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PISSING RAZORS Announce New Guitarist

PISSING RAZORS have announced the addition of ex-SINGLE BULLET THEORY guitarist Matt Difabio to the group's ranks following the recent departure of Cesar Soto. Difabio will join the rest of the band — Eddy Garcia (drums), Rick Valles (bass), and Andre Acosta (vocals) — during the songwriting sessions for the group's next album, tentatively due ...

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BLACK SABBATH Drummer Speaks Out On Upcoming Solo Album

BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward has released a lengthy update via his official web site on the status of his upcoming solo album, "Beyond Aston", his Internet-only single, "Straws", his health and the possibility of future live appearances. "My company, Aston Cross Music, Inc., is making 2,000 copies of 'Straws'," writes Ward. "1,000 ...

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JEFF PILSON: 'Things Are Heating Up In L/P Land'

L/P, the new group featuring former DOKKEN members George Lynch (guitar) and Jeff Pilson (bass/vocals), are in the final stages of negotiations for a U.S. record deal, having already secured a Japanese release via JVC Records. "Things are heating up in L/P land," Pilson writes on his official web site. "There are a couple labels ...

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SPINESHANK: New Album Coming Out 'Better Than Expected'

SPINESHANK drummer Tommy Decker recently posted the following update on the progress of the recording sessions for the band's forthcoming album, "Violent Mood Swings": "I just wanted to let you know what the latest news on the recording is...We have laid down the drums to 15 tracks and I have 2 more to do today. ...

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PISSING RAZORS Confirm Guitarist's Departure

PISSING RAZORS have officially confirmed the departure of guitarist Cesar Soto, who has since teamed up with fellow ex-PR members Joe Rodriguez (vocals) and Mat Lynch (guitar) in a new band called FUELED II FIRE. According to a message on PISSING RAZORS' official web site, "the reasons behind why this site had not ...

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GEORGE LYNCH To Rework DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB Songs For Upcoming CD

Former DOKKEN guitarist George Lynch will be releasing another album this next year according to Lynch's official website. The new album will feature current remakes of DOKKEN and LYNCH MOB songs. Former DOKKEN and current L/P bassist Jeff Pilson will be singing on the DOKKEN tunes and Robert Mason on the LYNCH MOB songs. It ...

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CESAR SOTO: Why I Left PISSING RAZORS

Former PISSING RAZORS guitarist Cesar Soto has attributed his departure from the group to "personal differences between myself and the current existing members of PR. I felt that my thoughts and opinions were overlooked on many occasions by the existing bandmates and management. I felt the best thing to do was leave the band altogether," ...

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ARCTIC FIELDS Team Up With Ex-HELLOWEEN Guitarist On Full-Length Debut

Hamburg, Germany-based ARCTIC FIELDS are currently recording their first album, Prism, at Crazy Cat Studio under the production guidance of ex-HELLOWEEN/current MASTERPLAN guitarist Roland Grapow. In related news, Grapow makes a guest appearance on the new album from the German melodic metal band MOB RULES, titled Hollowed Be Thy Name. Roland can be heard playing ...

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JEFF PILSON Speaks Out On DOKKEN, L/P And World Politics

Former DOKKEN and current L/P bassist Jeff Pilson has addressed the rumors surrounding his previous group, the plans for his new band and the current political situation in a lengthy posting via his official web site. According to Pilson, "I don't know if [drummer] Mick [Brown] is still in DOKKEN or not. And as for ...

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MASTERPLAN Part With Keyboardist, Announce Replacement

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Jorn Lande, have parted ways with keyboardist Janne Wirman, who was unable to commit himself to the group due to his involvement with CHILDREN OF BODOM. Replacing him in the band is Axel Mackenrott, who has previously ...

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Former OZZY OSBOURNE Drummer Comments On New BILLY IDOL Keyboardist, Unreleased BALL Album

Former OZZY OSBOURNE and current BILLY IDOL drummer Brian Tichy recently commented on the addition of YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ex-DREAM THEATER keyboardist Derek Sherinian to IDOL's summer touring line-up. Said Tichy: "There's a new keyboardist in the mix... It's none other than...the keyboardist's keyboardist... the hardest working keyboardist in the music business... the keyboardist with the full ...

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L/P Ink Management Deal, Continue Shopping Debut Album

L/P, featuring former DOKKEN members George Lynch (guitar) and Jeff Pilson (bass/vocals), have inked a management deal with STC Management, led by Obi Steinman and Scott Carlson. According to Pilson, "we're real happy with the decision and are already in a full working relationship with them. Of all the people we spoke with who showed ...

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DRAGONLORD Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

San Francisco Bay Area's DRAGONLORD, featuring current and former members of TESTAMENT, are the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's Wacken Open Air festival, which is scheduled to take place on August 2-3 in Wacken, Germany. The full list of artists currently scheduled to appear at the event is as follows: ALABAMA ...

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GEORGE LYNCH/JEFF PILSON: Full Track Listing Unveiled

The full track listing for the forthcoming L/P debut, featuring former DOKKEN members George Lynch (guitar) and Jeff Pilson (bass/vocals) is as follows: 01. When You Bleed 02. Beast In The Box 03. Awaken 04. Ever Higher 05. Zero The End 06. Closer To None 07. Vaccine 08. The Evil That You Are 09. Chromanic ...

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JEFF PILSON Offers Update On Project With GEORGE LYNCH

Former DOKKEN bassist Jeff Pilson has posted the following update on his much-anticipated collaboration with ex-DOKKEN guitarist George Lynch: "First off, yes, we have finally decided on naming George and my project L/P. It serves two purposes in that, for one, it could be taken to mean or be called Lynch/Pilson — which gives the ...

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WICK=WAR=BURN Recruit Former PISSING RAZORS Vocalist

WICK=WAR=BURN, the El Paso, Texas-based group that features in its ranks former PISSING RAZORS guitarist Mat Lynch, have recruited ex-PISSING RAZORS vocalist Joe Rodriguez on bass and ex-INNER SANCTUM singer Leo Canava. "It's great to have Joe back in the game," reads a statement on the band's official web site. "Joe has said he is ...

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German "All-Star" Tribute To JUDAS PRIEST Confirmed For H-O-A Festival

JUDAS PRIEST cover band ELECTRIC EI, featuring HELLOWEEN drummer Mark Cross, X-13 vocalist Joerg Wesenberg, METALIUM guitarist Matthias Lange, X-13/SHOCKMASHINE guitarist Rolli Feldmann, and PARAGON drummer Markus Big M. Corby on bass, have been confirmed for the H-O-A (Headbangers Open Air) festival, which is scheduled to take place on Friday, June 21st and Saturday, June ...

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MARILYN MANSON Slapped With Wrongful Death Lawsuit

A wrongful death suit has been filed against MARILYN MANSON by the mother of actor Keanu Reeves' late girlfriend Jennifer Syme accusing the frontman of supplying her daughter with cocaine and encouraging her to drive while inebriated. Maria St. John reportedly claims that MANSON supplied 28-year-old Syme with various quantities of an illegal controlled substance ...

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DOKKEN To Sell Live DVD On Upcoming Tour

DOKKEN will be selling a live DVD at this summer's US shows. Filmed in Japan in 1995, the DVD will feature guitarist George Lynch's last-ever live performance with the group. In other news, here is the tentative track listing to DOKKEN's upcoming Long Way Home CD: 01. Sunless Days 02. Little Girl 03. Everybody Needs ...

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