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ICED EARTH Bassist Quits To Join MEGADETH

ICED EARTH bassist James MacDonough has officially left the band to join MEGADETH as their touring bassist. MacDonough's statement on the matter (as posted at Iced-Realm.de) is as follows: "A while back I had heard that MEGADETH might need a bassist, so I contacted them via email and much later got a response, ...

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TOMMY LEE Collaborates With LIL JON

Former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee has provided the grit for the "crunk rock" mix of the track "Roll Call" on LIL JON & THE EAST SIDE BOYZ' upcoming album, "Crunk Juice", due November 16 via TVT, according to Billboard.com. "Crunk Juice" is the follow-up to 2002's "Kings of Crunk", which peaked at No. 14 ...

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VELVET REVOLVER's MCKAGAN, WEILAND To Open NYC Nightclub

According to the New York Daily News, Scott Weiland and Duff McKagan of VELVET REVOLVER and Brett Scallions of FUEL have teamed up with Jon Gabel and Mike Diamond, proprietors of the Vela restaurant in New York City, to create a rock-friendly venue open 24 hours a day on weekends. Dubbed Snitch, the nightspot will ...

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Canadian Heavy Metal Legend THOR To Star In 'The Intercessor'

Canadian heavy metal legend THOR (a.k.a. Jon Mikl Thor) is currently starrring starring in the movie "The Intercessor", a sci fi, horror thriller which is filming on location through September in Vancouver, B.C. and London, Ontario. The story is based on a concept of Thor's and will feature some very unique special effects. The film ...

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DEATHSTARS Begin Recording New Album

Sweden's DEATHSTARS have issued the following update on their recent activities: "We have had some really cool festival shows this summer, the Wave Gotik Treffen, the Zillo Festival and last but not least the Stockholm Pride which is undoubtedly the most bizarre show we ever did. Both the Wave Gotik Treffen and the Zillo Festival ...

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ULI JON ROTH: Special Guests Confirmed For 'Rock Meets Renaissance' Concert

Legendary guitarist ULI JON ROTH (ex-SCORPIONS) and his SKY ORCHESTRA will be joined by several very special guests during their performance at the Renaissance castle Schloss Beck in Bottrop-Kirchhellen, Germany on October 9. Performing several pieces with SKY ORCHESTRA will be Doro Pesch, Victor Smolski (RAGE) and Liz Vandall. The program will last for approximately ...

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DOHENY: Rescheduled Dates With ORGY Announced

DOHENY, the California-based band formed by ex-THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison (on guitar) and former PITCHSHIFTER frontman Jon "J.S." Clayden, will be supporting ORGY on a run of California dates outside of Los Angeles. The rescheduled dates are as follows: Oct. 15 - The Vault 350 - Long Beach, CA Oct. 16 - The ...

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Former DEEP PURPLE Keyboardist To Release Solo Album

Former DEEP PURPLE keyboardist Jon Lord will release his new solo album, "Beyond the Notes", on September 20 through Capitol/EMI Records. A 5.1/stereo mix SACD edition featuring guest vocal appearances by Frida (Anni-Frid Lyngstad) from ABBA and Sam Brown is also planned. A few words by Lord regarding the inspiration behind each track on the ...

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CRYPTOPSY: Former Guitarist To Fill In For Canadian Tour

Former CRYPTOPSY guitarist Miguel Roy will be filling in for current CRYPTOPSY axeman Jon Levasseur on the band's Canadian tour beginning on September 7 in Barrie, Ontario. In other news, CRYPTOPSY will kick off a U.S. headlining tour on November 11. The upcoming trek will mark the Canadian death metal band's first tour in the ...

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BIOMECHANICAL Sign With ELITIST RECORDS

U.K. progressive epic thrash metallers BIOMECHANICAL have inked a four-album deal with Elitist Records. BIOMECHANICAL are presently working on their sophomore album at singer Jon K's (also in BALANCE OF POWER) own studio. Work is likely to be completed at the end of 2004 for an early 2005 release. An unmixed track, called "Disintegration", from ...

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RAGE Guitarist Completes Work On New Solo CD

RAGE guitarist Victor Smolski has completed work on his new solo CD, "Majesty & Passion". "It was a real challenge to get a sound after mixing [that] came close to Victor's expectation," reads a posting on Smolski's web site. "Imagine, more then 20 well known international guests were co-operating on 'Majesty & Passion'. With the ...

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ICED EARTH Guitarist Launches Motorcycle Auction

ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer is auctioning off his Harley-Davidson Night Train motorcycle via eBay. The auction, which has a starting bid of $20,000, ends September 11. Says Schaffer: "The bike is sitting in their showroom right now. This is a bike that I customized myself and due to my back problems it's been sitting ...

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SHADOWS FALL, DAMAGEPLAN Comment On Upcoming Tour

SHADOWS FALL are set to embark on a massive co-headlining U.S. tour with DAMAGEPLAN this fall. The trek, scheduled to begin on October 27 and run through December 9, covers major markets and will see both SHADOWS FALL and DAMAGEPLAN swapping the closing spot each night, which will also feature THE HAUNTED in the support ...

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USURPER Complete Work On 'Cryptobeast'

Chicago death/thrash lords USURPER have completed work on their fifth full-length album, "Cryptobeast". Recorded at Chicago's Rax Trax Studios with producer Neil Kernon (JUDAS PRIEST, DEICIDE, CANNIBAL CORPSE), "Cryptobeast" marks the recording debut with the group of new singer Dan "Tyrantor" Lawson and the return of the band's original drummer, Joe "Apocalyptic" Warlord. Commented singer ...

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ULI JON ROTH: No Technical Mishaps At Ventura Show

The following message was posted at the official web site of legendary guitarist Uli Jon Roth: "[Uli Jon Roth] played the Ventura Theater in Ventura, California [Friday night, Aug. 27]. Contrary to the previous evening the show went smoothly and without any technical mishaps. The front-of-house sound was superb and was being matched by the ...

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DISSECTION Name New Single

Reactivated Swedish death metallers DISSECTION, featuring guitarist/vocalist Jon Nödtvedt, have set "Maha Kali" as the title of their upcoming single. "Maha Kali", described by the band as "a hymn to the wrathful black hindu goddess of Mahapralaya, the great dissolution of cosmos, Jai Maha Kali," will initially only be available directly from DISSECTION via their ...

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HEATHEN Guitarist LEE ALTUS Comments On Bassist Switch

HEATHEN guitarist Lee Altus has commented on the recent 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. "We've known Jon for a long time and thrilled to have ...

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EVANESCENCE Video To Be Recreated With Video Game Characters

EVANESCENCE's "Everybody's Fool" video will be recreated with characters from Majesco's forthcoming "BloodRayne 2" video game sequel in the premiere episode of MTV2's new series "Video Mods". Scheduled to air September 18, "Video Mods" highlights some of today's most popular video game characters as they perform videos by artists of all genres, including LIL' JON, ...

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HAVOCHATE: New Album Samples Posted Online

New York-based metal band HAVOCHATE, now featuring former TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian, have posted MP3 samples of three new tracks at their official web site. The songs "Alone", "Cycle of Pain" and "Speak No More" come off the group's upcoming second album, tentatively due in October/November in Europe and January 2005 in the ...

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BERNIE MARSDEN To Launch New Solo Project In The Fall

Former WHITESNAKE and current M3 guitarist Bernie Marsden has posted the following message on his official web site: "This year has been interesting to say the least. The new [Bernie Marsden] solo project is ready for release in the autumn. It features Jimmy Copley on drums, John Gordon on bass and Dino Baptiste on keyboards. ...

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DISSECTION: Stockholm Show Gets Upgraded

Due to overwhelming demand, reactivated Swedish death metallers DISSECTION's much-anticipated comeback show in Stockholm has been moved from Klubben to Lilla Arenan, according to the band's booking agency, Skrikhult. The gig, which is scheduled to take place on October 30, will also include a performance by DEATHSTARS, the Swedish band featuring former DISSECTION drummer Ole ...

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DOHENY To Support ORGY In California

DOHENY, the California-based band formed by ex-THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison (on guitar) and former PITCHSHIFTER frontman Jon "J.S." Clayden, will be supporting ORGY on a run of California dates outside of Los Angeles. The details are as follows: Aug. 24 - The Coach House - San Juan Capistrano, CA Aug. 25 - The ...

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ULI JON ROTH: German Open-Air Concert To Be Filmed For Upcoming DVD

Legendary guitarist ULI JON ROTH (ex-SCORPIONS) and his SKY ORCHESTRA will perform an open-air concert at the Renaissance castle Schloss Beck in Bottrop-Kirchhellen, Germany on October 9. The program will last for approximately three hours (with intermission) and will include a complete rendition of "Metamorphosis Of Vivaldi's IV Seasons" as well as many pieces from ...

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Ex-SLAYER Drummer JON DETTE Quits HAVOCHATE, Launches New Project

Former SLAYER/TESTAMENT drummer Jon Dette has officially left HAVOCHATE after laying down the drum tracks for their upcoming self-titled sophomore effort at Pyramid Sound Recording Studios in Ithaca with producer Alex Perialas (TESTAMENT, ANTHRAX, OVERKILL). He has since teamed up with original PUSHED guitarist Peter Scheithauer in a "completely brutal," as-yet-unnamed new project which is ...

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No ULI JON ROTH On MICHAEL SCHENKER's European Tour

Legendary ex-SCORPIONS guitarist ULI JON ROTH will NOT be sharing the bill with MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP (MSG) on Schenker's upcoming European tour. A previous posting on Schenker's official web site indicating that Roth would be part of the European trek has since been removed. As previously reported, MSG and ULI JON ROTH will be embarking ...

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