "The first BRIDES shows went really well. We walked onstage sans intro tape, effects, or anything — just cold and raw. It was announced that a local band was playing and that's all ...

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NICKELBACK Pass Two-Million Mark In Europe

NICKELBACK's "Silver Side Up" CD has passed the two-million mark in albums shipped in Europe, according to the band's label, Roadrunner Records. Meanwhile, the album is said to be approaching five-million copies sold in the U.S., where the group's previous album, "The State", was awarded gold status (500,000 copies shipped). ...

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