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AUDIOSLAVE's Free Speech

THE DIXIE CHICKS faced a radio ban when they spoke out negatively about George Bush at a recent concert overseas, but no has raised an eyebrow over an AUDIOSLAVE concert Monday night (March 17). Just hours after President Bush announced his plans to invade Iraq, the band took the stage in Hollywood with message scrolled ...

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OZZY On JASON NEWSTED: I'm 'Fucking Thrilled' He's Joining The Band

OZZY OSBOURNE unveiled his new lineup with a special media showcase/press conference Monday (March 17) at the group's North Hollywood, California rehearsal space. New bassist Jason Newsted (formerly of METALLICA) joined Osbourne, guitarist Zakk Wylde, and drummer Mike Bordin for a blinding four-song set featuring "War Pigs", "Believer", "No More Tears", and "Crazy Train". "I ...

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DEICIDE Cancel Dates Due To 'Crew' Problems

DEICIDE have been forced to cancel several dates on their current The Coalition For Musikal Armageddon Tour 2003, also featuring AMON AMARTH, BEHEMOTH, REVENGE and VEHEMENCE. The following is DEICIDE frontman Glen Benton's official statement on the matter: "Hello this is Glen Benton of DEICIDE. There have been many rumors and speculation about the tour ...

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THE 2003 METAL GODS TOUR: Lineup Announced!

Former JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford's forthcoming U.S. tour, The 2003 Metal Gods Tour, will be a multi-band package featuring Rob's blazing quintet HALFORD, co-headliners TESTAMENT, IMMORTAL, SYMPHONY X, DARK TRANQUILITY, AMON AMARTH, CARNAL FORGE and more. The 2003 Metal Gods Tour is set to kick off April 25 in Chicago, and will wrap up ...

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ZAKK WYLDE: JASON NEWSTED Is A 'Really Nice Kid'

Although it has yet to be confirmed, it appears that ex-METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted has officially joined the Ozzy Osbourne band. Speaking to Britain's Rock Sound magazine, guitarist Zakk Wylde said, "Jason has joined the band, I just got off the phone to him and he asked me to show him the right key for ...

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OZZFEST 2003: TRUST COMPANY Moved To Main Stage

According to the official Ozzfest newsletter, TRUST COMPANY — who were previously set to co-headline the second stage with CRADLE OF FILTH — have now been added to the main stage at this summer's traveling festival. As a result, Montreal's VOIVOD will go on right before second-stage headliners CRADLE OF FILTH at every show on ...

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SUMMER SANITARIUM TOUR 2003: Toronto Date Confirmed

The Toronto date for Summer Sanitarium Tour 2003, the upcoming monster trek featuring METALLICA, LIMP BIZKIT, LINKIN PARK, DEFTONES and MUDVAYNE, has been set for July 5 at Skydome. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Jul. 04 - Detroit, MI @ Pontiac Silverdome Jul. 05 – Toronto, ONT @ Skydome Jul. 06 - Foxboro, ...

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SUICIDAL TENDENCIES's MUIR Is Thrilled For Former Bandmate TRUJILLO

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES frontman Mike Muir is absolutely thrilled for former bandmate Robert Trujillo, who has just landed the bassist gig in METALLICA. "Congratulations Robert!" Muir writes on the band's official web site. "From the all of us, a quick congratulations to Robert Trujillo for getting the bass player gig in METALLICA. We're sure he'll be ...

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VOIVOD Added To OZZFEST 2003!

Long-running Canadian metallers VOIVOD — who currently feature in their ranks former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted — have secured a slot on the second stage at this year's Ozzfest. An official press release is expected shortly. VOIVOD's self-titled CD is due on March through Newsted's Chophouse label in association with Surfdog Records. A month-long headlining ...

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SUMMER SANITARIUM TOUR 2003: More Dates Announced!

METALLICA have released more dates for Summer Sanitarium Tour 2003, the upcoming monster trek featuring METALLICA, LIMP BIZKIT, LINKIN PARK, DEFTONES and MUDVAYNE. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Jul. 04 - Detroit, MI @ Pontiac Silverdome Jul. 06 - Foxboro, MA @ Gillette Stadium Jul. 11 - Atlanta, GA @ Turner Field Jul. ...

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MARILYN MANSON Reveals Reasoning Behind New Album Title

MARILYN MANSON recently told Launch the reasoning behind the title of the group's upcoming album, "The Golden Age Of Grotesque". "The album is called 'The Golden Age Of The Grotesque' for a reason, because this is an age, an era, that I'm trying to bring about," he said. "Take people's minds off the horribleness of ...

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CRADLE OF FILTH Ready To Unleash 'Damnation And A Day'

CRADLE OF FILTH's brand new CD, "Damnation And A Day", will receive a U.S. release on March 25 through the Red Ink/Epic label, it was announced today. It is slated for release in Europe on March 10 through Sony Music. Produced by Doug Cook (ANATHEMA, CATHEDRAL) and mixed by Rob Caggiano (DRY KILL LOGIC, ILL ...

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OZZFEST 2003 Lineup Announced!

At a press conference at the Osbournes' residence in Beverly Hills just minutes ago, the lineup for Ozzfest 2003 was announced by Ozzy, Jack and Sharon Osbourne. The 30-city tour will kick off June 28 in San Antonio, Texas and wrap up August 28 in West Palm Beach, Florida. The 14-hour show will boast low ...

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SUFFOCATION, PYREXIA, SKINLESS Confirmed For MARYLAND DEATH FEST 2003

SUFFOCATION, PYREXIA, SKINLESS and ABORTED are among the acts confirmed for Maryland Death Fest 2003, a three-day death metal festival scheduled to take place May 23-25 at The Thunderdome in Baltimore, Maryland. The complete lineup for the event (in alphabetical order) is as follows: ABORTED (Belgium) ABUSE (Canada) ARTERY ERUPTION (California) BRODEQUIN (Tennessee) CINERARY (Illinois) ...

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SUMMER SANITARIUM TOUR 2003: First Round Of Dates Announced!

METALLICA have released the first eight officially confirmed dates for Summer Sanitarium Tour 2003, the upcoming monster trek featuring METALLICA, LIMP BIZKIT, LINKIN PARK, DEFTONES and MUDVAYNE. They are as follows: Jul. 04 - Detroit, MI @ Pontiac Silverdome Jul. 06 - Foxboro, MA @ Gillette Stadium Jul. 13 - Orlando, FL @ Citrus Bowl ...

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EXODUS Reunite With ZETRO SOUZA, Prepare To Record New Album

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS have been rejoined by vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza and are preparing to enter the studio with producer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, STUCK MOJO, SKINLAB) to record their first studio album in 11 years. "[Zetro and the rest of the band] had some great talks [over the course of ...

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SOLITUDE AETURNUS To Record New CD In The Spring

Long-running Arlington, Texas-based doom metallers SOLITUDE AETURNUS are still together and are planning to record a new album for a tentative late 2003 release through Massacre Records in Europe and Olympic/Century Media Records in North America. The following is an official newsletter from SOLITUDE AETURNUS mainman/guitarist John Perez outlining the group's recent and future activities: ...

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KRITICKILL Turn Down NICKELBACK Offer

Killeen, Texas-based act KRITICKILL have reportedly turned down a record deal offer from 604 Records, the label venture headed by NICKELBACK frontman Chad Kroeger and his longtime attorney Jonathan Simkin. Although no specific reason was given for their decision, the group are said to have ended contract negotiations with the label on the advice of ...

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DROWNING POOL: Paying Tribute To Late Frontman

DROWNING POOL bassist Stevie Benton recently told Australia's Undercover News that every cent made from the sale of the group's new DVD "Sinema" is going to fulfill late DP singer Dave Williams' dream of buying his parents a house. "Every penny that is made from this record, none of us, not our manager, will make ...

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DEATHRIDE Scrap Album Title, Prepare To Record

California's DEATHRIDE, the new project featuring COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara, have had a change of heart and are currently eyeing "Thirteen" as a possible title for their forthcoming debut album, tentatively due in July through Roadrunner Records. The following is Fafara's latest update on the group's current and upcoming activities: "Rehearsals started again on ...

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RIGOR MORTIS Reform, Commence Work On New Material

Dallas, Texas-based thrashers RIGOR MORTIS have reformed and have begun rehearsing together for the first time in 13 years. Casey Orr (bass, vocals), Harden Harrison (drums, vocals), and Mike Scaccia (guitar) plan to celebrate the group's 20th anniversary by re-releasing their hard-to-find, Capitol Records self-titled debut (originally issued in 1988) with lots of extra material. ...

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NILE Gigs In Ohio Get Switched

The Cleveland and Cincinnati dates on the upcoming "The Art of Noise Tour 2003", featuring NILE, NAPALM DEATH, DARK TRANQUILLITY, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, and THE BERZERKER, have been switched, with the Cleveland show (at The Agora) now taking place on Sunday, Feb. 2 and the Cincinnati gig (at Bogart's) set for Monday, Feb. 3. In ...

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SPEEDEALER Call It Quits

Texas aggro rockers SPEEDEALER have split up. The following is an official statement from the group on the matter: "SPEEDEALER is dead and will not be resuscitated. Thanks to all who let us sleep on their floors, fed us, bought our merchandise/records, and supported us for all these years. We'd also like to thank everyone ...

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EXODUS: Recording Plans Delayed Until Early 2003

Reunited Bay Area thrashers EXODUS have delayed the recording of their new studio album until early next year. The as-yet-untitled effort — the group's first studio CD since 1992's "Force of Habit" — was originally scheduled to be recorded during November at Sonic Ranch studios (formerly Village Productions) in Tornillo, Texas with producer Andy Sneap ...

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