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Former JUDAS PRIEST Singer TIM OWENS Completing Work On Solo Demo

Former JUDAS PRIEST/current ICED EARTH frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens is in the process of recording his first solo material with a view towards landing a record deal. "My demo is gonna be either three or four songs!" Owens told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "Mixing it at Morrisound [studios in Tampa, Florida] right now with [producer] Jim Morris, then ...

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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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PHANTOM-X Recording With PANTERA/KING DIAMOND Producer

PHANTOM-X, the new project featuring OMEN singer Kevin Goocher along with guitarist Russell D. Contreras (TYR), bassist Glenn Malicki (STRANGERS) and drummer Danny White (ASKA), will enter the studio later this month to begin recording their new CD with producer Sterling Winfield (KING DIAMOND, PANTERA, DAMAGEPLAN). The new album is expected to include guest vocal ...

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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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DOKKEN: Tour Dates Announced

DOKKEN have lined up the following dates during November/December: Nov. 13 - Monterrey, MEX @ Auditorio Coca-Cola * Dec. 03 - Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theatre Dec. 04 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre Dec. 06 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Velvet Room Dec. 07 - Boise, ID @ Big Easy Dec. ...

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Hard Rock Musicians To Perform At Christmas Charity Event

Current and former members of QUIET RIOT, ZEBRA, NIGHT RANGER, DIO, W.A.S.P., YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, ENUFF Z'NUFF, GEEZER and SAVATAGE are among the musicians scheduled to take part in the 8th annual Rock 4 X-MAS Christmas charity event held on December 4 at Wildwood Bowl in Riverhead, NY. The concert will raise money for Nassau, Suffolk ...

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THE HOLLYWOOD ALLSTARZ Schedule Hawaiian Dates

THE HOLLYWOOD ALLSTARZ, 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 Vinny Appice (DIO, ex-BLACK SABBATH) on drums, and Carlos Cavazo (ex-QUIET RIOT) on guitar, have announced the following dates during December: Dec. 3-5 - The Wave - Waikiki, ...

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EVILHEART Confirmed For Mexico's MONTERREY METAL FEST

Mexican black/death metal band EVILHEART have been confirmed for 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. The complete lineup for the festival so far is as follows: Main Stage: TWISTED SISTER DIO DOKKEN QUIET RIOT SHAMAN HATEBREED CAGE ...

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ANTHRAX Guitarist Talks Politics, Touring With DIO

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has posted another installment of his regular online column, dubbed "Alpha Mail". A couple of excerpts follow: On upcoming presidential elections: "There have been three televised debates between Kerry and Bush and Kerry has won all three. And don't just think I'm being partisan; I saw polls on Fox News say ...

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CAGE Confirmed For Mexico's MONTERREY METAL FEST

San Diego, California heavy metal band CAGE have been confirmed for 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. The complete lineup for the festival so far is as follows: TWISTED SISTER DIO DOKKEN QUIET RIOT SHAMAN HATEBREED CAGE ...

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DIO Concert To Be Broadcast On KSJO

DIO's headlining performance at The Grand (at the Regency Center) in San Francisco, CA Friday night (Oct. 29) will be broadcast live on KSJO 92.3 FM (The Bone). Don't miss this special Halloween weekend broadcast Friday night at 9:00 p.m. PST on Billy Steel's "Metal Zone". "[Opening band] ANTHRAX's set might be [broadcast] live as ...

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HATEBREED Confirmed For Mexico's MONTERREY METAL FEST

HATEBREED have been added to the lineup of artists performing at the first-ever Monterrey Metal Fest, set to be held November 13 at the Auditorio Coca Cola in Monterrey, Mexico. Also confirmed to appear at the one-day event are TWISTED SISTER, DIO, DOKKEN, QUIET RIOT and SHAMAN. More confirmations will be announced soon. Tickets for ...

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Former TESTAMENT Guitarist To Tour With TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA

Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick will be performing with TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA (East) at the following dates in November/December: Nov. 11 - Charleston WV @ Municipal Aud Theater Nov. 12 – Louisville, KY @ Palace Theater Nov. 13 - Ft Wayne IN @ Allen County War Memorial Nov. 14 – Akron, OH @ Akron Civic Center ...

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THE RING: Live Video Clips, Photos Posted Online

THE RING, the Swedish band featuring former HUMANIMAL/GREAT KING RAT guitarist Pontus Norgren and ex-JEKYLL & HYDE frontman Jakob Samuel, have uploaded several video clips and pictures from their headlining performance at O-baren in Stockholm on October 6. Check them out at this location. In other news, THE RING have announced their touring ...

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IRON MAIDEN Drummer Off To London For Some Studio Work

MCBRAIN DAMAGE, the Florida-based band featuring IRON MAIDEN drummer Nicko McBrain and ex-BLACK SABBATH/GREAT WHITE bassist Dave "The Beast" Spitz, along with members of DEEPSET and FAILSAFE, have posted the following message on their web site: "Nicko is off to London for a week to do some studio work. He'll be home for a bit, ...

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DIO: New DVD On The Way

Rhino is reportedly working on new DIO DVD featuring all of the group's Warner Bros.-era promo videos as well as an interview with frontman Ronnie James Dio talking about each of the clips on the disc. No further information is available at this time. DIO's latest album, "Master of the Moon", was released in early ...

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PHANTOM-X To Open For DIO In Texas

PHANTOM-X, the new project featuring OMEN singer Kevin Goocher along with guitarist Russell D. Contreras (TYR), bassist Glenn Malicki (STRANGERS) and drummer Danny White (ASKA), have lined up the following dates during October/November: Oct. 21 - Dallas, TX @ Gypsy Ballroom (w/ DIO) Nov. 12 - Dallas, TX @ Indigo (Texas Invasion Tour) Nov. 13 ...

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WWIII Schedule Bakersfield Date

The reformed WWIII, featuring Vinnie Appice (BLACK SABBATH, DIO) on drums, Jimmy Bain (RAINBOW, DIO) on bass, Moni Scaria on guitar and Mandy Lion on vocals, will perform at Vinnie's Bar in Bakersfield, CA, on Saturday, October 30. For information and tickets, call (661)835-7444. Showtime will be 11:30 p.m. In other news, Mandy Lion will ...

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CRESCENT SHIELD: Demo Recordings Available For Download

CRESCENT SHIELD, the new "high-energy power/traditional metal" band featuring the talents of vocalist Michael Grant (ONWARD), guitarist Dan Delucie (DESTINY'S END), drummer Craig Anderson (ENGINE), and bassist Melanie Sisneros (SINERGY, THE IRON MAIDENS, NEW EDEN), have posted three demo tracks at their official web site. The songs "Last Of My Kind", "Await The Champion" and ...

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TNT Singer To Begin Work On Solo Album

TNT singer Tony Harnell has posted the following message on his web site: "Hey everyone. Hope you had a great summer. It's been a crazy couple of years. I thought I would start off with a recap and bring you all up to date. "In 2002 I released what will likely be the last of ...

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