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JACK OSBOURNE To Make Feature Acting Debut

MTV reality star Jack Osbourne will make his feature acting debut in the Olsen twins' comedy vehicle "New York Minute", which is currently shooting in Toronto, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The son of former BLACK SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne will play the young manager of a band featuring Mary-Kate Olsen's character, a 17-year-old punk-rock ...

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GENE SIMMONS Explains KISS' Longevity

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons recently told The Toronto Sun that the secret to the band's longevity lies in defining themselves as a flashy band that plays non-flashy music, rather than the other way around. "When you think about it, we make no sense, because we're completely against fashion," he said. "Look at us — we ...

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EIDOLON To Release 'Apostles Of Defiance' In October

Canada's EIDOLON have completed their latest slab of molten metal, "Apostles Of Defiance", due on October 6 through Metal Blade Records. Says drummer Shawn Drover, "This is our ultimate heavy metal statement we have made as a band, period!!!! We have really busted out balls to make sure this record is the best we could ...

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BLAZED: Demo Tracks Posted Online

BLAZED, the Long Island, New York-based band fronted by Jesse Blaze, son of '80s rocker Dee Snider of TWISTED SISTER fame and MTV VJ (click here for more info), have posted five songs from their recently completed demo at their official web site. The songs available for download are as follows: 01.

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Former WARRIOR SOUL Singer Announces New York City Gig

Former WARRIOR SOUL frontman Kory Clarke will be performing at Meow Mix in New York City on Sunday, August 3. Kory will be playing the drums and singing selections from his debut solo album, "Opium Hotel", as well as never-before-heard tracks from his next record, "Front Man". Also set to appear on the bill are ...

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MY DYING BRIDE To Release New Album In October

MY DYING BRIDE have set up camp in the Academy Studios to record the follow-up to the 2001 release, "The Dreadful Hours". As yet, the album has no title, but as the band recently celebrated their 13th anniversary, the working title is "The Thirteenth Chapter". According to objective observers who have eavesdropped around the studio, ...

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TWISTED SISTER, TOMMY LEE Confirmed For Hungary's POWERFEST

TWISTED SISTER and former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer TOMMY LEE have been added to the list of artists set to perform at Powerfest, a weekend-long festival that blends the best in music, motor sports, and entertainment. The three-day event will make its debut on August 1-3 in Budapest, Hungary. Each morning will blast off with a ...

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VOIVOD Singer: 'JASON NEWSTED Simply Rules!'

VOIVOD vocalist Denis Belanger (a.k.a. Snake) has posted the following update to the "Diary" section of the band's official web site: "Hello everyone. Here I am at Ozzfest. It's incredible to think that I'm actually part of this great circus for BAD people. I love it. Here's a few words to resume the last months. ...

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Former BLUE CHEER Member ETHAN JAMES Dead At 56

Ethan James, a member of the '60s heavy metal band BLUE CHEER who shifted in the 1980s to a behind-the-scenes role as producer and engineer on dozens of recordings, has died, the Los Angeles Times has reported. He was 56 years old. James died June 19 in San Francisco after an eight-month battle with liver ...

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OZZFEST 2003: Devore Photos Posted Online

CRADLE OF FILTH, VOIVOD, TWISTED METHOD, SWORN ENEMY, SHADOWS FALL, THE REVOLUTION SMILE, MOTORGRATER, MEMENTO, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, HOTWIRE, GRADE 8, DISTURBED and CHEVELLE were among the bands that performed live at Ozzfest 2003 at the Glen Helen Pavilion in Devore, California over the weekend. Check out pictures from LFI. ...

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CRYPTIC WINTERMOON Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Germany's CRYPTIC WINTERMOON are the final act to be confirmed for this year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany. The complete list of artists currently scheduled to appear the event is as follows: ANCIENT RITES ANNIHILATOR ASSASSIN CARPATHIAN FOREST CIRCLE II CIRCLE CRYPTIC WINTERMOON ...

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TWISTED SISTER's DEE SNIDER: Guilty As Charged

Dan Lorenzo of Steppin' Out spoke to TWISTED SISTER's Dee Snider about the change in the group's musical direction following the multi-platinum success of their 1984 "Stay Hungry" CD. "After 'Stay Hungry' I remember saying 'Shit. I've got a million dollar house, five cars, two boats, fame, fortune, everybody loves me. I want to keep ...

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HADES Drummer Update: More Chemotherapy Needed

HADES guitarist Dan Lorenzo has issued the following update on the condition of bandmate Ron Lipnicki (drums), who is currently battling testicular cancer: "Ron had this HUGE operation 2 weeks ago to remove the cancerous tumor. They were concerned they might have to remove one of his kidneys. It was supposed to be a four-hour ...

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OZZFEST 2003: San Antonio Set Times Announced

The official set times have been released for the inaugural stop of Ozzfest 2003 in San Antonio, Texas. They are as follows: Saturday, June 28 – San Antonio, TX @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Second Stage: 09:30 a.m. GRADE 8 09:55 a.m. DEPSWA 10:20 a.m. REVOLUTION SMILE 10:45 a.m. MOTOGRATER 11:10 a.m. MEMENTO 11:35 a.m. HOTWIRE ...

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GENE SIMMONS: 'My First Motivation Is To Make Lots Of Money'

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons recently spoke to New York Post's Cindy Adams about his new book, "Sex Money Kiss". "The book's about sex," he said. "My design, and I suspect all God's designs, start with some engine. A car's engine either has horsepower or not. The design of this particular beast, man, is to expel ...

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MORBID ANGEL's STEVE TUCKER: New Album Will Be 'Amazing'

MORBID ANGEL bassist/vocalist Steve Tucker recently posted the following update to the Earache Records web site: "Tucker here. I am done tracking all of the bass and vocals for the new CD, and I can truly say that I have done some things I never did before vocally on this recording. I am extremely pleased ...

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ROTTING CHRIST, ONKEL TOM Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR

ROTTING CHRIST and ONKEL TOM are the latest band to have been officially confirmed for this year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany. The complete list of artists currently scheduled to appear the event is as follows: ANCIENT RITES ANNIHILATOR ASSASSIN CARPATHIAN FOREST CIRCLE ...

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DARK FUNERAL Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR 2003

Swedish black metallers DARK FUNERAL are the latest band to have been officially confirmed for this year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany. DARK FUNERAL will perform a one-hour set on the festival's "Blackstage" on Saturday, Aug. 2 beginning at 7:15 p.m. The complete ...

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KING DIAMOND Begin Mixing 'The Puppet Master'

King Diamond and Andy LaRocque are in the process of mixing the new KING DIAMOND album, "The Puppet Master", for a fall release through Metal Blade Records. "After the mixing is done we will have someone out to videotape me telling the story of 'The Puppet Master' for bonus material on the second disc," King ...

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HAMMERFALL: Special Hometown Gig Planned

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message to the band's official web site, www.hammerfall.net: "Back from South America since two weeks, and it was definitely the best experience so far for us down there! More people, more excitement more metal. It was tremendous! "More recently, I just got back from Sweden ...

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ANCIENT Singer DEADLY KRISTIN Leaves BYAXIS

ANCIENT vocalist Deadly Kristin has parted ways with Seattle-based progressive death metallers BYAXIS due to "creative & musical differences," according to the band's official web site. "She's still considered a dear friend & sister. We wish her the best of luck with all of her endeavors." "Taking [Kristin's] place is none other than Justin Hoffman, ...

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