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MEGADETH's DAVE MUSTAINE Checks In With GIGANTOUR Update

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message in the "Forums" section of the group's official web site: "I thought I would start to inform you of what you can expect from the Gigantour Festival this summer. "First off the set times on the main stage will be approximately 90 minutes for MEGADETH and ...

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Former GLENN HUGHES Bass Player Joins LION'S SHARE

Former GLENN HUGHES/CRAWLEY bassist Sampo Axelsson has officially joined Swedish melodic heavy metal masters LION'S SHARE. Sampo co-wrote several songs with Hughes for his "Addiction" and "The Way It Is" CDs, besides being a touring member with Hughes during the late '90s. Axelsson and LION'S SHARE mainman Lars Chriss are currently writing material with an ...

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CONSTRUCDEAD: DVD Recording Cancelled

CONSTRUCDEAD, the Swedish band featuring TERROR 2000 drummer Erik Thyselius, have posted the following message on their official web site: "Very bad news! When we where in the rehersal studio this weekend Christian's [Ericson, guitar] kneecap came out of its socket! Because of this, Christian has to go through knee surgery the day before the ...

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ABORYM Sign With SEASON OF MIST

Italian black metallers ABORYM, now featuring former EMPEROR and current SCUM drummer Bård "Faust" Eithun, have inked a two-album deal with Season of Mist. After comparing several offers from European and American labels, the band decided to sign with Season of Mist, in their opinion the best "quality black metal" label. ABORYM will record their ...

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CONSTRUCDEAD To Enter Studio Next Month

CONSTRUCDEAD, the Swedish band featuring TERROR 2000 drummer Erik Thyselius, will enter Fear And Loathing Studio (co-owned by CLAWFINGER and MESHUGGAH) on April 4 with producer Jocke Skog (CLAWFINGER) to begin recording their third full-length album, tentatively due before the end of the year. As previously reported, CONSTRUCDEAD will be recording a live DVD during ...

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LED ZEPPELIN Sue Illinois Bar

Rob Olmstead of the Daily Herald is reporting that LED ZEPPELIN members Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and descendants of John Bonham filed suit for the unauthorized performance of ZEPPELIN's "Whole Lotta Love" at a Glendale Heights, Illinois bar. In reality, the legends of ZEPPELIN are probably unaware the suit was ...

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Ex-YNGWIE Singer GÖRAN EDMAN To Guest On RICHARD ANDERSSON CD

Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/GLORY vocalist Göran Edman will be the guest singer on the upcoming album from Richard Andersson, the Swedish keyboardist best known for his work with MAJESTIC, TIME REQUIEM and SPACE ODYSSEY. Entitled "The Ultimate Andersson collection", the upcoming CD will be a compilation of songs from three of Andersson's previous albums, re-recorded with ...

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DYING FETUS Drummer Launches New Project

DYING FETUS drummer Erik Sayenga (ex-WITCH-HUNT, SANGUINARY) has formed a brand new black/death-inspired project called WARTHRONE. Erik is writing all the music as well as handling drums, guitars and some bass. Joining Sayenga on vocals are Richard Johnson (ex-WITCH-HUNT, SANGUINARY), and Kristel (ex-WITCH-HUNT, DARK PURITY) on keyboards and bass. Five songs have been nearly completed ...

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LINKIN PARK Lose Trademark Case

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that LINKIN PARK attempted to trademark its name for use on posters, but a British judge ruled against the band on Tuesday (March 1), clearing the way for stores to sell unofficial posters of LINKIN PARK and other music and entertainment figures. According to Reuters, British judge Richard Arnold ruled ...

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Former KORN Guitarist's Appearance Draws Crowd Of Nearly 10,000

Misty Williams of the Bakersfield Californian is reporting that hundreds of KORN fans mingled in with thousands of regular church members and curious visitors at the Valley Bible Fellowship in east Bakersfield, California Sunday morning (Feb. 27) to hear their rock star idol, guitarist Brian "Head" Welch of platinum-selling metal band KORN. Money and fame ...

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CAMP FREDDY Jam With ROB ZOMBIE, RICHARD PATRICK At Tsunami Benefit: Photos Available

CAMP FREDDY, the Los Angeles-based "jam" band consisting of JANE'S ADDICTION guitarist Dave Navarro, former THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison (on guitar), VELVET REVOLVER/ex-GUNS N' ROSES drummer Matt Sorum, and singer Donovan Leitch (the son of 1960s U.K. folk-rock icon Donovan), were joined by a host of guest vocalists — including Rob Zombie, Richard ...

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ANATHEMA To Support PORCUPINE TREE In Europe

Britain's ANATHEMA have been confirmed as the support band for PORCUPINE TREE on their upcoming European tour beginning in early April. The tour dates are as follows: Apr. 01 - Wolverhampton, UK @ Wulfrun Apr. 02 - London, UK @ Astoria Apr. 03 - Bristol, UK @ Bierkeller Apr. 05 - Cambridge, UK @ Junction ...

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CRADLE OF FILTH Drummer Confirmed For BIRMINGHAM DRUMFEST

According to a posting on his official web site, CRADLE OF FILTH drummer Adrian Erlandsson (ex-AT THE GATES, THE HAUNTED) has been confirmed for this year's Birmingham Drumfest. The dates are as follows: Jul. 31 – Birmingham, UK @ TBA Aug. 07 – Romford, UK @ TBA To see a picture from this year's NAMM ...

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CRADLE OF FILTH Drummer Launches Web Site

CRADLE OF FILTH drummer Adrian Erlandsson (ex-AT THE GATES, THE HAUNTED) has launched his official web site at AdrianErlandsson.com. "The site will eventually feature everything that I have ever done as well as upcoming gigs, rare mp3's, videoclips and midifiles, etc." Adrian told BLABBERMOUTH.NET in an e-mail. "So feel free to check it ...

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DREAM THEATER Frontman Schedules European Solo Tour Dates

DREAM THEATER frontman James LaBrie has lined up the following tour dates in support of his upcoming solo album, "Elements of Persuasion": Apr. 24 - München, GER - Elser Zusatzhalle Apr. 27 - Hamburg, GER - Markthalle Apr. 28 - Düsseldorf, GER - Tor 3 May 02 - Aschaffenburg, GER - Colos-Saal As previously reported, ...

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DREAM THEATER Singer Names New Solo Album, Plans Live Dates

DREAM THEATER frontman James LaBrie has set "Elements of Persuasion" as the title of his third solo album, due on March 15 via InsideOut Music. Musicians appearing on the album include Matt Guillory (DALI'S DILEMMA) on keyboards, Mike Mangini (EXTREME, ANNIHILATOR) on drums, Bryan Beller (STEVE VAI) on bass, and a new guitar prodigy from ...

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Guitarist JON LEVASSEUR Quits CRYPTOPSY

CRYPTOPSY guitarist Jon Levasseur has officially left the band. His statement on the matter is as follows: "Jon Levasseur here writing to officially announce my departure from CRYPTOPSY. It is something I strangely felt coming on since a year prior to my departure (August 2004) as my inspiration for such extreme music was growing thin. ...

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CONSTRUCDEAD To Record Live DVD

CONSTRUCDEAD, the Swedish band featuring TERROR 2000 drummer Erik Thyselius, will be recording a live DVD during their appearance at Kolingsborg in Stockholm on April 1. The DVD will be produced by Charlie Granberg, who also produced the group's "Wounded" video. In other news, CONSTRUCDEAD were forced to cancel their previously announced show at Purgatory ...

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New GUNS N' ROSES Tribute Album To Feature Members Of MÖTLEY CRÜE, RATT, SCORPIONS

Versailles Records is presently completing work on a forthcoming millennium tribute to GUNS N' ROSES, which will feature current and former members of MÖTLEY CRÜE, GUNS N' ROSES, FASTER PUSSYCAT, RATT, SCORPIONS, LOVE/HATE, L.A. GUNS, BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION, THE SCREAM, UNION, ADLER'S APPETITE and THRILLS FOR KILLS, as well as Jasy Andrews, Richard Kendrick, THE ...

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