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SUN CAGED: Japanese Release Date Pushed Back

Dutch progressive metallers SUN CAGED, who feature in their ranks STAR ONE keyboardist Joost van den Broek, have pushed back the Japanese release date of their self-titled debut album to November 21. The European release through Finland's Lion Music won't be affected and remains October 22. In other news, SUN CAGED recently completed work on ...

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QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE Guitarist Jams With CAVE IN

Former FAILURE/A PERFECT CIRCLE guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen, currently touring the country on Lollapalooza with QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, joined self-confessed FAILURE fanatics CAVE IN onstage at a recent tour stop in Columbus, Ohio, for a cover of FAILURE's "Magnified", according to MTV.com. "[FAILURE are] the band we've not-so-secretly ripped off for years and ...

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A PERFECT CIRCLE To Release New Single In Early August

A PERFECT CIRCLE have set "Weak And Powerless" as the first single from their forthcoming sophomore album, "Thirteenth Step", due on September 16 through Virgin Records. The single will impact radio stations on August 4. As previously reported, "Thirteenth Step" is the follow-up to 2000's "Mer de Noms", which debuted at No. 4 on The ...

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VAN HALEN Bassist To Launch Line Of Condiments

Following in the footsteps of AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry, whose "Rock Your World Boneyard Brew" line of condiments has reportedly been a great success since its launch last year, VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony has announced plans to start up his own brand of hot sauce. "It's common knowledge that Michael Anthony is a hardcore ...

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OZZY And Family Sign With MTV For More 'Osbournes'

MTV has signed Ozzy Osbourne and family for 20 new episodes of its hit reality series "The Osbournes", scheduled to begin airing early next year. "It's been one hell of a journey these past few years," Ozzy told the Television Critics Association summer gathering. "This whole MTV thing has been an incredible adventure. We didn't ...

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A PERFECT CIRCLE Name New Album, Announce Club Tour Dates

A PERFECT CIRCLE have set "Thirteenth Step" as the title for their sophomore album, due out on September 16 through Virgin Records. The complete track listing for the album is as follows: 01. The Package 02. Weak and Powerless 03. The Noose 04. Blue 05. Vanishing 06. A Stranger 07. The Outsider 08. Crimes 09. ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Guitarist Offers Update From The Road

In his latest update from the road, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD guitarist Jed Simon sheds a little light on the hazards of being on the road, some great new & vintage music to listen to, the virtues of dual rectifiers, and pointy guitars: "SYL has been writing and compiling video footage lately... except our video camera ...

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Former SMASHING PUMPKINS Guitarist To Join A PERFECT CIRCLE?

Former SMASHING PUMPKINS guitarist James Iha has reportedly been approached to replace Danny Lohner (NINE INCH NAILS) in the current A PERFECT CIRCLE lineup. According to Australia's Undercover News, Iha — who has remained relatively low-key since the breakup of SMASHING PUMPKINS — became "suddenly available" just as A PERFECT CIRCLE were about to audition ...

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Ex-TESTAMENT Guitarist: New METALLICA 'Represents Everything Wrong With The Music Business'

Former TESTAMENT guitarist Alex Skolnick, whose previous group was once considered to be among the natural successors to the San Francisco Bay Area metal throne held by METALLICA, has slammed his one-time heroes, calling their latest opus, "St. Anger" a "sloppy mess" and insisting that Hetfield and Co. "represent everything wrong with the music business." ...

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SHADOWS FALL's BRIAN FAIR: 'We Should Have Died'

After a string of headlining shows, SHADOWS FALL will make their Ozzfest debut this Saturday, June 28 in San Antonio TX. Unfortunately, the trip down to Texas was not that easy, and Brain Fair (vocals) goes onto describe the whole frightening experience. "When the tour began, we had a screw up with the bus company ...

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SAMMY HAGAR Slams DIAMOND DAVE (Again), Addresses VAN HALEN Reunion

Sammy Hagar, who, along with fellow ex-VAN HALEN frontman David Lee Roth, spent last summer co-headlining the laboriously titled "Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth Tour 2002: Song for Song, the Heavyweight Champs of Rock and Roll", is once again dissing Diamond Dave's oversize ego and deteriorating singing voice. In an interview with Cleveland's Music's ...

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GOATWHORE Explain Show Cancellations

New Orleans-based GOATWHORE, the band featuring vocalist L. Ben Falgoust II (SOILENT GREEN) and guitarist Sammy Duet (ACID BATH, CROWBAR), have issued the following statement via their official web site: "We would like to explain a few show cancellations from our recent tour with IMMOLATION. We were having van troubles on the West Coast and ...

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DAVE LEE ROTH Says He Is Irreplaceable

Newt Briggs of the Las Vegas Mercury caught up with David Lee Roth and asked if he thought "Van Halen III", featuring former EXTREME lead singer Gary Cherone, was a much more shameful rock debacle than any unsuccessful drug deal — no matter how bungled. "I think so," Roth responded. "How were they ever going ...

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DAVID LEE ROTH Explains Intruder Incident

Former VAN HALEN frontman David Lee Roth spoke to Caley Cook of San Diego CityBeat about the intruder incident incident on his Pasadena property recently. "Anybody caught [on my property] at night will probably be caught in the morning," Roth said. "I saw this guy race quietly across the backyard here. So, you ...

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SLIPKNOT Bassist Arrested On Drug Charges

SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia and a red light violation Sunday afternoon (June 1) following a traffic crash, according to the Des Moines Register. Des Moines police officer Larry Van Ginkel said small amounts of marijuana and a substance that field-tested ...

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DAVE LEE ROTH Takes Another Swipe At SAMMY HAGAR

Scott Cronick of the Press of Atlantic City spoke with David Lee Roth before his show Saturday night (May 31) at Trump Marina Hotel Casino about his current tour, his forthcoming album, and Sammy Hagar — the other former VAN HALEN frontman. "The truth is we had a great time [touring together] last year," Dave ...

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Early BON SCOTT Recordings To See The Light Of Day

A retrospective CD by THE VALENTINES, one of late AC/DC frontman Bon Scott's former bands, will be released on June 2 via Ascension Records. Titled "Peculiar Hole In The Sky", the album will feature the following track listing: 01. Peculiar Hole In The Sky 02. Love Makes Sweet Music 03. To Know You Is To ...

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SUN CAGED To Open For QUEENSRŸCHE In Amsterdam

Dutch progressive metallers SUN CAGED, who feature in their ranks STAR ONE keyboardist Joost van den Broek, will be opening for QUEENSRŸCHE on June 4 at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam, Holland. SUN CAGED's debut album is slated for release on Oct. 22 through Finland's Lion Music. It was mixed by AYREON/STAR ONE mastermind ...

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DAVID LEE ROTH Pressing Forward With Lawsuit Against VAN HALEN

Former VAN HALEN frontman David Lee Roth is continuing to move forward with his lawsuit against the band over unpaid royalties, according to Launch. Roth's lawsuit, filed on December 11 in Los Angeles Superior Court, claims that the group didn't include him in a 1996 renegotiation of its contract with Warner Brothers Records, thereby resulting ...

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VAN HALEN Eligible For Induction Into ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME

VAN HALEN are among the front-runners eligible for 2004 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Other first-time contenders include BLACK FLAG, THE CRAMPS, X and SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES. Previous nominees that have yet to garner induction include BLACK SABBATH, CHICAGO, ALICE COOPER, DEEP PURPLE, GENESIS, KISS, LYNYRD SKYNYRD, THE NEW YORK ...

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