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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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DAVID COVERDALE: No One But Me Has The Right To Use 'WHITESNAKE' Name

WHITESNAKE frontman David Coverdale recently commented on his former bandmates' decision to use the "classic WHITESNAKE" banner for their new project, M3. M3, who feature in their ranks Bernie Marsden (guitar, ex-WHITESNAKE), Micky Moody (guitar, ex-WHITESNAKE), Neil Murray (ex-WHITESNAKE, BLACK SABBATH), Tony Martin (vocals, ex-BLACK SABBATH), Jimmy Copley (drums, ex-PAUL RODGERS, GILLAN, BECK), and Mark ...

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FOR MY PAIN Guitarist To Tour With CHARON

FOR MY PAIN guitarist Lauri Tuohimaa will join fellow Finns CHARON on their upcoming Russian tour, which is set to take place between December 4 and 12. Tuohimaa will be filling the slot left vacant by the departure of Jasse Von Hast, who left the latter group in order to focus on his family life. ...

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ROLLING STONE Magazine Publishes 'Greatest Albums Of All Time' List

The editors at Rolling Stone magazine recently polled an array of musicians, critics, and influential industry figures to come up with these 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time. Nearly 300 such music experts (including METALLICA's James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, BLACK SABBATH's Geezer Butler and Bill Ward, ANTHRAX's Scott Ian, IRON MAIDEN's Bruce Dickinson, THIN ...

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EVERY MOTHER'S NIGHTMARE Announce Tour Dates

Long-running Memphis hard rockers EVERY MOTHER'S NIGHTMARE have lined up the following dates during November/December: Nov. 29 - Coal City, IL @ Regi's Battaboom Dec. 01 - St. Louis, MO @ House of Rock Dec. 03 - Lakewood, CO @ Eck's Saloon Dec. 04 - Barrington, IL @ Penny Road Pub Dec. 05 - Knoxville, ...

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Former URIAH HEEP Singer To Perform With FIVE FIFTEEN

Ex-URIAH HEEP singer John Lawton will join Finland's FIVE FIFTEEN at the official DEEP PURPLE/URIAH HEEP after-show party at On The Rocks in Helsinki on Friday, November 21. Earlier in the evening, DEEP PURPLE and URIAH HEEP will be playing at the Ice Hall in Helsinki and a special appearance by members of URIAH HEEP ...

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PAIN CONFESSOR Sign With MEGAMANIA

PAIN CONFESSOR, a melodic metal band from Finland, have signed a three-record deal with the Finnish label Megamania. The co-operation begins with the release of an EP during the first quarter of 2004. Following will be the full-length debut, which is planned for release during the Fall of 2004. PAIN CONFESSOR play "melodic metal with ...

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BUSH Frontman Loses Rhythm Section

BUSH frontman Gavin Rossdale is no longer working with guitarist Chris Traynor (HELMET, BUSH) and drummer Charlie Walker (CHAMBERLAIN, NEW END ORIGINAL) on his debut solo album, the singer has revealed in his latest online posting. The split with Traynor and Walker was "very unexpected," according to Rossdale. "It threw me for a couple of ...

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JANE'S ADDICTION Replace OZZY At London Fundraiser

JANE'S ADDICTION have replaced OZZY OSBOURNE at tonight's (October 15) prestigious charity performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London, according to icWales. The group will model designer Julien Macdonald's outfits in place of Osbourne, who is being treated for a nervous tremor at Tufts University in Boston, at tonight's Fashion Rocks event in aid ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE Pulls Out Of Fundraising Event

OZZY OSBOURNE bailed out of his planned collaboration with Julien Macdonald at London's Royal Albert Hall for Fashion Rocks for The Prince's Trust, citing other commitments in America. However, the former BLACK SABBATH singer made nice by donating $50,000 (£30,000) to the fund, which has helped nearly half-a-million young people since it was set up ...

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