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GENE SIMMONS Says He Will No Longer Buy PEARL JAM Albums Following VEDDER's Anti-BUSH Outburst

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons recently told Insight magazine that if fellow rock performers continue to do outrageous politically-charged things such as stabbing a Bush mask onstage, they should expect their record sales to go down. "I don't think everybody that booed will stop buying PEARL JAM records or going to PEARL JAM concerts," Gene said ...

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DEFTONES Offer Local U.K. Bands Support Slots

DEFTONES are offering local U.K. bands the chance to support them on their tour in June. Interested groups should send a package (CD, photo, biography) to the respective promoters who will make a decision following the closing date of May 27. Bands interested in opening for the DEFTONES at London Brixton Academy (June 2) or ...

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Police Refute DAVID LEE ROTH Intruder Story

The Pasadena Police Department has refuted David Lee Roth's claim that he used a shotgun to stop an intruder at his California home over the weekend, according to Launch. According to the former VAN HALEN singer's press release, at about 3 a.m. PT on Saturday (April 26) he "was awakened by the sounds of breaking ...

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CREED Sued By Disappointed Fans Over Chicago Concert

Four attendees of CREED's notorious Dec. 29 Chicago-area concert have sued the band, claiming frontman Scott Stapp was "intoxicated and/or medicated" that night, Chicago Sun-Times has reported. The plaintiffs are each asking for a refund of the $56.75 ticket, plus parking expenses. They also are asking the judge to certify the suit as a class ...

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ANVIL Announce Canadian Dates

Veteran Canadian metallers ANVIL have lined up the following dates during the coming months: Apr. 12 – Toronto, ONT @ Third Floor Reillys May 09 - Rimouski, QUE @ Cactus Bar Jul. 18 - Perth, ONT @ Perth Metal Meltdown 2003 ...

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KELLY OSBOURNE: OZZY Deserves Everything He Has

Ozzy Osbourne is more than just a father to his daughter, Kelly — he's also an adviser of sorts. According to her, he gives advice on living life in the public eye. "He (said) the stage can be the loneliest place in the world," she told the Associated Press. She didn't elaborate on its meaning. ...

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STAR ONE: 'Live On Earth' Track Listing Announced

STAR ONE, the project led by AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE), will issue a live CD and DVD recorded during the band's recent Intergalactic Space Crusaders European tour. In addition to Lucassen, the group's touring lineup included drummer Ed Warby (AYREON, STAR ONE, GOREFEST), bassist Peter Vink (AYREON, FINCH, Q65), keyboardist Joost van den ...

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LINKIN PARK Tape MTV2's '2$Bill Concert Series'

LINKIN PARK taped an episode of MTV2's "2$Bill Concert Series" on Monday (March 17) at the State Theatre in Detroit. The show will air at 9 p.m. ET on Tuesday (March 25), the same day the group's new album, "Meteora", comes out. The episode will be repeated on MTV the following week. LINKIN PARK reportedly ...

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MAYHEM's Flying Sheep Head Incident: The Aftermath!

The Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet has published a photo of the aftermath of MAYHEM's sheep's head-throwing incident, which resulted in the fractured skull of 25-year-old Per Kristian Hagen, a member of the audience at the group's March 6 gig in Bergen (about 302 miles west of the Norwegian capital, Oslo). Hagen, a MAYHEM fan, ...

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SYSTEM OF A DOWN Bassist Sues Security Company

SYSTEM OF A DOWN bassist Shavo Odadjian has sued a Grand Rapids, Michigan security company, claiming assault, ethnic intimidation and humiliation by guards who threw him out of his own concert at Van Andel Arena, according to The Grand Rapids Press. Odadjian left the stage to join two female guests in the audience when his ...

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ANVIL Line Up Canadian Dates

Veteran Canadian metallers ANVIL have announced the following dates during the coming months: Apr. 12 – Toronto, ONT @ Third Floor Reillys Jul. 18 - Perth, ONT @ Codes's Mill (Perth Metal Meltdown 2003) ...

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MÖTLEY CRÜE's 'The Dirt': Truth Or Fiction?

MÖTLEY CRÜE's acclaimed 2001 autobiography, "The Dirt: Confessions Of The World's Most Notorious Rock Band", has been widely hailed as perhaps the greatest rock 'n' roll bio of all time — a stunningly "honest" account that sees the four members of the group openly delving into the dirtiest, squishiest and most disgusting details of the ...

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SAHARA DUST Demo Posted Online

Holland's SAHARA DUST, the new group formed by ex-AFTER FOREVER guitarist Mark Jansen, ex-CASSIOPEIA guitarist Ad Sluijter and keyboardist Coen Janssen, have posted their two-song demo online at this location. The tracks available for download are "Cry For The Moon" and "Illusive Concensus". SAHARA DUST are in the process of recording their debut ...

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LINKIN PARK Finalize Track Listing For 'Meteora'

LINKIN PARK have finalized the track listing for their sophomore effort, "Meteora", due on March 25 through Warner Bros. Records. The track listing for the album is as follows: 01. Foreword (Intro) 02. Don't Stay 03. Somewhere I Belong 04. Lying From You 05. Hit The Floor 06. Easier To Run 07. Faint 08. Figure.09 ...

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DEATH ANGEL Celebrate New Year With Hometown Gig

Reunited Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL performed the following set during their New Year's Eve appearance at the Pound in San Francisco, California: 01. 3rd Floor 02. Evil Priest 03. Seemingly Endless Time 04. Mistress of Pain 05. Veil Of Deception 06. Stagnant 07. Cold Gin (KISS cover) 08. Angel Fuck (MISFITS cover) 09. Devil's ...

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NIKKI SIXX Speaks Out On BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION's Live Debut

MÖTLEY CRÜE/BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION bassist Nikki Sixx has posted the following message in the "Rock'n'Roll Diary" section of CRÜE's official web site: "The first BRIDES shows went really well. We walked onstage sans intro tape, effects, or anything — just cold and raw. It was announced that a local band was playing and that's all ...

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GODSMACK Set Release Date For 'Faceless'

GODSMACK have set an Apr. 8, 2003 tentative release date through Republic/Universal Records for their new album, "Faceless". The follow-up to 2000's "Awake" is currently being recorded at The Hit Factory/Criteria Studios in Miami and is set to include the following cuts, among others: "Faceless", "Releasing the Demons", "Serenity", "Changes", "Erased", and "Straight Out Of ...

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SHARON OSBOURNE Meets EMINEM (Sort Of)

In next month's edition of The Face magazine, Sharon Osbourne recounts her meeting with EMINEM at the MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles. "It happened that my daughter's dressing room was on the same floor as Eminem," she explained, "and he's got all these bodyguards and they're going: 'Don't you look down here — nobody ...

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MACHINE HEAD Name Live Album, Finalize Track Listing

MACHINE HEAD have set "Hellalive" as the title for their forthcoming live album, due in early 2003 through Roadrunner Records. "Hellalive" was mixed by Colin Richardson at Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire, England and is due to be mastered on Friday, Dec. 13. The album, which was originally set to contain material recorded solely at the ...

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GUNS N' ROSES Cancel Philadelphia, Angry Fans Riot

GUNS N' ROSES fans at Philadelphia's First Union Center began rioting after being told that the group were a no-show Friday night (Dec. 6). About 14,000 people in the center were informed over the public address system at approximately 11:15 p.m. that a band member had fallen ill and the concert had been postponed. The ...

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CALLENISH CIRCLE Frontman To Guest On SAHARA DUST Debut

CALLENISH CIRCLE frontman Patrick Savelkoul will make a guest appearance on the debut album from Holland's SAHARA DUST, the new group formed by ex-AFTER FOREVER guitarist Mark Jansen, ex-CASSIOPEIA guitarist Ad Sluijter and keyboardist Coen Janssen. Savelkoul will reportedly lend his pipes to two, as-yet-undisclosed tracks. An early 2003 release through Transmission Records is expected. ...

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The Odyssey - SYMPHONY X

Once you dig beneath the dungeons, dragons and decorative armor, "true" metal carries as many false promises as it does genuine attributes. The fact that recycling standardized riffs and possessing a singer with a voice more featureless than the Arizona desert (take a bow, HAMMERFALL and ICED EARTH) can propel you into the stratosphere seems ...

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SNAKEPIT Magazine Returns With Issue #11!!

Snakepit, self-described as "Europe's leading heavy/ power/ speed/ thrash magazine", has returned with issue 11, featuring extensive chats with Richard Bateman (PURGATORY/ AGENT STEEL/ NOCTURNUS/ NASTY SAVAGE), ANIHILATED, CANDLEMASS, DOOMSWORD, ETERNAL REIGN, GAMMACIDE, GENOCIDE/REPULSION, INTRUDER, K-OCTAVE, LAAZ ROCKIT, COMBAT RECORDS (label special), LOST HORIZON, MERCENARY, MORTAL SIN, PARAGON, PENTAGRAM (Chile Gods!), POSSESSED (first chat with ...

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