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Guitar Heroes Line Up To Pay Tribute To Ailing Axeman

Swedish guitarist Tommy Denander has written a special song called "Jason" for inclusion on the second tribute album for former David Lee Roth axeman Jason Becker, who is suffering from ALS (Lou Gehrigs). As an added bonus, Denander has invited a very impressive list of friends to jam on the track, which will be featured ...

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CRADLE OF FILTH Record CLIFF RICHARD Cover

CRADLE OF FILTH have laid down a cover version of Cliff Richard's "Devil Woman" during the recording sessions for their new album, Damnation And A Day. "As the album is so dark, we wanted to enjoy ourselves a bit," Dani Filth told Rock Sound. "We chose it because it is takes the complete opposite stance ...

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FILTER Frontman Checks Into Rehab, Band Cancel Tour

FILTER frontman Richard Patrick voluntarily checked himself into rehab over the weekend, and the band have cancelled all touring activities through the end of the year. The group's Rellim Tour was due to start this week. There are no plans to reschedule the shows, but fans will be able to get refunds at the point ...

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Ex-CRIMSON GLORY/SEVEN WITCHES Singer Records Guest Appearance For RICK RENSTROM Solo Album

Former CRIMSON GLORY/SEVEN WITCHES frontman Wade Black recently laid down lead vocals on a track called "Towers of Babylon" for the forthcoming solo album from ROB ROCK guitarist Rick Renstrom, tentatively titled Until The Bitter End. Also appearing on the CD are ICED EARTH/ex-DEATH drummer Richard Christy, bassist/vocalist Mat Sinner (SINNER, PRIMAL FEAR), keyboardist Ferdy ...

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FILTER Frontman Pulls Prank On Bandmate — And Gets Busted

FILTER frontman Richard Patrick, a notoriously bad-tempered individual known for speaking his mind, has become quite the prankster during the recent weeks, if his postings on the group's official web site are to be believed. "A lot of on tour pranks are starting to kick up," Patrick wrote in his most recent "Rich's Words" online ...

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Former VOIVOD Bassist To Perform In All-Star Thrash Metal Tribute Band

Ex-VOIVOD bassist Jean-Yves Thériault (a.k.a. Blacky) has teamed up with former and current members of OBLIVEON, CRYPTOPSY, MARTYR and GHOULUNATICS in an all-star thrash metal tribute band called BLACK CLOUD. The five-piece group is scheduled to make its live debut on November 9th at Le Medley in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. "My first manager, Maurice Richard, ...

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FILTER's RICHARD PATRICK On Illegal Downloading: Fans Of Music Have Got To Pay For It

FILTER frontman Richard Patrick has no love for individuals engaging in illegal music downloading on the Internet and feels that the continuation of the current downloading trend could ultimately have disastrous consequences on the music industry. "There's an instrument you can use to find out how many times something's been swapped," Patrick told Kerrang! magazine ...

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NASTY SAVAGE Reunite To Record Material For Forthcoming "Rare Tracks" CD

Acclaimed Florida metallers NASTY SAVAGE have reformed and recorded two brand new songs for a forthcoming Crook'd Records "rare tracks"-style CD, due later in the year. The line-up that recorded the group's final full-length release, 1989's Penetration Point"Nasty" Ronnie Galetti (vocals), Ben Meyer (guitar), David Austin (guitar), Richard Bateman (bass), and Curtis Beeson ...

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Former RAINBOW Keyboardist Takes SPRINGSTEEN Gig

Former RAINBOW keyboardist David Rosenthal is reportedly programming synthesizers for BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN's current tour with the E STREET BAND. As previously reported, Rosenthal recently spent time working on a new musical called Movin' Out. Conceived, choreographed and directed by Twyla Tharp and based on the songs of Billy Joel, the musical will open on Broadway ...

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GUNS N' ROSES: AXL ROSE Speaks!!

A few hours before GUNS N' ROSES arrived in China for the start of the band's Chinese Democracy World Tour (they will be performing tonight at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center), frontman Axl Rose conducted a brief interview from which the following excerpts are provided: On launching the tour in China: Axl: "It's ...

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VOIVOD To Begin Pre-Production For New CD In September

VOIVOD are continuing to demo material for their much-anticipated reunion album with vocalist Snake (a.k.a. Denis Belanger), which is tentatively due in early 2003, presumably through Century Media Records. "Our goal is to have 25 [songs] done by the end of August," drummer Away (a.k.a. Michel Langevin) stated via the band's official web site. "We ...

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AGHORA Announce New Line-Up, Begin Work On New CD

The current line-up of AGHORA — drummer Richard Komatz and bassist Alan Goldstein (who replaced ex-CYNIC members Sean Reinert and Sean Malone. respectively), plus mainman Santiago Dobles and sister/vocalist Danishta Rivero — is recording a new album, entitled Formless, for an autumn release through Code666 Records. ...

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KISS' GENE SIMMONS Stuffs His Face, Gets Ripped Off

The following three articles appeared in Star magazine: Item #1: Pudgy rocker Gene Simmmons sure packs a hefty appetite. The tongue-wagging bass player of KISS was spotted aboard a flight from NY to LA gleefully gorging himself on a chicken entree, two slices of chocolate cake and an ice cream sundae-while flirting with a pretty ...

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GUNS N' ROSES: PAUL HUGE Out, PSYCHEDELIC FURS Axeman In

GUNS N' ROSES have replaced guitarist Paul Huge (a.k.a. Paul Tobias) with ex-LOVE SPIT LOVE/PSYCHEDELIC FURS axeman Richard Fortus, according to Allstar. A press release confirming GNR's just-announced London Arena show fails to mention Huge, and instead lists Fortus' name as a third guitarist. Sources close to the FURS have reportedly confirmed that he has ...

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HER ENCHANTMENT Announce New Vocalist

Dutch "death/heavy/black metal" act HER ENCHANTMENT have recruited former WE, THE GODS frontman Richard Noordzij as the permanent replacement for longtime vocalist Richard (no last name provided), who left the group in the spring. HER ENCHANTMENT are currently writing material for their sophomore full-length album, which they hope to record later in the year. ...

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SEPULTURA's ANDREAS KISSER Extends Gratitude Over Brazilian Tribute Gig

SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser has issued a message of appreciation to the organizers of and bands that participated in the SEPULTURA tribute show, which took place in São Paulo, Brazil on June 29th. As previously reported, 12 bands—including KORZUS, NECROMANCIA, and CLAUSTROFOBIA—performed over 50 SEPULTURA songs at the event, which paid homage to Brazil's biggest-ever ...

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HER ENCHANTMENT Part With Vocalist, Seek Replacement

Dutch "death/heavy/black metal" act HER ENCHANTMENT have parted ways with longtime vocalist Richard. No reason was given for his departure. Currently working on the material for their sophomore CD, HER ENCHANTMENT are seeking a vocalist who can handle grunts and clean vocals as well. For more information, visit the group's official web site at

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Former RAINBOW Keyboardist Working On Musical

Former RAINBOW keyboardist David Rosenthal is currently working on a new musical called Movin' Out. Conceived, choreographed and directed by Twyla Tharp and based on the songs of Billy Joel, the musical will open on Broadway at the Richard Rogers Theatre on October 24th. Told through 26 of Billy's songs, Movin' Out follows the lives ...

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