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MANDY LION Prepares For Video Shoot

The following message was posted on vocalist Mandy Lion's (WWIII, ex-WICKED ALLIANCE) official web site: "Friday, September 23 Mandy Lion headlines the world-famous Roxy Theater [in West Hollywood, CA]!!! This is part one of the before-mentioned shoot. Women dress your best because many individuals from the audience will be chosen to participate in the 'closed-to-the-public' ...

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SLASH, VINNIE PAUL Attend DIMEBAG's Birthday Party In Hollywood: Photos Available

Slash (VELVET REVOLVER, ex-GUNS N'ROSES), Vinnie Paul (PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN), comedian Pauly Shore and "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott's "significant other," Rita Haney, were among the attendees at a special birthday party held for late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist Dimebag on August 20 at the Rainbow Bar and Grill in Hollywood, California. Check out pictures at this location. ...

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BLACKMORE'S NIGHT Name New Album

BLACKMORE'S NIGHT, the band featuring former DEEP PURPLE/RAINBOW guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and his fiancée Candice Night, have set "Village Lanterne" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in early 2006 via SPV Records. A single, "I'll Be There (Just Call My Name)", will precede the album on September 5. Check out a preview ...

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DIO: 'Holy Diver' To Be Re-Issued In September

According to MelodicRock.com, DIO's 1983 landmark album "Holy Diver" will be re-released in upgraded form on September 30, 2005. A joint project between Universal Music and Rock Candy Records, this new version of a recognized rock classic has been comprehensively remastered for maximum impact, and will also come complete with extensive sleeve notes, expanded original ...

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FEAR FACTORY Drummer Comments On 'Rainbow Six' Soundtrack

Calvin Records, an imprint of Liquid 8, has announced that it has aligned itself with the much-anticipated "Rainbow Six" video game to include two songs by the label's leading artist FEAR FACTORY. Available on both X-Box and PS2 on September 6, 2005, "Rainbow Six" will feature the band's hit song "Lockdown" as well as a ...

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BENEDICTUM Complete Work On Debut Album

San Diego, CA epic power metal band BENEDICTUM have finished mixing their debut album, "Uncreation", for a late October release via Locomotive Music. The album was produced by Jeff Pilson (ex-DIO, DOKKEN) and mixed by Pilson and former WARLOCK bassist Tommy Henriksen under the ZuZu Recordings Ltd. banner, with artwork supplied by Romanian-born artist Mircea ...

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GRAHAM BONNET Schedules Fall Dates In England, Scotland, Ireland

Legendary singer Graham Bonnet's (RAINBOW, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, ALCATRAZZ, IMPELLITTERI, BLACKTHORNE) official web site has been updated with the following message: "Graham has been recording vocals for the first ELEKTRIC ZOO album, and he will tour with Dario Mollo after the album release. Iain Ashley Hersey has signed a deal with Lion Music for the ...

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RIOT Schedule New York Show

Long-running hard rock band RIOT will be performing a one-off concert at The Crazy Donkey in Farmingdale, New York on Thursday, August 25. RIOT were recently joined for several shows by singer Mike Terelli (MESSIAH'S KISS, HOLY MOTHER, BURNING STARR) after regular vocalist Mike DiMeo was forced to bow out of the dates due to ...

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CORNERSTONE Frontman DOOGIE WHITE Talks About Upcoming CD

CORNERSTONE, the project featuring ex-ROYAL HUNT bassist Steen Mogensen and ex-RAINBOW/current YNGWIE MALMSTEEN vocalist Doogie White, are hard at work writing songs for a new studio album, tentatively due next year. Commented Doogie: "Once again the new material is taking a slight twist and a bit of a turn from the previous releases. We have ...

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THE LIZARDS Working On New Music With 'Special Guest Star'

THE LIZARDS, the band featuring Bobby Rondinelli (BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH) and Mike DiMeo (RIOT), have posted the following message on their official web site: "How about this heat? Well, it isn't stopping us from making music! Besides, we are keeping cool in our underground lair at Electric Randyland Studios. We are hard ...

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TWISTED SISTER Guitarist Signs Solo Deal With BLACK LOTUS RECORDS

TWISTED SISTER guitarist Eddie Ojeda has inked a solo deal with Greece's Black Lotus Records. Ojeda's solo debut, "Axes to Axes", will feature guest appearances by such acclaimed hard rock/heavy metal musicians as Ronnie James Dio (DIO, RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH), Dee Snider (TWISTED SISTER), Joe Lynn Turner (RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Rudy Sarzo (QUIET ...

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ROUGH SILK Frontman To Guest On New DESTRUCTION Album

Singer Ferdy Doernberg of the German epic/melodic metallers ROUGH SILK has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "I'll appear on the new CD by the German thrash legends DESTRUCTION playing a slide-guitar solo on an all-star-song ('The Alliance of the Hellhoundz') featuring besides Schmier, Mike and Marc from DESTRUCTION, among others, ...

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VINNY APPICE's Wife Joins 'The Dio Message Board'

Justine Appice, wife of legendary drummer Vinny Appice (BLACK SABBATH, DIO), has been named "chief interviewer" for "The Dio Message Board". By using her knowledge and contacts in the industry acquired over the years, she has been able to secure some no-holds-barred interviews. Most recently she has interviewed Bobby Blotzer (RATT), Frank Marino, James Kottak ...

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BOB DAISLEY: Busy Months Ahead

According to a posting on legendary bassist Bob Daisley's (OZZY OSBOURNE, URIAH HEEP, GARY MOORE, RAINBOW) official web site, "Bob looks set for a very busy 3-4 months with commitments being locked in for a new GARY MOORE album, touring dates with the HOOCHIE COOCHIE MEN in Europe, LIVING LOUD recording and touring, and this ...

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BRAZEN ABBOT: Early Albums To Be Reissued

SPV Records has set an Augut 22, 2005 release date for the reissues of the first three BRAZEN ABBOT albums: "Live and Learn" (1995), "Eye of the Storm" (1996) and "Bad Religion" (1997). The albums have been out of print since USG Records went out of business in 1999. No bonus tracks are planned for ...

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LED ZEPPELIN Voted 'Ideal Supergroup'

BBC News has issued the following report: The four members of LED ZEPPELIN have been voted the U.K.'s ideal supergroup, with Robert Plant beating the late Freddie Mercury to best singer. About 3,500 music fans were polled for Planet Rock Radio and were asked to create their fantasy band. Jimmy Page won best ...

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DISTURBED: North American Tour Dates Announced

DISTURBED have announced the following dates in support of their upcoming CD, "Ten Thousand Fists": Aug. 03 - Ventura, CA @ Ventura Theatre Aug. 04 - Bakersfield, CA @ Montogomery World Plaza Aug. 06 - Los Angles, CA @ Roxy Aug. 07 - Fresno, CA @ Rainbow Ballroom Aug. 08 - Sacramento, CA @ Convention ...

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FRAMESHIFT Mastermind: SEBASTIAN BACH's Vocal Recording Gives Way To Veiled Violent Threats

ProgRock Records, the label behind Henning Pauly's FRAMESHIFT progressive rock project, has issued the following press release: "After recording an album about the ramifications of violence in society — FRAMESHIFT's 'An Absence of Empathy' — vocalist Sebastian Bach [ex-SKID ROW], on his website, has resorted to veiled threats of violence against FRAMESHIFT mastermind Henning Pauly. ...

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THOR To Tour In Support Of New Album, DVD

Smog Veil Records has announced U.S. and Canadian tour dates for THOR. The band will tour in support of the new album, entitled "Thor against the World", and retrospective DVD, entitled "An-THOR-logy", both set for release on July 12, 2005. Jon Mikl Thor — a rock music, film and bodybuilding legend (Mr. America and Mr. ...

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