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COURTNEY LOVE Sets Release Date For Solo Debut

Former HOLE frontwoman Courtney Love has reportedly set an October 28 release date through Virgin Records for her solo debut, "America's Sweetheart". A U.S. tour is scheduled to begin on November 10, with a European trek to follow in January. The singer is expected to tour Japan and Australia beginning in March. As previously reported, ...

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The Press-Enterprise: Metal Fans' Journey Leads To OZZFEST

Matt Surman of The Press-Enterprise reports in the paper's Sunday edition that the Ozzfest concert Saturday (July 5) at the Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen in Devore, California was attended by thousands of people representing various classifications of metal fans: the black-wearers, the muscled and tattooed, the shockers with dyed hair and piercings, the women ...

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NEPENTHEAN: Undulating Doom

NEPENTHEAN, the new doom metal project featuring MORGION's Rhett Davis (drums) and Justin Christian (bass), ex-TRENCH guitarist Ron Slater, and TORTURE WHEEL vocalist E.M. Hearst, are due to record their debut demo, "The Suffering", in September. The demo will feature appearances by "special guest musicians and will contain three tracks of undulating doom," according to ...

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Ex-TESTAMENT Guitarist: New METALLICA 'Represents Everything Wrong With The Music Business'

Former TESTAMENT guitarist Alex Skolnick, whose previous group was once considered to be among the natural successors to the San Francisco Bay Area metal throne held by METALLICA, has slammed his one-time heroes, calling their latest opus, "St. Anger" a "sloppy mess" and insisting that Hetfield and Co. "represent everything wrong with the music business." ...

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OZZFEST 2003 Kick-Off: The First Report

Hector Saldana of San Antonio Express-News has filed an early-afternoon report from the inaugural date of Ozzfest 2003, which kicked off this morning at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Selma, Texas. "By noon, nearly 7,000 fans had arrived, said a Verizon spokesperson," he writes. "But thousands had been there since the gates opened at 9 a.m. ...

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KORN Singer Gives 'Thumbs-Up' To ADEMA's New Album

KORN singer Jonathan Davis has reportedly given the "thumbs-up" to "Unstable", the forthcoming album by ADEMA, whose vocalist is his half-brother Marky Chavez. "Yeah, he likes it," Chavez said. "He really... My brother has been the type not to really comment on any work that we've done, and he really thought this record was a ...

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DAYS OF THE NEW Singer Enters Rehab

DAYS OF THE NEW frontman Travis Meeks is in the process of completing a month-long stint in a California rehabilitation center for treatment of a crystal methamphetamine addiction. Immediately following his July 1 release, he will return to his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, where he is scheduled to play his first concert of the year ...

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DEADSY Name New Album

DEADSY, the Los Angeles-based band featuring frontman P. Exeter Blue I (a.k.a. Elijah Blue, son of actress/singer Cher and Gregg Allman), have reportedly set "Phantasmagore" as the title for their sophomore album, tentatively due in late 2003/early 2004 through Dreamworks Records. Among the tracks set to appear on the CD are the following: 01. Comforter ...

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No LOVE For POPTONES

Despite previous reports to the contrary, former HOLE frontwoman Courtney Love has not signed a U.K. record deal with Poptones/Telstar. According to an article published in Saturday's (June 14) The Times, the label's plans to ink a deal with Love were abandoned for undisclosed reasons. As previously reported, Love is believed to be in advanced ...

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Former DREAM THEATER Keyboardist Announces Solo Dates

Former DREAM THEATER and current YNGWIE MALMSTEEN keyboardist Derek Sherinian has announced the following tour dates during June: Jun. 09 - Montreal, QC @ Cafe Campus Jun. 11 - Clifton, NJ @ Connections Jun. 12 - Somerville, MA @ Johnny D's Jun. 14 - Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights Jun. 16 - New York, ...

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COURTNEY LOVE Pulls Out Of U.K.'s CARLING WEEKEND

Former HOLE frontwoman Courtney Love has pulled her appearances at Britain's Carling Weekend in August. Love blamed "recording commitments" for her decision to scrap her sets at Leeds on August 22 and Reading on 24. She is currently putting the finishing touches to her forthcoming debut solo album, "America's Sweetheart". A spokesperson for Love said: ...

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Former HOLE Frontwoman Lands 'Fantasy Violinist'

Former HOLE frontwoman Courtney Love has recruited "fantasy violinist" Emilie Autumn, a ravishing, classically trained musician, for her new solo band, which is scheduled to make its live debut this summer. Last month, Love placed a classified ad in the Village Voice, seeking a guitarist and drummer for a new project, with the requirement that ...

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COURTNEY LOVE Signs Solo Deal With VIRGIN RECORDS!

Former HOLE frontwoman Courtney Love has reportedly signed a North American solo deal with Virgin Records. The singer was already signed to Poptones/Telstar in the U.K. Love has spent the past few months recording her solo debut, "America's Sweetheart", in France with producer Jim Barber for an expected fall release. A number of tracks on ...

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OIL Part Ways With Bassist, Seek Replacement

Long Beach, California-based Christian metallers OIL, featuring DARK ANGEL frontman Ron Rinehart, have parted ways with bassist Matthew Joy and are currently seeking a replacement. "Upcoming album release shows or any other concert bookings will not be affected," states a message on the band's official web site. "Our friend — and smokin' bass player — ...

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ADEMA To Issue 'Unstable' In August

ADEMA, the California-based group featuring Jonathan Davis' little half-brother Marky Chavez, have completed work on their second full-length album, "Unstable", due on Aug. 19 through Arista Records. In advance of the "Unstable" single, scheduled for radio adds on June 23, ADEMA will hit the road for six weeks of headlining U.S. dates. Shows kick off ...

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HALFORD Officially Split With SANCTUARY RECORDS

HALFORD have officially parted ways with Sanctuary Records after having released two studio albums and one double live CD through the label. The band, who recently cancelled the North American leg of their The Metal Gods 2003 tour due to contractual difficulties, "were released from [their] recording agreement with Sanctuary, with two albums remaining, in ...

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KORN Frontman To Play Crack Dealer In New Movie

KORN frontman Jonathan Davis will star in a new film called "Seeing Other People", due next year. The movie is in production now, and Davis plays a crack dealer, the singer revealed in an online chat. "Seeing Other People" is being directed by Wallace Wolodarsky, and stars Alex Borstein (formerly of "Mad TV"), Josh Charles, ...

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COURTNEY LOVE Records KIM CARNES Cover For Upcoming Solo CD

Former HOLE frontwoman Courtney Love has recorded a cover of Kim Carnes' 1981 #1 hit "Bette Davis Eyes" for possible inclusion on her upcoming solo debut, "America's Sweetheart". Love is recording "America's Sweetheart" in France with producer Jim Barber for an expected fall release. A number of tracks on the CD were reportedly co-written with ...

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GOD FORBID Deny Singer Departure, Prepare To Record New Album

New Jersey-based quintet GOD FORBID have finally broken their silence regarding the status of their singer, Byron Davis. Davis was previously rumored to have left the group just as they were preparing to enter the studio to begin work on the follow-up to their critically acclaimed Century Media debut, "Determination". "In an effort to dispel ...

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KORN's JONATHAN DAVIS Says He 'Loves' CRADLE OF FILTH

KORN vocalist Jonathan Davis says that he is looking forward to seeing second-stage headliners CRADLE OF FILTH at this year's Ozzfest. "I love that band," Davis said. "It's some English grind-core, death metal. It's just funny they all look like vampires, and I love their T-shirts. Like, they have nuns masturbating and 'Jesus Is A ...

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KORN's SILVERIA Begins Laying Down Tracks For New Album

KORN's David Silveria is in the studio laying down drum tracks for the follow-up to "Untouchables", frontman Jonathan Davis revealed during an online chat with fans at the Korn.com web site. "We wanted to get back into the studio to do the album we wanted to do," Davis said. " 'Untouchables' was great, but it ...

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HALFORD Part Ways With Bassist, Announce Replacement

HALFORD have officially parted ways with bassist Ray Riendeau and have replaced him with former LIZZY BORDEN four-stringer Mike Davis. Davis, 38, was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and had reportedly played in OZZY OSBOURNE's band for a week until he "got booted due to politics and other miscellaneous issues." Mike had also ...

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GOD FORBID Hard At Work On New Material

GOD FORBID are tentatively scheduled to enter the studio in May to begin recording their new album, tentatively titled "A Perfect World", for a late 2003 release through Century Media Records. The band, who were recently rumored to have parted ways with frontman Byron Davis, have completed the following new tracks, among others: 01. Anti-Hero ...

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