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DIABOLIC Announces New Guitarist

Florida death metal band DIABOLIC has parted ways with guitarist Jerry Mortellaro and has replaced him with Eric Hersemann of Chicago's LORD BLASPHEMER. "Eric is an extremely talented professional that will complement perfectly the new solidified DIABOLIC line-up," said guitarist Brian Malone. The revamped group — also featuring COFFIN TEXTS frontman Robert Cardenas — will ...

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LIFE OF AGONY Sell Out Reunion Gig In Less Than 10 Minutes!

LIFE OF AGONY reportedly needed less than 10 minutes to sell out New York City's Irving Plaza (capacity around 1,200), where the group are scheduled to perform a one-off reunion gig on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2003. Also set to appear on the bill are AMONG THIEVES (featuring former LIFE OF AGONY bassist Alan Robert) and ...

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LIFE OF AGONY Tickets Go On Sale This Weekend

Tickets for the LIFE OF AGONY reunion show on January 4 at Irving Plaza in New York City will go on sale this Saturday, October 26 at 1:00 p.m. through Ticketmaster. "The guest list will be super-tight and we're trying to keep it to family only," said drummer Sal Abruscato. "We expect tickets to sell ...

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LED ZEPPELIN Management: No Reunion Tour Planned

LED ZEPPELIN have denied newspaper reports that they are to reunite for a tour in 2003. The group were set for a US tour with Jason Bonham substituting for his late father John Bonham on drums, said the Sunday Times. The newspaper reported that Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones had patched up ...

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GEORGE LYNCH To Rework DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB Songs For Upcoming CD

Former DOKKEN guitarist George Lynch will be releasing another album this next year according to Lynch's official website. The new album will feature current remakes of DOKKEN and LYNCH MOB songs. Former DOKKEN and current L/P bassist Jeff Pilson will be singing on the DOKKEN tunes and Robert Mason on the LYNCH MOB songs. It ...

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VOIVOD's AWAY: 'I Like To Hit Flying Saucers'

VOIVOD drummer Away (a.k.a. Michel Langevin) has posted the following studio update via the Chophouse Records web site: "I like to hit flying saucers in front of my eyes. I usually play a Ludwig set that is a reissue of an old sparkly silver drum kit from the '70's. However, for the recording of this ...

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VOIVOD: The Warriors of Ice Have Awakened

VOIVOD have posted a brief video clip documenting the first day of the recording sessions for the group's forthcoming "The Multiverse" CD via the Chophouse Records web site at this location. The band, who currently include former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted, are presently tracking "The Multiverse" at The Plant studios in Sausalito, California ...

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PAPA WHEELIE To Issue Sophomore Release

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, are preparing to unleash the follow-up release to their debut album, Unipsycho, just in time for Halloween. Live Lycanthropy features updated versions of Unipsycho ...

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VOIVOD: A Near-Miss!

The recording sessions for VOIVOD's much-anticipated new opus, The Multiverse, came very close to having to be delayed after guitarist Piggy and drummer Away nearly missed their flights to California from their native Quebec on Tuesday. According to the Chophouse Records web site, "Piggy and Away arrived at The Plant Recording Studios [yesterday] from Montreal, ...

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BLISSED Complete Work On Debut CD

BLISSED, featuring former STRYPER drummer Robert Sweet, have completed work on their debut album, which they are planning on making available soon via music stores, online retailers and through the group's official web site. In the meantime, a four-song sampler is now available via www.blessed.biz in a limited-edition run of 444 numbered and ...

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LED ZEPPELIN To Tour Next Summer?

LED ZEPPELIN are set to re-group after 22 years for a stadium tour of America, according to Britain's Sun newspaper. The three surviving members — singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones — plan to hit the road next summer and hope to pocket £6.4million (approximately $10 million) for the shows. ...

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DEEP PURPLE Bassist Jams With GOV'T MULE

DEEP PURPLE bassist Roger Glover joined GOV'T MULE for a jam onstage at New York's Beacon Theatre on Friday, October 11th. Glover reportedly played two songs with the group — "Going Down" and "Maybe I'm A Leo" — as part of GOV'T MULE's three-hour set, which also included renditions of LED ZEPPELIN, JIMI HENDRIX and ...

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JASON NEWSTED: I Will Tour With VOIVOD

Former METALLICA and current VOIVOD bassist Jason Newsted has confirmed plans to tour with the latter outfit following the release of the band's next album, The Multiverse, tentatively due in early March. "We plan to tour together... the original members and myself," Newsted wrote in an Oct. 11 post on the official Chophouse Records message ...

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Former LED ZEPPELIN Frontman Launches Attack On British Pop Star

Former LED ZEPPELIN frontman Robert Plant has launched an outspoken attack on British pop star Robbie Williams (ex-TAKE THAT), branding him a "jerk" who will never crack the lucrative American market. Speaking at the launch of a new college record label in Kidderminster, near where he lives, Plant said Williams "can't sing". Robert hoped the ...

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ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO Announce Upcoming Dates

New York's ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO, led by former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick, have lined up the following dates in support of their album, Goodbye To Romance: Standards For A New Generation: Oct. 15 - Berkeley, CA @ Blakes on Telegraph Oct. 17 - San Jose, Ca @ Plant 51 Oct. 19 - San Francisco, CA ...

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STONE TEMPLE PILOTS Perform Free Concert

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS fans who just happened to be hanging out at Lummas Park in Miami on Monday got a real treat when the band showed up for a free concert. The one-hour performance, part of the Nissan Z tour concert series across the USA, took place in front of 2,500 fans, according to published ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Representative: SANCTUARY Have No Say In Management Of Band

JUDAS PRIEST Management Coordinator Jayne Andrews has dismissed the suggestions that Sanctuary Group's recent acquisition of Trinifold Group — which handles PRIEST — will significantly impact the group's future activities. "Some of you will have read about The Sanctuary Group acquiring Trinifold Management," Andrews said. "This is correct, but does not make any difference to ...

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VOIVOD To Issue 'The Multiverse' In March

VOIVOD have set The Multiverse as the title of their 13th studio album, which is scheduled to be recorded and mixed at The Plant in Sausalito, CA from October 13 through November 13, 2002. Former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted has officially confirmed his role as the group's latest addition alongside original VOIVOD vocalist Snake (a.k.a. ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Management Bought Out By SANCTUARY

The Sanctuary Group said Monday it has acquired the Trinifold Group, which handles such acts as JUDAS PRIEST, THE WHO, OPERABABES and LED ZEPPELIN alumni Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. The Sanctuary Group, which earlier this year bought music company Air Edel, has diverse activities including records, music publishing, film and TV production and artist ...

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ROBERT PLANT Guests On PRIMAL SCREAM CD

Former LED ZEPPELIN frontman Robert Plant makes a guest appearance on the brand new PRIMAL SCREAM CD, Evil Heat, due on November 26th via Epic Records. Plant reportedly plays harmonica on the track "The Lord Is My Shotgun". The collaboration came about because of a conversation on the street with PS singer Bobbie Gillespie: "Robert ...

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AMONG THIEVES Announce Upcoming Dates

AMONG THIEVES, the New York-based band featuring former LIFE OF AGONY bassist Alan Robert and BIOHAZARD drummer Danny Schuler, have lined up two shows during October. They are as follows: Oct. 11 – Old Bridge, NJ @ Birch Hill Nite Club (w/SUPERJOINT RITUAL) Oct. 18 - Old Bridge, NJ @ Birch Hill Nite Club (w/KITTIE) ...

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UNWRITTEN LAW Bomber Pleads Guilty To Felony Charges

A man accused of using homemade bombs in a quarrel with his neighbor, a member of the punk rock band UNWRITTEN LAW, pleaded guilty to felony charges of assault and possession of an explosive, according to the Associated Press. Martel Duvigneaud, 21, faces up to four years in prison and a $10,000 fine at sentencing ...

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