PAUL SAMSON: 1953-2002

Guitarist Paul Samson, leader and founder of the seminal NWOBHM act SAMSON, passed away at his Norfolk, England home during the afternoon of Friday, August 9th following a lengthy battle with cancer. Paul was 49 years old. Anyone wishing to express his/her sympathies can do so by signing Samson's official guestbook/book of condolences at

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PRONG To Perform At Belgium's PUKKELPOP Festival

In addition to their previously-announced one-off London gig on August 22nd, PRONG are scheduled to perform at Belgium's Pukkelpop festival on August 23rd. Other acts set to appear at the three-day event (held on August 22-24 in Hasselt-Kiewit) include KORN, GUNS N' ROSES, FILTER, JANE'S ADDICTION, SICK OF IT ALL, ANDREW WK, NICKELBACK, PUDDLE OF ...

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IMMOLATION, VADER To Embark On US Tour

IMMOLATION and VADER will be embarking on a co-headline tour of the U.S. starting November 6th in Washington D.C. and ending December 5th in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Support will come from Australia's THE BERZERKER and ORIGIN. Exact dates and venues will follow shortly. ...

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MURDERDOLLS To Make London In-Store Appearance

MURDERDOLLS, the new band featuring SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison on guitar, singer Wednesday 13 (formerly of North Carolina horror-metal outfit FRANKENSTEIN DRAG QUEENS FROM PLANET 13), ex-DOPE guitarist Acey Slade, bassist Erik Griffin and drummer Ben Graves, will be making a personal appearance at the Virgin Megastore in Piccadilly Circus, London, UK at 6:00 PM ...

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RAVEN: Recuperating, Preparing Possible DVD

RAVEN bassist/vocalist John Gallagher has posted the following update via the band's official web site: "Well! Apologies for the no-show for the past zillion years...a lot due to @!#$!! problems with the computer...but here's a little update. Spent a week down in Florida with [guitarist/brother] Mark [Gallagher] — family vacation. [Drummer] Joe [Hasselvander] came also ...

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Former DARK ANGEL Frontman Announces Upcoming Gigs

Los Angeles-based Christian metallers OIL, featuring former DARK ANGEL frontman Ron Rinehart, will be performing at California Speedway in Fontana, California on Sunday, August 11th. The following Saturday, August 17th, OIL will be appearing at the East Gate Café (formerly Angel City) in Bellflower, California. ...

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THE LAST HARD MEN Enter Japanese Album Charts

The debut CD from Sebastian Bach's THE LAST HARD MEN — the former SKID ROW frontman's 1995 collaboration with Jimmy Chamberlin (drums, ex-SMASHING PUMPKINS), Kelley Deal (bass, ex-BREEDERS), and Jimmy Flemion (guitar, THE FROGS) — reportedly entered the Japanese Top 50 Album chart at position #22. ...

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SILENCER To Record New EP, Perform Indiana Gig

Colorado's SILENCER, now featuring in their ranks guitarist Ritchie Wilkison (i.e. ANGEL DUST, DEMONS & WIZARDS), will be entering Indianapolis, Indiana's Surf Studios on September 1st to record a new EP, due out this fall. While in Indiana, they will perform a gig at the Ritz in Indianapolis on Friday, September 6th. Also appearing on ...

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