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Former BLACK CROWES Singer CHRIS ROBINSON To Release New Album

Former BLACK CROWES frontman Chris Robinson and his band THE NEW EARTH MUD will release their debut album, "This Magnificent Distance", on June 29 through Vector Recordings. For "This Magnificent Distance", Robinson penned five songs and co-wrote six with Paul Stacey and one with Audley Freed, formerly of THE BLACK CROWES. The tracks were produced ...

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It's Official: JEFF PILSON Rejoins DIO

Ronnie James Dio has confirmed in a radio interview that bassist Jeff Pilson (ex-DOKKEN) will be rejoining DIO in the studio next month for the recording of the group's new album, tentatively due in late June/early July through Spitfire Records. "It's a real wonderful, comfortable situation for Jeff to come in," Ronnie said during a ...

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ICED EARTH's New York City Concert Sold Out!

ICED EARTH's April 29 performance at B.B. King's in New York City has officially sold out, club officials have confirmed. According to Rena Siwek, P.R. Director for B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, the event was "one of the fastest selling shows here at B.B. King's, but then again, ICED EARTH always pulls them in ...

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IN AETERNUM To Support DEICIDE, Release New Mini-CD

Swedish death/black metallers IN AETERNUM have been confirmed as one of the support bands on DEICIDE's upcoming European tour. The group, whose last CD, "Nuclear Armageddon", came out a year ago, will release a brand-new mini-CD, entitled "No Salvation", in April. IN AETERNUM will return to Abyss Studio during the summer to record their new ...

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WHITESNAKE's COVERDALE Is Supportive Of Wife's New Career

When Cindy Coverdale, wife of WHITESNAKE frontman David Coverdale, decided to write a rock and roll cookbook, "Food That Rocks", she wasn't sure how her new career would go over with her husband. "After all," Cindy laughs, "he was used to being the one who got the attention while I did the wife and mother ...

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MICHAEL MONROE Vs. MÖTLEY CRÜE, TRACII GUNS

HANOI ROCKS frontman Michael Monroe has once again hit out at MÖTLEY CRÜE for their decision to title their box set "Music To Crash Your Car To", calling the move beyond disrespectful and referring to the group's bassist Nikki Sixx as "shallow," "ignorant" and "stupid". Asked in Metal Sludge's "20 Questions With..." what ...

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Former GUNS N' ROSES Guitarist Lines Up Solo Dates

Former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Gilby Clarke has lined up the following solo appearances during March: Mar. 05 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Chasers Mar. 06 - Tucson, AZ @ The Rock Mar. 05 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Chasers Mar. 11 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx Mar. 12 - Wallington, NJ @ The Wreck Room Mar. ...

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Virgin Megastore To Host Rock & Roll Cookbook Signing

Hollywood's Virgin Megastore will host a celebrity book signing for the rock & roll cookbook, "Food That Rocks", on Thursday, March 18, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. In addition to the authors, Cindy Coverdale (wife of WHITESNAKE frontman David Coverdale) and Margie Lapanja, many of the book's contributors will be there signing copies of the book ...

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DOHENY: Live Appearances Announced

DOHENY, the California-based band formed by ex-THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison (on guitar) and PITCHSHIFTER frontman Jon "J.S." Clayden, have announced the following gigs during March/April: Mar. 13 - The Gig – Hollywood, CA Apr. 02 - The Gig - Hollywood, CA In other news, Clayden and Morrison performed with Billy's side project CAMP ...

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ADRIFT: CANNIBAL CORPSE Side Project Completes Debut EP

ADRIFT, the hard rock side project of CANNIBAL CORPSE guitarist Jack Owen, have completed work on their debut EP at Audiohammer Studios in Sanford, Florida (GOD FORBID, MONSTROSITY, TRIVIUM) with CAPHARNAUM leader Jason Suecof at the board. Co-produced by Suecof and ADRIFT, the EP "showcases ADRIFT's unique sound and approach to accessible songwriting," according to ...

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TESTAMENT Announce Hometown Show

San Francisco Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT have announced a hometown headlining show at the Avalon Ballroom on March 27. As previously reported, TESTAMENT are continuing work on the material for the follow-up to 1999's "The Gathering" and are planning on entering the studio in April/May to begin recording the album for a late 2004 release ...

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CHILDREN OF BODOM Win 'Export Award' At First Annual FEMMAGAALA

CHILDREN OF BODOM won the "Export Award" during the first annual Femmagaala ceremony held at Helsinki's Nosturi Friday night (Feb. 20). KOTITEOLLISUUS, a Finnish band singing in their native language, won the "Best Hard Rock/Metal Album" award, while HANOI ROCKS guitarist Andy McCoy took home the "Total Media" award. Femmagaala is not to be confused ...

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THUNDERSTONE To Play Special Gig In Helsinki

THUNDERSTONE's concert at On the Rocks in Helsinki, Finland on March 3 will be "a very special show featuring acoustic versions (!) of THUNDERSTONE favorites, rare songs, killer covers and special guests!" according to a posting on the band's web site. "We are planning to make this an annual event, so be there to witness ...

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RUSH: 30th Anniversary Tour Details Revealed!

As promised, RUSH have revealed the first details of their 30th Anniversary Tour via their official web site, Rush.com. Around 40 North American dates have been scheduled so far, beginning on May 28 in Charlotte, NC and concluding on August 22 in the band's hometown of Toronto, Canada. Also available are the details of the ...

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HANOI ROCKS Singer Says U.S. Deal Was A 'Happy Accident'

In a recent interview with ElectricBasement.com, HANOI ROCKS frontman Michael Monroe explained how the band got their latest CD, "12 Shots on the Rocks", issued in the U.S. on Liquor and Poker Music. "Well, this person who was working with us who did the deal, and who is not working with us anymore, [laughing] he ...

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STRATOVARIUS: TOLKKI Jams On Hard Rock Classics, KOTIPELTO Celebrates Completion Of New Video

STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki participated in a very special "hard rock jam session" on Sunday (Feb. 15) at London Pub in Tampere, Finland. Joining Tolkki during the jam were HANOI ROCKS drummer Lacu and BOMFUNK MC'S bassist Ville Mäkinen. The unnamed "band" performed nine cover songs, including KISS' "Lick It Up", IRON MAIDEN's "The Trooper", ...

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Ex-RATT Singer STEPHEN PEARCY: 'Fueler' Details Revealed

Former RATT singer Stephen Pearcy has released more details about his forthcoming solo effort, "Fueler", due in April/May through his own Top Fuel Records. According to a posting on Pearcy's web site, former QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali plays on three cuts on the album, which will also be packaged as a DVD of live, ...

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THUNDERSTONE: Finnish Tour Dates Announced

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have announced the following dates in March: Mar. 03 - On The Rocks – Helsinki, FIN Mar. 05 – Loop - Oulu, FIN Mar. 06 – Lutakko - Jyväskylä, FIN As previously reported, THUNDERSTONE's sophomore album, "The Burning", entered the Finnish Album chart at position No. 17 upon its release ...

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Former THIN LIZZY/MOTÖRHEAD Guitarist To Tour With FIVE FIFTEEN

Former THIN LIZZY/MOTÖRHEAD guitarist Brian "Robbo" Robertson will play a couple of dates as a special guest with FIVE FIFTEEN in Scandinavia at the end of February. FIVE FIFTEEN are out promoting their new album, "The Sensational Five Fifteen", with the line-up of Mika Jarvinen (guitar & vocals), Saana Koskinen (vocals & flute), Matti Salovaara ...

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VANDENBERG To Be Featured In Dutch TV Program

Long-defunct Dutch hard rock outfit VANDENBERG, led by one-time WHITESNAKE guitarist Adrian Vandenberg, will be featured in a Dutch TV program called "Single Luck" this Friday, January 23. The brainchild of producer "Tonko Dop", the show focuses on bands that produced one world smash hit before reverting to relative obscurity, and this week's episode will ...

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TESTAMENT To Tour Europe In June

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT will be embarking on a European tour beginning in early June. Tentative dates are as follows: Jun. 06 - Milano, ITA @ Gods Of Metal Jun. 07 - Pratteln, SWI @ Z7 (not confirmed yet) Jun. 08 - GER @ TBA Jun. 09 - Prague, CZR @ GOLEM ...

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SOULGRIND To Enter Studio In May

SOULGRIND, the Finnish band featuring former LULLACRY frontwoman Tanja "Whisper Lilith" Kemppainen (a.k.a. Tanya), will enter the studio on May 28 to begin recording their new album, "Omnino Veritas", tentatively due in early November through France's Holy Records. A limited-edition version (2,000 copies) of the new album will include an extra CD featuring the following: ...

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REFLEXION To Support CHARON, Video Posted Online

REFLEXION, the Finnish band featuring vocalist Juha Kylmänen (FOR MY PAIN, TO/DIE/FOR), will support CHARON at three shows in Finland later this week. The dates are as follows: Jan. 15 - Helsinki, FIN @ On the Rocks Jan. 16 - Ylivieska, FIN @ Ravintola Vieska Jan. 17 - Evijärvi, FIN @ NS-talo In other news, ...

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Report: SARS Concert Featuring AC/DC, RUSH TO Be Released On DVD

The mammoth SARS extravaganza held outdoors in Toronto last July 30 will be released on DVD next spring, according to Billboard magazine. ROLLING STONES tour manager Michael Cohl said in a newspaper interview that all 13 performers at the Downsview Park concert were recorded and should be included in the DVD, but it's not known ...

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