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SOILWORK, SAMAEL Confirmed For Belgium's GRASPOP METAL MEETING

Sweden's SOILWORK and Switzerland's SAMAEL have been confirmed for the Graspop Metal Meeting festival, set to take place June 24-26 in Dessel, Belgium. The billing for the 10th-anniversary edition of the festival is shaping up as follows: ACCEPT AMON AMARTH AXEL RUDI PELL BEHEMOTH BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE DIO DREAM THEATER ENSLAVED GRAVE DIGGER IN ...

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MEGADETH Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine announced at Tuesday night's (Feb. 15) concert in Stockholm that the band will be playing at this year's Sweden Rock festival — presumably as the third headliner along with MÖTLEY CRÜE and ACCEPT. The 2005 edition of the Sweden Rock festival will be held June 9-11 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The billing ...

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More NAMM Photos Posted Online

Yahoo! Music (formerly Launch) has uploaded a number of exclusive photos taken at this year's NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) convention in Anaheim, California. Included on the site are pictures of Vinnie Paul (PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN), Zakk Wylde (BLACK LABEL SOCIETY), Jerry Cantrell (ALICE IN CHAINS), Yngwie Malmsteen, Ronnie James Dio, as well as members ...

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STATUS QUO, LANA LANE, WE Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

STATUS QUO, LANA LANE and WE have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 9-11 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of artists currently scheduled to perform at the festival is as follows: A.C.T ACCEPT BEHEMOTH BLACK LABEL SOCIETY BLACKFOOT CANDLEMASS CRUCIFIED BARBARA CRYSTAL EYES DIO ...

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VICIOUS RUMORS Guitarist To Guest On 107.7 THE BONE Tonight

VICIOUS RUMORS guitarist Geoff Thorpe will be the featured guest on Billy Steel's "Metal Zone", airing tonight (Feb. 4) between 9:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. midnight PST on 107.7 The Bone in San Francisco. Thorpe is expected to discuss the return of drummer Larry Howe, the group's new DVD, upcoming album, and touring plans. Listen ...

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SYSTEM OF A DOWN Confirmed For Belgium's GRASPOP METAL MEETING

SYSTEM OF A DOWN have been confirmed for the Graspop Metal Meeting festival, set to take place June 24-26 in Dessel, Belgium. The billing for the 10th-anniversary edition of the festival is shaping up as follows: ACCEPT AMON AMARTH AXEL RUDI PELL BEHEMOTH BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE DIO DREAM THEATER ENSLAVED EXCITER GRAVE DIGGER IN ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Drummer Heading To U.K. For Tour Rehearsals

According to a posting on RACER X's official web site, drummer Scott Travis is heading to the U.K. to begin rehearsals for JUDAS PRIEST's world tour in support of their upcoming "Angel of Retribution" CD. The band will have about two weeks to get their chops down before hitting the road. JUDAS PRIEST will be ...

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THUNDERSTONE: Tour Dates Announced

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have lined up the following dates during the coming months: Mar. 25 - Tampere, FIN @ Pakkahuone/Tulliklubi w/ HAMMERFALL, LORDI, FIREWIND: Apr. 21 - Pratteln, SWI @ Z 7 Apr. 22 - Filderstadt, GER @ Filharmonie Apr. 23 - Lichtenfels, GER @ Stadthalle Apr. 24 - Oberhausen, GER @ Turbinenhalle ...

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BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, BEHEMOTH Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, BEHEMOTH and SAVOY BROWN have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 9-11 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of artists currently scheduled to perform at the festival is as follows: A.C.T ACCEPT BEHEMOTH BLACKFOOT BLACK LABEL SOCIETY CANDLEMASS CRYSTAL EYES DIO DREAM ...

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THUNDERSTONE: New Album Details Revealed

Finnish melodic power metallers THUNDERSTONE have set "Tools of Destruction" as the title of their third full-length album, tentatively due in Europe on April 18 via Nuclear Blast Records. Release dates for the USA and Japan will be announced soon. "Tools of Destruction" was mixed at Timo Tolkki's (STRATOVARIUS) Goldenworks studio with producer/guitarist Nino Laurenne. ...

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TWISTED SISTER: Tour Dates Announced

TWISTED SISTER have lined up the following dates during the coming months: Feb. 05 - Orlando, FL @ M4DR Tsunami Benefit, Feb. 26 - San Juan, PR @ Tito Puente Amphitheater (w/ DIO) Apr. 09 - Las Vegas, NV @ Silverton Casino, Jun. 25 - GER @ Bang Your Head Festival, Germany Jun. 26 - ...

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DREAM THEATER Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

DREAM THEATER have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 9-11 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of artists currently scheduled to perform at the festival is as follows: A.C.T ACCEPT BLACKFOOT CANDLEMASS CRYSTAL EYES DIO DREAM THEATER FORCE OF EVIL HAMMERFALL HELIX HELLFUELED KANSAS MAGNUM ...

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DIO: 'Stand Up & Shout' Video Anthology Due In June

According to Ronnie James Dio's official web site, DIO will be supporting TWISTED SISTER on Saturday, February 26 at the Tito Puente Amphitheater in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In other news, look for "Stand Up & Shout", an anthology of all the DIO videos, to be released in the United States in June 2005. As ...

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JUDAS PRIEST To Embark On Japanese Tour In Late April/Early May

JUDAS PRIEST will be embarking on a Japanese tour in late April/early May, immediately following the group's European trek. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon. PRIEST have yet to announce their U.S. tour plans but it is expected that they will be scheduling a headlining run in the summer. Among the rumored support ...

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MOTÖRHEAD Confirmed For Mexico's MONTERREY METAL FEST VOL. II

MOTÖRHEAD are the first band confirmed for the Monterrey Metal Fest Vol. II to be held on Saturday May 28 at the Auditorio Coca Cola in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. The first edition of the festival was held last year on November 13, 2004 and featured TWISTED SISTER (headliner), DIO, QUIET RIOT, DOKKEN, HATEBREED, SHAMAN ...

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Drummer TOMMY ALDRIDGE Says OZZY Made Fun Of RONNIE JAMES DIO

In an interview with the Dio Message Board, legendary drummer Tommy Aldridge (WHITESNAKE, THIN LIZZY) addressed the confusion as to why his picture appeared on the OZZY OSBOURNE "Diary of a Madman" album sleeve when he was not the drummer on the recording (Lee Kerslake was). "I think it's pretty obvious that it's not my ...

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