ALTARIA Sign With AOR HEAVEN RECORDS

Finnish melodic metal band ALTARIA, featuring SONATA ARCTICA guitarist Jani Liimatainen, have signed a two-album contract with the German label AOR Heaven. The group's 11-track debut album, entitled Foundation, will be recorded at Sonic Pump studios in Helsinki during September for a February/March 2003 release through the AOR Heaven sub-label Metal Heaven. A Finnish tour ...

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DARK TRANQUILLITY, SINERGY Team Up For European Tour

DARK TRANQUILLITY, SINERGY and two as-yet-undisclosed opening acts will team up for a month-long European tour during November/December. Confirmed dates are as follows: Nov. 12 – Hamburg, GER @ Markthalle Nov. 13 - Essen, GER @ Zeche Carl Nov. 14 - Halle, GER @ Easy Schorre Nov. 15 – Eindhoven, NETH @ Effenaar Nov. 16 ...

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LINKIN PARK Frontman Cancels Benefit Appearance

LINKIN PARK singer Chester Bennington has cancelled plans to join his former band GREY DAZE on September 7th for a one-off show at the Dodge Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona in order to focus on the making of the group's next album, according to Launch. The now-postponed gig was planned as a benefit for his friend ...

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W.A.S.P. Drummer Launches THE HOWLIN' DOGS

W.A.S.P. drummer Stet Howland, now residing in Florida, has joined forces with bassist/vocalist Bryce Barnes (BLACKFOOT, EDWIN DARE), guitarist/vocalist Joe Monroe (ENGINE JOE), and guitarist/vocalist Steve Lutke (TOBASCO KAT) in a brand new group called THE HOWLIN' DOGS. Self-described as "Florida's hottest band," THE HOWLIN' DOGS will make their live debut on Friday, September 13th ...

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JIMI HENDRIX's Half-Million Dollar Guitar To Be Sold

A charred guitar set alight on stage by JIMI HENDRIX could become the most expensive guitar ever sold when it gets auctioned off in London next month, according to Hits Daily Double. The 1963 Fender Stratocaster is being offered for sale by Dweezil Zappa. One of Hendrix's roadies had given it to Dweezil's father Frank ...

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Denies Tour Rumors

Malmsteen Management, who represent Swedish guitar legend YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, have issued the following statement via the guitarist's official web site: "There have been numerous rumors that Yngwie Malmsteen will be playing and taking part in various concert tours [including a possible tour called Ultimate Guitar Experience with Yngwie, Uli Jon Roth, and Al Di Meola ...

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BRITNY FOX Prepare To Record New CD

BRITNY FOX are set to enter the studio in October to begin recording their new CD, due in spring/summer 2003 via Spitfire Records. In related news, BRITNY FOX guitarist Michael Kelly Smith will issue a full-length CD with his band RAZAMANAZ via Perris Records in October. According to an official press release, the album — ...

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DEE SNIDER RADIO Dropped By CLEAR CHANNEL COMMUNICATIONS

Dee Snider Radio, the syndicated radio program hosted by former TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider, has reportedly parted ways with WMRQ/Clear Channel Communications. The following is a message purported to have been posted by Dee on the DSR fan site deesniderradio-peeps.org: "Dear Peeps, as of approximately 1pm on Thursday August 22, Dee Snider Radio ceased ...

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