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OLIVER/DAWSON SAXON Win Court Battle Over Use Of Trademark

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The ongoing legal action between the original members of the band SAXON has finally resulted in a judgment regarding the trademark. Graham Oliver and Steve Dawson, now performing as OLIVER/DAWSON SAXON, have won the action brought against them by Biff Byford regarding the trademark to the name "SAXON". Byford tried to have ...

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SONATA ARCTICA Name Album, Announce Japanese Tour

Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA have set "Winterheart's Guild" as the title for their upcoming CD, which is due to be released on Feb. 22 in Japan and Mar. 17 in Finland. "Winterheart's Guild" features a guest appearance by keyboardist Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS/ex-DIO), who plays on four of the album's cuts. In other news, SONATA ...

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RITCHIE BLACKMORE: RAINBOW Reunion Rumors Are False

Rumors of former DEEP PURPLE guitarist Ritchie Blackmore reforming RAINBOW with either Ronnie James Dio or Joe Lynn Turner are false, a spokesperson for the guitar legend says. The rumor allegedly was circulated by a German magazine, which fabricated the quote that Blackmore was looking to reform RAINBOW, said the spokesperson. The livid Blackmore had ...

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DIO: More DVD Details Revealed

More information has been made available regarding DIO's upcoming live DVD, which is scheduled to be shot during the band's performance at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City on Friday, Dec. 13. According to Spitfire Records, the as-yet-untitled DVD will be directed by Ken Botelho for Century Productions and will surface next April through ...

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Former ANTHRAX Frontman Announces Release Date For Solo Debut

Former ANTHRAX frontman Neil Turbin has set Jan. 16, 2003 as the release date through Metal Mayhem Music of his long-awaited solo debut, entitled "Threatcon Delta". According to an official press release, "Threatcon Delta" is "a dynamic metal album that combines ultra-heavy old-school thrash, speed, groove, powerful vocals and melodies that you would expect from ...

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KING'S X Enter Studio To Record New CD

KING'S X have finished recording "10 or so basic tracks" for their upcoming CD, tentatively due sometime in 2003. "Plans are to have the basic album finished (bass, drums, one guitar) prior to the DIO tour," according to the band's official web site. "Then after the tour they will go back into the studio to ...

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BLACK SABBATH, BLUE OYSTER CULT's "Black & Blue" DVD On Hold

The DVD release of BLACK SABBATH and BLUE OYSTER CULT's legendary Black & Blue concert, filmed at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York on October 15th, 1980, has been put on hold, according to an official statement from Classic Pictures. No official reason for the delay was given, although unconfirmed reports seem to indicate that ...

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HALFORD Manager Speaks Out On SOYOROCK Cancellation

HALFORD frontman Rob Halford's longtime personal manager John Baxter has confirmed the reports of a cancellation of Korea's Soyorock (a.k.a. World Rock) festival (as reported here last week), which was scheduled for October 12-13 and was set to include appearances by HALFORD, DIO, GAMMA RAY and RAGE, among others. "Quickly, I want to express our ...

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RONDINELLI To Issue 'Our Cross — Our Sins' In October

RONDINELLI, who include in their ranks former RAINBOW/BLACK SABBATH and current BLUE OYSTER CULT drummer Bobby Rondinelli, ex-SABBATH/WHITESNAKE bassist Neil Murray, former SABBATH frontman Tony Martin and guitarist Teddy Rondinelli, will issue their sophomore album, entitled Our Cross — Our Sins, through MTM Records on October 21st. Featuring a musical direction that is said to ...

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COSMOSQUAD To Issue Live Album In November

L.A.-based instrumental all-star outfit, COSMOSQUAD, are currently readying their first ever live album, titled Live at the Baked Potato, due out in November via guitarist Jeff Kollman's Marmaduke label. Recorded and mixed by Kollman and David Knauer (ERIC GALES, etc.), the disc features 14 songs from both the self-titled COSMOSQUAD debut and 2002's highly acclaimed ...

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Korea's SOYOROCK 2002 Cancelled — Again

Korea's Soyorock 2002 (a.k.a. World Rock) festival, which was set to include appearances by HALFORD, DIO, GAMMA RAY and RAGE, has reportedly been cancelled for a second time, according to a Noise Records newsletter that was circulated yesterday, September 27th. No reason was given for the cancellation. Soyorock 2002 was originally scheduled to take place ...

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OLIVER DAWSON SAXON To Support DIO In UK

OLIVER DAWSON SAXON have been asked to be the special guests to DIO on his forthcoming UK tour. Following several successful joint appearances in Europe last year, Ronnie James Dio has asked OLIVER DAWSON SAXON to open his shows in the UK. The band, which features original SAXON members Graham Oliver and Steve Dawson along ...

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KING'S X Added To DIO/HAMMERFALL Tour

KING'S X have been selected to fill the middle-act slot on the upcoming DIO/HAMMERFALL North American tour, scheduled to run from early November to mid-December. Having just completed the highly-successful DREAM THEATER/JOE SATRIANI trek, KING'S X will play select headline shows on the days off on the DIO tour. The band plan to remain on ...

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DIO/HAMMERFALL: Tentative Dates Announced

The initial/tentative dates for the forthcoming DIO/HAMMERFALL North American tour have been leaked. They are as follows: Nov. 06 - Vancouver, BC @ TBA Nov. 07 - Tacoma, WA @ Temple Theatre Nov. 08 - TBA @ TBA Nov. 09 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom Nov. 10 - Eugene, OR @ TBA Nov. 12 ...

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DIO To Issue Special Tour Edition Of 'Killing The Dragon'

DIO will be releasing an updated version of his Killing the Dragon CD, entitled Killing the Dragon: Tour Edition, on October 22nd through Spitfire Records. Included on the CD will be the following bonus items not found on the original version: 01. Ronnie James Dio (with DEEP PURPLE) - Fever Dreams (live) 02. Ronnie James ...

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'BLACK SABBATH Story' Videos To Be Released On DVD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TWO 'BLACK SABBATH STORY' HOME VIDEOS TO BE RELEASED ON DVD AND VHS BY SANCTUARY ON SEPTEMBER 24, 2002 BLACK SABBATH pioneered true heavy metal, and a fascinating look into the British band's turbulent history is covered on two individual DVD and VHS releases, The Black Sabbath Story: Volume One and The ...

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HAMMERFALL to Tour North America With DIO

HAMMERFALL will embark on a North American tour with DIO during November. Exact dates and venues will be announced shortly. Following the completion of the U.S. trek, HAMMERFALL will undertake tours of Europe, Japan and South America, to be followed by several European summer festival appearances. ...

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Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Frontman To Issue Solo CD

Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN frontman Mark Boals will issue a solo album, entitled Edge Of The World, in Japan on October 23rd though Marquee Inc, and in other territories shortly after. Described in an official press release as "his most diverse and creative solo album yet," Edge Of The World "is very much a melodic hard ...

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STRATOVARIUS Keyboardist To Play On Next SONATA ARCTICA Album

STRATOVARIUS keyboardist Jens Johansson (ex-DIO) has agreed to play on SONATA ARCTICA's next studio CD if the group don't find a replacement for the recently-departed Mikko Harkin in time for the upcoming album's recording sessions. "I really love [SONATA ARCTICA] the way they were," Jens stated in a post on the official STRATOVARIUS message board. ...

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DIO featuring DEEP PURPLE

On September 30th, Spitfire Records will release a limited tour edition of DIO's latest album, Killing The Dragon, containing two tracks featuring a guest appearance by members of DEEP PURPLE. The songs "Fever Dreams" and "Rainbow In The Dark" were both recorded live at the Ahoy in Rotterdam, Holland on the DIO/DEEP PURPLE Concerto tour. ...

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VOIVOD To Begin Pre-Production For New CD In September

VOIVOD are continuing to demo material for their much-anticipated reunion album with vocalist Snake (a.k.a. Denis Belanger), which is tentatively due in early 2003, presumably through Century Media Records. "Our goal is to have 25 [songs] done by the end of August," drummer Away (a.k.a. Michel Langevin) stated via the band's official web site. "We ...

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DEEP PURPLE Guitarist Jams With THE SCORPIONS

DEEP PURPLE guitarist Steve Morse joined THE SCORPIONS for their encore "Rock You Like A Hurricane" on the closing night of the DEEP PURPLE/SCORPIONS/DIO tour at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, this past Sunday, August 4th. DEEP PURPLE and DIO will resume their collective touring in Gelsenkirchen, Germany on August 27th, followed by the ...

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DIO To Issue Special Edition Of "Killing The Dragon"

DIO will shortly issue a special edition of his recent release, Killing the Dragon, through Spitfire Records, according to Electricbasement.com. The two-CD set will reportedly include live bonus tracks, video footage and possibly more. No release date or final details have yet been announced. ...

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EDGE OF TIME Guest List Expands

The forthcoming debut album from EDGE OF TIME, the new band formed by Italian frontman Chris Heaven and ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN drummer Michael Von Knorring, will feature a number of guest appearances from well-known metal and hard rock musicians, including those from former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN bassist Svante Henryson, MASTERPLAN/ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-DIO guitarist Rowan Robertson, ...

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