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BLACK SABBATH Drummer Speaks Out On Upcoming Solo Album

BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward has released a lengthy update via his official web site on the status of his upcoming solo album, "Beyond Aston", his Internet-only single, "Straws", his health and the possibility of future live appearances. "My company, Aston Cross Music, Inc., is making 2,000 copies of 'Straws'," writes Ward. "1,000 ...

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MÖTLEY CRÜE's NIKKI SIXX To Host VH1's 'Graveside Groupies'

MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx will host VH1's "Graveside Groupies", a one-hour special that "takes a close look at what happens when musicians break on through to the other side, and how some fans continue to honor their memory," according to the channel's official web site. "We'll join handpicked fans as they embark on pilgrimages ...

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GORGUTS Issue Statement Regarding Drummer's Passing

GORGUTS mainman Luc Lemay has issued an official statement regarding the untimely passing of drummer Steve MacDonald, who hung himself last week after battling depression for the past few years. It is as follows: "It's with great sadness that I write these words for you, Steve, my acolyte, my accomplice, my friend. Your talent hit ...

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PAT BOONE Loved His OSBOURNE Neighbors

According to the Osbournes, Pat Boone is the best neighbor one could ever have. As for Boone, the feeling was mutual, he tells the Associated Press. "I've visited with Ozzy and Sharon, and nights when they had loud music playing, they never heard any complaints from me." He says as a fellow musician, he "expected ...

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DARK ANGEL Launch Official Web Site

The reunited Los Angeles thrashers DARK ANGEL have launched their official web site at www.thebiitch.com. A greeting from guitarist Eric Meyer on the site states: "I want to take a second and give a huge 'THANK YOU' to all of the 'Legions of Darkness' ut there. It was your relentless enthusiasm that has ...

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GUNS N' ROSES: More U.S. Dates Leaked

GUNS N' ROSES have lined up the following dates as part of the American leg of their world tour: Nov. 18 – Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena Dec. 02 – Boston, MA @ FleetCenter Dec. 05 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden Dec. 06 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Union Center Tickets for ...

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JUDAS PRIEST To Take Lengthy Break, Pursue Outside Projects

JUDAS PRIEST have announced that they will be taking a lengthy break following the completion of the group's recent world tour to rest before beginning work on the band's next album, which is not expected to surface before late 2004. "I want to make at least two more albums with JUDAS PRIEST," guitarist Glenn Tipton ...

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KORN Announce Additional Dates For POP SUX! Tour

KORN have announced additional dates for their upcoming Pop Sux! Tour, also featuring DISTURBED and TRUST COMPANY. The full itinerary is as follows: Oct. 08 - Manchester, NH - Verizon Wireless Arena Oct. 09 - East Rutherford, NJ - Continental Airlines Arena Oct. 11 - Fairfax, VA - Patriot Center Oct. 12 - Mansfield, MA ...

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Requiem Of The Apocalypse - RUNEMAGICK

I'd pretty much given up on this Nicklas Rudolfsson before I started believing in him. Known largely for his SACRAMENTUM and DEATHWITCH outfits, with SACRAMENTUM being no better than average and DEATHWITCH being excruciatingly boring, checking out any other Rudolfsson-led band didn't seem worth the effort. Well, RUNEMAGICK is a better-late-than-never surprise. Their fourth release ...

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Mondo Medicale - IMPALED

We need bands like IMPALED so badly in the death metal scene, it hurts. It hurts, in fact, possibly as much as one of the ludicrous intestine-removing scenarios the Californians dream up in their lyrics — tittering behind their hands as they do so, no doubt. And therein lies the rub. Where this band are ...

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ANTHRAX Film Scene For HELEN MIRREN Movie

ANTHRAX filmed a scene last week for an upcoming Helen Mirren movie, Calendar Girls, due sometime next year. Commented guitarist Scott Ian: "It's a true story about these British women that posed for a sexy calendar to raise money for charity. It became huge and they came to LA to be on Jay Leno. Our ...

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SEVENDUST Announce Tour With CREED

SEVENDUST will be kicking off a month-long touring stint with CREED on September 20th in Selma, Texas. Confirmed dates are as follows: Sep. 20 - Selma, TX @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Sep. 22 - North Little Rock, AR @ Alltel Arena Sep. 24 - Dallas, TX @ Smirnoff Music Centre Sep. 25 - The Woodlands, ...

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Boston backdrop missing in VH1's portrayal of AEROSMITH

Despite the fact that AEROSMITH is a Boston-based band, references to the city are largely absent from VH1's much-hyped Behind the Music segment on the group, which premiered in a two-hour special this past Sunday. The producers of the show "interviewed almost no one in Boston (no one even at WBCN-FM 104.1, which supported the ...

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ENDO's ZELICK Pays Tribute To Fallen DROWNING POOL Frontman

Zelick, bassist for Miami, Florida's ENDO, has posted the following message in memory of late DROWNING POOL frontman Dave Williams, who was found dead last Wednesday: "Our deepest condolences go out to our brothers in DROWNING POOL and all of their friends and families. We have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with DP ...

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DECEMBER, CEPHALIC CARNAGE Lay Canada To Waste

Reno, Nevada's aggro-tech metal-core machine DECEMBER and avant-death grinders CEPHALIC CARNAGE are in the middle of a 13-date Canadian tour prior to the start of the two groups' North American trek with thrash legends KREATOR and DESTRUCTION. The remaining dates on the DECEMBER/CEPHALIC CARNAGE current jaunt are as follows: Aug. 16 - Cafe Chaos - ...

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RUSH Add New Leg Of North American Tour Dates

Veteran Canadian prog-rockers RUSH have tacked on a new leg of North American tour dates in support of their latest Anthem/Atlantic Records album, Vapor Trails. Vapor Trails debuted at No. 6 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 254,000 copies in the US, according to SoundScan. RUSH's new tour dates are as follows: Oct. 05 ...

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SAMMY HAGAR: DAVE LEE ROTH Is An Asshole!

The following item appeared in today's edition of the New York Post: Sammy Hagar, finished with fellow VAN HALEN frontman David Lee Roth, is dissing Diamond Dave's oversize ego, deteriorating singing voice and vanishing hairline. Hagar and Roth had been co-headlining this summer's laboriously titled "Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth Tour 2002: Song for ...

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Former OZZY OSBOURNE Drummer Comments On New BILLY IDOL Keyboardist, Unreleased BALL Album

Former OZZY OSBOURNE and current BILLY IDOL drummer Brian Tichy recently commented on the addition of YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ex-DREAM THEATER keyboardist Derek Sherinian to IDOL's summer touring line-up. Said Tichy: "There's a new keyboardist in the mix... It's none other than...the keyboardist's keyboardist... the hardest working keyboardist in the music business... the keyboardist with the full ...

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REVEREND Dropped From JUDAS PRIEST Show In Texas

REVEREND, featuring former METAL CHURCH/current WAYNE frontman David Wayne, and BYFIST guitarists Davey Lee and Notch Vara, have been dropped from the JUDAS PRIEST/BUDGIE show at the Sunken Garden Theater in San Antonio Texas on August 2nd. The band are said to be "disappointed" with the decision by the event's organizers to remove them from ...

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DOG EAT DOG Re-Record Classic Song At German Studio

DOG EAT DOG spent a few days in a studio near Cologne, Germany in June recording two new versions of the old classic song "Let It Snow"—one a rap/rock version, the other a punk rock version. "I don't know what will eventually happen to these well recorded demos, but maybe someday you will hear them," ...

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BOB DAISLEY: Recent OZZY Reissues Are Insult To RANDY RHOADS' Memory

Former OZZY OSBOURNE bassist Bob Daisley is continuing his fight in the court of public opinion over the fact that OZZY's early solo albums were recently re-issued with re-recorded bass and drum tracks courtesy of current OSBOURNE bassist Robert Trujillo and drummer Mike Bordin. Speaking to Chart Attack, Daisley acknowledged being responsible for all of ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE: "I'm Flavor Of The Month"

OZZY OSBOURNE has no problems with people laughing at him while watching The Osbournes, the reality sitcom about Osbourne and his colorful family life, and he is completely aware of the fact that his popularity is likely to wane as the show loses its popularity in the months to come, the singer told Rolling Stone ...

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ONWARD Replace REVEREND On ABRASIVE ROCK FEST Bill

Century Media recording artists ONWARD have replaced REVEREND on the bill of Abrasive Rock Fest, which is scheduled to take place on August 3rd in Olympia, Washington. The complete list of artists set to appear at the event is as follows: GRUNTRUCK FORCED ENTRY HIRAX ONWARD BRICK BATH THE SABIANS THE BRAINDEAD BONESCREW CHIEF CHARLIE ...

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