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SYSTEM OF A DOWN Bassist Sues Security Company

SYSTEM OF A DOWN bassist Shavo Odadjian has sued a Grand Rapids, Michigan security company, claiming assault, ethnic intimidation and humiliation by guards who threw him out of his own concert at Van Andel Arena, according to The Grand Rapids Press. Odadjian left the stage to join two female guests in the audience when his ...

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VOIVOD To Support OZZY OSBOURNE In Canada

Long-running Montreal metallers VOIVOD, featuring former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted, will support OZZY OSBOURNE on his upcoming tour of Canada, according to Chart Attack. Also appearing on the bill will be FINGER ELEVEN. As previously reported, the tour will kick off in Van City the first of June and will end in Quebec ...

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DAVID LEE ROTH: Solo Dates Announced

Former VAN HALEN singer DAVID LEE ROTH has announced the following solo dates during the coming months: Mar. 08 - Universal Studios - Orlando, FL May 29 - Turning Stone Casino - Verona, NY Jun. 01 - Westbury Music Fair - Westbury, NY ...

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TRIBE OF JUDAH Keyboardist Joins POPULATION-1

Steve Ferlazzo, keyboardist for TRIBE OF JUDAH (the band fronted by former VAN HALEN/EXTREME frontman Gary Cherone), will be touring Japan later this month with POPULATION-1, the new group featuring ex-EXTREME guitarist Nuno Bettencourt. The band, who recently issued their debut CD, also include in their ranks TOMMY LEE bassist Marty O'Brien. Confirmed tour dates ...

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HOUWITSER Book Studio Time For 'Damage Assessment'

Dutch death metallers HOUWITSER will enter Excess Studios in Rotterdam, Holland on March 28 to record their new album, "Damage Assessment", due later in the year through Osmose Productions. According to bassist Theo van Eekelen, the fans can expect "one fuck-all blistering death metal masterpiece." Among the songtitles set to appear on the CD are ...

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A PERFECT CIRCLE Announce Lineup Changes Galore

As first reported here on Feb. 7, former MARILYN MANSON bassist Twiggy Ramirez (a.k.a. Jeordie White) has now officially replaced Paz Lenchantin in A PERFECT CIRCLE. In addition, the band have announced that guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen has left the group to become a full-time member of QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE and ...

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SAMMY HAGAR To 'Talk Tequila' At BRANDED ENTERTAINMENT SUMMIT

Former VAN HALEN singer Sammy Hagar will address an audience of senior Branding, Marketing and Entertainment execs at IIR's forthcoming Branded Entertainment Summit taking place April 28-30 2003 at the Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, California. "Lunch with Sammy Hagar" will take place on Tuesday, April 29 and Sammy will discuss the success of his Cabo ...

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SAMMY HAGAR Confirms Live Album, PLANET US Delay

Former VAN HALEN frontman Sammy Hagar has sent out a message to his mailing list updating fans on his upcoming plans. It reads as follows: "Hey REDheads, The Internet moves quicker than me so I'll give you a half-ass version, lol, of what's going on. The tour this year is still being put together. That ...

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LIZZY BORDEN Bassist Teams Up With SILVER MOUNTAIN Guitarist In LEGACY

LEGACY, the Hollywood, California-based quartet featuring bassist Marten Andersson (LIZZY BORDEN), guitarist Jonas Hansson (SILVER MOUNTAIN), vocalist Chris Roseberry and drummer Stephan Emig, have just issued their self-titled debut via Chavis Records. Previously available in Japan, the 11-song CD was recorded at Master Groove Studios with the help of studio owner Dave Morse (AEROSMITH, GUNS ...

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SAMMY HAGAR In Negotiations With SANCTUARY

Former VAN HALEN singer Sammy Hagar is reportedly in talks with Sanctuary Records about the rights for the reissue of two of Sammy's post-VAN HALEN solo albums, "Ten 13" and "Not For Sale", plus the release of a new "Greatest Hits Live" CD. The live CD will apparently feature around 15 or 16 tracks, including ...

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COURTNEY LOVE Arrested At London Airport

Former HOLE singer Courtney Love was arrested today (Feb. 4) at Heathrow Airport in London after being "verbally abusive" to cabin crew. She was held as she landed on a transatlantic flight from Los Angeles, Virgin Atlantic said. She had been travelling in Virgin's Upper Class cabin when she allegedly became disruptive and the captain ...

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A PERFECT CIRCLE's LEEUWEN On Upcoming CD: 'It Keeps Changing'

A PERFECT CIRCLE guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen recently spoke to Australia's Undercover News about the band's upcoming sophomore effort, tentatively due later in the year. "Last I heard, there wasn't any vocals on it," Troy said. "That is another thing that continually evolves as time progresses. It is getting close to be finishing. The vocals ...

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BLO.TORCH: Demo Cuts Posted Online

Dutch death metallers BLO.TORCH have posted their entire "Plan B" demo online at this location. Recorded during February/March 2002 at Excess Studio in Rotterdam, Holland, "Plan B" marks the last recorded appearance with the group of vocalist Michel De Wilde, who was dismissed from the band due to "personal differences." The band, whose ...

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VAN HALEN Bassist Jams With TRIBE OF JUDAH, METAL SHOP

VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony dropped in at The Viper Room in West Hollywood, California Monday night [Jan. 20] to check out ex-VAN HALEN singer Gary Cherone's new band, TRIBE OF JUDAH. At the end of their set, "Michael jumped up on stage, hijacked TRIBE OF JUDAH bassist] Pat Badger's bass and the boys tore ...

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METALLICA Bassist Search: Rumors Abound

Former SUICIDAL TENDENCIES and current OZZY OSBOURNE bassist Robert Trujillo is rumored to have made three trips to METALLICA's Bay Area headquarters in the recent weeks to audition for the vacant bassist slot in the group. Also said to have tried out for the band is former MARILYN MANSON bassist Twiggy Ramirez, a close friend ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD: Tales Of Insecurity And Fear

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD mainman Devin Townsend recently told Canada's Chart Attack that the band's trademark humor is less apparent on the group's upcoming album than in the past — a move that he says was entirely intentional. "One of the new things introduced is that the humor of STRAPPING has sort of changed to irony," ...

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EDDIE VAN HALEN to Visit NAMM 2003!

Eddie Van Halen, the world-famous lead guitarist of VAN HALEN, is reportedly planning to attend NAMM 2003 in Anaheim, California on Saturday morning, Jan. 18. He is expected to visit the Peavey booth sometime during the morning. During his visit, it is believed that he will spend some time signing autographs and answering questions from ...

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FU MANCHU Finalize Track Listing For 'Go For It – Live'

FU MANCHU have finalized the track listing for their upcoming double live CD, "Go For It - Live", due in Europe this spring via Steamhammer/SPV Records. The group are presently looking for a new American label following the recent closing of their longtime home, Mammoth Records. The complete track listing for "Go For It - ...

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PLANET US To Begin Recording Debut

PLANET US — the new rock supergroup featuring Neal Schon (guitar, JOURNEY), Sammy Hagar (vocals, ex-VAN HALEN), Deen Castronovo (drums, JOURNEY) and Michael Anthony (bass, VAN HALEN) — are scheduled to enter a San Francisco Bay Area studio this week to begin recording their debut album for a late 2003 release. "We are supposed to ...

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PURE SWEET HELL To Record Debut

PURE SWEET HELL, the side project of NEVERMORE drummer Van Williams, will enter the studio in early 2003 to record their debut full-length album for a spring release through an as-yet-undisclosed label. Original vocalist Jim "Ravenfeeder" Colson will make a guest appearance on three songs along with Van. A couple of other guest musicians are ...

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THE CLASH's JOE STRUMMER: 1952-2002

Joe Strummer (real name John Graham Mellor), one of the key members of the seminal British punk rock band THE CLASH, died died on Sunday at his farmhouse in Somerset, southwestern England at the age of 50. The cause of his death was not announced. A message dated Dec. 23 on strummersite.com confirmed the singer's ...

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Former DIO Guitarist Completes Work On New Solo CD

Former DIO/WORLD WAR III guitarist TRACY G has completed work on his latest solo CD, "Deviating From The Set List", featuring covers of classic rock tunes. The album, which reportedly took a year to record, includes guest appearances from 24 artists, among them Ralph Saenz (vocals - ATOMIC PUNK, METAL SHOP), Ray Luzier (drums - ...

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