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JAG PANZER Guitarist Joins BALLISTIC

BALLISTIC, the new band featuring former DEUCE / TENSION / WARDOG mainman Tom Gattis and JAG PANZER drummer Rikard Stjernquist, have parted ways with guitarist Peter Petev and have replaced him with JAG PANZER axeman Chris Broderick. The group, who were previously known as AFTERBURN, are set to begin work on their debut full-length CD ...

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Rock Musicians Speak Out On Possible War With Iraq

An increasing number of rock artists are speaking their minds about a possible war with Iraq, with many of them seeing the potential military operation to oust Saddam Hussein as an issue that affects more than just enlisted soldiers and their families. Others, on the other hand, argue that even if Saddam Hussein doesn't pose ...

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Former ANTHRAX Guitarist Lines Up European Appearances

Former ANTHRAX and current MEAT LOAF touring guitarist Paul Crook has lined up the following European appearances during January: Jan. 24: "Wetten Das" (TV variety show) in Boblingen, Germany. Hosted by Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio and Steven Speilberg. The bill is: MEAT LOAF, FAITH HILL, CHRISTINA AGUILERA and TOM JONES. Jan. 27: Theatre am Tranzbrunnen ...

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IRON MAIDEN Producer: New Nine-Minute Song Sounds 'Incredible'

IRON MAIDEN producer Kevin Shirley, who is currently working with the band at a London studio on their as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2000's "Brave New World", has posted the following recording update via his official web site: "Friday [Jan. 17] saw us concentrating on a 9-minute song again, as we had been all day Thursday. I ...

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EXODUS' GARY HOLT: Nothing Will Stop Us

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS are forging ahead despite the departure this week of frontman Steve "Zetro" Souza. The band, who completed a short European tour in December, made a decision to fire Souza when it became apparent that he had no intention of touring extensively with the group, a prospect that didn't ...

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AEROSMITH/KISS Tour To Kick Off In August

AEROSMITH and KISS will embark on a co-headlining North American tour beginning in August and running through October, according to Billboard.com. The tour of approximately 40 dates will be produced by Clear Channel Entertainment and is expected to play 90% amphitheaters, with arenas and possibly a couple of stadiums also in the mix. KISS will ...

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ANGEL WITCH Reunite (Again)

NWOBHM legends ANGEL WITCH have reformed with yet another lineup — this time featuring a couple of very special surprise "guests". Joining mainman Kevin Heybourne in the band's latest incarnation are San Francisco Bay Area metal veterans Tom Hunting (drums — EXODUS), Lee Altus (guitar — HEATHEN, DIE KRUPPS), and Jon Torres (bass — WARNING ...

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SYSTEM OF A DOWN's TANKIAN Explains Passion For Taking A Stand

SYSTEM OF A DOWN vocalist Serj Tankian, a partner up with AUDIOSLAVE guitarist Tom Morello in the political activist organization Axis Of Justice, recently explained his passion for taking a stand and fighting against injustice. "I've always had this thing with injustice," Tankian said. "Anytime, if I'm walking on a street and I see a ...

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NIKKI SIXX Biography Available For Pre-Order

Black Market Publishing has released "An Education in Rebellion: The Biography of Nikki Sixx", by Jake Brown, on paperback, and available for order at www.blackmarketpublishing.com prior to its April in-store release. Featuring exclusive interviews with ex-girlfriend Lita Ford, legendary producer Tom Werman, former RIP magazine editor Lonn Friend, legendary rock photographer Neil Zlozower, substance-abuse specialist ...

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EAT THE DAY Unveil New Vocalist

EAT THE DAY, the group led by former LIMP BIZKIT guitarist Wes Borland, have recruited former STALKING TOM frontman Adam Yas as their new vocalist. "When we heard the MP3 he sent, we knew that we had found the missing link," Borland told Revolver magazine. "Every line he sings is a spike through your head." ...

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SCALPLOCK Battle Censorship, Announce Release Date

U.K. grind merchants SCALPLOCK will finally release their third album, "Spread The Germs Over The Human Worms", on Feb. 3. 2003. The new release date comes after no less then eight pressing plants refused to handle the album due to the political content of the lyrics and artwork. Since then, the band's label, Cacophonous Records, ...

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TURBONEGRO Classics To Be Reissued

Norway's TURBONEGRO — recently reformed after a four-year break — will have two of their classic albums reissued in January on compact disc in a revised packaging. "Apocalypse Dudes" will contain three enhanced bonus video tracks — the promo clips for "Get It On" and "Are You Ready For Some Darkness", plus a live clip ...

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MARTIN AIN To Sing On New CELTIC FROST Album

CELTIC FROST bassist Martin Ain will handle lead vocal duties on at least two songs on the band's upcoming studio effort, which is currently being recorded for a 2003 release. The band's frontman, Tom Gabriel Fischer, has posted the following update on the recording sessions for the upcoming CD, tentatively titled "Probe": "The vocals to ...

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AUDIOSLAVE Select 'Like A Stone' As Second Single

AUDIOSLAVE have set "Like a Stone" as the second single from their self-titled debut. "It definitely shows the depth of our record, coming after [first single] 'Cochise', so that's kind of cool, 'cause there's a lot of different kinds of music on the record," drummer Brad Wilk told MTV News. "It's kind of cool to ...

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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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Former ELECTRIC BOYS Frontman To Issue Live Album

Former ELECTRIC BOYS and current SILVERGINGER 5 guitarist/vocalist Conny Bloom has commenced the mixing process for his live album, "Conny Bloom Live", at a studio in Stockholm, Sweden. 18 tracks have been selected to appear on the CD, among them "crowd pleasers" like "All Lips & Hips" and "Captain Of My Soul" as well as ...

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THE ROLLINS BAND To Perform BLACK FLAG Set In San Diego

THE ROLLINS BAND, the group fronted by punk rock icon Henry Rollins, will perform an all-BLACK FLAG set featuring special guests at The Casbah in San Diego, California on Thursday, Dec. 5. The concert promotes "Rise Above", a new benefit CD for the Free the West Memphis 3 Defense Fund, on which Rollins performs alongside ...

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BILLY MILANO: 'SERJ TANKIAN Is An Anti-American Piece Of Shit'

Former S.O.D. and current M.O.D. frontman Billy Milano has slammed SYSTEM OF A DOWN frontman Serj Tankian and AUDIOSLAVE guitarist Tom Morello for their recent condemnation of President George Bush over his foreign policy and the possibility of the U.S. waging war on Iraq. "You know, I love it! People know more about politics then ...

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TOMMY LEE Wrongful-Death Lawsuit Gets Trial Date

A Los Angeles judge has set a trial date of April 2 for the wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the parents of a four-year-old boy who drowned last year while attending a birthday party at ex-MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee's Malibu residence. Superior Court Judge Richard Neidorf decided that the case should be heard before a ...

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AUDIOSLAVE: Previously Unreleased Song Posted Online

AUDIOSLAVE have posted a previously unreleased song, "The Ooh Song", on their special ConnecteD site. The site can only be accessed by computer after inserting the band's self-titled debut CD in the CD-ROM drive. In other news, AUDIOSLAVE guitarist Tom Morello recently told Launch that, while he is not in favor of the United States ...

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SYSTEM OF A DOWN Frontman Strikes Out At BUSH

SYSTEM OF A DOWN frontman Serj Tankian has joined an increasingly vocal US rock community in condemning President George Bush, insisting his rise to power was a bloodless coup. Speaking exclusively to NME.com during a SYSTEM OF A DOWN in-store at an Glendale, California record shop last week, Tankian said Bush's controversial victory in the ...

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