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METALLICA, SEBASTIAN BACH, ZAKK WYLDE To Appear On LYNYRD SKYNYRD Tribute CD

METALLICA, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY, SEBASTIAN BACH, KID ROCK, SALIVA, Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, OZZY OSBOURNE) and Dee Snider (TWISTED SISTER) are among the many artists that have reportedly contributed LYNYRD SKYNYRD tunes to an upcoming tribute album, "Heavy Helping", due later in the year via Sanctuary Records. C.O.C.'s contribution reportedly comes in the shape ...

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DIO To Open For TWISTED SISTER In Puerto Rico

DIO have been confirmed to open for TWISTED SISTER at Coliseo De Puerto Rico Jose M. Agrelot in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico on February 18. In other news, DIO's latest album, "Master of the Moon", is scheduled to receive a Japanese release on January 21 via Victor. Although several Internet reports indicate that the Japanese ...

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MORGANA LEFAY Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

Swedish "heavy doom progressive" band MORGANA LEFAY have been confirmed to appear at the 2005 installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 24-25 at Messegelände in Balingen, Germany. Bang Your Head!!! 2005 will be marks the festival's 10th anniversary and the theme of next year's event will be "The Best ...

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NASUM Vocalist MIESZKO TALARCZYK Missing In Thailand

NASUM singer/guitarist Mieszko Talarczyk is among the 800 Swedes still missing in Thailand following the massive undersea earthquake measuring 8.7 on the Richter scale and resulting tsunamis along South Asia's coasts. The latest estimates are that over 23,000 have perished in the region. The remaining members of NASUM have posted the following message on their ...

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POISON, SCORPIONS, QUEENSRŸCHE Featured On Compilation Of Biggest Hard Rock Ballads Of All Time

"VH1 Classic Metal Mania: Stripped", an acoustic compilation of the biggest hard rock ballad hits of all time, is set for release February 8, 2005 on Sidewinder Music. Gathered from imports, live recordings, rare performances, hard-to-find albums, and six NEW recordings, "Stripped" is an extensive collection of acoustic tracks from hard rock's multi-platinum metal gods. ...

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SEBASTIAN BACH: 'Bach To Europe' Tour Diary

Daniel Stanton of Anger Management/Coallier Entertainment has submitted the following tour diary documenting Sebastian Bach's (ex-SKID ROW) most recent "Bach To Europe" European trek: "With many tours under my belt, nothing will come close to the psychotic world of working with the hyper madman named Sebastian Bach. No matter how you slice it, this 'Basmanian ...

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BLASTMASTERS No Longer Collaborating With UNHOLY GHOST Guitarist

BLASTMASTERS, the Florida-based death metal band led by former DIABOLIC/UNHOLY GHOST drummer Lee "Aantar" Coates, will no longer be collaborating with guitarist Jerry Mortellaro due to his commitment to UNHOLY GHOST, according to a posting on the BLASTMASTERS web site. Mortellaro is said to have helped write three new BLASTMASTERS songs ("We the Treacharous", "Altricial ...

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VIRGIN STEELE Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

VIRGIN STEELE have been confirmed to appear at the 2005 installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 24-25 at Messegelände in Balingen, Germany. Bang Your Head!!! 2005 will be marks the festival's 10th anniversary and the theme of next year's event will be "The Best of Ten Years". To celebrate ...

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KITTIE Drummer: DIMEBAG Taught Me Everything I Know

KITTIE drummer Mercedes Lander has issued the following statement regarding the death of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell: "I dont know how to begin or end this. "Someone that meant the world to me was shot to death last night... This is still not real to me... I'm still waiting to wake up from this nightmare... ...

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UPDATED: Tributes From Metal Musicians Pour In For DIMEBAG DARRELL

A number of heavy metal musicians have paid tribute to Dimebag Darrell (DAMAGEPLAN, ex-PANTERA) who was tragically murdered last night. ------------------------------------------------- Ozzy Osbourne: "Dimebag was a dear friend of mine. I'm absolutely beside myself with grief. I can't for the life of me understand why someone would do this. PANTERA toured with me many, many ...

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BALLISTIC Frontman To Form 'Punk' Project

BALLISTIC mainman Tom Gattis (ex-DEUCE, TENSION, WARDOG) has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "The positive: [2004] in retrospect was everything I had hoped for. Once again Europe did not fail to deliver the metal fans they are so famous for, and the fantastic people that I have come to love ...

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Former MÖTLEY CRÜE Singer Completes Work On Autobiography

Former MÖTLEY CRÜE singer John Corabi's authorized autobiography is finished, and is reportedly being bid over by several publishers. Expect a summer 2005 release date. In April 2005, co-author Jake Brown will begin work with HANOI ROCKS members Michael Monroe and Andy McCoy on the band's authorized autobiography. In other rock biography news, the Brown-authored ...

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CANDLEMASS Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

Reunited Swedish doomsters CANDLEMASS have been confirmed to appear at the 2005 installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 24-25 at Messegelände in Balingen, Germany. Bang Your Head!!! 2005 will be marks the festival's 10th anniversary and the theme of next year's event will be "The Best of Ten Years". ...

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NOTRE DAME: Photos From Final Gig Posted Online

Several photos of NOTRE DAME's final gig at the Halloween Metal Fest at Musikens Hus in Gothenburg, Sweden on November 6, 2004 have been posted online at Artrock.se. Also available are pictures of the other groups that performed at the show: DESTINY, HAWTHORN and SIN SISTER. As previously reported, NOTRE DAME's performance, which ...

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OZZY's Sister Says He Deserved To Be Robbed

Ozzy Osbourne's elder sister has told a British newspaper that he deserved to be robbed as payback for the similar crimes he committed in his youth. Gillian Hemming, 59, says Ozzy's teenage past came back to haunt him when his Buckinghamshire mansion was hit by a $3.6 million (£2 million) raid last week (Nov. 22). ...

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TWISTED TOWER DIRE Hard At Work On New Album

Virginia's "classic metal" act TWISTED TOWER DIRE are currently at Killabrew Studios in Annandale, VA with producer Matt Crooks (DIVISION) recording their fourth album, "Netherworlds", for Germany's Remedy Records. The track listing for the CD includes: 01. Starshine 02. Netherworlds 03. Fortress 04. Casualty of Cruel Times 05. Tales of Submission 06. The Killing Kind ...

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BAD WAY Enter Studio To Record Debut Album

Spanish hard rockers BAD WAY have entered Phantom 3000 studios in Barcelona to begin recording their debut album, tentatively titled "From Zero to Hero". The band — winner of several contests in Spain and support act for such bands as TEXAS TERRI and TWISTED SISTER — have prepared 11 songs for the upcoming CD ranging ...

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KISS ARMY NORWAY To Release 'Historic' KISS Tribute Album Next Year

KISS Army Norway and Voices Music Entertainment will release a tribute album next year featuring chart-topping and award-winning bands from Norway performing their favourite KISS songs. Ken Kelly, who did the legendary paintings for the "Destroyer" and "Love Gun" albums, has painted his third KISS cover for this tribute CD. KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick salutes ...

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CAGE To Open For SCORPIONS in California

San Diego, California-based heavy metal band CAGE have been selected to support the SCORPIONS and TESLA at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles, California on Friday November 26 and Saturday, November 27, 2004. CAGE will once again play the outdoors Sirius Satellite Radio Showcase Stage from 6:45pm-7:30pm for a 45-minute set of pure American heavy ...

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TWISTED SISTER Guitar Giveaway Courtesy Of SPITFIRE RECORDS

TWISTED SISTER return to the metal world with a re-recording of their classic "Stay Hungry" album, plus several never before heard bonus tracks. This release is titled "Still Hungry", and it is in stores now. The multi-platinum "Stay Hungry" was a Top 30 album in both 1984 and 1985. With the exception of the track ...

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QUIET RIOT: Photos From MONTERREY METAL FEST Posted Online

QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali has posted several photos from the group's appearance at the Monterrey Metal Fest on November 13, 2004 at the Coca Cola Auditorium in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Also appearing on the bill were TWISTED SISTER, DIO, DOKKEN, SHAMAN and HATEBREED, among other acts. Check out the pictures at

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Mexico's MONTERREY METAL FEST To Be Filmed For DVD Release

The first-ever Monterrey Metal Fest, set to be held on Saturday, November 13, 2004 at the Coca Cola Auditorium in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, will be filmed with 10 stationary, mobile and crane-mounted cameras and will be released in the future in DVD format worldwide, according to a press release from CAGE, one of the ...

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