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GRAHAM BONNET Falls Ill, Cancels MICHAEL SCHENKER Appearance

According to a posting on legendary singer Graham Bonnet's (RAINBOW, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, ALCATRAZZ, IMPELLITTERI, BLACKTHORNE) web site, Bonnet fell ill yesterday and was forced to cancel his previously announced appearance with Michael Schenker last night. Bonnet was scheduled to join Schenker for one song at the NAMM "Night Of Guitar" concert at The Vault ...

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AEROSMITH Guitarist Makes Surprise Appearance With N.Y.C. HITSQUAD

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that AEROSMITH guitarist Brad Whitford was a surprise guest last night (Wednesday, January 19) in New York City with the N.Y.C. HITSQUAD, which includes singer-guitarist Ricky Byrd from JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS, drummer Liberty Devitto and sax player Richie Cannata from Billy Joel's band, and ex-DEEP PURPLE and RAINBOW ...

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BRAZEN ABBOT Announce New Album Title

BRAZEN ABBOT, the brainchild of Bulgarian guitarist Nikolo Kotzev, have set "My Resurrection" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in June via Frontiers Records. As previously reported, the upcoming album will contain 12 tracks: Tracks with Joe Lynn Turner (ex-RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN): Resurrection More Than Money Dreams Rage Of Angels ...

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Singer GRAHAM BONNET To Perform With MICHAEL SCHENKER Tonight

Legendary singer Graham Bonnet (RAINBOW, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, ALCATRAZZ, IMPELLITTERI, BLACKTHORNE) will perform with Michael Schenker tonight at approximately 11:00 p.m. PST at the NAMM "Night Of Guitar" concert at The Vault 350 in Long Beach, California. Graham will likely just sing one song, but it will be "a historic reunion just the same," according ...

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MICHAEL SCHENKER Teams Up With Ex-Members Of SABBATH, PRIEST, MAIDEN On 'Heavy Hitters' CD

Legendary rock producer and musician Bob Kulick (KISS, MEATLOAF) has almost finished producing "Michael Schenker and Heavy Hitters", an all-star lineup of musicians based around guitar virtuoso Michael Schenker (MSG, UFO, SCORPIONS) paying homage to their contemporaries. This 10-track powerhouse collection features an impressive lineup of artists showcasing their renditions of such classic songs as ...

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MANDY LION Working On New Solo Album, DVD

Vocalist Mandy Lion (WWIII, ex-WICKED ALLIANCE) is currently working with his solo band on material for a new CD release. A full-length DVD will also be finished within the first quarter of 2005. Last fall, the reformed WWIII, featuring Lion, Vinny Appice (BLACK SABBATH, DIO) on drums, Jimmy Bain (RAINBOW, DIO) on bass, and Moni ...

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FEAR FACTORY Drummer Schedules Signing Sessions At NAMM

FEAR FACTORY drummer Raymond Herrera will be conducting a signing session at the Zildjian booth at NAMM (in Anaheim, CA) on Friday, January 21 at 3:00 p.m. and Saturday January 22 at 3:00 p.m. He will also be holding a signing session at the Tama booth at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 22. As previously reported, ...

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BLACKMORE'S NIGHT to Guest On KCSN's 'Galactic Voyager' Radio Show

BLACKMORE'S NIGHT members Ritchie Blackmore (guitar, ex-DEEP PURPLE, RAINBOW) and fiancée Candice Night (vocals) will be interviewed on the "Galactic Voyager" radio show on KCSN 88.5 FM in the Los Angeles area on Tuesday, January 25 beginning at 9:00 p.m. BLACKMORE'S NIGHT recently released a compilation CD, "Beyond the Sunset - The Romantic Collection", which ...

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SCENES To Support CORNERSTONE In Europe

German prog-metallers SCENES, now featuring Alex Koch (ex-SPIRAL TOWER, POWERGOD) on vocals, will support CORNERSTONE (the project featuring ROYAL HUNT bassist Steen Mogensen and ex-RAINBOW/current YNGWIE MALMSTEEN vocalist Doogie White) on several Belgian and German shows beginning in late January. Confirmed dates are as follows: Jan. 28 – Vosselar, BEL @ Biebob Jan. 29 – ...

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BRAZEN ABBOT Complete Recordings With 31-Piece String Orchestra

BRAZEN ABBOT, the brainchild of Bulgarian guitarist Nikolo Kotzev, have posted the following message on their web site: "The new BRAZEN ABBOT album just got a new line-up. The musicians involved will be 39! This is because of the fact that Nikolo recorded and added a 31-piece string orchestra, which will be used throughout the ...

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DEF LEPPARD Members Perform Live On L.A. Radio Station

Guitarist Vivian Campbell's (DEF LEPPARD, ex-WHITESNAKE) web site has been updated with the following message: "On January 5, 2005, [DEF LEPPARD members] Joe [Elliott], Phil [Collen] and Vivian were on 'Jonesy's Jukebox', an L.A. radio show with the SEX PISTOLS' Steve Jones. The two-hour program featured songs from THE CYBERNAUTS, Phil's new band ...

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AXEL RUDI PELL To Enter Studio In September

According to a posting on his official web site, German guitarist AXEL RUDI PELL will appear at various summer festivals in Europe, like Bang Your Head and Wacken in Germany, and Graspop in Belgium. The plan is for PELL to record the next studio album in September/October for a January 2006 European release via SPV ...

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SEBASTIAN BACH To Release Two Studio Albums In 2005

Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach has posted the following message on his web site: "I am the lead vocalist for the upcoming 'FRAMESHIFT 2' CD, entitled 'An Absence of Empathy'. FRAMESHIFT is the brainchild of virtuoso musician Henning Pauly and we are coming up with some incredible stuff!! "The way this all happened is ...

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FRAMESHIFT: New Studio Report Posted Online

Shawn Gordon, president of ProgRock Records, has posted a new studio report on the progress of the recording sessions for the new FRAMESHIFT album, the progressive rock project written and produced by Henning Pauly of CHAIN. As previously reported, former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach has been confirmed as a guest vocalist on the CD, ...

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BRAZEN ABBOT: New Album To Feature 31-Piece Orchestra

BRAZEN ABBOT mastermind Nikolo Kotzev is very busy putting the finishing touches on the group's new studio album. He is currently recording a 31-piece string orchestra which will be used almost entirely throughout the album, enriching the arrangements and making the CD the band's most ambitious ever. The recordings are taking place in Sofia, Bulgaria ...

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Former SKID ROW Singer SEBASTIAN BACH To Guest On New FRAMESHIFT CD

Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach has been confirmed as a guest vocalist on the new FRAMESHIFT CD, the progressive rock project written and produced by Henning Pauly of CHAIN. The basic concept behind FRAMESHIFT's latest album, entitled "Human Grain", was initiated by Shawn Gordon, president of ProgRock Records, according to a posting on the ...

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Aeronautics - MASTERPLAN

MASTERPLAN's self-titled debut was definitely the most pleasant surprise of 2003 — an excellently melodic produced power metal album that was aided greatly by the presence of former ARK/YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Jorn Lande, possibly the best traditional singer the heavy rock genre has produced in the last 10 years. This, the group's follow-up release, continues ...

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SEBASTIAN BACH: 'Bach To Europe' Tour Diary

Daniel Stanton of Anger Management/Coallier Entertainment has submitted the following tour diary documenting Sebastian Bach's (ex-SKID ROW) most recent "Bach To Europe" European trek: "With many tours under my belt, nothing will come close to the psychotic world of working with the hyper madman named Sebastian Bach. No matter how you slice it, this 'Basmanian ...

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DOZER To Suport MASTODON In Europe

Swedish "stoner" rockers DOZER have been confirmed as main support on MASTODON's upcoming European tour beginning in early February. DOZER are continuing to tour in support of their third album, "Call It Conspiracy", which was released last year via Molten Universe. The album was recorded at Music-A-Matic Studio in Gothenburg and Polar and Nord Studios ...

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SEVEN WITCHES Guitarist Inks Endorsement Deal With BC RICH

New York metal guitar workhorse Jack Frost (SEVEN WITCHES, ex-SAVATAGE), who has appeared on more than twenty albums since he burst on to the metal scene in 1994 with his band FROSTBITE, has inked an endorsement deal with BC Rich. The list of musicians that Jack has had the pleasure to call fellow band members ...

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JOE LYNN TURNER: Release Date Set For New Solo Album

Frontiers Records has set a February 21, 2005 release date for the new studio album by Joe Lynn Turner (ex-RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), entitled "The Usual Suspects". Regarding the CD, Turner said in a press release, "I have been defined many times in my career and identified with many rock genres from blues to ...

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MASTODON To Tour Europe In February/March

MASTODON have lined up the following European dates during February/March: Feb. 09 - Glasgow, SCO - Cathouse/The Garage Feb. 10 - Northumbria, UK @ Northumbria University Feb. 11 - Birmingham, UK @ Acadamy 2 Feb. 12 - Manchester, UK @ Acadamy 3 Feb. 14 - Sheffield, UK @ Corporation Feb. 15 - Oxford, UK @ ...

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MOONSPELL To Support CRADLE OF FILTH In Europe

Portuguese metallers MOONSPELL have been invited by longtime friends CRADLE OF FILTH to support them on their upcoming European tour between the end of February and the beginning of April. Confirmed dates are as follows: Feb. 23 - (B) Brussel - Ancienne Belgique Feb. 24 - (NL) Hardenberg - Podium Feb. 25 - (NL) Amsterdam ...

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BRAZEN ABBOT Finish Recording New Album

BRAZEN ABBOT, the brainchild of Bulgarian guitarist Nikolo Kotzev, have finished recording everything but the guitar leads for their new album, tentatively due next spring via Frontiers Records. Mixing is scheduled to begin January 9, 2005 and will probably be completed by January 25. The album will contain 12 tracks: Tracks with Joe Lynn Turner ...

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