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AXL ROSE Publishing Deal Fuels GUNS N' ROSES Feud

The Associated Press is reporting that rock recluse Axl Rose has signed a multimillion dollar publishing deal, and that isn't sitting well with his former GUNS N' ROSES bandmates. The deal with music powerhouse Sanctuary Group covers both the back catalogue, which includes hits such as "Sweet Child of Mine", "Paradise City" and "November Rain", ...

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NIGHTWISH: 'Once' DVD-Audio Delayed

According to a posting on the group's official web site, the release date of NIGHTWISH's DVD-Audio version of their latest album, "Once", has been pushed back to February 21 from the previously announced February 7. No reason was given for the delay. The complete track listing for the disc is as follows: 01. Dark Chest ...

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APHELION Announce New Singer

APHELION (formerly MANDYLION), the Oslo, Norway-based group featuring former members of SACRALIS, OLD MAN'S CHILD, PECCATUM and DIMENSION F3H, have announced the addition of singer Cecile Langlie to the group's ranks. "We hope to start recording the new vocals [for the full-length debut] shortly and get the album out as soon as possible." APHELION released ...

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AXL ROSE Signs Publishing Deal With SANCTUARY

According to MusicWeek.com, Sanctuary Music Publishing announced on Monday (Jan. 24) that it has signed the publishing for GUNS N' ROSES legend Axl Rose. The deal, which was confirmed by Sanctuary, covers all catalog on futures for the composer, including classics such as GN'R's "Sweet Child Of Mine". It also follows a year after the ...

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NIGHTWISH: 'Once' DVD-Audio Due Next Month

NIGHTWISH will release a DVD-Audio version of their latest album, "Once", on February 7. The complete track listing for the disc is as follows: 01. Dark Chest Of Wonders 02. Wish I Had An Angel 03. Nemo 04. Planet Hell 05. Creek Mary`s Blood 06. The Siren 07. Dead Gardens 08. Romanticide 09. Ghost Love ...

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EDENBEAST: New Songs Available For Download

Danish death metal act EDENBEAST have posted two brand new songs on their official web site. Download the tracks "Bring Out Your Dead" and "Mute" at Edenbeast.dk. Both cuts come off the group's recently released demo CD, "Promo 2004". In other news, EDENBEAST will be appearing on the W.A.S.P. tribute album "Shock Rock ...

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NIGHTWISH: 'Once' Certified Triple-Platinum In Finland

NIGHTWISH's latest CD, "Once", has been certified triple-platinum in the group's native Finland for sales in excess of 90,000 copies. The follow-up to 2002's "Century Child", "Once" has already been certified platinum in Germany for sales in excess of 200,000 copies. NIGHTWISH's North American tour with SONATA ARCTICA will kick off April 20 in Chicago, ...

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DRAGONLORD To Enter Studio In February

DRAGONLORD, the San Francisco Bay Area "black" metal band featuring current and former members of TESTAMENT, will finally hit the studio in February to record their long-awaited second album, entitled "Black Wings of Destiny". Recording will take place in at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden with producer/mixer Fredrik Nordström. Nordström is known for his work ...

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THE GATHERING Set Working Title For New Album, Plan DVD Release

Holland's THE GATHERING have issued the following update on their current activities: "Just a quick newsflash to let you know we are all fine. First of course Anneke [van Giersbergen, vocals]. She is healthy and fine and will deliver her first child the beginning of February 2005. Everything looks good, and we are all thrilled, ...

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MEMENTO Change Name To MAN VS CLOCK: New Music Available

MEMENTO, the California-based band led by the Australian-born frontman Justin Stewart Cotta, have officially changed their name to MAN VS CLOCK. Cotta's statement on the matter reads as follows: "The band went through a lot in 2004. Space [guitar] and Steve [Clark, drums] left the band for personal reasons. Lats [bass] and I fought as ...

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AEROSMITH Singer STEVEN TYLER Becomes Grandfather

According to E! Online, AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler officially became a rock 'n' roll relic Tuesday (Dec. 14) as daughter Liv Tyler gave birth to a baby boy. It's the first child for the 27-year-old "Lord of the Rings" star and her British rocker hubby, Royston Langdon, 32 — and the first grandkid for the ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE To Star In London Stage Musical?

According to Ireland On-Line, Ozzy Osbourne is in talks with theatre producers to star in the London production of "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang". The BLACK SABBATH frontman, 56, is desperate to play the evil Child Catcher in the West End show, currently being performed by former BOYZONE singer Stephen Gately. Osbourne enthuses: "I love the ...

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THE GATHERING To Continue Writing While Singer Gives Birth

Holland's THE GATHERING have issued the following update on their current and upcoming activities: "The band will be touring 'till December, after which they will take some time off for Anneke [van Giersbergen, vocals] to give birth to her first child. Meanwhile during rehearsals and at home the band will carry on writing songs. "Anneke ...

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LIMP BIZKIT Sued Over Australian Concert Death

The Australian Associated Press is reporting that the parents of an Australian teenager who died after being crushed during a LIMP BIZKIT concert at the Big Day Out music festival almost four years ago are suing for negligence over her death. Jessica Michalik, 16, was caught in a crowd crush during the performance of headline ...

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ICED EARTH Film Video For 'Declaration Day'

ICED EARTH have shot a third video from their highly acclaimed "Glorious Burden" album. The clip, for the track "Declaration Day", is being directed by the Machine design/motion graphics studio (web site) and is expected to begin airing during the coming weeks. ICED EARTH are currently on hiatus while mainman/guitarist Jon Schaffer tends ...

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Former JUDAS PRIEST Singer TIM OWENS Completing Work On Solo Demo

Former JUDAS PRIEST/current ICED EARTH frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens is in the process of recording his first solo material with a view towards landing a record deal. "My demo is gonna be either three or four songs!" Owens told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "Mixing it at Morrisound [studios in Tampa, Florida] right now with [producer] Jim Morris, then ...

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EVANESCENCE Singer Talks About Songwriting Process For New Album

EVANESCENCE singer Amy Lee has spoken to MTV.com about the songwriting process for the group's multi-platinum "Fallen" CD. "I write by myself initially," Lee explained. "That's the way I've always written, just working on pure thought by myself. Then I bring it to the table with whoever I'm collaborating with." "[Former COLD guitarist Terry Balsamo ...

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