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Former ACCEPT Frontman Elected 'Man Of The Month'

Former ACCEPT and current U.D.O. frontman Udo Dirkschneider has been elected "Man Of The Month" by the members of Mas Macho, a self-proclaimed "worldwide member organization which represents the real man, the kind of man who knows how to take care of a woman and how to put her in her proper place," according to ...

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WATCHTOWER Singer: It Might Take Years To Complete New Album

WATCHTOWER frontman Jason McMaster has posted the following update on the status of the band's long-awaited new CD, "Mathematics". "Attention... Since we have released the information about WATCHTOWER releasing an ALL NEW CD... 'Mathematics' .. people will not leave it alone. They won't let WATCHTOWER sleep... I receive emails everyday from hardcore WATCHTOWER fans, living ...

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GODSMACK: Facing The Demons

GODSMACK have now set "Faceless" as the tentative title of the follow-up to 2000's "Awake", currently being recorded at The Hit Factory/Criteria Studios in Miami for a March release through Republic/Universal. "It's heavy in a GODSMACK way — it's punchy, it's got a lot of grooves, but it's a little more melodic than the older ...

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Former VANIZE Guitarist Confirms Departure

Guitarist Rolf Munkes has confirmed his departure from Germany's VANIZE, the band that features in its ranks Peter Dirkschneider, the younger brother of former ACCEPT/current U.D.O. frontman Udo Dirkschneider. "After two years being in VANIZE, I left the band," Munkes writes on his official web site. "Together with Marcus (Bielenberg, bass) and Pierre (Fienhold, drums), ...

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VANIZE Members Leave En Masse

Germany's VANIZE — who feature in their ranks Peter Dirkschneider, the younger brother of former ACCEPT/current U.D.O. frontman Udo Dirkschneider — have parted ways with bassist Marcus Bielenberg, drummer Pierre Fienhold and guitarist Rolf Munkes. "I don't want to deal with the reasons for that right here," Marcus wrote on the band's official web site. ...

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FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Get Offered KROKUS Tour, Seek New Vocalist

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM have been offered a west coast tour with veteran Swiss rockers KROKUS, according to drummer Craig Nielsen. However, seeing as the Arizona-based metallers have yet to find a permanent replacement for frontman Eric A.K., it is unlikely that they will accept the offer. "We actually would like to do [the tour], so ...

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JIMI HENDRIX Guitar Fails To Meet Reserve Price During Auction

A guitar Jimi Hendrix torched during a 1967 performance failed to light a fire under bidders during a rock-memorabilia auction Tuesday in London, according to BBC News. The highest bid — less than $470,000 — didn't meet the $500,000 reserve price, so the guitar's owner, Dweezil Zappa, must decide if he wants to accept the ...

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THE OSBOURNES To Appear On EMMY AWARDS Broadcast

The Osbourne family will be making a special appearance on this Sunday's NBC broadcast of the Emmy Awards at 8:00 p.m. EDT/PDT (hint: don't miss the opening) and will be presenting an award at the show, which acknowledges excellence in international television programming. Last Saturday, Sharon and Kelly were on hand for the Creative Arts ...

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VOIVOD To Begin Pre-Production For New CD In September

VOIVOD are continuing to demo material for their much-anticipated reunion album with vocalist Snake (a.k.a. Denis Belanger), which is tentatively due in early 2003, presumably through Century Media Records. "Our goal is to have 25 [songs] done by the end of August," drummer Away (a.k.a. Michel Langevin) stated via the band's official web site. "We ...

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FU MANCHU Cancel European Tour

FU MANCHU have been forced to cancel their European tour in the wake of the recent closing of their label, Mammoth Records, Stoner Rock has reported. The tour was to include UK appearances at the Reading and Leeds festivals, as well as Bulldog Bash and an additional nine shows in four countries. "Obviously ...

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RUSH Drummer Breaks Silence On Death Of Daughter, Wife

RUSH drummer Neil Peart has broken his silence on the tragic deaths of his 19-year-old daughter Selena and wife Jackie, both of whom passed away within a 10-month period back in 1997-1998. In his new book, Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road, which is being published by Canada's ECW Press, Neil provides a personal ...

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U.D.O.: European Itinerary Revealed

U.D.O., led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, have added the following appearances to their current itinerary: Jul. 27 – Rieneck, GER @ Rock am Tunnel Aug. 03 – Wacken, GER @ Wacken Open Air Festival Aug. 17 – Crete, GRE @ National Stadium Aug. 23 – Barcelona, SPA @ Ripollet Festival Nov. 06 – ...

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MARILYN MANSON Fined In Michigan Assault-And-Battery Case

MARILYN MANSON was fined $4,000 after pleading no contest to misdemeanor assault and battery and disorderly conduct charges for gyrating his genitals against a security guard's head during a July 2001 Ozzfest concert, according to Launch. Michigan District Court Judge Gerald McNally fined MANSON in suburban Detroit on Wednesday (June 19th), but denied a prosecutor's ...

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FINNTROLL's SOMNIUM: "We Won't Stop No Matter What!"

FINNTROLL guitarist Somnium has issued the following statement regarding the recent departure of vocalist Katla due to a longer-than-expected recovery period following his recent surgery for a tumor in his vocal cords: "What can I say folks, shit happens!!! And this shit seems far larger than any shit I've seen ever before. Not only did ...

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U.D.O. Line Up European Dates

U.D.O., led by former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, have announced the following summer appearances: Jun. 28 – Oslo, NOR @ Rock in Jun. 29 – Lillehammer, NOR @ Olympia Park Jul. 27 – Rieneck, GER @ Rock am Tunnel Aug. 03 – Wacken, GER @ Wacken Open Air Festival Aug. 17 – Crete, GRE @ ...

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KORN Frontman Auctions Tickets To Exclusive Performance

KORN frontman Jonathan Davis successfully auctioned three tickets to the band's exclusive performance on May 29th at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles on the charity auction site Startrader.com. The winning bidder was Heather Osborne of San Diego who ended up paying $211 to see the show. Melissa Paul, assistant director of development for ...

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ACCEPT To Issue DVD-Plus Of Unreleased, Rare Recordings

On July 20th, legendary German metallers ACCEPT will be issuing a DVD-Plus, entitled Metal Blast From The Past, containing previously unreleased numbers, the Japan bonus track "Rich And Famous" and demo versions of five Breaker cuts. Also included is a video recording from Osaka, a visual document of the group's first Japanese tour, which had ...

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U.D.O. Cancel Dutch Gig

Germany's U.D.O., featuring former ACCEPT frontman Udo Dirkschneider, were forced to cancel their scheduled appearance in Helmond, Netherlands on May 19th. No reason was given for the cancellation. ...

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FULL STRIKE To Give Away Two-Track Single

Sweden's FULL STRIKE, the project formed by HAMMERFALL guitarist Stefan Elmgren, ex-LOST HORIZON vocalist Niclas Jonsson, and ex-CRAWLEY bassist Chris Savage Goldsmith, will be giving away a free CD single containing the tracks "We Will Rise" and "Force Of The World" through select record stores in Sweden starting next week. FULL STRIKE will issue their ...

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ROSE TATTOO Line Up European Dates

Veteran Australian rockers ROSE TATTOO have lined up a bunch of European dates ahead of the release date of their first real studio album in over 20 years, entitled Pain, which was recently recorded in Hamburg with former ACCEPT guitarist Hermann Frank acting as engineer and Rainer Hnsel in the role of producer. The dates ...

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VANIZE Cancel Gigs Due To Illness

Germany's VANIZE, featuring Peter Dirkschneider, the 36-year-old younger brother of former ACCEPT/current U.D.O. frontman Udo Dirkschneider, have cancelled their planned performances in Wuppertal on april 12th and Marbach on April 13th after drummer Pierre Fienhold became ill. The band hope to reschedule the dates for later in the year. ...

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FULL STRIKE: HAMMERFALL Side Project To See Light Of Day

Sweden's FULL STRIKE, the project formed by HAMMERFALL guitarist Stefan Elmgren, ex-LOST HORIZON vocalist Niclas Jonsson, ex-CRAWLEY bassist Chris Savage Goldsmith, will issue their debut album, entitled We Will Rise, on May 13th through Spitfire Records in Sweden, and a short time later in the rest of Europe. Having recently acquired a new drummer in ...

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DORO PESCH To Issue "Fight" In September

DORO (aka ex-WARLOCK frontwoman Doro Pesch) is tentatively scheduled to issue her latest studio album, entitled Fight, through SPV/Steamhammer Records during August. Containing 12 tracks, the album will include such cuts as "Always Live To Win", "Fight" and "Descent", the last of which is a duet with TYPE O NEGATIVE's Peter Steele. Also included will ...

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ROSE TATTOO To Deliver "Pain" On Forthcoming CD

Veteran Australian rockers ROSE TATTOO have set Pain as the title of their first “real” studio album in over 20 years, which is currently being recorded in Hamburg with former ACCEPT guitarist Hermann Frank acting as engineer and Rainer Hänsel in the role of producer. According to reports, former WHITESNAKE axeman Bernie Mardsen has been ...

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