TURISAS Part Ways With Bassist

Finnish "pagan battle metal" act TURISAS have parted ways with bassist Mikko Törmikoski. "The decision to drop him out was made by us after returning from Sound Suite Studio in January," the band write on their web site. "The bass track on the upcoming album was played by Jussi [Wickström, guitar], who nailed it down ...

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GUNS N' ROSES Bassist Sets Release Date For Solo Debut

GUNS N' ROSES bassist Tommy Stinson has set a July 27 release date through Sanctuary Records for his debut solo album. The founding REPLACEMENTS member told Billboard.com last summer that he recorded the material for the set in a Los Angeles studio owned by Charles Thompson (a.k.a. Frank Black) with contributions from A PERFECT CIRCLE ...

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Report: VAN HALEN Sign Deal With Booking Agency

Billboard.com is reporting that VAN HALEN have signed a deal with Peter Grosslight, worldwide head of music for the William Morris booking agency in Los Angeles, for touring representation. The group's much-anticipated comeback reunion trek (featuring vocalist Sammy Hagar) is expected to kick off in the summer. As previously reported, Warner Strategic Marketing ...

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EDGUY Have No Plans Of Changing Their 'Stupid' Name

In an interview with Electricbasement.com, EDGUY guitarist Jens Ludwig explained where the band's odd name came from, "No meaning. We were just very young when we formed this band," he said. "Fourteen years old. Back then, we had this stupid teacher with a similar sounding name. We just had this funny idea of changing it ...

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G3: More European Tour Dates Announced

An updated list of tentative dates for the European G3 Tour, featuring Steve Vai, Joe Satriani and Robert Fripp, has been released. It is as follows: Jun. 13 - Arrow Rock Festival - DeShanes, NETH Jun. 14 - K.B. Hallen - Copenhagen, DEN Jun. 15 - Liseberghallen - Gothenburg, SWE Jun. 16 - Gota Lejon ...

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FU MANCHU: 'Monster Garage' Photos Posted Online

FU MANCHU have uploaded several photos from the March 11 taping of their live appearance on the Discovery Channel TV show, "Monster Garage". Check them out here (scroll down to the bottom of the page). Says singer/guitarist Scott Hill, There was no picture taking while we were playing the songs live, so these ...

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN To Visit USS NIMITZ War Ship

Legendary guitarist YNGWIE MALMSTEEN got a personal invitation from the USS Nimitz to visit "one of their most incredible ships," according to a posting on his official web site. He will be visiting the ship with a crew of 3,000 on Monday, March 15. In other news, a bunch of concert photos from the North ...

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THE HAUNTED: 'One Kill Wonder' Reissue To Surface In April

A limited-edition reissue of THE HAUNTED's "One Kill Wonder" CD will reportedly surface in North America on April 20 through Earache Records. The disc will feature all the songs contained on the original album plus the following three bonus cuts: 01. Creed* 02. Ritual* 03. Well Of Souls (CANDLEMASS cover) * Recorded during the "One ...

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