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AUDIOSLAVE Certified Platinum

AUDIOSLAVE's self-titled debut album has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over one million copies in the U.S. The supergroup, composed of former SOUNDGARDEN vocalist Chris Cornell and former RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE members Tom Morello (guitar), Brad Wilk (drums), and Tim Commerford (bass), recently released their ...

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BALLISTIC's GATTIS Speaks Out In Support Of The War

BALLISTIC mainman Tom Gattis has issued a statement via the group's official web site offering support for the Bush administration's decision to wage war on Iraq. The statement reads as follows: "The war in Iraq has begun. I am only speaking for myself, but I am for it. However, I do question the timing. We ...

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Birth Of CHRIS CORNELL's Daughter Changed Him

Even the dark, mysterious Chris Cornell seemed unusually sunny when chatting with Tom Lanham of the San Francisco Examiner — due in large part to the birth of his daughter Lily two years ago, he confessed. "I was a sweet, pretty innocent little kid, but it didn't take long for that to change, for the ...

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METALLICA's LARS ULRICH Keeps Quiet When It Comes To Politics

Unlike many of his musician counterparts who have chosen to publicly speak out against the Bush administration's foreign policy, METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich — who usually has no problem yapping away on a variety of subjects — draws the line when it comes to offering his political views. When asked by New York radio station ...

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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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EXODUS Drummer Pulls Out Of ANGEL WITCH Reunion

EXODUS drummer Tom Hunting has pulled out of the planned ANGEL WITCH reunion project in order to focus all his time on upcoming touring and recording commitments with his main band. In his place, ANGEL WITCH mainman Kevin Heybourne, bassist Jon Torres (WARNING SF, ULYSSES SIREN, LAAZ ROCKIT) and Lee Altus (HEATHEN, DIE KRUPPS) have ...

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EAT THE DAY Re-Launch Vocalist Search

EAT THE DAY, the group led by former LIMP BIZKIT guitarist Wes Borland, have reopened their vocalist search, according to the band's official web site (www.eattheday.com). The following is a statement from Borland and the rest of the band on the matter: "The search for a singer is still on. We are continuing ...

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AUDIOSLAVE's CHRIS CORNELL: 'OZZFEST Sucks'

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), stopped by the "Cane and Cabbie" show on New York's K-Rock yesterday. When asked why they are playing small shows on their current tour, Morello responded that it's because ...

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BALLISTIC Begin Work On Debut Album

BALLISTIC, the new band featuring former DEUCE / TENSION / WARDOG mainman Tom Gattis, along with JAG PANZER members Rikard Stjernquist (drums) and Chris Broderick (guitar), are in the process of recording their self-titled debut album at a Phoenix studio with longtime co-producer John Herrera. "We have finished the rhythm tracks with John Hererra and ...

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GREAT WHITE Tour Manager: Pyro Documents Destroyed

GREAT WHITE's tour manager told Rhode Island investigators he has paperwork outlining the band's general use of pyrotechnics, but he said all the documents specific to the show that led to a deadly nightclub fire were destroyed in the blaze, according to the Associated Press. Dan Biechele told investigators the paperwork from the booking of ...

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SYSTEM OF A DOWN Singer, AUDIOSLAVE Guitarist Launch Radio Show

SYSTEM OF A DOWN's Serj Tankian and AUDIOSLAVE's Tom Morello, who joined forces to form the socio-political organization Axis Of Justice, have launched their radio show, which they hope to broadcast nationally. Tankian, who co-hosts the show with Morello, spoke about it in a recent interview. "We are actually going to launch our first radio ...

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TURBONEGRO Announce Support Acts For Norwegian Tour

Norway's TURBONEGRO — recently reformed after a four-year break — have announced SURFEROSA and JR EWING as the support acts on the Norwegian leg of their "Scandinavian Leather" tour. In addition, the band have invited legendary Norwegian magician Tore Torell as special guest. Commented mainman Happy-Tom in Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet: "We've chosen to invite Tore ...

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CELTIC FROST's FISCHER Speaks Out On SANCTUARY, Upcoming CD

Reunited Swiss avant-garde metallers CELTIC FROST are continuing work on their long-awaited comeback CD, tentatively titled "Probe". The group, who have yet to sign a label deal for the new effort, are self-financing much of the recordings, which are tentatively set to surface later this year. Among the working titles that are expected to appear ...

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VANISHING POINT To Resume Recording New CD

Australian progressive metal band VANISHING POINT have taken a break from the recording sessions for their third album and plan to re-enter Palm Studios in Melbourne next month with producer Endel Rivers to complete the effort for a late spring/early summer release. "In January, [drummer] Jack [Lukic], [guitarist] Tom [Vucur] and myself recorded the drums ...

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BALLISTIC To Sign American Record Deal

BALLISTIC, the new band featuring former DEUCE / TENSION / WARDOG mainman Tom Gattis, along with JAG PANZER members Rikard Stjernquist (drums) and Chris Broderick (guitar), are on the verge of inking a North American deal with the New York-based AR Records. The group, who recently signed with Metal Blade Records for the European territory, ...

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AUDIOSLAVE's MORELLO Stoked About AXIS At LOLLAPALOOZA

AUDIOSLAVE guitarist Tom Morello revealed during the Lollapalooza press conference on Monday (Feb. 10) that the revived summer tour is fully backing his political organization, Axis Of Justice. The organization, which Morello formed with members of SYSTEM OF A DOWN, hopes to make people aware and pro-active in a socio-political setting. "Yeah, there will definitely ...

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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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EXODUS: We Are Still Searching For A Singer!

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS are still seeking a permanent replacement for Steve "Zetro" Souza following several promising jam sessions with John Miller, a local Bay Area singer who had previously spent time with EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt and drummer Tom Hunting in the mid-'90s metal demo act WARDANCE. "We are still searching ...

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RUSH Collection To Come With Bonus DVD

RUSH's forthcoming retrospective collection, "The Spirit of Radio — Greatest Hits (1974-1987)" , will come with a bonus DVD, featuring videos for "Closer to the Heart", "Tom Sawyer", "Subdivisions", "The Big Money", and "Mystic Rhythms", the latter of which is not included on the accompanying CD. The DVD will also sport complete lyrics to each ...

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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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