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'West Memphis Three' Anthology: Launch Party Scheduled

Brett Alexander Savory and M. W. Anderson's West Memphis Three anthology, "Last Pentacle of the Sun: Writings in Support of the West Memphis Three", featuring a contribution by METALLICA frontman James Hetfield, will have its official launch concert/party on October 14 at Club Rockit in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. A dealer will be set up at ...

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ADRIFT Confirmed For Alabama's BIG SPRING JAM

ADRIFT, the Florida-based heavy rock band featuring former CANNIBAL CORPSE guitarist Jack Owen and ex-RESURRECTION/EPITAPH drummer Kevin Astl, have been confirmed to play the Big Spring Jam at Big Spring International Park in Huntsville, Alabama. ADRIFT will hit the stage at 6:15 p.m. Saturday, September 25, just prior to Columbia recording artists SWITCHFOOT, who will ...

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Former MEAT PUPPETS Bassist Gets 21 Months In Prison

Gary Grado of the East Valley Tribune is reporting that a federal judge sentenced former MEAT PUPPETS bassist Cris Kirkwood to 21 months in prison Monday (August 2) for attacking a security guard with a baton. Kirkwood, 43, who was shot in the incident, pleaded guilty earlier this year to assault with a dangerous weapon. ...

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EXTREME: More Reunion Dates Confirmed

POPULATION 1 guitarist Nuno Bettencourt will reunite with former EXTREME bandmates Gary Cherone (vocals), Paul Geary (drums) and Mike Mangini (drums), with Carl Restivo on bass (replacing original bassist Pat Badger), for these special shows exclusively for the Azores festivals on the Portugese archipelago of the Azores: Aug. 07 - Terceira, Azores Aug. 15 - ...

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SPIRITUAL BEGGARS: New Album To Feature ARCH ENEMY Bassist

SPIRITUAL BEGGARS guitarist Michael Amott (ARCH ENEMY, ex-CARCASS) has posted the following studio report on the band's web site: "We are back home from our recording session at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden. We were in the studio for 8 days and we got all basic stuff down for 12 songs + some additional instrumental ...

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EXTREME To Play Reunion Show In Portugal

The original lineup of EXTREME, minus bassist Pat Badger, will reportedly reunite to perform at the 20th Maré de Agosto Internacional Music Festival (web site) on the Portuguese island of Santa Maria on August 22. EXTREME guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, who was born on the Portugese archipelago of the Azores, is scheduled to perform ...

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GARY MOORE: Summer Shows Cancelled

Legendary guitarist Gary Moore has cancelled his remaining summer show of 2004, Blue Balls Music in Luzern on July 26. "Gary is currently in hospital, receiving treatment for an infection to his left hand, which has led to the cancellation of the remaining summer shows, on the 'Power of the Blues' tour," according to a ...

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CODE BLACK To Release New Album Next Week

Burlington, VT-based CODE BLACK will release their new album, "Penetration", on July 27 through Arctic Music Group. Recorded at Studio Victor in Montreal with producer Jean-Francois Dagenais (KATAKLYSM, MALEVOLENT CREATION, MISERY INDEX), "Penetration" pairs "the precision of metal with the aggression of modern hardcore," according to a press release. Artwork duties were executed by Travis ...

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FATES WARNING: 'FWX' Release Date Announced

Metal Blade Records has set an October 5 release for the new FATES WARNING album, "FWX". The follow-up to 2000's "Disconnected" was recorded at Carriage House studios in Stamford, Connecticut and was described by drummer Mark Zonder as "very powerful and strong." Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Left Here", "River Wide Ocean ...

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TED NUGENT To Run For U.S. Senate?

Controversial rocker, outspoken conservative and gun-rights activist Ted Nugent is being mentioned as a possible candidate for the U.S. Senate representing the Illinois Republican Party. "He grew up in Arlington Heights. He went to St. Viator High School," said Cook County Republican Chair Gary Skoien, according to the Internet Broadcasting Systems. "He has more connection ...

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PRO-PAIN To Film Video For 'Left For Dead'

PRO-PAIN are in the finishing stages of planning their upcoming video shoot for album track "Left For Dead" from their latest album, "Fistful of Hate". The clip will be in filmed on various locations throughout Sarasota, Florida, where several of the band members have long made their residence. The video is expected to be completed ...

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SILVER Sign With MTM MUSIC

SILVER, the band featuring singer Gary Barden (MSG, STATETROOPER, PRAYING MANTIS), guitarist Michael Voss (DEMON DRIVE, CASANOVA, MAD MAX, ex-BONFIRE), and keyboard player Don Airey (DEEP PURPLE, ex-OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE, GARY MOORE), have inked a deal with MTM Music. The group are currently working on the follow-up to their debut album, "Dream Machines" (2002), for ...

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GARY MOORE: Romanian Show Cancelled

Legendary guitarist GARY MOORE was forced to postpone his July 10 show at Arenele Romane in Bucharest, Romania because he is "unwell," according to a posting on his web site. It is not presently clear if the concert will be rescheduled to a later date. Moore's new studio album, "Power of the Blues", was released ...

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MORGION Auctioning Off Recording/Touring Guitar

Californian death-doomsters MORGION are auctioning off a Les Paul Special Ebony Worn guitar used to write material and record their latest album, "Cloaked by Ages, Crowned in Earth", as well as during live performances on MORGION's "Doomination of Europe 2003" tour, and, most recently, at Canada's Northern Lights Festival. "This is a great guitar, and ...

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EXODUS Guitarist: 'Playing Live Is What I Live For'

EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Yahoo, good to be home! This [European] tour was one motherfuckin' adventure, to put it mildly! We endured everything from bus fires to blown tires, from London riots (between our crew and security, not myself!) to spilled beers on the ...

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SHADOW GALLERY Guitarist Records Guest Appearance For SHADRANE Project

SHADOW GALLERY guitarist Gary Wehrkamp has completed his contributions to the upcoming heavy progressive-rock project SHADRANE. The epic concept album will be titled "Neurastasia", and will feature Gary on four tracks. Wehrkamp recorded his guitar and synthesizer solos for the effort in February/early March of 2004 at the Ninth Street Studios. Other musicians appearing on ...

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NEW YORK DOLLS Play Reunion Show At London's MELTDOWN FESTIVAL

The NEW YORK DOLLS played a one-off reunion gig on Wednesday (June 16) at London's Royal Festival Hall as part of this year's Meltdown Festival, according to Hits Daily Double. Original members David Johansen, Sylvain Sylvain and now-Mormon Arthur "Killer" Kane were joined by guitarist Steve Conte and LIBERTINES drummer Gary Powell, replacing the late ...

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COFFIN TEXTS Rejoined By Drummer MARCE CASTRO

Los Angeles-based death metallers COFFIN TEXTS have been rejoined by drummer Marce Castro. "The [first] rehearsal [with Marce back in the group] went very well and takes me back to the day we first started, fired up for deathgrind," commented vocalist Robert Cardenas. "We want to thank Ariel Alvarado for his help the last 2 ...

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VAN HALEN: Reunion Tour Opening Night Set List Revealed

The VAN HALEN reunion tour got underway last night (June 11) at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina. It was their first gig with Sammy Hagar on vocals since October 1995, and their first one since 1998, when Gary Cherone was the lead singer. The complete set list for the show was as follows: ...

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