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RONNIE JAMES DIO: No Chance Of Reunion With RITCHIE BLACKMORE

Ronnie James Dio has shot down the possibility of a RAINBOW reunion with him at the microphone. Back in April 2000 the singer confirmed to Classic Rock magazine that the idea had been discussed, with a British record company rep flying to guitarist Ritchie Blackmore's Connecticut base to discuss making what would have been the ...

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SKYLARK To Release New Album In May

After a break of more than two years, Italian symphonic power metalers SKYLARK are finally ready to publish their new album. The group have inked a deal with the Italian label Scarlet Records and will release their new CD, "Wings", in May. The new record was mastered at the Sterling Sound studios in New York ...

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TAD MOROSE, NOCTURNAL RITES To Support EDGUY In Scandinavia

TAD MOROSE will join fellow Swedes NOCTURNAL RITES as special guests on the Scandinavian part of EDGUY's European tour in May. The band, whose latest album, "Modus Vivendi", was released in Europe in November, will also appear at the Decibel 2000 festival in Sweden in late May. "We are really looking forward to playing in ...

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GRAHAM BONNET: Paladino's Gig Cancelled

Legendary vocalist Graham Bonnet (RAINBOW, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, ALCATRAZZ, IMPELLITTERI, BLACKTHORNE) has been forced to cancel tonight's (Jan. 23) gig at Paladino's in Tarzana, California. According to a posting on his web site, "Graham has serious sinus infection and will be on antibiotics for two weeks. Graham has been seeing the doctor to see if ...

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FORCE OF EVIL Announce Hometown Gig

FORCE OF EVIL, the new Danish all-star band featuring guitarist Michael Denner (ex-MERCYFUL FATE), guitarist Hank Shermann (MERCYFUL FATE), bassist Hal Patino (KING DIAMOND), drummer Bjarne Holm (MERCYFUL FATE), and vocalist Martin Steene (IRONFIRE), will be performing at the Vega concert hall in Copenhagen, Denmark on February 20. Also appearing on the bill will be ...

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JOE LYNN TURNER To Guest On VH1 CLASSIC

Singer Joe Lynn Turner (DEEP PURPLE, RAINBOW, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) will be sharing compelling anecdotes and introducing classic pop and rock videos on cable channel, VH1 Classic, starting at 6:00 a.m. January 31. Turner's guest VJ shift will appear in segments throughout the weekend. He'll be joined by veteran VH1 personality Amy Scott. Joe and Amy ...

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APPICE/BAIN/CAVAZO Supergroup To Collaborate With BONHAM Singer

The new band featuring drummer Vinny Appice (ex-BLACK SABBATH, DIO), bassist Jimmy Bain (ex-DIO, RAINBOW) and guitarist Carlos Cavazo (ex-QUIET RIOT) are scheduled to do some writing with vocalist Chas West (BONHAM) this week, an informed source has told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. It is not presently clear if West will become a permanent member of this as-yet-unnamed ...

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HAMERFALL Guitarist Reports From The ROCKFABRIK 20-Year-Anniversary Jam

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Happy holidays, Templars! As you might have gathered from the Forum, some of us were at the Rockfabrik in Ludwigsburg, Gemany, last weekend. The legendary club celebrated its 20-year anniversary, and HAMMERFALL was invited to the festivities. So Anders, Joacim ...

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Former HELMET Leader Inks New Deal With INTERSCOPE RECORDS

Former HELMET leader Page Hamilton has signed a deal with Interscope Records for a new project, which includes late period HELMET guitarist Chris Traynor, according to Billboard.com. As previously reported, the pair has also collaborated on tracks intended for BUSH frontman Gavin Rossdale's solo debut. The group are targeting a May or June release for ...

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FAITH AND FIRE: Christmas Song Posted Online

FAITH AND FIRE, the new band featuring RIOT guitarist Mike Flyntz and ex-RIOT frontman Tony Moore, have posted a special Christmas song at their official web site. Download the full-length MP3 here. As previously reported, FAITH AND FIRE are hard at work on their debut album, tentatively due early next year through an ...

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HUGHES TURNER PROJECT: European Tour Dates Announced

HUGHES TURNER PROJECT (HTP), the collaboration between former DEEP PURPLE/BLACK SABBATH vocalist Glenn Hughes and ex-RAINBOW/DEEP PURPLE singer Joe Lynn Turner, have announced the details of their upcoming European tour in support of their recently released sophomore album, "II" (MTM Music). Confirmed dates are as follows: Mar. 04 – Barcelona, SPA @ Bikini Mar. 05 ...

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ROYAL HUNT Split With Bassist, Guitarist

Bassist Steen Mogensen and guitarist Jacob Kjaer have officially left Danish melodic/progressive metallers ROYAL HUNT. No reason was given for their departure. Mogensen is expected to continue his collaboration with ex-RAINBOW/current YNGWIE MALMSTEEN vocalist Doogie White in CORNERSTONE, whose third album, "Once Upon Our Yesterdays", was released last month through Germany's Massacre Records. ROYAL HUNT's ...

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HELMET: 'Best Of' Track Listing Revealed

HELMET have set a January 27, 2004 release date through Interscope Records for their upcoming "best of" CD, titled "Unsung: The Very Best Of Helmet (1991-1997)". The complete track listing for the album is as follows: 01. Repetition 02. FBLA 03. Bad Mood 04. Sinatra 05. In The Meantime 06. Better 07. Unsung 08. Give ...

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GLENN HUGHES, JOE LYNN TURNER To Guest On 'Rockline'

Former DEEP PURPLE/BLACK SABBATH singer Glenn Hughes and his HTP (HUGHES TURNER PROJECT) partner Joe Lynn Turner (ex-RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) will be the featured guests on "Rockline"'s nationally syndicated radio show airing Wednesday, January 14. The live show begins at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET, and fans are encouraged to call ...

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GLENN HUGHES To Film DVD In January

Former DEEP PURPLE/BLACK SABBATH vocalist Glenn Hughes has announced plans to film a DVD in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 11, 2004. No further details are available at this time. As previously reported, HUGHES TURNER PROJECT (HTP), Glenn's collaboration with ex-RAINBOW/DEEP PURPLE singer Joe Lynn Turner, will embark on a Japanese tour in February. The ...

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GRAHAM BONNET: Another Solo Gig Announced

Legendary vocalist Graham Bonnet (RAINBOW, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, ALCATRAZZ, IMPELLITTERI, BLACKTHORNE) will be appearing at Paladino's in Tarzana, California on Friday, January 23, 2004. The band lineup will be same as last time Bonnet played the venue (Howie Simon, Tim Luce, John Thomas and Stefan Svensson). Tickets will be available through the club. Phone #: ...

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Former OZZY OSBOURNE Bassist Records New Music With GARY MOORE

Former OZZY OSBOURNE bassist Bob Daisley recently spent time in England laying down "lots of new tracks" for the new GARY MOORE recording. Joining Bob and Gary during the sessions was drummer Darrin Mooney from the band PRIMAL SCREAM. No further information is available at this time. As previously reported, Daisley's as-yet-unnamed new "supergroup" — ...

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DREAM THEATER Singer Guests On FRAMESHIFT CD

The new label Progrock Records is releasing a special album by FRAMESHIFT on November 25, 2003, titled "Unweaving the Rainbow", based on evolution-themed books by Richard Dawkins. The album was written and produced by Henning Pauly of CHAIN as a vehicle for vocalist James LaBrie of the highly revered progressive metal band DREAM THEATER. FRAMESHIFT, ...

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FAITH AND FIRE Hard At Work On Debut Album

FAITH AND FIRE, the new band featuring RIOT guitarist Mike Flyntz and ex-RIOT frontman Tony Moore, are hard at work on their debut album, tentatively due early next year through an as-yet-unspecified label. "Tony is currently shrieking his brains out at [bassist] Danny [Miranda]'s (BLUE OYSTER CULT) ProTools studio on Long Island, NY in order ...

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