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TWISTED SISTER's DEE SNIDER: Guilty As Charged

Dan Lorenzo of Steppin' Out spoke to TWISTED SISTER's Dee Snider about the change in the group's musical direction following the multi-platinum success of their 1984 "Stay Hungry" CD. "After 'Stay Hungry' I remember saying 'Shit. I've got a million dollar house, five cars, two boats, fame, fortune, everybody loves me. I want to keep ...

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HADES Drummer Update: More Chemotherapy Needed

HADES guitarist Dan Lorenzo has issued the following update on the condition of bandmate Ron Lipnicki (drums), who is currently battling testicular cancer: "Ron had this HUGE operation 2 weeks ago to remove the cancerous tumor. They were concerned they might have to remove one of his kidneys. It was supposed to be a four-hour ...

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OZZFEST 2003: San Antonio Set Times Announced

The official set times have been released for the inaugural stop of Ozzfest 2003 in San Antonio, Texas. They are as follows: Saturday, June 28 – San Antonio, TX @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Second Stage: 09:30 a.m. GRADE 8 09:55 a.m. DEPSWA 10:20 a.m. REVOLUTION SMILE 10:45 a.m. MOTOGRATER 11:10 a.m. MEMENTO 11:35 a.m. HOTWIRE ...

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GENE SIMMONS: 'My First Motivation Is To Make Lots Of Money'

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons recently spoke to New York Post's Cindy Adams about his new book, "Sex Money Kiss". "The book's about sex," he said. "My design, and I suspect all God's designs, start with some engine. A car's engine either has horsepower or not. The design of this particular beast, man, is to expel ...

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MORBID ANGEL's STEVE TUCKER: New Album Will Be 'Amazing'

MORBID ANGEL bassist/vocalist Steve Tucker recently posted the following update to the Earache Records web site: "Tucker here. I am done tracking all of the bass and vocals for the new CD, and I can truly say that I have done some things I never did before vocally on this recording. I am extremely pleased ...

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ROTTING CHRIST, ONKEL TOM Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR

ROTTING CHRIST and ONKEL TOM are the latest band to have been officially confirmed for this year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany. The complete list of artists currently scheduled to appear the event is as follows: ANCIENT RITES ANNIHILATOR ASSASSIN CARPATHIAN FOREST CIRCLE ...

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DARK FUNERAL Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR 2003

Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL are the latest band to have been officially confirmed for this year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany. DARK FUNERAL will perform a one-hour set on the festival's "Blackstage" on Saturday, Aug. 2 beginning at 7:15 p.m. The complete ...

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KING DIAMOND Begin Mixing 'The Puppet Master'

King Diamond and Andy LaRocque are in the process of mixing the new KING DIAMOND album, "The Puppet Master", for a fall release through Metal Blade Records. "After the mixing is done we will have someone out to videotape me telling the story of 'The Puppet Master' for bonus material on the second disc," King ...

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HAMMERFALL: Special Hometown Gig Planned

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message to the band's official web site, www.hammerfall.net: "Back from South America since two weeks, and it was definitely the best experience so far for us down there! More people, more excitement more metal. It was tremendous! "More recently, I just got back from Sweden ...

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ANCIENT Singer DEADLY KRISTIN Leaves BYAXIS

ANCIENT vocalist Deadly Kristin has parted ways with Seattle-based progressive death metallers BYAXIS due to "creative & musical differences," according to the band's official web site. "She's still considered a dear friend & sister. We wish her the best of luck with all of her endeavors." "Taking [Kristin's] place is none other than Justin Hoffman, ...

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SEVENTH ONE Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Swedish power metallers SEVENTH ONE are the latest band to have been officially confirmed for this year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival. The event, which is scheduled to take place Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany, will include performances from the following artists (in alphabetical order): ANCIENT RITES ANNIHILATOR ASSASSIN CARPATHIAN FOREST CIRCLE ...

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CARPATHIAN FOREST Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

CARPATHIAN FOREST are the latest band to have been officially confirmed for this year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival. The event, which is scheduled to take place Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany, will include performances from the following artists (in alphabetical order): ANCIENT RITES ANNIHILATOR ASSASSIN CARPATHIAN FOREST CIRCLE II CIRCLE DARK ...

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METALIUM Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Germany's METALIUM are the latest band to have been officially confirmed for this year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival. The event, which is scheduled to take place Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany, will include performances from the following artists (in alphabetical order): ANCIENT RITES ANNIHILATOR ASSASSIN CIRCLE II CIRCLE DARK AGE DARKANE ...

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JIMI HENDRIX: Live Album, Tribute CD On The Way

An album of unreleased live JIMI HENDRIX music is set to hit stores this fall — nearly 33 years after his death in London. "It's a live concert — I can't tell you yet which concert it is," Janie HendrixJimi's sister and president and CEO of Experience Hendrix LLC, the Hendrix family company ...

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MURDERDOLLS Dress Up In Drag For Intimate London Gig

MURDERDOLLS, the new band featuring SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison on guitar, singer Wednesday 13 (formerly of North Carolina horror-metal outfit FRANKENSTEIN DRAG QUEENS FROM PLANET 13), ex-DOPE guitarist Acey Slade, bassist Erik Griffin, and drummer Ben Graves, played an intimate set at top London burlesque club Madam Jo Jo's Monday night (June 2)... in drag, ...

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Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival: Complete Schedule Announced

The complete schedule for this year's installment of Bang Your Head festival, set to take place Jun. 27-28 in Balingen, Germany, has been announced. It is as follows: Friday, June 27 DESTRUCTOR (opener) BITCH ROBROCK AMON AMARTH AXXIS T.N.T. ANNIHILATOR DOKKEN SODOM HAMMERFALL DIO (headliner) Saturday, June 28 HIRAX (opener) ANGELWITCH MASTERPLAN BRAINSTORM PINK CREAM ...

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SLAVES ON DOPE To Hit The Road

SLAVES ON DOPE have lined up the following dates during the coming weeks: May 31 - Sacramento, CA - The Boardwalk (ONESIDEZERO) Jun. 04 - Ft Wayne, IN - Piere's (w/ RA, TWISTED METHOD) Jun. 05 - Ironton, OH - 3rd Street Showgrounds (w/ RA, TWISTED METHOD) Jun. 07 - Madison, WI - Annex Jun. ...

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UNHOLY GHOST Confirmed For SNAKENET METAL NATION FEST 2003

UNHOLY GHOST, the new band featuring DIABOLIC founding members Aantar Lee Coates (drums), Paul Ouellette (vocals/bass), and Jerry Mortellaro (guitar), have been confirmed to appear at Snakenet.com Metal Nation Fest 2003 on June 20 at Ziggy's in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Also set to perform at the two-day event are DAYLIGHT DIES, OCTOBER 31, TWISTED TOWER ...

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MACABRE To Release 'Murder Metal' In September

MACABRE are set to release their new full-length album, "Murder Metal", on September 23 through Season Of Mist Records. The album will be issued via a licensing agreement with Decomposed Records, an indie label owned and operated by the band and their management. This release will be a continuation of the group's 1993 classic "Sinister ...

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Former PHANTOM BLUE/VIXEN Bassist Passes Away

Former PHANTOM BLUE/VIXEN touring bassist Rana Ross passed away on May 3 due to liver failure. She was 34 years old. Rana joined PHANTOM BLUE in 1994, shortly after the release of their second album, "Built To Perform", and toured with VIXEN in 1997 before forming SINBOY with singer/programmer Elysa Grey, whom Ross had dubbed ...

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TAD MOROSE Working On New Album

Sweden's TAD MOROSE have set "Life In A Lonely Grave" as the title for their forthcoming album, which is currently being recorded at Studio Soundcreation for a late summer release through Century Media Records. According to guitarist Christer "Krunt" Andersson, "We've just started laying down the vocals and we will mix the shit in Studio ...

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