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FLYLEAF: New Tour Dates Announced

According to The Pulse of Radio, Texas band FLYLEAF will hit the road for a series of southern headlining dates beginning on April 28 in their home state, with two festival appearances before that. The group is currently wrapping up work on its yet-to-be-titled sophomore album, which is expected to come out later this year. ...

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MÖTLEY CRÜE, NIGHTWISH Confirmed For Finland's SAUNA OPEN AIR Festival

MÖTLEY CRÜE and NIGHTWISH are among the confirmed bands for this year's edition of the Sauna Open Air festival, set to take place June 5-7 at Eteläpuisto in Tampere, Finland. The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order): AMORPHIS APOCALYPTICA BULLET DEUTERONOMIUM FINNTROLL HAMMERFALL KOTITEOLLISUUS MÖTLEY CRÜE NIGHTWISH PRESTIGE SOILWORK STRATOVARIUS STURM ...

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Germany's GUN RECORDS Closes Its Doors

The Bochum, Germany-based rock/metal record label GUN Records (a.k.a. Great Unlimited Noises) has officially closed its doors. Launched in 1992 by Bogdan Kopec and Wolfgang Funk (who left his role as president of the company in December 2008) as a joint venture with BMG, the company had discovered and/or developed such successful artists as GUANO ...

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Guitarist IRA BLACK Quits LIZZY BORDEN

Guitarist Ira Black has left the California-based metal band LIZZY BORDEN. The axeman, who has previously played with METAL CHURCH, VICIOUS RUMORS and HEATHEN, recently joined PROPHESY, the new U.S./German group featuring vocalist Brian O'Connor (ex-VICIOUS RUMORS) and guitarist Fabian Schwarz (PARADOX, RUNAMOK, THE NEW BLACK), but insists that his involvement with the new project ...

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ARCH ENEMY/CARCASS' MICHAEL AMOTT Talks DEAN GUITARS; Video Available

Lacey Conner (villainess co-star of VH1's hit TV show "Rock of Love" featuring POISON's Bret Michaels) conducted an interview with ARCH ENEMY/CARCASS guitarist Michael Amott at this year's NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, which was held January 15-18 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Amott discusses how he came to sign ...

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STURM UND DRANG: 'Rock 'N Roll Children' Lands On German Chart

"Rock 'n Roll Children", the second album from Finland's STURM UND DRANG, has entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 83. The follow-up to the band's platinum-selling debut (in Finland) "Learning To Rock" hit the stores in the group's home country on November 12, 2008 and was issued in other parts of Europe ...

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New DIMEBAG Amp From DEAN Unveiled At NAMM; First Photos Available

Dean Guitars has just unveiled the new "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott (PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN) amp called Blacktooth. It was reportedly approved by Dimebag's longtime girlfriend Rita Haney and will retail for $699.00. Grady Champion, one of Dimebag's former techs who'll be hitting the road with BLONDIE later this year, demonstrated the amp earlier today (Friday, January 16) ...

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GENITORTURERS Frontwoman To Co-Host DEAN GUITARS' NAMM Webcast

GENITORTURERS frontwoman Gen will co-host this year's live webcast for Dean Guitars at the NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show along with Lacey Conner (villainess co-star of VH1's hit TV show "Rock of Love" featuring POISON's Bret Michaels) and Metal Sanaz. Dean will be webcasting live from NAMM for the third consecutive year, bringing ...

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MEGADETH, ARCH ENEMY, UFO, TESTAMENT Members To Promote DEAN GUITARS At NAMM

Dean Guitars will unveil its 2009 collection at this year's NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, which is being held January 15-18 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. Musicians that are scheduled to appear include MEGADETH's Dave Mustaine, MOUNTAIN's Leslie West, ARCH ENEMY's Michael Amott, UFO's Vinnie Moore, TESTAMENT's Eric Peterson, Michael ...

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FLYLEAF Singer Says Voice Is 'Great' After Long Rest

According to The Pulse of Radio, FLYLEAF will hit the studio no later than January 2009 to begin work on the follow-up to its 2005 self-titled debut, which went platinum after selling more than one million copies. Much of that was due to the band's relentless touring schedule, which kept them on the road for ...

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FLYLEAF Confirmed For 'XL'lent Acoustic Xmas'

FLYLEAF has been confirmed for XL 106.7's XL'lent Acoustic Xmas, set to take place December 14 at the House of Blues in Orlando, Florida. Also scheduled to appear are Colbie Caillat, Natasha Bedingfield and Gavin DeGraw. FLYLEAF recently entered the studio with producer Howard Benson to begin recording its sophomore album for an early 2009 ...

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SHARON OSBOURNE On 'Chelsea Lately'; Video Available

Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy Osbourne's wife and manager, was a guest on the Friday, October 10 episode of "Chelsea Lately", a late-night comedy talk show on the television channel E! hosted by comedian Chelsea Handler. Watch the segment below. Sharon Osbourne is taking on a new role as headmistress of VH1's "Rock of Love Charm School ...

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GIRLSCHOOL Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Veteran British all-female hard rock band GIRLSCHOOL has been confirmed for this year's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place July 31 - August 2, 2008 in Wacken, Germany. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows: 3 INCHES OF BLOOD AIRBOURNE ALESTORM AS I LAY DYING AT THE GATES AUTUMN AVANTASIA AVENGED ...

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AMORAL Confirmed For Finland's QSTOCK Festival

Finnish metallers AMORAL will perform at the Qstock festival in Oulu, Finland on July 26. The band will play the Koomalava ("Coma Stage") at 7:20 p.m. Also scheduled to appear are WITHIN TEMPTATION, STURM UND DRANG and WITCHCRAFT. Upcoming AMORAL shows: Jun. 27 - Helsinki, Finland - Tuska Afterparty Jul. 26 - Oulu, Finland - ...

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SOIL Signs With DRIVEN MUSIC GROUP

Chicago heavy rockers SOIL have reportedly inked a deal with Driven Music Group a music label and entertainment company based in Phoenix, Arizona for the release of their next studio album, tentatively due in early 2009. Upcoming SOIL shows: June 29 - The Chance - Poughkeepsie, NY July 01 - Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ ...

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CHRIS CAFFERY Checks In From The Studio

Guitarist Chris Caffery (SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA) entered the studio at the end of April to begin recording his new solo album for an October release. According to Chris, "[We] entered Ultimate Music Studios in Cortland, NY today to begin the recording of drum tracks. "Mr. John Macaluso [drums] unveiled his brand new kit and we ...

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THE BERZERKER: New Album Will Be Mailorder-Only Release

Australian masters of grind THE BERZERKER will release their fifth album, titled "The Reawakening", through the band's own label Berzerker Industries in the fall. Commented vocalist Luke Kenny: "The music once again has gotten even faster! I just can't write slow music!! The main difference with the writing process this time is we jammed on ...

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FLYLEAF Drops Off SEETHER Tour

FLYLEAF has pulled off the remaining five dates on its co-headlining tour with SEETHER due to singer Lacey Mosley losing her voice. The scheduled FLYLEAF/SEETHER co-headlining dates will continue with SEETHER as the only headliner (except for the New Orleans show, which has been cancelled altogether): May 20 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre May ...

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