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It's Official: JEFF PILSON Rejoins DIO

Ronnie James Dio has confirmed in a radio interview that bassist Jeff Pilson (ex-DOKKEN) will be rejoining DIO in the studio next month for the recording of the group's new album, tentatively due in late June/early July through Spitfire Records. "It's a real wonderful, comfortable situation for Jeff to come in," Ronnie said during a ...

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JEFF PILSON To Rejoin DIO?

KNAC.com is reporting that bassist Jeff Pilson (ex-DOKKEN) will be reuniting with former bandmates in DIO to record the group's as-yet-untitled new album. Pilson replaces Jimmy Bain, who recently exited the band. Frontman Ronnie James Dio, guitarist Craig Goldy, drummer Simon Wright and Pilson will be entering the studio in April to record ...

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WAR & PEACE: Sound Samples Available Online

Former DOKKEN/DIO bassist Jeff Pilson has posted several sound clips from the forthcoming WAR & PEACE album, "The Walls Have Eyes", due on April 19 through Z Records. As previously reported, the track listing will include an exclusive European bonus track — a version of DOKKEN's "Walk Away" performed with a string quartet. "The Walls ...

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TESTAMENT To Offer Live 'Bootleg' Videos

San Francisco Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT are offering live "bootleg" videos for sale in the "Merch" section of the group's official web site. "These are in very limited quantities and will feature the band in different eras," according to a post on the site. "There will be just one pressing of each tape, so get ...

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CAMPBELL, BAIN, MENZA Among Special Guests Performing At L.A. Gig

Phil Campbell (MOTÖRHEAD), Jimmy Bain (ex-DIO, RAINBOW), and Nick Menza (ex-MEGADETH) are among the special guests scheduled to perform on Friday, March 19 at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. The occasion is the birthday party of DARK32 rhythm guitarist D*stortion, who has requested an all-star tribute to the life of Mutly Pillbox, D*stortion's ...

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It's Official: JIMMY BAIN Exits DIO

DIO bassist Jimmy Bain has officially left the band, according to KNAC.com (originally reported here in January). No replacement has been named at the present time. Ronnie James Dio commented, "Jimmy has chosen to follow his own career path, and we wish him well." Ronnie, guitarist Craig Goldy and drummer Simon ...

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DIO To Enter Studio In April

DIO are scheduled to enter the studio in April to record the follow-up to 2002's "Killing The Dragon", tentatively due in the summer. Speaking to HeavyMetalRadio.net, Ronnie James Dio had the following to say about the upcoming CD: "This is not a concept piece, although as usual, it has that kind of texture in the ...

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Virgin Megastore To Host Rock & Roll Cookbook Signing

Hollywood's Virgin Megastore will host a celebrity book signing for the rock & roll cookbook, "Food That Rocks", on Thursday, March 18, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. In addition to the authors, Cindy Coverdale (wife of WHITESNAKE frontman David Coverdale) and Margie Lapanja, many of the book's contributors will be there signing copies of the book ...

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DIO: Update On DVD, Studio Album, Tour And More

The following update was posted at DIO's official web site: DIO will release the live "Sacred Heart" performance on DVD March 23 on Rhino Records. The disc will feature bonus interviews with Ronnie James Dio (vocals) and Craig Goldy (guitar). Ronnie and company are hard at work on the new record. Looks like the band ...

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STEEL PROPHET Name New CD

STEEL PROPHET have set "Beware" as the title of their new album, tentatively due in Europe this summer through Massacre Records. U.S., Asian and South American release dates are still pending. "Beware" is scheduled to be recorded during March and will mark the group's first release to feature new vocalist Nadir D'Priest (ex-LONDON, D'PRIEST) and ...

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Former DOKKEN, QUIET RIOT, BONHAM Members Team Up In THE HOLLYWOOD ALLSTARS

THE HOLLYWOOD ALLSTARS, the new band featuring Jeff Pilson (ex-DOKKEN, DIO) on bass, Chas West (ex-BONHAM, LYNCH MOB) on vocals, Alan Krigger (ex-GIUFFRIA, HOUSE OF LORDS) and Frankie Banali (W.A.S.P., ex-QUIET RIOT) on drums, and Carlos Cavazo (ex-QUIET RIOT) on guitar, will be performing at Paladino's (6101 Reseda Blvd.) in Tarzana, California on Friday, February ...

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GRIFFIN Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Norwegian metallers GRIFFIN have been confirmed for this year's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 5-8, 2004 in Wacken, Germany. The list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: AFTER FOREVER AMON AMARTH ANTHRAX ARCH ENEMY BAL-SAGOTH BRAINSTORM BÖHSE ONKELZ CANNIBAL CORPSE CATHEDRAL CHILDREN OF BODOM DEATH ...

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EVEMASTER To Re-Record Debut Album

Finland's EVEMASTER will enter the studio in late February to re-record their cult debut album, "Lacrimae Mundi" for a late summer release through Rising Realm Records. The reissue will include enhanced artwork and a bonus track, a cover of DIO's "We Rock". Drums on "Lacrimae Mundi" will be once again be handled by Jaska Raatikainen ...

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WAR & PEACE Sign With Z RECORDS

Jeff Pilson's (DOKKEN, MSG, DIO, WILD HORSES) WAR & PEACE have signed a deal with Z Records. The band's new album, "The Walls Have Eyes", is scheduled for release in April. "The Walls Have Eyes", which features a guest appearance by guitarist Alex Masi, contains the following track listing: 01. Calling 02. Reflections 03. No ...

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DAVE GROHL Responds To ZAKK WYLDE's Threat

Former NIRVANA drummer/current FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl has responded to Zakk Wylde's infamous 2001 quote in which the OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist threatened to "kick [Grohl's] ass" because he wrote this cheese-dick song for OZZ that Zakk had to play on during the recording sessions for OSBOURNE's "Down To Earth" CD. In the November 2001 ...

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Former ANTHRAX Singer Announces New Solo Band

Former ANTHRAX singer Neil Turbin has announced the lineup for his new solo band, which is currently rehearsing for upcoming West Coast live dates. Joining Turbin in the new group are Izzy Diaz on drums, Steve Ornest on lead guitar, Dario Seixas on bass guitar, and Vernon Anderson on lead guitar. Check out a photo ...

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RONNIE JAMES DIO: No Chance Of Reunion With RITCHIE BLACKMORE

Ronnie James Dio has shot down the possibility of a RAINBOW reunion with him at the microphone. Back in April 2000 the singer confirmed to Classic Rock magazine that the idea had been discussed, with a British record company rep flying to guitarist Ritchie Blackmore's Connecticut base to discuss making what would have been the ...

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Report: KORN On The 'Kok

Kitchana Lersakvanitchakul of Thailand's The Nation reports that the five members of KORN are expected to blow the minds of Thai heavy rock disciples who have waited for a long time to see their heroes play live in Thailand. And they are counting: in just seven days – next Saturday (Feb. 7) – the much ...

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KOTIPELTO Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

KOTIPELTO, the Finnish band led by former STRATOVARIUS singer Timo Kotipelto, has been confirmed for this year's Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 5-8, 2004 in Wacken, Germany. The list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: AFTER FOREVER AMON AMARTH ANTHRAX BAL-SAGOTH BRAINSTORM BÖHSE ONKELZ CANNIBAL ...

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