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TROUBLE: New CD Is 'Damn Heavy'

Legendary Chicago doomsters TROUBLE have posted the following message on their official web site: "The good news: TROUBLE has finally begun recording the new full-length CD and it's damn heavy. This thing sounds like they mean business. The guitars are bigger and badder than ever, the drums are huge, and the bass is awesome. Oly ...

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RAINBOW To Reunite For Tour?

According to a posting on The Dio Message Board, RAINBOW may reform for a series of live shows after all. Word has it that Ronnie James Dio's wife Wendy's management company Niji Management may be looking at getting the members of the group back together for a number of live appearances. The lineup ...

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TESLA Headline Benefit Concert For Fire Victims

Rock veterans TESLA headlined a sold out show this past Friday evening at the Providence Performing Arts Center which benefited survivors of the West Warwick Station nightclub fire of two years ago. The Station Family Fund, a non-profit organization founded by fire survivors and the Wake Up To Love foundation hosted the event, which also ...

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JAKE E. LEE: New Album Samples Posted Online

JakeELee.com has uploaded exclusive sample tracks from former OZZY OSBOURNE/BADLANDS guitarist Jake E. Lee's upcoming "covers" album, which is scheduled for release this spring via Shrapnel Records. The CD, which is being engineered by Michael Lardie (formerly of GREAT WHITE), will feature the following lineup of musicians: Jake E. Lee (OZZY OSBOURNE, BADLANDS): ...

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PAT TRAVERS And CARMINE APPICE Hard At Work On New Album

Guitarist Pat Travers and drummer Carmine Appice (VANILLA FUDGE, BLUE MURDER) are in the studio laying down tracks for their second CD, this time for Cleopatra Records. Performing on the album are two acclaimed bass players, Tony Franklin (BLUE MURDER, THE FIRM, WHITESNAKE) and Chuck Wright (QUIET RIOT, ALICE COOPER). The album contains new versions ...

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Bassist TONY FRANKLIN Records With TRAVERS & APPICE, Jams With IRON MAIDEN's MCBRAIN

Bassist extraordinaire Tony Franklin (WHITESNAKE, THE FIRM, BLUE MURDER) has recorded seven tracks for the upcoming, as-yet-untitled album from guitarist Pat Travers and drummer Carmine Appice. "Everything was recorded live in the same room (rare these days!)," Franklin writes on his web site. "We recorded a number of favorites from the live set, including 'Boom ...

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MICHAEL SCHENKER Teams Up With Ex-Members Of SABBATH, PRIEST, MAIDEN On 'Heavy Hitters' CD

Legendary rock producer and musician Bob Kulick (KISS, MEATLOAF) has almost finished producing "Michael Schenker and Heavy Hitters", an all-star lineup of musicians based around guitar virtuoso Michael Schenker (MSG, UFO, SCORPIONS) paying homage to their contemporaries. This 10-track powerhouse collection features an impressive lineup of artists showcasing their renditions of such classic songs as ...

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MANDY LION Working On New Solo Album, DVD

Vocalist Mandy Lion (WWIII, ex-WICKED ALLIANCE) is currently working with his solo band on material for a new CD release. A full-length DVD will also be finished within the first quarter of 2005. Last fall, the reformed WWIII, featuring Lion, Vinny Appice (BLACK SABBATH, DIO) on drums, Jimmy Bain (RAINBOW, DIO) on bass, and Moni ...

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TESLA To Headline STATION FAMILY FUND Benefit Concert

TESLA, SHINEDOWN and VANILLA FUDGE (featuring Pat Travers and Carmine Appice) will take part in a benefit concert on February 25 for the survivors of the Station nightclub fire. The event, which will be hosted by the Wake Up the Love Foundation, will be held at the Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, Rhode Island. ...

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Ex-OZZY OSBOURNE/BADLANDS Guitarist JAKE E. LEE: New Album Details Revealed

More details have been revealed about the upcoming "covers" album currently being recorded by former OZZY OSBOURNE/BADLANDS guitarist Jake E. Lee. The CD, which is being engineered by Michael Lardie (formerly of GREAT WHITE), will feature the following lineup of musicians: Jake E. Lee (OZZY OSBOURNE, BADLANDS): guitars Chris Logan (MSG): Vocals Tim Bogert (VANILLA ...

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JAKE E. LEE: New Album Details Revealed

MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP (MSG) vocalist Chris Logan revealed in a recent online posting that he has completed tracking vocals for the new JAKE E. LEE (OZZY OSBOURNE, BADLANDS) album. The CD "will include several influential cover songs from the '70s classic rock era," according to Logan. "We're doing songs from CACTUS, FREE, JAMES GANG, JOHNNY ...

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UPDATED: Tributes From Metal Musicians Pour In For DIMEBAG DARRELL

A number of heavy metal musicians have paid tribute to Dimebag Darrell (DAMAGEPLAN, ex-PANTERA) who was tragically murdered last night. ------------------------------------------------- Ozzy Osbourne: "Dimebag was a dear friend of mine. I'm absolutely beside myself with grief. I can't for the life of me understand why someone would do this. PANTERA toured with me many, many ...

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CARMINE APPICE, PAUL SHORTINO To Guest On MOONSTONE CD

Carmine Appice (OZZY OSBOURNE, BLUE MURDER, VANILLA FUDGE) and Paul Shortino (ROUGH CUTT, QUIET RIOT, HEAVEN & EARTH) are the latest musicians to confirm their guest appearances on the upcoming CD from MOONSTONE, the new project of Italian guitarist Matteo Filippini. Appice and Shortino will be heard on the song "Pictures of My Lonely Days". ...

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TROUBLE Schedule Live Dates

Reunited Chicago doomsters TROUBLE have lined up the following dates during November: Nov. 19 - Penny Road Pub - Barrington, IL Nov. 27 - Night Caps - Chicago, IL As previously reported, TROUBLE are currently in negotiations with three different labels about the release of the band's recently completed uplugged CD, "Simple Mind Condition", as ...

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THE HOLLYWOOD ALLSTARZ Schedule Hawaiian Dates

THE HOLLYWOOD ALLSTARZ, the new band featuring Jeff Pilson (ex-DOKKEN, DIO) on bass, Chas West (ex-BONHAM, LYNCH MOB) on vocals, Alan Krigger (ex-GIUFFRIA, HOUSE OF LORDS) and Vinny Appice (DIO, ex-BLACK SABBATH) on drums, and Carlos Cavazo (ex-QUIET RIOT) on guitar, have announced the following dates during December: Dec. 3-5 - The Wave - Waikiki, ...

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WWIII Schedule Bakersfield Date

The reformed WWIII, featuring Vinnie Appice (BLACK SABBATH, DIO) on drums, Jimmy Bain (RAINBOW, DIO) on bass, Moni Scaria on guitar and Mandy Lion on vocals, will perform at Vinnie's Bar in Bakersfield, CA, on Saturday, October 30. For information and tickets, call (661)835-7444. Showtime will be 11:30 p.m. In other news, Mandy Lion will ...

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TROUBLE: Negotiating With Record Labels

According to a posting on the group's official web site, reunited Chicago doomsters TROUBLE are currently in negotiations with three different labels about the release of the band's recently completed uplugged CD, "Simple Mind Condition", as well as the upcoming full-length album, "Seven". "That is playing a big role in why the CD is not ...

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MANDY LION To Support W.A.S.P. In Hollywood

WWIII/ex-WICKED ALLIANCE singer Mandy Lion will support W.A.S.P. on October 29 at the Key club in Hollywood, CA. Mandy will hit the stage at 10:00 p.m. sharp. Tickets are $27 dollars the night of the show or $20 dollars if you get them from Lion's web site ahead of time. As previously reported, the reformed ...

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BLACK SABBATH: 'The Complete Recording History' Book Due Next Year

Rockdetector.com executive editor Garry Sharpe-Young has been working on a leviathan account of BLACK SABBATH's complete recording history, from the earliest demos through to the "Reunion" album and, possibly, beyond. Already having two highly praised SABBATH-related titles under his belt, "The Story of the Ozzy Osbourne Band" and "Black Sabbath – Never Say Die", Garry ...

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THE VANILLA FUDGE Schedule Special NYC Appearance

The legendary '60s phenomenon THE VANILLA FUDGE are scheduled to perform a special engagement at B.B. King's club in New York City on Sept. 8. The FUDGE, featuring Carmine Appice, Tim Bogert, Bill Pascali and Teddy Rondinelli, are currently riding high on the heels of their latest CD release, "The Return", and plan to perform ...

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END OF THE ROPE: CD-Release Party To Be Held This Weekend

Tampa, FL-based metal band END OF THE ROPE will hold a release party for their full-length debut, "Through Callow Eyes", this weekend at Boomerz Boiler Room in St. Petersburg, FL. The CD was produced by Erik Rutan (HATE ETERNAL, MORBID ANGEL) and Vinny Saletto (GENITORTURERS). A four-song sampler can be found here. "Through ...

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Drummer BOBBY RONDINELLI Quits BLUE ÖYSTER CULT

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT drummer Bobby Rondinelli has officially quit the group in order to pursue his work with hard rock ensemble THE LIZARDS. Rondinelli, who has also played with the likes of BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW and RIOT, has toured and recorded with THE LIZARDS for several years now and is looking forward to exclusively dedicating ...

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