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THE JON OLIVA PROJECT To Begin Pre-Production For Debut Album

THE JON OLIVA PROJECT, consisting of SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva and former members of CIRCLE II CIRCLE, will begin pre-production next week for the group's first album, tentatively due in late spring, "just in time for the Euro-festival run and anywhere else we can perform in Europe while we are there," according to drummer Christopher ...

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TIM OWENS 'Pissed Off' By JON SCHAFFER's Drunken Antics

Former JUDAS PRIEST/current ICED EARTH singer Tim Owens has revealed to Revolver magazine that he was worried that joining forces with ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer was a bad idea shortly after the band started a press tour of Europe in October. No sooner had he and Schaffer arrived in Spain than the guitarist hit ...

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USURPER Announce New Singer

Chicago death/thrash lords USURPER have announced the addition of vocalist Danny Lawson to the group's ranks. "Danny was the vocalist for the December 26 USURPER show at the Metro in Chicago, and simply his performance SLAYED!" the band write on their web site. "He was the perfect fit for USURPER and the chemistry on stage ...

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TED NUGENT To Speak At Miami University

Jon Gambrell of The Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that Ted Nugent will talk about his political views for this year's Conservative Week at Miami University. His speech is scheduled for February 19 and will be sponsored by Miami's College Republicans. Matt Nolan, a junior political science and history major and president of College Republicans, says ...

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The Glorious Burden - ICED EARTH

ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer hit the heavy metal jackpot when he managed to convince former JUDAS PRIEST screamer Tim Owens to join the group's ranks following the departure of longtime singer Matt Barlow earlier in the year. Arguably the finest metal vocalist of the last decade, Owens' prowess was well documented on PRIEST's last ...

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TIM OWENS Defends ICED EARTH Guitarist Against Detractors

Ex-JUDAS PRIEST singer Tim Owens recently spoke to Electric Basement about the experience of singing for the veteran British heavy metal band and his decision to join ICED EARTH as the replacement for Matt Barlow. Asked about ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer's reputation as someone who can be extremely difficult to work with, Owens said, ...

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DOHENY Guitarist Presents Award To LED ZEPPELIN

DOHENY guitarist Billy Morrison (CAMP FREDDY, ex-THE CULT) recently presented an award to kings of rock LED ZEPPELIN. Here's his side of it: "Last Thursday (Dec. 11), I was lucky enough to be asked to present LED ZEPPELIN with the Surround Artist Of The Year Award for their current DVD. I threw a suit and ...

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UFO To Release New Album In February

UFO have set a February 16, 2004 European release date through SPV Records for their new album, "You Are Here". The group's first album to feature new guitarist Vinnie Moore was recorded near Hannover, Germany with producer Tommy Newton (HELLOWEEN, CONCEPTION, VICTORY, ELEGY, ARK, TEN) and contains 11 new songs, including "The Spark That Is ...

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Drummer FAUST Leaves DISSECTION

Former EMPEROR drummer Bård "Faust" Eithun has officially parted ways with DISSECTION. According to an official press release, Eithun made the decision after a meeting with DISSECTION guitarist/vocalist Jon Nödtvedt in Stockholm, Sweden. Bård "explained that he has been tense about what impression the whole deal with DISSECTION would do to him in practice and ...

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DOHENY Announce Los Angeles Gig

DOHENY, the California-based band formed by ex-THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison (on guitar) and PITCHSHIFTER frontman Jon "J.S." Clayden, will be performing at the Dragonfly in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 11 at 10:00 p.m. Says Clayden: "It's great to get another show in for DOHENY. The guys have been rehearsing really hard during ...

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SAVATAGE Mastermind To Perform Series Of Solo Gigs

Jon Oliva, founding member and mastermind of SAVATAGE, has recruited the former members of CIRCLE II CIRCLE (Matt Laporte - guitar, Kevin Rothney - bass, Christopher Kinder - drums, and John Zahner - keyboards) to perform a series of concerts showcasing his new solo material as well as classic SAVATAGE songs, some of which have ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE Up For 'Brummie Of The Year' Award

Neil Elkes of Evening Mail is reporting that Ozzy Osbourne is among the celebrities competing for the "Brummie of the Year" award. Creator Jon Bounds said the award was created to honor Birmingham, England-born and -bred icons who epitomize the down-to-earth qualities of the city. He said: "The one thing that the people of Birmingham ...

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DORO: DVD Trailer Available Online

A trailer for DORO's first-ever DVD, "Für Immer", has been posted online at this location. Released on December 1, the two-disc set (view cover here) contains a complete show recorded in October 2002 in Balve, Germany and loads of extra special highlights and bonus material: backstage footage, a 35-minute documentary, bootleg ...

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Former NILE Bassist/Vocalist CHIEF SPIRES: 'I Don't Like KARL SANDERS'

Former NILE bassist/vocalist Chief Spires has spoken out for the first time about his departure from the group and his decision to form SHAITAN MAZAR with fellow ex-NILE member John Ehlers (guitar) Speaking to Poland's Masterful Magazine, Spires explained his reasons for leaving NILE. "Well the official press release was something like 'Spires leaves the ...

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ICED EARTH's JON SCHAFFER: 'We Are Kicking Serious Ass'

ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Season's Greetings! "First of all, please accept my apology for the delay in this posting. These last 3 months have been extremely busy and I've been pretty overwhelmed with the workload. However, everything came to a screeching halt a ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE: 'We Are Stronger Than Ever!'

CIRCLE II CIRCLE have issued the following statement via their official web site: "Due to some recent changes in the CIRCLE II CIRCLE camp we would like to assure everyone of our fans and business partners that Zak Stevens / CIRCLE II CIRCLE will be touring with SAXON and DORO in December for ...

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Former SOULFLY Bassist Officially Joins ABLOOM

Jon "Tumor" Fahnestock (ex-SNOT, AMEN, LO-PRO) has officially turned over the bassist position in ABLOOM to Marcello D. Rapp (ex-SOULFLY). "The decision had to be made recently with the departure of the SOULFLY lineup [from mainman Max Cavalera]," Fahnestock writes on his web site. "ABLOOM needed a bass player to be there for them in ...

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CRYPTOPSY Part Ways With Singer, Seek Replacement

Canadian technical death metallers CRYPTOPSY have officially parted ways with vocalist Martin Lacroix (ex-SPASME). No reason was given was given for Lacroix's departure. The group are currently seeking a replacement frontman while continuing to write material for their fifth studio album, tentatively due in early 2004 through Century Media Records. The as-yet-untitled effort will be ...

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DISSECTION Continue Search For Musicians, Plan Documentary DVD

DISSECTION guitarist/vocalist Jon Nödtvedt and drummer Bård "Faust" Eithun (ex-EMPEROR) have spent the past few weeks looking through the audition videos that have been sent to them from all over the world. In the beginning of next year, real auditions will be held for some of the musicians needed to complete the group's lineup. It ...

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DEATHSTARS Added To PARADISE LOST Tour

Sweden's DEATHSTARS have been added to the following dates on the PARADISE LOST European tour: Nov. 02 - Longhorn – Stuttgart, GER Nov. 03 - Abart – Zurich, SWI Nov. 05 - Vidia – Cesena, ITA Nov. 06 - New Age - Trevisio, ITA Nov. 08 - Espace – Marseille, FRA Nov. 09 - Havana ...

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URIAH HEEP/DEEP PURPLE Supergroup: Album Track Listing Revealed

The new "supergroup" featuring members of URIAH HEEP, DEEP PURPLE and OZZY OSBOURNE's former bass player Bob Daisley have reportedly scrapped THE RAGE as the name for their new project and are currently going by the working title THE MEEK. The band, which consists of Daisley, Lee Kerslake (URIAH HEEP, OZZY OSBOURNE) on drums, Jon ...

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DORO's First-Ever DVD To Be Released In December

DORO's (full name: Doro Pesch) first-ever DVD, entitled "Für Immer", is scheduled for release on December 1. A two-disc set, "Für Immer" (view cover here) contains a complete show recorded in October 2002 in Balve, Germany and loads of extra special highlights and bonus material: backstage footage, a 35-minute documentary, bootleg stuff and ...

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URIAH HEEP/DEEP PURPLE Supergroup To Call Themselves THE RAGE

The new "supergroup" featuring members of URIAH HEEP, DEEP PURPLE and OZZY OSBOURNE's former bass player Bob Daisley has reportedly been christened THE RAGE. The band, which consists of Daisley, Lee Kerslake (URIAH HEEP, OZZY OSBOURNE) on drums, Jon Lord (DEEP PURPLE) and Don Airey (OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW) on keyboards, Steve Morse (DEEP ...

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URIAH HEEP/DEEP PURPLE Supergroup To Release Album In Early 2004

The as-yet-unnamed new "supergroup" featuring members of URIAH HEEP, DEEP PURPLE and OZZY OSBOURNE's former bass player Bob Daisley will release their debut album early next year on Melbourne record producer Michael Gudinski's Liberation label, according to Australia's Sunday Mail. The idea for the band, which consists of Daisley, Lee Kerslake (URIAH HEEP, OZZY OSBOURNE) ...

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SADUS Cancel European Tour, Cite 'Urgent Family Situation'

Long-running San Francisco Bay Area thrashers SADUS have cancelled their previously announced European dates at the end of December. According to SADUS bassist Steve DiGiorgio (who also plays bass in TESTAMENT), "the cancellation is the result of a very extremely fragile and urgent family situation. To be more specific — Jon Allen, our [and TESTAMENT's] ...

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