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A PERFECT CIRCLE To Take Long Break After Spring Tour

A PERFECT CIRCLE plan on taking a long break following their June 13 concert in Denver to allow singer Maynard James Keenan to work on the follow-up to TOOL's 2001 offering "Lateralus" and primary songwriter Billy Howerdel to record a solo album. "We don't have any intention of breaking up or anything," Howerdel told MTV.com. ...

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DARK TRANQUILLITY Set U.S. Release Date For Collection Of Rarities

Sweden's DARK TRANQUILLITY have set a June 15 U.S. release date through Century Media Records for "Exposures: In Retrospect and Denial", a double CD featuring rare and previously unreleased material. Featuring almost two hours of material and 31 tracks, the collection contains two CDs for the single-release price. The first CD includes rare and long ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE: 'The Art Of Live' DVD Details Revealed

QUEENSRŸCHE have set an April 20 release date through Sanctuary Records for their new DVD, "The Art of Live". "The Art of Live" was filmed in summer and fall 2003 on QUEENSRŸCHE's tour promoting the Sanctuary studio album "Tribe". The summer tour was a co-headlining run with DREAM THEATER. Vocalist Geoff Tate, guitarist Michael Wilton, ...

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GARY MOORE To Release New Album In May

Legendary guitarist Gary Moore is scheduled to release a new studio album in late May through Sanctuary Records. The as-yet-untitled 10-track set will feature some blues standards, together with plenty of blues rock originals, which have been recorded over the past three months. The complete track listing is still undecided at this time, but hopefully ...

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JEFF PILSON Says Labels Would Not Give DOKKEN Chance Today

In an interview at Electricbasement.com, ex-DOKKEN bassist Jeff Pilson explained how the music industry has changed regarding how labels treat bands and sales, "We [DOKKEN] were always kind of our own monster. But put it this way, had we released 'Breaking The Chains' today and only sold about 100,000 units like we did back in ...

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OZZY Wins 'Godlike Genius' Award

Ozzy Osbourne has been honored with the "Godlike Genius" award at the NME Awards, according to ITV.com. The former BLACK SABBATH singer is at home in Los Angeles recovering from his recent all-terrain vehicle accident, but sent a thank you message on video. He said he had no idea why the award had been bestowed ...

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QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE Part Ways With Bassist NICK OLIVERI

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE have officially parted ways with bassist Nick Oliveri. According to MTV.com, Oliveri has unexpectedly left the band, breaking off a musical relationship with frontman Josh Homme that goes back to their days playing together in KYUSS in the early '90s. "A number of incidents occurring over the last 18 months ...

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DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT PACKAGE Debuts Featuring HALFORD Live Concert

With the record industry scrambling for ways to service the downloading audience, DEP Music TM is introducing a new digital media which allows the packaging of all promotional, media, artwork, audio and video elements of established and breaking bands bringing it to the fan bases with a very friendly and easy-to-use interface. Known by millions ...

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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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DOPE Postpone More Shows

DOPE have been forced to postpone three more shows as a result of their tour bus breaking down. As previously reported on the group's official web site, "the band's tour bus, en route from North Carolina to pick them up, suffered from mechanical failures, leaving the band stranded at home in Chicago until a replacement ...

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BEHEMOTH Set Working Title For New Album

Polish black/death metallers BEHEMOTH have set "Demigod" as the working title of their seventh full-length album, tentatively due in late 2004 through Regain Records (Europe), Century Media (USA and South America) and Mystic (Poland). The follow-up to 2002's "Zos Kia Cultus - Here And Beyond" (Avantgarde) will be recorded this spring and will feature the ...

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DOKKEN: 'Japan Live' DVD Set For Release Next Month

Sanctuary Visual Entertainment will be issuing DOKKEN's live DVD, titled "Dokken: Japan Live '95", on Monday February 16, 2004. Originally filmed at Tokyo's Kosei Nenkin Hall on March 2, 1995, this "spectacular, adrenalin-pumped" live rock concert experience features the original DOKKEN lineup consisting of Don Dokken (vocals, guitar), George Lynch (lead guitar), Jeff Pilson (bass, ...

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HAMERFALL Guitarist Reports From The ROCKFABRIK 20-Year-Anniversary Jam

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Happy holidays, Templars! As you might have gathered from the Forum, some of us were at the Rockfabrik in Ludwigsburg, Gemany, last weekend. The legendary club celebrated its 20-year anniversary, and HAMMERFALL was invited to the festivities. So Anders, Joacim ...

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'LED ZEPPELIN DVD' Sales In The U.S. Pass Half-Million Mark

LED ZEPPELIN's double-disc DVD, entitled simply "Led Zeppelin DVD", has sold 525,000 copies so far this year in the U.S., according to the New York Times. Released in May by Atlantic Records, "Led Zeppelin DVD" achieved by far the highest-ever first-week and single-week sales for a music DVD, its 120,000 SoundScan figure doubling the previous ...

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PEGAZUS Split With Record Company, Bassist

Australia's PEGAZUS have officially parted ways with Nuclear Blast Records. "I guess it is something that we both (band and label) hoped would come to a close very soon anyway," the group write in their official newsletter. "In the past few years, it was very evident that we weren't getting the support or given the ...

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SHARON: OZZY Will Take Six Months To Recover

Ozzy Osbourne will take six months to recover from his quad bike crash injuries, his wife Sharon said Tuesday (Dec. 16), according to Scotsman.com. Ozzy is said to be breathing unaided and joking with nurses — even asking two of them to marry him. But in an interview with Lorraine Kelly on GMTV, Sharon said ...

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Report: OZZY OSBOURNE Taken Off Ventilator

Ozzy Osbourne began breathing unaided following his near-fatal accident, according to Telegraph.co.uk. The former BLACK SABBATH singer has been able to chat to wife Sharon this morning at the Berkshire hospital where he has been recovering since crashing his quad bike last Monday. A statement from Wexham Park Hospital in Slough said Osbourne, whose "Changes" ...

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DEATH ANGEL Guitarist Offers Recording Update

DEATH ANGEL guitarist Ted Aguilar has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "The recording date got changed. We are now set to start January 3rd. We will do all the basic tracks & mix the record all of January except for 2 days (will tell you at the end of this ...

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Update: OZZY 'Stable' After Quad Bike Crash

icBirmingham is reporting that Ozzy Osbourne was described as "stable and comfortable" after breaking eight ribs, a collarbone and a vertebra in his neck in a quad bike accident. Osbourne was taken to Wexham Park Hospital in Slough yesterday after the accident at his Buckinghamshire estate. The hospital's medical director Dr. Dick Jack said that ...

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USURPER Split With Singer, Vow To Carry On

Chicago death/thrash lords USURPER have officially parted ways with vocalist General Diabolical Slaughter. However, the band, who have no intentions of breaking up, will still go ahead with their previously announced performance at the "Holidays Of Horror Six" Festival (with the help of a "special guest vocals) on December 26, according to a posting on ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE Up For 'Brummie Of The Year' Award

Neil Elkes of Evening Mail is reporting that Ozzy Osbourne is among the celebrities competing for the "Brummie of the Year" award. Creator Jon Bounds said the award was created to honor Birmingham, England-born and -bred icons who epitomize the down-to-earth qualities of the city. He said: "The one thing that the people of Birmingham ...

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ILLNATH Part Ways With Drummer

Danish melodic black metal band ILLNATH have parted ways with drummer Benjamin Johannesen shortly after the completion of the group's European tour with KONKHRA and CORPUS MORTALE. "However, as far as we can tell he is not entirely out of the music business," the band write on their web site. "You might well find him ...

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THE ETERNAL Sign With FIREBOX RECORDS

Australia's THE ETERNAL (formerly CRYPTAL DARKNESS) have signed a two-album deal with Finland's Firebox Records. The group will be entering the studio in January 2004 to record their debut CD, titled "The Sombre Light Of Isolation". A late spring release is expected. THE ETERNAL recorded three full-length albums and two EPs as CRYPTAL DARKNESS, including ...

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