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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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Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Frontman To Issue Solo CD

Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN frontman Mark Boals will issue a solo album, entitled Edge Of The World, in Japan on October 23rd though Marquee Inc, and in other territories shortly after. Described in an official press release as "his most diverse and creative solo album yet," Edge Of The World "is very much a melodic hard ...

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CARMINE APPICE Speaks Out On "THE OSBOURNES" And Friendship With OZZY

Former OZZY OSBOURNE/BLUE MURDER drummer Carmine Appice still considers Ozzy his friend despite the fact that Sharon Osbourne fired him from the group under acrimonious circumstances back in 1984 (which eventually led to Appice suing the couple). In an interview with Electribasement.com's David L. Wilson, Carmine stated that "When I first saw [The Osbournes], I ...

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CARMINE APPICE To Appear On DRUM RADIO

Former OZZY OSBOURNE/BLUE MURDER drummer Carmine Appice has contributed a segment called The Carmine Appice Weather Report to Drum Radio, which can be accessed online at this location. The first show, which features guest Anton Fig (i.e. Late Show With David Letterman), will reportedly be up by July 13th. ...

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XYZ Reunite, Ink Deal With MTM RECORDS

'80s melodic hard rockers XYZ have reformed and are currently working on a comeback album for MTM Records that will feature original members Terry Ilous on vocals, Paul Monroe on drums, Marc Diglio on guitars and new member/guitarist JK Northrup. ROUGH CUTT/ex-QUIET RIOT bassist Sean McNabb and former BLUE MURDER four-stringer Tony Franklin will handle ...

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Former DEATH Touring Guitarist Completes Work On Solo Debut

Former DEATH touring guitarist and current MILLENIUM axeman Ralph Santolla has completed work on his debut solo album, entitled Shaolin Monks In The Temple Of Metal. Completely based on his guitar skills, "the CD is expected to please not only all the fans of the Florida-based guitar player, but generally all fans of Satriani, Tony ...

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DANIEL CAVANAGH To Rejoin ANATHEMA?

Guitarist Daniel "Danny" Cavanagh has decided to rejoin Britain's ANATHEMA, and is hoping to bring his brother Jamie, the group's original bassist, back into the band's ranks with him. After careful consideration, based on the truth, my deepest feelings and the wishes of our mum Helen, I have decided to change my mind about leaving ...

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In Memory Of RANDY CASTILLO

A memorial site has been set up for late OZZY OSBOURNE/MOTLEY CRUE drummer Randy Castillo at www.randycastillo.com. The following written tributes were taken from the above-mentioned site: Carmine Appice (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE/BLUE MURDER): I just heard and I am shocked about Randy's passing. He was a great fellow drummer and the nicest guy. I ...

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LANA LANE, ERIK NORLANDER Line Up All-Star Live Band

Lana Lane and Erik Norlander will launch their 2002 world tour with a special warm up concert at the world-famous Troubadour, Monday, April 22, 2002, in West Hollywood, California. This will be their only US appearance on the tour, and they have arranged a very special musician line-up to deliver their usual 2-1/2 hour concert. ...

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ANDY "Undie" SNEAP Shoots From The Hip!

It's been quite some time since we last got an official update from former SABBAT guitarist and acclaimed producer Andy Undie Sneap, so in the interest of making up for lost time, we will let this English fool fill us in what he's been up to. And while at it, we'll even let him have ...

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TONY FRANKLIN Unveils "Secret" Project

Bassist extraordinaire Tony Franklin (i.e. DAVID COVERDALE, BLUE MURDER) has shed light on his much-rumored “secret” project which he has been hinting at but not offered any concrete information about in his previous postings on his official web site. Until now, that is. According to Franklin, “the 'Secret Project' is now out in the open! ...

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Former YNGWIE, SABBATH Members Appear On Upcoming Lana Lane CD!

Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN vocalist Mark Boals has collaborated with female singer Lana Lane on the latter's new album, entitled Project Shangri-La, which is scheduled to receive a worldwide release on January 23rd. Mark is said to have contributed songwriting and vocals to the track "Time To Say Goodbye", a duet with Lana, which was reportedly ...

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Archive News Nov 12, 2001

NEVERMORE have dismissed as “totally false” the statement issued by the group's record company, Century Media Records, on Thursday, October 8th that indicated that the band had withdrawn from the five-date east coast/midwest tour with OVERKILL (which was scheduled to run from November 25th through December 2nd) in order to begin work ...

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Archive News Jul 23, 2001 - update 2

ANOTHERDAY, the New York-based outfit that includes in its line-up former DRAIN STH guitarist Flavia Canel, is currently wrapping up work on a four-song demo.


Sweden's THE PROJECT HATE MCMXCIX, who include in their ranks ENTOMBED bassist Jorgen Sandstrom, will be holding a release party for their upcoming album, entitled ...

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Archive News Jul 20, 2001

METALLICA guitarist/vocalist James Hetfield has entered an undisclosed rehabilitation facility for “alcoholism and other addictions”, according to a message posted by the band on their official web site yesterday. Here is the group's statement in its entirety:

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“To Our Friends:

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“We would like you ...

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Archive News Jul 17, 2001

ENTOMBED have finalized the track listing for their upcoming Morning Star CD, which is due at the end of August through Music For Nations Records in Europe. The complete and final track listing for the album is as follows:

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01. Chief Rebel Angel

02. I ...

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Archive News Jun 11, 2001

KUSH, the Los Angeles-based 'supergroup' that includes in its ranks FEAR FACTORY bassist Christian Olde Wolbers, FEAR FACTORY drummer Raymond Herrera, DEFTONES guitarist Stephen Carpenter and CYPRESS HILL frontman B-Real, is due to make its first-ever live appearance tonight, June 11th, at Club Vinyl in Hollywood, CA. Also performing at the show will be LOS ...

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Archive News Jun 02, 2001

All the shows for the upcoming Tattoo The Planet European tour—featuring PANTERA, SLAYER, CRADLE OF FILTH and STATIC-X—have been announced. The dates are as follows:

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Sept. 14 - Birmingham, UK @ NIA Academy

Sept. 15 - London, UK @ Wembley Arena

Sept. 16 - Glasgow, UK @ S.E.C.C.

Sept. 18 - Leuven, BEL @ ...

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Archive News May 26, 2001

Thrash Of The Titans publicist/co-organizer Jerry Allen has sent us the following update on the benefit concert for TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy (tentatively scheduled to take place on August 11th at San Francisco's Maritime Hall), who was recently diagnosed with cancer:

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'We are seeking a larger venue to accommodate the newly added headliners, ANTHRAX, ...

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