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URIAH HEEP Sign New Management Deal, Seek Label Home

URIAH HEEP have signed to Simon Porter at Duroc Media Ltd. for management. The announcement, which takes place with immediate effect, sees the band reunited with Porter, who acted as HEEP's publicist for ten years during the Seventies and early Eighties when he worked as publicity director of Bronze Records. Comments Porter (who also represents ...

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MOONSTONE: More Audio Samples Posted Online

MOONSTONE, the project of Italian guitarist Matteo Filippini, has posted several new samples from the upcoming CD at the official web site, www.moonstone.it. Described as "genuine British-oriented '70s classic rock," not a million miles removed from the likes of FREE, JIMI HENDRIX and DEEP PURPLE, the album features guest appearances by an all-star ...

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BLINDSIDE Sign With DRT ENTERTAINMENT

Sweden's BLINDSIDE have inked a deal with DRT Entertainment. The band is currently in the studio working on their as-yet-untitled new album, expected out this summer. Lasse "Lars" Marten, who produced the band's debut, is back on board and working with the band at Decibel Studios in Stockholm. BLINDSIDE's first two albums, their self-titled debut ...

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VADER Part Ways With Longtime Drummer DOC

Polish death metallers VADER have parted ways with longtime drummer Doc. The group's leader, Peter, has issued the following statement on the matter: "We have been building 'the VADER Empire' together since '88... The success of our music was no doubt the success of Doc himself. Not just a talent is but the main point ...

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JEFF SCOTT SOTO To Perform Rare Acoustic Gig In Hollywood

According to MelodicRock.com, singer Jeff Scott Soto (TALISMAN, SOUL SIRKUS, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) and guitarist Howie Simon will be performing a very rare one-night-only acoustic set on Thursday, March 24 at Club Vodka in Hollywood, California. Showtime is approximately 11:00 p.m. You can find directions and info at ClubVodka.com. To promote this show, Jeff and Howie ...

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FOZZY/STUCK MOJO Guitarist Checks In From Europe

FOZZY/STUCK MOJO guitarist Rich Ward has posted the following message on his official web site: "I'm sitting in an Internet cafe' in London and just wanted to drop everyone a note to say hello. "We are all having an amazing time. Last night was the last FOZZY show and it was an amazing gig. I ...

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PAT TRAVERS And CARMINE APPICE Hard At Work On New Album

Guitarist Pat Travers and drummer Carmine Appice (VANILLA FUDGE, BLUE MURDER) are in the studio laying down tracks for their second CD, this time for Cleopatra Records. Performing on the album are two acclaimed bass players, Tony Franklin (BLUE MURDER, THE FIRM, WHITESNAKE) and Chuck Wright (QUIET RIOT, ALICE COOPER). The album contains new versions ...

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Bassist TONY FRANKLIN Records With TRAVERS & APPICE, Jams With IRON MAIDEN's MCBRAIN

Bassist extraordinaire Tony Franklin (WHITESNAKE, THE FIRM, BLUE MURDER) has recorded seven tracks for the upcoming, as-yet-untitled album from guitarist Pat Travers and drummer Carmine Appice. "Everything was recorded live in the same room (rare these days!)," Franklin writes on his web site. "We recorded a number of favorites from the live set, including 'Boom ...

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DIO: 'Stand Up & Shout' Video Anthology Due In June

According to Ronnie James Dio's official web site, DIO will be supporting TWISTED SISTER on Saturday, February 26 at the Tito Puente Amphitheater in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In other news, look for "Stand Up & Shout", an anthology of all the DIO videos, to be released in the United States in June 2005. As ...

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GENE SIMMONS To Guest On Next Week's 'American Idol'

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons will be a guest celebrity judge on next Tuesday's (Jan. 25) edition of "American Idol". The show is expected to feature plenty of high- and lowlights from auditions in New Orleans, Louisiana last September. Simmons joined judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson in evaluating prospective contestants, providing plenty of ...

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MICHAEL SCHENKER Teams Up With Ex-Members Of SABBATH, PRIEST, MAIDEN On 'Heavy Hitters' CD

Legendary rock producer and musician Bob Kulick (KISS, MEATLOAF) has almost finished producing "Michael Schenker and Heavy Hitters", an all-star lineup of musicians based around guitar virtuoso Michael Schenker (MSG, UFO, SCORPIONS) paying homage to their contemporaries. This 10-track powerhouse collection features an impressive lineup of artists showcasing their renditions of such classic songs as ...

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