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TED NUGENT Sounds Off

Robert Winterode of the Rocky Mount Telegram recently conducted an hour-long interview with Ted Nugent about politics, music, and even Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. Several excerpts from the chat follow: Nugent on hunting: "Certainly, there's a powerful folklore dynamic to a grizzly bear, an elephant, a rhino, buffalo and lions. And I've ...

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Drummer TONY LAUREANO Launches Web Site

Drummaster Tony Laureano (ex-NILE, ANGELCORPSE) has launched his own web site at www.tonylaureano.com, which features his biography, an extended discography and a FAQ section. Especially note the blog Tony's been keeping to see what he's up to. Expect lessons, samples, tips and tutorials in the near future. Stop by and join the community ...

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STORMHAMMER: Former NEVERLAND Singer To Join The Fold?

According to a posting on German power metallers STORMHAMMER's web site, former NEVERLAND (Switzerland) frontman Mike Zotter is the top candidate to fill the slot left vacant by the departure of Tommy Lion (ex-DRIFTER) earlier in the year. However, the band stress that "we have two more candidates to check out . . . The ...

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MACHINE HEAD, TESTAMENT, EXODUS Members To Participate In THRASH AGAINST CANCER Benefit Concert

Current and former members of MACHINE HEAD, SLAYER, TESTAMENT, EXODUS and DEATH ANGEL will comprise the "All-Star" guest lineup, which is scheduled to appear and participate at the Thrash Against Cancer benefit on July 9 at The Pound SF outdoor amphitheatre in San Francisco, California. Confirmed guests include: Steve "Zetro" Souza (ex-EXODUS, LEGACY) Phil Demmel ...

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'Rockin' The Corps' Concert Featuring KISS, GODSMACK, TED NUGENT To Be Released On CD/DVD

Image Entertainment, Inc., a leading independent licensee, producer and distributor of home entertainment programming in North America, today announced it has secured distribution rights to "Rockin' The Corps", one of the largest star-studded concerts ever held to support U.S. troops. "Rockin' The Corps" was held on April 1 at Camp Pendleton, a U.S. military base ...

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SUSPERIA: 'Devil May Care' EP Due Later In The Year

SUSPERIA, the extreme melodic metal band from Norway, will release a special-edition EP entitled "Devil May Care", later in the year via Tabu Recordings. The EP is expected to contain some of the cover songs that the group have occasionally been performing at selected shows, including "Lack of Comprehension" (originally recorded by DEATH), "Wild Child" ...

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The DARKANE Family Is Growing

Swedish thrashers DARKANE have posted the following message on their official web site: "Good news and bad news.... "Unfortunately, DARKANE will not be able to perform at the {S}Hammer Metal Festival in Castel Volturna, Italy on September 3rd as previously advertised on the festival's website. After careful consideration, the band have decided not to perform ...

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Former STATIC-X Guitarist Arraigned In California

According to RollingStone.com, former STATIC-X guitarist Tripp Eisen — born Tod Rex Salvador — was arraigned last Friday (June 24) and will spend his fortieth birthday today at the Intake Release Center for Men in Santa Ana, California, where he is being held without bail. He was arrested in Orange County on February 10 on ...

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BRET MICHAELS Attracts Added Attention For Film Role

Actor and producer Rikki Lee Travolta of the famous entertainment family was a key focal point in the VIP section of singer Bret Michaels' concert performance at famed Joe's Bar in Chicago on Saturday, June 25. Travolta previously appeared at Michaels' November Chicago concert date while scouting the singer for a potential role in the ...

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STORMHAMMER Start Vocalist Auditions

German power metallers STORMHAMMER have commenced the auditioning process for a new singer following the departure of Tommy Lion (ex-DRIFTER) earlier in the year. Among the candidates for the frontman slot are Mike Zotter (ex-NEVERLAND), D.C. Crow (ex-MEDUSA'S CHILD) and Richie Wicks (ex-TYGERS OF PAN TANG). STORMHAMMER released their third album, "Lord of Darkness", in ...

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MÖTLEY CRÜE Are 'Honored' To Be Invited To Perform At LIVE 8

Despite erroneous media reports to the contrary, MÖTLEY CRÜE has officially joined the star-studded line-up of artists that will perform as part of the "Live 8: The Long Walk To Justice" concerts on July 2, at the Toronto portion of the worldwide music event at Park Place in Barrie, Ontario. Fresh off their sold-out, acclaimed ...

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PAIN OF SALVATION Singer To Guest On New AXAMENTA CD

PAIN OF SALVATION singer Daniel Gildenlöw will be featured as a guest vocalist on one track on the upcoming AXAMENTA album, entitled "Ever-Arch-I-Tech-Ture". "Daniel will do the vocals on one entire song, for which he has written the melody and vocal pattern himself," according to a posting on AXAMENTA's web site. The former band of ...

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NIGHTWISH: 'Highest Hopes' Collection To Surface In September

According to a posting on NIGHTWISH's web site, the group's upcoming CD collection, entitled "Highest Hopes - The Best Of Nightwish", will be released on September 28. The set will be issued in two different formats: normal version, and limited edition, featuring a bonus disc containing three video clips filmed at the Mera Luna Festival ...

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KAOS, RIGHTEOUS SIRE, ANGER AS ART Added To THRASH AGAINST CANCER Benefit Concert

Long-running Bay Area acts KAOS and RIGHTEOUS SIRE, along with ANGER AS ART (featuring ABBATOIR mainman Steve Gaines), and tribute bands HANGAR 18 (playing MEGADETH covers) and HOT FOR TEACHER (VAN HALEN cover band featuring former MACHINE HEAD/TESTAMENT drummer Chris Kontos and current HEATHEN touring guitarist Terry Lauderdale), have been added to the Thrash Against ...

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LINKIN PARK Added To LIVE 8 Concert In Philadelphia

LINKIN PARK have joined the lineup of artists that will play Live 8 concerts on July 2 that will be broadcast on AolMusic.com. LINKIN PARK will play the U.S. Live 8 concert in Philadelphia. They join dozens of other top artists — some of the biggest names in music — who will be performing all ...

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DREAMS OF DAMNATION, BROCAS HELM Added To THRASH AGAINST CANCER Benefit Concert

DREAMS OF DAMNATION (featuring former DARK ANGEL guitarist Jim Durkin) and BROCAS HELM have been added to the Thrash Against Cancer benefit, which will be headlined by TESTAMENT, on July 9 at The Pound SF outdoor amphitheatre in San Francisco, California. VICIOUS RUMORS, LAAZ ROCKIT, HIRAX, AGENT STEEL, DEKAPITATOR, MUDFACE, NEIL TURBIN'S DEATHRIDERS (featuring original ...

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ORGY To Release 'Trans Global Spectacle' DVD In August

"No one has seen this side of us, the behind-the-scenes reality of ORGY," says Bobby Hewitt, the band's drummer and director of their retrospective DVD, "Trans Global Spectacle", due August 23 on D1 Music/DLC Records. "Most of our fans have only seen us onstage, in videos and in magazines, but this is the real us." ...

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9MM SOLUTION To Play Benefit For Murdered Two-Year-Old

9MM SOLUTION, the Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based band featuring ex-MORTA SKULD members Dave Gregor, Jason Hellman, Ed Wallner, along with singer Hobbes Caltous, has announced that they will play a benefit in the name of a two-year-old girl who was allegedly stomped to death by her stepfather last month. Michael Kowach, 22, of Two Rivers, Wis., has ...

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HIMSA Part Ways With Guitarist, Announce Replacement

Seatle's HIMSA have parted ways with guitarist Matt Wicklund and have replaced him with returning axeman Sammi Curr. Curr, a key member of the band for a number of years through the release of 2003's "Courting Tragedy and Disaster" album, will be back touring with the band on their Dirty Black Summer Tour beginning today ...

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