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COURTNEY LOVE Pulls Out Of U.K.'s CARLING WEEKEND

Former HOLE frontwoman Courtney Love has pulled her appearances at Britain's Carling Weekend in August. Love blamed "recording commitments" for her decision to scrap her sets at Leeds on August 22 and Reading on 24. She is currently putting the finishing touches to her forthcoming debut solo album, "America's Sweetheart". A spokesperson for Love said: ...

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Former HOLE Frontwoman Lands 'Fantasy Violinist'

Former HOLE frontwoman Courtney Love has recruited "fantasy violinist" Emilie Autumn, a ravishing, classically trained musician, for her new solo band, which is scheduled to make its live debut this summer. Last month, Love placed a classified ad in the Village Voice, seeking a guitarist and drummer for a new project, with the requirement that ...

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Vocalist MATT BARLOW Leaves ICED EARTH!

Vocalist Matt Barlow has announced his departure from ICED EARTH in order to pursue a career doing administrative work for the Department of Homeland Security. The following is Barlow's official statement on the matter: "In December of last year, prior to ICED EARTH signing a new record deal, [ICED EARTH mainman] Jon [Schaffer] and I ...

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COURTNEY LOVE Signs Solo Deal With VIRGIN RECORDS!

Former HOLE frontwoman Courtney Love has reportedly signed a North American solo deal with Virgin Records. The singer was already signed to Poptones/Telstar in the U.K. Love has spent the past few months recording her solo debut, "America's Sweetheart", in France with producer Jim Barber for an expected fall release. A number of tracks on ...

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Original FATES WARNING Guitarist Checks In With Latest Update

Original FATES WARNING guitarist Victor Arduini, who played on the group's classic early efforts "Night On Brocken" (1984) and "The Spectre Within" (1985), has posted an update on his current activities to the official FATES WARNING message board. Arduini's posting reads as follows: "I'd be happy to give an 'update' to anyone interested... Here you ...

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STONE SOUR Announce U.K. In-Store Appearances

STONE SOUR, the recently re-launched group formed by SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root, will be making two in-store appearances during their upcoming U.K. tour. You can meet the band and get your stuff signed at these times and places: Tuesday, July 8 at 4:00 p.m.: Virgin Megastore, 6-8 Wheelergate Nottingham NG1 2NB ...

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MONSTER MAGNET Announce New Bassist, Name Upcoming CD

MONSTER MAGNET have recruited LORD STERLING bassist Jim Baglino to replace Joe Calandra, who was unceremoniously booted from the band last month along with drummer Jon Kleiman. The group, who recently signed a European record deal with SPV/Steamhammer Records, are still looking for a new skinsman and are said to have set their sights on ...

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STONE SOUR Featured On May 31 'Headbanger's Ball'

STONE SOUR, the recently re-launched group formed by SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root, will be the special guests on the "Headbanger's Ball" the night of May 31 on MTV2. The resurrected metal program — which had an eight-year run between 1987 and 1995 — airs at 10:00pm ET/PT. STONE SOUR will tape ...

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THE PRODIGY And Ex-PITCHSHIFTER Men Unveil New Band

THE PRODIGY frontman Keith Flint and former PITCHSHIFTER guitarist Jim Davies will release their debut single under the FLINT moniker on May 19. The track, titled "Asteroid", will be released on a limited edition, 10-inch pink vinyl, available through Cool Kills Records. "Flint sounds very, very raw," Davies told Kerrang! "We took a very live ...

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MURDERDOLLS, STONE SOUR To Team Up For U.K. Tour

MURDERDOLLS and STONE SOUR are set to terrorize the U.K. this July when they team up for a string of shows. The 'DOLLS were all set to play their own shows, but when they realized STONE SOUR were also in Europe, it seemed a fun idea to invite them along for the ride. Both bands ...

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CKY, SYSTEMATIC To Open For METALLICA In San Francisco

Philadelphia punk/metal outfit CKY have landed the support slot for METALLICA at the Fillmore in San Francisco, California on Sunday, May 18. San Francisco Bay Area's own SYSTEMATIC, who were previously signed to METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich's now-defunct record label imprint The Music Company (distributed through Elektra), will open the show at the same venue ...

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GARDENIAN Begin Mixing New Album

Sweden's GARDENIAN have completed the recording sessions for their as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2000's "Sindustries" and are currently mixing the effort at Gothenburg's Studio Fredman for a tentative late 2003 release through an as-yet-undetermined label. "When the mixing is done GARDENIAN will start shopping for a new record deal," the band write on their official web ...

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METALLICA: 'Frantic' Clip Posted Online

A two-minute MP3 clip of METALLICA performing the new track "Frantic" live on "mtvICON: Metallica" has been posted online at AllMetallica.com. MTV's "mtvICON" special dedicated to METALLICA was taped last Saturday (May 3) at Universal Studios in Universal City, California. The show, which included spoken tributes from members of LINKIN PARK and BLINK-182, ...

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FATES WARNING Enlist SPOCK'S BEARD Drummer For Upcoming Tour

FATES WARNING have enlisted SPOCK'S BEARD drummer Nick D'Virgilio to join them on their upcoming summer tour with DREAM THEATER and QUEENSRŸCHE after regular FATES drummer Mark Zonder was forced to bow out of the trek due to "personal commitments," according to FW guitarist Jim Matheos. "Ray, Joey, Frank, and I are excited to be ...

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COURTNEY LOVE Records KIM CARNES Cover For Upcoming Solo CD

Former HOLE frontwoman Courtney Love has recorded a cover of Kim Carnes' 1981 #1 hit "Bette Davis Eyes" for possible inclusion on her upcoming solo debut, "America's Sweetheart". Love is recording "America's Sweetheart" in France with producer Jim Barber for an expected fall release. A number of tracks on the CD were reportedly co-written with ...

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SAMMY HAGAR, LYNYRD SKYNYRD To Tour Together

SAMMY HAGAR and LYNYRD SKYNYRD will team up for a summer tour kicking off July 19 at Wisconsin's Rock Fest, according to Billboard.com. The full list of dates for the Jim Beam-sponsored Party of a Lifetime tour is not yet finalized, although the acts are expected to be out together well into August. The co-headlining ...

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MTV's 'mtvICON' METALLICA Special: More Spoken Tributes Announced

According to MTV.com, the upcoming MTV "mtvICON" special dedicated to METALLICA will feature spoken tributes from members of AEROSMITH, STAIND, LINKIN PARK and BLINK-182, as well as from Lisa Marie Presley, Lara Flynn Boyle, Slash (ex-GUNS N' ROSES), Sean Penn and Jim Breuer. KORN, LIMP BIZKIT, SUM 41 and AVRIL LAVIGNE will perform musical tributes ...

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STEEL PROPHET Announce New Lineup

STEEL PROPHET have announced the addition to the group's ranks of vocalist Nadir D'Priest (ex-LONDON, D'PRIEST). D'Priest replaces Rick Mythiasin (currently in TARAXACUM), who left the group last July due to "musical and personal differences". "Nadir's vocal power fits right in with the STEEL PROPHET sound, and his delivery of the older material is without ...

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PAGAN WAR MACHINE Confirmed For CLASSIC METAL FEST 3

PAGAN WAR MACHINE, the new Los Angeles-based thrash project featuring Jim Durkin (former DARK ANGEL guitarist), Steve Gaines (ABATTOIR frontman), Marcelo Lima (guitar) and "Meyhem" Mendez (drums), have been confirmed to appear at Classic Metal Fest 3, set to take place June 27-28 at Oasis One-Sixty in Chicago Heights, Illinois. Also scheduled to perform at ...

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HAVOCHATE Sign With ROOT OF ALL EVIL RECORDS

New York metal band HAVOCHATE have signed a deal with Root Of All Evil Records. The group's debut album, "This Violent Earth", will be released this summer. As previously reported, HAVOCHATE have secured the opening slot on the upcoming MOTÖRHEAD/ANTHRAX North American tour beginning on May 7 in Norfolk, Virginia. ...

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TOMMY LEE Cleared In Accidental Drowning Death Lawsuit

Jurors on Thursday cleared ex-MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee of liability in the June 2001 accidental drowning death of four-year-old Daniel Karven-Veres, a playmate of Lee and ex-wife Pamela Anderson's son, Brandon. "Although I am relieved that the court has found me not negligent, there are no winners in this sad situation," Lee said in ...

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TOMMY LEE's Ex-Wife Won't Testify In Wrongful Death Lawsuit

A Los Angeles County judge ruled yesterday that former "Baywatch" babe Pamela Anderson will not testify in a lawsuit against her ex-husband, Tommy Lee, who's accused of negligence in the drowning death of a 4-year-old boy, the New York Post has reported. Lawyers for the parents of Daniel Karven-Veres — who died at Lee's Malibu ...

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COURTNEY LOVE Continues Work On Solo CD, Seeks Label Deal

Courtney Love is in France recording a solo album titled "America's Sweetheart" with producer Jim Barber for an expected fall release, Billboard has reported. A number of tracks on the CD were reportedly co-written with 4 NON BLONDES' Linda Perry, who has penned hits for PINK and CHRISTINA AGUILERA. Courtney is in talks for a ...

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GARDENIAN Pull Out Of Sweden's 2000 DECIBEL Festival

Sweden's GARDENIAN have cancelled their previously announced appearance at the fourth edition of the 2000 Decibel festival, which will be held on May 17 in Bengtsfors, Sweden (180 km north of Gothenburg). "We are sad to announce that we are forced to cancel the appearance at 2000 Decibel in Bengtsfors due to the fact that ...

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Wrongful Death Trial Begins For Former MÖTLEY CRÜE Drummer

Opening statements in a wrongful death civil trial involving former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee were expected Tuesday after a jury was selected, according to the Associated Press. The lawsuit claims Lee was negligent in the drowning of 4-year-old Daniel Karven-Veres, who was attending a swim party at the musician's Malibu home. The boy, whose ...

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Former OVERKILL Guitarist Resurfaces In RESPONSE NEGATIVE

Former OVERKILL/GRIP INC. guitarist Bobby Gustafson has resurfaced in a new South Florida-based band called RESPONSE NEGATIVE. A self-proclaimed power/death metal group, RESPONSE NEGATIVE have apparently yet to record any material with Gustafson, who, along with drummer Jim McCourt, is a recent addition to the band. Upcoming RESPONSE NEGATIVE dates: Apr. 12 – West Palm ...

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Office Of Strategic Influence - OSI

Controversy isn't something readily associated with something as mathematical and calculated as a progressive rock supergroup. But controversial this album is — and not for the first reason that springs to mind. That group/album title, you see, eludes to a proposed covert US information agency dreamed up after 9/11 to supposedly spread favorable propaganda in ...

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