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Review: No OZZY OSBOURNE At OZZFEST, But The Bands Play On

Kelefa Sanneh of The New York Times reports that Ozzfest organizers announced at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday (August 19) that Ozzy Osbourne was ill and wouldn't be performing at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, New Jersey. "Refunds were available, but most people stayed," he writes. "There were no further reports on Mr. Osbourne's ...

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FIREHOUSE To Release 'Prime Time' In September

FIREHOUSE will issue their latest CD, "Prime Time", in Japan and Southeast Asia on September 18. The rest of the territories will receive the album in October. The lineup on "Prime Time" is as follows: CJ Snare - Vocals, Keys Bill Leverty - Guitar, Vocals Michael Foster - Drums, Percussion, Vocals Dario Seixas - Bass, ...

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ROB HALFORD Says He Will Sing RIPPER-Era JUDAS PRIEST Material

JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford, who recently rejoined the group after more than 12 years apart, revealed during an online chat Saturday (August 16) that the songwriting process for PRIEST's next studio album has already begun. "We are writing now, slowly bit by bit putting the pieces together," he said. "All I can see is ...

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PHILIP ANSELMO: 'I'm Clean As A Whistle'

SUPERJOINT RITUAL frontman Philip Anselmo recently told Dave Ferman of the Dallas Star-Telegram that he has been "clean as a whistle" for more than a year and that one of his joys now is working out. A lot. "I work out three times a week, and I'm strong as an ox," he said. "I love ...

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PRIMUS Reform, Record New Material

The original lineup of PRIMUSLes Claypool (bass/vocals), Tim "Herb" Alexander (drums) and Larry "Ler" Lalonde (guitar) — has reformed after a four-year hiatus and has recorded five new songs for inclusion on the upcoming DVD/CD set, "Animals Should Not Try to Act Like People", due October 7 on Prawn Song/Interscope Records. According to ...

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SWALLOW THE SUN Commence Work On Full-Length Debut

Finnish melodic death/doom metallers SWALLOW THE SUN, who feature several members of FUNERIS NOCTURNUM, have entered Sam's Workshop with producer Sami Kokko to begin recording their debut album, due in November through Firebox Records. The as-yet-untitled effort will contain the following tracks: 01. Through Her Silvery Body 02. Deadly Nightshade 03. Out Of This Gloomy ...

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Former ST. VITUS Singer To Reveal THE HIDDEN HAND

THE HIDDEN HAND, the new band featuring hard rock guitar legend Wino (ST. VITUS, THE OBSESSED, SPIRIT CARAVAN), will release their debut album, "Divine Propaganda", on September 9 through MeteorCity Records. MeteorCity will handle radio and marketing in-house, with domestic distribution via Caroline and Revolver USA. In May of 2002, Wino disbanded his group SPIRIT ...

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JANE'S ADDICTION Guitarist: 'I Want A Happy Life'

Extra TV recently caught up with JANE'S ADDICTION guitarist Dave Navarro at Crunch Fitness in Los Angeles, where he works out with personal trainer Will Thompson. Dave says, "I want a happy life. I want a healthy life. I want to feel good. I want to be able to do my craft the best I ...

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BILLBOARD Magazine Pays Tribute To KISS

The Billboard Information Group will mark the 30th Anniversary of KISS, one of America's most successful and enduring rock 'n' roll bands, with the publication of a 26-page special report in the August 9 issue of Billboard. The issue will be available on newsstands on August 1 and content will be posted on www.billboard.com/KISS. "KISS: ...

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SKYCLAD Confirmed For Britain's HAWKFEST

Britain's SKYCLAD are a last-minute addition to the Hawkfest, a three-day event set to take place August 8-10 near Preston. SKYCLAD will be hitting the stage on Sunday, August 10 at approximately 4:30 p.m. Other bands set to appear at the festival include THE LEVELLERS, HAWKWIND, SPACEHEAD, TRIBE OF CRO, MR QUIMBY'S BEARD, LITMUS and ...

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SEVENDUST Prepare For Acoustic Dates, Tour With STAIND

SEVENDUST drummer Morgan Rose recently spoke to MTV.com about the band's touring plans following the release of their as-yet-untitled new album this fall. The group have routinely played more than 200 concerts per year and have shared the stage with such former opening bands as STAIND, DISTURBED and SYSTEM OF A DOWN. "I can't point ...

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Former DOKKEN Guitarist: 'LYNCH MOB Is Not Breaking Up'

Former DOKKEN guitarist George Lynch has issued a statement dispelling rumors of a breakup within the ranks of his current band, LYNCH MOB. The following is George's statement in its entirety: "Contrary to what you may read on the Internet, the band is not breaking up. The truth is that [vocalist] Robert Mason has been ...

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BURNT BY THE SUN Complete Work On New CD

Relapse Records recording artists BURNT BY THE SUN have completed work on their highly-anticipated new album, entitled "The Perfect Is The Enemy Of The Good". "The Perfect Is The Enemy Of The Good" was recorded at New Jersey's Trax East Studio with producer Matt Bayles (ISIS, VENDETTA RED, MASTODON, BLOOD BROTHERS). The final track listing ...

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Cleveland Plain Dealer: Festival Flexes Its Ozz-some Metal Muscle

Robert Cherry of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reviewed Ozzfest 2003's Tuesday (July 22) stop at Cleveland's Blossom Music Center. "Ozzfest seemed doomed this year," he wrote. "Ratings for Ozzy Osbourne's wholesome family sitcom have been slip ping. KORN's overextended nu-metal empire has rusted. "And MARILYN MANSON's satanic reputation has been irreversibly damaged — sullied by ...

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BURZUM Albums To Receive U.S. Release For The First Time

Dead Ringer Records confirms September 23 as the first-time U.S. release of "Daudi Baldrs" and "Hlidskjalf", recordings by controversial Norwegian band BURZUM. Each will feature original artwork as created by Stephen O'Malley (EMPEROR) and pressed as originally released by Misanthropy Records in the latter '90s. The "colorful" history of BURZUM always marks the start of ...

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POISON Frontman Announces Solo Tour

VH1 Classic recently announced they will present the Bret Michaels "Songs of Life" tour this fall. Michaels will embark on this, his first-ever solo tour, on September 26 in Cincinnati, Ohio — just two weeks after the POISON tour ends. The tour is in support of Michaels' "Songs Of Life" CD released on May 20, ...

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Star-Telegram: Sticky Sweet Metal Is Pure POISON

Jay Webb of the Star-Telegram reviewed the POISON/VINCE NEIL/SKID ROW show at Smirnoff Music Centre in Dallas, Texas Sunday night (July 20). "It may be easy to mock the annual hair-metal concert headlined by POISON that rolls into Smirnoff Music Centre each summer, but the show consistently draws a good-size audience (about 7,000 this year) ...

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MIWAUKEE METALFEST Founder: 'You Don't Play Metal At Volume 2'

Tom Alesia of the Wisconsin State Journal is reporting that the 17th annual Milwaukee Metalfest — where bands play sledgehammer rock that practically lodges a guitar into one ear and out the other — will present more than 120 acts on Friday and Saturday (July 25-26). " 'You've got thrash metal, speed metal, classic metal, ...

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Rhode Island Fire Victims Unite

Norman Miller of the Daily News Tribune reports that several survivors of the deadly Station nightclub fire in February have helped start the Station Family Fund, a nonprofit organization benefiting victims and relatives of those injured or killed in the Station fire. "When I was in the hospital, I didn't talk to anyone," Lizz Arruda, ...

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NIKKI SIXX Clothing Available Through HOT TOPIC

Nine shirts from Dragonfly, featuring designs from Nikki Sixx (MÖTLEY CRÜE) tattoos, have been made available through Hot Topic (in stores and online). Check it out here. As previously reported, N. Sixx by Dragonfly offers fans of the bad-boy rocker the chance to emulate his style without the pain or permanence of the ...

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Contra Costa Times: OZZY OSBOURNE Isn't Aging Very Well

Tony Hicks of Contra Costa Times reports that Ozzy Osbourne isn't aging very well, based on his performance at Ozzfest 2003 in Mountain View, California Tuesday night (July 8) — he's shaky and almost lost onstage at times. Thankfully he's surrounded by one of the best hard rock bands ever assembled, including superbly aggressive guitarist ...

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JETHRO TULL Leader To Embark On Solo Tour

JETHRO TULL leader Ian Anderson will embark on a two-month solo tour in the fall in support of his forthcoming disc, "Rupi's Dance". The solo tour — dubbed "Rubbing Elbows with Ian Anderson" — is described on JETHRO TULL's web site as "an intimate evening of acoustic songs, music and bawdy tales." "Rupi's Dance", due ...

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THE ACCIDENT EXPERIMENT To Support BODY COUNT In San Diego

California's THE ACCIDENT EXPERIMENT, the band featuring former P.O.D. guitarist Marcos Curiel, will be supporting BODY COUNT this Wednesday (July 9) at 4th & B in San Diego. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., show starts at 8:00 p.m. THE ACCIDENT EXPERIMENT are currently in the studio mixing their debut EP, "Arena", for an August release ...

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Man, Teen Listened To SLIPKNOT Before Committing Murder

Felisa Cardona of San Bernardino County Sun reports that a pair of friends carried butcher knives and sang a song by the "death metal" band SLIPKNOT as they lured their friend to his death, police say. Prosecutors say Jason Lamar Harris, 20, and his 16-year-old friend, Amber Rose Riley, talked about killing Terry Ray Taylor ...

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FIREHOUSE Finalize Track Listing For 'Prime Time'

FIREHOUSE have set "Prime Time" as the title for their forthcoming studio CD, due in Japan on September 18 via Pony Canyon Records. The complete track listing for the album is as follows: 01. Home Tonight 02. Perfect Lie 03. Body Language 04. Door To Door 05. Holding On 06. Prime Time 07. Crash 08. ...

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