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GENE SIMMONS Talks Money: 'Being Alive Means I Want More'

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons recently spoke to Bankrate.com about his business philosophies and his penchant for getting involved in other ventures have made him a mogul in his own right even beyond his band's achievements. When asked how much he's worth, Simmons said, "A lot. An awful lot. But numbers aren't indicative of anything except ...

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MAYHEM Re-Sign With SEASON OF MIST RECORDS

Norwegian black metallers MAYHEM have re-signed with Season Of Mist Records for the release of their new album, "Chimera". The CD will be recorded at a mobile studio in the mountains of Norway during November/December and is scheduled for release during March 2004. According to an official press release from the label, the forthcoming CD ...

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DAYS OF THE NEW Singer To Embark On Solo Tour

DAYS OF THE NEW singer Travis Meeks will launch a fall solo acoustic tour on September 23 in Roseville, Michigan, according to RollingStone.com. This will be his first extended outing since he spent time in a drug rehab clinic this spring. "I'm excited about getting out on the road," Meeks said. "I think it is ...

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BLACKMORE'S NIGHT Announce European Tour

BLACKMORE'S NIGHT, the band featuring former DEEP PURPLE/RAINBOW guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and his wife Candice Night, have announced the details of their European tour, set to take place in October/November. These will be the only shows for "2003 Ghost of A Rose Acoustic/Electric Tour", according to the band's web site. BLACKMORE'S NIGHT European tour: Oct. ...

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TRANSPORT LEAGUE Set Release Date For New Album

Sweden's TRANSPORT LEAGUE have set a November 17 European release date through Holland's Seamview Records for their fourth full-length album, "Multiple Organ Harvest". A single will follow the album on December 1 and will include the album cut "Disconnect Massconnect", plus the previously unreleased track "Never To Burn" (from the "Grand Amputation" recording sessions) and ...

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WARRANT Bassist Injured, Band Cancel Tour Dates

WARRANT were forced to cancel five dates on their current tour as a result of an injury suffered by bassist Jerry Dixon. According to an official press release, Dixon "was injured after their show in Wooster, OH. He was flown back to his home in Los Angeles for treatment by a physician. He suffers from ...

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SHADOWS FALL Prepare To 'Take Action'

Massachusetts-based thrash metal quintet SHADOWS FALL, arguably this year's breakthrough Ozzfest artist, are gearing up for a full slate this fall. The group, who constantly sold more albums than any other second stage artist for over five weeks in a row, proved that audiences want to hear real metal bands that are not afraid to ...

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MIRROR OF DECEPTION Land New Rhythm Section

Long-running German doom metal band MIRROR OF DECEPTION have announced the addition of bassist Andreas Taller and drummer Jochen Müller to the group's ranks. Andreas and Jochen "were the first people that came to mind after the split [with the previous rhythm section] and they proved to be exactly the ones we were looking for," ...

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POISON Concert Leads Missouri Town Officials To Legislate Morality

Cliff Sain of Branson Daily News reports that a Branson, Missouri alderman on Monday (August 25) defended the city's right to legislate morality, prompting a resolution encouraging theaters to stick to family-oriented entertainment. The resolution, which only expresses the opinion of the board, was passed, but met with a mixed reaction from a crowd of ...

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BLACK DOG THEORY Seek Bassist

BLACK DOG THEORY, the new London-based band formed by former REAL TV/GRAND THEFT AUDIO vocalist Jay Butler and ex-THE WILDHEARTS/GRAND THEFT AUDIO drummer Ritch Battersby, are seeking a bassist/backing vocalist in their 20s to complete their lineup. Interested parties should e-mail their details to [email protected] ...

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GODSMACK: North American Tour Dates Announced

GODSMACK will head back out this fall for a string of U.S. and Canadian shows that lead up to the November release of the band's first acoustic album. The as-yet-untitled acoustic album, which the group has been working on in Hawaii with producer David Bottrill, will feature stripped down versions of some of the group's ...

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STRYPER Add More Reunion Tour Shows

More dates have been announced for STRYPER's first-ever reunion tour, the band's first nationwide performance junket in more than 12 years. The tour, which will coincide with the quartet's 20th anniversary, is slated to kick off October 2 in Springfield, Virginia. The tour will run across the United States, playing approximately 30 concerts in all. ...

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DAYS OF THE NEW Frontman Lines Up Solo Dates

DAYS OF THE NEW frontman Travis Meeks has lined up a host of solo gigs during the fall. All shows will feature Meeks performing solo in an acoustic setting. Tentative dates so far are as follows: Sep. 13 - Birmingham, AL @ TBA Sep. 20 - Rockford, IL @ TBA Sep. 24 - Flint, MI ...

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MUDVAYNE To Embark On Headlining Tour

MUDVAYNE will set out on a headlining tour in September on a bill that will also feature POWERMAN 5000, V SHAPE MIND and FINGERTIGHT. MUDVAYNE will be touring in support of their sophomore release, last November's "The End of All Things to Come", which features the group's latest single, "World So Cold". Confirmed dates are ...

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KISS, ACDELCO, KURT JOHNSON, And CAVALIER Form Hot Rod Supergroup

The crashing thunder of rock power chords and deep bass crescendos of 1,300 horsepower combined to create a medley of high-performance music together at the official unveiling of Kurt Johnson's ACDelco NHRA Pro Stock Cavalier Z24 on August 14. Featuring artwork by renowned motorsports artist Sam Bass, Johnson's Cavalier sports a visual theme inspired by ...

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KID ROCK To Assist Michigan Fund-Raiser

KID ROCK will serve as grand marshal at a three-day fund-raiser in his home state next weekend, according to the Associated Press. He will also lead a motorcycle event at the Lapeer Forum Summer Fest, about 60 miles north of Detroit. Proceeds from the events will benefit three charities. Kid Rock, a Michigan native, didn't ...

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Former BUCKCHERRY Frontman Announces Solo Tour

Former BUCKCHERRY frontman Josh Todd has lined up a number of solo dates during August/September. The details are as follows: Aug. 16 – Chicago, IL - Oasis 160 Aug. 17 – Milwaukee, WI - The Rave Bar Aug. 19 – Detroit, MI - I-ROCK Aug. 20 – Cleveland, OH - Agora Aug. 22 - Asbury ...

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NOCTURNAL RITES To Enter Studio In The Fall

Swedish melodic metallers NOCTURNAL RITES are continuing to write material for the follow-up to 2002's "Shadowland", tentatively due in early 2004 through Century Media Records. "We're getting more and more songs done and finally hearing the new record take shape," bassist Nils Eriksson writes on the band's web site. "In my ears it sounds pretty ...

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ZEPFEST 2003: A Gathering Of LED ZEPPELIN Fans

Zepfest 2003, a social gathering for LED ZEPPELIN fans from all over North America, will take place October 24-25 at the Travelodge Grand Hotel Niagara in Niagara Falls, New York. According to an official press release, "Zepfest is more than just a sale of LED ZEPPELIN-related merchandise such as books, t-shirts, magazines, fan magazines, souvenirs, ...

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KISS/AEROSMITH: First Arena Tour Dates Announced

The first two dates for the KISS/AEROSMITH fall arena tour have been announced. They are as follows: Oct. 24 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena Oct. 25 – Las Vegas, NV @ MGM Grand Garden Arena KISS and AEROSMITH will wrap up their outdoor run in Devore, California, on October 18. The ...

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EVANESCENCE Kick Off NINTENDO FUSION TOUR

EVANESCENCE kicked off The Nintendo Fusion Tour at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California Monday night (August 4). Check out pictures from Wire Image. Joining EVANESCENCE on the run through the month of August are COLD, REVIS and CAUTERIZE. FINGER ELEVEN steps in for CAUTERIZE during the outing's newly added September dates. The ...

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