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It's Official: KISS To Perform With Australian Symphony

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: One of the world's greatest bands, KISS, today announced one of the most spectacular concert events Australia will ever see, Kiss Symphony. At a press conference in Melbourne, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Peter Criss announced details of a one-off concert with the 60-piece Melbourne Symphony to be held at Telstra Dome ...

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BLACK SABBATH Biography On The Way

A BLACK SABBATH biography, written by Rockdetector editor-in-chief Garry Sharpe-Young and documenting the most tangled yet creative period of the band's history from 1980 to the present day, is tentatively slated for early 2003 publication. Over two years in the making, the book will include exclusive photographs, interviews (including those conducted face-to-face with the late ...

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PARAGON Announce Set List For GAMMA RAY Tour

German melodic metallers PARAGON have announced the set list for their forthcoming European dates as the opening act for GAMMA RAY. It is as follows: 01. Thunderstorm 02. Palace Of Sin 03. Armies Of The Tyrant 04. Dragon's Flight 05. Across The Wastelands 06. Reign Of Fear 07. New Dark Age 08. Abducted 09. Back ...

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ANCIENT Announce European Dates

Norway's ANCIENT have confirmed a few gigs before beginning the writing process for their next studio album. They are as follows: Oct. 25 - Weimar (Thüringen), GER @ Volkshaus Oct. 31 – Amneville, FRA @ After Club Nov. 08 – Luzern, SWI @ TBA Jan. 2003 (TBA) – Irun, SPA @ Tunk Jan. 2003 (TBA) ...

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HALFORD Manager Speaks Out On SOYOROCK Cancellation

HALFORD frontman Rob Halford's longtime personal manager John Baxter has confirmed the reports of a cancellation of Korea's Soyorock (a.k.a. World Rock) festival (as reported here last week), which was scheduled for October 12-13 and was set to include appearances by HALFORD, DIO, GAMMA RAY and RAGE, among others. "Quickly, I want to express our ...

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RONDINELLI To Issue 'Our Cross — Our Sins' In October

RONDINELLI, who include in their ranks former RAINBOW/BLACK SABBATH and current BLUE OYSTER CULT drummer Bobby Rondinelli, ex-SABBATH/WHITESNAKE bassist Neil Murray, former SABBATH frontman Tony Martin and guitarist Teddy Rondinelli, will issue their sophomore album, entitled Our Cross — Our Sins, through MTM Records on October 21st. Featuring a musical direction that is said to ...

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Korea's SOYOROCK 2002 Cancelled — Again

Korea's Soyorock 2002 (a.k.a. World Rock) festival, which was set to include appearances by HALFORD, DIO, GAMMA RAY and RAGE, has reportedly been cancelled for a second time, according to a Noise Records newsletter that was circulated yesterday, September 27th. No reason was given for the cancellation. Soyorock 2002 was originally scheduled to take place ...

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W.A.S.P. Tour Still On!

Despite rumors to the contrary, W.A.S.P.'s previously-announced North American tour is going ahead as scheduled, according to Metal Blade Records, whose act ENGINE (featuring FATES WARNING frontman Ray Alder and ARMORED SAINT bassist Joey Vera) is slated to fill the opening slot on the trek. At this time, it appears that ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY and former ...

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DIRT Confirmed For W.A.S.P. Tour

Houston, Texas-based DIRT have been added to the upcoming W.A.S.P. North American tour, according to the band's management. The trek kicks off on October 15th in Tempe, Arizona and is scheduled to last until December 9th. Also set to appear on the bill are Metal Blade recording artists ENGINE, featuring FATES WARNING singer Ray Alder ...

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Demonstrations In Chaos - WATCHTOWER

If you've anxiously clicked into this review hoping for some information on the long-awaited third full-length from the Texas tech-metal quartet, you'll be disappointed. That record (Mathematics — a working title for some 12 years now!) is still in the making. But if you can't find the band's Energetic Disassembly debut anywhere (you're in the ...

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GAMMA RAY to Play One-Off Canadian Date

German power metallers GAMMA RAY have lined up a one-off Canadian date at Montreal, Quebec's Le Medley on Sunday, November 17th. Also appearing on the bill will be EIDOLON and FORGOTTEN TALES. GAMMA RAY's performance in Montreal will be preceded by the group's appearance at Atlanta, Georgia's Prog Power festival on Saturday, November 16th. ...

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W.A.S.P., STEPHEN PEARCY, ENGINE: More U.S. Dates Announced

More dates have been announced for the forthcoming W.A.S.P. North American tour, which will feature ex-RATT frontman STEPHEN PEARCY, ENGINE (featuring FATES WARNING singer Ray Alder and ARMORED SAINT bassist Joey Vera), and ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY in the support slots. They are as follows: Oct. 15 - Tempe, AZ @ Bash on Ash Oct. 16 - ...

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THE CULT Frontman Named 'Permanent' Member Of THE DOORS

THE CULT frontman Ian Astbury and former POLICE drummer Stewart Copeland have "permanently" joined THE DOORS and will record new music with the group during 2003, keyboardist Ray Manzarek told Billboard.com. "Stewart is drumming from here on out. Ian is singing from here on out. We're not doing a TV show. We're playing live music. ...

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PARAGON Begin Work On New Material, Land GAMMA RAY Tour

German melodic metallers PARAGON are writing songs for the follow-up to this year's critically-acclaimed Law Of The Blade CD for a tentative late 2003 release through Remedy Records/Zomba. According to bassist Jan Bünning, "we have about seven tiles in work already and one song, 'Eye of The Storm', is almost complete. We perhaps will record ...

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THE DOORS Perform 'Secret' Hollywood Gig

THE DOORS, featuring THE CULT frontman Ian Astbury and ex-THE POLICE drummer Stewart Copeland, performed a secret show at the House Of Blues in West Hollywood, California last night as a warm-up for their announced reunion show on September 6th at the California Motor Speedway as part of the Harley-Davidson 100th Anniversary Open Road Tour. ...

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DYING FETUS Prepare To Record New Album, Embark On European Tour

DYING FETUS are currently writing material for their forthcoming full-length CD, Stop At Nothing, due in January 2003 through Relapse Records. Among the titles set to be included on the album are "Schematics", "One Shot, One Kill", "Stop At Nothing" and "Forced Elimination". In other news, DYING FETUS will embark on a headlining European tour ...

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W.A.S.P. Announce Support Acts For North American Tour

W.A.S.P. have announced ex-RATT frontman STEPHEN PEARCY, ENGINE (featuring FATES WARNING singer Ray Alder and ARMORED SAINT bassist Joey Vera), and ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY as the support acts for their forthcoming North American tour, which is tentatively scheduled to take place during October/November. Exact dates and venues will be announced soon. ...

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ENGINE Cancel BLACKBIRD Appearance

ENGINE, featuring vocalist Ray Alder (FATES WARNING), bassist Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT), guitarist Bernie Versailles (AGENT STEEL) and drummer Pete Parada (FACE TO FACE), have been forced to cancel their appearance at the Blackbird Rock Festival on Labor Day weekend due to an unspecified "scheduling conflict." ...

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GAMMA RAY Set Tentative Release Date For Live CD

GAMMA RAY are tentatively due to issue a live album, entitled The Skeletons In the Closet, in March 2003 via Metal-Is/Sanctuary Records. According to the band's official web site, due to an overwhelming response to a call for the fans to pick the band's set list for their upcoming tour (during which the aforementioned release ...

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JIMI HENDRIX Tops Guitar Greats Poll

Rock legend JIMI HENDRIX has been voted the greatest guitarist of all time in a poll of readers of UK music magazine Total Guitar. LED ZEPPELIN's Jimmy Page came in at number two, while former CREAM member-turned-soloist Eric Clapton landed at three. Also appearing in the Top 20 are Slash (ex-GUNS N' ROSES), Eddie Van ...

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ELVENKING Confirmed For Hungary's PEPSI SZIGET 2002 Festival

Italian "pagan metal" act ELVENKING have been confirmed for the Metal Hammer stage at the Pepsi Sziget 2002 festival in Budapest, Hungary on August 1st. The seven-day, multi stage festival drew 400,000 people in 2001 and is expected to achieve similar numbers this year. Other artists scheduled to perform at the event include GAMMA RAY, ...

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ENGINE: More Live Dates Announced

ENGINE, featuring vocalist Ray Alder (FATES WARNING), bassist Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT), guitarist Bernie Versailles (AGENT STEEL) and drummer Pete Parada (FACE TO FACE), have added the following dates to their upcoming itinerary: Aug. 08 - Mason Jar - Phoenix, AZ Aug. 09 - The Shack - Anaheim, CA Aug. 10 - Paladino's - Reseda, ...

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