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DEATH ANGEL Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL have been officially confirmed for the 2004 edition of Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 5-8, 2004 in Wacken, Germany. According to an official newsletter from the festival's organizers, next year's event will be a celebration of the festival's 15th anniversary with special performances ...

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CURLY FESTER: Another Show Announced

CURLY FESTER, the Los Angeles-based "heavy blues" band featuring former DIO/WWIII guitarist Tracy G, will be performing at Platinum Live in Studio City, California on February 14. CURLY FESTER's lineup is completed by Micheal Adams (vocals), Jeremy Masana (bass), and Donnie Rodriguez (drums). Samples of the group's music (live practice session recordings) can be downloaded ...

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AFTER FOREVER, THUNDERSTONE Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Holland's AFTER FOREVER and Finland's THUNDERSTONE have been officially confirmed for the 2004 edition of Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 5-8, 2004 in Wacken, Germany. According to an official newsletter from the festival's organizers, next year's event will be a celebration of the festival's 15th anniversary with special performances by "new ...

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DIO: Spanish Tour Dates Announced

DIO have lined up the following Spanish tour dates in July 2004: Jul. 23 – Madrid, SPA @ Macumba Jul. 24 - Pamplona, SPA @ Gares Jul. 25 - Barcelona, SPA @ Razzmatazz Jul. 27 - Valencia, SPA @ Republicca Jul. 28 - Zaragoza, SPA @ Oasis Jul. 31 - Vigo, SPA @ TBA As ...

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DEICIDE Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Florida death metallers DEICIDE have been officially confirmed for the 2004 edition of Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 5-8, 2004 in Wacken, Germany. According to an official newsletter from the festival's organizers, next year's event will be a celebration of the festival's 15th anniversary with special performances by "new hits, old ...

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DIO To Enter Studio In January

The songwriting process for the new DIO record is coming along nicely, and if all goes as planned, the band should be ready to start recording sometime in January 2004, according to a post on the group's web site. In other news, DIO have been officially confirmed for the 2004 edition of Wacken Open Air ...

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BLACK SABBATH: Box Set To Surface In March

Rhino Records have set a March 2, 2004 release date for the much-anticipated eight-disc BLACK SABBATH box set, "Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978)". Retailing for $99.98, "Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978)" will feature remastered versions of the band's albums with Ozzy Osbourne behind the mike, as well as a ...

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Former DIO Guitarist Gets The Blues

CURLY FESTER, the Los Angeles-based "heavy blues" band featuring former DIO/WWIII guitarist Tracy G, have lined up the following dates during November/December: Nov. 24 – Anaheim, CA @ The Doll Hut Dec. 13 – Covina, CA @ Rude Dog Dec. 18 - Ed Cota's Yearly Jam (private party) CURLY FESTER is rounded out by Micheal ...

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JENS JOHANSSON Says GINGER BAKER Is A Bigger Asshole Than YNGWIE

In an interview with Electricbasement.com, STRATOVARIUS keyboardist and journeyman musician Jens Johansson (MASTERMIND, ex-DIO, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) explained his thoughts on working with classic rock legend Ginger Baker (CREAM). "He's a very peculiar person," Jens said. "At the time, he was 55 years old and extremely grumpy and hostile. He was complaining heavily about everything. He ...

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METAL CHURCH: In Recording Mode

Long-running Seattle metallers METAL CHURCH have entered the studio to begin recording the follow-up to 1999's "Masterpeace", tentatively due in early 2004. The group's current lineup includes original members Kurdt Vanderhoof (guitar) and Kirk Arrington (drums) alongside three new members, including vocalist Ronny Munroe, who had most recently spent time in the Seattle metal band ...

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BLACK SABBATH Box Set Delayed Until 2004

The much-anticipated eight-disc BLACK SABBATH box set, "Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978)", has had its release date pushed back to early 2004, according to a Rhino Records spokesperson. No reason was given for the delay, but an official press release on the matter is expected by the end of the week. Retailing ...

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RONNIE JAMES DIO Loses Thumb While Gardening!

According to KNAC.com, about two weeks ago while gardening at his home, legendary metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio had a pretty bad accident. As something fell over in the garden, he apparently tried to catch it, and in doing so, his thumb was severed off. Doctors were able to re-attach it, and Dio is reportedly ...

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DIO: 'Sacred Heart' Concert Video To Receive DVD Release In February

DIO's "Sacred Heart" concert video from 1986 is scheduled to be reissued on DVD in February 2004 through Warner Strategic Marketing. Featured on the disc will be bonus footage including interviews with current band members Ronnie James Dio, Craig Goldy, Simon Wright and Jimmy Bain. The band will reportedly discuss the "Sacred Heart" tour, the ...

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BLACK SABBATH: Box Set Details Revealed

The much-anticipated eight-disc BLACK SABBATH box set, "Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978)", is due on November 4, according to Rolling Stone. The collection will feature remastered versions of the band's albums with Ozzy Osbourne behind the mike, as well as a live DVD with previously unseen footage. Retailing for $99.98, the set ...

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BLACK SABBATH's 'Never Say Die!': The SABBATH Book That Leaves No Stone Unturned

Rockdetector (www.rockdetector.com), the world's biggest rock & metal database (having just clocked up over 21,000 artists...) has just published the 400-page BLACK SABBATH biography "Never Say Die!" Written by editor Garry Sharpe-Young, the man behind the acclaimed OZZY OSBOURNE band biography of last year, "Never Say Die!" documents by way of exclusive interviews ...

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Former ANTHRAX Singer To Guest On AMSTERDAM Album

Former ANTHRAX frontman Neil Turbin was recently at Jet City studios in Los Angeles laying down backing vocal tracks for the new AMSTERDAM album, "Suffering". Neil sings on the track "Mistaken", featuring Tracy G. (ex-DIO, WWIII) on lead guitar, Paulie Mervosh on drums and Ronnie Borchert on guitar and vocals. Turbin issued his solo debut, ...

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Review: IRON MAIDEN Rules Over Cricket

Mike Senft of The Arizona Republic reviewed the reviewed the IRON MAIDEN/DIO/MOTÖRHEAD tour when it came to the Cricket Pavilion in Phoenix Friday night (August 22). "The crowd, which had swelled to over 10,000 by the time the band took the stage, roared as Vincent Price's intonation of 'Woe to you of earth and sea,' ...

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Review: 5,000 Cram Haskins Center For IRON MAIDEN

Victor R. Martinez of El Paso Times reports that "it was a great night to be a metal head Monday (August 18) at the Don Haskins Center, where MOTÖRHEAD, DIO and the metal powerhouse IRON MAIDEN gave more than 5,000 fans vintage performances complete with guitar and drum solos and a lot of loud music. ...

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Woman Raped Outside IRON MAIDEN Concert In Chicago

Cathleen Falsani of the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Tinley Park police are searching for a man they say raped a woman outside the Tweeter Center on the evening of Aug. 10. The woman told police the man assaulted her between 10 and 10:30 p.m. in the Tweeter Center parking lot, just as a rock ...

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RONNIE JAMES DIO: 'OZZY's Legacy Is Now Incredibly Tarnished'

Ronnie James Dio recently spoke to Bob Ruggiero of the Houston Press about the man whom he replaced at the helm of BLACK SABBATH, Ozzy Osbourne. Calling Ozzy "a mumbling, semi-conscious reality sitcom star who shuffles around in his sweatpants scooping up dog shit and being dominated by his shrewish wife and spoiled-ass kids," Ruggiero ...

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Review: IRON MAIDEN Continues Love Affair With Heavy Metal Fans

Dave Ferman of the Star-Telegram reviewed the IRON MAIDEN/DIO/MOTÖRHEAD tour when it came to the Smirnoff Music Centre in Dallas, Texas Wednesday night (August 13). "I love the MAIDEN, always have," he wrote. "Virtually alone among the wave of British metal bands that emerged in the early 1980s, these guys have stayed extremely popular around ...

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NY Post: IRON MAIDEN Ruffle Feathers At New York Restaurant

The following item was published it today's edition of The New York Post: "Just because heavy metal masters IRON MAIDEN are old and gray doesn't mean they can't create some old-school rock 'n' roll mayhem. The long-maned metallers made headlines last week when drummer Michael 'Nicko' McBrain allegedly got mad at a Jones Beach parking ...

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IRON MAIDEN Announce U.K. Dates, Single Details

IRON MAIDEN have announced the details of the U.K. portion of their "Dance Of Death World Tour", which is scheduled to kick off in Europe in mid-October. Tickets for the U.K. shows go on sales on July 30. IRON MAIDEN U.K. (and Irish) tour dates: Dec. 01 – Dublin, IRE - The Point Dec. 03 ...

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