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JASON NEWSTED's PAPA WHEELIE Project: New Songs Posted Online

PAPA WHEELIE, the "stoner punk metal" crew consisting of former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted (a.k.a. Jaylor) on guitar/vocals, Steven Wiig (a.k.a. Swiiglor) on drums and Joe Ledesma (a.k.a. Joefus) on bass, have posted three new tracks recorded at Newsted's The Chophouse studio in October 2003. Commented Jason: "The noisiest metal on two wheels is alive ...

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COLD Guitarist Becomes Permanent Member Of EVANESCENCE

EVANESCENCE singer Amy Lee has confirmed to Australia's Undercover News that COLD guitarist Terry Balsamo is now a permanent member of EVANESCENCE. According to Lee, that also means COLD is history. "They could hire another guitar player and continue, but I'm pretty sure that their lead singer is in and out of rehab and having ...

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GOD AMONG INSECTS Confirmed For Sweden's 2000 DECIBEL Festival

GOD AMONG INSECTS, the Swedish "old-school" death metal band featuring vocalist Emperor Magus Caligula (DARK FUNERAL), guitarist Lord K (a.k.a. Kenth Philipson) (THE PROJECT HATE), bassist Tomas Elofsson (SANCTIFICATION) and drummer Tobias Gustafsson (VOMITORY), are the latest band confirmed for the fifth edition of the 2000 Decibel festival, which is scheduled to take place on ...

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Report: Two Heavy Metal Fans Accused In Columbine-Like Plot

Two Southeast Louisiana heavy metal fans (photos) were arrested Monday (Jan. 12) on charges of terrorizing for what detectives say was a plan to re-create the bloody massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., according to the Associated Press. Dutchtown High School students Christopher Levins, 17, of Prairieville and Addam Sinclair, 19, ...

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Report: More Details Emerge About Night Of RUSH Guitarist's Arrest

John Henderson of the Naples Daily News is reporting that Freddy Cole, the 71-year-old younger brother of the late, legendary performer Nat King Cole, was hired to play the $650-a-couple, black-tie Ritz-Carlton Naples New Year's Eve's bash, where a dispute began between RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson (a.k.a. Alex Zivojinovich) and Collier County Sheriff's deputies. Cole ...

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EDGUY To Play 'Secret' Club Show In Germany

A "secret" EDGUY show has been announced for January 21 or 22 in Cologne, Germany. The exact date of the show is expected to be announced later today at the group's official web site. EDGUY are going to play an exclusive "secret" show in Cologne's mini-club Underground that will be video-taped for the German music ...

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GREAT WHITE Nightclub Fire: Last Survivor Goes Home

The last hospitalized survivor of a Rhode Island nightclub fire that killed 100 people last year has returned home to continue his recovery, according to the Associated Press. Joe Kinan, 34, was burned over his arms and much of the upper half of his body, losing fingers and portions of his nose and ears. He ...

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TED NUGENT To Speak At Miami University

Jon Gambrell of The Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that Ted Nugent will talk about his political views for this year's Conservative Week at Miami University. His speech is scheduled for February 19 and will be sponsored by Miami's College Republicans. Matt Nolan, a junior political science and history major and president of College Republicans, says ...

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Judge Says Ex-MEAT PUPPETS Bassist Must Remain in Custody

A judge has ruled that former MEAT PUPPETS bassist Cris Kirkwood, who has been charged with assault, is a flight risk and a danger to others and must remain in custody, according to the Associated Press. U.S. Magistrate Judge Virginia Mathis also ruled Wednesday (Dec. 31) that there is enough evidence to try Kirkwood, 43, ...

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PAIN Seek New Label, Delay Fourth Album

PAIN mainman Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY) has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Hello everybody! "As most of you know, I've been out with my other band HYPOCRISY from Sept.-Dec. and had no time to finish up the new PAIN CD, so I will start after the New Year and change label ...

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SHARON: OZZY Will Take Six Months To Recover

Ozzy Osbourne will take six months to recover from his quad bike crash injuries, his wife Sharon said Tuesday (Dec. 16), according to Scotsman.com. Ozzy is said to be breathing unaided and joking with nurses — even asking two of them to marry him. But in an interview with Lorraine Kelly on GMTV, Sharon said ...

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Report: Minder Saved OZZY's Life

Ozzy Osbourne was brought back to life by a security guard following his quad bike accident, his wife Sharon revealed last night, according to The Sun. Ozzy, 55, had stopped breathing for a minute and a half before his minder revived him. Sharon, 51, said: "He has got such horrendous injuries to his body. His ...

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Review: IRON MAIDEN Break The Sound Barrier

The Evening Times is reporting that heavy metal veterans IRON MAIDEN rocked the SECC in Glasgow so hard Monday night (Dec. 8) they blew the sound system in an awe-inspiring set that delivered a full-on dose of rock theatrics. The audience in the packed auditorium was so eager to get close to their heroes that ...

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WINDIR Sign With TABU RECORDINGS

Norwegian metallers WINDIR have inked a deal with Tabu Recordings. The band, who had previously released four albums through the Norwegian label Head Not Found, are a highly acclaimed live act, having performed at such Norwegian festivals like the Inferno, Quart and Hole In The Sky. In July of this year, WINDIR played their first ...

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Review: Energy Lacking From DEFTONES' Performance In Montreal

Bernard Perusse of The Gazette reviewed the DEFTONES' show at the Verdun Auditorium Tuesday night (Nov. 25). "That cat-caught-in-a-breadmaker scream, which brings us most of the anger inherent in the DEFTONES' sound, will surely land vocalist-guitarist Chino Moreno in the hospital if he doesn't start pacing himself," he wrote. "And yet that element is not ...

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PAPA ROACH: Getting Away With Murder

PAPA ROACH singer Jacoby Shaddix has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Was up, kids. It's Jacoby aka Johnny Vodka aka Coby Dick!!! How ya doin'? I'm doing good, just singin' my ass off. I'm so excited about this record, I'm singin' better than ever. I just finished vocals on this ...

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HANGAR 18 To Headline 1st Annual BORDERLAND METALFEST

HANGAR 18, the MEGADETH tribute band featuring formerNEW EDEN/SINERGY bassist Melanie Sisneros, will be performing at the 1st Annual Borderland Metalfest in El Paso, Texas on Saturday, November 22. The festival will be a "one-of-a-kind" event in the El Paso area. Co-headlining the Metalfest will be Southern California's DREAMS OF DAMNATION, featuring guitarist Jim Durkin, ...

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ALICE COOPER: 'Brutally Live' on DVD, CD And On The Airwaves

ALICE COOPER's "Alice Cooper: Brutally Live: Special Edition" DVD/CD combo package, filmed Live at the Hammersmith Apollo London in July 2000, will be available November 18, 2003 from Eagle Rock Entertainment. In other Cooper news, Alice will be hosting Rolling Stone magazine's "Top 500 Albums of All Time" on Premiere Radio Network over Thanksgiving Weekend ...

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Former FEAR FACTORY Guitarist To Play BODY BAG Reunion Show

Former FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares has spent the past two weeks in Portland rehearsing with death metallers BODYBAG for their reunion gig, which is scheduled to take place tonight (Nov. 7) at Club DV8 in Portland, Oregon. "Things are going great," says drummer BODY BAG drummer Jimmy Littlefield. "Dino is a true pro and ...

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BODY COUNT Name New Album

BODY COUNT, the rock group led by rapper and actor Ice-T, have set "Murder For Hire" as the title for their first album in seven years, tentatively due in early 2004. The band, whose previous drummer Beatmaster V died of leukemia and bassist Mooseman was killed in a drive-by shooting in South Central Los Angeles, ...

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Lawyer: VARG VIKERNES Considered Joining The French Foreign Legion

When BURZUM mastermind Varg Vikernes, known in his native Norway as "Greven" (Norwegian for "The Count"), failed to return to return to prison as scheduled following a short leave, he contemplated leaving Norway behind for good and joining the French Foreign Legion, according to the daily newspaper Nettavisen. "He had no concrete plan except that ...

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Updated: BURZUM Leader Fails To Return After Short Leave From Prison

The Norwegian media is reporting that BURZUM mastermind Varg "Greven" Vikernes (a.k.a. Count Grishnack) failed to return after a short leave from his prison in Vestfold, Norway, where the black metal musician is serving a 21-year sentence for the August 1993 murder of MAYHEM guitarist Oystein Aarseth (a.k.a. Euronymous), the burning of three churches, and ...

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