STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Guitarist Joins DARK ANGEL!

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD guitarist Jed Simon has been tapped to join the reunited DARK ANGEL on their upcoming West Coast tour and subsequent European festival appearances. Simon, a thrash metal veteran whose pre-SYL recording history includes work with such underground acts as CAUSTIC THOUGHT and ARMOROS, replaces founding member Jim Durkin, who was recently dismissed ...

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INTERSCOPE Confirms GUNS N' ROSES Tour Cancellation

A spokesperson for Interscope Records has confirmed to MTV News that GUNS N' ROSES' first tour in almost a decade has been cancelled, but did not did not immediately offer a reason for the cancellation. A spokesperson for the First Union Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania told the Associated Press that the date there was cancelled ...

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THE MEADS OF ASPHODEL Split With Founding Member, Prepare To Record New CD

British black metallers THE MEADS OF ASPHODEL have parted ways with founding member Jaldaboath (guitar, synth) and have announced the addition of bassist Deorth and guitarist/keyboardist Azrael to the group's ranks. According to an official statement from the group, THE MEADS OF ASPHODEL "has parted company with Jaldaboath after a conflict of direction. [Mainman] Metatron ...

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Threatens To Kill Airline Passenger

YNGWIE MALMSTEEN threatened to kill a fellow passenger on a flight to Tokyo, Japan after the woman poured a glassful of water on the guitarist. The passenger, who had no prior contact with Yngwie, allegedly overheard Malmsteen making derogatory comments about someone and decided to show her disapproval by emptying the contents of her glass ...

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RON HOLZNER Leaves TROUBLE!

Bassist Ron Holzner has left TROUBLE for "personal reasons". A replacement has yet to be announced. TROUBLE — whose last studio album, "Plastic Green Head", came out in 1995 — will go ahead with their plans to record their first-ever live album on Jan. 21, 2003 at the House Of Blues in Chicago, Illinois. A ...

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist To Pay Orchestral Tribute To JASON BECKER

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman will put on two live performances with an orchestra of ex-DAVE LEE ROTH axeman Jason Becker's work in San Francisco, California sometime next year. No further information is available at this time. Becker, who is suffering from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's Disease) (a disease that affects the central nervous ...

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CRADLE OF FILTH Cancel U.K. Dates

CRADLE OF FILTH have cancelled their three-date U.K. tour — originally scheduled to take place Dec. 11-13 — because frontman Dani Filth has been taken ill. No further information is available at this time. ...

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HYPOCRISY To Release New CD In 2004

Sweden's HYPOCRISY, led by acclaimed metal producer and PAIN frontman Peter Tägtgren, are busy at home writing new material after their first-ever tour of Japan. Tägtgren expects to record HYPOCRISY's new album sometime in August or September of 2003 for an early 2004 release. As previously reported, HYPOCRISY have been confirmed for next year's installment ...

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BLAZE To Headline TOTALFEST 5

Britain's BLAZE, the band led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE frontman Blaze Bayley, will headline Totalfest 5 on Saturday Jan. 18, 2003 at the King's Head Live in Fulham, U.K. Also set to appear at the event are ORANGE GOBLIN, AREA 54 and REACTOR. BLAZE will release a double live album, "As Live As It Gets", ...

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