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AC/DC Goes Ballet

Maurice Chittenden of The Sunday Times reports that AC/DC singer Brian Johnson has composed an orchestral piece of music that is being developed for the stage as both a ballet and a West End musical. The Tyneside-born Johnson, 55, famous for never removing his cap in public, says he got the idea while watching a ...

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EXODUS Sign With NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

Legendary San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS have officially signed with Nuclear Blast Records. The group's much-anticipated comeback CD, "Tempo Of The Damned", was recorded at Prairie Sun and Tsunami studios in Northern California with producer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, SKINLAB, ARCH ENEMY) and is scheduled for release on February 2, 2004 — the two-year ...

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Unsigned Heavy Metal Band Sent To Play For American Troops In Middle East

Will Jordan of NashvilleCityPaper.com reports that on May 8, unsigned heavy metal band GENEVA became the first artists the Department of Defense and Armed Forces Entertainment sent to play for American troops in the Middle East since Operation Iraqi Freedom began, according to the band. "The Gallatin-based, leather-wearing 'hair band,' comprised of Geneva Keene (lead ...

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JEFF SCOTT SOTO: Mammoth QUEEN Set Out On DVD

Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Jeff Scott Soto and his solo band — Howie Simon, Alex Papa and Gary Schutt — performed a set of QUEEN classics at the 2003 Queen Convention in the U.K. The performance, which was captured on video, has now been made available on DVD via Soto's official web site,

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SAMMY HAGAR/LYNYRD SKYNYRD Dates Canceled

The last five dates of the SAMMY HAGAR/LYNYRD SKYNYRD co-headlining tour were canceled when SKYNYRD's lead guitarist, Gary Rossington, who had open-heart surgery in February, was told by doctors to immediately drop off the trek in order to combat medical fatigue. Ticket holders for the scrapped shows — between August 1 in Pelham, Alabama, and ...

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PRO-PAIN Pay Tribute To Their Influences On 'Run For Cover'

PRO-PAIN are set to return to action on August 26 with the release of their ninth studio album, "Run For Cover" (Spitfire). The album's unusual concept, containing cover songs from artists who have influenced the band, makes "Run For Cover" a special recording — adding to the band's already respected decade-plus career. Forgoing the predictable, ...

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KID ROCK Charmed By ALYSSA MILANO

The National Enquirer reports that Pam Anderson's relationship with Kid Rock is a lot rockier now that he's been spending intimate time with actress Alyssa Milano behind her back. The busty blonde and her tattooed rocker fiancé were already having problems before Kid and the "Charmed" star traveled together to the Middle East in late ...

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GARY MOORE Cancels Remaining Festival Dates

Legendary guitarist GARY MOORE was forced to cancel the remaining summer festival shows on his current European tour due to his hand/tendon injury not responding to further extended, detailed treatment. Gary's hand injury, which he sustained towards the end of the Monsters Of Rock tour with WHITESNAKE, is not improving, and rather than try to ...

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JEFF SCOTT SOTO To Release All-QUEEN Set On DVD

Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Jeff Scott Soto has been locked away editing a two-and-a-half-hour all-QUEEN set filmed and recorded at this year's Queen Convention for a potential DVD, tentatively due in early September. The disc will be mixed by Jeff and longtime friend/engineer John Ellis, and the video footage will be authored once again by ...

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EXODUS: In Mixing Mode!

Gary Holt, guitarist for the reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS, has posted the following update to the band's official web site, www.exodusattack.com: "Hey, Gary Holt here with another update for ya! We finished tracking the new record last Tuesday. [Producer] Andy Sneap is back in England beginning mixing [at his Backstage ...

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SILVER: Third Album Due In September

SILVER, the all-star project featuring vocalist Gary Barden (ex-MSG), guitarist Bernie Torme (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE, GILLAN, DESPERADO), keyboardist Don Airey (DEEP PURPLE, ex-MSG, TEN), bassist Bob Daisley (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE) and drummer Bertram Engel, will issue their third album, entitled "Intruder", in late September through Point Music Records. In related news, Bob Daisley and fellow ex-OZZY OSBOURNE ...

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EXODUS's GARY HOLT: New Album Sounds 'Crushing'

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS are continuing work on their new album, "Tempo Of The Damned", at Tsunami studios in Northern California with producer Andy Sneap (SKINLAB, ARCH ENEMY, NEVERMORE, MACHINE HEAD). "All rhythm tracks are done, [bassist] Jack [Gibson]'s laying down the thunder on 'Culling the Herd' right now," guitarist Gary Holt ...

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EDENBRIDGE Singer To Guest On POWER QUEST CD

EDENBRIDGE singer Sabine Edelsbacher will fly to England in July to record one song for the next POWER QUEST album. The recordings take place at Thin Ice studios, owned by Karl Groom (THRESHOLD) and Clive Noland (ARENA, PENDRAGON). In other news, Sabine recently recorded two songs ("To Believe Enough To Fight", "The Pagan Dream") for ...

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DAVE LEE ROTH Says He Is Irreplaceable

Newt Briggs of the Las Vegas Mercury caught up with David Lee Roth and asked if he thought "Van Halen III", featuring former EXTREME lead singer Gary Cherone, was a much more shameful rock debacle than any unsuccessful drug deal — no matter how bungled. "I think so," Roth responded. "How were they ever going ...

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VELVET REVOLER: Live-In-The-Studio Footage To Air Tonight!

The first live-in-the-studio footage of VELVET REVOLVER performing "Set me Free" will be seen at the beginning of halftime of the NBA basketball game on ABC TV tonight. The footage will be interspersed with scenes from the movie "The Hulk", for which the song was written. The game starts at 5:30 p.m. PST. "Set Me ...

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It's Official: SCOTT WEILAND To Front Ex-GUNS N' ROSES Band

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS frontman Scott Weiland has been officially selected as the vocalist for the new band featuring former GUNS N' ROSES members Slash, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum. According to Arlett Vereecke, the publicist for the group, "no official band name" has yet been chosen for the project, which was previously rumored to be ...

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STONE TEMPLE PILOTS Singer Arrested For Drug Possession

STONE TEMPLE PILOTS singer Scott Weiland was released on $10,000 bail after police arrested him for investigation of drug possession, according to The Associated Press. Police officers stopped Weiland just before midnight Saturday (May 17) on a routine traffic stop, said Burbank Police Sgt. Tracy Sanchez. "It was for driving without his lights on," Sanchez ...

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