BLIND GUARDIAN Explain Houston Cancellation

BLIND GUARDIAN's tour manager has issued a statement in an attempt to clarify the reasons behind the cancellation of the group's scheduled Houston show on Nov. 29 as part of their ongoing U.S. tour with SYMPHONY X. It reads as follows: "This is Roger Smith, the road manager for the BLIND GUARDIAN tour. The real ...

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STRYPER To Record New Material For Upcoming Collection

STRYPER are set to record two new studio tracks for inclusion on a new "Best Of Stryper" album, due in the spring via Hollywood Records. All four original members — Michael Sweet, Robert Sweet, Oz Fox, and Tim Gaines — will be partaking in the recording sessions in January — the first time the original ...

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RUNNING WILD Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR 2003

German heavy metal pirates RUNNING WILD have been confirmed to headline the opening night's festivities (dubbed "Night To Remember") at next year's Wacken Open Air festival, which is scheduled to take place Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany. Among the other artists scheduled to perform at the event are DARK ANGEL, EXTREME NOISE TERROR, ...

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EDGUY Singer To Appear On ROB ROCK Album

EDGUY/AVANTASIA frontman Tobias Sammet is set to record a guest appearance on the sophomore solo offering from ex-IMPELLITTERI singer Rob Rock, due in early 2003. The as-yet-untitled effort is being produced by Roy Z, who has previously worked with HALFORD and HELLOWEEN, among others. ...

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Former WHITESNAKE Duo Put Project On Hold

COMPANY OF SNAKES, the band formed by ex-WHITESNAKE guitarists Bernie Marsden and Micky Moody, have put the band "on hold," according to a statement posted on the group's official web site. Although the statement goes on to say that the band are not splitting up, "after the recent tour in Russia and Scandinavia, the COMPANY ...

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HADES ALMIGHTY Drummer Makes Guest Appearance On AETERNUS CD

HADES ALMIGHTY drummer Remi has recorded a guest appearance on the track "The Trident" on the upcoming AETERNUS album, "A Darker Monument", which is currently being laid down at Greighallen Studios with producer Pytten (ENSLAVED, MORK GRYNING) for an early 2003 release through Nocturnal Art Productions. "This song has one steady rhythm," explained AETERNUS on ...

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LINKIN PARK To Get 'Heavier' On Sophomore Effort

LINKIN PARK have set a March 2003 release date through Warner Bros. Records for their much-anticipated follow-up to the group's 2000 eight-times-platinum debut, "Hybrid Theory". The as-yet-untitled album, which is once again being produced by LINKIN PARK rapper Mike Shinoda and Don Gilmore, is said to feature a "heavier" musical direction than the group's prior ...

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ZIMMER'S HOLE Part Ways With Keyboardist

ZIMMER'S HOLE, the Vancouver-based project featuring guitarist Jed Simon and bassist Byron Stroud of STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, have parted ways with keyboardist Will Campagna, who "has left the band for other commitments," according to Simon. The band are currently seeking a replacement. In other news, ZIMMER'S HOLE have commenced the songwriting process for their next ...

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