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MEMORY GARDEN To Issue Limited-Edition Seven-Inch Single

Stockholm, Sweden's MEMORY GARDEN, the band featuring former ABSKTRAKT ALGEBRA guitarist Simon Johansson, are completing work on two songs that will be released on a seven-inch vinyl single in the fall. The single will be issued through the band's own Heathendoom Music label, and the total pressing will be limited to 500 copies. According to ...

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Former GUNS N' ROSES Drummer Lands Solo Deal

Former GUNS N' ROSES and current VELVET REVOLVER drummer Matt Sorum has reportedly signed a deal with Atlanta-based Sixthman Records (distributed through Warner Bros.) for the release of his solo album, "Hollywood Zen". The CD, which has been two years in the making, "is about my ups and downs in Hollywood," Sorum said. "It's very ...

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JEFF SCOTT SOTO: Mammoth QUEEN Set Out On DVD

Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Jeff Scott Soto and his solo band — Howie Simon, Alex Papa and Gary Schutt — performed a set of QUEEN classics at the 2003 Queen Convention in the U.K. The performance, which was captured on video, has now been made available on DVD via Soto's official web site,

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SLAVES ON DOPE Singer Says The OSBOURNES Are 'Really Great People'

SLAVES ON DOPE singer Jason Rockman recently commented on the group's split with Divine Recordings following the release of their third album, 2000's "Inches From The Mainline". "The label went under," he explained. "Sharon Osbourne lost her distribution deal for Divine through Priority Records. The whole house of cards kind of came falling down and ...

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PRIMUS Reform, Record New Material

The original lineup of PRIMUSLes Claypool (bass/vocals), Tim "Herb" Alexander (drums) and Larry "Ler" Lalonde (guitar) — has reformed after a four-year hiatus and has recorded five new songs for inclusion on the upcoming DVD/CD set, "Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People", due October 7 on Prawn Song/Interscope Records. According to ...

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MEMORY GARDEN Negotiating New Record Deal

Stockholm, Sweden's MEMORY GARDEN, the band featuring former ABSKTRAKT ALGEBRA guitarist Simon Johansson, are in talks with an as-yet-undisclosed label about a new record deal for the group. "It all seems very promising and we really hope it all will turn out well," Johansson writes on the band's web site. "We can't give you any ...

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TOMMY LEE No Longer 'Misunderstood', Book To Surface In The Spring

Former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee has reportedly scrapped "Misunderstood" as the title for his upcoming autobiography, now due in the spring through Atria Books, the hardcover imprint of Simon & Schuster. As previously reported, the book, which was originally rumored to have been titled "Ragz to Riches", will contain many details not included in ...

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RAZORWIRE Announce European Tour Dates

After six years of touring the U.K., RAZORWIRE have finally confirmed dates in Germany, Belgium and Holland as part of their "League Of The Godless" tour. The dates are as follows: Sep. 04 - The Valhalla Celtic Pub - Gummersbach, GER Sep. 05 - The Cave - Amsterdam, NETH Sep. 06 – Radhaus - Kleve, ...

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SOULSTORM To Release New Material

Before relocating to Los Angeles, SOULSTORM lead singer/bassist Nick Sagias and longtime drummer Patrick Harquail went into Peter Hudson's Hallamusic studios (MONSTER VOODOO MACHINE, INTERZONE) in Toronto and recorded 10 new songs in an all-day jam that were left as rough skeletons to build the new songs upon. "At the time of recording Pat and ...

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METALLICA To Film 'Frantic' Video In Montreal

METALLICA will film a video for the track "Frantic" in the suburbs of Montreal, Quebec early next week, according to Journal de Montreal. The band, who are scheduled to perform at Parc Jean Drapeau Sunday night (July 20) as part of the Summer Sanitarium Tour, will spend a couple of extra days in the city ...

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GRAHAM BONNET To Play One-Off Solo Gig In California

Legendary vocalist Graham Bonnet (RAINBOW, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, ALCATRAZZ, IMPELLITTERI, BLACKTHORNE) will be appearing at Paladino's in Tarzana, California on Saturday, July 26 at 11:00 p.m. He will be performing songs from all his past bands as well as some solo material. Bonnet's backing band for the show will include guitarist Howie Simon (JEFF SCOTT ...

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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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KELLY OSBOURNE To Star In 'Malice In Sunderland'

Kelly Osbourne has reportedly signed on to star in "Malice In Sunderland", a contemporary reworking of "Alice's Adventures In Wonderland", according to ScreenDaily.com. Simon Fellows is to direct the U.K.-German co-production, with shooting scheduled to begin later this year. Mark Byrne of the U.K.'s What's The Story is producing, while Christian Beutel of MagicWorx GmbH ...

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VADER Part Ways With Bassist, Announce Replacement

Polish death metallers VADER have parted ways with bassist Simon and have replaced him with Novy (ex-BEHEMOTH/DEVILYN). VADER will play their first show with the new lineup on July 19 in the Czech Republic. VADER will take part in this fall's "Art of Noise II" tour, featuring headliners NILE with additional support from KREATOR, AMON ...

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DIO: 'Sacred Heart' Concert Video To Be Issued On DVD

DIO's "Sacred Heart" concert video from 1986 is scheduled to be reissued on DVD later this year through Warner Strategic Marketing. Featured on the disc will be bonus footage including interviews with current band members Ronnie James Dio, Craig Goldy, Simon Wright and Jimmy Bain. The band will reportedly discuss the "Sacred Heart" tour, the ...

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TENET: Demo Recordings Posted Online!

Vancouver's TENET, the new band featuring STRAPPING YOUNG LAD guitarist Jed Simon, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD/ex-DEATH drummer Gene Hoglan, ex-FORBIDDEN/TESTAMENT guitarist Glen Alvelais, ex-GRIP INC. bassist Stuart Carruthers, and former SACRIFICE/current INTERZONE frontman Rob Urbinati, have posted three demo tracks at their official web site. The rough recordings, which are believed to feature only Simon and ...

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MEMORY GARDEN Confirmed For Sweden's WRETSTOCK Festival

Stockholm, Sweden's MEMORY GARDEN, the band featuring former ABSKTRAKT ALGEBRA guitarist Simon Johansson, have been confirmed for the Wretstock festival in Vretstorp, Sweden on Aug. 8-9. MEMORY GARDEN's forthcoming album, tentatively titled "Carnage Carnival", will be the group's first since their split with Metal Blade Records early last year. A late 2003 release through an ...

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TOMMY LEE To Publish 'Misunderstood' In The Fall

Former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee has reportedly set "Misunderstood" as the title for his upcoming autobiography, due in the fall through Atria Books, the hardcover imprint of Simon & Schuster. The book, which was originally rumored to have been titled "Ragz to Riches", will contain many details not included in the CRÜE's best-selling band ...

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AEROSMITH Frontman To Appear On WILLIE NELSON TV Special

AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler is among the featured guests on USA Network's "Willie Nelson and Friends: Live and Kickin'", a 70th birthday celebration for a self-proclaimed old-fashioned musical man, who, to many of his fans, represents a breathing symbol of America. The show, which is set to air Monday night (May 26) at 9:00 p.m. ...

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Former JUDAS PRIEST Singer To Re-Release Solo Albums

Former JUDAS PRIEST frontman Al Atkins will have two of his solo albums re-released shortly. Atkins' 1994 effort, "Heavy Thoughts", will surface through Market Square Records, with worldwide distribution from Koch International, while the singer's last solo album, 1998's "Victim Of Changes" will be made available through Sanctuary Records. The new version of "Heavy Thoughts" ...

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ROB ROCK: 'Eyes Of Eternity' CD Delayed

Former IMPELLITTERI frontman Rob Rock has pushed back the projected release date for his second solo album, "Eyes Of Eternity", to June 23 through Germany's Massacre Records. The CD will receive a Japanese release on July 21 through JVC/Victor Entertainment. The CD, which was produced, arranged, and mixed by Roy Z. (HALFORD, BRUCE DICKINSON, HELLOWEEN), ...

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MERCYFUL FATE, ARCH ENEMY Members Join Forces In FIREGOD

Guitarist Mike Wead (MERCYFUL FATE, KING DIAMOND) has teamed up with longtime friends Snowy Shaw (KING DIAMOND, DREAM EVIL, NOTRE DAME), Sharlee D'Angelo (MERCYFUL FATE, ARCH ENEMY, WITCHERY) and Simon Johansson (MEMORY GARDEN, ABSTRAKT ALGEBRA) in a brand new band called FIREGOD. A singer for the project has yet to be announced. "I'm more than ...

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DOUG ALDRICH Confirms Departure From DIO

Guitarist Doug Aldrich has officially confirmed his departure from DIO in order to join WHITESNAKE as a full-time member. In a posting on his official web site, Doug writes, "As you know, I won't be seeing you this summer with Ronnie. But the best is I will be seeing you with WHITESNAKE. We are putting ...

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TOMMY LEE Lands Book Publishing Deal

Former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee has landed a deal for his autobiography with Atria Books, the hardcover imprint of Simon & Schuster. The book, which — contrary to previous reports — will NOT carry the title "Ragz to Riches", will contain many details not included in the CRÜE's best-selling band autobiography, "The Dirt: Confessions ...

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