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BRET MICHAELS Attracts Added Attention For Film Role

Actor and producer Rikki Lee Travolta of the famous entertainment family was a key focal point in the VIP section of singer Bret Michaels' concert performance at famed Joe's Bar in Chicago on Saturday, June 25. Travolta previously appeared at Michaels' November Chicago concert date while scouting the singer for a potential role in the ...

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BRET MICHAELS: Solo Tour Announced

POISON frontman Bret Michaels has lined up the following solo dates during the coming months: Jun. 17 - Rice Lake, WI @ Downtown / Aqua-Fest Jun. 18 - Des Moines, IA @ Waterworks Park Jun. 19 - Albert Lea, MN @ Jaxx Pub & Grill Jun. 20 - West Fargo, ND @ Red River Valley ...

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DIVINE EMPIRE Part Ways With Bassist/Vocalist JASON BLACHOWICZ

Florida-based death metallers DIVINE EMPIRE have parted ways with bassist/vocalist Jason Blachowicz (ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION) due to "serious personal and legal issues." Guitarist J.P. Soars and drummer Duane Timlin have already found a replacement and are planning on hitting the road in support of their recently released CD, "Method of Execution", available now on Century Media ...

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H.I.M. Play Surprise Show At Munich's Backstage Club

Finnish goth-metallers H.I.M. played a surprise show at the German fan club gathering at Munich's great Backstage Club Thursday night (June 2). This weekend the band is performing at Rock im Park and Rock am Ring festivals in Nurnberg and Nurburgring in Germany and then heading for the U.K. and Download festival. The set list ...

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Original DREAM THEATER Singer Receiving Strong Reactions To Solo CD

Original DREAM THEATER vocalist Charlie Dominici has issued the following press release: The long-awaited CD from Charlie Dominici, the original vocalist for DREAM THEATER has been released and is getting some strong reactions from the music world. Unlike the usual content one might expect from an acoustic solo album, this one is a powerful story ...

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MOTÖRHEAD" 'Bomber: Deluxe Edition' Due This Month

To commemorate MOTÖRHEAD's 30th anniversary show, which is scheduled to take place June 16 at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, U.K., Sanctuary have consulted with Lemmy to release the legendary 1979 "Bomber" album in all its glory... plus a few extra tracks! The two-CD "Bomber: Deluxe Edition" will be released on June 16 on Sanctuary ...

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SCAVENGER: INVOCATOR And RAUNCHY Members Complete Work On New Demo

SCAVENGER, the Danish death/thrash project featuring Flemming C. Lund (INVOCATOR, ex-AUTUMN LEAVES) on rhythm/lead guitar, Kasper Thomsen (RAUNCHY) on vocals, Boris Tandrup (SUBMISSION, SLUGS, ex-AUTUMN LEAVES) on bass, and Morten Løwe Sørensen (SUBMISSION, SLUGS, STRANGLER) on drums, have completed work on a three-song demo CD, entitled "Promo 2005", at Hansen studios in Ribe, Denmark. The ...

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ABSU To Release Two-CD/LP Anthology Of Rarities

Osmose Productions has announced the release of ABSU's "Mythological Occult Metal: 1991-2001", a double CD and LP anthology, due out in September 2005. The collection of songs, compiled by Equitant and re-mastered by Proscriptor, will feature tracks recorded by the band never featured on any of ABSU's five official releases. "This is not a posthumous ...

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W.A.S.P., DOKKEN, QUIET RIOT Featured On 'Hollywood Rocks!' Box Set

June 21, 2005 will see the release of the long-awaited and highly anticipated four-disc compilation album, "Hollywood Rocks!" through Deadline/Cleopatra Records. The audio companion to 2004's highly touted "Hollywood Rocks!" coffee table book, the box set is an eargasmic journey through the streets of the infamous Los Angeles club scene of the 1980s and early ...

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INTRONAUT: Demo EP Available

INTRONAUT, the Los Angeles, California-based band featuring Sacha Dunable (ex-ANUBIS RISING), Leon del Muerte (EXHUMED, ex-IMPALED), Danny Walker (UPHILL BATTLE) and Joe Lester, have released a four-song, 30-minute demo EP, entitled "Null – Demonstration Extended Play Compact Disc", via their official web site. The songs featured on the CD are as follows: 01. ...

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DOMINATION BLACK Name Debut Album

Finnish heavy metal merchants DOMINATION BLACK have set "Fearbringer" as the title of their upcoming debut album, tentatively due this fall via Poison Arrow Records. The band will enter Woodbine Garden studios in Pyhtää, Finland later in the month with producer Teemu Aalto to begin recording the CD. Songtitles set to appear on the album ...

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WARRANT: Born Again

Veteran Los Angeles hard rockers WARRANT have posted the following message on their official web site: "Thanks to all our Los Angeles fans for a sold-out Hollywood House of Blues show. We had a blast and the new WARRANT tunes went down awesome ('Rollercoaster' and 'Dirty Jack'). It was nice to see Tommy Thayer [KISS], ...

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OPETH: Keyboardist PER WIBERG Officially Joins The Band

Sweden's OPETH have posted the following update on their official web site: "Per Wiberg [keyboards] has now officially joined OPETH as a permanent member of the band. As most of you know he's been touring with OPETH since their 'Damnation' record. SPIRITUAL BEGGARS fans should not despair as he will continue playing and recording with ...

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POISON Frontman Announces Solo Dates

POISON frontman Bret Michaels has announced the following solo dates during May: May 27 – Am South Amphitheater With Lynyrd Skynyrd – Nashville, TN May 28 - The Warehouse at GoodFella’s – Pottsville, PA May 29 – Taste of Cincinnati (Downtown Cincinnati) – Cincinnati, OH Dates for June, July, August, September and October will be ...

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ROBERT PLANT Shoots Down LED ZEPPELIN Drug Rumors

ContactMusic.com is reporting that former LED ZEPPELIN singer Robert Plant has shot down rumors about his supposed legendary drug intake during the band's 1970s heyday. Plant admits to enjoying marijuana and sedatives, but claims he never took hallucinogenic drugs to the extent people assumed. He says, "I smoked quite a bit of dope and I ...

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FORTY DEUCE To Release Debut Album In August

FORTY DEUCE, the band featuring guitarist/vocalist Richie Kotzen (MR. BIG, POISON), Taka, a Tokyo native on guitar, Ari (bass) and Thr3e on drums, will reelase their debut album, "Nothing to Lose", on August 29 via Frontiers Records. FORTY DEUCE quickly rose in Los Angeles club scene with their in-your-face, no-nonsense style of rock 'n' roll. ...

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DON DOKKEN: 'We're Not Stuck In The '80s'

Don Dokken recently spoke to Denmark's Antenna webzine about the new DOKKEN album, the upcoming DOKKEN DVD and his long-awaited solo album. Several excerpts from the interview follow: Antenna: How do you feel that fans has reacted to your album "Hell to Pay"? Don Dokken: "I think it's a good record. People said ...

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South Africa's TOYLAND Tap Producer RON GOUDIE For New Album

Cape Town, South Africa's heavy-hitters TOYLAND have secured the services of cutting-edge producer Ron Goudie (TSOL, POISON, AGENT ORANGE, SOCIAL DISTORTION, GWAR, STRYPER, BOY HITS CAR, FEAR) to guide the up-and-coming band through the recording of their new release. It's Goudie's second trip to the dark continent as he has helmed the recording of Botswana's ...

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POISON Singer To Become Second-Time Dad

POISON frontman Bret Michaels and longtime girlfriend Kristi Gibson have announced the pending birth of Jorja Bleu. She is scheduled to make her arrival in May. The couple has a four-year-old daughter, Raine (born May 20, 2000). For those of you who would like to send congratulations or other items you can do so by ...

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BRET MICHAELS To Debut New Single On 'Nashville Star'

POISON frontman Bret Michaels will debut his new single, "Open Road", on tonight's episode of "Nashville Star", the country music version of "American Idol", according to ABC ePrep. He will also sing the POISON hit "Nothin' But A Good Time" with the contestants. "Nashville Star" airs at 9:00 p.m. CT on the USA cable network. ...

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