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DIO, KREATOR, HAMMERFALL Confirmed For Spain's METAL MANIA FESTIVAL

DIO, KREATOR, HAMMERFALL, and STRATOVARIUS are the latest acts confirmed to perform at Metal Mania Festival, a three-day event set to take place July 11-13 at Auditorio Municipal de Villarobledo in Albacete, Spain. The acts currently scheduled to appear at the festival are as follows: Friday, July 11 BLIND GUARDIAN NIGHTWISH SEPULTURA KREATOR APOCALYPTICA OVERKILL ...

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MURDERDOLLS Announce Final U.S. Gigs Of The Year!

MURDERDOLLS, the new band featuring SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison on guitar, singer Wednesday 13 (formerly of North Carolina horror-metal outfit FRANKENSTEIN DRAG QUEENS FROM PLANET 13), ex-DOPE guitarist Acey Slade, bassist Erik Griffin, and drummer Ben Graves, have announced their last U.S. shows of the year. They are as follows: May 19 – Hollywood, CA ...

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DOUG ALDRICH Confirms Departure From DIO

Guitarist Doug Aldrich has officially confirmed his departure from DIO in order to join WHITESNAKE as a full-time member. In a posting on his official web site, Doug writes, "As you know, I won't be seeing you this summer with Ronnie. But the best is I will be seeing you with WHITESNAKE. We are putting ...

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RATT Guitarist Joins DIO!

RATT guitarist Warren DeMartini has officially joined DIO as the band's new touring guitarist. Warren replaces Doug Aldrich, who has spent the past few months touring with the reunited WHITESNAKE. DeMartini's first appearance with DIO will take place as part of the group's upcoming North American tour with IRON MAIDEN and MOTÖRHEAD, which is set ...

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BITCH To Play Hollywood This Weekend

Legendary '80s Californian act BITCH, fronted by Betsy "Bitch" Weiss, will be playing a live show at The Cat Club (located next door to The Whisky A Go Go) on Saturday, April 26 at 11:30 p.m. "It has only been a couple of weeks since we played our last gig," Betsy said in an official ...

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IRON MAIDEN, DIO, MOTÖRHEAD: More Dates Announced

More dates have been released for the forthcoming North American leg of IRON MAIDEN's "Give Me Ed… 'Til I'm Dead World Tour", which will also include appearances by DIO and MOTÖRHEAD. Confirmed and tentative dates so far are as follows: Jul. 25 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center Jul. 26 - Wantagh, NY ...

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IRON MAIDEN, DIO, MOTÖRHEAD: First Dates Announced

As exclusively predicted here last week, it has now been officially confirmed that IRON MAIDEN, DIO, and MOTÖRHEAD will be teaming up for a two-month North American tour during July-September. Although the complete lineup has yet to be announced, it is understood that MINISTRY and ANTHRAX are among the acts currently under consideration ...

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IRON MAIDEN: 'Visions Of The Beast' DVD Due In May

IRON MAIDEN have set a May 26 release date for their new double-disc DVD, "Visions Of The Beast", With a running time of over 240 minutes, the DVD documents the phenomenal career of a band which had over 30 hit singles and sold over 50 million albums. For the first time, this collection features a ...

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IRON MAIDEN, DIO, MOTÖRHEAD To Team Up For North American Tour

IRON MAIDEN, DIO, and MOTÖRHEAD will be teaming up for a two-month North American tour during July-September, reliable sources have informed BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Although no official word has yet come down on the matter, it is understood that MINISTRY and ANTHRAX are among the acts currently under consideration for the opening/support slots on the bill. IRON ...

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DIO: Anthology Track Listing Unveiled

The complete track listing has been released for "Stand Up And Shout: The Dio Anthology", a two-disc collection of classic tracks spanning singer Ronnie James Dio's entire career as a Warner Bros. Records recording artist. Described as "the only anthology to include songs from Dio's eras with BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, ELF and DIO," "Stand Up ...

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DIO: Live DVD Pushed Back

DIO have set June 17 as the new release date through Eagle Vision (a division of Eagle Rock Entertainment) for their live DVD, tentatively titled "Dio's Evil Or Divine". "Dio's Evil Or Divine" was recorded on Dec. 13, 2002 at Roseland Ballroom in New York City and was directed by Ken Botelho for Century Productions. ...

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EXODUS Drummer Pulls Out Of ANGEL WITCH Reunion

EXODUS drummer Tom Hunting has pulled out of the planned ANGEL WITCH reunion project in order to focus all his time on upcoming touring and recording commitments with his main band. In his place, ANGEL WITCH mainman Kevin Heybourne, bassist Jon Torres (WARNING SF, ULYSSES SIREN, LAAZ ROCKIT) and Lee Altus (HEATHEN, DIE KRUPPS) have ...

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DIO Drummer Releases DVD

Former AC/DC and current DIO drummer Simon Wright has released a DVD documenting life on the road as a drummer. The DVD is available for purchase for $25 + shipping and can be obtained in a limited supply until the end of April. For further details on the DVD, contact [email protected] or visit

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RONNIE JAMES DIO Double-CD Anthology On The Way

"Stand Up And Shout: The Dio Anthology", a two-disc collection of classic tracks spanning Ronnie James Dio's entire career, is scheduled for release on May 27 through Warner Bros./ Rhino Records. Described as "the only anthology to include songs from Dio's eras with BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW, ELF and DIO," "Stand Up And Shout" arrives augmented ...

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DEF LEPPARD Fan Pays $8,000 For Chance To Sing With Band

Mark Zack from San Jose, California paid £5,007 (more than $8,000) to sing and play "Pour Some Sugar On Me" with DEF LEPPARD during the band's soundcheck in their home town of Sheffield, U.K. All proceeds of the auction will go to Help A Hallam Child, helping sick and needy children from South Yorkshire and ...

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REDLYNX Reunion Concert Planned For Later This Month

A REDLYNX reunion concert, featuring Italian hard rock vocalist Chris Heaven (EDGE OF TIME), will take place on March 25 at Aeiou in Turin, Italy on March 25. The band will play "old and new songs" and will record the show for a webcast and a possible live CD. REDLYNX's current lineup consists of Heaven, ...

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BLAZE Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

Britain's BLAZE, the band led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE frontman Blaze Bayley, are the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's installment of Bang Your Head festival, scheduled to take place Jun. 27-28 in Balingen, Germany. The list of artists currently set to perform at Bang Your Head 2003 looks like this: TWISTED ...

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DOUG ALDRICH Says He's 'Not Sure' About His Future With DIO

During an AOL chat conducted last night (Feb. 17), WHITESNAKE/DIO guitarist Doug Aldrich alluded to a possible scheduling conflict between his upcoming WHITESNAKE touring activities and the songwriting sessions for the next DIO album, potentially jeopardizing his status in the latter band. "Ronnie [James Dio] is at the moment working on the story for the ...

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Ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Singer To Guest On NEIL TURBIN Solo Debut

Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and current TALISMAN singer Jeff Scott Soto has contributed vocals to five tracks on the upcoming solo album from ex-ANTHRAX singer Neil Turbin, entitled "Threatcon Delta". Soto appears on the following cuts: 01. The Truth Is The Best Lie 02. What You Can't Control 03. Blue Screen Of Death 04. Wrecking Ball ...

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HIRAX Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD 2003 Festival

Reunited California thrashers HIRAX are the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's installment of Bang Your Head festival, scheduled to take place Jun. 27-28 in Balingen, Germany. The list of artists currently set to perform at Bang Your Head 2003 looks like this: TWISTED SISTER DIO THIN LIZZY HAMMERFALL U.D.O. SODOM OVERKILL ...

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DIO Set Release Date For Live DVD

DIO have set April 22 as the release date through Eagle Vision (a division of Eagle Rock Entertainment) for their live DVD, tentatively titled "Dio's Evil Or Divine". "Dio's Evil Or Divine" was recorded on Dec. 13, 2002 at Roseland Ballroom in New York City and was directed by Ken Botelho for Century Productions. ...

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KELLY KEELING To Make Live Debut As Solo Artist

Vocalist/guitarist Kelly Keeling (BATON ROUGE, BLUE MURDER, MSG, GUITAR ZEUS, JOHN NORUM) will make his first live appearance as a solo artist on Sunday, Feb. 23 at The Joint in Los Angeles, California. Keeling's upcoming solo debut will include guest appearances by Vinny Appice (BLACK SABBATH, DIO), Carmine Appice (OZZY OSBOURNE, VANILLA FUDGE), Kerry Livgen ...

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DOUG ALDRICH: I Am Not Leaving DIO For WHITESNAKE

Despite the fact that he has agreed to join the reunited WHITESNAKE for their upcoming tour, DIO guitarist Doug Aldrich claims that he has no intentions of leaving his current gig. "I've been asked to join WHITESNAKE for their upcoming tour, and I hope I will be able to see some of [the fans] at ...

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DESTRUCTOR Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

DESTRUCTOR, Cleveland, Ohio's legendary power/thrash band, will be making their European debut at this year's Bang Your Head festival, scheduled to take place Jun. 27-28, 2003 in Balingen, Germany. DESTRUCTOR will be performing twice at the event — the "warm-up show" on Thursday, June 26 and on the main stage on Friday, June 27. The ...

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HELLION In Writing Mode

HELLION's new album, "Will Not Go Quietly", has not yet been released (it is due on Jan. 27 via Massacre), but the group have already commenced the songwriting process for its follow-up. "The band is about 1/2 done with the writing for yet another new album," frontwoman Ann Boleyn wrote on the band's official web ...

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POISON Drummer To Issue Solo Album

Rikki Rockett, drummer of the multi-platinum group POISON, is set to release his first solo record Tuesday, Jan. 7. The album, entitled "Glitter 4 Your Soul", contains 11 tracks of remakes of 1970's "glitter" songs by such artists as DAVID BOWIE ("Fame"), T. REX ("Rock On"), THE NEW YORK DOLLS ("Trash'), THE ROLLING STONES ("Star, ...

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SONATA ARCTICA Set First Single Off Upcoming CD

Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA have set "Victoria's Secret" as the first single off their upcoming full-length effort, "Winterheart's Guild", due on Feb. 22 in Japan and Mar. 17 in Finland. The single itself will precede the album on Feb. 17. "Winterheart's Guild" features a guest appearance by keyboardist Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS/ex-DIO) on four cuts. ...

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