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KISS' PETER CRISS Catches Acting Bug

KISS drummer Peter Criss is concentrating on pursuing a career in acting while preparing to release new music through his own Catapult label, the drummer has revealed via a lengthy interview published in the second issue of Gene Simmons Tongue magazine. "I've really got the bug [for acting]," Criss told KISS bassist Gene Simmons, who ...

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GRAVES Split Up!

GRAVES, the band formed by former MISFITS vocalist Michale Graves, drummer Dr. Chud, guitarist Tom Logan, and ex-FAST TIMES bassist Graham Westfield, have split up due to "creative differences," according to Michale's official web site. "GRAVES has collectively decided that the proverbial Web Of Dharma has now run out," reads a cryptic statement on the ...

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JAG PANZER Drummer Goes BALLISTIC!

JAG PANZER drummer Rikard Stjernquist has joined BALLISTIC, the new band of former DEUCE / TENSION / WARDOG mainman Tom Gattis (which was previously going under the moniker AFTERBURN). According to BALLISTIC's official web site, "Rikard remains firmly as the drummer for JAG PANZER, but will be working with Gattis and co. as well!!" ...

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AUDIOSLAVE Debut To Surface In November!

AUDIOSLAVE, the new group featuring ex-SOUNDGARDEN frontman Chris Cornell and former RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE members Tim Commerford (bass), Brad Wilk (drums), and Tom Morello (guitar), have set November 19th as the release date for their much-anticipated debut album through Epic Records. The album's first single, "Save Yourself" (working/unconfirmed title), is scheduled to go to ...

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AEROSMITH's TOM HAMILTON Speaks Out On Upcoming 'Blues' Album

AEROSMITH bassist Tom Hamilton has told Billboard.com that the group's next studio album will be a back-to-basics affair that will challenge its members and, they hope, inspire longtime fans. "We're going to delve back into our musical roots and try recording some blues songs and maybe some blues-based rock riffs," said Hamilton. "So, everybody is ...

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VOIVOD Set Tentative Release Date For Comeback CD

VOIVOD are tentatively planning on releasing their next studio effort on March 4th, 2003, according to former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted, who will play bass on and co-produce the album. Vocalist Snake (a.k.a. Denis Belanger), drummer Away (a.k.a. Michel Langevin) and guitarist Piggy (a.k.a. Denis D'Amour) are currently composing and demoing the material for the ...

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AEROSMITH Two-Hour 'Behind The Music' Special To Premiere On Sunday

AEROSMITH will be profiled in a special, first-ever two-hour episode of VH1's Behind The Music that marks the series' fifth anniversary, premiering Sunday, September 1st at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Behind The Music: AEROSMITH features footage from a trove of several thousand hours of original and archived film and video (much of it never before seen), ...

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DAVE LEE ROTH's Show Deemed "Too Loud" By Vermont Officials

Last weekend's Champlain Valley Exposition fair in Vermont was fined $5,000 for violation of Essex Junction's noise ordinance after former VAN HALEN singer DAVE LEE ROTH's performance there was deemed "too loud" by the local officials. Essex Police Chief David Demag said there were 32 calls complaining about the noise at Sunday night's show, according ...

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ROB ZOMBIE's '1000 Corpses' Finds Home At LIONS GATE FILMS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Los Angeles – Lions Gate Films has secured rights from Andy Gould of The Firm to musical superstar/filmmaker Rob Zombie's controversial horror film House of 1000 Corpses, it was announced today by Tom Ortenberg, president of Lions Gate Films Releasing. The film will be released theatrically in the first quarter of 2003. ...

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Former METALLICA Bassist To Release Much-Circulated Demos

Former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted will be releasing a six-song split CD from two of his long-running projects — IR8 and SEXOTURICA — through his own Chophouse imprint, according to the label's web site. IR8's three-tracker, which was recorded in 1994, features Newsted, Tom Hunting of the Bay Area thrash band EXODUS and Canadian STRAPPING ...

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Ex-Wife Of AEROSMITH Singer To Get Hitched

The following article appears in today's edition of the New York Post: The ailing ex-wife of AEROSMITH singer Steven Tyler is getting married today in a private bedside ceremony at the Gramercy Park Hotel. Cyrinda Fox, mother of plus-size model Mia Tyler, exchanges vows with musician Keith Waa in the same hospice-like hotel room where ...

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EXODUS Prepare To Record New Album, Embark On European Tour

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS are tentatively planning on entering Sonic Ranch (formerly Village Productions) studio in Tornillo, Texas in late October/early November to begin tracking their much-anticipated new CD for a late spring release, according to manager Steve Warner. Manning the knobs during the sessions will be acclaimed producer Andy Sneap (i.e. ...

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AEROSMITH's TOM HAMILTON: Next Album Will Explore Our Roots

AEROSMITH bassist Tom Hamilton has told Launch that the group is starting to think about its next album, which might take a different path from the group's last few efforts. "We're exploring doing a record that's sort of about our roots, and whether that's a blues record or something like that, we're really not sure. ...

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TURBONEGRO Ink Deal With BURNING HEART RECORDS

Norway's TURBONEGRO — recently reformed after a four-year break — have inked a deal with Sweden's Burning Heart Records. Before their split in 1998, TURBONEGRO released numerous influential records and are considered by many to be the founders of "Scandinavian Rock". The band reformed in the summer of 2002 and made several festival appearances in ...

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DANZIG Film Video For "Kiss The Skull"

DANZIG filmed a video for the track "Kiss The Skull" on Saturday, August 17th in Los Angeles with director Tom Mignone, who has previously worked with SLIPKNOT and MUDVAYNE, among others. In other news, DANZIG will be performing an open air WXRX radio show in Rockford, Illinois on Saturday, August 31st at On The Waterfront. ...

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EVERGREY: New Producer Needed!

Swedish "progressive power metal" band EVERGREY have been forced to look for a new producer to man the knobs during the recording sessions for their upcoming fourth full-length album after US immigration-related issues prevented original choice, British-born Neil Kernon (i.e. CANNIBAL CORPSE, NEVERMORE, QUEENSRŸCHE), from travelling abroad at this time. Here is Kernon's official statement ...

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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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SINNER: "There Will Be Execution" Details Revealed

The current incarnation of the long-running German act SINNERMat Sinner (vocals/bass, also in PRIMAL FEAR), Frank Rössler (keyboards), Fritz Randow (drums, ex-SAXON), Henny Wolter (guitar), and Tom Naumann (guitar)—have completed work on their new album, entitled There Will Be Execution, for a January 13th, 2003 release through Nuclear Blast Records. Recorded at House of Music ...

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WEST MEMPHIS THREE Benefit Album: Complete Track Listing Announced

SLAYER's Tom Araya, SLIPKNOT's Corey Taylor, MOTÖRHEAD's Lemmy Kilmister and CLUTCH's Neil Fallon are the among the artists confirmed to appear on Rise Above, an album benefiting the convicted killers known as the West Memphis Three. Due on October 8th through Henry Rollins' 2.13.61 label via Sanctuary Records, the LP was spearheaded by Rollins and ...

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GRAVES Line Up Japanese Tour

GRAVES, the new band formed by former MISFITS vocalist Michale Graves, drummer Dr. Chud, guitarist Tom Logan, and ex-FAST TIMES bassist Graham Westfield, have announced the dates for their first-ever Japanese tour. They are as follows: Dec. 11 - Wall – Shinjuku, JAP Dec. 12 - Wall – Shinjuku, JAP Dec. 13 - Wall – ...

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SINNER Hard At Work On "There Will Be Execution"

The current incarnation of the long-running German act SINNERMat Sinner (vocals/bass, also in PRIMAL FEAR), Frank Rössler (keyboards), Fritz Randow (drums, ex-SAXON), Henny Wolter (guitar), and Tom Naumann (guitar)—are at House of Music Studios in Winterbach, Germany recording their brand new CD, entitled There Will Be Execution, for a January 13th, 2003 release through Nuclear ...

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TOM MORELLO: I'm Mad About Leaked CORNELL/RAGE Recordings

Ex-RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello has broken his silence about the leaked demo recordings of the unnamed project featuring Morello, former RATM bandmates Tim Commerford (bass) and Brad Wilk (drums), and ex-SOUNDGARDEN frontman Chris Cornell, which are widely available on the Internet and through various file-sharing applications. Asked to reveal his feelings about ...

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EVERGREY To Commence Work On Fourth Full-Length Album

Swedish "progressive power metal" band EVERGREY are scheduled to begin recording their fourth full-length album, tentatively titled Recreation Day, in mid-September with producer Neil Kernon (i.e. CANNIBAL CORPSE, NEVERMORE, QUEENSRŸCHE) for an early 2003 release through Inside Out Music. According to guitarist/vocalist Tom S. Englund, "the songwriting is going extremely well. As a matter of ...

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