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ICED EARTH Drummer To Land Job On 'The Howard Stern Show'?

ICED EARTH drummer Richard Christy (ex-DEATH, CONTROL DENIED) appears to be the favorite to land the job on "The Howard Stern Show" previously held by Stuttering John (who recently made the move to "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno"). Christy, a self-professed "huge fan of Howard's show for years," has submitted several audition tapes for ...

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KING DIAMOND Drummer Records Track For DEATH Tribute CD

KING DIAMOND drummer Matt Thompson has recorded a guest appearance for the upcoming DEATH tribute CD, "Within The Mind - In Homage To The Musical Legacy Of Chuck Schuldiner". Thompson is featured on a cover version of the track "Spirit Crusher", which originally appeared on the final DEATH studio album, "Sound Of Perseverance", released in ...

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GUNS N' ROSES Bassist Sets Release Date For Solo Debut

GUNS N' ROSES bassist Tommy Stinson has set a July 27 release date through Sanctuary Records for his debut solo album. The founding REPLACEMENTS member told Billboard.com last summer that he recorded the material for the set in a Los Angeles studio owned by Charles Thompson (a.k.a. Frank Black) with contributions from A PERFECT CIRCLE ...

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THERION To Release Two Albums In May

Sweden's THERION will be issuing two albums, "Sirius B" and "Lemuria", on May 24 through Nuclear Blast Records. The CDs will be released separately to start with, but will be made available in a single double-CD package within a couple of months of the original album release. According to a post on the band's web ...

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NICK BARKER Confirmed For DEATH Tribute CD

Guitarist James Murphy (ex-DEATH, OBITUARY, TESTAMENT) has issued the following update regarding the status of the upcoming tribute CD, "Within The Mind - In Homage To The Musical Legacy Of Chuck Schuldiner": "On Saturday, March 6th I was able to confirm a new guest for the 'Within The Mind' tribute to Chuck Schuldiner: Nick Barker ...

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AEROSMITH: 'Genie Joe' Arcade-Style Game Available Online

"Genie Joe and the Axeman", a fast-paced, arcade-style free online game features Joe Perry, famed guitarist with AEROSMITH, as a dark but irreverent animated genie who can be magically summoned to help the intrepid saucier Chef Anthony. The brave little Chef dashes about fantastic landscapes scooping up ingredients to make Joe Perry's spicy hot sauce, ...

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CHIMAIRA Book Studio Time For DEATH Tribute

CHIMAIRA will be entering Spider Studios on March 22 to record some music from the DEATH albums "Symbolic" and "Human" for the upcoming tribute CD "Within The Mind - In Homage To The Musical Legacy Of Chuck Schuldiner". Legendary guitarist James Murphy (TESTAMENT, DEATH, OBITUARY) will be handling the production duties alongside CHIMAIRA. Commented CHIMAIRA ...

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CONSTRUCDEAD Schedule Record-Release Party

CONSTRUCDEAD, the Swedish band featuring TERROR 2000 drummer Erik Thyselius, have scheduled a record-release party on Wednesday, March 24 at Debaser in Stockholm. "The band will, of course, perform songs from the new album, and if everything works out the way we want, the video for 'Wounded' will also have its exclusive world premiere at ...

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CHUCK SCHULDINER's 'Zero Tolerance' Due At The End Of The Month

Holland's Karmageddon Media (formerly Hammerheart Records) has set "Zero Tolerance" (view cover here) as the title of the upcoming collection of unfinished recordings made by late DEATH/CONTROL DENIED frontman Chuck Schuldiner, due in Europe on March 22. As previously reported, Chuck, who passed away in December 2001 after a battle with pontine glioma, ...

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CHUCK SCHULDINER's Mother: CONTROL DENIED Album To Made Available For Free Download

Jane Schuldiner, mother of late DEATH/CONTROL DENIED frontman Chuck Schuldiner, has issued another statement in response to continuing reports that the now-defunct Hammerheart Records (currently operating under the name Karmageddon Media) will be releasing the unfinished sophomore album from CONTROL DENIED this spring. As previously reported, Chuck, who passed away in December 2001 ...

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DEATH Tribute Album Update: CHIMAIRA Added, Web Site Launched

Former TESTAMENT/DEATH guitarist James Murphy has issued the following update regarding his upcoming DEATH tribute project, "Within The Mind - In Homage To The Musical Legacy Of Chuck Schuldiner", tentatively due in June through Holland's Mascot Records: "This past Saturday, February 28th, the first recording session for the 'Within The Mind' project was completed at ...

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JAMES MURPHY: DEATH Tribute Album Update

Former TESTAMENT/DEATH guitarist James Murphy has issued the following update regarding his upcoming DEATH tribute project, "Within The Mind - In Homage To The Musical Legacy Of Chuck Schuldiner" (web site), tentatively due in June through Holland's Mascot Records: "This past Saturday [Feb. 21] I traveled to Orlando to Richard Christy's [ICED EARTH, ...

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CROSSFADE To Release Debut In April

CROSSFADE, the Swedish band featuring vocalist Göran Edman (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, STREET TALK, KHARMA, MADISON), are scheduled to release their debut album, "White on Blue", on April 5 through MTM Music. Joining Edman in the new group are Per Lindvall on drums, Sven Lindvall on bass, Lars Hallbäck on guitars, and Richard Stenström on keyboards. The ...

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It's Official: GENE SIMMONS Is An '***hole'

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons has set "***hole" as the title of his highly anticipated solo album, due on April 20 through Simmons Records/Sanctuary Music Group. The title track, ""***hole", will be the first single released to rock radio on April 15. This release will mark the second solo album from Simmons since his self-titled platinum ...

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RAMMSTEIN Guitarist Talks To The NY TIMES About Recording At Home

RAMMSTEIN guitarist Richard Kruspe-Bernstein recently spoke to the New York Times about how the widespread use of near-professional equipment is letting musicians record in their bedrooms, though the neighbors may still notice the noise Some musicians said home studios and computer equipment are making recording quieter. Richard said the recording process is less collaborative now, ...

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GUNS N' ROSES Bassist Completes Work On Solo Album

GUNS N' ROSES bassist Tommy Stinson has completed work on his debut solo album, due later in the year through Sanctuary Records. "It's done!! The album is finished! The mixing is finished! It is done!!" Tommmy writes in a posting to his web site dated Feb. 20. "I take off for New York tomorrow morning ...

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OZZY And His Team Of Doctors On OZZFEST Tour

Richard Johnson of The New York Post's "Page Six" reports: "Ozzfest is going to be a little less raucous this year due to Ozzy Osbourne's recent all-terrain-vehicle accident in England. 'His doctors have said he needs six to eight months of rehab, which will end exactly when Ozzfest begins,' said our insider. 'His doctors did ...

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KATAKLYSM, Ex-PESTILENCE, GORGUTS Members Confirmed For DEATH Tribute

Jean-Francois Dagenais (KATAKLYSM), Patrick Mameli (ex-PESTILENCE), and Luc Lemay (GORGUTS) and are he latest musicians confirmed to appear on the upcoming DEATH tribute project, "Within The Mind - In Homage To The Musical Legacy Of Chuck Schuldiner", tentatively due in June through Holland's Mascot Records. As previously reported, the project, which was conceived by CKY ...

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LEMMY's Rockabilly Project To Release Live DVD

LEMMY, SLIM JIM & DANNY B., the rockabilly project featuring MOTÖRHEAD's Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, STRAY CATS' Slim Jim Phantom and THE ROCKATS' Danny B. Harvey, filmed their January 13 performance at The Cat Club in Hollywood, California for an upcoming DVD, due later in the year. Among the cover songs performed by the group during ...

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OPETH Drummer To Guest On DEATH Tribute CD?

OPETH drummer Martin Lopez is the latest high-profile metal musician linked with the upcoming DEATH tribute project, "Within The Mind - In Homage To The Musical Legacy Of Chuck Schuldiner", tentatively due in June through Holland's Mascot Records. "At [Monday] night's OPETH concert in Tampa, drummer Martin Lopez expressed his interest in playing at least ...

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ICED EARTH Drummer RICHARD CHRISTY Issues Latest Update

Drummer Richard Christy (ICED EARTH, ex-DEATH, CONTROL DENIED) has issued the following update on his current activities: "My band BURNING INSIDE is confirmed to play the Sun N' Steel Metal Fest in Tampa, Florida the weekend of March 6 and 7. BURNING INSIDE is also playing the Sunshine Plaza Performing Arts Center, 2400 S. Ridgewood ...

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MTV: JERRY CANTRELL To Jam With ALICE IN CHAINS Bandmates

Since moving from Seattle to Los Angeles eight months ago, former ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell has re-established lines of communication with former CHAINS bassist Mike Inez and drummer Sean Kinney, and plans to jam with them later this month, according to MTV.com. "We don't have any expectations," he stressed. "We're gonna get in ...

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EVIL MASQUERADE Sign With FRONTIERS RECORDS

EVIL MASQUERADE, the Danish metal band featuring guitarist Henrik Flyman (ex-MOAHNI MOAHNA, ZOOL, WUTHERING HEIGHTS) and original ROYAL HUNT vocalist Henrik Brockmann, have inked a deal with Frontiers Records. The group's debut CD, entitled "Welcome to The Show" (view cover here), is due on April 5 and is described in an official press ...

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SCARVE Drummer Talks About SOILWORK Session Gig

SCARVE's Dirk Verbeuren, who was recently announced as the stand-in drummer for SOILWORK during the band's upcoming European tour with THE FORSAKEN, spoke to Portugal's LOUD! Magazine on Wednesday (February 4) about his session work with the Swedish band. "I start touring with SOILWORK in a couple days," he said. "I've been in Sweden, rehearsing ...

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GUNS N' ROSES Guitarist Records Song With THE COMPULSIONS

GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Richard Fortus has recorded a song called "Betrayed" with the New York band THE COMPULSIONS, according to ElectricBasement.com. The recording also features Jimmy Grillo (ex-TOILET BOYS) on bass, Jay Dee Dougherty (PATTI SMITH GROUP) on drums and COMPULSIONS founder Rob Carlyle on vocals and acoustic guitar. Fortus also appears on THE ...

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Former FORTE Members Resurface In THE KILL

THE KILL, the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma-based band featuring former FORTE members Richard Sharp (guitar), Greg Nicholson (bass) and Kevin Valliquette (vocals), have almost completed production of their self-financed full-length CD, titled "The Kill". The group, who are currently seeking a record deal, have posted several free demo-song downloads via their official web site. Check them ...

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