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MÖTLEY CRÜE: MCFARLANE TOYS To Release Individual Figures

According to a posting at McFarlane.com, the MÖTLEY CRÜE deluxe boxed set McFarlane Toys released in November of 2004 was extremely popular with toy and CRÜE fans alike. So popular, in fact, it became hard to find pretty quickly. Now McFarlane Toys has decided to release each of the band members — Vince Neil, Nikki ...

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LED ZEPPELIN Singer Gets His GRAMMY

United Press International is reporting that Grammy Awards organizers decided it was better late than never for former LED ZEPPELIN frontman Robert Plant. Plant received his Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Thursday (March 17) prior to his keynote interview at the annual South By Southwest music conference in Austin, Texas. Plant was absent Feb. 12, when ...

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RUSH Drumline Style

According to a posting on the RUSH fan site Power Windows, The Placer Highschool Drumline, from Auburn California, will be performing a medley of RUSH at this Friday's (March 18) "Winter Drumline and Guard Spectacular". The piece, entitled "Red Star", opens with "YYZ", then goes into the intro of "The Spirit of Radio" ...

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AKERCOCKE To Play First Gig Since Guitarist's Departure

The U.K.'s premier (and best dressed!) death metallers AKERCOCKE are set to play an exclusive one-off show at Headbangers Ballroom in Hamburg, Germany on Thursday, March 17. The gig will mark the group's first live performance since guitarist Paul Scanlan left the band (he has since been replaced by ex-BERZERKER guitarist Matt Wilcock). Also appearing ...

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Original ANTHRAX Singer Announces New Band Lineup, Album Title

Original ANTHRAX vocalist Neil Turbin has joined forces with the progressive power metal twin guitar attack of Kurt James (DR. MASTERMIND, ex-STEELER, DRIVER) and Beau Simpson (ex-FAIL FOR FUN). The thunderous rhythm section is powered by the double bass drumming fury of Mikey Neil (CAGE) and menacing bassist Mike Giordano (CAGE). The band is set ...

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DAN SWANÖ Begins Mixing New NIGHTINGALE Album

Multi-talented Swedish producer/musician Dan Swanö has commenced mixing NIGHTINGALE's "Nightfall Overture", containing re-recorded songs from the group's first three releases. The following message was posted by Swanö today on his official forum: "I am about to begin the mixdown of the 'Nightfall Overture' album today. As usual, I haven't been 'pro' enough during the tracking, ...

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CORONER Reunion In The Works?

The legendary technical metal band CORONER from Zurich, Switzerland have been asked to take part in a metal festival to take place in Chicago in late 2005. Guitarist Tommy Vetterli (a.k.a. Tommy T. Baron, more recently of KREATOR) was contacted and offered a headlining slot at the festival, which is reportedly being organized by producer ...

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MIDNIGHT CIRCUS To Release New CD Via PERRIS RECORDS

Hard rockers MIDNIGHT CIRCUS, whose sound is being described as a mixture of VINCE NEIL, POISON and DOKKEN, will release their new album, "Money Shot", on March 22 via Perris Records. Originally established in 1992, the band’s current line-up came into existence in 2001. Founding member and vocalist Rob Howl has fronted some very impressive ...

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FORCE OF EVIL's New Album Inspired By Classic Works Of Horror

Classic works of horror, both film and fiction, are the primary inspiration behind the new FORCE OF EVIL album "Black Empire", scheduled for release on March 29, via Escapi Music. Virtually all the songs are directly based on works of horror. "Black Empire" is FORCE OF EVIL's second album. Denmark-based FORCE OF EVIL was formed ...

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Former DYING FETUS, MISERY INDEX Members Join Forces In New Band

Former DYING FETUS singer Vince Matthews has teamed up with ex-MISERY INDEX members Matt Byers (drums) and Bruce Greig (also ex-DYING FETUS) in a brand new, as-yet-unnamed project. The group, whose sound is being described as "melodic, brutal death metal" and unlike that of either DYING FETUS or MISERY INDEX, are scheduled to record their ...

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MÖTLEY CRÜE Overseeing 'The Dirt' Script Changes

Launch Radio Networks reports: The members of MÖTLEY CRÜE aren't just playing and partying on their recently launched "Red, White, and Crüe 2005...Better Live Than Dead" tour. The quartet is also overseeing plans for a film adaptation of their explicit 2002 biography "The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band", which singer Vince ...

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MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP Confirmed For Mexico's 2005 MONTERREY METAL FEST

The MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP (MSG), featuring German guitar legend Michael Schenker (ex-SCORPIONS/UFO), have been confirmed for the 2005 Monterrey Metal Fest, set to be held on Saturday, May 28 at the Auditorio Coca Cola in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The festival lineup is shaping up as follows: Main Stage: MOTÖRHEAD (Headliner) DANZIG (Co-Headliner) MSG WARCRY ...

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FORCE OF EVIL Set European Release Date For 'Black Empire'

FORCE OF EVIL, the new Danish band featuring guitarist Michael Denner (ex-MERCYFUL FATE), guitarist Hank Shermann (MERCYFUL FATE), bassist Hal Patino (KING DIAMOND), drummer Bjarne Holm (MERCYFUL FATE), and vocalist Martin Steene (ex-IRONFIRE), have set a March 21 European release date (March 29 in the U.S.) through Escapi for their sophomore album, "Black Empire". "Black ...

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MÖTLEY CRÜE Are Cleaning Up Their Act

The New York Post's "Page Six" reports: MÖTLEY CRÜE's dishy tell-all, "The Dirt", established them as one of the most debauched rock bands of all time — but you wouldn't know it from the boring backstage scene at their concert in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., the other night. The kick-off show of the glam-rock gods' "Red, ...

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BLOODSTOCK FESTIVALS 2005: Headliners Announced

The organizers of the U.K.'s Bloodstock festival have announced that Bloodstock 2005 will comprise two separate festivals. The brand new outdoor show Bloodstock Open Air (B-O-A) will take place on June 24-25 at Catton Hall, in the Midlands, with the annual Bloodstock 2005 U.K. Metalfest taking place indoors at the Assembly Rooms in Derby on ...

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