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OZZY On JASON NEWSTED: I'm 'Fucking Thrilled' He's Joining The Band

OZZY OSBOURNE unveiled his new lineup with a special media showcase/press conference Monday (March 17) at the group's North Hollywood, California rehearsal space. New bassist Jason Newsted (formerly of METALLICA) joined Osbourne, guitarist Zakk Wylde, and drummer Mike Bordin for a blinding four-song set featuring "War Pigs", "Believer", "No More Tears", and "Crazy Train". "I ...

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Former JUDAS PRIEST Frontman To Reissue Solo Album

Former JUDAS PRIEST frontman Al Atkins will re-release his 1994 solo album, "Heavy Thoughts", on May 5 through Market Square Records. Worldwide distribution will be handled by Koch International. Atkins' last solo album, "Victim Of Changes", was released through Neat Records in 1998, and featured several classic PRIEST songs written by Al, such as "Never ...

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LED ZEPPELIN: The Mother Lode Of Live Recordings On The Way

Atlantic Records has announced the forthcoming release of the mother lode of LED ZEPPELIN live recordings. Slated for a simultaneous May 27 release are "Led Zeppelin DVD", a two-disc set, and "How The West Was Won", a three-CD set. Long sought-after by ZEPPELIN devotees and collectors, this marks the first-ever official release of these rare ...

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MARCOS CURIEL: I Was Fired From P.O.D.

Ex-P.O.D. guitarist Marcos Curiel has lashed out at his former bandmates, claiming that he was fired from the band last week because he has other projects and because of differences in religious philosophies. "I was hoping I could do what Maynard [Keenan] does," Curiel told MTV.com. "He's in TOOL and A PERFECT CIRCLE. That's obviously ...

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CHRIS HOLMES' Guitar To Be Auctioned Off

Former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes is auctioning off a custom-built guitar via eBay at this location. Built in 1985, the guitar bears what is supposedly the only red Jackson logo painted on a headstock — a design originally created for W.A.S.P.'s "Inside the Electric Circus" album and tour. The axe, the current bid ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD: Tales Of Insecurity And Fear

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD mainman Devin Townsend recently told Canada's Chart Attack that the band's trademark humor is less apparent on the group's upcoming album than in the past — a move that he says was entirely intentional. "One of the new things introduced is that the humor of STRAPPING has sort of changed to irony," ...

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ONE MINUTE SILENCE: 'Revolution' Details Unveiled

Britain's ONE MINUTE SILENCE will issue a new EP, "Revolution", next month on limited edition vinyl and CD digipack. The track listing will be as follows: Limited Edition 10" Etched Vinyl 01. Revolution 02. We Bounce 03. Holy Man (live) CD Digipack EP 01. Revolution (edit) 02. Into Our Own 03. Rise & Shine (live) ...

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MÖTLEY CRÜE's NIKKI SIXX Pays Tribute To WARWICK Bass

MÖTLEY CRÜE/BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION bassist Nikki Sixx has posted the following message in the "Rock'n'Roll Diary" section of CRÜE's official web site: "I have been playing Gibson Thunderbirds forever. I love them, always have, always will. When I worked with Specter in the 80's, we designed the body along the lines of the T bird ...

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STEVE DIGIORGIO Offers Update On SUICIDE SHIFT, CONTROL DENIED

Former DEATH/CONTROL DENIED and current TESTAMENT/SADUS bassist Steve DiGiorgio has released an update on his official web site on the status of the much-anticipated SUICIDE SHIFT project (featuring DiGiorgio, SADUS guitarist Darren Travis, and TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy) and the possibility of a second CONTROL DENIED album ever seeing the light of day. "I know ...

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THEORY OF RUIN Embark On First U.S. Tour

San-Francisco based THEORY OF RUIN, which features in its ranks musician/producer Alex Newport (ex-FUDGE TUNNEL, NAILBOMB), David Link (ex-SLAPSHOT, CLAYMORE), and Ches Smith (touring member of MR. BUNGLE), are in the midst of their first U.S. tour. The band will be joined at various times by fellow San Franciscans TOTIMOSHI, Philadelphia's LICKGOLDENSKY (ex-TURMOIL), and FLOOR. ...

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LULLACRY Finish Tracking Vocals, Prepare To Mix New CD

Finland's LULLACRY have finished recording the vocals for their as-yet-untitled third album and are currently laying down lead guitar parts and keyboards, which will be completed over the course of the next month. Mixings sessions for the album's projected first single, "Don't Touch The Flame", will begin on November 13 at Finnvox Studios in Helsinki. ...

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THE RAVENOUS To Perform In New York City

THE RAVENOUS, featuring Danny Lilker (BRUTAL TRUTH, S.O.D., NUCLEAR ASSAULT, HOLY MOSES), Killjoy (NECROPHAGIA, WURDULAK, EIBON), Chris Reifert (AUTOPSY, ABSCESS), Danny Coralles (AUTOPSY, ABSCESS) and Clint Bower (HEXX, ABSCESS), will be performing at the Autumn Equinox III festival at The Lions Den in New York City on October 19th. Joining them on the bill will ...

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Still Going Strong - ANVIL

Still going strong? Well, that's certainly subjective. ANVIL's umpteenth album opens with two tracks of pure and total greatness. They've got the power, dynamics, passion and drive that ANVIL used to fill entire albums with. They rush out of the starting gate in a torrent, screaming "ANVIL is fucking back!" "Race Against Time" and "In ...

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THE RAVENOUS Ink Deal With SOUTHERN LORD

THE RAVENOUS, featuring the all-star line up of Danny Lilker (BRUTAL TRUTH, S.O.D., NUCLEAR ASSAULT, HOLY MOSES), Killjoy (NECROPHAGIA, WURDULAK, EIBON), Chris Reifert (AUTOPSY, ABSCESS), Danny Coralles (AUTOPSY, ABSCESS) and Clint Bower (HEXX, ABCESS), have inked a deal with Southern Lord Records. The band will enter a studio in Vancouver, Canada this November to record ...

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MÖTLEY CRÜE To Embark On Farewell Tour In 2003

MÖTLEY CRÜE will embark on a farewell tour in late 2003/early 2004 to coincide with the release of the film version of the group's autobiography, The Dirt, bassist Nikki Sixx has revealed via his latest posting on the band's official web site. "Been knee-deep in getting all the T's crossed and I's dotted with Paramount ...

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PUNGENT STENCH To Embark On HOLY INQUISITION 2002 Tour

Reunited Austrian extreme metallers PUNGENT STENCH are set to embark on the Holy Inquisition 2002 tour later in the month. Confirmed dates are as follows: Sep. 08 – Warsaw, POL @ Przestrzen Graffenberga Sep. 09 – Brest, BEL @ Zio Pepe Sep. 10 – Minsk, BEL @ Minsk Sep. 12 – Yaroslavl, RUS @ Partizan ...

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MEGADETH To Issue Posthumous Compilation CD

On September 10th, MEGADETH will issue a posthumous CD, entitled Still, Alive... And Well?, containing studio and live recordings spanning their entire career, including previously unreleased live performances of "Use The Man" and "Conjuring". The album will surface via Sanctuary Records. The title of the CD was chosen by frontman Dave Mustaine himself. "You may ...

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LED ZEPPELIN Reunion In 2003?

A reunion of ex-LED ZEPPELIN singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, and bassist John Paul Jones is a strong possibility for 2003, sources in the band's management have told Launch. Page is currently working on a DVD set of unreleased live performance footage and other video material, due next year. Plant, on the other hand, ...

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GODSMACK's SULLY ERNA: New Material Is Really Powerful

GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna has spoken to MTV.com about the recent addition to the group's ranks of former AMEN drummer Shannon Larkin and the musical direction on the band's forthcoming third full-length CD, due in March 2003. "[Shannon] was my first choice," said Erna. "I'm a drummer also, and I was really influenced by his ...

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EARACHE RECORDS To Reissue Classic Albums On Vinyl

Earache Records will be releasing several classic albums on vinyl, all limited to 1,000 copies each. The following are the U.S. release dates for the LPs in question: Aug. 20: NAPALM DEATH - Scum Aug. 20: CARCASS - Reek of Putrefaction Sept. 03: TERRORIZER - World Downfall Sept. 17: MORBID ANGEL - Altars Of Madness ...

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AXL ROSE: "The Coolest Guy In The World"

The following item was posted on the E! Online's Celebrity Sightings page on June 21st: Christian Cage (Jun 21, 2002, 09:13 AM) "On April 7th, I was at the Phoenix, AZ airport with all the W.W.E. wrestlers and was walking around baggage claim and I ran into one of the wrestlers named Raven ...

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