DEF IGNITION Change Their Name

DEF IGNITION, the San Francisco Bay Area-based band led by SKINLAB's Steev Esquivel, have officially changed their name to RE: IGNITION. No reason was given for the name change. RE: IGNITION recently made two demo songs available for download via their official web site at this location. The tracks "Lost Memories" and "By ...

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METAL CHURCH To Open For DEATH ANGEL In Seattle

The current incarnation of METAL CHURCH — guitarists Kurdt Vanderhoof and Jay Reynolds (ex-MALICE), vocalist Ronny Munroe (ex-ROTTWEILLER), drummer Kirk Arrington and bassist Steve Unger — will be opening for DEATH ANGEL on May 22 at Studio 7 in Seattle, Washington. Also set to appear are THE BRAINDEAD, AGONY OF DECEIT, DROWN MARY and PHOENIX ...

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DAVE MUSTAINE's Guitar Featured On 'Today' Show

ESP Guitar Company's new Dave Mustaine "DV8" Signature model was featured Friday, April 23 as part of the Toyota Concert Series on the "Today" show. Sheryl Crow (pictured with "Today" hosts Matt Lauer and Katie Couric) signed it. It will be signed by all of the artists who appear on their Friday morning ...

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GENE SIMMONS: 'Third Watch' Appearance Schedule Announced

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons will appear in two episodes of the NBC television drama "Third Watch" during May sweeps, the network revealed Friday (April 23). Simmons, who has occasionally played himself in different television shows over the years, will play a vengeful mob boss on in the "Higher Calling" episode of "Third Watch" on April ...

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SLIPKNOT To Guest On 'Rockline'

SLIPKNOT will be the featured guests on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" airing Monday, May 10. The live show begins at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET, and fans are encouraged to call in with questions during the program at (800) 344-ROCK (7625). To find a station near you, check out

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TWISTED SISTER To Release 'Still Hungry' In July

TWISTED SISTER have inked a deal with the U.K.'s "fastest growing rock label" Demolition Records. The reformed New York rockers will release their hugely anticipated "Still Hungry" epic on July 26. Issued on the new DVD 4 format, "Still Hungry" will feature a 12-camera shoot of the band's performance at Germany's Wacken Open Air together ...

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