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THIN LIZZY Confirm Touring Lineup

THIN LIZZY mainstays John Sykes (guitar/vocals) and Scott Gorham (guitar) have recruited drummer Michael Lee and bassist Guy Pratt to join them on their upcoming tour, which is scheduled to kick off this spring. Lee has played drums with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant as well as THE CULT and LITTLE ANGELS, while Pratt is ...

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LIMP BIZKIT's DURST Dishes Dirt On BRITNEY

LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst made an appearance on "The Howard Stern Show" this morning and discussed at length his alleged relationship with pop singer Britney Spears. Durst, who had previously accused Britney of having "played me out," claimed that his relationship went beyond a mere platonic friendship and offered a lengthy account of how ...

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JEFF SCOTT SOTO Hits The Road

Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and current TALISMAN guitarist Jeff Scott Soto has posted the following message to his official web site, www.jeffscottsoto.com: "Hey all, Jeff here...I wish 2 send u all a message of thanks 4 all the support & positive feedback from the 'Prism' [solo] album. It has been the most enthusiasm I've ...

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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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TRIBE OF JUDAH Keyboardist Joins POPULATION-1

Steve Ferlazzo, keyboardist for TRIBE OF JUDAH (the band fronted by former VAN HALEN/EXTREME frontman Gary Cherone), will be touring Japan later this month with POPULATION-1, the new group featuring ex-EXTREME guitarist Nuno Bettencourt. The band, who recently issued their debut CD, also include in their ranks TOMMY LEE bassist Marty O'Brien. Confirmed tour dates ...

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EXODUS Reunite With ZETRO SOUZA, Prepare To Record New Album

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS have been rejoined by vocalist Steve "Zetro" Souza and are preparing to enter the studio with producer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, STUCK MOJO, SKINLAB) to record their first studio album in 11 years. "[Zetro and the rest of the band] had some great talks [over the course of ...

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SAMMY HAGAR In Negotiations With SANCTUARY

Former VAN HALEN singer Sammy Hagar is reportedly in talks with Sanctuary Records about the rights for the reissue of two of Sammy's post-VAN HALEN solo albums, "Ten 13" and "Not For Sale", plus the release of a new "Greatest Hits Live" CD. The live CD will apparently feature around 15 or 16 tracks, including ...

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EXODUS: We Are Still Searching For A Singer!

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS are still seeking a permanent replacement for Steve "Zetro" Souza following several promising jam sessions with John Miller, a local Bay Area singer who had previously spent time with EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt and drummer Tom Hunting in the mid-'90s metal demo act WARDANCE. "We are still searching ...

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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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HARLEY FLANAGAN Slams CRO-MAGS 'Farewell' Tour Plans

CRO-MAGS co-founder Harley Flanagan (bass/vocals) has issued a statement slamming his former bandmate, vocalist John Joseph, over his plans to embark on a CRO-MAGS "farewell" tour next month with an all-new lineup that does not include Flanagan. The statement reads as follows: "Harley Flanagan WILL NOT be touring with John Bloodclot and his NO-MAGS. This ...

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VAN HALEN Bassist Jams With TRIBE OF JUDAH, METAL SHOP

VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony dropped in at The Viper Room in West Hollywood, California Monday night [Jan. 20] to check out ex-VAN HALEN singer Gary Cherone's new band, TRIBE OF JUDAH. At the end of their set, "Michael jumped up on stage, hijacked TRIBE OF JUDAH bassist] Pat Badger's bass and the boys tore ...

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CRO-MAGS Unveil 'Farewell' Lineup

New York hardcore veterans CRO-MAGS are scheduled to embark on an Australian tour in late February. The band's lineup for what is being billed as the group's "farewell" tour will reportedly consist of the following: John Joseph – vocals Rocky George (SUICIDAL TENDENCIES) – guitar A.J. Novello (LEEWAY) – guitar Franklin Rhi (CROWN OF THORNS, ...

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EXODUS' GARY HOLT: Nothing Will Stop Us

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS are forging ahead despite the departure this week of frontman Steve "Zetro" Souza. The band, who completed a short European tour in December, made a decision to fire Souza when it became apparent that he had no intention of touring extensively with the group, a prospect that didn't ...

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THE WHO's ROGER DALTREY: 'PETE Is Innocent'

THE WHO singer Roger Daltrey yesterday broke his silence on the claims of paedophilia against his guitarist bandmate Pete Townshend and said: "I believe Pete is innocent." Daltrey, 58, said Townshend had spoken to him about campaigning against paedophile material two years ago. He told The Sun: "Pete was very angry about how easy it ...

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Man Convicted In Killing Of Former KISS Guitarist's Ex-Wife

A Hartford Superior Court jury convicted Gregory McArthur of felony murder, manslaughter, larceny and kidnapping charges Friday in connection with the 1998 death of the ex-wife of former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent and part-time escort AnnMarie Cusano, according to the Hartford Courant. But the jury acquitted McArthur of charges of murder, capital murder and robbery ...

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Pollstar: GUNS N' ROSES 'Not An Arena Act' In 2002

GUNS N' ROSES have greatly reduced their chances of landing another arena tour following frontman Axl Rose's mysterious failure to show up for a concert in Philadelphia last Friday, according to Gary Bongiovanni, editor of concert-industry trade mag Pollstar. "Rose has damaged his career," he told Entertainment Weekly. "This makes the band a riskier situation ...

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EXODUS: Recording Plans Delayed Until Early 2003

Reunited Bay Area thrashers EXODUS have delayed the recording of their new studio album until early next year. The as-yet-untitled effort — the group's first studio CD since 1992's "Force of Habit" — was originally scheduled to be recorded during November at Sonic Ranch studios (formerly Village Productions) in Tornillo, Texas with producer Andy Sneap ...

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KISS Murder Trial Update: Cusano's Daughters Kept Secret

As previously reported, the murder trial of a man accused of killing the ex-wife of former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent got underway on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the Superior Court in Hartford, Connecticut. Police arrested Gregory McArthur, 41, on Sept. 2, 2000, and charged him with the January 1998 murder of Annemarie Cusano. Cusano worked ...

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EXODUS Drop Off Vegas New Year's Eve Show

Despite previous reports to the contrary, EXODUS will NOT be performing with HALFORD, TESTAMENT, and VIO-LENCE at House Of Blues in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday, Dec. 29. "We are sorry for anyone that bought tickets in anticipation of seeing EXODUS perform," the band's manager Steve Warner said in an official statement. "Before the show ...

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GARY CHERONE: VAN HALEN Were Great To Me

Despite the commercial disappointment of the critically-panned Van Halen III album (released in 1998), former VAN HALEN/EXTREME vocalist Gary Cherone claims that he has no hard feelings about his experience in the group. "Those guys were awesome," Cherone told Launch. "(We) did an album, did a tour, started to write stuff for the second record ...

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