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ICED EARTH's JON SCHAFFER: 'We Are Kicking Serious Ass'

ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Season's Greetings! "First of all, please accept my apology for the delay in this posting. These last 3 months have been extremely busy and I've been pretty overwhelmed with the workload. However, everything came to a screeching halt a ...

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IRON MAIDEN Announce 2004 Tour Dates

IRON MAIDEN have announced the following dates as part of the winter leg of their "Dance of Death World Tour": Jan. 11 - ARG - Buenos Aires - River Plate Stadium Jan. 13 - CHI - Santiago - Pista Atletica Jan. 16 - BRA - Rio de Janeiro - ATL Hall Jan. 17 - BRA ...

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Former MÖTLEY CRÜE Singer To Publish Autobiography

Former MÖTLEY CRÜE frontman John Corabi has begun work on his autobiography, tentatively due next summer. The book, which is being co-written with biographer Jake Brown, will offer a candid account of Corabi's life story, including his stints in THE SCREAM, MÖTLEY CRÜE, UNION, RATT, and the BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION, and will include interviews with ...

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Former Members Of CIRCLE II CIRCLE Release Statement

Former CIRCLE II CIRCLE members — John Zahner (keyboards), Christopher Kinder (drums), Matt La Porte (guitars), Kevin Rothney (bass) and Shane French (guitars) — have issued the following statement regarding their departure from the group: "As we approached the upcoming [European] tour with SAXON and DORO, there were many financial and logistical issues that needed ...

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DREAM THEATER's JORDAN RUDESS To Release New Solo Album

DREAM THEATER keyboardist Jordan Rudess has posted the following message on his web site: "Hello everyone. It's my birthday today and it's a great day to announce lots of big JR news. "As a lot of you know, on November the 11th, DREAM THEATER's 'Train of Thought' is coming out. The tour will begin in ...

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MAJESTY: Video Posted Online

MAJESTY's video for the track "Into The Stadiums" has been posted online in Real Media format at this location. "Into The Stadiums" comes off the German group's second "official" full-length album, "Reign in Glory", which was released this past Monday (Oct. 27) through Massacre Records. "Reign in Glory" was recorded at Roxx studios ...

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Taiwanese Black Metal Band CHTHONIC Put Spin On The Country's Past

The controversial Taiwanese black metal band CHTHONIC have been criticized for mixing politics and music, and have even been prevented from performing in China after being labeled as "pro-independence musicians." They extolled the virtues of Na Tao Ji, a tragic heroine of Taiwanese folklore, by singing her story in front of the Presidential Office on ...

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The Washington Times: Has PERRY FARRELL Sold Out?

Scott Galupo of The Washington Times reports that "Lollapalooza 2003 rolled through Nissan Pavilion Friday (August 1) with a little help from Verizon Wireless and Xbox, Microsoft's video-game system. Not a few in the rock press have noticed the 'irony' that the resurrected Lollapalooza tour, the alt-rock revue spawned by Perry Farrell in 1991 and ...

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CRYSTAL BALL: In Mixing Mode

Swiss melodic metallers CRYSTAL BALL have set "Hellvetia" as the title for their fourth full-length album, due on November 3 through Nuclear Blast Records. The follow-up to last year's "Virtual Empire" is currently being mixed at Roxx studios in Pulheim, Germany with producer Stefan Kaufmann (ACCEPT, U.D.O.). "Everybody agrees that this will be the best ...

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'THE OSBOURNES' Get EMMY Nod

"The Osbournes", the hit MTV reality show starring Ozzy Osbourne and his family, has received an Emmy nomination in the "Alternative Programming" category for reality-competition programs. Other nominees in the "Alternative Programming" category were "Da Ali G Show" and "Cirque Du Soleil Fire Within". A total of 435 nominations in 89 categories were announced by ...

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MALEVOLENT CREATION Postpone Brazilian Tour

Floridian death metallers MALEVOLENT CREATION were forced to postpone their previously announced Brazilian tour due to their inability to process the required work visas in time for the gigs. The following is an official statement on the matter from vocalist Kyle Symons: "Greetings to our fans in Brazil, "It is unfortunate but necessary that I ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Guitarist Offers Update From The Road

In his latest update from the road, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD guitarist Jed Simon sheds a little light on the hazards of being on the road, some great new & vintage music to listen to, the virtues of dual rectifiers, and pointy guitars: "SYL has been writing and compiling video footage lately... except our video camera ...

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DAYS OF THE NEW Singer Enters Rehab

DAYS OF THE NEW frontman Travis Meeks is in the process of completing a month-long stint in a California rehabilitation center for treatment of a crystal methamphetamine addiction. Immediately following his July 1 release, he will return to his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, where he is scheduled to play his first concert of the year ...

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ABIGOR Split Up!

Austrian black metal outfit ABIGOR have officially split up, according to mainman Peter Kubik. "There are different reasons for my decision, mainly because I am pissed by the entire Black-Metal genre," Kubik explained in a statement announcing the group's decision to disband. "I simply can't identify myself, nor ABIGOR with today's Black-Metal genre anymore — ...

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Original FATES WARNING Guitarist Checks In With Latest Update

Original FATES WARNING guitarist Victor Arduini, who played on the group's classic early efforts "Night On Brocken" (1984) and "The Spectre Within" (1985), has posted an update on his current activities to the official FATES WARNING message board. Arduini's posting reads as follows: "I'd be happy to give an 'update' to anyone interested... Here you ...

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AEROSMITH's JOE PERRY To Unveil Signature Guitar

AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry is unveiling his signature guitar at the House of Blues in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Saturday (May 17), according to CNN. The Gibson brand guitar, dubbed the Gibson Joe Perry Signature, was first inspired by Perry's wife Billie. She secretly conspired to build a prototype of the guitar with the people at ...

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U.D.O.: Live CD Details Unveiled

U.D.O., the German band fronted by former ACCEPT singer Udo Dirkschneider, have set "Nailed To Metal" as the title for their upcoming DVD, due in Europe on August 25. The forthcoming DVD will come in a special package containing a bonus live CD, titled "Metal Mayhem - The Missing Tracks". The complete track listing for ...

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ROB HALFORD: 'I Want To Jam'

Rob Halford has posted the following message to the official HALFORD discussion forum at www.robhalford.com: "Hi everyone. First of all, I want to say a big thank you to all the HALFORD fans that came out to the recent shows. Those of you who saw us and posted your reactions, sent a message ...

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