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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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DREAM THEATER Begin Recording New Album

Progressive heavy rock giants DREAM THEATER are scheduled to enter a New York City studio on Monday (Nov. 1) to begin recording the follow-up to 2003's "Train of Thought". A spring/summer 2005 release through Elektra Records is expected. DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy played a set with classic East Coast thrashers OVERKILL on Friday (Oct. ...

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DREAM THEATER Drummer To Perform With OVERKILL

DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy will be playing a set with classic East Coast thrashers OVERKILL this Friday, October 29 for Eddie Trunk's annual Halloween party. The event will take place at The Hard Rock Café, located at 57th St between Broadway and 7th Ave. in New York City. Doors open at 9:30. OVERKILL will ...

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IRON MAIDEN: Eddie Rips Up The World

According to a posting at the IRON MAIDEN fan site MaidenFans.com, IRON MAIDEN's upcoming tour will likely be called "Eddie Rips Up The World Tour", based on the various posters appearing for the already-announced dates. The trek will apparently comprise between 20 and 25 shows. It is unknown if this number represents the ...

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MÖTLEY CRÜE: 'Early Years' Auction To Begin This Weekend

Handwritten lyrics (by Nikki Sixx) for every song on MÖTLEY CRÜE's first album, "Too Fast for Love", an original concert poster from their first every show at The Starwood in Los Angeles (April, 1981), the master VHS 1981 promo video, a number of 7" promo singles (signed by all original band members). These rare, authentic, ...

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COLD Announce New Album Title

COLD have set "And a Sad Song Lives On" as the title of their new album, tentatively due early next year via the group's new label, Atlantic. The band will commence pre-production on the CD on October 14 with producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette (CHEVELLE, IGGY POP). Back in April, COLD parted ways with guitarist Kelly ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE: Tour Kick-Off Reviewed

Bill White of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reviewed the opening-night performance of QUEENSRŸCHE's fall 2004/winter 2005 tour, which took place on Tuesday (Oct. 5) at the Moore Theatre in Seattle. "In 1988, 'Operation: Mindcrime' was a wake-up call to a narcoleptic society on the edge of a totalitarian abyss," he wrote. "QUEENSRŸCHE's concept album ...

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TOMMY LEE Goes To Nebraska

Former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee has reportedly been accepted by a Lincoln, NE university, where he will shortly begin filming his reality series centered on his enrollment in college. Lee is set to arrive in Lincoln in two weeks and shooting will last for five weeks, according to a local media report (presumably with ...

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IRON MAIDEN: 'Somewhere In Time' HeadKnocker Due Next Year

According to a posting on NECA's (National Entertainment Collectibles Association) official web site, the 18-inch IRON MAIDEN "Somewhere in Time" Eddie HeadKnocker is set to be released sometime next year. The HeadKnocker is based on the "Somewhere In Time" artwork and will feature a light-up cyborg eye along with motion-activated movement that will ...

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VAN HALEN To Record New Studio Album?

According to a posting at MelodicRock.com, VAN HALEN drummer Alex Van Halen told radio station Q95 (Indianapolis) earlier this week that tentative plans exist for the group to record a new studio album in the near future. Current VAN HALEN rumors suggest a slew of tour dates outside the USA for 2005, including ...

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JOHNNY RAMONE Dies At 55

Johnny Ramone, guitarist and co-founder of the seminal punk band THE RAMONES, has died at the age of 55. Ramone, who had been fighting a five-year battle with prostate cancer, died in his sleep Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 15) at his Los Angeles home surrounded by friends and family, said the band's longtime artistic director Arturo ...

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Former Producer Slams TWISTED SISTER Over 'Stay Hungry' Re-Recording

Veteran hard rock producer Tom Werman has shot back at TWISTED SISTER over their comments regarding his collaboration with the group on the double-platinum "Stay Hungry" album. In a recent press release announcing the release of the re-recorded and expanded version of the classic 1984 album (under the new title "Still Hungry"), guitarist Jay Jay ...

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