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BALLISTIC Commence Work On New CD

BALLISTIC, the new band of former DEUCE / TENSION / WARDOG mainman Tom Gattis and JAG PANZER drummer Rikard Stjernquist, are very busy writing (and re-writing) material for the group's upcoming CD, which will reportedly be "much heavier and faster than before." Among the cuts set to appear on the as-yet-untitled effort are the following: ...

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RUSH To Issue Best-Of Collection In January

RUSH will issue a new best-of collection, entitled The Spirit Of Radio: Greatest Hits (1974-1987), on January 28th through Mercury/UME. All the selections on the 16-song set — which comprises tracks taken from the band's Mercury Records output — have been digitally remastered, and a 16-page booklet is included in the packaging. The complete tracklisting ...

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UNWRITTEN LAW Part Ways With INTERSCOPE

UNWRITTEN LAW have parted ways with Interscope Records following executive Tom Whalley's exit from the label. "Tom signed the band. His departure affected the long-term development plan that we created," group representative Bill Silva Management told Hits Daily Double. "We are grateful that Interscope agreed that the band could better achieve their goals and vision ...

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DAVE LOMBARDO On Next SLAYER CD: 'I'm Definitely In'

SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo has once again reaffirmed his desire to play on the group's forthcoming studio effort, which is not expected to surface before 2004 at the earliest. "I didn't jump in right away and say, 'OK, yeah, I wanna do this and that,' " Lombardo told MTV.com about his decision to record the ...

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Ex-MEGADETH Guitarist Jams With Former Bandmates

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman was briefly reunited with his former DEUCE bandmates (including ex-TENSION and current BALLISTIC mainman Tom Gattis) on September 29th in Washington, D.C. for a "furious" jam through a set of the group's "hits," according to the guitarist's official web site. For more information on DEUCE, click here. ...

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DAVE LOMBARDO: I Will Play On The Next SLAYER Album

Drummer Dave Lombardo has confirmed that he will appear on the next SLAYER studio album, and if he has it his way, the record will see the light of day sooner rather than later. "There is going to be a [SLAYER] record," Lombardo told Canada's Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. "There will be a record ...

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RAMONES Tribute Album Gets Pushed Back

The long-awaited tribute album to the RAMONES, We're a Happy Family: A Tribute to the Ramones, has been pushed back to December. The Rob Zombie-produced CD, which was originally expected in August and was then pushed back to November 12th, is now due on December 24th via DV8/Columbia Records. The full track listing for the ...

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COSMOSQUAD To Issue Live Album In November

L.A.-based instrumental all-star outfit, COSMOSQUAD, are currently readying their first ever live album, titled Live at the Baked Potato, due out in November via guitarist Jeff Kollman's Marmaduke label. Recorded and mixed by Kollman and David Knauer (ERIC GALES, etc.), the disc features 14 songs from both the self-titled COSMOSQUAD debut and 2002's highly acclaimed ...

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AUDIOSLAVE Single Posted Online

Starting today, Wednesday, September 25th, the new AUDIOSLAVE single, "Cochise", will be available for listening in streaming audio via Launch at this location. "Cochise" comes off AUDIOSLAVE's self-titled debut album, due on November 19th through Epic Records. AUDIOSLAVE features in its ranks ex-SOUNDGARDEN frontman Chris Cornell and former RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE members ...

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Ex-MACHINE HEAD/TESTAMENT Drummer Gets Endorsed

Former MACHINE HEAD/TESTAMENT drummer Chris Kontos (currently in THE SERVANTS) has landed an endorsement deal with Moon Drum Co. As part of the deal, Moon has given Kontos his own signature set, made to Chris' specifications: Big, solid, fat drums. 14X16 tom, 16X18 floor, 18X18 floor, 24X18 kick, 14X6 & ½ snare. The shells are ...

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HENRY ROLLINS Speaks Out On WEST MEMPHIS 3 Benefit CD

"One of the highest compliments I've ever been paid is that these people have all said yes to be on this album," punk icon Henry Rollins recently told Chart Attack about his West Memphis Three benefit compilation Rise Above for the three young men — Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin — who were ...

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AUDIOSLAVE Finalize Track Listing For Self-Titled Debut

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 the track listing to their forthcoming self-titled debut album, due on November 19th through Epic Records. It is as follows: 01. Cochise 02. Show Me How To ...

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WILD DOGS Reform, Plan Fall Dates

Portland, Oregon's WILD DOGS are back on the active list and are planning their first series of live shows this fall. Presently consisting of Jeff Mark (guitars), Dann Kurth (bass), Tom Moller (drums) and Matthew McCourt (vocals), the group are scheduled to issue in December a 17-song CD entitled Beyond The Reign Of Terror containing ...

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AUDIOSLAVE To Utilize NIN, MICHAEL JACKSON Director For Debut Clip

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), will shoot a video for the first single, "Cochese", from their forthcoming album in Los Angeles at the end of September with Mark Romanek, the director behind NINE INCH ...

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AUDIOSLAVE Set 'Cochese' As First Single From Debut CD

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 reportedly set the track "Cochese" as the first single from their highly-anticipated debut album, due out on November 19th through Epic Records. "Cochese" (previously known as "Save Yourself") ...

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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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