DEF LEPPARD's PHIL COLLEN: "X" May Come Out In August

DEF LEPPARD's forthcoming CD, entitled X, may see the light of day as early as August, according to guitarist Phil Collen. During a March 28th interview with Baltimore rock station 97.9 WIYY, Phil stated that long-time producer Pete Woodroofe is in California working on the new album with Marti Frederiksen, while Joe Elliott was finishing ...

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H.I.M. Go Trance, Line Up Festival Gigs

A trance version of the H.I.M. hit "Join Me", as recorded by LIGHTFORCE, is climbing up the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play charts, where it currently sits at position #15. In other news, H.I.M. have lined up several festival appearances during the summer. The group's current schedule looks like this: Jun. 13 - Hultsfred Festival, ...

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DRAGONLORD Recruit Former TESTAMENT Bassist, Announce Upcoming Gigs

San Francisco Bay Area black metallers DRAGONLORD, featuring members of TESTAMENT, have officially announced the addition of bassist Derrick Ramirez (ex-TESTAMENT) to the group's ranks. DRAGONLORD will be performing at the Bourbon Street Bar and Grill in Concord, California on April 27th. Also appearing on the bill will be GREENHOUSE EFFECT, MUDSLINGER, and LORDS OF ...

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KID ROCK Joins GOV'T MULE, NEWSTED For SABBATH Covers

KID ROCK joined GOV'T MULE onstage at the latter's Wednesday, April 17th performance at the Beacon Theatre in New York City for renditions of BLACK SABBATH's "Sweet Leaf" and "War Pigs", as well as MARSHALL TUCKER BAND's "Can't You See". According to Allstar, KID ROCK left midway through "War Pigs" because he didn't know the ...

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THE GATHERING To Issue "Black Light District" In June

Holland's THE GATHERING have set Black Light District as the title of their forthcoming CD, which is tentatively due to appear in June via the group's own Psychonaut Records. Commented drummer Hans Rutten via the band's official web site: Just returned from an exhausting 2 weeks session at the E-sound studio, Weesp, but it was ...

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V.O.D. Part Ways With TVT Records, Deny Band Split

V.O.D. have officially parted ways with TVT Records following the disappointing sales performance of the group's From Bliss To Devastation CD. However, contrary to recent rumors, the band have not broken up and will presumably regroup in the near future to begin demoing new material with a view toward landing another record deal. The members ...

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OPETH To Release Special Double-CD Edition Of "Blackwater Park"

On June 3rd, Music For Nations Records will be releasing a special version of OPETH's Blackwater Park CD, featuring a second disc with two previously-unreleased acoustic tracksreportedly an as-yet-undisclosed new song and a version of "Patterns in the Ivy 2" with vocalsand an enhanced portion containing bonus video footage of the band in the studio ...

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COAL CHAMBER Experience "Dark Days" Ahead

COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara reportedly walked off stage 20-25 minutes into the group's set last night in Lubbock, Texas after announcing to the confused audience that they had just witnessed “the last COAL CHAMBER song...ever!” The three remaining members then proceeded to play two more songs with guitarist Meegs at the mic, before the ...

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