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REB BEACH: 'WHITESNAKE's Music Runs Through My Veins'

Former DOKKEN and current WHITESNAKE guitarist Reb Beach has posted the following message via his official web site: "Well, friends... I finally got the WHITESNAKE gig. It is no secret that I have been pursuing David [Coverdale] for a long time, as WHITESNAKE's music runs through my veins. The time has come for me to ...

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ACE FREHLEY: No Plans To Rejoin KISS

Despite widespread rumors to the contrary, guitarist Ace Frehley has no plans to rejoin KISS in time for their appearance at the Kiss Symphony concert in late February. Frehley, who is believed to be working on a solo album for a late 2003 release, told Eddie Trunk, host of a New York hard rock radio ...

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VINNIE VINCENT Hard At Work On New Album

Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent (a.k.a. Vincent Cusano) has been writing and recording new material at a Los Angeles studio for an album that may or may not surface under the VINNIE VINCENT INVASION moniker. No further information on the project is available at this time. In related news, the jury deciding the fate of ...

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DEATHRIDE Kick Off Showcase Gigs

California's DEATHRIDE, the new project featuring COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara, have kicked off a series of showcase gigs with a view towards signing a record deal and issuing a debut CD in early 2003. "Yesterday afternoon: November, 13th DEATHRIDE showcased at The Whisky a Go Go on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, California," Fafara wrote ...

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BLACK SABBATH Drummer Speaks Out On Upcoming Solo Album

BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward has released a lengthy update via his official web site on the status of his upcoming solo album, "Beyond Aston", his Internet-only single, "Straws", his health and the possibility of future live appearances. "My company, Aston Cross Music, Inc., is making 2,000 copies of 'Straws'," writes Ward. "1,000 ...

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DOKKEN Bassist Sits In With FIREHOUSE

Bassist Barry Sparks (DOKKEN, ULI JON ROTH) has posted the following message on his official web site: "Well, on Friday night I was just settling down for the normal kind of weekend us rockstars have - you know, watching the cartoon channel and picking the green bits from inside the deepest recesses of my toenails ...

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MONSTER MAGNET Shop New Demo, Make Film Appearance

MONSTER MAGNET are currently shopping a new three-song demo to interested record companies following their split with longtime label A&M Records earlier in the year. Recorded in August 2002, the demo features the following cuts: 01. Master Of Light 02. Oh Baby 03. Blow Your Mind In other news, MONSTER MAGNET reportedly filmed a scene ...

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JIMI HENDRIX's Manhood Up For Sale

On February 25, 1968, Cynthia Plaster Caster cast the manhood of JIMI HENDRIX at the Chicago Hilton and the rest is history. "He was certainly a tough act to follow," says Cynthia who made a lasting first impression and gave a whole new meaning to band "member." The Plaster Casters of Chicago went ...

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UPDATE: DROWNING POOL Frontman Died From Heart Disease

DROWNING POOL frontman Dave Williams died of cardiomyopathy, a disorder affecting the heart muscle resulting in inadequate heart pumping, according to a spokesperson for the Medical Examiner's Office for the Northern District of Virginia. The disorder can be caused by several factors, including viral infections, heart attacks, alcoholism, and severe hypertension, among others. On August ...

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DROWNING POOL Singer Died Of Natural Causes

DROWNING POOL frontman Dave Williams' death was due to natural causes and was not drug or alcohol related, as had been widely speculated. On August 14th, the 30-year-old frontman was found dead in a bunk on his tour bus. The band was in Manassas, Virginia, on its way to the next day's Ozzfest show in ...

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LIMP BIZKIT DJ Threatens To Kill THE ICARUS LINE

LIMP BIZKIT's DJ Lethal allegedly threatened to kill Travis Keller from Buddyhead and Joe Cardamone (a.k.a. Jack Mormon) from THE ICARUS LINE after the duo taunted the short-tempered DJ while hosting an underground hip hop/rock show last week. The following account was posted at the web site of British rock magazine Rock Sound: ...

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JUDAS PRIEST: Synthetic Leather Rebels?!

JUDAS PRIEST may look and act tough when performing onstage, but the legendary headbangers have big hearts when it comes to animals. In a recent letter to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the band's manager revealed the hard rockers' softer side, noting, "The members of JUDAS PRIEST are all animal lovers, and ...

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GUNS N' ROSES To Kick Off North American Tour In October

GUNS N' ROSES will kick off a 40-plus date North American arena tour in late October in the Northeastern U.S., according to Billboard Bulletin. So far, no dates have yet been announced, although rumors suggest that an October 22nd date at Chicago's Allstate Arena is in the works. Reports that the band is asking for ...

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JOE SATRIANI Offers Reward For Stolen Guitar

JOE SATRIANI has had one of his Chromeboys (chrome Ibanez guitars) stolen after the Clearwater, Florida show at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Wednesday, August 21st. Here is a message from Joe on the matter: "My 'Pearly' Chrome Ibanez guitar was stolen last [Wednesday] during load out at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL. If ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Targeted By PETA Over "Hell Bent For Leather"

JUDAS PRIEST have become the latest targets of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), according to EntertainmentIdaho.com. PETA fired off a letter to band members last week, asking that they change their 1978 album Hell Bent for Leather to Hell Bent for Pleather. "Actually, I'm a big JUDAS PRIEST fan," spokeswoman Lisa Franzetta ...

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EVERGREY: New Producer Needed!

Swedish "progressive power metal" band EVERGREY have been forced to look for a new producer to man the knobs during the recording sessions for their upcoming fourth full-length album after US immigration-related issues prevented original choice, British-born Neil Kernon (i.e. CANNIBAL CORPSE, NEVERMORE, QUEENSRŸCHE), from travelling abroad at this time. Here is Kernon's official statement ...

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KONKHRA To Remix New Album

Danish extreme metallers KONKHRA have posted the following update via the group's official web site at www.konkhra.com: "OK, we did mix the [new] record but we are going to run it by again. There are a couple of leads that turned out a little low, and we want to make sure that everything ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Speak Out On New Album, Dysfunctional Relationships

QUEENSRŸCHE drummer Scott Rockenfield has been busy working on the group's forthcoming studio CD with bandmates Michael Wilton (guitar) and Eddie Jackson (bass) and "everything is going very well," according to a posting from Rockenfield on his official web site. "Michael, Eddie and myself have been working extremely hard, and things are sounding great!!!! [Vocalist] ...

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WATCHTOWER Guitarist In Finishing Stages Of New SPASTIC INK CD, Joins Texas Cover Band

WATCHTOWER/SPASTIC INK guitarist/composer Ron Jarzombek has finally found a drummer to lay down the tracks for the last remaining tune, "A Chaotic Realization of Nothing Yet Misunderstood", for the long-awaited SPASTIC INK sophomore release, Ink Compatible. Originally scheduled to be handled by Jarzombek's brother Bobby (i.e. HALFORD), the drum parts on the above-mentioned track were ...

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