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DEEP PURPLE Singer: This Is The Best Line-Up We've Ever Had

DEEP PURPLE frontman Ian Gillan recently spoke to The New Zealand Herald about the group's past lineup changes and the band's present incarnation, which consists of Gillan, bassist Roger Glover, drummer Ian Paice, guitarist Steve Morse, and keyboardist Don Airey. "We had a conversation about this the other day and I think this is the ...

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TONY IOMMI: OZZY Doesn't Get Enough Credit As A Singer

BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi spoke to CNN.com about the group's eight-disc BLACK SABBATH box set, "Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978)", out today via Warner Bros.' reissue unit, Rhino Records. Here are a couple of excerpts from that interview: CNN: Did you have any idea how influential the band was going to ...

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ANTHRAX Singer, Wife Expecting First Child

ANTHRAX vocalist John Bush and his wife Tori are expecting their first child in November, according to a posting on the band's official web site. In other news, ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian recently spoke to Australia's TimeOff.com.au about the departure of bassist Frank Bello (the band have since acquired ARMORED SAINT/FATES WARNING bassist on a ...

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Ex-BLACK SABBATH Singer Offers His Side Of The Story Behind His Dismissal From M3

Former BLACK SABBATH singer Tony Martin has issued a personal statement explaining his side of the story behind his dismissal from M3, the "classic WHITESNAKE" tribute group featuring Bernie Marsden (guitar, ex-WHITESNAKE), Micky Moody (guitar, ex-WHITESNAKE), Neil Murray (ex-WHITESNAKE, BLACK SABBATH), Jimmy Copley (drums, ex-PAUL RODGERS, GILLAN, BECK), and Mark Stanway (keyboards, ex-MAGNUM). ...

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M3 Confirm TONY MARTIN's Departure, Seek Replacement

M3, the "classic WHITESNAKE" tribute band featuring Bernie Marsden (guitar, ex-WHITESNAKE), Micky Moody (guitar, ex-WHITESNAKE), Neil Murray (ex-WHITESNAKE, BLACK SABBATH), Jimmy Copley (drums, ex-PAUL RODGERS, GILLAN, BECK), and Mark Stanway (keyboards, ex-MAGNUM), have issued a statement confirming the departure of vocalist Tony Martin (ex-BLACK SABBATH) from the group's ranks. Commented Marsden, guitarist and driving force ...

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Former THE CULT Singer To Release Solo Album Next Year

Former THE CULT frontman Ian Astbury has worked on series of demos with producers such as Gordon Raphael (THE STROKES, THE WILDHEARTS) and James LaVelle (U.N.K.L.E.), and he hopes to release a solo album, tentatively titled "Warriors of the Mystic Plains", on a yet-to-be-determined label sometime in 2005, according to Billboard. "My sound will be ...

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It's Official: JUDAS PRIEST Re-Sign With SONY MUSIC

JUDAS PRIEST have confirmed that they have re-signed with Sony Music for the release of their upcoming studio album. The group's official statement on the matter is as follows: "We are pleased to announce that Sony Music U.K. has re-signed the giants of Heavy Metal JUDAS PRIEST to a worldwide deal. "Returning to the home ...

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Ex-BLACK SABBATH Singer TONY MARTIN Fired From M3

Former BLACK SABBATH frontman Tony Martin has been fired from M3, the "classic WHITESNAKE" tribute group featuring Bernie Marsden (guitar, ex-WHITESNAKE), Micky Moody (guitar, ex-WHITESNAKE), Neil Murray (ex-WHITESNAKE, BLACK SABBATH), Jimmy Copley (drums, ex-PAUL RODGERS, GILLAN, BECK), and Mark Stanway (keyboards, ex-MAGNUM). An official statement from Tony on the matter is expected soon. In other ...

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ANTHRAX Playing Longer Sets On Japanese Tour

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has posted another installment of his regular online column, dubbed "Alpha Mail". An excerpt: "The Tokyo shows were great. The venue, On Air East was killer and both nights were packed. We changed the set after the first show and played six different songs the second night. 'Death Rider' is killing. ...

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LEMMY, JERRY CANTRELL, CAMP FREDDY Jam In Hollywood: Photos Available

MOTÖRHEAD's Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, CARDBOARD VAMPIRES (the new band featuring ex-ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell, ex-THE CULT axeman Billy Duffy and MÖTLEY CRÜE singer John Corabi) and CAMP FREDDY (the Los Angeles-based "jam" band consisting of JANE'S ADDICTION guitarist Dave Navarro, former THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison (on guitar), ex-GUNS N' ROSES/THE CULT ...

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MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP To Release Live DVD In May

MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP (MSG) shot a DVD in Poland during the group's recent tour of Europe. A tentative May release is expected. In other MSG-related news, the band's bassist, Rev Jones, is going to be setting in playing bass for FUEL in April while their bass player's wife has a baby. The dates are as ...

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JOEY VERA: Touring With ANTHRAX Will Be Killer

ARMORED SAINT/FATES WARNING bassist Joey Vera has posted the following message on his official web site: "As most of you have heard, I will be going on tour with ANTHRAX filling in for the recently departed bassist Frank Bello. The band has asked me to do their upcoming tour of Japan and Australia which they ...

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KITTIE In The Studio Mixing 'Until The End': Video Available

HeavyMetalSource.com has uploaded six video clips of KITTIE in the studio mixing their third full-length album, "Until the End". Check out the clips here. As previously reported, "Until the End" was recorded and mixed with producer Steve Thompson (METALLICA, KORN, SIMPLE PLAN, GUNS N' ROSES) and engineer Ian Hatton (BONHAM, LUXX) at Longview ...

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DEEP PURPLE Become One Of The First Rock Bands To Play China

Veteran British rockers DEEP PURPLE became one of the first hard rock bands to grace the stage in China when they performed in Beijing Wednesday (March 31), according to JapanToday.com. Chinese officials have long frowned upon the rock-and-roll genre, fearful that electrified songs of protests and struggle could topple a political regime. But DEEP PURPLE, ...

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DEEP PURPLE Bassist Checks In From The Road

DEEP PURPLE bassist Roger Glover has posted the following message on his official web site: "Well, it's been a while. Some would say an era, others have probably not noticed, but it's about time I wrote a report. Indeed I haven’t really noticed. Time has a way of inexorably tick-tocking away when one ...

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KITTIE Discuss Approach To Recording New Album 'Until The End'

With just three weeks to make an album, KITTIE, producer Steve Thompson, and engineer Ian Hatton retreated to Longview Farm Studios to record an album with a live in-your-face feel. "Making this record was definitely a challenge because we had three weeks to record an album that should take two months, but nonetheless it has ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Begin Recording New Album With Producer ROY Z

JUDAS PRIEST Management Co-ordinator Jayne Andrews has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Hi - Jayne here again! I haven't had a chance to post any messages on the board recently as I've been up to my eyes what with sorting out the new record deal, arranging the world tour, working ...

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DON AIREY Talks About LIVING LOUD, Joining DEEP PURPLE

The online rock journal "The Fuze" conducted an interview with DEEP PURPLE keyboardist Don Airey a month ago in Vancouver. The following are some of the highlights of that conversation: On adding his personality to the band's sound: "I had an idea to start 'Perfect Strangers' with a big church organ sound, of which I've ...

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ANTHRAX's SCOTT IAN: Lineup Changes Suck

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"): "Comrades, the emails have been pouring in and I'd like to thank you all very much for your words of support. Seriously, thank you so much. I read all the ...

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