METALLICA's JAMES HETFIELD Offers Post-Rehab Update

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield has posted the following update on his recovery process from alcoholism and other addictions via the the group's Fan Club magazine So What: "James here!! ALIVE...and getting well...Recovery is the most difficult and challenging thing I've ever attempted (along with parenting). Also the most grounding and gratifying gift I've ever received ...

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PARADISE LOST In Negotiations With Universal Following Split With EMI

PARADISE LOST are negotiating a new record deal with Universal Records following their split with EMI Records and expect to release their next studio CD in September, according to informed sources. As previously reported, PARADISE LOST have completed the initial pre-production sessions for the follow-up to 2001's Believe In Nothing with producer John Pennington, who ...

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MEDICATION Line Up German Gig, Replacement For Mayorga

Los Angeles' MEDICATION, featuring former MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader, ex-UGLY KID JOE/LIFE OF AGONY vocalist Whitfield Crane, ex-ADAYINTHELIFE guitarist Blunt, and ex-THE PIECE DOGS bassist Kyle Sanders, will be performing a one-off show at Domsport in Kln-Deutz, Germany on March 19th, to be followed by a gig at the Key club in West Hollywood, ...

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New BLUE MURDER Album On The Way?

Legendary THIN LIZZY/ex-WHITESNAKE axeman John Sykes has been quietly recording a new BLUE MURDER CD (the group's third) with the help of Los Angeles-based drummer Aaron Fat Beat Rossi, according to a statement on Rossi's homepage at this location. John spotted me playing at the Key Club in Hollywood with my fellow band ...

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PANTERA's PHILIP ANSELMO Denies Break-Up Rumors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ANSELMO DENIES BREAK-UP RUMORS Philip Anselmo issued an unequivocal "F*ck no" to the recent rumors that PANTERA are breaking up. It seemed the rumors kicked up during a press junket for Anselmo and fellow PANTERA bandmember Rex Brown's side project, the band DOWN. "Side projects always start rumors," stated a spokesperson for ...

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KORN Hire Hughes Brothers To Direct "Here To Stay" Video

KORN have hired Albert and Allen Hughes to direct the clip for "Here to Stay", the first single from their next album, Untouchables, which is scheduled for release on May 14th through Immortal/Epic Records. The Hughes Brothers had previously directed videos for TOO SHORT and KRS-ONE in addition to their directing work on the movies ...

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SLAYER's TOM ARAYA: DAVE MUSTAINE Is "Wrong Person" To Unite Metal Community

SLAYER frontman Tom Araya has slammed MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine over the latter's desperate attempts at regaining the momentum lost during the band's ultimately unsuccessful forays into a more commercial songwriting approach. In an interview with Canada's Jam! Showbiz, Araya stated that "MEGADETHtried [moving into the mainstream] and weren't very successful. Rather than sticking to ...

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GAMMA RAY Axeman Contemplates HELLOWEEN Gig

GAMMA RAY guitarist Henjo Richter has been holding discussions with HELLOWEEN mainman Michael Weikath about joining the latter act as a replacement for the departed Roland Grapow, Weikath has revealed in a brand new interview posted at www.helloween.org. According to Michael, We intend to start recordings [for the new HELLOWEEN studio album] in ...

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