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SYMPHONY X Confirm BLIND GUARDIAN Tour

SYMPHONY X have finally confirmed that they will be supporting BLIND GUARDIAN on their North American tour, which is scheduled to kick off on November 16th in Montreal, Canada. The tour routing currently stands as follows: Nov. 16 - Medley - Montreal, QUE Nov. 17 - Big Bop - Toronto, ONT Nov. 18 - Water ...

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SHAMAN Perform Special Hometown Gig

Brazil's SHAMAN, featuring former ANGRA members Andre Matos (vocals), Luis Mariutti (bass) and Ricardo Confessori (drums), performed the following songs during their special set at Via Funchal in Sao Paulo on Saturday, September 14th: 01. Ancient Winds 02. Here I Am 03. Distant Thunder 04. Time Will Come 05. For Tomorrow 06. Wings of Reality ...

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IRON MAIDEN Trio Join DEEP PURPLE During London Gig

Three members of IRON MAIDEN — drummer Nicko McBrain, guitarist Janick Gers, and vocalist Bruce Dickinson — joined DEEP PURPLE on stage during the latter's concert at London's Hammersmith Apollo on Saturday, September 7th for a rendition of the DP classic "Smoke On The Water" (with McBrain handling congas and DP drummer Ian Paice's cymbals, ...

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BLIND GUARDIAN, SYMPHONY X Announce North American Tour

BLIND GUARDIAN have announced the initial routing for their first-ever North American tour, which is set to feature SYMPHONY X in the support slot. So far the following shows have been scheduled: Nov. 15 - Atlanta, GA @ ProgPower Festival Nov. 16 - Montreal, CAN @ Le Medley Nov. 17 - Toronto, CAN @ TBA ...

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SYMPHONY X To Tour Europe With STRATOVARIUS

SYMPHONY X have reportedly been confirmed as the main support act on the upcoming STRATOVARIUS European tour, which is scheduled to kick off in early 2003. The opening act for tour will be Finland's THUNDERSTONE. In other news, a possibility reportedly exists that SYMPHONY X will be touring with HAMMERFALL and BLIND GUARDIAN in North ...

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BLIND GUARDIAN Utilize RHAPSODY Drummer During Brazilian Tour

BLIND GUARDIAN are utilizing the services of RHAPSODY drummer Alex Holzwarth for the duration of their Brazilian tour due to a tendon infection suffered by regular BG skinsman Thomas Stauch which is preventing him from performing live for the next few weeks. The following is a statement issued by Stauch to the Brazilian fans explaining ...

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Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE Guitarist Announces US Dates

New York's ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO, led by former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick, will embark on the first of several tours in support of their album, Goodbye To Romance: Standards For A New Generation in late August/early September. According to Skolnick, "this has been the subject of much planning and organizing which continues as we speak. ...

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HELLOWEEN Prepare To Enter Studio

HELLOWEEN are completing work on new songs in Hamburg, Germany in preparation for the recording of their new album, which is scheduled to begin at the end of August in vocalist Andi Deris' Mi Sueono Studios in Tenerife, Spain. The as-yet-untitled disc will once again be produced by Charlie Bauerfeind, who also recorded the most ...

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NAPALM DEATH's BARNEY GREENWAY: New Album Is "Fast And Crazy"

NAPALM DEATH will tentatively issue their latest album, entitled Order Of The Leech, in October through Snapper Music in Europe and Spitfire Records in the US, frontman Mark "Barney" Greenway has told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "The [deal] with Dreamcatcher [Records, who released the group's Enemy Of The Music Business CD in 2001] didn't really work out in ...

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BLIND GUARDIAN Cancel Brazilian Date

BLIND GUARDIAN were forced to cancel their show in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, scheduled for August 11th, and have replaced it with a date in Bauru. According to the Brazilian promoter, there was a problem with the venue in Belo Horizonte, so the show had to be cancelled," states a message on the band's official web ...

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BLIND GUARDIAN Cancel Argentine Appearance

BLIND GUARDIAN have been forced to cancel their appearance in Buenos Aires, Argentina, originally scheduled to take place in early August, "due to the economical crisis the country is facing," according to frontman Hansi Kursch. "The promoter, who really tried everything to make it happen, is not able to keep up the date, because of ...

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HUGHES TURNER PROJECT Announce Support Acts For European Tour

HUGHES TURNER PROJECT (HTP), the collaboration between former DEEP PURPLE/BLACK SABBATH vocalist Glenn Hughes and ex-RAINBOW/DEEP PURPLE singer Joe Lynn Turner, have lined up Germany's DOMAIN and Japan's BLIND FAITH as the support acts on their upcoming European tour, which is scheduled to kick off on September 8th in Sweden and conclude on October 8th ...

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PROGPOWER USA III Officially Sold Out!

ProgPower USA III has officially SOLD OUT of all tickets in less than 6 days! The show, to be held in Atlanta Georgia on November 15th and 16th, will feature the following "all-star" line up: BLIND GUARDIAN GAMMA RAY ANGRA PAIN OF SALVATION READING ZERO THRESHOLD DEVIN TOWNSEND ZERO HOUR SILENT FORCE EDGUY ...

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HAMMERFALL Unveil Complete Track Listing For New CD

Sweden's HAMMERFALL are currently finishing up the lead guitar tracks and vocals for their as-yet-untitled fourth full-length studio album at HELLOWEEN singer Andy Deris' studio Mi Sueno in Tenerife, Spain. Ten songs are being recorded for the album, which is tentatively due to be released in late October through Nuclear Blast Records. The complete track ...

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RAGE, METALIUM Confirmed For Germany's BLIND GUARDIAN FESTIVAL

RAGE and METALIUM are the latest acts to have been confirmed for the Blind Guardian Festival, which is scheduled to take place at BGS Open Air Arena in Coburg/Bamberg, Germany on June 13-14, 2003. The complete list of artists currently scheduled to appear at the event is as follows: BLIND GUARDIAN A.O.K. BRAINSTORM FREEDOM CALL ...

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DRAGONLORD Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

San Francisco Bay Area's DRAGONLORD, featuring current and former members of TESTAMENT, are the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's Wacken Open Air festival, which is scheduled to take place on August 2-3 in Wacken, Germany. The full list of artists currently scheduled to appear at the event is as follows: ALABAMA ...

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HAMMERFALL's OSCAR DRONJAK: Working With Producer CHARLIE BAUERNFEIND Is "True Joy"

Sweden's HAMMERFALL are currently finishing up the rhythm guitar tracks and vocals for their as-yet-untitled fourth full-length studio album at HELLOWEEN singer Andy Deris' studio Mi Sueno in Tenerife, Spain. According to guitarist Oscar Dronjak, "working with [producer] Charlie [Bauernfeind, i.e. BLIND GUARDIAN, GAMMA RAY, RAGE] is a true joy. He is attentive to your ...

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HAMMERFALL Go Completely Digital On Forthcoming CD

HAMMERFALL's as-yet-untitled fourth full-length studio album, which is currently being recorded at HELLOWEEN singer Andy Deris' studio Mi Sueno in Tenerife, Spain, is the group's first CD to be recorded completely digitally (i.e. there is no tape involved). "Renegade was done digitally, but still onto DA-88 tapes, so it doesn't quite qualify," stated guitarist Oscar ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND: The Latest Update

An update from the wacky world of DEVIN TOWNSEND (i.e. STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, PHYSICIST, OCEAN MACHINE, etc.): Some good and bad news regarding the tour is that Chris Valagao who was to be the new keyboard player in STRAPPING YOUNG LAD has had to leave due to his commitments to ZIMMERS HOLE and his work ...

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STORMHAMMER To Support BLIND GUARDIAN At Select European Dates

Germany's STORMHAMMER will support BLIND GUARDIAN in Vienna, Austria on October 12th and Budapest, Hungary on October 13th. The group are also one of the first bands confirmed for the Blind Guardian Open Air Festival (arranged by BG and their management), which is scheduled to take place in Coburg/Bamberg, Germany during the weekend of June ...

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