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MARK MOOTS Quits DECEMBER

DECEMBER vocalist guitarist Mark Moots has left DECEMBER after 10 years with the group. Moots, who performed his last show with DECEMBER on December 28 in Reno, Nevada, has helped to redefine extreme music several times, most notably with 2002's mind- and bone-crushing Earache Rec debut "The Lament Configuration". Drummer Jason Thomas, guitarist Julian Peach, ...

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Update: Ex-MEAT PUPPETS Bassist Makes Court Appearance

Ex-MEAT PUPPETS bassist Cris Kirkwood made his initial appearance in federal court on Tuesday (Dec. 30) in a wheelchair and hospital gown, grimacing alternately from pain and exasperation, according to the Arizona Republic. His federal public defender, Jane McClellan, said he would spend the night at a federal detention facility in Florence, despite his gunshot ...

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KAMELOT: Songwriting Sessions Going 'Better Than Expected'

KAMELOT mastermind Thomas Youngblood has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Hello Kamelotians!!! "We are very pleased to tell you all that the writing sessions are going even better than expected. We have now completed 8 new songs and cannot get the melodies out of our heads. A good sign for ...

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AEROSMITH Get Charitable

AEROSMITH guitarist Brad Whitford and JANE'S ADDICTION frontman Perry Farrell are among the stars appearing on the Disney album "A World of Happiness", due February 2. Farrell and Deborah Harry perform together on the track "The Patience Bossa", one of two songs the BLONDIE singer appears on. Billboard reports that a percentage of proceeds from ...

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KING DIAMOND Members Jam With Swedish Tribute Band

The entire KING DIAMOND band minus its singer and namesake joined the Swedish KING DIAMOND tribute act KUNG DIAMANT (featuring members of TON OF BRICKS, RELEVANT FEW, SABOTAGE and others) for a couple of tunes during their set on Saturday, December 13 at Pianobaren in Trollhättan, Sweden. A bunch of photos of drummer Matt Thompson, ...

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GRAHAM BONNET: Another Solo Gig Announced

Legendary vocalist Graham Bonnet (RAINBOW, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, ALCATRAZZ, IMPELLITTERI, BLACKTHORNE) will be appearing at Paladino's in Tarzana, California on Friday, January 23, 2004. The band lineup will be same as last time Bonnet played the venue (Howie Simon, Tim Luce, John Thomas and Stefan Svensson). Tickets will be available through the club. Phone #: ...

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SKRAPE Added To LIFE OF AGONY U.S. Tour

SKRAPE will be filling the opening slot on the upcoming LIFE OF AGONY/FLAW U.S. tour, which is slated to kick off in late January. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Jan. 20 - Northern Lights - Albany, NY Jan. 21 - Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA Jan. 23 - Palladium - Worcester, MA Jan. 24 ...

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INCANTATION Cancel Chilean Tour Dates, Slam Session Guitarist

INCANTATION have been forced to cancel their previously announced Chilean tour dates due to the alleged incompetence of their Chilean tour promoter. The following is the band's official statement on the matter: "INCANTATION and Tumba Records would like to apologize to the Chilean metal fans because INCANTATION are unable to play on their 'Rotting With ...

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LIFE OF AGONY Announce New Jersey In-Store Appearance

Reunited New York metallers LIFE OF AGONY will be making an in-store appearance at Vintage Vinyl on Tuesday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m. Vintage Vinyl is located at 51 Lafayette Rd. Fords, NJ 08863. Tel. #: (732) 225-7717. LIFE OF AGONY are currently preparing for their upcoming U.S. tour, which will kick off in early ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE: ' I Was Sexually Abused As A Child'

Ozzy Osbourne has said in a newspaper interview that he was sexually abused as a child. The former BLACK SABBATH frontman said the abuse took place when he was a schoolboy in Birmingham. "I was sexually abused as a kid," Osbourne, 54, said in an interview splashed across three pages of Monday's (Dec. 1) Daily ...

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STEVE VAI: 'Live At The Astoria, London' DVD Delayed

Guitar virtuoso Steve Vai has pushed back the release date of his two-DVD set, entitled "Live at the Astoria, London", to December 9 through Favored Nations. "Live at the Astoria London" is Vai's first-ever live performance DVD, and it clocks in at more than 3.5 hours (including bonus features). It was filmed at the Astoria ...

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'Howard Stern' Producer: Did SLAYER Predict Events Of 9/11?

KC (Kyle Casey) Armstrong, associate producer for the "Howard Stern Show", made an appearance on today's show to explain his theory that the long-running heavy metal band SLAYER predicted the tragic events of September 11, 2001 on their "God Hates Us All" album, which was released that fateful day. According to a synopsis of today's ...

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NOSTRADAMEUS Enter Studio To Record New Album

Swedish melodic metallers NOSTRADAMEUS have entered Roasting House studios in Malmö, Sweden to record their fourth album, due in early 2004 through Germany's AFM Records. "Since yesterday [November 10], Thomas and Esko are in Malmö for the drums and bass recording on our yet untitled fourth album," singer Freddy Persson writes on the band's web ...

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CORETEZ Reveal Band Lineup For Long Island Gig

CORETEZ, the new group featuring former ILL NINO members Roger Vasquez (vocals) and Marc Rizzo (guitar, also in SOULFLY), have announced their band lineup for the group's live debut, which is scheduled to take place on November 13 at The Downtown Farmingdale, New York. Also performing on the bill will be BLOODSIMPLE (featuring VISION OF ...

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CORETEZ To Make Live Debut In November

CORETEZ, the new band featuring former ILL NINO members Roger Vasquez and Marc Rizzo (SOULFLY), will make their live debut on November 13 at The Downtown in Farmingdale, New York. Also performing on the bill will be BLOODSIMPLE (featuring VISION OF DISORDER members Tim Williams (vocals) and Mike Kennedy (guitar), along with ex-MEDICATION bassist Kyle ...

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INCANTATION Recruit Touring Guitarist

INCANTATION have recruited guitarist Thomas Pioli (CEREMONIUM, HEMLOCK, OBLITERATION) to fill the second-guitar position on their upcoming "Rotting With Your Christ" South American tour. "Thomas Pioli is proud to once again join the ranks of INCANTATION as he played bass for the band on the 'Onward to Golgotha' U.S. tour back in 1992," the band ...

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KAMELOT: New Album Update

KAMELOT guitarist Thomas Youngblood has posted the following update on the songwriting sessions for the follow-up to this year's "Epica": "I just got back from a whirlwind 3 weeks in Norway and Germany. We have written 5 new songs for the next KAMELOT follow-up to 'Epica'. Here are some working titles that may change on ...

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Review: 'LED ZEPPELIN' Rock Akron Crowd

Malcolm X Abram of the Cleveland Beacon Journal reports that "the Akron Symphony Orchestra collectively loosened its tie Sunday night with 'The Music of Led Zeppelin: A Rock Symphony' (see previous story) and was rewarded with rock-star treatment from an enthusiastic audience. "For two-plus hours, E.J. Thomas Hall was transformed into a rock ...

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SCARVE: New Album To Be Released In Limited-Edition Digipak

France's SCARVE will release their third album, "Irradiant", in a special, limited-edition digipak version, featuring loads of bonus stuff, including the video for "Emulate The Soul". The follow-up to 2002's "Luminiferous" was recorded at Dug-Out Studio in Uppsala, Sweden with producers Daniel Bergstrand (MESHUGGAH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD) and Örjan Örnkloo (MISERY LOVES CO.) and features ...

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RAGE: Unplugged Tour A Great Success

A photo of veteran German metallers RAGE performing acoustically during one of their recent "unplugged" concerts has been posted online at this location. A posting on the web site of RAGE guitarist Victor Smolski reads as follows: "Numerous RAGE fans had been on the road during the last days to take part at ...

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ZEBRA Singer Joins AKRON SYMPHONY In LED ZEPPELIN Tribute

Amy Bracken Sparks of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Akron Symphony Orchestra will tackle the work of Page, Plant, Bonham and Jones this weekend at the E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall in Akron, Ohio, the orchestra's regular home. According to Jeffrey Sperry, executive director of the 52-year-old orchestra, 50 members of the 83-member ...

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New SPEARFISH CD To Feature High-Profile Guest Appearances

Paul Dianno (IRON MAIDEN), Mick Box (URIAH HEEP), Nicky Moore (SAMSON), Manny Charlton (NAZARETH), Stefan Elmgren (HAMMERFALL), and Dave Hill (DEMON) are among the guest artists featured on the forthcoming SPEARFISH CD, "Back, For The Future", due on October 31 through Sweden Rock Records. All proceeds from the album will be donated to the Children's ...

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MOTÖRHEAD Guitarist Fan Favorite To Become 'Welsh Hero'

MOTÖRHEAD guitarist Phil Campbell has shot up the list of candidates to be named greatest Welsh hero following an Internet campaign by fans of the band, the BBC reports. Campbell, originally from Pontypridd, is now fifth in the list of nominees on the Welsh Heroes web site after the official MOTÖRHEAD site put a link ...

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LIFE OF AGONY Set Release Date For Live CD/DVD

LIFE OF AGONY have set an October 14 release date in the U.S. and October 20 in Europe for their forthcoming double live album and DVD, titled "River Runs Again: Live 2003". The two-disc set was recorded during the group's sold-out reunion shows at Irving Plaza in New York City on January 3-4, 2003 and ...

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