ANDREW W.K. Adds Guitarist

Former ANDREW W.K. guitar technician Kendall has officially joined the band as their third guitarist. Kendall replaces Jimmy Coup (a.k.a. James Mecherle, formerly of Minnesota's COUP DE GRACE), who left the group last month due to "musical" differences. ANDREW's current touring band is rounded out by Payne (guitar), Frank (guitar), Gregg (bass), and Donald "D.T." ...

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RAGING SPEEDHORN Part Ways With Guitarist

Britain's RAGING SPEEDHORN have announced the departure of guitarist Tony Loughlin from the group's ranks. The following is guitarist Gareth "Gaz" Smith's official statement on the matter: "I'm sorry to announce that Tony and SPEEDHORN have parted ways. It's a sad situation all round but one I hope that will be best for everybody in ...

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Former PITCHSHIFTER Drummer To Appear On New BLAZE CD

BLAZE, the British band led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE singer Blaze Bayley, are utilizing the services of former PITCHSHIFTER drummer Jason Bowld during the recording sessions for their third full-length album, which are taking place at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire together with producer Andy Sneap. Also recording with the group is bassist Wayne Banks (SABBAT, ...

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MOTOGRATER Get Green Light To Record Second Album

Elektra Records has picked up the option for a second MOTOGRATER album, according to a posting on the band's web site. The as-yet-untitled CD is tentatively scheduled to be recorded early next year for a late 2004 release. No further information is available at this time. ...

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U.D.O.: European/Japanese Tour Dates Announced

U.D.O., the German band led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, have announced the dates for their upcoming European and Japanese tour in support of their new CD, "Thunderball". The group's follow-up to 2002's "Man And Machine" is currently being produced by U.D.O. guitarist/former ACCEPT drummer Stefan Kaufmann for a late February release through AFM ...

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SKRAPE Added To LIFE OF AGONY U.S. Tour

SKRAPE will be filling the opening slot on the upcoming LIFE OF AGONY/FLAW U.S. tour, which is slated to kick off in late January. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Jan. 20 - Northern Lights - Albany, NY Jan. 21 - Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA Jan. 23 - Palladium - Worcester, MA Jan. 24 ...

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FOZZY Auctioning Off Memorabilia

FOZZY, the brainchild of former WWE champion Chris Jericho and ex-STUCK MOJO mastermind Rich Ward, are currently auctioning off a few pieces of memorabilia from their concert during the August 19, 2002 episode of "RAW", according to ProWrestling.com. During the episode, FOZZY were performing live on the broadcast as Ric Flair came down and smashed ...

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H.I.M.: German Tour Dates Confirmed

Finnish goth-metallers H.I.M. will embark on a Jagermeister-sponsored two-week tour of Germany in March/April 2004. The dates are as follows: Mar. 25 - Hamburg, GER @ Grosse Freiheit Mar. 27 - Bremen, GER @ Pier 2 Mar. 28 - Munster, GER @ Jovel Mar. 30 - Magdeburg, GER @ Amo Mar. 31 - Berlin, GER ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE Hurt In ATV Accident

Ozzy Osbourne was seriously injured Monday in an accident on the grounds of his estate in England and underwent emergency surgery, according to the Associated Press. The 55-year-old rock star was riding a "quad bike," or all-terrain vehicle, on his Buckinghamshire property when the accident occurred, according to publicist Cindy Guagenti. His injuries were not ...

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