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JASON NEWSTED Goes "Unipsycho" On PAPA WHEELIE's CD Debut

The next release from former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted's record company Chophouse Records will be the debut album from Newsted's "punk/stoner" band PAPA WHEELIE (in which he reportedly plays guitar and sings), entitled Unipsycho. Among the tracks tentatively set to appear on the effort are the following: 01. Ride This 02. Tread 02. Sprocket Man ...

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VOIVOD To Begin Work On New Album, Compile "Best Of" CD

Former METALLICA and current ECHOBRAIN bassist Jason Newsted will join Canadian cyber-metallers VOIVOD in the studio this summer for the recording of the group's tenth studio album, which is tentatively due to be released through Century Media Records in early 2003. Also in the works is a Best Of CD spanning the band's entire career ...

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METALLICA's KIRK HAMMETT: DAVE ELLEFSON Is Not Our New Bass Player

Contrary to recent rumors, former MEGADETH bassist Dave Ellefson has not been selected to replace Jason Newsted in METALLICA, according to METALLICA guitarist Kirk Hammett, who made a brief appearance in the members-only chat room of the band's official web site on Friday, April 5th. Hammett reportedly offered no further information about Newsted's possible replacement ...

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METALLICA's JAMES HETFIELD To Guest On GOV'T MULE Track

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield and PRIMUS bassist Les Claypool make guest appearances on GOV'T MULE's track "Drivin' Rain", which is set to be included on the forthcoming NASCAR-sponsored compilation, entitled Crank It Up, which will be released through MCA Records on May 21st. Hetfield, a longtime fan of GOV'T MULE who had previously interviewed the ...

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SHADOWS FALL Begin Work On “The Art Of Balance”

Massachusetts-based quintet SHADOWS FALL, featuring new drummer Jason Bittner (formerly of STIGMATA and CRISIS), have entered Planet Z studios with producer Zeuss (i.e. GOD FORBID, HATEBREED) to record their third full-length album, tentatively entitled The Art Of Balance, which is scheduled to be released this summer through Century Media Records. Among the tracks set to ...

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JASON NEWSTED Joins GOV'T MULE For Five Shows

Former METALLICA and current ECHOBRAIN bassist Jason Newsted will be performing with GOV'T MULE at the following shows: Apr. 17 - Beacon Theatre - New York, NY Apr. 18 - Michigan Theater - Ann Arbor, MI Apr. 19 - Riviera Theatre - Chicago, IL Apr. 20 - State Theatre - Minneapolis, MN Apr. 21 - ...

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ECHOBRAIN: Full US Tour Announced

ECHOBRAIN, featuring former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted, guitarist/vocalist Dylan Donkin, and drummer Brian Sagrafena, kicked off their 2002 Keep Me Alive tour in Petaluma, California on Wednesday, March 20th to a packed house. Although primarily a local crowd, the audience consisted of several fans who flew in from as far away as Chicago and Dallas ...

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LED ZEPPELIN Involved In Royalty Dispute With Atlantic Records

Over 30 years after Jerry Wexler signed them to the label, LED ZEPPELIN are suing Atlantic Records for copyright infringement, according to Rock's Back Pages. Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and the heirs of late drummer John Bonham contend that the U.S. label has refused to pay increased royalty fees — currently almost ...

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JASON NEWSTED: “MEGADETH Was A Watered-Down METALLICA”

Despite MEGADETH guitarist Dave Mustaine's close links to the METALLICA camp and undeniable contributions to the latter act's early sound, former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted has never been particularly impressed with Mustaine's post-METALLICA offerings. In a recent interview with the Dallas-based Harder Beat, Newsted refers to MEGADETH as a “watered-down METALLICA” and implies, in no ...

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THE CULT's BILLY MORRISON: We Have Not Split Up

THE CULT have not split up and are officially “on a break”, according to THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison. In a statement posted at Morrison's official web site, the bassist insists that “[vocalist] Ian [Astbury] and [guitarist] Billy [Duffy] are involved in other things for a few months, and [drummer] Matt [Sorum] also has ...

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SLAVES ON DOPE To Begin Pre-Production For Sophomore CD

SLAVES ON DOPE are due to begin pre-production in the near future on their second album for an as-yet-undisclosed label with producers Jason Slater (i.e. SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY, EARSHOT) and Troy Van Leeuwen (i.e. A PERFECT CIRCLE, ENEMY). In other news, SLAVES ON DOPE frontman Jason Rockman was involved in a freak car accident this ...

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VOIVOD Rumored To Support MOTRHEAD, Former Frontman Completes Work On New Demo

The current line-up of VOIVODfeaturing returning vocalist Snake (aka Denis Belanger), but presumably without recording bassist Jason Newsted (ex-METALLICA)are strongly rumored to be opening for MOTRHEAD at the latter band's headlining shows in Toronto, Ontario at Kool Haus (formerly The Warehouse) on April 27th and in Montreal, Quebec at Le Medley on April 28th. It ...

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VOIVOD Rumored To Support MOTÖRHEAD, Former Frontman Completes Work On New Demo

The current line-up of VOIVOD—featuring returning vocalist Snake (aka Denis Belanger), but presumably without recording bassist Jason Newsted (ex-METALLICA)—are strongly rumored to be opening for MOTÖRHEAD at the latter band's headlining shows in Toronto, Ontario at Kool Haus (formerly The Warehouse) on April 27th and in Montreal, Quebec at Le Medley on April 28th. It ...

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THE CULT Touring Bassist Begins Work On Solo Release

THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison has been working on solo material since the completion of the group's US tour and has reportedly co-written tracks with PITCHSHIFTER frontman JS Clayden and PROFESSIONAL MURDER MUSIC guitarist Brian Harrah for his upcoming debut solo album. Additional collaborations with Jason Slater from SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY are expected to ...

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ECHOBRAIN: Southern California Date Announced

ECHOBRAIN, featuring former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted, have added a West Hollywood date to their upcoming itinerary. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Mar. 20 - Petaluma, CA @ The Mystic Theatre Mar. 21 - San Jose, CA @ The Usual Mar. 23 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Apr. 06 - San ...

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JASON NEWSTED: "I'm Not Any Closer To Rejoining METALLICA"

Ex-METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted has once again addressed the rumors of a possible reconciliation with his former bandmates by clarifying in a new MTV interview that his ongoing conversations with the remaining members of METALLICA are primarily about legal, and not musical, matters. "People keep track of every time we talk to each other," Newsted ...

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METALLICA's JAMES HETFIELD Offers Post-Rehab Update

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield has posted the following update on his recovery process from alcoholism and other addictions via the the group's Fan Club magazine So What: "James here!! ALIVE...and getting well...Recovery is the most difficult and challenging thing I've ever attempted (along with parenting). Also the most grounding and gratifying gift I've ever received ...

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ALL BORO KINGS Debut Recorded, Ready To Be Mixed

ALL BORO KINGS, the new project consisting of Dave Neabore (DOG EAT DOG, bass/vocals), Dan Nastasi (ex-DOG EAT DOG/MUCKY PUP, guitar/vocals), Sean Kilkenny (DOG EAT DOG, guitar/vocals) and drummer John Milnes (ex-TRACY BONHAM/THE BLOODHOUND GANG), have finished recording their debut album at Big Blue Meanie Studios in Hoboken, New Jersey with producer Tim Gilles and ...

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ECHOBRAIN Live Dates Announced

ECHOBRAIN, featuring former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted, have announced the first dates of their spring US tour. They are as follows: Mar. 20 - Petaluma, CA @ The Mystic Theatre Mar. 21 - San Jose, CA @ The Usual Mar. 23 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst ...

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ABSU Drummer Among Leading Candidates To Join SLAYER

ABSU percussionist Proscriptor (a.k.a. Russ R. Givens) is a strong candidate to fill the vacant SLAYER drummer slot following the departure of Paul Bostaph, who left the group last December due to a chronic elbow injury. Although the drummer has yet to be officially offered the position, Givens reportedly auditioned with SLAYER guitarist Kerry King ...

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JASON NEWSTED: I Will Sit Down With HETFIELD To "Clear Air"

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich called former bassist Jason Newsted last week and suggested that the departed four-stringer meet face-to-face with frontman James Hetfield so that the former bandmates could clear the air surrounding Jason's departure, according to Allstar. "Lars called last week and said that we [James and Jason] should really have a meeting together ...

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JASON NEWSTED Interview Online

Former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted was interviewed by Warlock and Chris Akin on The Metal Show via Cleveland, Ohio's WMMS 100.7 FM last night, February 10th. The 45-minute conversation is currently archived online and can be checked out in streaming audio at this location. This interview will also run in print and online ...

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JASON NEWSTED: The Exclusive Interview!!

During a candid January 28th interview with journalist Martin Carlsson, portions of which appeared in the Swedish newspaper Expressen, former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted revealed interesting facts about his departure from METALLICA, James Hetfield's battle with addictions, the infamous Playboy feature, the postponement of VOIVOD's next album, the formation of a dream metal band with ...

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