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ACE FREHLEY: 'With Me, Every Day Is A Crapshoot'

UK-based music journalist Dave Ling has posted the following update on his web site: "[The] phone interview [I conducted] with Ace Frehley [on Friday, January 18] represented the realisation of another lifetime ambition. I've always been fascinated by the enigmatic former KISS guitarist, who admitted during our conversation: 'On some days I wake up and ...

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KISS: Photos From NAMM Posted Online

KISS' official web site, KissOnline.com, has been updated with photos from this year's winter NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show, which took place January 17-20 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Included are pictures of KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley at the Washburn booth, where he signed autographs and both Bruce ...

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FORBIDDEN Added To New York's TMT METAL FESTIVAL

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area metallers FORBIDDEN have been added to the TMT Metal Festival, set to take place July 18-20 at the Skyview Drag Strip in Tioga Center, upstate New York. The festival billing is shaping up as follows: FORBIDDEN FLOTSAM and JETSAM RAVEN HELSTAR CHRIS CAFFERY ATTACKER DEATHRIDERS (feat. Neil Turbin) HATRED "METAL" ...

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GENE SIMMONS Interviewed On CNBC's 'Mad Money'; Video Available

Jim Cramer, host of the "Mad Money" TV show on CNBC, participated in KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons' firing from Donald Trump's NBC show "The Apprentice: Celebrity Edition" after Gene's team lost this week's task, an Eastman Kodak. Cramer, who was acting as a judge on "The Apprentice", admitted he didn't want to fire Simmons, who ...

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CONTROL DENIED: 'The Fragile Art Of Existence' To Be Reissued

"The Fragile Art of Existence", the debut album from late DEATH mastermind Chuck Schuldiner's CONTROL DENIED project, will be reissued on February 11 via Poland's Metal Mind Productions (April 15 in the U.S. via MVD). The remastered limited-edition digipack title (limited to 2,000 copies) will be made available on golden disc, digitally remastered using 24-bit ...

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MESHUGGAH: Photos From 'obZen' Listening Party Posted Online

Swedish experimental extreme metallers MESHUGGAH held a listening party for their new album, "obZen", on Saturday, January 12 at the NRG Studios in North Hollywood, California. Attending the event were producer Roy Z (HALFORD, BRUCE DICKINSON, SEBASTIAN BACH), Gene Hoglan (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, TESTAMENT, DEATH, DARK ANGEL), Christian Olde Wolbers (FEAR FACTORY), Raymond Herrera (FEAR ...

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DEATH ANGEL, FORBIDDEN Announce Second San Francisco Date

Bay Area metal veterans DEATH ANGEL and FORBIDDEN have added a second show at Slim's in San Francisco, California. The two groups will now play the venue on Thursday, February 28 — one day before the previously announced Slim's date, which has now apparently officially sold out. Tickets for the new concert go on sale ...

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DEATH: 'Symbolic' Reissue Track Listing Revealed

BLABBERMOUTH.NET can exclusively reveal the track listing for the upcoming reissue of DEATH's classic 1995 album "Symbolic", due on April 1 via Roadrunner Records. The remastered LP will include the original album tracks plus several previously unreleased, ultra-rare, mostly instrumental demo recordings that were completed in early 1994 with the lineup of Chuck Schuldiner (guitar), ...

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MELDRUM: Hollywood Show Cancelled

MELDRUM, the Swedish/American band led by former PHANTOM BLUE guitarist Michelle Meldrum (wife of EUROPE axeman John Norum), has issued the following update: "We regret to inform that MELDRUM has been forced to cancel its scheduled concert at the Whisky in Hollywood, California on January 17, as U.S. immigration officials have denied one of the ...

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Reunited FORBIDDEN: More West Coast Dates Planned

Guitarist Craig Locicero of the reunited San Franciso Bay Area metallers FORBIDDEN has issued the following update: "First off, we have to let everyone know that [drummer] Gene Hoglan [STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DEATH, DARK ANGEL, TESTAMENT] WILL be playing our first few gigs in February, not Paul Bostaph [TESTAMENT, SLAYER, EXODUS]. Paul has been busy ...

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LIFE OF AGONY: NYC Concert Footage Posted Online

Fan-filmed video footage of LIFE OF AGONY performing the song "Other Side Of The River" last night (Thursday, January 10) at the Blender Theater in New York City can be viewed below (courtesy of "kevinfncoyne"). LIFE OF AGONY is putting the finishing touches on its new DVD release, entitled "Life of Agony: Cult Classics Live ...

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GENE SIMMONS On 'The Apprentice: Celebrity Edition'; Clips From Second Episode Available

Three short video clips from the second episode of Donald Trump's NBC show "The Apprentice: Celebrity Edition", featuring KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons, can be viewed below. Other celebrities appearing on the show include Nadia Comaneci, Tiffany Fallon, Jennie Finch, Nely Galan, Marilu Henner, Piers Morgan, Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, and Tito Ortiz. The celebrities will be competing ...

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TWIGGY RAMIREZ Rejoins MARILYN MANSON

Bassist Twiggy Ramirez (real name: Jeordie White) has rejoined MARILYN MANSON for the group's upcoming North American tour. Joining Manson and Twiggy on stage for the U.S. leg of the "Rape of the World Tour" will be Chris Vrenna, Rob Holliday, and Ginger Fish. Tim Skold has amicably split with Manson, but future collaborations aren't ...

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PITCH BLACK FORECAST In Mixing Mode

PITCH BLACK FORECAST (formerly ABSENTEE), the new project featuring vocalist Jason "J" Popson (MUSHROOMHEAD, IN COLD BLOOD, Fractured Transmitter Records), drummer Gene Hoglan (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DEATH, DARK ANGEL, TESTAMENT), guitarist Robert Reinard (NDE) and bassist Craig Martini, is currently mixing its debut release with Bill Korecky at Mars Recording Studio. A tentative May release ...

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ROB ZOMBIE On Touring, Movies And OZZY OSBOURNE

In November, Rob Zombie sat down for a media teleconference with journalists representing publications across North America. A transcript of the discussion was provided by Scoop Marketing. Jane Stevenson, Toronto Sun: ... wondering how long your association both personally and professionally with Ozzy goes back and what was that first meeting with him like for ...

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GENE SIMMONS On On 'The Apprentice: Celebrity Edition'; More Footage Posted Online

More video footage has surfaced from the first episode of Donald Trump's NBC show "The Apprentice: Celebrity Edition" featuring KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons. Watch the two clips below. Other celebrities appearing on the show include Nadia Comaneci, Tiffany Fallon, Jennie Finch, Nely Galan, Marilu Henner, Piers Morgan, Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, and Tito Ortiz. The celebrities will ...

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GENE SIMMONS On 'The Apprentice: Celebrity Edition'; New Clip Posted Online

RollingStone.com has posted a short video clip of KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons from the first episode of Donald Trump's NBC show "The Apprentice: Celebrity Edition". Watch the clip at this location. Other celebrities appearing on the show include Nadia Comaneci, Tiffany Fallon, Jennie Finch, Nely Galan, Marilu Henner, Piers Morgan, Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth, and ...

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KING DIAMOND Guitarist To Guest On ASYLUM Debut

Andy La Rocque of KING DIAMOND is the latest member to make an appearance on the debut album from ASYLUM, the Illinois-based project featuring Marcus Johnson (lead vocals, lead guitar) and Johnny Rox (bass). Also contributing to the CD are Kevin Talley (DAATH, ex-CHIMAIRA, DYING FETUS, MISERY INDEX), Gene Hoglan (DARK ANGEL, TESTAMENT, DEATH, STRAPPING ...

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KISS: 'Kissology – Vol. 3' DVD Box Set Is A Canadian Hit

According to a posting on KISS' official web site, KISS' brand new DVD box set, "Kissology - Vol. 3 1992-2000", sold 7,656 units in Canada in its first week of release — the highest first-week sales total of all three volumes so far. VH1 Classic Records released "Kissology - Vol. 3 1992-2000" on December 18. ...

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MR. PLOW Featuring GENE HOGLAN, ROCKY GEORGE; Video Available

MR. PLOW, the Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada-based solo acoustic artiste who specializes in "down home pornographic punk-country & western-comedy with a hint of self-help and healing," has posted his video for the song "MySpace". The track, which features guest appearances by Gene Hoglan (STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, DEATH, DETHKLOK, DARK ANGEL) on drums, Norwood Fisher (FISHBONE) ...

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How GENE SIMMONS Became A TV Apprentice

Cindy Pearlman of the Chicago Sun-Times recently conducted an interview with KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons about his participation in "The Celebrity Apprentice", debuting January 3 on NBC, where celebs try to win $1 million for their charity. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow: Chicago Sun-Times: How did Donald Trump lure you ...

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