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SCENES Part Ways With Singer, Announce Replacement

German prog-metallers SCENES have parted ways with vocalist Nektarios Bamiatzis. "Collaboration with [Nektarios] the past few months had become more difficult and complicated to schedule due to his engagement at 'German Idol' as well as his solo career," the band write on their web site. "As a result of Neki's meteoric rise after he reached ...

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ALEX SKOLNICK Talks About Playing In OZZY OSBOURNE's Band

Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick has spoken out about the experience of auditioning for — and ultimately landing — the guitarist gig in OZZY OSBOURNE's band, only to be told less than a month later it had been given to someone else. Asked via his message board what was it like playing with Ozzy and ...

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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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GUNS N' ROSES Keyboardist To Embark On Solo Tour

GUNS N' ROSES keyboardist Dizzy Reed will be launching an East Coast solo tour on March 18. Backing Reed at all the dates will be Los Angeles-based rockers FASTMASTER (web site), who will also be the opening band on the tour. FASTMASTER includes Matt Starr and Alex Grossi from BEAUTIFUL CREATURES on guitar ...

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DISILLUSION: New Song Posted Online

An edited version of the DISILLUSION track "Back To Times Of Splendor" has been posted online in MP3 format at this location. "Back To Times Of Splendor" is the title cut to the Leipzig, Germany-based metallers' full-length debut, due on April 5 through Metal Blade Records. "Back To Times Of Splendor" was mixed ...

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ANTHRAX to Unleash 'Music Of Mass Destruction' DVD In April

ANTHRAX will release their much-anticipated live DVD, "Music Of Mass Destruction", on April 6 through Sanctuary Records. Filmed at a sold-out Metro in Chicago on Friday, December 5, 2003, "Music Of Mass Destruction" reportedly captures what is being described as "the show to define the band's legendary career." According to drummer Charlie Benante, "In the ...

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Atlanta Radio Station Drops Hint About VAN HALEN Reunion

LiveDaily.com reports: "One of the worst-kept secrets in rock may soon be publicly revealed Atlanta radio station 96 Rock's website features an item under the heading 'The Reunion They Said Wouldn't Happen,' next to which is a blurred, 1995 photograph of guitarist Eddie Van Halen. " 'Keep listening for a major concert announcement ...

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RUSH: Tour Announcement Delayed

RUSH will reveal the details of their 30th Anniversary Tour on Wednesday, February 18 — one day later than previously expected. According to the group's official newsletter, the tour date announcement has been delayed in order to finalize and confirm all of the necessary details. As previously reported, Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee unveiled plans ...

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Former TESTAMENT Guitarist Comments On The Group's Early Albums

Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick recently gave an interview to JamBands.com in which he discussed his time in TESTAMENT and his progression away from the heavy music scene into a more jazz/fusion-influenced approach. Asked if playing in front of large crowds during TESTAMENT's early days was a strange experience for him at such a young ...

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RUSH To Announce 30th Anniversary Tour Dates This Week

RUSH will be announcing the dates for their 30th Anniversary Tour on Tuesday, February 17 via their official web site, Rush.com. The band's Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee unveiled plans to mark their 30th anniversary year by hitting the road for a major global concert tour in 2004 during a special appearance on the nationally ...

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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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ANTHRAX To Tour Japan, Australia In April

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has posted the following message on the band's official web site (as part of his regular online column, dubbed "Alpha Mail"): "[Fiancée] Pearl and I went to our friends Mia and Dave's wedding. It was a killer wedding. It was a rock wedding. Mia's dad is Steven Tyler and Dave plays ...

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CANNIBAL CORPSE Film Video For 'Decency Defied'

CANNIBAL CORPSE bassist Alex Webster has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Hello everyone, this Alex from CANNIBAL here with an update on our video shoot for the song 'Decency Defied'. "We shot the video on Jan. 25th, 2004 at St. Petersburg Florida's Club Venom. We want to say an extra ...

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DARKWELL: New Studios Photos Posted Online

Austrian "gothic metal" band DARKWELL, featuring ex-ABIGOR and current SHADOWCAST drummer Moritz Neuner, have posted several photos from the early recording sessions at Mirror Production Studios in Innsbruck for their second full-length album, tentatively due late April through Napalm Records. Check them out here. The follow-up to the "Conflict Of Interest" EP (2002) ...

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Report: A Day On The Set Of 'Surviving Nugent'

Jessie Milligan of the Star Telegram recently spent a day on the Waco set of VH1's new reality series starring Ted Nugent. "Imagine if MTV's 'The Osbournes' met CBS' 'Survivor', with a nod to NBC's 'The Apprentice', only with guns, snakes and a helicopter involved. That's 'Surviving Ted Nugent'," he writes. The six men and ...

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ST. LUCIFER To Release Promotional CD In May

ST. LUCIFER, the new Austrian metal band featuring former ABIGOR members Peter Kubik (guitars), Silenius (vocals, ex-SUMMONING) and Moritz Neuner (drums, SHADOWCAST, DARKWELL), are scheduled to release their first demo/promo CD in May. The disc will be used primarily for promotional purposes, but a limited amount will be available for purchase via the group's soon-to-be-launched ...

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Report: Arraignment Hearings For RUSH Guitarist, Son Continued For Two Weeks

Arraignment hearings for RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson (a.k.a. Alex Zivojinovich) and his son, Justin Zivojinovich, over a New Year's Eve arrest following an encounter with deputies in North Naples, Florida were continued Monday (Jan. 26) for two weeks, according to News-Press.com. Assistant State Attorney Rich Montecalvo said he's still trying to decide what charges, if ...

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DARKWELL To Begin Recording New Album

Austrian "gothic metal" band DARKWELL, featuring ex-ABIGOR and current SHADOWCAST drummer Moritz Neuner, will enter Mirror Production Studios this month to begin recording their second full-length album, tentatively due late April through Napalm Records. The follow-up to the "Conflict Of Interest" EP (2002) will mark the group's first recording with new singer Stephanie Meier, who ...

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Report: Deputies In ALEX LIFESON Arrest Have Spotless Records

John Henderson of the Naples Daily News reports that the two primary officers involved in the New Year's Eve arrest in North Naples, Florida of RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson (a.k.a. Alex Zivojinovich) are portrayed in their personnel files as confident deputies noted for exemplary performance. There are no complaints or allegations by the public or ...

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Report: RUSH Guitarist Unlikely To Walk Away With A Slap On The Wrist

In the Jan. 25 edition of the Florida newspaper Naples Daily News, writer Brent Batten examines the seriousness of the charges facing RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson (a.k.a. Alex Zivojinovich), who was arrested New Year's Eve for aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, among other offenses. "Even if the Zivojinovich defense team, led by attorney ...

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Report: Florida Newspaper Feels The Wrath Of RUSH Fans

Phil Lewis of Florida's Naples Daily News is reporting that John Henderson, the reporter handling the newspaper's police beat New Year's Day, was roundly criticized via e-mail for taking the address of RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson's North Naples condominium from booking sheets and including it in the story about Lifeson's arrest following a ...

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DISILLUSION To Headline Germany's METAL FORCES Festival

Leipzig, Germany-based metallers DISILLUSION will headline the seventh edition of the Metal Forces festival, set to be held May 22 at SAK in Burghof Lörrach, Germany. Also scheduled to appear are ABADDON (symphonic black metal), BY BRUTE FORCE (death metal), and DEAMOGORGON (thrash metal). A flyer for the festival can be viewed at

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DISILLUSION Complete Work On 'Back To Times Of Splendor'

Leipzig, Germany-based metallers DISILLUSION have completed work on their full-length debut, "Back To Times Of Splendor", due on April 5 through Metal Blade Records. "The band is very satisfied with the complete work and surely convinced that it has been worth every minute of the past eight months," the group write on their web site. ...

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Report: More Details Emerge About Night Of RUSH Guitarist's Arrest

John Henderson of the Naples Daily News is reporting that Freddy Cole, the 71-year-old younger brother of the late, legendary performer Nat King Cole, was hired to play the $650-a-couple, black-tie Ritz-Carlton Naples New Year's Eve's bash, where a dispute began between RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson (a.k.a. Alex Zivojinovich) and Collier County Sheriff's deputies. Cole ...

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Sheriff Defends Cops' Actions In RUSH Guitarist's Arrest

Don Hunter, the sheriff of Florida's Collier County, where RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson (a.k.a. Alex Zivojinovich) was arrested New Year's Eve on six charges, including aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and disorderly intoxication, has penned a "guest commentary" for the Jan. 11 edition of the Naples Daily News. "I ...

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Report: RUSH Guitarist Considers Suit Alleging Police Brutality

RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson may sue Naples, Florida, authorities for police brutality following a New Year's Eve fight with cops at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel restaurant, a source close to the Canadian rocker told MTV.com. Lifeson, whose real name is Alex Zivojinovich, was arrested on six charges, including aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting ...

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