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Former DEATH Guitarist Brings Out The Funk With JUNKIE RUSH

Former DEATH guitarist Bobby Koelble, whose virtuoso playing can be heard on the bands 1995 Roadrunner release "Symbolic", is now the vocalist/guitarist/songwriter for the Orlando-based JUNKIE RUSH. The band combine modern rock with elements of funk, reggae, Latin and world music, punctuated by world-class musicianship. Consisting of Koelble, Aaron O'Riley (bass), Abdias Garcia (drums) and ...

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GODSMACK To Tour Europe, Film Video For 'Serenity'

GODSMACK will launch a European outing July 13 in Manchester, England and plan to return to the States for a headlining tour in the fall, which like the band's current outing, will offer $10 tickets to U.S. soldiers. "We've always been supportive of our country and our president and stuff like that, whereas a lot ...

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GODSMACK Set 'Serenity' As Next Single

GODSMACK have set "Serenity" as the next single from the band's latest CD, "Faceless". "Serenity" goes for official adds at radio on June 17, but many stations are already playing the tune. A video will be shot in the coming weeks with a yet-to-be-named director. The song was written by GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna in ...

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MOTOGRATER Debut Delayed

Santa Barbara, California-based quintet MOTOGRATER have pushed back the projected release date for their self-titled debut to June 24 through No Name/Elektra Records. The album, which was mixed by producer James "Jimbo" Barton (METALLICA, RUSH, MARILYN MANSON, STONE SOUR) at Track Records studio in Los Angeles, will contain the following cuts: 01. Suffocate 02. Down ...

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MOTOGRATER Finalize Track Listing For Full-Length Debut

Santa Barbara, California-based quintet MOTOGRATER have finalized the track listing for their self-titled debut, due on May 27 through No Name/Elektra Records. The album, which was mixed by producer James "Jimbo" Barton (METALLICA, RUSH, MARILYN MANSON, STONE SOUR) at Track Records studio in Los Angeles, will contain the following cuts: 01. Suffocate 02. Down 03. ...

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GAMMA RAY: Live Album Delayed

GAMMA RAY have pushed back the release date of their double live album, "Skeletons In the Closet", from the end of May to August 25. The mixing of the album is not yet complete owing to the late delivery of the unmixed audio masters from the mobile studio in Spain. The initial problems occurred during ...

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RUSH To Take A Permanent Break?

RUSH will make their first, and likely only, public appearance of 2003 tomorrow when the legendary rock trio is inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame. The presentation takes place during a closed gala ceremony during the Canadian Music Industry Awards at Toronto's Westin Harbour Castle hotel. Guitarist Alex Lifeson suggested to Karen ...

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SLIPKNOT Percussionist To Guest On BILL WARD Solo CD

SLIPKNOT percussionist Chris Fehn (#3) is set to make a guest appearance on the long-awaited third solo album from BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward, entitled "Beyond Aston". Ward, who has been working on the album for much of the last couple of years, says that the musical direction of the upcoming CD will be slightly ...

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MOTOGRATER: New Music Available Online

Santa Barbara, California-based quintet MOTOGRATER have posted two tracks in streaming audio on their official web site. The two cuts — "Suffocate" and "Down" — can be heard by following these links: Hi-Speed, Lo-Speed. MOTOGRATER are currently mixing their debut album with producer James "Jimbo" Barton (METALLICA, RUSH, MARILYN MANSON, STONE ...

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MARCOS CURIEL: I Was Fired From P.O.D.

Ex-P.O.D. guitarist Marcos Curiel has lashed out at his former bandmates, claiming that he was fired from the band last week because he has other projects and because of differences in religious philosophies. "I was hoping I could do what Maynard [Keenan] does," Curiel told MTV.com. "He's in TOOL and A PERFECT CIRCLE. That's obviously ...

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MOTOGRATER Added To OZZFEST 2003!

Santa Barbara, California-based quintet MOTOGRATER have been added to the list of artists performing on the second stage at this year's Ozzfest, according to www.sickness1.com. MOTOGRATER are currently mixing their debut album with producer James "Jimbo" Barton (METALLICA, RUSH, MARILYN MANSON, STONE SOUR) at Track Records studio in Los Angeles for a June release through ...

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RUSH Collection To Come With Bonus DVD

RUSH's forthcoming retrospective collection, "The Spirit of Radio — Greatest Hits (1974-1987)" , will come with a bonus DVD, featuring videos for "Closer to the Heart", "Tom Sawyer", "Subdivisions", "The Big Money", and "Mystic Rhythms", the latter of which is not included on the accompanying CD. The DVD will also sport complete lyrics to each ...

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MOTOGRATER Announce Hollywood Show

Santa Barbara, California-based quintet MOTOGRATER have announced a show at The Whisky In Hollywood, California on Feb. 6. As previously reported, MOTOGRATER are currently mixing their debut album with producer James "Jimbo" Barton (METALLICA, RUSH, MARILYN MANSON, STONE SOUR) at Track Records studio in Los Angeles for a June release through No Name/Elektra Records. The ...

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STATIC-X Dismiss RAMONES Snub, Continue Work On New CD

STATIC-X's cover of the RAMONES classic "Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment", originally recorded for inclusion on the upcoming "We're A Happy Family" RAMONES tribute CD (due on Feb. 11 via DV8/Collumbia Records), will eventually see the light of day despite its having been removed from the final track listing of the much-anticipated collection. The song, which ...

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MOTOGRATER Mixing Debut For Summer Release

Santa Barbara, California-based quintet MOTOGRATER are currently mixing their debut album with producer James "Jimbo" Barton (METALLICA, RUSH, MARILYN MANSON, STONE SOUR) at Track Records studio in Los Angeles for a summer release through No Name/Elektra Records. A new track, titled "Suffocate", can be heard in streaming audio in the "Use It Or Lose It" ...

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SKID ROW Add More North American Dates

SKID ROW have added more shows to their upcoming spring 2003 tour. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Mar. 27 - Penny Arcade - Rochester, NY Mar. 28 - Double D's - Morristown, NJ Mar. 29 - Jaxx - West Springfield, VA Mar. 30 - Hoopla's - Virginia Beach, VA Apr. 03 - Tinks ...

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Former MEGADETH Bassist Explores New Avenues

In the ten months that have passed since MEGADETH announced their decision to disband, bassist David Ellefson has kept a relatively high — albeit primarily behind-the-scenes — profile, involving himself with a production company and committing himself to several recording projects that have yet to see the light of day. Ellefson's busy schedule and the ...

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LACUNA COIL Off OPETH/PARADISE LOST Tour!

Italian gothic metal combo LACUNA COIL are reportedly on the verge of dropping off the upcoming OPETH/PARADISE LOST North American tour. "I don't know if they are off the whole tour or not," a spokesperson for the group's label, Century Media Records, told BLABBERMOUTH.NET Monday night. "I do know that there was a major immigration ...

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DEFTONES Scrap Album Title, Refuse To Discuss New Music

DEFTONES have scrapped "Lovers" as the title for their much-anticipated fourth full-length album, due in the spring through Maverick Records. "The thing is that 'Lovers' was the title for a while, but not now because we've had a lot of fun watching it get reported everywhere," drummer Abe Cunningham told Kerrang! magazine. "But it's cool ...

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MELECHESH Hard At Work On 'Sphynx'

MELECHESH, who feature in their ranks ABSU drummer/vocalist Proscriptor McGovern, are currently at Andy La Rocque's (KING DIAMOND) Los Angered Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden recording their third album for Osmose Productions, titled "Sphynx". Among the cuts set to appear on the upcoming CD are the following: 01. Incendium Between Mirage and Time 02. Of Mercury ...

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VINNIE MOORE To Appear On RUSH Tribute CD

Guitar shredder Vinnie Moore is currently recording tracks in his studio for a RUSH tribute CD that will be released by Magna Carta Records. Moore is said to be playing all of the rhythm guitars and also a solo or two on the upcoming album, which will feature Mike Mangini (STEVE VAI, EXTREME, ANNIHILATOR) on ...

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RUSH: European Tour Off The Table!

It's official: RUSH will not be touring Europe in support of their latest CD, "Vapor Trails". "[The European tour] is off the table," guitarist Alex Lifeson recently confirmed. "To be honest, we know we have fans there but the album sales and interest in promoters is seriously lacking in Europe. A lot of that is ...

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