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KID ROCK Remains Top Dog In Trademark Infringement Decision

KID ROCK's former business associates Alvin Williams and Earl Blunt, of EB-Bran Productions, are not entitled to a piece of Top Dog Records Inc., profits from the sale of Kid Rock merchandise or ownership of the Top Dog Records trademark, a federal judge has determined. U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmonds completely dismissed EB-Bran Productions' trademark ...

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DROWNING POOL: 'We Are Not Looking For DAVE WILLIAMS II'

Since reconvening late last year, the surviving members of DROWNING POOL have written more than half a dozen instrumental songs, which drummer Mike Luce described to Rolling Stone as ranging from their heaviest material ever to a track that might be their lightest (tentatively titled "Pussy Control"). "The only thing that kept us positive was ...

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AC/DC: No New Music Until Late 2003

Contrary to previously published reports, AC/DC's next studio effort will not surface in March. The band, who last album, "Stiff Upper Lip", was released in 2000, will meet in New York in March for the first time since the end of the "Stiff Upper Lip" tour to talk about the upcoming CD, vocalist Brian Johnson ...

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DOWN/CROWBAR Guitarist Joins VALUME NOB

DOWN/CROWBAR guitarist Kirk Windstein has joined New Orleans' VALUME NOB as the band's temporary bassist. Windstein, who recently commenced the songwriting process for the next CROWBAR album, made his live debut with the group on Friday (Jan. 17) at Dixie Taverne in New Orleans and will reportedly be appearing with the band at all of ...

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DROWNING POOL: Paying Tribute To Late Frontman

DROWNING POOL bassist Stevie Benton recently told Australia's Undercover News that every cent made from the sale of the group's new DVD "Sinema" is going to fulfill late DP singer Dave Williams' dream of buying his parents a house. "Every penny that is made from this record, none of us, not our manager, will make ...

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Former WHITESNAKE Guitarist Announces Solo Dates

Former WHITESNAKE guitarist Micky Moody has announced four U.K. dates with his MICKY MOODY BAND, also featuring Paul Williams (vocals), Roy Shipston (keyboards, vocals), Henry Spinetti (drums), and Pete Reece (bass). The dates are as follows: Jan. 30 - Silkstone Lodge, Cone Lane, Silkstone, Barnsley Jan. 31 - Flower Pot, Derby Feb. 01 - Rock ...

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DROWNING POOL Begin Singer Search, Cite AC/DC Inspiration

The remaining members of DROWNING POOL have started rehearsing again this week and now will actively seek out a replacement for frontman Dave Williams, who passed away last August. Bass player Stevie Benton told Australia's Undercover News their motivation in moving forward is the example set by AC/DC. "We have actually talked about the 'Back ...

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EYEHATEGOD Seek New Label Home

New Orleans sludge kings EYEHATEGOD are currently on the lookout for a new label following a split with Century Media Records. "In the southern regional front, the band most responsible for causing inner ear infection stocks to soar, EYEHATEGOD, are finally seriously shopping for a new label deal," EYEHATEGOD frontman Mike Williams told Terrorizer. "After ...

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PURE SWEET HELL To Record Debut

PURE SWEET HELL, the side project of NEVERMORE drummer Van Williams, will enter the studio in early 2003 to record their debut full-length album for a spring release through an as-yet-undisclosed label. Original vocalist Jim "Ravenfeeder" Colson will make a guest appearance on three songs along with Van. A couple of other guest musicians are ...

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SINERGY Perform Special 'Covers' Gig In Helsinki

Finland's SINERGY performed a special "party gig" in Helsinki at On The Rocks on Dec. 18 featuring a variety covers from some of heavy metal's finest old-school bands. The group's complete set list for the evening was as follows: 01. W.A.S.P. - Animal (Fuck Like A Beast) 02. GUNS N' ROSES - My Michelle 03. ...

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PAPA ROACH Team Up With THE NEPTUNES On 'Biker Boys' Soundtrack

PAPA ROACH have recorded a new song with hip-hop producers the Neptunes for the soundtrack to upcoming movie "Biker Boyz". The new track is tentatively titled "Don't Look Back". Jacoby Shaddix's band hooked up with the Neptunes, a.k.a. Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, in Los Angeles. The Neptunes are best known to rock fans as ...

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MACHINE HEAD Frontman Turns Down DROWNING POOL Audition

MACHINE HEAD frontman Robert Flynn was one of the vocalists recently approached to audition for the DROWNING POOL singer slot left vacant by the death of Dave Williams. Flynn, who is not believed to be a DROWNING POOL fan, is said to have politely turned down the offer, citing his desire to carry on with ...

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METALLICA Launch Bassist Search: 'The Vibe Is The Most Important Thing'

METALLICA's search to replace bassist Jason Newsted officially got underway last week, the group have announced via their web site (www.metallica.com). The band, who split with Newsted in January 2001 following disagreements over Jason's then-side project ECHOBRAIN, had previously maintained that they would wait until they had finished the recordings for their new album before ...

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DROWNING POOL: DAVE Was No Smack Addict

DROWNING POOL have publicly hit out at all the rumor-mongers who insisted that the death of their vocalist Dave Williams this summer was drug-related. The 30-year-old Williams was found dead on the DROWNING POOL tour bus on August 14, while the band were touring as part of the US Ozzfest. An inquest into the singer's ...

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The Odyssey - SYMPHONY X

Once you dig beneath the dungeons, dragons and decorative armor, "true" metal carries as many false promises as it does genuine attributes. The fact that recycling standardized riffs and possessing a singer with a voice more featureless than the Arizona desert (take a bow, HAMMERFALL and ICED EARTH) can propel you into the stratosphere seems ...

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VISION OF DISORDER Guitarist, Singer Form New Project

VISION OF DISORDER guitarist Mike Kennedy and vocalist Tim Williams have formed a new project and are currently writing and recording material for what will presumably be the group's debut demo. A name for the band has already been selected but is apparently being kept under wraps at the moment. More information will be available ...

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KID ROCK Slapped With Trademark Infringement Lawsuit

KID ROCK's former business associates Alvin Williams and Earl Blunt, of EB-Bran Productions, are accusing Rock of trademark infringement in connection with the Top Dog Records name and logo, which appears on many of his albums and merchandise. Top Dog Records was formed by EB-Bran Productions and Kid Rock in 1988, but never had its ...

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AC/DC Bassist To Tour Eastern Europe

AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams will accompany Bosnian-American act EMIR AND THE FROZEN CAMELS on a mini-tour of Eastern Europe. The following dates have been confirmed thus far: Nov. 28 – Ljubljana, SLO @ TBA Nov. 29 – Zagreb, CRO @ TBA Nov. 30 – Zenica, BIH @ TBA Dec. 01 – Sarajevo, BIH @ TBA ...

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ANDREW W.K. Apologizes For Remarks About DROWNING POOL Singer

ANDREW W.K. has issued a public apology for his previous remarks in regards to the untimely passing of DROWNING POOL frontman Dave Williams in which he implied that the singer's death was drug-related. Here is Andrew's statement in its entirety: "To those it may concern: Hello, this is Andrew W.K. writing in regards to Dave ...

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KID ROCK, PAMELA ANDERSON To Get Hitched In Vegas

Hank Williams Jr. announced to a Dallas concert audience last weekend that Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson are set to get hitched next month at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, according to the Associated Press. Rock, who proposed to Anderson in April, is scheduled to perform at the MGM on November 9th. ...

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Metal Stars To Honor Late DROWNING POOL Singer On Upcoming DVD

A tribute DVD to late DROWNING POOL frontman Dave Williams, titled Sinema, is scheduled for release on November 19th through Wind-Up. Sinema combines a history of the band with personal accounts of the much-loved singer. It features uncensored, behind-the-scenes footage of the bandmembers on tour and hanging out in their hometown of Dallas, according to ...

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CRADLE OF FILTH Record CLIFF RICHARD Cover

CRADLE OF FILTH have laid down a cover version of Cliff Richard's "Devil Woman" during the recording sessions for their new album, Damnation And A Day. "As the album is so dark, we wanted to enjoy ourselves a bit," Dani Filth told Rock Sound. "We chose it because it is takes the complete opposite stance ...

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Former LED ZEPPELIN Frontman Launches Attack On British Pop Star

Former LED ZEPPELIN frontman Robert Plant has launched an outspoken attack on British pop star Robbie Williams (ex-TAKE THAT), branding him a "jerk" who will never crack the lucrative American market. Speaking at the launch of a new college record label in Kidderminster, near where he lives, Plant said Williams "can't sing". Robert hoped the ...

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