Former TWILIGHT OPHERA Singer Passes Away

Former TWILIGHT OPHERA vocalist Sauli Lehtisaari (a.k.a. Sauli Karkkunen) passed away on Thursday, February 12. "The band and friends would like to take a part of grief for Sauli's two young daughters, wife and relatives," the group write in an official statement sent to BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "Everything came as a sudden strike for everyone, Sauli was ...

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RUSH To Announce 30th Anniversary Tour Dates This Week

RUSH will be announcing the dates for their 30th Anniversary Tour on Tuesday, February 17 via their official web site, Rush.com. The band's Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee unveiled plans to mark their 30th anniversary year by hitting the road for a major global concert tour in 2004 during a special appearance on the nationally ...

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Former NOTHINGFACE Members Launch New Projects

Former NOTHINGFACE guitarist Tom Maxwell and drummer Tommy Sickles have announced the formation of COLDWHITECHRIST with bassist Jerry Montano (DEADLIGHTS, DANZIG). Tom Maxwell explains, "After Ozzfest, Tommy and I decided to start a project with our longtime friends Jerry and Chad Gray (MUDVAYNE). We began recording demos with Drew Mazurek (LINKIN PARK, GWAR, NOTHINGFACE), and ...

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Report: Ex-NIRVANA Bassist Decides Against Running For Office

David Postman of The Seattle Times is reporting that former NIRVANA bassist Krist Novoselic has decided against running for lieutenant governor, saying he wants to stay involved in progressive politics but "the whole thing about running a campaign and being a public servant isn't the way to do it." Instead, Novoselic will concentrate on ...

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DREAMTALE To Begin Pre-Production In March

Finland's DREAMTALE will enter Fantom studios in late March to begin pre-production for their third full-length album, tentatively due before the end of the year through Spinefarm Records. The follow-up to last year's "Ocean's Heart" will be the group's first to feature new vocalist Jarkko Ahola, who replaced Tomi Viiltola in September. DREAMTALE's Esa Orjatsalo ...

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FORCE OF EVIL: Greek Date Canceled

FORCE OF EVIL were forced (ahem!) to cancel their show with VIRGIN STEELE in Thessaloniki, Greece Saturday night (Feb. 14) due to a heavy snowstorm in Greece, according to a posting at the group's web site. The Athens show, scheduled to take place Sunday (Feb. 15), was still on as of late Friday. "We all ...

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IMPIETY Sign With AGONIA RECORDS

Singaporean metallers IMPIETY have signed a two-album deal with Agonia Records. The group, who parted ways with their previous record label, Osmose Productions, in October, are set to enter Ambox Studios in Queretaro, Mexico in July to begin recording their fourth full-length album, tentatively due before the end of the year. IMPIETY, who were recently ...

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DOHENY Guitarist Featured In L.A. Photo Exhibition

DOHENY lead guitarist Billy Morrison (CAMP FREDDY, ex-THE CULT) is currently featured in an exhibition of photographs at a Los Angeles art gallery. The exhibition, entitled "Book LA", features photographs of a number of celebrities and Los Angeles hot spots. Benefits of the exhibition go to the Lili Claire Foundation. Says Billy: "I never thought ...

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