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PISSING RAZORS Announce New Guitarist

PISSING RAZORS have announced the addition of ex-SINGLE BULLET THEORY guitarist Matt Difabio to the group's ranks following the recent departure of Cesar Soto. Difabio will join the rest of the band — Eddy Garcia (drums), Rick Valles (bass), and Andre Acosta (vocals) — during the songwriting sessions for the group's next album, tentatively due ...

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NEUROTICA Split Up!

Florida's NEUROTICA have officially split up, according to a message posted on the band's web site. "[Frontman] Kelly Shaefer has formally disbanded NEUROTICA in spite of being named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the top 10 bands of Ozzfest 2002," reads the statement. "NEUROTICA had recently asked to be let out of their ...

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SLASH Speaks Out On AXL ROSE, New Project With Ex-GN'R Bandmates

Former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash has spoken to MTV.com about the new project he has formed with ex-GN'R bandmates Duff McKagan, Izzy Stradlin and Matt Sorum and the as-yet-unnamed group's ongoing vocalist search. Here are some of the more interesting quotes from the interview: On how the new band came together: "There's just a ...

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BLISS 66 Frontman Auditions For Ex-GUNS N' ROSES Band

Cheyenne Goff of the Michigan-based BLISS 66 is among the singers that have auditioned for the vacant vocalist slot in the new band formed by ex-GUNS N' ROSES members Slash (guitar), Duff McKagan (bass), Matt Sorum (drums), and Izzy Stradlin (guitar). According to Slash's Official Fan Site (www.snakepit.org), Goff tried out for the group by ...

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ZWAN Ink Deal With REPRISE RECORDS

Chicago-based ZWAN, featuring former SMASHING PUMPKINS mainman Billy Corgan, ex-PUMPKINS drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, former CHAVEZ guitarist Matt Sweeney, ex-SLINT guitarist David Pajo, and A PERFECT CIRCLE bassist Paz Lechantin, have inked a deal with Reprise Records. The group's already-completed debut album is expected to surface early next year. In the meantime, ZWAN will be making ...

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THE BRAIN CHIGGERS To Record New Demo

Bloomington, Illinois-based THE BRAIN CHIGGERS will be entering SR Audio studios in Des Moines, Iowa on Nov. 11 with producer/engineer Matt Sepanic (MURDERDOLLS) to record a new industry-only demo. The sextet, who are collaborating with former MEGADETH bassist Dave Ellefson's Dave Ellefson Productions, are currently seeking a record deal with a view towards releasing their ...

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CAMP FREDDY: Video Clip Posted Online

A video clip featuring highlights of CAMP FREDDY's Oct. 30 performance at Ivar club in Hollywood, California has been posted online at this location. It contains the group's core lineup of JANE'S ADDICTION guitarist Dave Navarro, former THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison (on guitar), ex-GUNS N' ROSES/THE CULT drummer Matt Sorum, bassist ...

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PERRY FARRELL, SEBASTIAN BACH, SLASH, Others Perform At CAMP FREDDY's Pre-Halloween Bash

JANE'S ADDICTION frontman Perry Farrell, ex-SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach, PUDDLE OF MUDD mainman Wes Scantlin, ex-MARILYN MANSON bassist Twiggy Ramirez, and former GUNS N' ROSES members Slash (guitar) and Duff McKagan (bass) were among the guest musicians that performed onstage with all-star "jam band" CAMP FREDDY during their appearance at Ivar in Hollywood Wednesday ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE Announces Recording Lineup

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the new band fronted by former SAVATAGE singer Zachary Stevens, has announced the lineup of musicians appearing on the group's debut CD, "Watching In Silence", due for release in February/March 2003 via AFM Records. It is as follows: Zak Stevens - vocals Matt LaPorte - lead guitar David "Cid" Rogers - lead ...

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist Resurfaces In Flamenco-Inspired Band

Former MEGADETH guitarist Jeff Young recently collaborated with Brazilian artist Badi Assad (sister of the famed Assad Brothers) on a full-length CD entitled "Nowhere", now available via Badi's own WaterSongs Music label. Young, who had previously contributed to Assad's 1998 release, "Chameleon", reportedly draws from a more diverse list of influences for his latest venture, ...

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PUFFBALL To Issue 'Leave Them All Behind' In January

Sweden's "high-speed punk 'n' roll" act PUFFBALL will issue a new CD, entitled "Leave Them All Behind", in January 2003 through Burning Heart Records. The group's fourth full-length release, "Leave Them All Behind" was recorded at Studio Sutare in Västerås, Sweden by Lasse Holmgren and Matt From during late August/early September and it sees the ...

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DAVE GROHL Nixes UNLEASHED Frontman For PROBOT Project Over Questionable Politics

FOO FIGHTERS mainman Dave Grohl contemplated approaching UNLEASHED frontman Johnny Hedlund to contribute lead vocals to one of the songs for his upcoming metal project, PROBOT, but changed his mind after learning of the Swedish death metal vocalist's rumored Nazi leanings, Grohl revealed in an interview with Sweden's Close-Up magazine. "I love UNLEASHED's music — ...

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Former GUNS N' ROSES Members Deny Having Chosen Singer For New Band

Contrary to previous reports, NEUROTICA frontman Kelly Shaefer has NOT yet been officially selected to front the new band featuring former GUNS N' ROSES members Slash (guitar), Duff McKagan (bass) and Matt Sorum (drums). Although Shaefer recently put down lead vocals over two instrumental songs submitted to him by the GN'R alumni as part of ...

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Former SMASHING PUMPKINS Frontman Completes Work On ZWAN Debut

Chicago-based ZWAN, featuring former SMASHING PUMPKINS mainman Billy Corgan, ex-PUMPKINS drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, former CHAVEZ guitarist Matt Sweeney, ex-SLINT guitarist David Pajo, and A PERFECT CIRCLE bassist Paz Lechantin, are nearly done recording their debut studio album. "The ZWAN album is just about done and we are all very excited and proud that we were ...

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SOCIETY 1 Ink Deal With EARACHE RECORDS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Earache Records is proud to announce its newest worldwide signing: SOCIETY 1. Fronted by Hollywood extremist, Matt Zane, SOCIETY 1 are at the forefront of the new breed of L.A. metal bands. With a pounding industrial pulse, ballistic guitars and Matt Zane's unparallelled rage, SOCIETY 1 have inspired comparisons to MARILYN MANSON, ...

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MISERY INDEX Announce New Guitarist, Drummer

MISERY INDEX have announced the permanent addition of second guitarist Bruce Greig (DYING FETUS, TOGETHER WE FALL, NEXT STEP UP) and drummer Matt Byers to the group's lineup following the departures of Mike Harrison and Kevin Talley, respectively. Harrison reportedly left the group on amicable terms last spring due to his dislike for the touring ...

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GUNS N' ROSES Photo Collection: By ROBERT JOHN

From their inception in 1985 right to the present, GUNS N' ROSES have been one of the most popular and controversial groups in music. Wherever the band went, from the studio to the stage and everywhere in between, photographer Robert John was there with them. His photos serve as visual history of the band, documenting ...

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Former LIFE OF AGONY Frontman Cancels European Tour

Former LIFE OF AGONY frontman Keith Caputo was forced to cancel a European tour with his new Holland-based band, BELLA MAJESTIK, as a result of yet another family emergency (the singer's father passed away in March, reportedly from a drug overdose, while his mother died under similar circumstances several years ago). "I deeply apologize to ...

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THE BLUEPRINT Line Up UK Dates

THE BLUEPRINT, the Nottingham, UK-based group consisting of former PITCHSHIFTER guitarist Matt Grundy, ex-EARTHTONE9 singer Karl Middleton, PITCHSHIFTER bassist Mark Clayden, CONSUMED guitarist Will Burchell and CONSUMED drummer Chris Billam, have lined up the following dates in early November: Nov. 01 – London, UK @ Electrowerkz Nov. 02 - Aldershot, UK @ West End Nov. ...

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist To Pay Tribute To THE RAMONES At Phoenix Gig

ROCKET TO RUSSIA, a RAMONES tribute band featuring former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman and Jay Hofer and Bill Schumann from Arizona-based GREENHAVEN, will perform at the Mason Jar in Phoenix on Saturday, October 12th. In related news, GREEENHAVEN, whose line-up is completed by former WINDIGO frontman Matt Strangwayes, will be recording their debut album early ...

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