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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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SEPULTURA Manager Says Band Have Yet To Sign U.S. Deal

SEPULTURA's manager, Jim Lewis, stated today that heated, ongoing negotiations between the band and numerous labels continue, and that no deal has been reached (yet) with No Name/Elektra Records. SEPULTURA are currently on a 14-date sold-out tour of European capital cities. Following their headlining tour, SEPULTURA look forward to their confirmed US dates with VOIVOD ...

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FATES WARNING Drummer To Sit Out QUEENSRŸCHE/DREAM THEATER Tour

FATES WARNING drummer Mark Zonder will not be able to accompany the group on their summer tour with QUEENSRŸCHE and DREAM THEATER due to "personal commitments," according to FW guitarist Jim Matheos. A temporary replacement has yet to be announced. In other news, FATES WARNING will be rejoined during the upcoming dates by former guitarist ...

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ICED EARTH Split With Guitarist, Begin Recording New CD

ICED EARTH have parted ways with guitarist Larry Tarnowski on the eve of the recording sessions for the group's new CD, tentatively titled "Glorious Burden". "[Larry] will continue his studies and we wish him all the best for his future endeavors," ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer wrote on the band's official web site. "There will ...

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NY Daily News: LINKIN PARK Relies On The Worst Musical Cliches

Jim Farber of the New York Daily News reviewed LINKIN PARK's new album "Meteora" and appeared unimpressed. "The group not only has failed to progress significantly, its album relies on what have became the genre's worst cliches. Each cut finds the group crooning, rapping and shouting in nearly the same order and ratio. It's as ...

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PAGAN WAR MACHINE To Support SEVEN WITCHES, CAGE

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), will be performing with SEVEN WITCHES and CAGE at The Galaxy Concert Theatre in Santa Ana, California on April 16. ...

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DARK ANGEL: Live DVD On The Way

Reunited Los Angeles thrashers DARK ANGEL are in the process of compiling a live DVD consisting of footage recorded during the band's heyday in the late '80s as well as at some of their more recent appearances. Says guitarist Eric Meyer: "Over the years I've gathered a collection gigs that I think fucking kick ass, ...

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ABATTOIR Frontman Joins DREAMS OF DAMNATION

Los Angeles-based thrashers DREAMS OF DAMNATION, featuring former DARK ANGEL axeman Jim Durkin, have announced the addition of rhythm guitarist Steve Gaines (ABATTOIR, PAGAN WAR MACHINE) into the band. The new, five-piece lineup debuted at the Metal For Cancer benefit on March 1. Steve Gaines shared his thoughts on joining D.O.D.: "I am honored and ...

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LIMP BIZKIT's FRED DURST: 'I Told WES BORLAND What To Play'

LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst recently spoke to Britain's Kerrang! magazine about the group's upcoming album, "Bipolar", and the changes in the band's sound since the departure of longtime guitarist Wes Borland. When asked what his frame of mind was at the time of the interview, he responded, "I'm feeling insecure, as I always do, ...

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PAGAN WAR MACHINE: Live Photos Posted Online

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) made their live debut at The Garage, in Hollywood on Saturday, March 1. The band shared the bill with ASESINO, NOKTURNE, SCARRED and DREAMS OF DAMNATION as part ...

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TWO HIT CREEPER Split Up

Los Angeles-based TWO HIT CREEPER have officially split up. The group, whose most recent demos were produced by SOULFLY drummer Roy Mayorga, had originally caught the interest of ORGY frontman Jay Gordon, who wanted to issue the band's debut CD through his Division One imprint (a plan that was later abandoned). Guitarist Jim and vocalist ...

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DREAMS OF DAMNATION Announce Tour Dates, Continue Work On Demo

Los Angeles thrash metal act DREAMS OF DAMNATION, featuring former DARK ANGEL axeman Jim Durkin, have announced the following dates: Mar. 01 – Hollywood, CA @ The Garage (Metal For Cancer) Jun. 09 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Galaxy (w/ IMMOLATION, GRAVE) The Metal For Cancer benefit for Tony "Bones" Hernandez will be headlined ...

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GARDENIAN Announce New Lineup, Begin Work On Fourth Album

Sweden's GARDENIAN have resurfaced after a lengthy, self-imposed hiatus and have announced details of a new lineup and album. Joining guitarist Niklas Engelin and drummer Thim Blom in the group's latest incarnation are TIME REQUIEM singer Apollo Papathanasio and former GOOSEFLESH bassist Robert Hakemo. Kriss Albertsson, who previously played bass in the group, remains a ...

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M.O.D. Finalize Track Listing For 'Rebel You Love to Hate'

M.O.D., the band led by former S.O.D. frontman Billy Milano, have finalized the track listing for their new album, "Rebel You Love to Hate", for a June release through Nuclear Blast Records. The CD was mixed by Milano and Dan Korneff at Watermusic in Hoboken, New Jersey and mastered on Feb. 5 at Masterdisk in ...

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AGENT STEEL Sign With Italy's SCARLET RECORDS

AGENT STEEL have signed a European record deal with Italy's Scarlet Records for the release of their new album, "Order Of The Illuminati". A May/June release is expected. "We are halfway through the mixdown sessions," said guitarist Juan Garcia in an official statement. "Bernie Versailles is handling the engineering and co-production duties and our goal ...

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