Spokesperson: OZZY Will 'Definitely' Headline OZZFEST 2004

Ozzy Osbourne will "definitely" perform at this year's Ozzfest, a spokesperson for Sharon Osbourne Management has told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Osbourne will top a main-stage bill that will probably include veteran British heavy metallers JUDAS PRIEST. Also expected to appear are SLIPKNOT and HATEBREED, who will likely co-headline the festival's second-stage. Other rumored contenders for the festival ...

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CHRISTIAN RIVEL'S AUDIOVISION To Feature Some Of Hard Rock's Finest

Jeff Scott Soto (TALISMAN, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Tony Franklin (ex-WHITESNAKE, BLUE MURDER, FIRM), Mats Levén (KRUX, AT VANCE, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) and Mic Michaeli (EUROPE) are among the special guests set to appear on the debut album from CHRISTIAN RIVEL'S AUDIOVISION, the new solo project from NARNIA frontman Christian Rivel. According to an official press release, the ...

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BALANCE OF POWER Announce Warm-Up Gig

British melodic metallers BALANCE OF POWER will be doing a warm-up show in the U.K. before going out to Germany to perform at the Building a Force festival. The show will take place on March 17 at Alcatraz in Southsea. Support at the gig will come from CINDER. As previously reported, BALANCE OF POWER will ...

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Report: Deputies In ALEX LIFESON Arrest Have Spotless Records

John Henderson of the Naples Daily News reports that the two primary officers involved in the New Year's Eve arrest in North Naples, Florida of RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson (a.k.a. Alex Zivojinovich) are portrayed in their personnel files as confident deputies noted for exemplary performance. There are no complaints or allegations by the public or ...

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INSOMNIUM Name New Album

Finnish metallers INSOMNIUM have set "Since the Day It All Came Down" as the title of their sophomore album. The follow-up to 2002's "In The Halls Of Awaiting" is due on May 3 through Candlelight Records. ...

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DIMMU BORGIR Part Ways With Drummer NICK BARKER

Norwegian black metallers DIMMU BORGIR are strongly rumored to have parted ways with drummer Nick Barker (ex-CRADLE OF FILTH, LOCK UP). The group, who recently cancelled their Japanese/Australian tour, have yet to officially comment on the matter. Barker joined DIMMU BORGIR in 1999 as a replacement for original drummer Tjodalv (a.k.a. Kenneth Åkesson). He has ...

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ENTOMBED Split With Bassist, Secure Replacement

Bassist Jörgen Sandström (ex-GRAVE) has left ENTOMBED and has been replaced by Nico Elgstrand (formerly of TERRA FIRMA). No reason was given for Jörgen's departure. Elgstrand, who spends much of his time producing records for a living, has previously twiddled the knobs on ENTOMBED's "Uprising" (2000) and "Morning Star" (2001) albums. ...

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CRISIS Line Up West Coast Dates

CRISIS, the reformed group which up until early 2003 performed and recorded in Los Angeles under the name SKULLSICK NATION, have lined up the following dates during the coming weeks: Feb. 20 - San Francisco, CA - The Pound (w/ PROFESSIONAL MURDER MUSIC, MULTIPLY, CROOKED) Feb. 21 - Ukiah, CA - 7-11 Club (w/ SKITZO, ...

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