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KISS Guitarist Remembers His First Gig With The Group

KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer, who will continue to portray Ace Frehley's "Spaceman" character during the band's upcoming tour with AEROSMITH, recently spoke to Billboard magazine about his first "proper" gig with the group, which took place in February with the 60-piece Melbourne Symphony Orchestra — a sold-out show played to 48,000, broadcast worldwide via pay-per-view ...

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SUMMER BREEZE 2003: Complete Lineup Announced

The complete lineup has been announced for this year's Summer Breeze 2003 festival, scheduled to take place Aug. 21-23, 2003 in Abtsgmünd, Germany. It is as follows: IN FLAMES IN EXTREMO J.B.O. CHILDREN OF BODOM SUBWAY TO SALLY KROKUS WITHIN TEMPTATION RAGE PRIMAL FEAR NAPALM DEATH AMORPHIS AMON AMARTH FINNTROLL THE KOVENANT FARMER BOYS PYOGENESIS ...

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SEX PISTOLS Vow To Play Show In Iraq

British punk band the SEX PISTOLS want to bring their particular brand of anarchy to Iraq, vowing to play a live concert in Baghdad with the message that democracy has its pitfalls. In an interview posted on MTV.com, PISTOLS' front man John Lydon, who was known as Johnny Rotten during the punk heyday, said the ...

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SEPULTURA's GREEN Explains ROADRUNNER Departure

Australia's Beat magazine spoke with Derrick Green of SEPULTURA about their new album, "Roorback", the group's first since leaving Roadrunner Records to move to SPV/Steamhammer. "The contract with Roadrunner was pretty much up," Green said. "We had an option to do one more album, and we decided that we didn't want to stay there any ...

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GOTHAM ROAD To Sell New Demo At Upcoming Shows

GOTHAM ROAD, the new band featuring frontman Michale Graves (MISFITS, GRAVES), guitarist Loki (ANGELSIN, GRAVES guitar tech), bassist JV Bastard (MISTER MONSTER), and drummer Paul Lifeless (A LIFELESS ALLIANCE, MISTER MONSTER), are in the process of mixing a six-song demo at Demolition Studios with engineer Harry Jack and expect to have it mastered and pressed ...

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KELLY OSBOURNE Lands Part In 'Live Freaky! Die Freaky!'

Kelly Osbourne is the latest cast addition to the forthcoming animated/puppetry film "Live Freaky! Die Freaky!", according to the film's official web site (www.livefreakydiefreaky.com). The Hellcat Pictures production was written and directed by independent filmmaker John Roecker and produced by RANCID/TRANSPLANTS guitarist/vocalist Tim Armstrong. Described as "an epic motion picture of puppet proportions," the film ...

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SPEEDEALER To Tour West Coast, Canada In August

The reformed SPEEDEALER, now featuring bassist Casey Orr (GWAR, RIGOR MORTIS, X-COPS, THE HELLIONS, THE BURDEN BROTHERS), will launch a tour of the West coast and Western Canada beginning August 13. Support at all dates will come from BAD WIZARD and BOULDER. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon. SPEEDEALER have just completed work ...

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IGGY POP To Release 'Skull Ring' In September

IGGY POP has finalized the track listing for his new solo album, "Skull Ring", due September 30 through Virgin Records. The follow-up to Pop's 2001 LP, "Beat 'Em Up", features collaborations with fellow ex-STOOGES members Ron and Scott Asheton on four tracks ("Little Electric Chair", "Skull Rings", "Loser" and "Dead Rock Star"), SUM 41 (on ...

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BURDEN OF GRIEF Name New Album

German death/thrash metal act BURDEN OF GRIEF have set "Fields Of Salvation" as the title for their third full-length album, tentatively due later in the year through Massacre Records. The follow-up to 2001's "On Darker Trails" will contain nine tracks and will be mixed at Jailhouse studios in Denmark with producer Tommy Hansen (HELLOWEEN, PRETTY ...

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SPEEDEALER Name New Album

The reformed SPEEDEALER, now featuring bassist Casey Orr (GWAR, RIGOR MORTIS, X-COPS, THE HELLIONS, THE BURDEN BROTHERS), have set "Bleed" as the title for their fifth studio album, tentatively due in September through Dead Teenager Records. The follow-up to last year's "Second Sight" was produced by Jeff Pinkus (BUTTHOLE SURFERS). In other news, SPEEDEALER will ...

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RAGING SPEEDHORN Singer Tells Court Of Brutal Attack

RAGING SPEEDHORN singer John Loughlin testified in a U.K. court that he tried to defend a young fan as she was attacked by thugs in a Cambridge car park, according to Cambridge News Online. Loughlin said he and victim Laura Elder, 19, were set upon outside the Junction in Clifton Road where his band had ...

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FREEDOM CALL Still On For Germany's EARTHSHAKER FESTIVAL

Despite previous reports to the contrary, FREEDOM CALL WILL in fact be performing at this year's Earthshaker Festival, a two-day event set to take place on July 25-26 in Hirschaid, near Bamberg, Germany. The complete running order for the festival will be as follows: 02:20 p.m. – 03:05 p.m. END OF GREEN 03:25 p.m. – ...

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SEX PISTOLS: North American Tour Dates Announced

Punk rock legends SEX PISTOLS will embark on a two-week tour of North America in late August/early September. The band's original line-up — John Lydon (a.k.a. Johnny Rotten, vocals), Steve Jones (guitar), Paul Cook (drums) and Glen Matlock (bass) — will visit a mix of amphitheaters, clubs and concert halls, and will conclude the tour ...

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GOATWHORE Explain Show Cancellations

New Orleans-based GOATWHORE, the band featuring vocalist L. Ben Falgoust II (SOILENT GREEN) and guitarist Sammy Duet (ACID BATH, CROWBAR), have issued the following statement via their official web site: "We would like to explain a few show cancellations from our recent tour with IMMOLATION. We were having van troubles on the West Coast and ...

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A PERFECT CIRCLE: New Single Named

A PERFECT CIRCLE have reportedly set "The Outsider" as the first single from their forthcoming sophomore album, tentatively due on August 19. In related news, A PERFECT CIRCLE bassist Jeordie White (a.k.a. Twiggy Ramirez) is slated to lend his voice to the forthcoming animated/puppetry (a la "The Nightmare Before Christmas") film "Live Freaky! Die Freaky!", ...

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Former GUNS N' ROSES Drummer To Appear On MR. BIG Tribute CD

Former GUNS N' ROSES and current VELVET REVOLVER drummer Matt Sorum is one of the featured musicians on the upcoming MR. BIG tribute project, "Influences And Connections", tentatively due in Japan later in the year through Pony Canyon Records. The album, the initial pressing of which will come in a special package including a bonus ...

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KISS/AEROSMITH Tour To Be Extended Into Next Year?

The upcoming KISS/AEROSMITH co-headlining tour, currently scheduled to run between August 2 and October 18, could very well last into the middle of next year, according to KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley. "Should the AEROSMITH/KISS tour go as smoothly as we're all hoping, this could go on indefinitely. I know [AEROSMITH lead guitarist] Joe [Perry] has ...

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Late SAVATAGE Guitarist To Be Honored With Memorial Concert

SAVATAGE fans are cordially invited to join the band's mastermind Jon Oliva, along with some very special guests (to be announced), on Friday, October 17, 2003 at the Green Parrot Pub in Largo, Florida to remember and celebrate the life and contributions of Jon's brother, late SAVATAGE guitarist Christopher Michael Oliva, at a 10th Anniversary ...

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16 Announce U.S. Tour Dates

Los Angeles-based 16 have lined up the following U.S. dates during July/August: w/ SOFA KING KILLER Jul. 04 - Seattle, WA @ Vera Project Jul. 05 - Portland, OR @ Ash Street Saloon Jul. 06 - Arcata, CA @ E & O Jul. 07 - Eugene, OR @ Samurai Duck Jul. 08 - San Francisco, ...

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ROCK NEVER STOPS 2003: Complete Itinerary Released

The complete itinerary has been released for the forthcoming Rock Never Stops 2003 tour, featuring WHITESNAKE, WARRANT, KIP WINGER and SLAUGHTER. It is as follows: Jul. 11 - Manchester, NH @ Verizon Wireless Arena Jul. 12 - Hartford, CT @ CTNow.com Meadows Music Jul. 13 - Trenton, NJ @ Sovereign Bank Arena Jul. 15 - ...

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SKID ROW: New Album Delayed

SKID ROW have been forced to delay the release of their new album, "Thickskin", to August 5. "Seems that this delay is thanks to distributor ADA wanting to properly get the disc in stores," reads a posting on the unofficial SKID ROW web site SkidRow.net. "The guys aren't too happy about it because ...

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DYING FETUS, MISERY INDEX, SKINLESS: More Dates Announced

More dates have been announced for the forthcoming U.S. tour featuring DYING FETUS, SKINLESS, DIVINE EMPIRE and MISERY INDEX. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Jul. 19 – Latham, NY @ Saratoga Winners Jul. 20 – Farmingdale, NY @ Downtown Jul. 21 – Randolph, NJ @ Obsessions Jul. 22 - Wilkes Barre, PA @ ...

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