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SILVERCHAIR To Release Australian Singles Box Set

SILVERCHAIR will release a strictly limited edition singles box set in Australia in early December. The collectors' item will include the Aussie versions of "The Greatest View", "Without You" and "Luv Your Life". It will also include a CD single which will only be available in this box. That disc will feature "After All These ...

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ANDREW W.K. To Support AEROSMITH In December

ANDREW W.K. has been officially tapped to open for AEROSMITH on the December leg of their "Just Push Play" tour. Confirmed dates are as follows: Dec. 02 - Memorial Coliseum - Ft. Wayne, IN Dec. 04 - The Pyramid - Memphis, TN Dec. 06 - Kansas Coliseum - Wichita, KS Dec. 08 - Pepsi Arena ...

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ORGY Drummer Joins SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY

ORGY drummer Bobby Hewitt has joined SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY. He is expected to remain a member of ORGY, who are believed to be working on the material for their third full-length effort, due sometime in 2003. The following is an update from SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY mainman Jason Slater, as posted on the group's newly-relaunched official ...

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METALLICA's JAMES HETFIELD: Captain Crunch Lives!

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield has posted the following message to the Jump In The Fire section of the group's official web site: "[Right now, I'm] taking a break, [drummer] Lars [Ulrich] is arranging a song, it's an important part of songwriting, yet the most boring part for me. I am still there in spirit. While ...

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SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY Split With Label, Shop New Demo

SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY have parted ways with Reprise Records following the disappointing sales performance of their full-length debut, Sonic Jihad (2000), and are currently seeking a new record deal. A three-song demo was recently recorded and is presently being shopped to interested labels with a view towards releasing the group's second album sometime in 2003. ...

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VAN HALEN Bassist Jams With SAMMY HAGAR At CABO WABO CANTINA

VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony joined SAMMY HAGAR AND THE WABORITAS on stage Wednesday night at the Cabo Wabo Cantina for renditions of several VH tunes, including "Best Of Both Worlds", "Amsterdam", "Right Now", and "When It's Love". According to Anthony's official web site, "Mike even stuck around for the first few bars of 'Whole ...

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GARY CHERONE: VAN HALEN Were Great To Me

Despite the commercial disappointment of the critically-panned Van Halen III album (released in 1998), former VAN HALEN/EXTREME vocalist Gary Cherone claims that he has no hard feelings about his experience in the group. "Those guys were awesome," Cherone told Launch. "(We) did an album, did a tour, started to write stuff for the second record ...

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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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