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BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Singer To Guest On MOONSTONE CD

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT singer Eric Bloom has confirmed his guest appearance on the upcoming CD from MOONSTONE, the new project of Italian guitarist Matteo Filippini. Bloom will be heard on the song "On The Way To Moonstone", written by Filippini and Chris Catena. The musical direction of MOONSTONE is being described as "genuine British-oriented '70s ...

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Heavy Metal's Premier Guitarists Pick Their Dream G3 Lineups

Norway's Imhotep zine recently asked more than 100 guitarists to choose their own dream G3 lineups. "The respect that the guitar players have for Joe Satriani and Steve Vai is a proven fact," writes the magazine's Thiago Pinto Corrêa Sarkis (also of Brazil's Whiplash). "Anyway, talking with some musicians, I could realize that the G3 ...

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TOMMY LEE Autobiography Due In October

Former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee's long-awaited autobiography, "Tommyland", is scheduled for release on October 19 through Atria Books, the hardcover imprint of Simon & Schuster. As previously reported, the 320-page book, which was originally rumored to have been titled "Ragz to Riches" (and later "Misunderstood" and "An Illustrated Man"), will contain many details not ...

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GRAHAM BONNET To Record Vocals For ELEKTRIC ZOO Album

Legendary singer Graham Bonnet will start recording the vocals for the new ELEKTRIC ZOO studio album in the next couple of weeks, according to a posting on Bonnet's web site. "This will be for a worldwide release on a label to be announced. This will follow with a world tour in support of the release. ...

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Producer EDDIE KRAMER: Classic Rock Auction Details Revealed

Backstage Auctions has announced The 2004 Classic Rock Auction, featuring the private collection of Eddie Kramer. The auction begins on July 18, 2004 and runs for two weeks. Eddie Kramer is one of the most renowned and respected record producers in music, spanning a career of more than four decades, working with a stellar array ...

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SHADOW GALLERY Guitarist Records Guest Appearance For SHADRANE Project

SHADOW GALLERY guitarist Gary Wehrkamp has completed his contributions to the upcoming heavy progressive-rock project SHADRANE. The epic concept album will be titled "Neurastasia", and will feature Gary on four tracks. Wehrkamp recorded his guitar and synthesizer solos for the effort in February/early March of 2004 at the Ninth Street Studios. Other musicians appearing on ...

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OZZFEST 2004: Unsigned Band Search To Be Televised?

Sharon Osbourne has spoken to the TV show "Extra" about the recently announced "twist" to the ninth annual Ozzfest tour — the Osbournes will choose one unsigned band and take them on the road. Asked if this this going to be the newest reality show, Sharon replied, "It might be, it might not be. But ...

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AC/DC Radio Program Scheduled For BBC World Service

On Monday, May 24, BBC World Service will be airing a special show dedicated to AC/DC. With rare interviews from their legendary frontman Bon Scott, who died in 1980, BBC will trace the group's early years, from playing wild bars round Australia, on to conquering the world with "Highway To Hell". The program will be ...

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MEMORY GARDEN Announce One-Off Live Performance

MEMORY GARDEN, the Stockholm, Sweden-based band featuring former ABSKTRAKT ALGEBRA guitarist Simon Johansson, will play a show at Sombrero in Örebro this coming Saturday (May 15). Also appearing will be CHAIN OF HATE. As previously reported, MEMORY GARDEN have commenced the recording sessions for their new album, "Carnage Carnival", for a late 2004 release through ...

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GRAHAM BONNET Lays Down Vocals For MOONSTONE Project: Photos Available

Legendary hard rock singer Graham Bonnet (RAINBOW, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, ALCATRAZZ, IMPELLITTERI, BLACKTHORNE) recently spent time at a California studio laying down vocals on the track "Not Dead Yet" from MOONSTONE, the new project of Italian guitarist Matteo Filippini. "The song is an up-tempo rocker and also will feature a guest appearance of the guitarist ...

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JEFF PILSON: New DIO Album Is 'Phenomenal'

Bassist Jeff Pilson has issued the following update regarding the forthcoming DIO album, tentatively due in July through Sanctuary Records in the U.S. and SPV Records in Europe: "The DIO record went extremely well — Simon [Wright] and I finished our parts last week. What kick-ass bass and drum sounds — I'm so pleased. Can't ...

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MEMORY GARDEN: Single Artwork Posted Online

Stockholm, Sweden's MEMORY GARDEN, the band featuring former ABSKTRAKT ALGEBRA guitarist Simon Johansson, have posted the cover artwork (by the outstanding artist Travis Smith) for their upcoming seven-inch single release, "Marion", at this location. The single, containing the tracks "Nameless" and "Marion", will be released through the group's own Heathendoom Music label. For ...

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MUDVAYNE Select Producer For New Album

MUDVAYNE have selected Toby Wright (KORN, ALICE IN CHAINS, SEVENDUST, SOULFLY) to produce their quartet's third, as-yet-untitled release, according to a source at Epic Records. Scheduled for this fall, the upcoming album follows the success of MUDVAYNE's first two albums — "L.D. 50" (2000) and "The End of All Things to Come" (2002) — both ...

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TOMMY LEE Working On CD Of Electronic Dance Music

Former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee has revealed to People magazine that he is currently working on a new CD of electronic dance music. "I'm absolutely passionate about dance music," he said. "It's one big party." Lee has also confirmed that he has been romantically involved with supermodel Naomi Campbell. "I've been kind of going ...

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Former BLACK SABBATH Roadie Talks About Working For OZZY OSBOURNE

The News & Star has interviewed Dave Tangye, one of the authors of "How Black Was Our Sabbath", which looks at the band's exploits during their Seventies' heyday. Tangye, 53, worked with SABBATH for three years and was later Ozzy Osbourne's personal assistant. "How Black Was Our Sabbath" was co-written with another roadie, Graham Wright. ...

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ELEKTRIC ZOO: More Dates Added

ELEKTRIC ZOO, the new project featuring Italian guitarist Dario Mollo and legendary vocalist Graham Bonnet (RAINBOW, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, ALCATRAZZ, IMPELLITTERI, BLACKTHORNE), have lined up the following dates during April/May: Apr. 17 – Arluno – Milan, ITA Apr. 19 – Orpheum – Graz, AUT Apr. 29 - Sala Macumba - Madrid, SPA Apr. 30 - ...

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JEFF PILSON To Rejoin DIO?

KNAC.com is reporting that bassist Jeff Pilson (ex-DOKKEN) will be reuniting with former bandmates in DIO to record the group's as-yet-untitled new album. Pilson replaces Jimmy Bain, who recently exited the band. Frontman Ronnie James Dio, guitarist Craig Goldy, drummer Simon Wright and Pilson will be entering the studio in April to record ...

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UPDATED: RANDY RHOADS' ROCKWALK Induction Marred By Misspelling Shocker

Legendary OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Randy Rhoads' induction into Hollywood's RockWalk earlier today turned downright embarrassing when the bronze bust unveiled during the ceremony and later installed along the RockWalk posthumous inductee wall displayed the guitarist's often-misspelled last name as "Rhodes" (an error that has since apparently been corrected). Check out photos from Getty Images:

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JEFF SCOTT SOTO: Drummer ALEX PAPA Leaves The Fold

Vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (TALISMAN, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) has parted ways with the drummer from his solo band, Alex Papa. "Alex has decided to pursue other avenues in his career," Jeff said in a statement. "I and the rest of the band support his decisions and wish him nothing but every success in his future endeavors. ...

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