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GLASSJAW Shattered

GLASSJAW guitarist Todd Weinstock has issued a statement confirming reports that he is no longer in the group. His statement reads as follows: "Over a year ago in August [2003], GLASSJAW played our last show after years of touring and we decided to take a hiatus. We were all fried and needed time to do ...

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VELVET REVOLVER Singer Gets Political: Is GEORGE BUSH A Fascist?

VELVET REVOLVER singer Scott Weiland has released the following political statement on the eve of the U.S. presidential elections: "Ever since the fall of the Soviet Union there has been a lack of a balance of power. This lacking has created an environment whereas any American president — or 'two' presidents with the same name ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Drummer And Singer Talk About Inspiration Behind 'Operation: Mindcrime II'

QUEENSRŸCHE drummer Scott Rockenfield and singer Geoff Tate spoke to 411Mania.com about the group's current tour and their forthcoming CD, the next chapter to the 1988 ground-breaking concept album, "Operation: Mindcrime", tentatively titled "Operation: Mindcrime II". Several excerpts from the interview follow: On the inspiration behind the upcoming "Operation: Mindcrime" sequel: Scott Rockenfield: ...

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BLAZE Manager Speaks Out

BLAZE manager Neil Marklew recently spoke to BlazeFans.com about the group's recent lineup changes and the band's future, among other topics. Several excerpts from the interview follow: BlazeFans.com: How would you describe the support SPV have given the band over the years? Neil Marklew: "Difficult one this. In the beginning they were very ...

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ANTHRAX Guitarist Talks Politics, Touring With DIO

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has posted another installment of his regular online column, dubbed "Alpha Mail". A couple of excerpts follow: On upcoming presidential elections: "There have been three televised debates between Kerry and Bush and Kerry has won all three. And don't just think I'm being partisan; I saw polls on Fox News say ...

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CLASH OF DEMIGODS: Tour Manager, Promoters Offer Conflicting Accounts Of U.K. Gig Cancellation

Joey Severance, the tour manager for the "Clash Of Demigods European Tour 2004" (featuring BEHEMOTH, KRISIUN, RAGNAROK and INCANTATION), has sent the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET regarding the cancellation of the tour's scheduled stop in Manchester, U.K. Wednesday night (Oct. 27): "Many people are wondering why I cancelled the show in Manchester and I am ...

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IRON MAIDEN: 'Companion - Update 1' Book Due Next Month

"The Iron Maiden Companion – Update 1" book will be coming out November 29, 2004. The book will feature an update to the famous "Iron Maiden Companion" book, updating new releases 2000 onward and filling in some old items. This invaluable source of information for IRON MAIDEN fans, collectors, and professionals is based on Marco ...

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DOPE Frontman Discusses Upcoming Album

DOPE frontman Edsel Dope recently spoke to RockConfidential.com about the group's upcoming fourth album, "American Apathy", tentatively due in early 2005 via Artemis Records. Several excerpts from the interview follow: RockConfidential.com: The new record will be out in February, right? Still the same record label? Edsel Dope: "Yeah, February or March. Last time ...

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GLENN DANZIG Talks About Touring For The Last Time, Future Plans

DANZIG frontman and namesake Glenn Danzig has spoken to Metal Edge magazine about his plans to retire from touring following the completion of the upcoming "Blackest of the Black" trek (which has been postponed from its originally announced fall 2004 kick-off date). Several excerpts from the interview follow: Metal Edge: For at least the time ...

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KING DIAMOND Discusses New Live Album

KING DIAMOND frontman and namesake recently spoke to MetalEater.com about the group's new live album, "Deadly Lullbyes Live", vocalist Livia Zita, his long friendship with Andy LaRocque, the Geraldo Rivera incident, and much more. Several excerpts from the interview follow: On "Deadly Lullbyes Live": "There are a lot of things we did that ...

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Report: KISS' Atlanta Concert Was Less Than 25 Percent Full

Hits Daily Double reports: "How bad was this summer’s touring season? At an Aug. 4 at an Atlanta amphitheatre that seats 18,389, veteran rockers KISS — used to doing big business — sold only 4,345 tickets, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis of what observers are calling 'one of the slowest summers ever.' Despite ...

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SAVATAGE, SEVEN WITCHES, JAG PANZER Members To Share Thoughts And Experiences Online

Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA), Jack Frost (SEVEN WITCHES) and Mark Briody (JAG PANZER) have been appointed "very special editors" of Greece's Metal-Temple.com webzine. Caffery, Frost and Briody will be "sharing their very own thoughts with everybody!" reads a Metal-Temple.com press release. "All this will be happening right in our magazine's forum, free ...

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BLOODCUM Reunion In The Works

Late '80s Californian thrash outfit BLOODCUM, who are perhaps best known for their loose affiliation with SLAYER (the group's bassist was John Araya, younger brother of SLAYER frontman Tom Araya), are in the process of reforming with a view towards playing a few local shows and having "some fun" all over again, according to original ...

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BLACK SABBATH: 'The Complete Recording History' Book Due Next Year

Rockdetector.com executive editor Garry Sharpe-Young has been working on a leviathan account of BLACK SABBATH's complete recording history, from the earliest demos through to the "Reunion" album and, possibly, beyond. Already having two highly praised SABBATH-related titles under his belt, "The Story of the Ozzy Osbourne Band" and "Black Sabbath – Never Say Die", Garry ...

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Ashes Of The Wake - LAMB OF GOD

LAMB OF GOD leads the pack in what some are already calling "the New Wave of American Heavy Metal." While we're not quick to start categorizing things again — after all, look what happened to the so-called "nu metal" movement — it seems clear that there's some sort of underground uprising that's been occurring, and ...

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SECRET SPHERE Complete Pre-Production For New Album

Italian melodic metallers SECRET SPHERE have completed pre-production for their new album, tentatively due in early 2005 through Nuclear Blast Records. With regards to the musical direction of the new material, SECRET SPHERE guitarist Aldo Lonobile writes on the group's web site, "We have changed a little bit once again, as in our style! But ...

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MEGADETH: EIDOLON Guitarist GLEN DROVER Joins The Fold

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has announced the addition of guitarist Glen Drover (EIDOLON, ex-KING DIAMOND) to the group's ranks. Speaking to the Shock Waves webzine, Mustaine said, "The webmaster for my website had talked to me about a couple guys and Glen's name popped up, we did some research and it was a perfect fit." ...

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Former LED ZEPPELIN Bassist To Perform On 'Conan O'Brien'

Former LED ZEPPELIN bassist John Paul Jones will be performing with THE MUTUAL ADMIRATION SOCIETY on NBC's "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" Wednesday night/Thursday morning (August 11-12) at 12:35 a.m. THE MUTUAL ADMIRATION SOCIETY is Glen Phillips (ex-TOAD THE WET SPROCKET), with Sara Watkins, Chris Thile, and Sean Watkins (NICKEL CREEK). Catch THE MUTUAL ADMIRATION ...

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