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JEFF SCOTT SOTO: Mammoth QUEEN Set Out On DVD

Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Jeff Scott Soto and his solo band — Howie Simon, Alex Papa and Gary Schutt — performed a set of QUEEN classics at the 2003 Queen Convention in the U.K. The performance, which was captured on video, has now been made available on DVD via Soto's official web site,

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist Conquers Japan

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman recently played two songs from his latest solo CD, "Music For Speeding" ("Lust For Life" and "It's The Unreal Thing"), live in the broadcast center for Japan's Sky Perfect TV's "Party Dude!" program. This nationwide hard rock show will broadcast the two songs plus interviews on two separate programs over ...

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DON DOKKEN: New Material Sounds Like 'Tooth And Nail'

Don Dokken has posted the following message to DOKKEN's official web site: "Hi everybody, it's been a long time since I've posted a note. As you know we've been on tour almost a year and a half, and a lot has happened during that time. Member changes tough tours and law suits to boot! After ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN To Be Joined By Ex-MEGADETH Drummer, WATCHTOWER Guitarist On Upcoming Tour

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman has announced his backing band for the upcoming Guitarevolution tour, the month-long trek featuring Friedman, Alex Skolnick's (ex-TESTAMENT, SAVATAGE) jazz combo THE ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO and original MEGADETH guitarist Chris Poland's (ex-DAMN THE MACHINE) prog-rock outfit OHM. Joining Marty on the tour will be guitarist Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER, SPASTIC INK), ...

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RUSH: Busy, Not Hurried

The Toronto Sun spoke to RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson about the group's upcoming two-DVD set, "Rush In Rio", due in September. "I've been in the studio with the mixing portion of it for the last seven weeks," he said. "We still have another couple of weeks to go on it. [Bassist/vocalist] Geddy [Lee] has been ...

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LIZZY BORDEN's Guitar Search Continues

LIZZY BORDEN have commenced the recording process for their eighth album, tentatively due in early 2004 through Metal Blade Records. The as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2000's critically acclaimed "Deal with the Devil" will reportedly be "a straight-ahead, balls-out high-energy hard rock album." The band, who parted ways with guitarist Alex Nelson earlier in the year, are ...

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DOL AMMAD Enlist RHAPSODY Drummer For Debut CD

Greek "electronic art metal" act DOL AMMAD have enlisted RHAPSODY's Alex Holzwarth to lay down the drum tracks for the group's full-length debut, "Star Tales", tentatively due before the end of the year. The recordings will take place in August at Sascha Paeth's Gate Studios (RHAPSODY, ANGRA, KAMELOT, HEAVEN'S GATE) in Wolfsburg, Germany. DOL AMMAD ...

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ANGER Confirmed For Florida's 12 HOURS OF MAYHEM Festival

Florida-based hardcore kings ANGER, featuring drummer Alex Marquez (ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION, DEMOLITION HAMMER, SOLSTICE), have been confirmed for the first annual 12 Hours Of Mayhem festival, set to take place November 1 at the Mahi Shrine Auditorium in Miami. The show will feature 12 of South Florida's heaviest metal and hardcore bands and will also include ...

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RUSH Reveal 'Rio' CD/DVD Details, Dispel Breakup Rumors

Veteran Canadian rock trio RUSH will release the triple-disc live album and double-disc DVD, titled "Rush in Rio", in September via Anthem/Atlantic Records, according to Billboard.com. The DVD version of"Rush in Rio" includes all 28 songs from the CD (recorded last Nov. 23 on the last show of the band's "Vapor Trails" tour), augmented with ...

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MACHINE HEAD Finish Recording New Album, Prepare To Mix

MACHINE HEAD have finished recording their fifth studio album, entitled "Through The Ashes Of Empires", at Sharkbite studios in Oakland, California and are currently preparing to begin mixing the effort for an October 13 European release through Roadrunner Records. "Yesterday [July 21] was our last official day in the studio, and everything went fucking excellent," ...

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Former MALEVOLENT CREATION Drummer Resurfaces In Miami's ANGER

After a long hiatus, drummer Alex Marquez (ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION, DEMOLITION HAMMER, SOLSTICE) has resurfaced with Miami hardcore legends ANGER. Clean and sober, Alex is "back and playing better than he has in 10 years." More to be announced soon. Upcoming ANGER tour dates: Jul. 26 – Coral Gables, FL @ Gables Pub Aug. 02 – ...

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CRYPTOPSY To Get 'Really Intense' On Next Album

Canadian technical death metallers CRYPTOPSY are currently hard at work writing new material for their upcoming fifth studio album — the group's first with new vocalist Martin Lacroix (ex-SPASME). The as-yet-untitled effort will be recorded at Wild Studio in St-Zenon, Quebec, Canada with producer Pierre Rémillard (KATAKLYSM, GORGUTS, KRISIUN) and is tentatively set for an ...

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SILENT FORCE: Studio Photos Posted Online

SILENT FORCE, the band featuring ex-ROYAL HUNT singer D.C. Cooper, have posted several photos taken during the recording sessions for their new album, "Line Of Attack", at this location. The follow up to 2001's "Infatuator", which is being produced by Dennis Ward (ANGRA, PINK CREAM 69), is due before the end of the ...

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Ex-TESTAMENT Guitarist Stands Behind His Criticism Of METALLICA's 'St. Anger'

Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick has contacted BLABBERMOUTH.NET to clarify his previous comments regarding METALLICA's latest effort, "St. Anger", and to defend himself against the outpouring of negative reactions leveled at him by METALLICA supporters in the days after his original remarks were published. The following is Skolnick's statement on the matter: "The ...

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SILENT FORCE Begin Laying Down Guitar 'Attack'

SILENT FORCE, the band featuring ex-ROYAL HUNT singer D.C. Cooper, will begin recording the guitar tracks for their third album, "Line Of Attack", today (July 1) at RAGE guitarist Victor Smolski's VPS studio in Hamm, Germany. The follow up to 2001's "Infatuator", which is being produced by Dennis Ward (ANGRA, PINK CREAM 69), is due ...

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Ex-TESTAMENT Guitarist: New METALLICA 'Represents Everything Wrong With The Music Business'

Former TESTAMENT guitarist Alex Skolnick, whose previous group was once considered to be among the natural successors to the San Francisco Bay Area metal throne held by METALLICA, has slammed his one-time heroes, calling their latest opus, "St. Anger" a "sloppy mess" and insisting that Hetfield and Co. "represent everything wrong with the music business." ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN, ALEX SKOLNICK And CHRIS POLAND To Team Up For U.S. Tour

Guitar shredders extraordinaire Marty Friedman (ex-MEGADETH), Alex Skolnick (ex-TESTAMENT, SAVATAGE) and Chris Poland (ex-MEGADETH) will be teaming up for a U.S. tour later in the summer. Friedman will be performing as a solo artist while Poland and Skolnick will be showcasing their current group projects, OHM and THE ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO, respectively. The trek, dubbed ...

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Former MEGADETH Drummer, LIZZY BORDEN Bassist Jam With XYZ

Former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza and LIZZY BORDEN bassist Marten Andersson were set to perform session duties with XYZ during the latter band's previously announced tour with GREAT WHITE and L.A. GUNS when they got word that the trek was called off due to insurance issues. Says Andersson, "As some of you might have heard ...

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BELPHEGOR Complete Work On 'Lucifer Incestus'

Austrian death/black metal act BELPHEGOR have completed work on their fourth full-length album, "Lucifer Incestus", tentatively due in September. The follow-up to 2000's "Necrodaemon Terrorsathan" was recorded at Mastersound studios In Stuttgart/Fellbach, Germany with producer Alex Krull (ATROCITY). The complete track listing for "Lucifer Incestus" is as follows: 01. Inflamate Christianos (intro) 02. The Goatchrist ...

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DEF LEPPARD Singer To Appear On ALEX HARVEY Tribute

According to last week's U.K. Sunday Mail newspaper, DEF LEPPARD singer Joe Elliott has been invited to take part in an upcoming Alex Harvey tribute album. The CD, which is due later in the year, will feature THE SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND accompanied by a host of singers such as Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, punk ...

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BLACK CROWES Singer Expecting First Child

BLACK CROWES singer Chris Robinson and wife/actress Kate Hudson ("Almost Famous") announced Thursday they are expecting their first child. The couple has been married since December 2000. The child is due sometime early next year, according to the couple's publicist, Brad Cafarelli. He refused to say how far along the pregnancy is. Hudson, 24, currently ...

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BLIND GUARDIAN's 'Live' Drops Down To No. 42 On German Chart

BLIND GUARDIAN's brand new live album, entitled simply "Live", has dropped down to the No. 42 slot on the German Media Control chart in its third week of release. The two-disc collection contains 20 songs recorded last year on the band's world tour. As previously reported, BLIND GUARDIAN drummer Thomas Stauch has now officially returned ...

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IMMOLATION: Road Update

IMMOLATION continue to spread their blasphemy throughout the U.S. in support of "Unholy Cult", widely considered the group's most vicious offering in years. With support coming from GRAVE, GOATWHORE and CREMATORIUM they will continue to annihilate extreme metal fans until the end of June. IMMOLATION recently checked in with the following tour update: "We are ...

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