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CROSSFADE To Release Debut In April

CROSSFADE, the Swedish band featuring vocalist Göran Edman (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, STREET TALK, KHARMA, MADISON), are scheduled to release their debut album, "White on Blue", on April 5 through MTM Music. Joining Edman in the new group are Per Lindvall on drums, Sven Lindvall on bass, Lars Hallbäck on guitars, and Richard Stenström on keyboards. The ...

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RONNIE JAMES DIO: No Chance Of Reunion With RITCHIE BLACKMORE

Ronnie James Dio has shot down the possibility of a RAINBOW reunion with him at the microphone. Back in April 2000 the singer confirmed to Classic Rock magazine that the idea had been discussed, with a British record company rep flying to guitarist Ritchie Blackmore's Connecticut base to discuss making what would have been the ...

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DREAM THEATER Line Up U.S. Tour Dates

DREAM THEATER have announced the first three dates for the North American leg of their "An Evening With Dream Theater - Train of Thought 2004 World Tour". They are as follows: Mar. 05 - San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield Mar. 06 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Pantages Theater Apr. 01 - Boston, MA ...

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SYSTEMATIC Report On New Year's Eve Gig With METALLICA

SYSTEMATIC vocalist/guitarist Tim Narducci has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Just thought I'd drop a line and say hey. The New Year's show with METALLICA was an absolute honor and a blast! The show was at the Joint in the Hard Rock hotel (for those of you unaware) an awesome ...

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BARRY SPARKS Looks Back On 2003: The Best And The Worst

Bassist Barry Sparks (TED NUGENT, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, DOKKEN, MSG) has posted the following message on his official web site: "Hello and Happy New Year! I am on United Airlines flight 890, flying from Tokyo to Los Angeles. With nothing at all to do, so I guess this is a good time for me to reflect ...

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KROKUS: First Tour Dates Of 2004 Announced

Veteran Swiss hard rockers KROKUS have lined up the following tour dates in February/March: Feb. 25 – Vienna, AUT - Planet Music Feb. 26 – Augsburg, GER - Spectrum Feb. 27 - Worms, GER - Krone Feb. 28 - Wuppertal, GER - Live Club Feb. 29 - Osnabrueck, GER - Hyde Park Mar. 04 – ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE Voted Rock Star Of 2003

Injured singer Ozzy Osbourne has been voted rock star of the year in a poll of music fans, according to BBC News. Osbourne, who is recovering from a quad bike crash and recently secured his first U.K. No. 1 single, won the accolade from Virgin Radio listeners. Justin Hawkins, frontman with THE DARKNESS, came a ...

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ZAKK WYLDE Cancels In-Store To Be With OZZY

OZZY OSBOURNE/BLACK LABEL SOCIETY guitarist Zakk Wylde has cancelled his previously scheduled Dec. 13 in-store appearance at The Gear Trader in Huntington Beach California. According to a post on his official web site, Wylde "will be flying to Europe to be with Ozzy." As previously reported, Osbourne fractured his left collarbone, eight ribs and a ...

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KROKUS: Live Album Details Revealed

Veteran Swiss hard rockers KROKUS have just finished production on their double live album, "Fire & Gasoline". A DVD, entitled "Live at Montreux", will come with the album as a special bonus. "Fire & Gasoline" is due January 23, 2004 in Switzerland, with release dates for other territories still pending. The complete track listing for ...

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Label: EVANESCENCE Rumors Unfounded

A label spokesperson for EVANESCENCE has told Launch that a report on Teenmusic.com about the relationship between singer Amy Lee and departed guitarist Ben Moody is "unfounded." The report includes speculation that the two shared an on-and-off romantic relationship up until recently. The label spokesperson said, "Across the board, personal relationships of artists ...

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EVANESCENCE's LEE And MOODY A Couple?

Teenmusic.com is reporting that EVANESCENCE singer Amy Lee is still refusing to comment on her bandmate Ben Moody's sudden departure — despite industry reports the pair were lovers. Guitarist Moody quit the heavy rock band's European tour last month, flying home to America before a planned concert in Berlin, Germany, without telling anyone else in ...

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CROSSFADE Complete Work On Debut Album

CROSSFADE, the new Swedish band featuring former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN vocalist Göran Edman, have completed work on their debut album, "White On Blue". The CD, which is due before the end of the year, was recorded at Eller Studio and was mixed by Ronny Lahti (EUROPE, ROXETTE) at the Megaphone facility. Mastering was done by Björn ...

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Former PITCHSHIFTER Bassist Quits THE BLUEPRINT

Former PITCHSHIFTER bassist Mark Clayden will be leaving THE BLUEPRINT following the group's Nov. 29 gig at the Garage in London. Says Mark: "Although I will be playing bass on the upcoming BLUEPRINT album, my personal commitments are such that I don1t feel I would be able to give the 100% commitment THE BLUEPRINT deserves. ...

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URIAH HEEP/DEEP PURPLE Supergroup: Album Track Listing Revealed

The new "supergroup" featuring members of URIAH HEEP, DEEP PURPLE and OZZY OSBOURNE's former bass player Bob Daisley have reportedly scrapped THE RAGE as the name for their new project and are currently going by the working title THE MEEK. The band, which consists of Daisley, Lee Kerslake (URIAH HEEP, OZZY OSBOURNE) on drums, Jon ...

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DAMAGEPLAN: Debut Album Delayed, New Bassist Announced

DAMAGEPLAN, the new band featuring former PANTERA members Dimebag Darrell (guitar) and Vinnie Paul (drums), have pushed back the release date of their debut album, "New Found Power", to February 10 through Elektra Records. The group, who have just announced the addition of bassist Bobzilla to their ranks, are fronted by Patrick Lachman, who used ...

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KONKHRA: The Israel 'Reality Check Tour' Report

KONKHRA mainman Anders Lundemark has sent us the following report from the band's recent tour of Israel: "After confirming our involvement in this festival we did get some calls from family, asking us what we were thinking. In Denmark, nothing much happens, so if there is something happening in Israel, preferably a suicide bombing, it ...

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ZEBRA Singer Joins AKRON SYMPHONY In LED ZEPPELIN Tribute

Amy Bracken Sparks of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Akron Symphony Orchestra will tackle the work of Page, Plant, Bonham and Jones this weekend at the E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall in Akron, Ohio, the orchestra's regular home. According to Jeffrey Sperry, executive director of the 52-year-old orchestra, 50 members of the 83-member ...

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Visual Effects Company R!OT Does Time With KORN

VFXPro reports that visual effects company R!OT Santa Monica arranged a face-to-face encounter between "Lara Croft" star Angelina Jolie and KORN for the band's latest video "Did My Time". Artists composited images of Jolie, who was shot in Canada, into the Los Angeles alley where the rest of the video was filmed and made it ...

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TIAMAT's JOHAN EDLUND: 'I Worship The Devil, But I Believe In God'

TIAMAT frontman Johan Edlund explained his religious philosophy during a recent interview with Sweden's Close-Up magazine. "It feels like I worship the Devil, but believe in God," Edlund said. "When I laid down the vocals [for TIAMAT's new album] at home [in Hamburg, Germany], I did everything conceivable to get into the songs as much ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Members 'Working Individually' On New Material

JUDAS PRIEST are "still working individually" on material for their much-anticipated reunion album with vocalist Rob Halford, "but Rob and [guitarist] K.K. [Downing], who are out of the U.K. at the moment, are both flying in over the next few days." PRIEST Management Co-ordinator Jayne Andrews has revealed in an online posting. "I'm picking Rob ...

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ALICE COOPER's New Album To Be Released With Four Different Covers

ALICE COOPER's forthcoming "The Eyes of Alice Cooper" album will drop nationwide on Tuesday, September 30 and will be released with four individual unique CD covers. The black-and-white CD covers will feature the eyes of ALICE COOPER in four various colors: blue, purple, green and red. When asked about the four different CD covers, Alice ...

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