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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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THEATRE OF TRAGEDY: New Singer Found?

Norway's THEATRE OF TRAGEDY have posted several photos taken during a recent rehearsal session with an as-yet-unidentified female singer who may — or may not — end up becoming the official replacement for departed vocalist Liv Kristine. Check them out here. As previously reported, Kristine issued a statement in late August ...

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SAMMY HAGAR: VAN HALEN Reunion Not On The Horizon

Former VAN HALEN frontman Sammy Hagar was featured in the "At Home" section of the Friday, December 26, 2003 edition of the USA Today national newspaper. Asked about a VAN HALEN reunion, Hagar said it's not on the horizon, but he reiterated a posting he made to his web site about a recent dinner in ...

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DOL AMMAD: 'Star Tales' In The Mastering Stage

Greek "electronic art metal" act DOL AMMAD have posted the following message on their official web site: "The much-awaited DOL AMMAD debut album is currently under the mastering stage. The mixing stage is complete and the sound quality is excellent. Alex Holzwarth's [RHAPSODY] huge drumming helped a lot in that field! There has also been ...

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THEORY OF RUIN Announce Tour Dates

THEORY OF RUIN, the Los Angeles-based band featuring former FUDGE TUNNEL/NAILBOMB guitarist/vocalist Alex Newport, have lined up the following shows during December/January: Dec. 31 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court Jan. 01 – Las Vegas, NV @ Cooler Lounge Jan. 02 – Glendale, CA @ The Scene Bar All dates are with FORM ...

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DISINCARNATE, NAILBOMB Albums To Be Reissued

DISINCARNATE and NAILBOMB's classic debuts will be issued in new "remastered" editions, featuring bonus material, including rare b-sides and demo tracks, as well as brand new artwork and liner notes. Due in late February through Roadrunner Records, DISINCARNATE's "Dreams Of The Carrion Kind" (featuring former DEATH/TESTAMENT guitarist James Murphy) will contain the following track listing: ...

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DISILLUSION: Debut Album Delayed

Leipzig, Germany-based metallers DISILLUSION have pushed back the release date for their full-length debut, "Back To Times Of Splendor", to April 5, 2004 through Metal Blade Records. The CD is currently being mixed at Tam Recording Studios in Zwickau, Germany before being mastered at Mastersound Studios in Fellbach, Germany with ATROCITY mainman Alex Krull. The ...

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RHAPSODY: Setting New Standards In 'Film Score Metal'

Acclaimed actor Christopher Lee ("Star Wars - Episode 2: Attack of the Clones", "The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring", "Gremlins II", "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow") will join the symphonic metal band RHAPSODY on their next CD. Mr. Lee is no stranger to music and recording studios as he is a ...

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ATROCITY: New Album To Surface In April

The recordings for the new ATROCITY album, entitled "Atlantis", are in full swing. The concept album is being produced at Mastersound Studio in Fellbach, Germany and will be released on April 26, 2004 through Napalm Records. There are currently three candidates for the single release, which will be out in stores March 1: "Cold Black ...

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MCM Complete Work On Debut Album

MCM, the new band formed by Alex Masi (guitar), Randy Coven (bass, ARK, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) and John Macaluso (drums, ARK, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, TNT), have completed work on their debut CD, tentatively due in early 2004 through Lion Music. The album will reportedly consist of 11 songs: 10 original numbers written by the band, plus a ...

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BEYOND THE EMBRACE Name New Album

New Bedford, Massachusetts-based sextet BEYOND THE EMBRACE have set "Insect Song" as the title for their sophomore album, tentatively due in the spring through Metal Blade Records. The follow-up to 2002's "Against The Elements" will be recorded during late December/early January with producer/UNEARTH guitarist Ken Susi. "Being a guitar player himself, we feel that if ...

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VAN HALEN: HAGAR Reunion Update

The Van Halen Mailing List (www.van-halen.org) has issued the following update regarding the recent rumors of a possible VAN HALEN reunion with former singer Sammy Hagar: "As with all VAN HALEN rumors, this needs to be taken with a grain of salt, but the following has been confirmed by a fairly reliable source ...

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CRYPTOPSY Part Ways With Singer, Seek Replacement

Canadian technical death metallers CRYPTOPSY have officially parted ways with vocalist Martin Lacroix (ex-SPASME). No reason was given was given for Lacroix's departure. The group are currently seeking a replacement frontman while continuing to write material for their fifth studio album, tentatively due in early 2004 through Century Media Records. The as-yet-untitled effort will be ...

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ANGER To Issue Live CD

Miami-based hardcore band ANGER, featuring drummer Alex Marquez (ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION, DEMOLITION HAMMER, SOLSTICE), have announced plans to release a new live album, tentatively titled "Out On Bond". No further information is available at this time. As previously reported, ANGER, featuring drummer Alex Marquez (ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION, DEMOLITION HAMMER, SOLSTICE), will headline the first annual 12 Hours ...

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DISILLUSION Set Release Date For Full-Length Debut

Leipzig, Germany-based metallers DISILLUSION have set a January 26 European release date through Metal Blade Records for their full-length debut, "Back To Times Of Splendor". The CD will be mixed in early November at Tam Recording Studios in Zwickau, Germany before being mastered at Mastersound Studios in Fellbach, Germany with ATROCITY mainman Alex Krull. Says ...

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CANNIBAL CORPSE: 1,000,000 Records Sold

Veteran death metallers CANNIBAL CORPSE recently reached the one-million mark for combined sales of all their albums. Bandmembers Alex Webster, Pat O'Brien, George Fisher and Jack Owen commemorated the occasion with Metal Blade Records owner/CEO Brian Slagel at Sonic Ranch studios in El Paso, Texas. where the band are currently recording the follow-up to 2002's ...

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ALEX SKOLNICK To Sit Out TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Tour

Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick has announced his decision not to participate in this year's TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA tour. The following is Alex's official statement on the matter: "It is with mixed emotions that I announce my decision to not participate in this year's TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA tour. It has been an honor to be a part ...

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