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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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JEFF SCOTT SOTO: New Solo Album On The Way

In addition to his brand-new, as-yet-unnamed project with Neal Schon and Deen Castronovo (both of JOURNEY) and Marco Mendoza (WHITESNAKE, BLUE MURDER, THIN LIZZY), singer Jeff Scott Soto has started recording his highly anticipated third solo album, tentatively titled "Lost In The Translation". Jeff has confirmed that Neal Schon will co-write a song and appear ...

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It's Official: JIMMY BAIN Exits DIO

DIO bassist Jimmy Bain has officially left the band, according to KNAC.com (originally reported here in January). No replacement has been named at the present time. Ronnie James Dio commented, "Jimmy has chosen to follow his own career path, and we wish him well." Ronnie, guitarist Craig Goldy and drummer Simon ...

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ORPHANED LAND: New Song Posted Online

A brand new ORPHANED LAND track, titled "Ocean Land", has been posted online in Real Media format at this location. "Ocean Land" comes off the Israeli group's forthcoming third album, "Mabool", due on February 23 through Century Media Records. The group's first release since 1996's "El Norra Alila" features vocals that were partly ...

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GRAHAM BONNET Joins ELEKTRIC ZOO

Legendary vocalist Graham Bonnet (RAINBOW, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, ALCATRAZZ, IMPELLITTERI, BLACKTHORNE) has accepted an offer to join Italian guitarist Dario Mollo's new project ELEKTRIC ZOO. "The plan is [for the band] to tour Europe, including Spain, Austria, Belgium, Italy and the U.K., from mid-April to mid-May this year," reads a post on Bonnet's web site. ...

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RHINO BUCKET To Film Hawaiian Shows For Upcoming DVD

RHINO BUCKET, the Bon Scott-era AC/DC sound-alike band that recorded two albums for Warner Bros./EMI back in '90 and '92 and an independent album in '94 with former AC/DC drummer Simon Wright, will film their two shows at Gussie L'Amour's in Honolulu, Hawaii on February 21-22 for an upcoming DVD, tentatively due later in the ...

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ALICE IN CHAINS: Two-Disc Retrospective Due In March

ALICE IN CHAINS' impressive legacy will be celebrated on a two-disc retrospective, "The Essential", due March 16 from Columbia/Legacy, according to Billboard.com. The 29-track album features familiar songs such as "Them Bones", "Rooster", "No Excuses", "Heaven Beside You", "Would?" and "I Stay Away", plus two contributions to the 1993 "Last Action Hero" soundtrack ("What the ...

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ENFORSAKEN Finalize Track Listing For 'The Forever Endeavor'

Arlington Heights, Illinois-based death metallers ENFORSAKEN have finalized the track listing for their sophomore album, "The Forever Endeavor", due on March 23 through Century Media/Olympic Records. As previously reported, "The Forever Endeavor" was mastered at the end of last year by James Murphy (DISINCARNATE, DEATH, TESTAMENT, OBITUARY), who also contributed a guitar solo to the ...

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GRAHAM BONNET: Paladino's Gig Cancelled

Legendary vocalist Graham Bonnet (RAINBOW, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, ALCATRAZZ, IMPELLITTERI, BLACKTHORNE) has been forced to cancel tonight's (Jan. 23) gig at Paladino's in Tarzana, California. According to a posting on his web site, "Graham has serious sinus infection and will be on antibiotics for two weeks. Graham has been seeing the doctor to see if ...

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ENFORSAKEN: New Album Cover Posted Online

Arlington Heights, Illinois-based death metallers ENFORSAKEN have posted the cover artwork for their sophomore album, "The Forever Endeavor", at this location. As previously reported, "The Forever Endeavor" is due on March 23 through Century Media/Olympic Records. The album will be available internationally one day earlier. "The Forever Endeavor" was mastered at the end ...

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