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TORI AMOS: 'GENE SIMMONS Is Scarier To Little Girls Than A Blackout'

Robert Cherry of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that singer Tori Amos shared her story of The Big Blackout during her performance at Tower City Amphitheater in downtown Cleveland's Flats Saturday night (August 16). Early in her set, the ivory-tickling chanteuse revealed that she had waited out the crisis in a Birmingham, Michigan, hotel. She ...

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ADLER'S APPETITE: West Coast Dates Announced

ADLER'S APPETITE (formerly SUKI JONES), the new band featuring ex-GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler, ex-SLASH'S SNAKEPIT guitarist Keri Kelli, FASTER PUSSYCAT guitarist Brent Muscat, and ex-VINCE NEIL/RATT bassist Robbie Crane, have lined up the following dates during September: Sep. 18 - The Galaxy Theatre - Ocean City, CA Sep. 19 - Shooters - Riverside, ...

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AEROSMITH Singer To Be Honored At MAP AWARDS

The Musicians' Assistance Program will honor AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler, Jimmie Vaughan and John Branca at its 4th annual MAP Awards, Nov. 5 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, according to Hits Daily Double. The evening, hosted by Sharon Osbourne, will feature performances by Tyler and Vaughan as well as Diane Schuur. Tyler will receive the ...

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Review: Lusty AEROSMITH Out-Rocks KISS Of Death

Dan Aquilante of The New York Post reports that "seeing KISS and AEROSMITH together at Jones Beach [Monday night, August 5] was like witnessing Peter Pan in a death match with Father Time. "KISS, the band that won't grow up, was in the makeup they've worn since the beginning, while AEROSMITH wore their wrinkles like ...

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METALLICA's HETFIELD To Contribute To WEST MEMPHIS 3 Benefit Publication

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield will be contributing to an as-yet-unnamed anthology publication to benefit the legal defense of the West Memphis Three (a.k.a. Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin), who were allegedly convicted unfairly of murder. Published by Arsenal Pulp Press in Vancouver and co-edited by Brett Alexander Savory and M. W. Anderson, the ...

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The Washington Post: OPETH Disappoint A Few Headbangers At Club Gig

Dan Campbell of The Washington Times is reporting that OPETH disappointed a few of the headbangers in the audience at a recent show at the 9:30 Club "by playing mostly mellow, semiacoustic numbers from the band's new 'Damnation' album, which [PORCUPINE TREE's Steven] Wilson produced. However, singer-guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt said the band needs to stretch ...

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AEROSMITH Won't Compete With KISS In Terms Of Staging And Effects

AEROSMITH and KISS kick off their co-headlining tour on Saturday (August 2) in Hartford, Connecticut. AEROSMITH will be closing the shows every night, and lead guitarist Joe Perry says they're deliberately steering clear of KISS-style theatricality: "It's gonna be pretty minimalistic," Perry told Launch. "I mean, you can't compete with — nor would we want ...

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KISS And AEROSMITH: A Perfect Match

Cary Ashby of Coshocton Tribune is reporting that "the fans of hard rock bands include educators, scientists, musicians, actors, retail clerks and students. And among their number are a few local fans of AEROSMITH and KISS who are looking forward to the veteran bands blasting their way into Germain Amphitheater in Columbus on Aug. 19. ...

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AEROSMITH Singer Snaps

The New York Daily News reports AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler was being followed by a female paparazzo on Thursday night (July 17) near Cafe Habana on Prince St. when suddenly he turned around. An onlooker says Tyler then "took her camera. He's shouting at her, and grabs her by the wrist, saying, 'Let's see how ...

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ADLER'S APPETITE Split With JIZZY PEARL, Announce Replacement

ADLER'S APPETITE (formerly SUKI JONES), the new band formed by ex-GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler, have replaced RATT/ex-LOVE/HATE singer Jizzy Pearl with Sean Crosby from the AC/DC tribute act BACK IN BLACK. "Steven claims that this guy is an 'amazing, strong screamer!' " according to a posting on The Official Steven Adler Fan Site. ...

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ENFORSAKEN Sign With OLYMPIC/CENTURY MEDIA

The Chicago-based melodic death/thrash metal quintet ENFORSAKEN have signed an exclusive worldwide recording deal with Olympic Recordings/Century Media. The group — vocalist Steven Sagala, bassist Eric Kawa, drummer David Swanson and guitarists Joe DeGroot and Steve Stell — will soon finish recording their full-length debut, "The Forever Endeavor", with producer Chris Djuricic (SOIL, FLESHGRIND, JUNGLE ...

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GOREROTTED Sign With METAL BLADE RECORDS

U.K. blood merchants GOREROTTED have signed a deal with Metal Blade Records. "[GOREROTTED] first [came to] our attention when we saw them two years ago at the Fuck The Commerce festival," a spokesperson for the label said. "They were the fuckin' best band on the whole festival! GOREROTTED's first album, 'Mutilated In Minutes', is a ...

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AEROSMITH's STEVEN TYLER: Large-Lipped, Thin-Hipped

The New York Post reports that Steven Tyler's daughters are plus-sized, but the large-lipped AEROSMITH singer seems to be disappearing. During a photo shoot for Glamour's August "Great Genes" spread, in which celebs and their families pose in blue jeans, the magazine had a problem finding denims to fit the slim-hipped Tyler. While daughters Mia ...

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Lawsuit Over Guitarist's Death Kept Alive By Judge

Brian Anderson of Contra Costa Times reports that an Alameda County judge has preliminarily declined to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the California Department of Transportation of failing to keep safe a section of Interstate 580 in Livermore where an up-and-coming heavy metal guitarist was killed last year. Judge Steven Brick overruled Thursday (July 3) the ...

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FRED DURST, KID ROCK, PAPA ROACH On Hand For 'MTV Bash'

LIMP BIZKIT's Fred Durst, Kid Rock, Pamela Anderson, Britney Spears, PAPA ROACH drummer Dave Buckner and wife-to-be Mia Tyler (daughter of Steven) and a host of others were on hand for Saturday night's (June 28) taping of the inaugural "MTV Bash", billed as the red-hot roast of the network's biggest name, Carson Daly. Check out ...

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Former GUNS N' ROSES Drummer To Appear On MR. BIG Tribute CD

Former GUNS N' ROSES and current VELVET REVOLVER drummer Matt Sorum is one of the featured musicians on the upcoming MR. BIG tribute project, "Influences And Connections", tentatively due in Japan later in the year through Pony Canyon Records. The album, the initial pressing of which will come in a special package including a bonus ...

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OSBOURNES Land At No. 12 On FORBES List of Most Powerful Celebrities

The Osbourne family, with Birmingham-born BLACK SABBATH frontman Ozzy Osbourne at its head, came in 12th place on the 2003 Forbes annual list of the world's most rich and famous. The family reportedly earned $28.8 million last year, primarily through the continued success of their "reality TV" show "The Osbournes", which is experiencing a significant ...

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AEROSMITH Drummer Named To BRONX WALK OF FAME

AEROSMITH drummer Joey Kramer has been named as one of the new inductees into the Bronx Walk Of Fame, according to Launch. Although AEROSMITH are known as a Boston band, Kramer was born and raised in the Bronx, one of the five boroughs that make up New York City, while frontman Steven Tyler comes from ...

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TONY FRANLIN Says He Knows Nothing About A BLUE MURDER Reunion

Former THE FIRM bassist Tony Franklin has refuted the reports of his involvement in an upcoming reunion of BLUE MURDER, the classic early '90s hard rock band he helped launch with guitarist/vocalist John Sykes (THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE) and Carmine Appice (OZZY OSBOURNE, VANILLA FUDGE). "I've had a number of people asking about the possibility of ...

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SUKI JONES To Play Vegas Next Week

SUKI JONES, the new band featuring former GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler, RATT/ex-LOVE/HATE singer Jizzy Pearl, ex-SLASH'S SNAKEPIT guitarist Keri Kelli, FASTER PUSSYCAT guitarist Brent Muscat, and ex-VINCE NEIL/RATT bassist Robbie Crane, will be performing at The Railhead (Boulder Station) in Las Vegas, Nevada on Friday, June 13. For more information, call (702) 432-7777. ...

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