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Bassist GARY SCHUTT Quits JEFF SCOTT SOTO BAND

According to MelodicRock.com, bassist Gary Schutt has officially left Jeff Scott Soto's (TALISMAN, SOUL SIRKUS, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) solo band. Soto commented in a statement: "It is with regret I announce the departure of Gary Schutt from my solo band who has decided to pass on continuing with me on future tours. "I have known Gary ...

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AVENGER To Support Y&T In U.K.

AVENGER, the newly reformed NWOBHM band featuring original members Ian Davison Swift (ex-ATOMKRAFT), Gary Young and Mick Moore, along with new additions Glenn S. Howes (ex-TYGERS OF PAN TANG, BLITZKRIEG) and Liam Thompson (DEATH AND BLOOD), will be the main support act on Y&T's upcoming tour of the U.K. Confirmed dates are as follows: Jun. ...

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STATETROOPER Announce New Bassist

STATETROOPER, the reunited British hard rock outfit fronted by former MSG (MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP) singer Gary Barden, have posted the following message on their official web site: "STATETROOPER are pleased to welcome new bass player Gavin Cooper to the band. Gavin has replaced our great mate Tony O'Hora who came in and helped us out ...

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EXODUS: Drummer TOM HUNTING Out, PAUL BOSTAPH Steps In

EXODUS guitarist Gary Holt has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "This has been another dreadfully difficult time here in the EXODUS world…this is one of the most depressing moments of my musical career… "I‘m saddened to announce that Tom Hunting has fallen very ill, he's been hospitalized several times over ...

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AYREON To Release New Single In June

AYREON, the brainchild of Dutch guitarist Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE), will release the third single from their "The Human Equation" album on June 16. Entitled "Come Back to Me", the single is said to be "a slightly extended and newly mixed version of the song 'Day 7: Hope'." Other tracks on the single include "August ...

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GARY MOORE To Perform At 'A Tribute to Dick Heckstall-Smith'

Legendary guitarist Gary Moore is one of the confirmed guests at the upcoming "A Tribute to Dick Heckstall-Smith" event on June 6 at the London Astoria. Other artists scheduled to appear include COLOSSEUM, Jack Bruce, Gary Husband, Mick Taylor, John Etheridge & John Marshall (SOFT MACHINE), Pete Brown, Neil Sparkes, Eddie Martin, DHS - Ed ...

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STEVEN TYLER Joins JOE PERRY Onstage At Boston Gig

Carol Beggy & Mark Shanahan of The Boston Globe report: "It was an AEROSMITH reunion of sorts when guitarist Joe Perry gigged at Harpers Ferry Monday night. (The marquee was cleverly altered to read 'Harpers Perry.') Playing in support of his new solo CD, Perry attracted a few high-profile pals — Peter Wolf and Gary ...

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Former WARRANT Frontman Signs On For VH1's 'Celebrity Fit Club 2'

Former WARRANT frontman Jani Lane has signed on for the next installment of VH1's "Celebrity Fit Club" reality series. The following description of the show comes from VH1's official web site: VH1's "Celebrity Fit Club", hosted by comedian Ant, is one unique reality series. Simply by signing up to VH1's "Celebrity Fit Club", our participants ...

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RIVERRED To Begin Recording New Album In Early May

Pacific Northwest rock act RIVERRED will be re-teaming with producer Chris Hanson (MACHINE HEAD, TECHNOCRACY) for the recording of their upcoming full-length album. Seattle rock kingpin Jack Endino (SOUNDGARDEN, NIRVANA) will again handle mixing duties. Throwing his hands into the project — and adding one more name to drop — is producer Gary King, who ...

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TED NUGENT, TESLA To Play CHEYENNE FRONTIER DAYS

According to The Billings Gazette, TED NUGENT and TESLA will kick off the 2005 Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming on July 22, the only non-country music artists to perform this year's celebration. It was the final concert slot to be filled. "People want to hear some rock and roll," Cheyenne Frontier Days Contract Acts ...

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GARY MOORE: 'Back To The Blues' DualDisc Due This Month

GARY MOORE's "Back to the Blues" will get the DualDisc treatment on April 25 via Silverline Records. One side of the disc is a standard CD recording of the album on the other is a 5.1 Surround Sound DVD-Audio version, complete with lyrics and some still pictures. It is similar to the previous DVD-Audio release, ...

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Prophets of Doom - PRO-PAIN

I appreciate PRO-PAIN for always delivering what I expect it too: hardcore-based metal that's a swift kick to the teeth. It's a double-edged sword for the band, as folks like myself enjoy the unbridled assault and battery, while others tend to criticize the quartet for keeping it predictable. As much as PRO-PAIN's music hits me ...

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Former HIRAX Members Join Forces In WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION

Former HIRAX members Gary Monardo (bass), Johnny Tabares (drums, HIRAX's "Raging Violence" album), and Bob Savage (guitar, HIRAX's 1984 demo) have joined forces with ex-WARGOD singer Robbie Perkins in a reformed version of their pre-HIRAX band COLD BLOOD, now going under the moniker WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION (W.O.M.D.). The group are currently in the process ...

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EXODUS: 'Live At The DNA' Two-Disc DVD Now Available

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS are selling a two-disc DVD document of their "Tempo of the Damned" record-release show, which took place March 2004 at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco. Entitled "Live at the DNA", the set contains the following track listing: DVD One: 01. Intro / Scarred Spangled Banner 02. Deliver ...

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SIX FEET UNDER To Film Berlin Show For Upcoming Box Set

SIX FEET UNDER will be filming their March 16 concert in Berlin, Germany for an upcoming box set, to be released later this year. Two songs from the group's new CD, "13", will be included in the setlist. "13" is scheduled for release on March 22 via Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2003's "Bringer ...

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