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Update: PHILIP ANSELMO Barred From DIMEBAG's Funeral; JERRY CANTRELL Performs Acoustically

BLABBERMOUTH.NET has confirmed that former PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo did NOT attend the the funeral of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott — apparently because he was told that he was "not welcome" at any of the events honoring the late musician who was slain last week at a nightclub in Columbus, Ohio. Anselmo's former PANTERA/DOWN ...

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LIONSHEART Announce New Bassist, Keyboardist

LIONSHEART, the British melodic hard rock outfit fronted by former GRIM REAPER/ONSLAUGHT singer Steve Grimmett, have posted the following message on their official web site: "Following Eddie's departure from the band, ex-BATTLEZONE (Paul Di'Anno) bass player Gavin Cooper has stepped into the breach. At the same time as welcoming Gav into the band we would ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE's ROCKENFIELD Releases 'Operation: Mindcrime' Commemorative Snare Drums

QUEENSRŸCHE drummer Scott Rockenfield, founder and owner of RockenWraps.com, has released a small number of limited edition "Operation: Mindcrime" commemorative snare drums, for sale exclusively at Queensryche.com. Each drum is hand made by Scott himself. Each snare comes complete with: - 14" 10-PLY 100% ALL MAPLE SHELL, with precision cut bearing edges - RockenWraps very ...

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SAVATAGE Guitarist: 'We Were Stripped Of A Modern-Day Guitar Legend'

SAVATAGE guitarist Chris Caffery has issued the following statement regarding the death of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell: "Recently we were suddenly stripped [of] a modern-day guitar legend. Darrell was one of the few guitarists in history that had his own unique spot. His own style, his own sound. "When you hear someone say 'the Eddie ...

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CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's KEENAN Says DIMEBAG's Death Is 'Tragic'

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY guitarist/vocalist Pepper Keenan and producer John Custer, who are at a Raleigh studio working on the band's new album, spoke to The News & Observer about the death of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, a longtime friend of COC. "It's tragic, a shame," Keenan said Thursday. "I've known Darrell for years and ...

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UPDATED: Tributes From Metal Musicians Pour In For DIMEBAG DARRELL

A number of heavy metal musicians have paid tribute to Dimebag Darrell (DAMAGEPLAN, ex-PANTERA) who was tragically murdered last night. ------------------------------------------------- Ozzy Osbourne: "Dimebag was a dear friend of mine. I'm absolutely beside myself with grief. I can't for the life of me understand why someone would do this. PANTERA toured with me many, many ...

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DON DOKKEN Says GEORGE LYNCH Is His Own Worst Enemy

DOKKEN mainman Don Dokken recently spoke to KNAC.com's Jeff Kirby about his reputation for being "difficult" and ex-DOKKEN guitarist George Lynch, among other topics. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow: KNAC.com: There was a report that DOKKEN was slated to do a show at the Anaheim House of Blues, but that ...

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UNHOLY GHOST To Embark On 'Reigning Florida Tour'

UNHOLY GHOST, the band featuring PESSIMIST founder/guitarist Kelly McLauchlin and former DIABOLIC members Jerry Mortellaro (guitars) and Paul Ouellette (bass/vocals), will be teaming up with COUNCIL OF THE FALLEN and THE CLASSIC STRUGGLE for the "Reigning Florida Tour" beginning on December 31. The tour kicks off New Year's Eve near Daytona, FL and ends the ...

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5 BILLION DEAD: 'It Was Never' Video Posted Online

5 BILLION DEAD, the Orlando, Florida-based metal band featuring EQUINOX singer/bassist Matt Wagner, and DNS singer/artist Strain, have posted a sample video of their track "It Was Never", taken from their debut EP. The video is available for viewing in the "Media" section of the group's official web site. 5 BILLION DEAD, will ...

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ALSTON To Release Debut Album In February

ALSTON, the New York-based band featuring former PRIMER 55 bassist Kobie Jackson (on guitar and vocals), guitarist/vocalist Ron Paige, bassist Alex Cando, and drummer Woody Wurzburg, will release their debut album, "Voodoo For Fun And Profit", on February 1, 2005 via Repossession Records. The album contains eleven songs, including "Recon Seed", "Anna", "Rock Star", "Ordinary", ...

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Former PANTERA Guitar Legend DIMEBAG DARRELL Returns to DEAN

Dean Guitars announced Saturday November 13, 2004 that they have signed DAMAGEPLAN guitarist Dimebag Darrell (ex-PANTERA) to an exclusive endorsement agreement with an extensive line of USA-made and imported model "Dimebag" guitars to be introduced in January 2005. Dimebag Darrell, named by Guitar World magazine as one of the "Top 100 Metal Guitarists of All ...

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PETER CRISS' Ex-Wife's Scrapbooks Sell For Over $10,000

Backstage Auctions has wrapped up its 2004 live auction schedule with the completion of the Lydia Criss auction. The auction, which featured personal and KISS-related items from her 12-year marriage to original KISS drummer Peter Criss as well as items from Lydia's years as a rock photographer, sold 84% of her collection. The biggest-selling items ...

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COLD Frontman Explains Guitarist's Departure

COLD frontman Scooter Ward has responded to fan criticism regarding the departure of guitarist Eddie Rendini (ex-DARWIN'S WAITING ROOM). Writing to the group's official message board, Ward said, "Eddie wasn't the right musician for this band, no matter how fuckin cool he was. For [anyone] to say this isn't gonna be a COLD record is ...

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COLD Part Ways With Guitarist EDDIE RENDINI

COLD have parted ways with guitarist Eddie Rendini (ex-DARWIN'S WAITING ROOM). In a posting on the group's official message board, Rendini explained the circumstances behind his departure from the group: "I have been getting alot of emails and [private messages] concerning the news of me 'leaving' COLD. Although I can't really give an accurate reason, ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Bassist Talks About 'Operation: Mindcrime' Sequel

QUEENSRŸCHE bassist Eddie Jackson recently spoke to RockConfidential.com about the group's current tour and their forthcoming CD, the next chapter to the 1988 ground-breaking concept album, "Operation: Mindcrime", tentatively titled "Operation: Mindcrime II". Several excerpts from the interview follow: RockConfidential.com: How is it you're incorporating a preview of "Operation: Mindcrime II"? Is it ...

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TWISTED SISTER Singer To Visit USS NIMITZ

The New York Post is reporting that TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider will visit the USS Nimitz this Thursday (Nov. 4) in the Pacific to tape crewmembers' requests for VH1 Classic's "All Request Video Hour" and video dedications to their families back home. The requests will air throughout Thanksgiving on VH1 Classic — the same ...

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