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Review: 5,000 Cram Haskins Center For IRON MAIDEN

Victor R. Martinez of El Paso Times reports that "it was a great night to be a metal head Monday (August 18) at the Don Haskins Center, where MOTÖRHEAD, DIO and the metal powerhouse IRON MAIDEN gave more than 5,000 fans vintage performances complete with guitar and drum solos and a lot of loud music. ...

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FILTER Singer: 'Seriously Loud Motherfuckin' Rock Music!'

FILTER mainman Richard Patrick has posted the following message to the "Rich's Words" section of the group's official web site: "Holy shit, it's been awhile [since I've last written] but I apologize – as always I've been a busy man. A lot of stuff has been going on behind the scenes. I just finished working ...

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Review: IRON MAIDEN Continues Love Affair With Heavy Metal Fans

Dave Ferman of the Star-Telegram reviewed the IRON MAIDEN/DIO/MOTÖRHEAD tour when it came to the Smirnoff Music Centre in Dallas, Texas Wednesday night (August 13). "I love the MAIDEN, always have," he wrote. "Virtually alone among the wave of British metal bands that emerged in the early 1980s, these guys have stayed extremely popular around ...

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PRIMUS Reform, Record New Material

The original lineup of PRIMUSLes Claypool (bass/vocals), Tim "Herb" Alexander (drums) and Larry "Ler" Lalonde (guitar) — has reformed after a four-year hiatus and has recorded five new songs for inclusion on the upcoming DVD/CD set, "Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People", due October 7 on Prawn Song/Interscope Records. According to ...

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ROCK CITY MORGUE To Tour Spain

New Orleans, Louisiana-based ROCK CITY MORGUE, the band featuring former WHITE ZOMBIE bassist Sean Yseult, ex-MAN SCOUTS OF AMERICA frontman Rik Slave, and ex-THE B MOVIE RATS drummer Andy Baker, will embark on a 10-date tour of Spain in late September. Prior to the Spanish trek, the band will play a host of East Coast ...

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KISS Guitarist Remembers His First Gig With The Group

KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer, who will continue to portray Ace Frehley's "Spaceman" character during the band's upcoming tour with AEROSMITH, recently spoke to Billboard magazine about his first "proper" gig with the group, which took place in February with the 60-piece Melbourne Symphony Orchestra — a sold-out show played to 48,000, broadcast worldwide via pay-per-view ...

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ANTHRAX Guitarist SCOTT IAN: The Metal God Is Back

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian says that he "can't wait" to see JUDAS PRIEST performing live with Rob Halford again but insists that Halford's replacement in PRIEST, Tim "Ripper" Owens, "was and is his own man and he made those songs his when he sang them." In a posting to ANTHRAX's official web site, Ian writes, ...

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'Wacken Metal Overdrive' To Be Released On DVD

On July 28, SPV/Steamhammer will be releasing a special DVD, entitled "Wacken Metal Overdrive", featuring interviews and live footage of various artists performing at the annual Wacken Open Air Festival, widely considered to be the biggest and best "pure metal" festival in the world. The complete track listing for "Wacken Metal Overdrive" (view cover

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SOULGRIND To Be Joined By SINERGY Axeman At Helsinki Gig

Finland's SOULGRIND, who feature in their ranks former LULLACRY frontwoman Tanja "Whisper Lilith" Kemppainen (a.k.a. Tanya), will be joined by SINERGY/ex-STONE guitarist for their appearance at Tavastia club in Helsinki on Saturday, July 12. The gig will be part of this weekend's Tuska festival, which will feature more than 40 bands performing on three stages ...

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ROCK CITY MORGUE Announce New Tour Dates

New Orleans, Louisiana-based ROCK CITY MORGUE, the band featuring former WHITE ZOMBIE bassist Sean Yseult, ex-MAN SCOUTS OF AMERICA frontman Rik Slave, and ex-THE B MOVIE RATS drummer Andy Baker, have lined up a host of gigs during August. Confirmed dates are as follows: Aug. 01 - Continental Club - New York, NY Aug. 02 ...

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Former HELLOWEEN Drummer To Play Cover Gigs In Greece

VALANOS, the new hard rock/metal cover band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN/METALIUM drummer Mark Cross and former members of the Greek metal act SPITFIRE, will perform several gigs in Greece during July/August. The group's 90-minute set will include covers of various hard rock and metal classics, original tracks from SPITFIRE (who released two albums through EMI, 1986's "First ...

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Original FATES WARNING Guitarist Checks In With Latest Update

Original FATES WARNING guitarist Victor Arduini, who played on the group's classic early efforts "Night On Brocken" (1984) and "The Spectre Within" (1985), has posted an update on his current activities to the official FATES WARNING message board. Arduini's posting reads as follows: "I'd be happy to give an 'update' to anyone interested... Here you ...

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Former JUDAS PRIEST Singer To Re-Release Solo Albums

Former JUDAS PRIEST frontman Al Atkins will have two of his solo albums re-released shortly. Atkins' 1994 effort, "Heavy Thoughts", will surface through Market Square Records, with worldwide distribution from Koch International, while the singer's last solo album, 1998's "Victim Of Changes" will be made available through Sanctuary Records. The new version of "Heavy Thoughts" ...

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MARILYN MANSON's 'Golden Age' Debuts At No. 1!

MARILYN MANSON's latest CD, "The Golden Age of Grotesque", has shifted 118,174 copies in the U.S. during its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan, to debut at No. 1 on next week's The Billboard 200 chart. The CD has also secured No. 1 chart positions in Germany, Italy, Austria and Switzerland, according to ...

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MARILYN MANSON To Top Next Week's Billboard Album Chart

MARILYN MANSON appears on course for the second No. 1 album of his career with an estimated first-week tally for his "Golden Age of Grotesque" set (Nothing/Interscope) of at least 150,000 units, according to Billboard.com. Manson had previously reached No. 1 with the 1998 release "Mechanical Animals", which began with 223,000 units, his biggest Nielsen ...

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SUIDAKRA Finalize Track Listing For 'Signs For The Fallen'

German melodic black/death metallers SUIDAKRA have finalized the track listing for their sixth CD, "Signs For The Fallen", due in Europe on July 28 through Century Media Records. The album, which was once again produced by Andy Classen (KRISIUN, DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER, HOLY MOSES) at Stage One Studios in Bühne, Germany, will contain the following ...

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SOULGRIND To Enter Studio In October

Finland's SOULGRIND, who feature in their ranks former LULLACRY frontwoman Tanja "Whisper Lilith" Kemppainen (a.k.a. Tanya), will enter the studio in October/November to begin recording their new album for a spring 2004 release through France's Holy Records. SOULGRIND's next gig will take place during the Tuska Open Air Festival 2003 at Tavastia club in Helsinki ...

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U.D.O.: Live CD Details Unveiled

U.D.O., the German band fronted by former ACCEPT singer Udo Dirkschneider, have set "Nailed To Metal" as the title for their upcoming DVD, due in Europe on August 25. The forthcoming DVD will come in a special package containing a bonus live CD, titled "Metal Mayhem - The Missing Tracks". The complete track listing for ...

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LED ZEPPELIN Artwork To Be Displayed At English Gallery

Original LED ZEPPELIN album cover artworks from their 20-year career will be displayed at a gallery in Birmingham, England beginning on May 27. Number Nine the Gallery is hosting the second of its "Art of Rock and Roll" exhibitions, and this show will be dedicated solely to the album artwork of the long-defunct British hard ...

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DIO: Anthology Track Listing Unveiled

The complete track listing has been released for "Stand Up And Shout: The Dio Anthology", a two-disc collection of classic tracks spanning singer Ronnie James Dio's entire career as a Warner Bros. Records recording artist. Described as "the only anthology to include songs from Dio's eras with BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, ELF and DIO," "Stand Up ...

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Office Of Strategic Influence - OSI

Controversy isn't something readily associated with something as mathematical and calculated as a progressive rock supergroup. But controversial this album is — and not for the first reason that springs to mind. That group/album title, you see, eludes to a proposed covert US information agency dreamed up after 9/11 to supposedly spread favorable propaganda in ...

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SLEEP's 'Dopesmoker' Delayed

Due to unspecified "logistical" problems, Tee Pee Records have pushed back the official release date of SLEEP's long-awaited "Dopesmoker" CD to May 20. With producer Billy Anderson out on the road with BLESSING THE HOGS and Matt Pike piloting the HIGH ON FIRE juggernaut, the decision was made to delay the street date so that ...

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DISTURBED, NICKELBACK, SALIVA, MANSON Get Certified

DISTURBED's 2000 debut, "The Sickness", has been certified triple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales in excess of three million copies in the U.S. Also freshly-certified is NICKELBACK's "Silver Side Up", which has turned quintuple-platinum after shifting over five million units since its release in Sept. 2001. Other recent certifications include ...

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SALIVA Confirmed For AEROSMITH/KISS Tour

SALIVA have been officially confirmed as the opening act on the forthcoming AEROSMITH/KISS tour. "We just got the news like two days ago, dude," SALIVA frontman Josey Scott told MTV.com. "We're fucking ecstatic. We called our families and called all our friends. We're like, 'Holy shit, dude, we're going on tour with AEROSMITH and KISS, ...

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