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BLUEBIRD: Equipment Stolen!

Los Angeles-based BLUEBIRD, featuring former AMEN guitarist Paul Figueroa, have had musical equipment stolen from their tour van while touring the U.K. with HELL IS FOR HEROES. The band's van was reportedly broken into in Leeds on Monday night (April 28) and over $8,000 worth of instruments was removed. The band will be continuing the ...

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KING'S X To Issue Reworked Versions Of Early Originals

KING'S X will release a new studio album, entitled "Black Like Sunday", on May 20 through Brop!/ Metal Blade Records. The CD features freshly-recorded songs written and performed live more than 20 years ago, well before the band changed their name to KING'S X and landed their first record deal. The group used two different ...

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CREED Sued By Disappointed Fans Over Chicago Concert

Four attendees of CREED's notorious Dec. 29 Chicago-area concert have sued the band, claiming frontman Scott Stapp was "intoxicated and/or medicated" that night, Chicago Sun-Times has reported. The plaintiffs are each asking for a refund of the $56.75 ticket, plus parking expenses. They also are asking the judge to certify the suit as a class ...

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Rhode Island Town Considers Nightclub Fire Memorial

Authorities in the town where a nightclub fire killed 99 people are asking the victims' survivors to decide if the site should be turned into a memorial, according to the Associated Press. West Warwick officials want to convert the site to honor those who died and the nearly 200 people who were injured Feb. 20 ...

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RACER X Songs 'Stolen'

RACER X webmaster Ken Hower has sent us the following message: "The band RACER X has just become aware of a guy named Luke John who is claiming as his own, 2 RACER X songs. The songs, 'Technical Difficulties' and '17th Moon' are on the 1999 CD 'Technical Difficulties'. "Luke John, at www.lukejohn.net, ...

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STAIND Feared Terror Attack During Video Shoot

STAIND were recently in Toronto to shoot the video for the lead-off single from their forthcoming disc, "14 Shades Of Grey". Bassist Johnny April explained the location telling MuchMusic, "Somebody thought that if we did it in New York, it's more likely to get attacked by terrorists, so we didn't want to do it New ...

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U.D.O.'s DVD To Include Bonus Live CD

U.D.O.'s forthcoming DVD will come in a special package containing a bonus live CD. "When the 'Live From Russia' [live album] was released, a lot of people were asking for the ACCEPT classics on it, but our concept for that album was to record only U.D.O. classics, and those songs that ACCEPT never released live," ...

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H.I.M. Reach Agreement With Chicago Group Over Use Of Band Moniker

Finland's H.I.M. (which stands for HIS INFERNAL MAJESTY) have reportedly reached an agreement with the Chicago-based group who registered the HIM name in the U.S. to allow them to release records and tour on the American continent under the "H.I.M." moniker. H.I.M. had previously serviced their European smash single, "Join Me", to U.S. stations under ...

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Former SAIGON KICK Singer Offers Free Download

Former SAIGON KICK frontman Matt Kramer is making available for download the solo track "Spinning Round" "on account of the war in Iraq," the singer wrote on his official web site. "The overwhelming feedback that I've received tying together the lyric in this song seems appropriate for the times, so to all that wanted this ...

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IRON MAIDEN: Stage EDDIE Finds New Home!

You may remember that last year IRON MAIDEN ran an eBay auction to raise money for the Clive Burr Multiple Sclerosis Trust Fund... and one of the most interesting items up for grabs was a genuine "Stage Eddie" from the "No Prayer For The Dying" tour. He's been cooped up on a container ship for ...

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Second Lawsuit Filed In GREAT WHITE Concert Tragedy

A second lawsuit was filed today in connection with the GREAT WHITE concert tragedy fire in Rhode Island — this one on behalf of a young girl who lost her 27-year-old mother in the blaze which took 99 lives, according to The Providence Journal. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Zoe Jean Kingsley, the 6-year-old ...

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FEAR FACTORY Frontman Checks In, Offers Another MP3 Download

THE WATCHERS, the new project featuring FEAR FACTORY frontman Burton C. Bell and longtime FEAR FACTORY collaborator/keyboardist John Bechdel, have updated their official web site with another personal message from Bell and another full-length MP3 from their recently completed "Iconoclast" six-song demo. The following is Burton's latest posting in its entirety: "It has nearly been ...

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Attorney: GREAT WHITE Singer Wants Immunity

A lawyer for GREAT WHITE frontman Jack Russell said the singer is asking for immunity from prosecution before agreeing to testify to a grand jury investigating last week's tragic nightclub fire in Rhode Island, according to Billboard. "We'll be there [Friday]," attorney Neil Philbin, who represents Russell, said. "What happens next remains to be determined." ...

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COURTNEY LOVE's Meltdown

The following article was published in the current edition of the National Enquirer: Shortly before Courtney Love was busted by cops for an air-rage outburst, the rude rocker tore through a Hollywood newsstand and wreaked havoc, charges the irate owner. "When Courtney came in, it was like a hurricane suddenly hit my newsstand," a still ...

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SONY MUSIC Strike Back In INCUBUS Contract Dispute

Sony Music struck back in its contract dispute with INCUBUS on Tuesday (Feb. 11), asking a federal court to block the band's bid for free agency, according to the Los Angeles Times. The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan, said the band owes four more albums under an exclusive recording contract that band members signed in 1996. ...

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DIONYSUS To Enter Studio In The Spring

Swedish/German melodic power metal act DIONYSUS, featuring the voice behind guitarist Luca Turilli's solo work, Olaf Hayer, and ex-SINERGY drummer Ronny Milianowicz, are tentatively planning to record their new album in late spring for a fall release through AFM Records. According to Ronny, "The second album will include 'Paradise Land' and also the continued story ...

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INCUBUS Sue To Break Free From Record Contract

INCUBUS have filed a lawsuit against Sony Corp. in an attempt to break free from their contract that requires the group to make four more albums with the company's Epic Records label, according to Billboard.com. The band are asking a judge to rule that California's labor law allows them to stop recording for Sony and ...

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PITCHSHIFTER Revise Live Album Track Listing

Britain's PITCHSHIFTER have revised the track listing to their upcoming live CD, "Bootlegged, Distorted, Remixed & Uploaded". According to the band's official web site, 'SHIFTER favourite "Triad" (from the 1993 Earache Records album "Desensitized") has now been added to the disc. An exuberant Mark Clayden (bass) had this to say: "A lot of fans were ...

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JEFF PILSON Gets Excited About L/P Marketing, Touring Plans

Former DOKKEN and current L/P bassist Jeff Pilson has posted the following update to his official web site: "As of the meeting with Spitfire [Records] on January 30, the release date for L/P [Pilson's collaboration with ex-DOKKEN guitarist George Lynch] will be April 22nd. As of today [Feb. 4th] it still says April 8th on ...

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BODY COUNT Commence Work On New CD

BODY COUNT, the Los Angeles-based band led by rapper Ice-T, have commenced work on a new studio album, tentatively due at the end of the year. "I can't walk down the street without people asking me, 'Where's BC?'," Ice told MTV.com. "It's funny that BODY COUNT was 10 years ago and since then there hasn't ...

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