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DIO To Release 'Sacred Heart' On DVD Through RHINO HOME VIDEO

DIO will release "Sacred Heart", a live performance from the sold-out Philadelphia Spectrum on DVD format Tuesday, March 23, 2004 through Rhino Home Video. The performance, first released on VHS, features 60 minutes of DIO classics in all their live glory with Ronnie James Dio, Vinny Appice, Jimmy Bain, Craig Goldy and Claude Schnell. Track ...

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JEFF PILSON To Rejoin DIO?

KNAC.com is reporting that bassist Jeff Pilson (ex-DOKKEN) will be reuniting with former bandmates in DIO to record the group's as-yet-untitled new album. Pilson replaces Jimmy Bain, who recently exited the band. Frontman Ronnie James Dio, guitarist Craig Goldy, drummer Simon Wright and Pilson will be entering the studio in April to record ...

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TRAVERS/APPICE Collaboration Changes Name

Because of another band with the same name, the forthcoming project featuring legendary rock drummer Carmine Appice (OZZY OSBOURNE, VANILLA FUDGE, BLUE MURDER) and guitarist Pat Travers will now be called TRAVERS & APPICE. Their forthcoming CD, to be released on the German-based SPV label, has been re-titled "It Takes A Lot Of Balls". Says ...

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It's Official: JIMMY BAIN Exits DIO

DIO bassist Jimmy Bain has officially left the band, according to KNAC.com (originally reported here in January). No replacement has been named at the present time. Ronnie James Dio commented, "Jimmy has chosen to follow his own career path, and we wish him well." Ronnie, guitarist Craig Goldy and drummer Simon ...

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TRAVERS/APPICE Collaboration Due In The Spring

Legendary rock drummer Carmine Appice (OZZY OSBOURNE, VANILLA FUDGE, BLUE MURDER) has announced the completion of his collaboration with guitarist Pat Travers, to be titled "TNA". The disc will initially be released on the German-based label SPV. According to Appice, who kicks off a month-and-half European tour with VANILLA FUDGE March 10, "the recording just ...

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BLUE MURDER To Tour Japan In April?

Guitarist John Sykes (WHITESNAKE, THIN LIZZY) will reportedly play a few dates in Japan as BLUE MURDER in April. It is not presently clear which musicians will make up the rest of Sykes' touring band. According to the Japanese promoter Creativeman, BLUE MURDER will play the following shows: Apr. 16 – Osaka, JPN ...

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APPICE/BAIN/CAVAZO Supergroup To Collaborate With BONHAM Singer

The new band featuring drummer Vinny Appice (ex-BLACK SABBATH, DIO), bassist Jimmy Bain (ex-DIO, RAINBOW) and guitarist Carlos Cavazo (ex-QUIET RIOT) are scheduled to do some writing with vocalist Chas West (BONHAM) this week, an informed source has told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. It is not presently clear if West will become a permanent member of this as-yet-unnamed ...

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JIMMY BAIN Out Of DIO?

According to Germany's Rock Hard magazine, bassist Jimmy Bain is rumored to have left DIO and hooked up with drummer Vinny Appice (BLACK SABBATH, DIO) and guitarist Carlos Cavazo (QUIET RIOT) in a new, as-yet-singerless project. Cavazo was previously reported to be writing songs with former LYNCH MOB vocalist Oni Logan. No further information is ...

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CARMINE APPICE Signs On As SLINGERLAND's Spokesperson

Legendary rock drummer Carmine Appice (VANILLA FUDGE, OZZY OSBOURNE, ROD STEWART) has signed on as an exclusive-spokesperson for the U.S.-made Gibson/Slingerland Drums, effective immediately. "Slingerland has always been the premier drum company and I couldn't be happier with this new arrangement. It will be an honor to represent them and I look forward to developing ...

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VANILLA 'FUDGE-d' On MSNBC

On the MSNBC show "Scarborough Country" this past Monday — from The Intrepid in New York City — the host, former congressman Joe Scarborough, had as his guest the members of legendary '60s rock band VANILLA FUDGE. Prior to the interview, the spot was promoted as "Rock band supports the war." In the standard pre-interview, ...

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JEFF PILSON Jams At STATION FAMILY FUND Benefit

Former DOKKEN bassist Jeff Pilson has posted the following message on his web site: "I jammed at the Benefit for the Station Family Fund on Friday the 7th — what a blast! I played with Vinny Appice (still one of my dearest friends, along with wife Justine), Alan Krigger (also long-time friend and drummer for ...

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'ROCK FOR X-MAS' Raising Funds For Families In Need

Rock 4 XMAS, a foundation that helps provide toys and the overall Christmas spirit to less fortunate families across the country, will launch a 30+ city tour will be begin on October 30 in Salt Lake City, UT with many '70s, '80s and '90s stars of the music business set to perform. This year's star ...

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REB BEACH To Team Up With RUDY SARZO In New Band

Former WINGER and current WHITESNAKE guitarist Reb Beach will be teaming up with ex-QUIET RIOT bassist Rudy Sarzo in a brand-new as-yet-unnamed project. "We are talking with singers now, and hope to go out as early as December," Beach revealed in an online posting. "We are considering Aynsley Dunbar [ex-UFO, WHITESNAKE, MSG] and Carmine Appice ...

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BLACK SABBATH's 'Never Say Die!': The SABBATH Book That Leaves No Stone Unturned

Rockdetector (www.rockdetector.com), the world's biggest rock & metal database (having just clocked up over 21,000 artists...) has just published the 400-page BLACK SABBATH biography "Never Say Die!" Written by editor Garry Sharpe-Young, the man behind the acclaimed OZZY OSBOURNE band biography of last year, "Never Say Die!" documents by way of exclusive interviews ...

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Former BLUE MURDER Bassist To Release Second Solo Album

Bassist extraordinaire Tony Franklin (BLUE MURDER, THE FIRM) will release his second solo album in Japan on August 21 through JVC Records. Titled "Wonderland", the CD features guest appearances by Franklin's former BLUE MURDER bandmate Carmine Appice (drums, ex-OZZY OSBOURNE, VANILLA FUDGE), Gregg Bissonette (DAVID LEE ROTH, JOE SATRIANI), and a rare vocal appearance by ...

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TONY FRANLIN Says He Knows Nothing About A BLUE MURDER Reunion

Former THE FIRM bassist Tony Franklin has refuted the reports of his involvement in an upcoming reunion of BLUE MURDER, the classic early '90s hard rock band he helped launch with guitarist/vocalist John Sykes (THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE) and Carmine Appice (OZZY OSBOURNE, VANILLA FUDGE). "I've had a number of people asking about the possibility of ...

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BLUE MURDER To Embark On Reunion Tour In September?

BLUE MURDER, the much-missed "supergroup" featuring guitarist John Sykes (ex-WHITESNAKE, THIN LIZZY), drummer Carmine Appice (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE, VANILLA FUDGE) and bassist Tony Franklin (ex-THE FIRM), will be reforming for some European dates in September, according to the web site of Sykes' management company, Coallier Entertainment Ltd. No further information is available at this ...

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KELLY KEELING To Tour Europe With ERIK NORLANDER

Vocalist/guitarist Kelly Keeling (BATON ROUGE, BLUE MURDER, MSG, GUITAR ZEUS, JOHN NORUM) will be joining Erik Norlander and Lana Lane in Europe in support of Erik's CD release "Music Machine". Kelly was the main vocalist on Erik's album and "feels privileged to support Erik on his European tour," according to Keeling's official web site. During ...

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KELLY KEELING To Make Live Debut As Solo Artist

Vocalist/guitarist Kelly Keeling (BATON ROUGE, BLUE MURDER, MSG, GUITAR ZEUS, JOHN NORUM) will make his first live appearance as a solo artist on Sunday, Feb. 23 at The Joint in Los Angeles, California. Keeling's upcoming solo debut will include guest appearances by Vinny Appice (BLACK SABBATH, DIO), Carmine Appice (OZZY OSBOURNE, VANILLA FUDGE), Kerry Livgen ...

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AGNOSTIC FRONT Guitarist Signs Deal With STILLBORN RECORDS

Stillborn Records, the label headed up by HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta, have inked a deal with AGNOSTIC FRONT guitarist Vinny Stigma. Also freshly signed to the label are Connecticut's WITH HONOR, who include in their ranks former members of HAMARTIA and IN PIECES. WITH HONOR's first release for Stillborn will be an EP that they ...

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The Edge Of The World - MARK BOALS

It's small wonder that this singer can come up with anything remotely musically coherent considering he's trudged the mental treadmill that is YNGWIE J MALMSTEEN'S RISING FORCE for two separate terms, and consequently twice dropped ungraciously through the exit trapdoor at the end — though it's worth noting of course that he isn't entirely absolved ...

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KELLY KEELING Lines Up Hard Rock Veterans For Upcoming Solo CD

Vocalist/guitarist Kelly Keeling (BATON ROUGE, BLUE MURDER, MSG, GUITAR ZEUS, JOHN NORUM, etc.), currently signed to Holland's Mascot Records as a solo artist, has posted the following update via his official web site: "I am in Los Angeles recording what I hope will be the last seven songs for the album. "Vinnie Appice rocked last ...

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COSMOSQUAD To Issue Live Album In November

L.A.-based instrumental all-star outfit, COSMOSQUAD, are currently readying their first ever live album, titled Live at the Baked Potato, due out in November via guitarist Jeff Kollman's Marmaduke label. Recorded and mixed by Kollman and David Knauer (ERIC GALES, etc.), the disc features 14 songs from both the self-titled COSMOSQUAD debut and 2002's highly acclaimed ...

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Through The Storm - RIOT

Tipton/Downing. Murray/Smith. Shermann/Denner. You with me here? Let me add to that list the fourth-best metal guitar duo of all time: Reale/Flyntz. But like RIOT in general, they have yet to receive the same level of recognition as the others (except in Japan!). Despite this, RIOT continues to release album after album of quality metal, ...

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'BLACK SABBATH Story' Videos To Be Released On DVD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TWO 'BLACK SABBATH STORY' HOME VIDEOS TO BE RELEASED ON DVD AND VHS BY SANCTUARY ON SEPTEMBER 24, 2002 BLACK SABBATH pioneered true heavy metal, and a fascinating look into the British band's turbulent history is covered on two individual DVD and VHS releases, The Black Sabbath Story: Volume One and The ...

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