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RUSH Guitarist Says Court Case Won't Delay U.K. Tour

Andy Coleman of the U.K.'s Evening Mail is reporting that RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson today promised Birmingham fans the band's forthcoming NEC shows will definitely go ahead — despite a court case hanging over his head. The 50-year-old musician says he was due to appear in a Florida court in September but a deal has ...

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THE DARKNESS Asked To Sign Dead Dog

The Irish Examiner is reporting that British rockers THE DARKNESS encountered a strange request from a fan — to sign his grandma's dead dog. The group's drummer Ed Graham recalls the bizarre request from an admirer — who believed he could obtain a peace of mind with his late estranged grandmother if they ...

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NONPOINT To Film New Video In Los Angeles

NONPOINT will be filming the video for their new single, "The Truth", in Los Angeles next week. The video will be directed by Matt Bass who previously worked with the group on the "Endure" clip. NONPOINT will also be doing a four-song acoustic in-store performance at FYE #180 (29 West Town Mall) in Madison, WI ...

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TRAVERS & APPICE Album Due In October

TRAVERS & APPICE, the new band featuring guitarist/vocalist Pat Travers and drummer Carmine Appice (CACTUS, VANILLA FUDGE, OZZY OSBOURNE), will release their debut album, "It Takes A Lot Of Balls", on October 14 through SPV Records. The CD also features an appearance by veteran bassist T.M. Stevens. Pat Travers has been one of America's most ...

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AT THE GATES Launch New Web Site

Long-defunct Swedish thrashers AT THE GATES have launched a new official web site at this location. Included on the site are a bunch of rare photos, recordings and other memorabilia. One of the more melodic death metal bands to expand beyond Sweden and spread their sound across the world alongside peers such as ...

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HELMET, CLUTCH, KITTIE Confirmed For LOCOBAZOOKA 2004

HELMET, CLUTCH, JOSH TODD, KITTIE, MONSTER MAGNET and TESLA are among the bands confirmed to appear at Locobazooka 2004, a two-day event set to take place September 25-26 at the Fitchburg Municipal Airport in Fitchburg, MA. Also scheduled to appear are BREAKING BENJAMIN, CROSSFADE, DROPBOX, EARSHOT, SALIVA, SHINEDOWN, TANTRIC and UPO. For more information, click ...

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DANKO JONES To Launch Spoken-Word Tour

Canadian rocker Danko Jones is about to launch his first-ever spoken-word tour, according to Chart Attack. The tour will cover various cities in Norway and Sweden throughout the month of August while the band maintain their regularly scheduled European festival dates. In addition, Jones' record label, Bad Taste Records, will put out a spoken-word album ...

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JELLO BIAFRA Drops DEAD KENNEDYS Suit

The Associated Press is reporting that former DEAD KENNEDYS lead singer Jello Biafra has dropped his remaining lawsuit against members of his band. In May 2000, a jury convicted Biafra and his record label of breach of contract and fraud. In June 2003, a state appeals court upheld that decision and ordered Biafra to pay ...

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OZZFEST 2004 Hits Boston: Reviews Posted Online

The Boston Globe and the Boston Herald have published separate reviews of the second date of the Ozzfest 2004 tour, which took place Monday (July 12) at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, MA. A couple of review excerpts follow: Boston Globe: "The show sold out, though the one-night stand was down from two nights in ...

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Review: BLACK SABBATH Sounded As Pertinent And Vital As Ever At OZZFEST 2004 Kick-Off

Phillip D'Amour of The Republican reviewed BLACK SABBATH and JUDAS PRIEST's performances at the opening show of this year's Ozzfest, which took place Saturday (July 10) in Hartford, Connecticut. "SABBATH opened its 60-minute set with its 1971 metal masterpiece 'War Pigs' from the classic album 'Paranoid'," he wrote. "'War Pigs' sounded as pertinent and vital ...

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DAVE MUSTAINE: 'DAVID ELLEFSON Is Suing Me And MEGADETH'

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Here is what I have been saying in the interviews, what happened chronologically that caused the demise of the band, why [drummer] Nick [Menza] was fired, [guitarist] Marty [Friedman] quitting, records turning out the way they did, and finally me ...

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MANTICORA Sign New Record Deal

Danish power metal merchants MANTICORA have signed a deal with Germany's Massacre Records for the European, Canadian and Australian territories. A U.S. deal with Nightmare Records has also been secured. The group's fourth album, "8 Deadly Sins", has already been completed and is scheduled for release later in the year. The follow-up to 2002's "Hyperion" ...

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FLAMETAL: When Flamenco Meets Speed Metal, With A Little Help From MARTY FRIEDMAN

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman has contributed guest guitar leads to a track from FLAMETAL, a self-described "flamenco metal" project that mixes flamenco and speed metal. The brainchild of innovative musician/artist Benjamin Woods, FLAMETAL's music is based off flamenco rhythms and tonalities with the flamenco guitar at the forefront, "proving that the nylon stringed acoustic ...

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JASON NEWSTED On Rock-Band Therapy: Certain People Are Not Made To Be Opened Up And Exposed

The June 20 edition of The New York Times Magazine contains a long and revealing article about the making of METALLICA's $4.3-million documentary "Some Kind of Monster" that features brand-new interviews with many of the parties involved in the making of the film, including the bandmembers themselves, the filmmakers and the group's now-former therapist. Several ...

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Former DEFIANCE Guitarist Talks About The Band's Legacy

Guitarist Jim Adams of the long-defunct San Francisco Bay Area thrash band DEFIANCE (which at one time featured current SKINLAB bassist/vocalist Steev Esquivel) recently spoke to Aesthetic Extremity Webzine about the band's relatively short career and the possibility of a reunion at some point in the future. Asked if there is any truth to the ...

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JUDAS PRIEST's Reunion Tour: Opening Night Setlist Revealed

JUDAS PRIEST played their first concert since reuniting with singer Rob Halford Wednesday night (June 2) at Stadiumsporthalle in Hannover, Germany. The group's entire setlist for the show was follows: 01. Hellion 02. Electric Eye 03. Metal Gods 04. Heading Out to the Highway 05. The Ripper 06. Touch of Evil 07. The Sentinel 08. ...

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The Art Of Live - QUEENSRŸCHE

Observing the gradual and unstoppable decline of the once-untouchable Gods of epic metal from Seattle has been nothing short of stupefying. "Where did it all go wrong?" sang Geoff Tate on the title track of the last album to deliver great things, "Promised Land", to which we can all now shout in unison, "You tell ...

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MANOWAR To Appear On VH1's '100 Most Metal Moments'

MANOWAR will be featured as number 63 in the countdown of VH1's "100 Most Metal Moments", to be aired on Tuesday, June 1. The show, which is scheduled to begin at 10:00 p.m. EST, apparently features a segment on MANOWAR breaking the world record and becoming officially the "Loudest Band On Earth!" ...

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