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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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VAN HALEN Singer Trio To Share Stage In Boston

Former VAN HALEN frontman Gary Cherone will reportedly join fellow ex-VH singer Sammy Hagar and VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony for an encore rendition of one of VAN HALEN's Sammy-era tunes (likely to be "Dreams") during the August 28th stop of the Heavyweight Champs of Rock and Roll tour (also featuring fellow ex-VH singer Dave ...

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AC/DC Frontman's "Helen Of Troy" Musical Gets Postponed

Helen of Troy, the much-anticipated collaboration between AC/DC singer Brian Johnson and the Sarasota Ballet has been postponed until November, with a production of Swan Lake replacing the show during its originally-announced late March slot. According to the Sarasota Herald Tribune, the ballet has cited fund-raising problems for the postponement of the $1.2 million production, ...

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ZAKK WYLDE Threatens Interviewer Over "Gay" Comment

OZZY OSBOURNE/BLACK LABEL SOCIETY guitarist Zakk Wylde snapped during an interview with St. Louis DJ Guy Favazz (of KSHE-95 Real Rock Radio) on Monday, August 19th after being asked about the rumors of baseball superstar Mike Piazza (Zakk's "best friend" and Godfather of one of his children) being gay. The following is Favazz's account of ...

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PURE SWEET HELL Land On MTV2

PURE SWEET HELL, the side project of NEVERMORE drummer Van Williams, have apparently made it to MTV2. Here's the band's official press release on the matter: "Iann Robinson, the lone Metal Crusader who does MTV News (you know the dude with the tattoos, sporting the mohawk), at the end of one of his news broadcasts ...

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JIMI HENDRIX Tops Guitar Greats Poll

Rock legend JIMI HENDRIX has been voted the greatest guitarist of all time in a poll of readers of UK music magazine Total Guitar. LED ZEPPELIN's Jimmy Page came in at number two, while former CREAM member-turned-soloist Eric Clapton landed at three. Also appearing in the Top 20 are Slash (ex-GUNS N' ROSES), Eddie Van ...

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INCANTATION Cancel Indiana Date

INCANTATION will NOT be performing at tonight's Indianapolis, Indiana date of the Summer Blasphemy tour and will be rejoining the trek on Wednesday, August 7th at the I-Rock in Detroit, Michigan. As reported earlier today, INCANTATION were forced to cancel their appearances in Lima, Ohio on August 4th, St. Louis, Missouri on August 5th and ...

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VAN HALEN Bassist To Join SAMMY HAGAR At Free New York Gig

VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony will be joining ex-VH frontman SAMMY HAGAR and THE WABORITAS on stage at Irving Plaza in New York City on August 29th. According to Anthony's official web site, "Sammy is putting on a free show at Irving Plaza and will be distributing half of the tickets to Port Authority cops ...

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INCANTATION Cancel Shows

INCANTATION were forced to cancel their appearances in Lima, Ohio on August 4th and St. Louis, Missouri on August 5th after their touring van broke down following the group's show in Buffalo, New York on August 3rd. IMPALED, DECAPITATED, VEHEMENCE and DEAD TO FALL were expected to go ahead with both gigs, as scheduled. ...

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MELDRUM To Perform California Gigs

Stockholm, Sweden's MELDRUM, featuring former PHANTOM BLUE guitarist Michelle Meldrum, will be playing several dates in Los Angeles, California during September. Exact dates and venues will be announced shortly. Here is a list of the band's currently-confirmed upcoming shows: Sep. 14 - Van Nuys, CA @ U.S. Paladinos Sep. 27 – Södertälje, SWE @ TBA ...

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SAMMY HAGAR: DAVE LEE ROTH Is An Asshole!

The following item appeared in today's edition of the New York Post: Sammy Hagar, finished with fellow VAN HALEN frontman David Lee Roth, is dissing Diamond Dave's oversize ego, deteriorating singing voice and vanishing hairline. Hagar and Roth had been co-headlining this summer's laboriously titled "Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth Tour 2002: Song for ...

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Former OZZY OSBOURNE Drummer Comments On New BILLY IDOL Keyboardist, Unreleased BALL Album

Former OZZY OSBOURNE and current BILLY IDOL drummer Brian Tichy recently commented on the addition of YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ex-DREAM THEATER keyboardist Derek Sherinian to IDOL's summer touring line-up. Said Tichy: "There's a new keyboardist in the mix... It's none other than...the keyboardist's keyboardist... the hardest working keyboardist in the music business... the keyboardist with the full ...

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OZZY, SHARON OSBOURNE Slapped With Lawsuit Over MTV Show

Ozzy Osbourne and his wife/manager Sharon are being sued by a Hollywood producer who claims he originated the idea for the couples' successful family reality show on MTV, according to Launch. Producer Gary Binkow reportedly filed the lawsuit on Thursday, July 25th in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging that in 1998, he conceived and developed ...

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THE GATHERING Set Release Date For "Black Light District"

Holland's THE GATHERING will issue their brand new mini-CD, entitled Black Light District, on September 16th via their own Psychonaut Records. According to drummer Hans Rutten, "we are still busy (will it ever stop :o) finishing our new full length, which will be released early 2003. Due to some touring we will do in August ...

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SILVERCHAIR To Issue New Single

SILVERCHAIR will issue the third single, "Luv Your Life", from their Diorama CD in Australia on September 2nd. The single will be released on limited edition 7" vinyl and CD. The vinyl will feature an exclusive orchestral and vocal version of the song called "The Van Dyke Premix" as a B-side. Only 500 copies of ...

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EDDIE VAN HALEN To Appear On TOTO Guitarist's Christmas Album

VAN HALEN guitarist Eddie Van Halen will make a rare recorded appearance on TOTO guitarist Steve Lukather's upcoming Christmas album, Santamental, due in September, according to Launch. Van Halen reportedly appears on a rendition of the standard "Joy To The World" that Lukather stated would sound a bit different than what most people would expect. ...

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STAR ONE To Embark On European Tour

STAR ONE, the project led by AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE), will embark on a short European tour in late September/early October. Dubbed Intergalactic Space Crusaders, the tour will cover Holland, Germany, France and Belgium will feature renditions of STAR ONE and AYREON material. The nine musicians that will reportedly partake in the festivities ...

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SAMMY HAGAR, MICHAEL ANTHONY: Upcoming Jam Schedule

VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony will be joining ex-VH frontman SAMMY HAGAR and THE WABORITAS on stage at the following dates on the second leg of the HAGAR/ROTH tour: Jul. 25 - Ford Center - Oklahoma City, OK Jul. 26 - Sandstone Amphitheater - Kansas City, MO Jul. 28 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - San ...

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AC/DC Frontman's "HELEN OF TROY" Musical To Premier In March

Helen of Troy, an action-filled love story/musical based on Greek mythology that features brand new material composed by AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson, is scheduled to premier at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, Florida during the week of March 20-25, 2003. As previously reported, Johnson is working with British composer Brendan Healy and ...

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EDDIE VAN HALEN Breaks Silence On Split With Wife

VAN HALEN guitarist Eddie Van Halen has broken his silence over his recently-announced split with wife Valerie Bertinelli in the current issue of People magazine (dated July 22, 2002), which features a small photo of Bertinelli on the cover. "We're friends," the 47-year-old guitarist told the magazine. "We love each other. We're just separated. I ...

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SAMMY HAGAR: VAN HALEN Is Over For Good!

Former VAN HALEN frontman Sammy Hagar revealed several interesting items about VAN HALEN's comeback plans during a recent interview with reporter Patrick Berkery of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Among the revelations that are due to be detailed in the article—which is set to be published on August 16th—are the following: **VAN HALEN is over for good, ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE Guitarist Welcomes Newest Addition To Family

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY leader/OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Zakk Wylde and family welcomed their newest addition, Hendrix Halen Michael Rhoads Wylde, on Tuesday, July 9th, at 3:40 AM Pacific time. Hendrix is the third child in the Wylde clan. Zakk Wylde is already back at work rehearsing for Ozzfest 2002 which kicks off tomorrow night in Scranton, ...

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VAN HALEN Guitarist, Wife Split Up

47-year-old VAN HALEN guitarist Eddie Van Halen, and wife Valerie Bertinelli, 42, have split up after 21 years together. Break-up rumors dogged the couple through Eddie's fight against alcoholism and his tongue-cancer scare, but this time it's official. "Because they are the parents of a young son, they have requested that their family's privacy be ...

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