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JEFF SCOTT SOTO To Tour Australia In September

According to a posting at Jeff Scott Soto's web site, the TALISMAN/ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN vocalist is planning on embarking on an Australian tour beginning in early September. Among the cities that will be covered on the trek are Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Hobart (Tazmania). More details on the tour, which is being organized by Andrew ...

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Former PUSHED Singer Launches PERSQUAREINCH

Former PUSHED singer Travis Neal and has formed a new band with Dan Trujillo (ex-18 BONEZ) on guitar, Shane Monaghan (ex-18 BONEZ) on bass, and Jared Clayton on drums. Dubbed PERSQUAREINCH, the new group "is what I've been starving for for a few years now," said Neal. "There is no boundaries in the writing style, ...

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SOTO/SCHON/CASTRONOVO/MENDOZA Supergroup Gets A Name

The new "supergroup" formed by singer Jeff Scott Soto (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, TALISMAN, AXEL RUDI PELL, TAKARA, HUMAN CLAY), guitarist Neal Schon and drummer Deen Castronovo (both of JOURNEY) and bassist Marco Mendoza (THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE, TED NUGENT) has been christened SOUL SIRKUS. Eleven tracks are completed and will be handled and shopped by Irving Azoff ...

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JEFF SCOTT SOTO: Drummer ALEX PAPA Leaves The Fold

Vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (TALISMAN, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) has parted ways with the drummer from his solo band, Alex Papa. "Alex has decided to pursue other avenues in his career," Jeff said in a statement. "I and the rest of the band support his decisions and wish him nothing but every success in his future endeavors. ...

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JEFF SCOTT SOTO: New Solo Album On The Way

In addition to his brand-new, as-yet-unnamed project with Neal Schon and Deen Castronovo (both of JOURNEY) and Marco Mendoza (WHITESNAKE, BLUE MURDER, THIN LIZZY), singer Jeff Scott Soto has started recording his highly anticipated third solo album, tentatively titled "Lost In The Translation". Jeff has confirmed that Neal Schon will co-write a song and appear ...

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JOURNEY's NEAL SCHON To Make G3 Appearance

According to the official JOURNEY web site, Neal Schon will be making two special guest appearances on the G3 '03 tour with Joe Satriani, Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai. He will perform on Friday, October 17 at the Chronicle Pavilion in Concord, California and Monday, October 27 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. (Thanks: ...

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All-Star BEATLES Cover Band Appear On 'Modern Drummer' DVD

YELLOW MATTER CUSTARD, the BEATLES cover band consisting of Paul Gilbert (RACER X/ex-MR. BIG) on guitar, Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER) on drums, Neal Morse (ex-SPOCK'S BEARD) on guitar and keyboards, and Matt Bissonette (DAVID LEE ROTH) on bass, have contributed three tracks ("While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "I Am The Walrus" and "A Day In ...

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SKINLAB's ESQUIVEL To Collaborate With Ex-PUSHED Singer

SKINLAB frontman Steev Esquivel has posted the following message to the band's official web site: "Hey what's up everyone. I wanted to give you the low down on DEF IGNITION. I entered the recording stages of the project. As of last week, I started collaborating with production team Marc Pattison and Luke Shedd of Bay ...

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Money Talks - CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER

Following the reissue of the Californian speedcore merchants benchmark debut album "Convicted", there is some debate over whether that or follow-up "Money Talks" is the better of the two. Beyond the sonic rage factor to be taken into consideration, the artwork is certainly superior on 1987's "Money Talks". Drawn by Jeff Harp from the equally ...

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DREAM THEATER Drummer Guests On NEAL MORSE Solo CD

DREAM THEATER's Mike Portnoy is the featured drummer on the forthcoming solo CD, entitled "Testimony", from former SPOCK'S BEARD frontman and Portnoy's TRANSLATLANTIC bandmate Neal Morse, due on September 23 through Radiant Records. "I guess now that the cat is out of the bag, it is safe for me to report that I do indeed ...

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PAPA ROACH Singer Gets Behind DIE TRYING

PAPA ROACH frontman Jacoby Shaddix is reportedly teaming up with label Island Def Jam to promote Sacramento, California's DIE TRYING, who released their self-titled debut album on Tuesday (June 10). The band's first single "Oxygen's Gone" is currently at Number 33 on the Radio & Records singles chart. Shaddix heard the band's music early on, ...

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All-Star BEATLES Tribute Band To Issue Live DVD

YELLOW MATTER CUSTARD, the BEATLES cover band consisting of Paul Gilbert (RACER X/ex-MR. BIG) on guitar, Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER) on drums, Neal Morse (ex-SPOCK'S BEARD) on guitar and keyboards, and Matt Bissonette (DAVID LEE ROTH) on bass, recorded their one-off headlining gig at B.B. King's in New York City Sunday night (May 18) for ...

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SPOCK'S BEARD To Release 'Feel Euphoria' In July

SPOCK'S BEARD have set a July 8 North American release date for their new album, "Feel Euphoria". The CD, the group's first to feature drummer Nick D'Virgilio as lead vocalist, will contain the following tracks: 01. Onomatopoeia 02. The Bottom Line 03. Feel Euphoria 04. Shining Star 05. East of Eden, West of Memphis 06. ...

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IRON MAIDEN: New Album Mastered

IRON MAIDEN have finished mastering the much-anticipated follow-up to 2000's "Brave New World", due later in the year through Sony/Columbia Records. The following is producer Kevin Shirley's latest posting to his official web site: "Woah - New York is such a fun city and now I'm in 'clear air chop' on a very bumpy teeth-rattling ...

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DREAM THEATER Drummer Forms BEATLES Tribute Band

For his May 17 appearance at the Modern Drummer Festival, DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy has assembled a one-off lineup of musicians to fulfill one of his dreams of playing in a BEATLES tribute band. The project will be called YELLOW MATTER CUSTARD and will feature Mike Portnoy, Matt Bissonette and Neal Morse. Due to ...

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JACK BLADES Signs Solo Deal With FRONTIERS RECORDS

Jack Blades, frontman, bassist, lead singer and songwriter for such million-selling rock bands as NIGHT RANGER and DAMN YANKEES, has secured a home for his highly anticipated solo debut with Frontiers Records, signing a deal for European and Asian territories. "I am so excited about having this opportunity to do my own record after 20 ...

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SAMMY HAGAR Confirms Live Album, PLANET US Delay

Former VAN HALEN frontman Sammy Hagar has sent out a message to his mailing list updating fans on his upcoming plans. It reads as follows: "Hey REDheads, The Internet moves quicker than me so I'll give you a half-ass version, lol, of what's going on. The tour this year is still being put together. That ...

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PLANET US To Begin Recording Debut

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) — are scheduled to enter a San Francisco Bay Area studio this week to begin recording their debut album for a late 2003 release. "We are supposed to ...

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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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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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TESTAMENT's PETERSON Joins Guitar Legends For All-Star Jam

TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson joined Joe Satriani, Dave Meniketti (Y&T), Neal Schon and the rest of JOURNEY for an "all-star" jam at the conclusion of Bone Bash III, a one-day rock festival that took place Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Chronicle Pavilion in Concord, California. The following is an eyewitness account sent to us by ...

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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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