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W.A.S.P.'s LAWLESS: 'In PETE We Trust'

W.A.S.P. mainman Blackie Lawless has issued a public letter of support for THE WHO guitarist Pete Townshend over accusations that the latter has downloaded pornographic images of children over the Internet. Lawless' letter reads as follows: "Gathering support for Townshend... "Judge not lest ye be judged.... I have watched the events in the last few ...

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Bid On Guest Spot As DEF LEPPARD's Lead Vocalist

DEF LEPPARD's official web site, www.defleppard.com, are offering one lucky fan a chance to join the band on stage at an upcoming show The details are as follows: "So you always dreamt of being on stage with DEF LEPPARD and perform[ing] 'Pour Some Sugar On Me' with them? Well, your dream may come true: DefLeppard.com ...

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Former MÖTLEY CRÜE Drummer Back In Court

Former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee lost his bid Tuesday to add someone else to the lawsuit blaming him for the death of a 4-year-old boy who drowned in his pool. Attorney Philip D. Weiss, representing Lee in the lawsuit filed by the parents of Daniel Karven-Veres, said Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard Neidorf's ...

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THE WHO Guitarist Arrested!

THE WHO guitarist Pete Townshend has been arrested on suspicion of possession of child pornography, according to Scotland Yard. He has not yet been charged with a crime. The arrest comes after Pete, in a newspaper interview, invited police to come to his home and examine his computer, saying there would be no proof that ...

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THE WHO's ROGER DALTREY: 'PETE Is Innocent'

THE WHO singer Roger Daltrey yesterday broke his silence on the claims of paedophilia against his guitarist bandmate Pete Townshend and said: "I believe Pete is innocent." Daltrey, 58, said Townshend had spoken to him about campaigning against paedophile material two years ago. He told The Sun: "Pete was very angry about how easy it ...

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THE WHO's PETE TOWNSHEND: 'I Am No Paedophile'

THE WHO guitarist Pete Townshend has admitted paying to download child porn from the internet. But the rock legend denied being a paedophile and claimed he only purchased the obscene material as research for a book. Townshend spoke out after reports said a rock star was at the center of an international probe into child ...

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H.I.M. Guitarist To Add Family Member

H.I.M. guitarist Mikko Viljami "Linde" Lindström and his girlfriend Manna are expecting their first child in late March/early April. H.I.M.'s new album, tentatively titled "Love Metal", is set to be released in April through Supersonic/G.U.N. Records. The video for the first single off the album, titled "Buried Alive by Love", was shot over the Dec. ...

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Germany's Top-Selling Hard Rock Albums Of 2002

The following is a list of Germany's top-selling hard rock/metal albums of 2002 (as reported by Rock Hard magazine): 07. DIE TOTEN HOSEN - Auswärtsspiel 08. RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS - By The Way 13. NICKELBACK - Silver Side Up 15. BÖHSE ONKELZ - Dopamin 17. LENNY KRAVITZ - Lenny 21. P.O.D. - Satellite 31. ...

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NIGHTWISH Sued By Finnish Orchestra Conductor Over Unpaid Fees

Finland's NIGHTWISH are being sued by arranger/conductor Riku Niemi over unpaid fees Niemi claims are owed him for his work on the group's platinum-certified "Century Child" release. NIGHTWISH keyboardist/mastermind Tuomas Holopainen, who wrote the bulk of the material on the album, claims that the whole thing is the result of a misunderstanding and that only ...

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CROWBAR: New Studio Album On The Way

New Orleans sludge meisters CROWBAR, who feature in their ranks DOWN guitarist Kirk Windstein, have commenced the songwriting process for their seventh studio album, tentatively due at the end of the year. "[The album will be recorded] as soon as I write it," Windstein said in a posting on the official DOWN message board. "I'm ...

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OLD MAN'S CHILD: New Mp3 Posted Online

Norway's OLD MAN'S CHILD, featuring DIMMU BORGIR members Galder (guitars) and Nick Barker (drums, also in LOCKUP), have posted a full-length MP3 of the track "Black Seeds On Virgin Soil" via their official web site at this location. "Black Seeds On Virgin Soil" comes off the group's "In Defiance Of Existence" CD, due ...

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STUCK MOJO Guitarist Confirms Lineup For Reunion Show

Guitarist Rich Ward has confirmed that SICK SPEED bandmate Keith Watson (formerly of Charlotte, North Carolina's OBEY BIZAR) will join the reunited STUCK MOJO when they hit the stage at the Masquerade in Atlanta, Georgia on New Year's Eve. "Yeah, Keith will play bass for the band," Ward stated. "He was in a band called ...

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SINERGY Singer To Publish Autobiography

Finland's SINERGY have posted the following update via their official web site (www.sinergy.org): "[SINERGY frontwoman] Kimberly [Goss] recently received a phone call from a writer who was interested in telling her life story in an exclusive autobiography. After meeting with the biographer and having gotten the green light from the publishing company, the book deal ...

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Man Convicted In Killing Of Former KISS Guitarist's Ex-Wife

A Hartford Superior Court jury convicted Gregory McArthur of felony murder, manslaughter, larceny and kidnapping charges Friday in connection with the 1998 death of the ex-wife of former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent and part-time escort AnnMarie Cusano, according to the Hartford Courant. But the jury acquitted McArthur of charges of murder, capital murder and robbery ...

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NIGHTWISH Confirmed For Britain's BLOODSTOCK 2003 Festival

Finland's NIGHTWISH have been confirmed to headline the second day of the Bloodstock 2003 metal festival. The Finnish act, who are taking most of next year off and are only playing selected key dates, will be performing their first-ever U.K. show at Bloodstock, a two-day event set to take place Aug. 29-30, 2003 at the ...

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BIOHAZARD: 'The New Album Is Not Patriotic'

Hardcore/metal veterans BIOHAZARD have rejected claims that their latest album, "Kill Or Be Killed", has pro-war sentiment. "The new album is not patriotic," guitarist Billy Graziadei explained. "I don't feel that war is the answer, although President Bush seems intent on it. September 11's events changed the world forever. We realized we weren't untouchable and ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE Becomes Grandfather!

Ozzy Osbourne has become a grandfather. Three-month-old Isabelle Hobbs is the daughter of Jessica, Ozzy's child by his first marriage. He split with wife Thelma in 1981 after shooting her 17 cats because they made too much noise. Osbourne is reportedly not close with his daughter, 31, who lives in London. ...

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TOMMY LEE Wrongful Death Lawsuit To Proceed To Trial Phase

The parents of the boy who drowned at Tommy Lee's Malibu home last summer are demanding at least $1,000,000 from the ex-MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer in a wrongful death and negligence lawsuit, according to Celebrity Justice. A court-ordered mediation, which was to begin at the end of this month, has reportedly fallen through, thereby clearing the ...

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DREAM THEATER Keyboardist Records Christmas CD

DREAM THEATER keyboardist Jordan Rudess has created a new Christmas CD, entitled "Christmas Sky", for the holidays. The album, which features Jordan's unique style of piano and harp-like improvisations all based on classic Christmas melodies, includes is an original piece written especially for the season. The complete track listing for the CD is as follows: ...

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CRYSTAL EYES Sign With DMP SWEDEN

Sweden's CRYSTAL EYES have signed a multi-album deal with DMP Sweden Records. The group's first release for the label will be their third full-length album, "Vengeance Descending", which is scheduled to be mixed and mastered during December. The complete track listing for the CD is as follows (in alphabetical order): 01. Child Of Rock 02. ...

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COAL CHAMBER Frontman Offers Update On Future Activities

COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara has posted a lengthy update on the band's official web site, addressing, among other things, the group's recent split with drummer Mike Cox, the release of an upcoming DVD and other future activities. The following is Dez's statement in its entirety: "OK, here's what's going on. Let's talk COAL CHAMBER ...

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BLACK SABBATH Drummer Speaks Out On Upcoming Solo Album

BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward has released a lengthy update via his official web site on the status of his upcoming solo album, "Beyond Aston", his Internet-only single, "Straws", his health and the possibility of future live appearances. "My company, Aston Cross Music, Inc., is making 2,000 copies of 'Straws'," writes Ward. "1,000 ...

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ADEMA's MARKY CHAVEZ: 'New Stuff Smokes Anything On Our Debut'

ADEMA are continuing work on the material for their sophomore full-length effort, which they hope to record early next year with an as-yet-undisclosed producer. Seven songs have reportedly been written for the disc, including the tentatively titled "Canuck" and "Unstable". "I'm really excited about the new stuff," frontman Marky Chavez told MTV.com. "It's really up-tempo ...

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN: Release Date Of Demo Collection Moved Up

The Japanese release date via Pony Canyon Records of YNGWIE MALMSTEEN's highly-anticipated collection of early demo recordings and other rare material, entitled "Genesis", has reportedly been moved up to Dec. 4. The full track listing for the album is as follows: 01. Birth Of The Sun 02. Plague In Lucifer's Mind (instrumental) 03. Dying Man ...

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NIGHTWISH Announce Final Dates Of "Century Child" Tour

Finland's NIGHTWISH will perform the last two shows of their "Century Child" World Tour in Germany during January. The details are as follows: Jan. 11 – Oberhausen, GER @ König-Pilsener-Arena Jan. 12 – Munich, GER @ Colosseum After these shows, NIGHTWISH are expected to take a break from live performances until sometime in the summer/fall ...

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ANTHRAX Guitarist Writes In From The Road

The following is a re-posting of the latest installment of ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian's regular online column, dubbed "Alpha Mail", as it appears on the group's official web site at www.anthrax.com: "I'm on the bus heading to Glasgow. Tonight was the first show in Manchester. I'm currently basking in the after glow of ...

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NIGHTWISH To Play First-Ever Show In Sweden

Finland's NIGHTWISH will perform their first-ever show in Sweden on Saturday, November 16 at the 700-capacity Klubben in Stockholm. If the concert is sold out, an additional show will likely take place the following night, November 17. Ticket price is 210 SEK and advance sales are being handled by www.ticnet.se. NIGHTWISH have shifted nearly 300,000 ...

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