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GENE SIMMONS Is A Secret 'Doodler'

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons is a secret "doodler," who likes to furiously scribble down his creative ideas on little pieces of paper, says Steve Petersen, head of Big Machine Design (BMD), a Hollywood company that produced the main title graphics for Simmons' new TV show "Gene Simmons Family Jewels", which debuts on the A&E network ...

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AEROSMITH: New 'Best Of' Album On The Way?

AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler has told Roger Friedman of FOXNews.com that the band is getting a "best of" album together for Christmas and may include one new song as well. Then they will begin thinking about a totally new album early next year. Tyler recently told Rolling Stone magazine that his goal — ...

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The Locust Years - HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE

Following up the work of insane genius that was "The August Engine", a fixture on many Top Ten lists in 2003, San Francisco's cult avant-metal weirdoes HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE confound the listener still further here. "The Locust Years" is a grandiose, ambitious and sprawling work, a bit less immediate than the band's previous efforts, but ...

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LED ZEPPELIN Rocks Britain's MPs

BBC News has issued the following report: They do their best to appeal to younger voters by regularly shunning suited formality, using slang and showing off their knowledge of popular culture. But it seems the musical tastes of Britain's politicians are stuck mostly in the 1970s. When asked by the British Library to ...

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KISS Rocks Nagoya: Setlist Revealed; Photos Available

KISS' official web site, KissOnline.com, has been updated with the following report: KISS just rocked Nagoya's Rainbow Hall, tearing through a set list which included the first ever Japanese performance of "Love 'Em and Leave 'Em" and several other classics not played on their 2004 visit to Japan, including "Black Diamond" with Eric Singer on ...

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HOLY MOSES To Go Ahead With BADIA ROCKS Festival Appearance

Despite a previous announcement to the contrary, German thrashers HOLY MOSES will go ahead with their appearance this weekened at Italy's Badia Rocks festival. Bassist Robert "Ozzy" Frese was previously said to be "very ill," forcing the band to cancel their appearance at the event. However, according to a new posting on the group's web ...

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Legendary New York City Club CBGB To Close On September 30

After over 30 years, the legendary rock club CBGB will be closing for good on September 30, 2006. CBs, as it is universally and fondly known, opened its doors in 1973, making it New York City's oldest continuously operating rock venue. Owner Hilly Kristal originally intended the club to showcase country, bluegrass and blues (hence ...

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KELLY KEELING Confirmed For SAMMY HAGAR Tribute Album

Versailles Records has announced the last-minute inclusion of Kelly Keeling (BLUE MURDER, BATON ROUGE, KING KOBRA) on lead vocals for the title track to the forthcoming release "Three Lock Box: A Millennium Tribute to Sammy Hagar", due in stores August 15. Featuring guitar and bass tracks by Richard Kendrick and drums by Matt Starr, the ...

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HOLY MOSES Bassist Forced To Sit Out Upcoming Dates

Bassist Robert "Ozzy" Frese of the long-running German thrashers HOLY MOSES is reportedly very ill and will be unable to perform with the band for the foreseeable future. As a result, the group — which has been forced to cancel its July 8 appearance at Italy's Badia Rocks festival — will enlist "old friend" Maurer ...

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THOR: New Album Premiere Available

TalkingMetal.com has posted episode 78 of their "Talking Metal" podcast. In this third and final installment of their "Canada Rocks" series, host Mark Strigl is joined via telephone by Spinerazor recording artist CJ SLEEZ. Interview topics include her new album, "Back from the Brink", songwriting and touring with her brand new band, and the day ...

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The Eagle Has Landed Pt. III - SAXON

Does anyone really need another SAXON live album? If you're a diehard fan, then the answer is a resounding "Yes!" Others may prefer 1982's "The Eagle Has Landed" for the early lineup and exclusively classic material or 1996's "The Eagle Has Landed Pt. II" for a relatively broad career retrospective. Still, each of the three ...

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POISON's 20th Anniversary Celebration Continues With Expanded CAPITOL/EMI Catalog Releases

As POISON raises the roofs of more than 50 concert venues across the U.S. this summer on the band's VH1 Classic- and Live Nation-presented "20 Years Of Rock Tour", Capitol/EMI Music Catalog Marketing is preparing for the August 1 reissue of POISON's first three multi-platinum albums in expanded 20th Anniversary Edition CD packages. Digitally remastered ...

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HANOI ROCKS Frontman Issues Tour/Songwriting Update

HANOI ROCKS frontman Michael Monroe has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "First of all, I'd like to thank you for all your kind and sincere birthday wishes. I did have quite a fun day too. We played a good gig in Spain at the Lorca Rock festival and Andy [McCoy, ...

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Live In Munich 1977 - RAINBOW

There are always people who, to be difficult, like to throw rocks at the sacred cows of music. You know, that ass-clown who insists that SABBATH wasn't all that great, or that "Kill 'em All" is overrated, or that LED ZEPPELIN is a bunch of bullshit. But even amongst these career naysayers, it's hard to ...

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On Borrowed Time - THE ILLUMINATI

Throwback, '70s-drenched rock sure seems to be all the rage these days, and labels like Liquor and Poker just keep churning out mostly quality releases in this vein. Just wait for the next LEADFOOT release. I still go back to DIRTY AMERICANS' "Strange Generation" as being one of the best examples of the style that ...

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THE HAUNTED Complete New Album; Post Studio and Video Report

Swedish thrash titans THE HAUNTED have just completed the recording process for the highly anticipated follow-up to 2004's critically acclaimed "rEVOLVEr" album. The new effort was recorded in Denmark at Antfarm Studios with renowned producer Tue Madsen (HIMSA, KATAKLYSM) and it looks to be their most accomplished work to date. The group spent months working ...

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AS I LAY DYING, LAMB OF GOD, MASTODON Among Nominees At MTV2 'All That Rocks' Award Show

MTV2 will debut an annual user-generated celebration of everything that matters called "All That Rocks". Winners will be determined by MTV2 audiences by voting at AllThatRocks.MTV2.com and viewer-submitted video uploads via a partnership with iFilms. This DIY opportunity puts the power in the fans hand to propel their favorite acts into the mainstream. Hosted by ...

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W.A.S.P., TWISTED SISTER Pull Out Of Norway's RAGNAROCK Festival

W.A.S.P. and TWISTED SISTER have cancelled their previously announced appearances at the RagnaRock festival, set to take place August 17-19 at the Valle Hovin Sports Arena in Oslo, Norway. No reason was given for the cancellation. Replacement acts have yet to be announced. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows: Thursday, August 17, ...

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LULLACRY Begin Writing New Material

LULLACRY guitarist Sami Vauhkonen has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Right now when the summer is hot, we are about to start writing some new rockarollahmetal tunes for you! I have lots of different ideas in my twisted head and in my old Aiwa cassette recorder too, haha. It's too ...

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