MORTENSEN: 'BUCKETHEAD Is One Of The Most Gifted Individuals I've Met'

"Lord of the Rings" star Viggo Mortensen recently spoke to IGN.com about his collaboration with "the outlandishly bizarre" GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Buckethead. Mortensen and Buckethead have collaborated on several recordings that Mortensen released through his publishing company, Perceval Press. The duo recently released "Pandemoniumfromamerica", which also features turns from Mortensen's "Lord of the Rings" ...

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METALLICA Perform 'Dyer's Eve' In Its Entirety For First Time Ever

METALLICA performed the classic "…And Justice For All" track "Dyer's Eve" in its entirety for the first time ever during their March 5 appearance at The Forum in Los Angeles, California. Speaking to the Alameda Times-Star last week, METALLICA frontman James Hetfield revealed that METALLICA's lengthy group-therapy sessions following his 2001 stint in rehab have ...

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RUNNING WILD Guitarist Collaborates With CIRCLE II CIRCLE Singer

RUNNING WILD guitarist Bernd Aufermann has collaborated with one of his "all-time fave" singers, CIRCLE II CIRCLE frontman Zak Stevens (ex-SAVATAGE), on a song for CIRCLE II CIRCLE's forthcoming sophomore album, tentatively due late summer through Germany's AFM Records. No further information is available at this time. RUNNING WILD are confirmed for this year's edition ...

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NIGHTWISH: New Promotional Photos Posted Online

Finland's NIGHTWISH have posted a bunch of new promotional photos at this location (all photos by Toni Härkönen). As previously reported, NIGHTWISH have set a June 7 Finnish release date through Spinefarm Records for their brand-new album, "Once". A single containing the album track "Nemo" is due on April 19. All 3,700 tickets ...

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ATOMIZER, IMPIETY, HACAVITZ To Team Up For Mexican Tour

Australian black/death/thrash metallers ATOMIZER's upcoming European tour with IMPIETY and WITCHMASTER will be preceded by a trip to Mexico with IMPIETY and HACAVITZ. "We'll do six shows in Mexico before heading off for Europe," the band write on their web site. "We're also talking with TSJUDER about a couple of shows in Norway after the ...

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SCORPIONS: First European Tour Dates Announced

SCORPIONS have announced the first dates as part of the "Unbreakable Tour 2004". They are as follows: May, 22 – Ingolstadt, GER @ TBA Jun. 04 – Halberstadt, GER @ Domplatz Jun. 11 – Sölvesborg, SWE @ Sweden Rock Festival Jun. 12 – Lichtenvoorde, NETH @ Arrow Rock Festival As previously reported, SCORPIONS — who ...

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DIECAST Finish Recording New Album

The Boston-based dynamic metalcore quintet DIECAST have completed the recording process for their new album, "Tearing Down Your Blue Skies", set for a summer release through Century Media Records. This is the group's first effort since their acclaimed debut full-length, "Day of Reckoning", released over three years ago. Commented bassist Jeremy, "I guess the first ...

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VAN HALEN Bassist Wants To Make You Sweat It Out On The Can

VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony has joined forces with the company Ring of Fire to produce a tongue-sizzling brand of hot sauce. Bottling is expected to begin in approximately two weeks. The sauce will initially be available this fall on Anthony's official web site, Mad Anthony's Cafe, as well as the Ring of Fire site, ...

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