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BRAZEN ABBOT Announce First-Ever Live Gigs

BRAZEN ABBOT, the brainchild of Bulgarian guitarist Nikolo Kotzev, will make their first-ever live appearances in Bulgaria at the end of July. Three shows in Varna, Plovdiv and Sofia are currently scheduled and will feature a lineup that will include ex-RAINBOW/DEEP PURPLE singer Joe Lynn Turner (other bandmembers have yet to be confirmed). BRAZEN ABBOT ...

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Singer Raves About The New CORNERSTONE Album

CORNERSTONE, the project featuring ROYAL HUNT bassist Steen Mogensen and ex-RAINBOW/current YNGWIE MALMSTEEN vocalist Doogie White, are in the process of recording their third album, tentatively due in the fall. "I am bursting at the seams, waiting to get on the plane and get started on the singing," White writes on his official web site. ...

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No BONNET For IMPELLITTERI

IMPELLITTERI's as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2002's "System X", which is currently being recorded with producer Greg Reeley (FEAR FACTORY, MACHINE HEAD), will not feature a return appearance by vocalist Graham Bonnet (MSG, RAINBOW). The band are said to be considering several candidates for the singer slot and expect to make a decision very soon. According to ...

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METALLICA's HETFIELD Reveals His Most Memorable Festival Experience

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield, a veteran of the summer festival circuit, recently spoke to Rolling Stone magazine about his most memorable festival experience from the pre-METALLICA days. "Probably the most memorable was the California World Music Festival," Hetfield said. "It was one of those two-day things. The first night was TED NUGENT and VAN HALEN ...

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AC/DC: Two Headlining Dates In Germany Planned

In addition to their three stadium dates supporting the ROLLING STONES in Germany next month, AC/DC will play at least one small-key concert similar to their recent New York Roseland gig. They will play Munich's 3,000-seater Circus Krone (the very same venue they played at in 1976 while supporting RAINBOW) on June 17, and a ...

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Singer Offers Post-Tour Update

Former RAINBOW and current YNGWIE MALMSTEEN vocalist Doogie White has posted the following message to his official web site: "We [YNGWIE MALMSTEEN] played two amazing shows in Turkey, with Istanbul being the wildest and largest gig of the tour. These people love to RAWK and so they did. Every show should be like that . ...

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GRAHAM BONNET To Play One-Off Gig In California

Former RAINBOW/MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP frontman Graham Bonnet will be performing another concert at Paladino's in Tarzana, California on Saturday, July 26. Bonnet's last gig at the venue, which took place on February 21, included appearances by Graham's bandmates from the IMPELLITTERI "System X" sessions (excluding mainman Chris Impellitteri) and consisted of over an hour of ...

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JOE LYNN TURNER Finalizes Track Listing For 'JLT'

Former RAINBOW/DEEP PURPLE frontman Joe Lynn Turner has finalized the track listing for his new solo album, "JLT", due on June 16 through MTM Music. The follow-up to 2001's "Slam" will contain the following cuts: 01. In Cold Blood 02. Jump Start 03. Dirty Deal 04. Love Don't Live Here 05. Excess 06. Let s ...

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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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THE HAUNTED: U.S. Tour Dates Announced!

Swedish high-energy thrashers THE HAUNTED will be teaming up with SHAI HULUD and SKINLESS for a U.S. tour. Also joining the tour for select dates are DARKEST HOUR and BLEEDING THROUGH. Confirmed dates are as follows: May 08 - Krome - South Amboy, NJ * May 09 - Rainbow - Montreal, QC, CANADA * May ...

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MÖTLEY CRÜE Singer Pleads No Contest To Battery

A lawyer for MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil entered a no contest plea to misdemeanor battery in an assault involving a record producer outside a Sunset Strip nightclub last year, according to the Associated Press. Neil, whose given name is Vincent Neil Wharton, was not at the hearing yesterday (April 7) in Beverly Hills, Calif. ...

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RIOT Guitarist And Ex-Vocalist Join Forces In FAITH AND FIRE

RIOT guitarist Mike Flyntz and ex-RIOT frontman Tony Moore have joined forces in a new band called FAITH AND FIRE. The band, who are completed by bassist Danny Miranda (BLUE OYSTER CULT) and drummer John Miceli (RAINBOW, MEAT LOAF), have just begun recording final tracks at Paul Orofino's Millbrook Studios for a 13-song CD slated ...

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Recording Live Album On European Tour

YNGWIE MALMSTEEN is recording various concerts on his current European tour for an upcoming live album. "We have just finished 12 gigs in 14 days and that has been such a blast," YNGWIE vocalist Doogie White (ex-RAINBOW) wrote on his official web site. "Everyone is getting on very well and this is adding to the ...

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JOE LYNN TURNER Goes Back To His Roots!

Former RAINBOW/DEEP PURPLE frontman Joe Lynn Turner has set "JLT" as the title for his forthcoming solo album, due on June 16 through MTM Music. According to an official press release, Joe has gone back to his bluesy, rock and roll roots and the new record is not "angry" as Turner's last effort, "Slam". The ...

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GRAHAM BONNET: Tarzana Set List Revealed

Former RAINBOW/MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP/ALCATRAZZ frontman Graham Bonnet's set list for his one-off solo appearance at Paladino's in Tarzana, California on Friday, Feb. 21 consisted of the following: 01. God Blessed Video (ALCATRAZZ) 02. Stand In Line (IMPELLITTERI) 03. Don't Look Down 04. S.O.S. 05. Love's No Friend (RAINBOW) 06. Island In The Sun (ALCATRAZZ) 07. ...

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IMPELLITTERI: 'New Sound' Planned For Upcoming CD

IMPELLITTERI, the band led by guitar legend Chris Impellitteri, are currently working on their new CD, due before the end of the year. According to the group's official web site, the forthcoming album will represent "a new sound for the band. Fast, furious and a touch of opera. Chris has been talking with MAJOR producers ...

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RONNIE JAMES DIO Double-CD Anthology On The Way

"Stand Up And Shout: The Dio Anthology", a two-disc collection of classic tracks spanning Ronnie James Dio's entire career, is scheduled for release on May 27 through Warner Bros./ Rhino Records. Described as "the only anthology to include songs from Dio's eras with BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, ELF and DIO," "Stand Up And Shout" arrives augmented ...

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CORNERSTONE Prepare To Enter Studio

CORNERSTONE, the project featuring ROYAL HUNT bassist Steen Mogensen and ex-RAINBOW/current YNGWIE MALMSTEEN vocalist Doogie White, are in the process of finishing up the songwriting process for the group's third album, tentatively due in the fall. "[Steen and I] have never worked so closely before on any of the songs, so it was very interesting ...

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RAINBOW Double-CD Collection To See Light Of Day

A new RAINBOW collection, titled "Catch The Rainbow", will surface on March 18. The two-disc set will include the following tracks: 01. Man On The Silver Mountain 02. Sixteenth Century Greensleeves 03. Catch The Rainbow 04. Tarot Woman 05. Starstruck 06. Stargazer 07. Light In The Black 08. Mistreated (live) 09. Long Live Rock 'N' ...

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JOE LYNN TURNER Discusses Future Plans For HUGHES TURNER PROJECT

Veteran hard rock vocalist Joe Lynn Turner (RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) talked to Electricbasement.com about his current plans, specifically the HUGHES TURNER PROJECT, also featuring Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH, TRAPEZE). "Before we can even think of a tour, our next goal is to get back into the studio and do the second ...

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PRAYING MANTIS: The Journey Goes On

Legendary NWOBHM act PRAYING MANTIS have finalized the track listing for their new album, "The Journey Goes On", due in late April through Frontiers Records. It is as follows: 01. Tonight 02. The Escape 03. The Journey Goes On 04. Silent War 05. Beat Within 06. Hold On For Love 07. If Tomorrow Never Comes ...

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JIMI HENDRIX's Remains Moved

The remains of legendary rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix have been moved from their initial site to a new elaborate memorial in the same burial ground, Greenwood Memorial Park and Cemetery, just outside Seattle, according to the AP. While the first grave site was marked only by a simple flat stone reading "Forever in Our Hearts ...

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BLACKMORE'S NIGHT Set American Release Date For Live CD

BLACKMORE'S NIGHT, featuring legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore (DEEP PURPLE, RAINBOW), have set a Feb. 25 American release date through SPV Records for their double live CD, "Past Times With Good Company". This release includes a new cover photo, different bonus track and alternate photos from those found on the European and Japanese versions. ...

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Singer To Guest On New PRAYING MANTIS CD

Former RAINBOW and current YNGWIE MALMSTEEN frontman Doogie White has contributed lead vocals to a couple of tracks on the upcoming PRAYING MANTIS album, titled "The Journey Never Ends". Also featured on the CD is ex-URIAH HEEP/GARY MOORE singer John Sloman. "[PRAYING MANTIS guitarist] Tino Troy gave me a call at the beginning of [last] ...

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