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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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Former NOTHINGFACE Members Launch New Projects

Former NOTHINGFACE guitarist Tom Maxwell and drummer Tommy Sickles have announced the formation of COLDWHITECHRIST with bassist Jerry Montano (DEADLIGHTS, DANZIG). Tom Maxwell explains, "After Ozzfest, Tommy and I decided to start a project with our longtime friends Jerry and Chad Gray (MUDVAYNE). We began recording demos with Drew Mazurek (LINKIN PARK, GWAR, NOTHINGFACE), and ...

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JUDAS PRIEST: 'Metalogy' Box Set Details Officially Revealed

JUDAS PRIEST have announced the details of their four-disc box set, "Metalogy", due on May 4 through Sony Music/Legacy Records. The 65-song collection comprises hits, favorites, B-sides and rarities recorded by the veteran heavy metal act between 1972 and 2002, according to Billboard.com. The box will include a full-color book with the band's discography and ...

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NIGHTWISH: Denver Date Added To Upcoming Tour

A Denver, Colorado date has been added to NIGHTWISH's forthcoming North American tour, which is set to take place in late August/early September. Support at all shows will come from fellow Finns LULLACRY. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Aug. 16 - Toronto, ONT @ Opera House Aug. 17 - Montreal, QUE ...

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GENE HOGLAN Joins OPETH For Two Songs At Vancouver Show

Legendary drummer Gene Hoglan (DARK ANGEL, STRAPPING YOUND LAD, DEATH, TESTAMENT, OLD MAN'S CHILD) sat behind the kit for OPETH at the Vancouver stop of their current North American tour Friday night (Jan. 23) (as first reported here yesterday). Hoglan stood in for regular OPETH skinsman Martin Lopez, who is said to be ...

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NIGHTWISH To Tour The U.S. In August?

Finland's NIGHTWISH will reportedly be kicking off a U.S. tour in August. So far, the only confirmed gig is at The Palladium in Worcester, MA on August 20. Tickets for the Palladium show go on sale on Friday, January 23 at 10:00 a.m. More dates are expected to be added soon. As previously ...

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MANDYLION Negotiating Record Deal

Norway's MANDYLION, the new band featuring former members of SACRALIS, OLD MAN'S CHILD, PECCATUM and DIMENSION F3H, are in the process of negotiating a record deal with an as-yet-undisclosed label. "We are very excited about the offer and hope to [come to] an agreement soon," the group write on their web site. "The band is ...

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Former BLACK CROWES Singer Becomes A Dad

Former BLACK CROWES singer Chris Robinson and his wife, actress Kate Hudson, welcomed their first child. Ryder Russell Robinson was born Wednesday in Los Angeles. He weighed eight pounds, 11 ounces, said the couple's spokesman, Brad Cafarelli. Hudson, 24, is the daughter of actor Goldie Hawn. She and Robinson, 37, have been married since 2000. ...

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NIGHTWISH Bassist Checks In From The Recording Studio

NIGHTWISH bassist Marco Hietala has posted the following studio update on the band's official web site: "Good evening from the southern seacoast of Finland. In this case 'southern' is just the geological location compared to the rest of the country. The wind is at the speed of storm, and the sea swells with the melting ...

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KATATONIA Welcome Addition To Family

BLABBERMOUTH.NET would like to congratulate KATATONIA guitarist Fredrik Norrman and girlfriend Hilma on the birth of their first child, a daughter, Saturday morning (December 27). As previously reported, KATATONIA are currently editing their first DVD, due sometime next year. A Polish Cracow gig from April 2003 will be the main attraction of the disc, but ...

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HAMMERFALL: New Album To Surface In Early 2005

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "A couple of days ago, [singer] Joacim [Cans]' girlfriend gave birth to a healthy, little baby girl! She is the first child born under the Templar banner, and congratulations from the whole band is in order, of course! "Injury update: ...

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THEORY OF RUIN Announce Tour Dates

THEORY OF RUIN, the Los Angeles-based band featuring former FUDGE TUNNEL/NAILBOMB guitarist/vocalist Alex Newport, have lined up the following shows during December/January: Dec. 31 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court Jan. 01 – Las Vegas, NV @ Cooler Lounge Jan. 02 – Glendale, CA @ The Scene Bar All dates are with FORM ...

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CANDLELIGHT RECORDS Inks North American Licensing Deal With KARMAGEDDON MEDIA

Candlelight Records has secured the North American licensing rights to all Karmageddon Media recordings. The new partnership will see the U.S. and Canadian release of all new and reissued catalog titles from the newly formed Dutch record label through Candlelight's stateside operation. Starting in early 2004, Candlelight will coordinate release and promotion of new albums ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE: ' I Was Sexually Abused As A Child'

Ozzy Osbourne has said in a newspaper interview that he was sexually abused as a child. The former BLACK SABBATH frontman said the abuse took place when he was a schoolboy in Birmingham. "I was sexually abused as a kid," Osbourne, 54, said in an interview splashed across three pages of Monday's (Dec. 1) Daily ...

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ZENSOR, MANDYLION To Team Up For One-Off Gig In Oslo

Norwegian metal bands ZENSOR and MANDYLION (featuring former members of SACRALIS, OLD MAN'S CHILD, PECCATUM and DIMENSION F3H) will be teaming up for a gig at John Dee in Oslo on Friday, December 5. ZENSOR have just appeared on the "Advanced Alternatives Vol. 1" CD with such bands as JANE'S ADDICTION, LACUNA COIL, FOO FIGHTERS, ...

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Report: Death Metal Comes Alive

Sean Piccoli of Sun-Sentinel.com reports that Brian Woody was by his own account a kid in a foul mood — an uprooted child of divorce living with his mother and sharing a bedroom with his brother. One day in those cramped environs he noticed a cassette tape lying on his brother's bed. He put it ...

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KATATONIA Drummer Becomes A Father

KATATONIA drummer Daniel Liljekvist became a father Thursday night (Nov. 20) when his girlfriend Johanna gave birth to the couple's first child, a daughter. As previously reported, KATATONIA guitarist Anders Nyström (a.k.a. Blakkheim) recently entered Studio Castillo in Stockholm with engineer David Castillo (live sound engineer for KATATONIA) to begin recording the fifth album from ...

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Former GUNS N' ROSES Guitarist Expecting Second Child

Former GUNS N' ROSES/current VELVET REVOLVER guitarist Slash and his wife Perla are expecting their second child in late June/early July. The couple have a one-year-old son, London Hudson. VELVET REVOLVER are currently working on their debut album, tentatively due in March through RCA Records. ...

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