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THE DICTATORS Part Ways With Guitarist

Legendary New York band THE DICTATORS have parted ways with guitarist Scott "Top Ten" Kempner. Kempner is said to have left the group and relocated to the West Coast to pursue a singer/songwriter career, according to the band's official web site. "We're not replacing [Top Ten]," said the band in an official statement. "We're now ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Enter Studio To Record Third CD

Innovative cult metallers STRAPPING YOUNG LAD have entered Armoury Studios (FEAR FACTORY, KISS, MÖTLEY CRÜE, VAN HALEN) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to record their third full-length studio album — their first since 1997's wildly-received City. Devin Townsend, SYL mastermind and guitarist, enthusiastically states: "I often have heard about people wanting a new dominating metal ...

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Former VAN HALEN Frontman Jams With Tribute Band

Former VAN HALEN/EXTREME frontman Gary Cherone joined VAN HALEN tribute band DIVER DOWN on stage for a rendition of "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" during the group's performance at club Good Times in Somerville, Massachusetts on Saturday, September 14th. Based in Massachusetts, DIVER DOWN are the longest-running, and perhaps the first, VAN HALEN tribute band, established ...

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ANTHRAX Film Scene For HELEN MIRREN Movie

ANTHRAX filmed a scene last week for an upcoming Helen Mirren movie, Calendar Girls, due sometime next year. Commented guitarist Scott Ian: "It's a true story about these British women that posed for a sexy calendar to raise money for charity. It became huge and they came to LA to be on Jay Leno. Our ...

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TRIBE OF JUDAH To Issue Debut Through SPITIRE RECORDS

Boston's TRIBE OF JUDAH, who feature in their ranks former VAN HALEN/EXTREME vocalist Gary Cherone, Steve Ferlazzo on synths/programming, Leo Mellache on guitar, Tim Bissonette on guitar, Pat Badger (ex-EXTREME) on bass, and Mike Mangini (ex-EXTREME/ANNIHILATOR) on drums, will release their debut album, entitled Exit Elvis, on October 22nd through Spitfire Records. TRIBE OF JUDAH's ...

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CANDIRIA Involved In Car Crash — Tour Cancelled

The members of CANDIRIA are recovering from a serious accident in which a tractor trailer hit their van outside Buffalo, New York yesterday morning. The group's official statement on the matter is as follows: "The members of CANDIRIA escaped life-threatening injury after their tour van was rear-ended in New York State near Buffalo. The current ...

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DAVID LEE ROTH: I Was Ready To Kick SAMMY HAGAR's Ass

The following item comes to us courtesy of today's edition of the New York Post: David Lee Roth says he was ready to deliver a beat-down to his fellow fired VAN HALEN frontman Sammy Hagar after Hagar trashed him on PAGE SIX a while back. Hagar, who was co-headlining a tour with Roth at the ...

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SAMMY HAGAR: VAN HALEN Reunion Is Inevitable

A reunion between Sammy Hagar and his former VAN HALEN bandmates is "inevitable," the singer told MTV backstage at last week's MTV Video Music Awards, shortly after presenting an award with David Lee Roth. "I mean come on, how could it not [happen]?" While Hagar confessed that he hasn't spoken with either of the Van ...

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SAMMY HAGAR, DAVID LEE ROTH Deny Rift On Tour

Former VAN HALEN vocalists Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth may not be the best of friends, but they were cordial to each other on the road — despite rumors to the contrary. Backstage at the MTV Video Music Awards, Roth and Hagar talked about the state of their relationship. When asked if things were ...

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MTV VMAs Score Record Numbers

MTV's 2002 Video Music Awards, fueled in no small part by GUNS N' ROSES' "surprise" appearance in the show's finale, earned record overnight ratings, according to Hits Daily Double. An average of 7.8 million people watched the show, with a 11.1 rating for persons 12-34, up 5% from 2001. That made the VMAs ...

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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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VAN HALEN Singer Trio Share Stage In Boston

Former VAN HALEN frontman Gary Cherone joined fellow ex-VH singer Sammy Hagar and VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony for an encore peformance of VAN HALEN's Sammy-era tunes "Dreams" and "When It's Love" during the August 28th stop of the Heavyweight Champs of Rock and Roll tour (also featuring fellow ex-VH singer Dave Lee Roth) at ...

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ANN BOLEYN Manager Accused Of Soliciting Murder

54-year-old James Howard Paul, Jr., who had previously managed HELLION frontwoman and horror movie actress Ann Boleyn, was arraigned on August 27th in Van Nuys Superior Court for soliciting the murder of his wife. As a result, Boleyn has announced the termination of her business relationship with Paul effective August 15th. "Right now Jim's focus ...

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VAN HALEN Singer Trio To Share Stage In Boston

Former VAN HALEN frontman Gary Cherone will reportedly join fellow ex-VH singer Sammy Hagar and VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony for an encore rendition of one of VAN HALEN's Sammy-era tunes (likely to be "Dreams") during the August 28th stop of the Heavyweight Champs of Rock and Roll tour (also featuring fellow ex-VH singer Dave ...

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AC/DC Frontman's "Helen Of Troy" Musical Gets Postponed

Helen of Troy, the much-anticipated collaboration between AC/DC singer Brian Johnson and the Sarasota Ballet has been postponed until November, with a production of Swan Lake replacing the show during its originally-announced late March slot. According to the Sarasota Herald Tribune, the ballet has cited fund-raising problems for the postponement of the $1.2 million production, ...

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ZAKK WYLDE Threatens Interviewer Over "Gay" Comment

OZZY OSBOURNE/BLACK LABEL SOCIETY guitarist Zakk Wylde snapped during an interview with St. Louis DJ Guy Favazz (of KSHE-95 Real Rock Radio) on Monday, August 19th after being asked about the rumors of baseball superstar Mike Piazza (Zakk's "best friend" and Godfather of one of his children) being gay. The following is Favazz's account of ...

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PURE SWEET HELL Land On MTV2

PURE SWEET HELL, the side project of NEVERMORE drummer Van Williams, have apparently made it to MTV2. Here's the band's official press release on the matter: "Iann Robinson, the lone Metal Crusader who does MTV News (you know the dude with the tattoos, sporting the mohawk), at the end of one of his news broadcasts ...

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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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INCANTATION Cancel Indiana Date

INCANTATION will NOT be performing at tonight's Indianapolis, Indiana date of the Summer Blasphemy tour and will be rejoining the trek on Wednesday, August 7th at the I-Rock in Detroit, Michigan. As reported earlier today, INCANTATION were forced to cancel their appearances in Lima, Ohio on August 4th, St. Louis, Missouri on August 5th and ...

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VAN HALEN Bassist To Join SAMMY HAGAR At Free New York Gig

VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony will be joining ex-VH frontman SAMMY HAGAR and THE WABORITAS on stage at Irving Plaza in New York City on August 29th. According to Anthony's official web site, "Sammy is putting on a free show at Irving Plaza and will be distributing half of the tickets to Port Authority cops ...

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