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PURE SWEET HELL To Record Debut

PURE SWEET HELL, the side project of NEVERMORE drummer Van Williams, will enter the studio in early 2003 to record their debut full-length album for a spring release through an as-yet-undisclosed label. Original vocalist Jim "Ravenfeeder" Colson will make a guest appearance on three songs along with Van. A couple of other guest musicians are ...

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THE CLASH's JOE STRUMMER: 1952-2002

Joe Strummer (real name John Graham Mellor), one of the key members of the seminal British punk rock band THE CLASH, died died on Sunday at his farmhouse in Somerset, southwestern England at the age of 50. The cause of his death was not announced. A message dated Dec. 23 on strummersite.com confirmed the singer's ...

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Former DIO Guitarist Completes Work On New Solo CD

Former DIO/WORLD WAR III guitarist TRACY G has completed work on his latest solo CD, "Deviating From The Set List", featuring covers of classic rock tunes. The album, which reportedly took a year to record, includes guest appearances from 24 artists, among them Ralph Saenz (vocals - ATOMIC PUNK, METAL SHOP), Ray Luzier (drums - ...

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SAMMY HAGAR To Appear At Benefit Event

Former VAN HALEN frontman Sammy Hagar will be performing at New George's nightclub at 842-4th St. in San Rafael, California on Monday, Dec. 23. At 3:00 p.m. on the day of the show, $25.00 gift certificates, toys, clothing and donations will be accepted in exchange for a ticket to the show on that evening. The ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Exclusive: New Music Posted Online!!

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD have finalized the track listing for their new album, "SYL", due on Feb. 11, 2003 through Century Media Records. Produced by mastermind Devin Townsend at Armoury Studios (FEAR FACTORY, KISS, MÖTLEY CRÜE, VAN HALEN) in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, the band's first collection of new material since 1997's "City" will include the ...

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MICHAEL ANTHONY, SAMMY HAGAR Rock Out In The Morning

VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony joined ex-VAN HALEN singer Sammy Hagar and THE WABORITAS on stage Friday morning (Dec. 13) at the "2002 Mark & Brian Christmas Show", ripping through supercharged versions of "Top Of the World", "Best of Both Worlds" and "Mas Tequila", the latter featuring Michael and Mona sharing bass duties. "The show ...

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REVENGE OF THE TRIADS Cease To Exist

REVENGE OF THE TRIADS, the project featuring Jason Slater (SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY), Charlie Clouser (NINE INCH NAILS), Troy Van Leeuwen (A PERFECT CIRCLE), and Eddie Nappi (HANDSOME), has officially disbanded. The group, who were working on their debut album at the time of their split, were signed to "a bullshit record label called LMC Records ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Guitarist Turns Down DARK ANGEL Slot

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD's Jed Simon has turned down an offer to fill the vacant guitarist slot in DARK ANGEL following the departure of founding member Jim Durkin. Although he had originally agreed to join the Los Angeles thrashers in their reunion bid, Simon has apparently had a change of heart — the reasons for which ...

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DAVID LEE ROTH Sues VAN HALEN!

David Lee Roth has filed suit against Warner Bros. Records and his former bandmates in VAN HALEN, claiming he was underpaid royalties, Billboard Bulletin reports. According to the suit — filed Wednesday in California Superior Court for Los Angeles county — Warner Bros. Records and VAN HALEN signed a 1996 contract to raise the royalty ...

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SPEEDEALER Call It Quits

Texas aggro rockers SPEEDEALER have split up. The following is an official statement from the group on the matter: "SPEEDEALER is dead and will not be resuscitated. Thanks to all who let us sleep on their floors, fed us, bought our merchandise/records, and supported us for all these years. We'd also like to thank everyone ...

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PLANET US Begin Recording Debut CD

PLANET US — the new rock supergroup featuring Neal Schon (guitar, JOURNEY), Sammy Hagar (vocals, ex-VAN HALEN), Deen Castronovo (drums, JOURNEY) and Michael Anthony (bass, VAN HALEN) — entered a San Francisco Bay Area studio this week to begin recording an album the band are hoping to release in 2003. Schon told Launch that after ...

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ELEGY To Tour In 2003

ELEGY frontman Ian Parry has posted the following update regarding the group's toruing plans and the next installment of his CONSORTIUM project: "Dear ELEGY fans, it has come to the attention of the band that there has been advertisements published in German press stating that ELEGY are playing a tour support with a Spanish band. ...

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INSANIA Set Release Date For 'Fantasy'

Swedish melodic metallers INSANIA will release their third album, "Fantasy", on Feb. 3, 2003 through No Fashion Records in Europe. In related news, INSANIA frontman Ola Halén has lined up a two-night stint with his cover band at Pub Anchor in Stockholm on Dec. 13-14. ...

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AMERICAN DOG Sign European Deal

Columbus, Ohio-based AMERICAN DOG, featuring former SALTY DOG bassist Michael Hannon, have signed a European label deal with Germany's Ulftone Records. The band's latest CD, "Red, White. Black & Blue", will be released throughout Europe in February 2003. In the meantime, AMERICAN DOG will be heading back into the studio briefly to record the track ...

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HOUWITSER Name Upcoming Album

Dutch death metallers HOUWITSER have set "Damage Assessment" as the title for their new studio effort, tentatively due sometime next year through Osmose Productions. According to bassist Theo van Eekelen, the fans can expect "one fuck-all blistering death metal masterpiece." Among the songtitles set to appear on the CD are the following: 01. Primitive Mind ...

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SAMMY HAGAR: 'DAVE LEE ROTH Is Unreasonable And He's Shot'

In a recent interview with CNN, vocalist Sammy Hagar revealed that the possibility of rekindling his friendship with the Van Halen brothers was his primary motivation for touring with Dave Lee Roth this summer as part of the laboriously titled "Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth Tour 2002: Song for Song, the Heavyweight Champs of ...

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BLO.TORCH Announce New Singer, Seek Record Deal

Dutch death metallers BLO.TORCH have announced the addition of vocalist Chris van der Valk to the group's lineup following the departure of Michel De Wilde earlier in the year. The band, whose self-titled debut was released through Wicked World Records in 1999, recently performed their first gig with the new singer and are currently writing ...

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Former SINISTER/HOUWITSER Frontman Resurfaces In DEATH SQUAD

Former SINISTER/HOUWITSER frontman Mike van Mastrigt has teamed up with ex-RADIATHOR guitarist Walter Tjwa, drummer Michel, and guitarist J.G. in a brand new group called DEATH SQUAD. Featuring a "fast and aggressive" sound based in the late '80s thrash scene, DEATH SQUAD have completed work on a mini-CD and are currently shopping around for a ...

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GEORGE LYNCH Completes Work On Album Of DOKKEN/LYNCH MOB Remakes

Former DOKKEN guitarist George Lynch has commenced the mixing process for the as-yet-untitled an album of current remakes of DOKKEN and LYNCH MOB songs, which he recently recorded with the help of ex-DOKKEN and current L/P bassist Jeff Pilson (who sings on the DOKKEN tunes) and ex-LYNCH MOB frontman Robert Mason (who handles the LYNCH ...

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PEAVEY ELECTRONICS CORP Launches EDWARD VAN HALEN CUSTOM SHOP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Peavey Electronics Corp., is proud to introduce the Edward Van Halen Custom Shop. That totally tricked-out, customized Wolfgang electric guitar you've been pining for all these years is now only a few mouse clicks away at www.Peavey.com. Peavey's EVH Custom Shop offers guitarists a brilliantly simplistic online user interface where they can ...

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CANDIRIA Get Jazzy Via Label Imprint

According to CANDIRIA's official web site, the first jazz-oriented release on the group's own Coma imprint label, "Five Episodes From the Subconscious", features CANDIRIA's Mike MacIvor and John LaMacchia on bass and guitar respectively, and CANDIRIA drummer Ken Schalk on keyboards. Produced by CANDIRIA at Brooklyn New York's legendary Purple Light Studios, the record also ...

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NECROPHAGIA To Release 'The Divine Art of Torture' In February

NECROPHAGIA — featuring mainman Killjoy, drummer Wayne Fabra Iscariah (ex-IMMORTAL, bass), Frediablo (GORELORD/WURDULAK, guitars), Fug (WURDULAK, guitars), and Mirai Kawashima (SIGH, keyboards) — have finalized the track listing for their new album, "The Divine Art of Torture", due in February 2003 through Season Of Mist Records. It is as follows (in no particular order): 01. ...

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MICHAEL ANTHONY: 'I Haven't Quit VAN HALEN!'

Despite rampant rumors to the contrary, VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony has not left the group to focus on PLANET US, the project he formed with former VAN HALEN frontman Sammy Hagar, JOURNEY guitarist Neal Schon, and JOURNEY drummer Deen Castronovo. "There's a rumor floating around over on the VH1 message boards that I've left ...

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SAMMY HAGAR: I Have Been Contacted By Aliens!

Former VAN HALEN frontman Sammy Hagar is a true believer of extraterrestrial life outside this planet and solar system as well as intelligent life observing humans in their everyday lives. "It's been a long, long time, but back in about '68, in Fontana, California, I had this unbelievable experience that would take this whole interview ...

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SAMMY HAGAR: I Will Never Tour With DAVE LEE ROTH Again

Sammy Hagar, who, along with fellow ex-VAN HALEN frontman David Lee Roth, spent the 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, deteriorating singing voice and vanishing hairline. In an interview with ...

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SILENCER Cancels Tour

Colorado's SILENCER, now featuring in their ranks guitarist Ritchie Wilkison (ANGEL DUST, DEMONS & WIZARDS), has cancelled its southwest "Structures" tour which was slated to start Sunday, Nov. 3 in New Mexico. "Very recent unforeseeable circumstances that have arisen prevent us from getting on the road this November," reads a statement on the group's official ...

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PLANET US To Release Concept Album

The forthcoming debut album from PLANET US — the new rock supergroup featuring Neal Schon (guitar, JOURNEY), Sammy Hagar (vocals, ex-VAN HALEN), Deen Castronovo (drums, JOURNEY) and Michael Anthony (bass, VAN HALEN) — will be a concept record rivaling PINK FLOYD's "Dark Side of the Moon", Hagar told Contra Costa Times' music critic Tony Hicks ...

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