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ULI JON ROTH To Tour North America With MICHAEL SCHENKER

Legendary guitarist Uli Jon Roth (ex-SCORPIONS) has confirmed in a posting at his official web site that he is in talks to embark on a month-long co-headlining North American tour with MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP beginning in late August in San Francisco. Additional dates with GEORGE LYNCH are also being planned. So far, only one date ...

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BACKYARD BABIES To Play One-Off U.S. Date In August

Sweden's BACKYARD BABIES will play a one-off U.S. date on August 11 at the Troubadour in Hollywood, California. Support will come from DOHENY, the new band featuring ex-THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison (on guitar) and former PITCHSHIFTER frontman Jon "J.S." Clayden. BACKYARD BABIES' latest full-length album, "Stockholm Syndrome", was issued in Scandinavia in November ...

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DOHENY: New Demo Track Gets Radio Airplay

A final mix of the latest DOHENY track "California" was played on Indie 103.1 FM earlier in the week. The track, recorded by producer Scott Humphrey (ROB ZOMBIE, POWERMAN 5000, TOMMY LEE) last week is the third DOHENY track to get air time on daytime radio. Commented DOHENY guitarist Billy Morrison (ex-THE CULT bassist): "The ...

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UNEARTHED: Former ICED EARTH Members Speak Out

UNEARTHED, the new band formed by former ICED EARTH members Gene Adam (vocals), Dave Abell (guitar), and Mark Prator (drums), along with Bill Owen (guitar) of the pre-ICED EARTH band PURGATORY and NASTY SAVAGE/ex-AGENT STEEL bassist Richard Bateman, recently did an interview with the Chilean "heavy & power metal webzine" Powermetal.cl. The following ...

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HEATHEN Announce New Bassist

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers HEATHEN have announced the addition of bassist Jon Torres to the group's ranks. Torres is no stranger to the Bay Area metal scene, having participated in such bands as THUNDERHEAD, WARNING SF, ULYSSES SIREN, LAAZ ROCKIT and ANGEL WITCH. HEATHEN, who are rumored to have parted ways with previous ...

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DON DOKKEN: GEORGE LYNCH Wants To Rejoin DOKKEN

Don Dokken recently spoke to Denmark's Antenna web site (formerly Metal Reference) about the new DOKKEN CD, "Hell To Pay", and the lineup changes that have plagued the group during the recent years. Asked about the "tension" between him and former DOKKEN guitarist George Lynch, Dokken said, "There's not much tension between me and George ...

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KORN To Cover PINK FLOYD, NIN On Greatest Hits Album

KORN's upcoming greatest hits collection will include two new cover tunes, according to Launch Radio Networks. The group's versions of PINK FLOYD's "Another Brick In The Wall" and NINE INCH NAILS' "Head Like A Hole" will be featured on the album, which is due out this fall. By coincidence, California goth-punk act A.F.I. has also ...

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STRATOVARIUS Singer KOTIPELTO To Appear At PROGPOWER USA V

STRATOVARIUS frontman Timo Kotipelto will be a special guest at ProgPower USA V, set to be held on September 16 in Atlanta, GA. Kotipelto, whose second solo album, "Coldness", was released in early 2004 by Century Media Records, will be signing autographs, hosting a meet-and-greet, and will also be attending the ProgPower pre-party on September ...

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KORN Perform In London: Photos Available

KORN performed in concert at the Hammersmith Apollo in London on Saturday (June 19). Check out pictures from Globe Photos. As previously reported, KORN will fulfill their seven-album deal with Epic Records by releasing a greatest-hits collection in the fall. The album may include the band's forthcoming collaboration with rapper LIL JON, which ...

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ULI JON ROTH, MICHAEL SCHENKER To Tour Together?

According to a posting at the web site of the West Springfield, Virginia concert venue Jaxx, legendary guitarist Uli Jon Roth (ex-SCORPIONS) and the MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP will be teaming up for the "Über Guitar Gods Tour" later this summer. The duo, who will apparently each play a full set and then jam ...

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STAIND Studio Update: 'We're Moving Forward Nicely'

STAIND guitarist Mike Mushok has posted the following message on the group's web site: "Hey there, me again. I just wanted to check in and let everyone know that things are going really well in the studio. Jon's dong a great job (as usual) doing drum tracks. He got 7 songs done last week and ...

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DOHENY Recording With ROB ZOMBIE Producer

DOHENY, the California-based band formed by ex-THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison (on guitar) and former PITCHSHIFTER frontman Jon "J.S." Clayden, are in the process of recording a new demo track with producer Scott Humphrey (ROB ZOMBIE, POWERMAN 5000, TOMMY LEE) at an undisclosed location in the Hollywood Hills. Commented Clayden: "I came up with ...

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DEATHSTARS To Support DISSECTION In Stockholm

Sweden's DEATHSTARS have been booked as the opening act for the DISSECTION comeback show on October 30 at Klubben in Stockholm. As previously reported, DEATHSTARS' debut album, "Synthetic Generation" — originally issued in Sweden in March 2002 via the Universal affiliate LED Recordings — was released through Nuclear Blast last November. The Swedish band, in ...

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VOLBEAT Set Working Title For Full-Length Debut

Danish metallers VOLBEAT have set "Rebel Monster" as the working title of their debut album, tentatively due in October through New Aeon Media, a subsidiary of Holland's Karmageddon Media. The band will enter Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark on June 17 with producer Jacob Hansen (RAUNCHY, INVOCATOR) to begin recording the CD, which is expected ...

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JON OLIVA's 'TAGE MAHAL To Release Three-Record Series

SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva and his 'TAGE MAHAL solo project have announced the beginning of what will now be a three-record series released over the next few years. "Metal lovers all over the globe can expect the first release of Volume I in September/October of this year followed by a systematic and timely release of ...

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HAVOCHATE To Record New York Show For Possible Live CD/DVD

New York-based metal band HAVOCHATE, now featuring drummer Jon Dette (ex-SLAYER, TESTAMENT) and bassist Greg Christian (ex-TESTAMENT), will be playing at The Haunt in Ithaca, New York this Friday, May 28. The group, who recently entered Pyramid Sound Recording Studios in Ithaca with producer Alex Perialas (TESTAMENT, ANTHRAX, OVERKILL) to begin recording their second album, ...

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JON OLIVA And TAGE MAHAL Sign With SPV RECORDS

SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva has signed a deal with SPV Records to distribute the debut release from TAGE MAHAL. Oliva's first solo release is now complete and will be released worldwide in September/October 2004. The album will feature more than 60 minutes of Jon's solo material recorded by Greg Marchak at Audio Lab Studios and ...

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Former PUSHED Singer Launches PERSQUAREINCH

Former PUSHED singer Travis Neal and has formed a new band with Dan Trujillo (ex-18 BONEZ) on guitar, Shane Monaghan (ex-18 BONEZ) on bass, and Jared Clayton on drums. Dubbed PERSQUAREINCH, the new group "is what I've been starving for for a few years now," said Neal. "There is no boundaries in the writing style, ...

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ANIMUS: New Demo Song Available For Download

Chicago thrash/hardcore band ANIMUS has posted a new demo track, "No One Cares", at their official web site. "No One Cares" is the band's first recording with new bassist Jon Sharwarko and is among the songs set to appear on the group's upcoming EP, due to be recorded in July with producer John ...

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ULI JON ROTH Postpones Touring Activities Until Late Summer

Legendary guitarist Uli Jon Roth (ex-SCORPIONS) has decided to postpone all touring activities until the end of the summer in order to be able to fully concentrate on the production of the "Requiem For An Angel" project, which he has been working on for quite some time now. The string players of the Sky Orchestra ...

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ICED EARTH: Japanese Tour Postponed

ICED EARTH have been forced to postpone their previously announced Japanese tour due to the recent departure of drummer Richard Christy. "Though we tried everything in our power to keep this from happening we have no other alternative," ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer writes on the group's web site. The affected dates are as follows: ...

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