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ANDREW W.K. Confirmed For RAMONES Benefit Concert

MTV.com is reporting that ANDREW W.K. has been confirmed for "Be Well: Ramones Beat on Cancer", a benefit concert in memory of the late Johnny and Joey Ramone. "Be Well: Ramones Beat on Cancer" will be held on October 8 — which would have been Johnny's 56th birthday — at the New York club Spirit. ...

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WINDIR Is Now History

Norwegian black metallers WINDIR have posted the following message on their official web site: "The farewell concert at Rockefeller in Oslo on] September 3rd, was a tremendous sucsess. There were about 1200 people at the concert, and WINDIR, with [late frontman] Valfar's brother Vegard Bakken as a special guest, performed a great show. "WINDIR would ...

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QUEEN Inducted Into HOLLYWOOD'S ROCKWALK: Photos Available

Surviving QUEEN members Brian May and Roger Taylor were inducted into Hollywood's RockWalk on Wednesday (Sept. 8) following the Las Vegas premiere of the musical "We Will Rock You", a rock theatrical stage show featuring 20 of QUEEN's greatest hits. Their handprints will be placed in cement along with a special plaque in memory of ...

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NEW YORK DOLLS Live Album, DVD Due Before The End Of The Year

THE NEW YORK DOLLS are scheduled to release a new live album, entitled "Pre-Crash Condition", in September, according to Gigwise.com. Recorded at Morrissey's Meltdown Festival earlier in the year, the album features recordings from the bands comeback shows. A DVD from same show is also planned for release before the end of the year. All ...

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WINDIR: Final CD Details Revealed

Norwegian black metallers WINDIR will be joined by Vegard Bakken, the older brother of the band's late frontman Terje "Valfar" Bakken, during their final concert on Friday, September 3 at the Rockefeller Arena in Oslo, Norway. "Vegard wants to honour his brother's memory by doing some of the singing this evening," reads a posting on ...

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HAVOCHATE: In Mixing Mode

New York-based metal band HAVOCHATE, now featuring drummer Jon Dette (ex-SLAYER, TESTAMENT) and bassist Greg Christian (ex-TESTAMENT), have commenced the mixing process for their second album, tentatively due before the end of the year. The follow-up to last year's "This Violent Earth", which was released through Root Of All Evil Records, was recorded at Pyramid ...

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EPICA To Release First DVD In October

Holland's EPICA (formerly SAHARA DUST), the new group formed by ex-AFTER FOREVER guitarist Mark Jansen, ex-CASSIOPEIA guitarist Ad Sluijter and keyboardist Coen Janssen, will be releasing their first DVD, "We Will Take You With Us / 2 Meter Sessies", on October 4. This DVD will come in a limited-edition deluxe ECO-Book (containing a 40-page booklet) ...

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Aren't You Dead Yet? - CARNAL FORGE

Aren't you dead yet? Surely the exact question that the more cynical of scene observers might put to CARNAL FORGE, given the fact that they've made five albums and have yet to leave too many scars of recognition on the public conscience. This isn't for wont of trying, though, and when you strip away the ...

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ADRIFT To Record Full-Length Debut In August

ADRIFT, the new Florida-based hard rock band featuring former CANNIBAL CORPSE guitarist Jack Owen, are currently in pre-production with producer John Hughes III (CHUMLEY'S TOY, GEORGE CLINTON, DAVID SANBORNE), working on material for their as-yet untitled full-length debut, to be recorded at ARS Studios in Orlando between August 25 and September 4. Songtitles set to ...

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Norwegian Doom Metallers FALLEN Sign With AFTERMATH MUSIC

Norwegian "funeral doom" metal band FALLEN have inked a deal with Aftermath Music. FALLEN was originally started in 1996 by Anders Eek as a side-project to FUNERAL, who, at the time, had progressed into a faster and more conventional form of doom. The group's debut mini-CD features four songs (with a total running time of ...

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RUSH Drummer's Biographical Journal Heading To Film

The film and television rights to RUSH drummer/lyricist Neil Peart's biographical journal "Ghost Rider" have been acquired by Scabeba Entertainment. Scabeba is overseen by Cathy Rich, the daughter of legendary jazz drummer Buddy Rich. She and Peart became friends after the drummer appeared at a 1992 concert in her father's memory and on a subsequent ...

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TRANSMISSION0 To Release Debut Album In August

Netherland-based aggressive metal/hardcore band TRANSMISSION0 will release their debut album, "0" (Zero), on August 24 through Go Kart Records. "0" was completely created (recorded/mixed) at the band's own Behind Green Door Studios in Tilburg, The Netherlands with guitarist Mischa van Rodijnen serving as both album producer and mixer. "At first it didn't look as if ...

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VADER To Headline Hungary's UNDEAD FESTIVAL 2004

Polish death metallers VADER have been confirmed as the headliners of the Undead Festival 2004, set to take place July 17 in Budapest, Hungary. Other confirmed bands include CHRISTIAN, EPIDEMIC, TESTIMONY, AHRIMAN, CASKET GARDEN, NEBRON, AVENGER, BLOODRAINBOW, AGREGATOR, TURULVER, GUTTED, IMMODUS, FROST, MAY RESULT. As previously reported, VADER's new album, "The Beast", is scheduled for ...

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Could ALICE IN CHAINS Ever Return?

Although ALICE IN CHAINS officially ceased to exist following the death of singer Layne Staley in April of 2002, guitarist Jerry Cantrell has recently jammed separately with drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Inez. Cantrell also told Launch that the idea of the band reforming with a new vocalist is not outside the realm of ...

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RE:IGNITION: New Demo Tracks Posted Online

RE:IGNITION (formerly DEF IGNITION), the new San Francisco Bay Area band led by SKINLAB's Steev Esquivel, have uploaded several new demo tracks recorded during a recent session at Trident Studio with producer Juan Urteaga. Check them out: 01. Short Memory (mp3) 02. By A Thread (mp3) 03. Falling In (

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TOMMY LEE's Signature Tattoos

The New York Post's Page Six reports: Former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee has undergone a tattooed tribute to his sons, Brandon and Dylan. The rowdy rocker asked his offspring by Pamela Anderson to write their names on his wrists, then had the signatures indelibly inked into his skin. "The love he's got for his ...

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SINGLE BULLET THEORY Guitarist Comments On DEATH Tribute CD

SINGLE BULLET THEORY guitarist Matt Difabio has released the following statement regarding his participation in the upcoming DEATH tribute CD, "Within The Mind - In Homage To The Musical Legacy Of Chuck Schuldiner", due later in the year through Holland's Mascot Records: "As most of you may know, I had the unbelievable chance to perform ...

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THANATOSCHIZO: New Song Available For Download

Portuguese avant-garde maniacs THANATOSCHIZO have uploaded a brand-new song, "Freedom Subways", at this location. "Freedom Subways" comes off the group's forthcoming album, "Turbulence", due this summer in Portugal through Misdeed Records. This release will come in a digipack version, featuring a multimedia section with a nine-minute documentary of the studio sessions as well ...

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Norway's Black Metal Elite To Pay Tribute To BATHORY Mastermind

A number of well-respected Norwegian black metal musicians will gather to perform a selection of classic BATHORY songs during Norway's Hole In The Sky Festival as a tribute to the group's mastermind Thomas "Quorthon" Forsberg, who passed away earlier this month. So far, the following musicians have been confirmed to take part in this special ...

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