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Review: IRON MAIDEN Continues Love Affair With Heavy Metal Fans

Dave Ferman of the Star-Telegram reviewed the IRON MAIDEN/DIO/MOTÖRHEAD tour when it came to the Smirnoff Music Centre in Dallas, Texas Wednesday night (August 13). "I love the MAIDEN, always have," he wrote. "Virtually alone among the wave of British metal bands that emerged in the early 1980s, these guys have stayed extremely popular around ...

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New UFO Guitarist VINNIE MOORE Speaks!

Guitarist extraordinaire Vinnie Moore has issued a lengthy statement commenting on the recent announcement that he has been selected to replace Michael Schenker in UFO. Moore's statement reads as follows: "Hello all! It's absolutely true. I WAS ABDUCTED BY ALIENS. I was driving in my truck a few weeks ago and saw some strange lights ...

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LEADFOOT Explain Ottawa Cancellation

LEADFOOT, the North Carolina-based group featuring former C.O.C. vocalist Karl Agell and bassist Phil Swisher, were forced to cancel their previously announced July 30 appearance at Zaphods in Ottawa, Canada. The following is Agell's official statement on the matter: "We would like to apologize to everyone involved regarding our most recent cancellation in Ottawa at ...

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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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IRON MAIDEN Bassist: 'We Would Love To Tour With JUDAS PRIEST'

IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris spoke to Phil Freeman of Cleveland Scene about the group's forthcoming CD, "Dance Of Death", due on September 9 through Columbia Records. "It's a really, really strong album," Steve said. "We're really pleased with it. It's quite a varied album. There's two or three songs that veer toward the progressive, ...

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BILLBOARD Magazine Pays Tribute To KISS

The Billboard Information Group will mark the 30th Anniversary of KISS, one of America's most successful and enduring rock 'n' roll bands, with the publication of a 26-page special report in the August 9 issue of Billboard. The issue will be available on newsstands on August 1 and content will be posted on www.billboard.com/KISS. "KISS: ...

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It's Official: VINNIE MOORE, JASON BONHAM Join UFO

As first reported here on July 18, guitarist extraordinaire Vinnie Moore has now officially joined UFO as the replacement for Michael Schenker. Moore will reportedly join the rest of the group — vocalist Phil Mogg, bassist Pete Way, keyboardist Paul Raymond and drummer Jason Bonham — at an undisclosed studio in September to ...

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METALLICA Hire Psychologist For 'St. Anger' Management

Jon Bream of the Minneapolis Star Tribune is reporting that when shit hit the fan, METALLICA "brought in sports psychologist Phil Towle, who has worked with pro football's St. Louis Rams, an Olympic silver-medalist swimmer and other athletes. "Towle's first session with METALLICA was coincidentally the day bassist Jason Newsted unexpectedly announced he was quitting ...

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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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LEADFOOT: More Tour Dates Announced

LEADFOOT, the North Carolina-based group featuring former C.O.C. vocalist Karl Agell and bassist Phil Swisher, have lined up the following dates during the coming weeks: Jul. 30 – Zaphods - Ottawa, ONT Jul. 31 – Coach & Horses - Windsor, ONT Aug. 01 – Call The Office - London, ONT Aug. 02 – The 360 ...

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VINNIE MOORE To Join UFO?

Guitarist extraordinaire Vinnie Moore is strongly rumored to have joined UFO as the replacement for Michael Schenker. Moore will reportedly join the rest of the group — vocalist Phil Mogg, bassist Pete Way, keyboardist Paul Raymond and drummer Jason Bonham — at an undisclosed studio before the end of the year to begin work on ...

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Journal News: METALLICA's Web Site Of Unreleased Music A Huge Success

Walter Dawkins of Journal News reports that METALLICA's Metallicavault.com web site, which contains hours of downloadable live recordings, demos and B-sides for free, has been a great success. "The response has been really positive," says Edward Bender, director of multimedia at Speakeasy, the company that developed the web site. "Our latest numbers are around 110,000 ...

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LEADFOOT: Canadian Dates Announced

LEADFOOT, the North Carolina-based group featuring former C.O.C. vocalist Karl Agell and bassist Phil Swisher, will embark on a short Canadian tour in late July/early August. Confirmed dates are as follows: Jul. 30 – Ottawa, CAN - Zaphods Jul. 31 – Windsor, CAN - Coach & Horses Aug. 01 – London, CAN - Call the ...

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MACHINE HEAD To Appear On THE CURE Tribute CD?

MACHINE HEAD have been approached by THE CURE singer Robert Smith about contributing to an upcoming THE CURE tribute CD, MH frontman Robert Flynn has revealed in a posting to the band's official forum. No further information is available at this time. MACHINE HEAD are currently recording their fifth studio album, entitled "Through The Ashes ...

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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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SKID ROW Guitarist Rules Out Reunion With SEBASTIAN BACH

SKID ROW guitarist Dave "Snake" Sabo has ruled out the possibility of the group ever getting back together with former singer Sebastian Bach for a new album and reunion tour. "I will chose to maintain our integrity and happiness over any dollar amount anytime," he said in a new interview posted at SkidRow.net. "And believe ...

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SUPERJOINT RITUAL's BOWER Speaks Out On Decision To Put DOWN On Hold

SUPERJOINT RITUAL guitarist Jimmy Bower recently spoke to Bully magazine about singer Philip Anselmo's decision to put his other projects on hold in order to concentrate on promoting SUPERJOINT's upcoming sophomore CD, "A Lethal Dose Of American Hatred" (due July 22 through Sanctuary Records). "[SUPERJOINT RITUAL] passed up a lot of cool things last year ...

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MACHINE HEAD To Release 'Through The Ashes Of Empires' In October

MACHINE HEAD have set "Through The Ashes Of Empires" as the title of their fifth album, tentatively due in Europe on October 13 through Roadrunner Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Supercharger" will be recorded at Sharkbite studios in Oakland, California, with lead singer/guitarist Robert Flynn at the production helm along with additional assistance from Andy ...

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SKEW SISKIN Announce New Drummer

Germany's SKEW SISKIN have acquired a new drummer by the name of Damien. "He's a real crazy bird and we feel that we made an excellent choice," the band said in an official statement. "His drum skills match what SKEW SISKIN's rhythms are about: Keith Moon meets Phil Rudd! A steady 4/4 rhythm with a ...

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SKID ROW: New Album Delayed

SKID ROW have been forced to delay the release of their new album, "Thickskin", to August 5. "Seems that this delay is thanks to distributor ADA wanting to properly get the disc in stores," reads a posting on the unofficial SKID ROW web site SkidRow.net. "The guys aren't too happy about it because ...

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RIKI RACHTMAN To Return To 'Headbanger's Ball'

Former MTV's "Headbanger's Ball" VJ Riki Rachtman will be co-hosting the June 14 edition of the resurrected show with HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta. "This is my first time hosting the show since its demise in 1995," Rachtman told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "I never taped a final show so I'm looking at this one as my final show. ...

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LEADFOOT Bassist Welcomes Addition To Family

Congratulations are in order for former CORROSION OF CONFORMITY/current LEADFOOT bassist Phil Swisher and his wife Denise on the birth of their son, Joseph William Swisher. Joseph was born on Wednesday, June 4 at 6:48 p.m. Swiss time in Zofingen, Switzerland. He weighed in at 4.2 kg (approx. 9.25 lbs) and was 55 cm long ...

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