STATIC-X's TRIPP EISEN Skips MURDERDOLLS Tour, DOPE Axeman Steps In

STATIC-X guitarist Tripp Eisen will not be joining his MURDERDOLLS bandmates on the group's upcoming mini-tour, Eisen has announced yesterday. He will reportedly be replaced at the dates by DOPE guitarist Acey Slade. "I'm sorry to announce (it is with sadness...) that I will not be playing the dates on the upcoming MURDERDOLLS tour, but ...

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ANDREW W.K.: I Don't Care If People Think I'm An Idiot

Despite getting a lot of negative feedback from the crowd on Ozzfest 2002, ANDREW W.K. recently told Launch that he's not too concerned with what people think of his performance or his music as long as they leave with a smile on their face. "If people are excited about what I'm doing, I don't care ...

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THE CROWN: No Vocalist Yet, Plenty Of New Material Ready

Swedish thrashers THE CROWN are not letting the fact that they have yet to secure a permanent replacement for frontman Tomas Lindberg (ex-AT THE GATES) get in the way of the songwriting process for the group's next studio album, guitarist Marko Tervonen has revealed via the group's official web site. "[Bassist] Magnus [Olsfelt] has probably ...

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CRYPTOPSY To Headline Michigan's XTREME BENEFEST

Canadian death metallers CRYPTOPSY will be headlining the Xtreme Benefest at the Royal Oak Theater in Royal Oak, Michigan, near Detroit, on Saturday November 16th, 2002. This two-day event (November 15-16) will serve as a benefit concert for former TESTAMENT/DEATH guitarist James Murphy (who was diagnosed with a brain tumor last August), and will feature ...

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KISS' GENE SIMMONS: No Tour Planned For The Fall

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons has shot down as "not true" a recent Internet rumor that KISS is planning a major tour for the fall of 2002 with the line-up of Simmons, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer and that new characters and outfits are being designed for Eric and Tommy—information that had supposedly originated ...

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GODFLESH: Last-Ever Recording Posted Online

The last-ever studio recording by GODFLESH, a song entitled "If I Could Only Be What You Want", can be downloaded in MP3 format from this location. According to the group's unofficial web site, the song "was recorded during the Hymns session but didn't make it to the record," and has previously appeared on ...

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BLAZE To Appear At UK's METAL MANIA Festival

Britain's BLAZE, featuring former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE frontman Blaze Bayley, have reportedly been confirmed for the Metal Mania festival, which is scheduled to take place at the Newcastle University on Saturday, September 7th. Other artists scheduled to appear at the event include TYGERS OF PAN TANG, BLITZKRIEG, EARTHROD, NUFUTURECOWBOYS, ALIVE UNDEAD (tribute to SLAYER's Reign In ...

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JAGUAR Continue Work On New CD

NWOBHM legends JAGUAR are reportedly mixing their new studio album for a fall release through an as-yet-unspecified label. Among the cuts scheduled to appear on the 12-song effort are the following: 01. Run Ragged 02. Living Hell 03. Wrong Side Of Nothing 04. As The Crow Flies 05. Nailed 06. Eighties ...

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