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SLASH, Wife Reveal Name Of Their Second Child

Former GUNS N' ROSES/current VELVET REVOLVER guitarist Slash (real name: Saul Hudson), 38, and his wife, Perla Hudson, 31, an ex-model, plan to name their second child Cash Anthony, according to People magazine. The baby, a boy, is due in July. Their son London is 2. ...

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BLOODSHED: New Recording To Be Issued As 7" Single

Swedish death/black metallers BLOODSHED will have their recently completed three-song promotional recording, "Blade Eleventh", released as a 7" vinyl single through Horrorfiend Records. Horrorfiend is also going to release 7" singles from ABSU, MANIAC BUTCHER and EQUIMANTHORN. In other news, BLOODSHED have been confirmed for the Bands Battle festival, a three-day event set to take ...

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MANDYLION Change Name, Ink Record Deal

Due to the existence of a German band by the same name, Norway's MANDYLION — the group featuring former members of SACRALIS, OLD MAN'S CHILD, PECCATUM and DIMENSION F3H — have decided to change their moniker to APHELION. A new web site at www.aphelion.no will be launched very soon. In other news, APHELION ...

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ROB ZOMBIE: More 'The Devil's Rejects' Casting News

According to a posting on Rob Zombie's web site, the "'70s 'it' girl and scream-queen goddess" P.J. Soles ("Halloween", "Carrie", "Rock N Roll High School") has signed on to appear in "The Devil's Rejects", the much-anticipated sequel to Zombie's directorial debut, "House of 1000 Corpses", tentatively due later in the year. "P.J. will play Susan, ...

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ANTHRAX Singer, Wife Expecting First Child

ANTHRAX vocalist John Bush and his wife Tori are expecting their first child in November, according to a posting on the band's official web site. In other news, ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian recently spoke to Australia's TimeOff.com.au about the departure of bassist Frank Bello (the band have since acquired ARMORED SAINT/FATES WARNING bassist on a ...

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LAST CRACK Line Up Hometown Appearance

Madison, Wisconsin natives LAST CRACK have booked their first show since playing at this year's South by Southwest Music Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. The concert will be held at The Annex in Madison, WI on Saturday, June 19. The band will be showcasing new material as well as old favorites from their two Roadrunner/Roadracer ...

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PAUL STANLEY: 'KISS Is A Reality'

KISS guitarist Paul Stanley has spoken to The West Australian about the group's decision to continue touring without lead guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss (replaced by longtime KISS associate Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, respectively). "Things do change and if there are some diehard fans who cry foul, then they need to realize ...

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MEGADETH: New Album Track Listing Revealed

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has revealed the track listing for the group's new CD, tentatively due later in the year through Sanctuary Records. It is as follows: 01. Blackmail The Universe 02. Shadow Of Death 03. My Kingdom 04. Of Mice And Men 05. Truth Be Told 06. The Scorpion 07. Kick The Chair 08. ...

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JEFF PILSON: New DIO Songs Are 'Brilliant'

Former DOKKEN bassist Jeff Pilson has posted the following message on his official web site: "I will be playing on the new DIO record, and I'm really looking forward to it. I've heard 9 songs and I must say it's brilliant! Ronnie and Craig (Goldy) have done a beyond amazing job of writing on this ...

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JUDAS PRIEST: 'Metalogy' Box Set Pushed Back A Week

JUDAS PRIEST's much-anticipated four-disc box set, "Metalogy" (Sony Music/Legacy Records), will arrive in the U.S. and Canada on May 11 — one week later than the originally announced May 4 release date. Europe and Australia/New Zealand will receive the set on May 10 while Japan has scheduled a release on July 22. As previously reported, ...

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JEFF PILSON: No Plans To Tour With DIO This Summer

Bassist Jeff Pilson (ex-DOKKEN) has confirmed that he will not be available to tour with DIO this summer due to the fact that his wife Ravinder is expecting the couple's first child in July. As previously reported, Pilson will be rejoining DIO in the studio next month for the recording of the group's new album, ...

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NIGHTWISH Keyboardist Talks About The Making Of 'Once'

NIGHTWISH keyboardist Tuomas Holopainen recently spoke to Get Ready To ROCK! about the songwriting and recording process for the group's new album, "Once". Asked why they chose to record the orchestral parts for the album in London using the London Session Orchestra, Tuomas said, "Well the simple reason is that we really wanted to have ...

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AEROSMITH: 'Honkin' On Bobo' Setlist Revealed

AEROSMITH fanatic Aerofanatic.com has posted the setlist from the opening night of the group's "Honkin' On Bobo" tour. The trek, which also features CHEAP TRICK, kicked off on Thursday, March 11 at United Spirit Arena In Lubbock, Texas. AEROSMITH's setlist for the Lubbock show was as follows: 01. Toys In The Attic 02. Love In ...

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SONATA ARCTICA Begin Recording New Album, Welcome Addition To Family

Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA have commenced the recording sessions for the follow-up to 2003's "Winterheart's Guild", tentatively due later in the year through Spinefarm Records. In other news, SONATA ARCTICA drummer Tommy Portimo became the father of a "beautiful little baby girl" (46 cm, 2950 g) early in the morning on Saturday, March 6. ...

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VOID OF SILENCE Complete Work On 'Human Antithesis'

Italy's VOID OF SILENCE have completed work on their new album, "Human Antithesis", at Sick Lab's Studios in Rome for an April release through Code666 Records (via its Aural Music imprint). "Human Antithesis" marks the recording debut with the group of PRIMORDIAL vocalist Alan Nemtheanga, who replaced previous frontman Malfeitor Fabban last September. "Human Antithesis" ...

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NIGHTWISH Set Release Date For 'Once'

NIGHTWISH have set a June 7 Finnish release date through Spinefarm Records for their brand-new album, "Once". A single containing the album track "Nemo" is due on April 19. In other news, the "Once" album cut "Creek Mary's Blood" will feature an appearance by Lakota tribe's Indian John Two-Hawks. John (johntwohawks.com), a NAMMY-nominated ...

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CANDLELIGHT Signs North American Licensing Deal With TABU RECORDINGS

Candlelight Records has inked a North American licensing deal for all Tabu Recordings titles. The new partnership will see the U.S. and Canadian release of all new and reissued catalog titles from the growing Norwegian record label through Candlelight's stateside operation. The first scheduled release will be the new album from Norway's SUSPERIA. Titled "Unlimited", ...

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ADLER'S APPETITE Cancel Remainder Of Mini-Tour, Blame Tour's Promoter

ADLER'S APPETITE (formerly SUKI JONES), the new band featuring ex-GUNS N' ROSES drummer Steven Adler, RATT/ex-LOVE/HATE singer Jizzy Pearl, ex-SLASH'S SNAKEPIT guitarist Keri Kelli, FASTER PUSSYCAT guitarist Brent Muscat, and ex-VINCE NEIL/RATT bassist Robbie Crane, have cancelled the remainder of their mini-tour with EVERY MOTHER'S NIGHTMARE after their contract with the tour's promoter was "not ...

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EUROPE: 'Rock The Night' CD Track Listing Revealed

MelodicRock.com has posted the track listing for the upcoming EUROPE "Rock The Night" "best of" 2-CD set, due on March 3 in Sweden. It is as follows: CD 1: 01. Rock The Night 02. Superstitious 03. I'll Cry For You (acoustic version) 04. Cherokee 05. Stormwind 06. Sweet Love Child (single B-side) 07. In The ...

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Report: TED NUGENT Admits He Fathered Child

The Associated Press is reporting that Ted Nugent has admitted he fathered the 8-year-old son of a New Hampshire woman suing the 1970s rocker for child support and custody, according to her lawyer. Karen Gutowski, 43, sued Nugent for custody and support in August in Strafford County Superior Court. Her lawyer, Jeffrey Runge, said Nugent, ...

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DIO: Update On DVD, Studio Album, Tour And More

The following update was posted at DIO's official web site: DIO will release the live "Sacred Heart" performance on DVD March 23 on Rhino Records. The disc will feature bonus interviews with Ronnie James Dio (vocals) and Craig Goldy (guitar). Ronnie and company are hard at work on the new record. Looks like the band ...

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It's Official: GENE SIMMONS Is An '***hole'

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons has set "***hole" as the title of his highly anticipated solo album, due on April 20 through Simmons Records/Sanctuary Music Group. The title track, ""***hole", will be the first single released to rock radio on April 15. This release will mark the second solo album from Simmons since his self-titled platinum ...

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Report: GUNS N' ROSES May Sue To Block 'Greatest Hits' Album

GUNS N' ROSES may pursue legal action to block the release of the upcoming "Greatest Hits" CD, according to Billboard magazine. The band, led by Axl Rose, did not give their consent for "Greatest Hits" CD to move forward and is contemplating the possibility of suing Geffen Records to prevent the album from coming out, ...

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GUNS N' ROSES: 'Greatest Hits' Cover Posted Online

MusicTap.net has posted what is believed to be the official artwork for GUNS N' ROSES' upcoming "Greatest Hits" CD, due on March 23 through Geffen Records. Check it out here. "Greatest Hits", originally due last November before being pulled from the release schedule for reasons that were never clarified, will contain the following ...

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