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DEF LEPPARD Launch Auction For Raven Drum Foundation

A message from DEF LEPPARD: "The second defleppard.com-related) auction features another item from Rick Allen's collection: Rick's Adrenalize bass drum, which was used on hundreds of dates throughout the band's 1992/1993 world tour. The drum features custom artwork on the side (the red and yellow triangular DEF LEPPARD logo) and still has the original drum ...

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DEF LEPPARD To Headline Kansas Festival In Late June?

DEF LEPPARD have issued a "non-denial" via their official web site in response to the rumors of the group's participation as a headliner in a festival to take place in Kansas on June 29th. According to the band, "unfortunately, due to legal and organizational issues, we are not able to give you any details at ...

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DEF LEPPARD: Second DVD Party To Be Held At L.A.'s Cat Club

A party is being held tonight (Sunday, May 5th) at Slim Jim Phantom's Cat Club in Los Angeles, celebrating the DVD re-releases of DEF LEPPARD's Visualize/Video Archive home videos. Organized by "Happenin' Harry", a friend of DEF LEPPARD frontman Joe Elliott, the party will feature DVD showings and giveaways, live music and special appearances. The ...

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DEF LEPPARD's PHIL COLLEN: "X" May Come Out In August

DEF LEPPARD's forthcoming CD, entitled X, may see the light of day as early as August, according to guitarist Phil Collen. During a March 28th interview with Baltimore rock station 97.9 WIYY, Phil stated that long-time producer Pete Woodroofe is in California working on the new album with Marti Frederiksen, while Joe Elliott was finishing ...

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FULL DEVIL JACKET Acquire New Vocalist, Plan Name Change

FULL DEVIL JACKET have found an as-yet-undisclosed replacement for recently-departed vocalist Josh Brown and will introduce the new singer via a performance in their hometown of Jackson, Tennessee this summer. A name change is also in the works before the release of the group's sophomore full-length CD, which is due through the Island/Def Jam label ...

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HAMMERFALL Outline Recording Schedule For Fourth CD

Sweden's HAMMERFALL are scheduled to enter Holland's Wisseloord studios with producer Charlie Bauernfeind (i.e. BLIND GUARDIAN, GAMMA RAY, RAGE) in early May to begin recording their as-yet-untitled fourth full-length album for a late 2002 release through Nuclear Blast Records. According to guitarist Oscar Dronjak, we will record the drums in Holland, bass in Germany and ...

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DEF LEPPARD DVD Party Scheduled For Los Angeles' Cat Club

A party is being held tonight at Slim Jim Phantom's Cat Club in Los Angeles, celebrating the DVD re-releases of DEF LEPPARD's Historia/In The Round In Your Face home videos. Organized by "Happenin' Harry", a friend of DEF LEPPARD frontman Joe Elliott, the party will feature DVD showings and giveaways, live music and special appearances. ...

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DEF LEPPARD's "Pyromania" Subject Of Upcoming VH1 Special

DEF LEPPARD's 1983 album Pyromania will be the subject of a one-hour show, entitled Ultimate Albums, premiering on VH1 this Sunday, March 10th at 9:00 PM EST/8:00 PM CST. During the show, viewers will get to hear the stories about the making of the album (from the band themselves and others involved), the stories about ...

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PAIN Enters Swedish Album Chart At #6

Nothing Remains The Same, the third full-length album from Sweden's PAIN, featuring HYPOCRISY mainman Peter Tagtgren, entered the Swedish Album charts at position #6 as the highest new entry the week of its release. The first single, "Shut Your Mouth" still sits tightly in the top 20 on the Singles chart after two months. Meanwhile, ...

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Nothing Remains The Same - PAIN

Better known outside his native Sweden as the leader of acclaimed metal act HYPOCRISY, Peter Tagtgren achieved much success back home with PAIN's last studio offering, 1999's Rebirth, which produced one gold single (“Suicide Machine”) and established the multi-talented musician/producer as metal visionary of sorts. His latest release, the group's third, sees the songwriter expanding ...

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DEF LEPPARD DVD Release Dates Announced

DEF LEPPARD will issue their two long-awaited DVDscontaining Historia/In The Round In Your Face on the first DVD and Visualize/Video Archive on the second, along with interviews and discographieson February 26th in the USA and March 5th in Canada. ...

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PAIN Collaborate With BRITNEY SPEARS, BACKSTREET BOYS Producer On New Single

Sweden's PAIN, led by HYPOCRISY mainman Peter Tagtgren, have collaborated with mega-producer Max Martin (aka Martin Sandberg—i.e. BRITNEY SPEARS, BACKSTREET BOYS, CELINE DION) and Per Aldeheim (i.e. DEF LEPPARD, LAMBRETTA) on the second single from the group's just-released third CD, Nothing Remains The Same. Entitled “Just Hate Me”, the track—which was co-written by Martin/Aldeheim and ...

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DEF LEPPARD Drummer Launches Foundation Web Site

DEF LEPPARD drummer Rick Allen and Lauren Monroe have launched the web site for their Raven Drum Foundation. According to the web site, the foundation "is an organization that brings ancient wisdom teachings to the global and local community through the arts for the purpose of healing and hope". On the web site, you can ...

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UNIDA's Label Woes

Contrary to previous reports, it now appears that UNIDA (featuring former KYUSS frontman John Garcia) have NOT been dropped by American Recordings, but were instead dumped by American's parent company, Island Records. Sounds confusing? In order to clear things up, here is an update on the situation, as posted at www.meteorcity.com: American was ...

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THE ALMIGHTY Frontman Goes Solo

THE ALMIGHTY mainman Ricky Warwick has signed a solo deal with Peer Music and will issue his first solo effort at the end of the year, according to Britain's Metal Hammer magazine. The as-yet-untitled album will be reportedly be produced by DEF LEPPARD vocalist Joe Elliott (who also contributed to THE ALMIGHTY's most recent album, ...

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DEF LEPPARD's "X" To Surface In Late Spring

DEF LEPPARD have set X (as in the Roman numeral for 10) as the title for their upcoming tenth studio album, which is currently being recorded in various studios in Los Angeles, Dublin and Sweden for a late spring release. For the first time in the band's history, DEF LEPPARD are collaborating with more than ...

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DEF LEPPARD: Two TV Documentaries On The Way!

DEF LEPPARD taped interviews and sessions last week for two new documentaries being put together an episode of VH-1's Breakthrough Albums series, focusing on Pyromania, and an episode of ITV's Classic Albums series, which will be all about Hysteria. According to vocalist Joe Elliott, "Both shootings went really well and will be full of surprises..... ...

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Ex-JUDAS PRIEST Men Reunite In New Band!

Former JUDAS PRIEST frontman Al Atkins has joined forces with ex-JUDAS PRIEST drummer Dave Holland in a new group that also features in its ranks original DEF LEPPARD guitarist Pete Willis. The band's line-up is completed by bassist Bruno Stapenhill and guitarist Paul May. ...

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Introduction to Mayhem - PRIMER 55

Hailing from Memphis, PRIMER 55 is one of Island/Def Jam's first forays into the rap/metal genre, and to these ears, it is a rather unspectacular one. Boasting a sound that can best be described as a heavier, more aggressive early LIMP BIZKIT, PRIMER 55 are by-the-numbers rapcore that invariably revolves around quieter, "rappy" verses and ...

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Archive News Nov 22, 2001

As a result of a tremendous increase in traffic since the anthrax terrorist attacks started, ANTHRAX (the band) have decided to move their official web site to http://www.anthraxtheband.com. According to a statement issued by anthraxheband.com webmaster Brent, “we've been getting immense numbers of hits (at times greater than starwars.com got to download ...

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Archive News Nov 21, 2001

According to a report published in yesterday's edition of The New York Post, LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst “lied when he said he visited a dying Australian girl injured in a mosh pit at his concert. Durst told Access Hollywood he visited Jessica Michalik on her deathbed and kept in touch with ...

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Archive News Nov 15, 2001

The reunited CANDLEMASS—featuring bassist/mainman Leif Edling, vocalist Messiah Marcolin, guitarist Lars Johansson, guitarist Matts 'Mappe' Bjorkman, and drummer Jan Lindh—have officially been confirmed for next year's installment of the Sweden Rock Festival, which is scheduled to take place on June 7-8, 2002 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. As originally hinted here on September 26th ...

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Archive News Nov 12, 2001

NEVERMORE have dismissed as “totally false” the statement issued by the group's record company, Century Media Records, on Thursday, October 8th that indicated that the band had withdrawn from the five-date east coast/midwest tour with OVERKILL (which was scheduled to run from November 25th through December 2nd) in order to begin work ...

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Archive News Nov 02, 2001

As exclusively reported here on October 5th, and subsequently denied (falsely) by none other than Mayorga himself (see news for October 9th, 2001), SOULFLY have enlisted former skinsman Roy Mayorga to replace the recently-departed Joe Nunez. The newly revamped group are currently at Phoenix, Arizona's (Brill Street) Chaton Studios recording their third ...

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