JIMI HENDRIX Tops Guitar Greats Poll

Rock legend JIMI HENDRIX has been voted the greatest guitarist of all time in a poll of readers of UK music magazine Total Guitar. LED ZEPPELIN's Jimmy Page came in at number two, while former CREAM member-turned-soloist Eric Clapton landed at three. Also appearing in the Top 20 are Slash (ex-GUNS N' ROSES), Eddie Van ...

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WESTWORLD Push Back "Cyberdreams" Release Date

New York's WESTWORLD, featuring TNT frontman Tony Harnell and RIOT guitarist Mark Reale, have pushed back the release date of their third full-length effort, entitled Cyberdreams, to October 28th. Harnell stated: "This is probably our best studio album ever, I know the fans are going to love it." Songs set to appear on the album ...

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN To Appear On Swedish Folk CD

Swedish guitar hero YNGWIE MALMSTEEN will reportedly be making a guest appearance on Swedish folk artist AASA JINDER's new album Faith, Hope and Love, due out on September 2nd. The two will also be performing together live on Swedish TV on August 24th. Malmsteen is said to have contributed a "dazzlingly fast" solo to the ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE Sued Again Over "THE OSBOURNES"

OZZY OSBOURNE and wife/manager Sharon Osbourne were slapped with another lawsuit over the TV show The Osbournes, filed by a television production company on Tuesday, August 6th in Los Angeles Superior Court. Threshold TV, Inc. are suing the family, MTV, Viacom, Sony Pictures, Sony Music, Sony Signatures Network, and Monowise for "wrongful rip-off" of a ...

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JANE'S ADDICTION Sell Out First UK Show In Ten Years

JANE'S ADDICITION reportedly sold out their show at London's Kentish Town Forum on August 19th almost as soon as tickets went on sale. The band will be playing their first UK show in ten years with their full original line-up, including frontman Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro and drummer Stephen Perkins. ...

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TALISMAN Ink Deal With FRONTIERS RECORDS

Legendary Swedish/American hard rock act TALISMAN, featuring former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN members Jeff Scott Soto (vocals) and Marcel Jacob (bass), have signed a multi-album, worldwide deal with Frontiers Records. The band is currently in pre-production for the next studio album, which will not include any contributions from former guitarist Pontus Norgren. To replace him, the band ...

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THE GATHERING: Bad News Comes In Threes

Holland's THE GATHERING have incredibly seen three of their scheduled festival appearances cancelled for reasons that were entirely beyond the band's control. Here's the group's latest statement on the matter: "First of all, the promoter of the festival in Crete has advised us that they cannot proceed with the booking of THE GATHERING for their ...

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Surviving SNOT Members Mark Late Frontman's Birthday

Former SNOT members Mikey Doling (currently in SOULFLY) and John Fahnestock plan to mark what would have been late frontman Lynn Strait's 33rd birthday today (Wednesday, August 7th) the day the best way they know possible, according to Launch: (Doling) "I take a huge bong hit and try to smoke a cigar..." (Fahnestock) "When I ...

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HEARSE To Issue 7" EP, Full-Length CD To Follow

Sweden's HEARSE, consisting of former ARCH ENEMY/current NONEXIST frontman Johan Liiva (vocals/bass), Max Thornell (drums), and Mattias Ljung (guitars), will issue a 7" EP, entitled "Torch", on August 12th through Hammerheart Records. The group's debut full-length album, entitled Dominion Reptillian, is due at the end of the year. Johan and Max had previously played together ...

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SAMSON Guitarist Suffering From Cancer, Has Weeks To Live

Guitarist Paul Samson, leader and founder of the seminal NWOBHM act SAMSON, is suffering from cancer and is said to have "only weeks to live," according to vocalist Nicky Moore, who sang on several of the group's albums during the '80s. Most recently, Paul and Moore had reportedly completed work on a new SAMSON album, ...

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