STRATOVARIUS' Johansson To Guest On HAMMERFALL Bonus Track

STRATOVARIUS/ex-DIO keyboardist Jens Johansson will make a guest appearance on an upcoming HAMMERFALL bonus track—a cover of YNGWIE MALMSTEEN's “Rising Force”. Although no recording plans have yet been announced, HAMMERFALL's rendition of the above-mentioned cut will reportedly be “faster” than the original and will presumably be included in a special-edition version of the group's next ...

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VAN HALEN: "Weighing All Options" Following Split With Warner Bros.

VAN HALEN are "currently weighing all the options and seeing what the future brings, [but] it's still premature to say where the band will go [following their split with longtime label Warner Bros. Records]," the group's attorney, Alan Mintz, told Billboard magazine. According to Mintz, VAN HALEN will "seriously consider" major label offers, but he ...

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MEDICATION Announce EP Release Date, Album Recording Plans

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, SOULFLY drummer Roy Mayorga, and ex-THE PIECE DOGS bassist Kyle Sanders, will issue their long-awaited five-song EP through Locomotive Music on April 2nd, according to an update from Sanders that was posted at the ...

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TOMMY LEE Sets First Single From Upcoming Solo CD

Former MOTLEY CRUE drummer TOMMY LEE has set "Hold Me Down" as the first single from his upcoming solo record, entitled Never A Dull Moment, which is due to be issued through MCA Records on May 21st. The single will likely hit radio in March. Never a Dull Moment is the follow-up to LEE's 1999 ...

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EXODUS Vocalist Suffers Stroke, Barely Clings To Life

Paul Baloff, the much-loved, inimitable vocalist for the veteran San Francisco thrashers EXODUS, has reportedly suffered a massive stroke and is said to be on life support and barely clinging to life at an Oakland hospital. Baloff suffered what was initially believed to be a brain aneurysm, but doctors have since determined what he actually ...

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