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GUNS N' ROSES Keyboardist Schedules East Coast Dates

GUNS N' ROSES keyboardist Dizzy Reed will take HOOKERS N BLOW to the East Coast for a handful of dates in early June. The last time HOOKERS played New York City at Don Hills, Richard Fortus (GUNS N' ROSES guitarist) showed up and did a few tunes including the BOB DYLAN classic "Knockin' on Heaven's ...

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MISDEMEANOR: New Album Due In The Fall

Swedish all-girl outfit MISDEMEANOR have been hard at work at DogPound Audio studio working on their second full-length album, entitled "High Crimes & Misdemeanor". A total of 11 "hard rock" songs are being tracked for the follow-up to 2002's self-titled effort, which is being recorded by Jonas Edler and produced by Alex Hellid (ENTOMBED). A ...

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THE END To Embark On Canadian Tour

Relapse Records recording artists THE END have announced a Canadian national headlining tour, the band's second road jaunt in support of their critically acclaimed new album, "Within Dividia". THE END will headline the "Aggressive Tendencies Tour 2004" beginning April 29 in St. Catherines, Ontario at the L3 Nightclub. The Aggressive Tendencies Tour is sponsored by ...

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IMMOLATION Drummer Joins Melodic Black Metallers REQUIEM AETERNAM

Melodic black metal band REQUIEM AETERNAM, originally from Uruguay but currently based in New York, have announced that drummer Alex Hernández, known for his work in IMMOLATION, has joined the group to lay down the drum tracks for their upcoming album, "Philosopher". "His huge talent and wide experience, gained in more than a decade of ...

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Former MALEVOLENT CREATION Drummer, Ex-SOLSTICE Guitarist Reunite In APOCALYPSE RISING

Ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION drummer Alex Marquez has reunited with his former SOLSTICE bandmate/guitarist Dennis Munoz in a new "power metal/early '80s thrash" band tentatively called APOCALYPSE RISING. The quartet, which is completed by second guitarist Willy Medina and bass player Mike Marabell, sees Marquez handling the vocal duties (the band plans to have a drummer for ...

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RHAPSODY To Issue Mini-CD In May

RHAPSODY will be issuing a new mini-CD, entitled "The Dark Secret", on May 29 through Magic Circle Music/SPV. The group's as-yet-untitled new full-length album will follow in September. "The Dark Secret" track listing: 01. Unholy Warcry (short version)* 02. Thunder Mighty Roar* 03. Sacred Power Of Raging Winds 04. Guardians Of Destiny (English version)* 05. ...

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TESTAMENT Offer Second 'Bootleg' Video

San Francisco Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT are offering the second live "bootleg" video for sale in the "Merch" section of the group's official web site. "This tape features the original TESTAMENT line-up live at the Santa Monica Civic, Santa Monica, CA on December 16, 1989," reads a post on the site. " It includes cool ...

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SAMMY HAGAR: EDDIE VAN HALEN Is Playing Better Than Ever

Sammy Hagar has confirmed during an appearance on "The Howard Stern Show" Friday morning (March 26) that he has been working with VAN HALEN for a couple of months on new material that will be included on a compilation disc due this summer. The following is a synopsis of this morning's show, as reported by ...

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ANTHRAX: DVD Cover Posted Online

The cover artwork for ANTHRAX's much-anticipated live DVD, "Music Of Mass Destruction", has been posted online at this location. Filmed at a sold-out Metro in Chicago on Friday, December 5, 2003, "Music Of Mass Destruction" reportedly captures what is being described as "the show to define the band's legendary career." According to drummer ...

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JEFF SCOTT SOTO: Drummer ALEX PAPA Leaves The Fold

Vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (TALISMAN, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) has parted ways with the drummer from his solo band, Alex Papa. "Alex has decided to pursue other avenues in his career," Jeff said in a statement. "I and the rest of the band support his decisions and wish him nothing but every success in his future endeavors. ...

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Austria's HELLBOUND To Change Their Name

HELLBOUND, the Austrian band featuring former ABIGOR mainman Peter Kubik, have announced plans to change their name into HEIDENREICH, the moniker previously used by one of Peter's other side-projects. "[We are changing the name] mainly because the name suits quite well and the rights of HEIDENREICH are still served through the previous deal with Napalm ...

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Former DEATH/CYNIC Guitarist To Guest On ILLEGIMITATION CD

Former DEATH/CYNIC guitarist Paul Masvidal will reportedly make a guest appearance on the debut album from German black/death metallers ILLEGIMITATION. The as-yet-untitled effort will be recorded in August at Mastersound Studio in Fellbach, Germany under the production guidance of Alex Krull (ATROCITY, BELPHEGOR, SINISTER). Other guest musicians scheduled to appear on the CD include Victor ...

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DARKWELL Name New Album, Announce Tour Dates

Austrian "gothic metal" band DARKWELL, featuring ex-ABIGOR and current SHADOWCAST drummer Moritz Neuner, will embark on a short Central European tour this spring in support of their upcoming second full-length album, "Metatron", tentatively due late April through Napalm Records. The follow-up to the "Conflict Of Interest" EP (2002), "Metatron" was recorded at Mirror Production Studios ...

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JEFF SCOTT SOTO: New Solo Album On The Way

In addition to his brand-new, as-yet-unnamed project with Neal Schon and Deen Castronovo (both of JOURNEY) and Marco Mendoza (WHITESNAKE, BLUE MURDER, THIN LIZZY), singer Jeff Scott Soto has started recording his highly anticipated third solo album, tentatively titled "Lost In The Translation". Jeff has confirmed that Neal Schon will co-write a song and appear ...

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WHITESNAKE's COVERDALE Is Supportive Of Wife's New Career

When Cindy Coverdale, wife of WHITESNAKE frontman David Coverdale, decided to write a rock and roll cookbook, "Food That Rocks", she wasn't sure how her new career would go over with her husband. "After all," Cindy laughs, "he was used to being the one who got the attention while I did the wife and mother ...

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SCENES Part Ways With Singer, Announce Replacement

German prog-metallers SCENES have parted ways with vocalist Nektarios Bamiatzis. "Collaboration with [Nektarios] the past few months had become more difficult and complicated to schedule due to his engagement at 'German Idol' as well as his solo career," the band write on their web site. "As a result of Neki's meteoric rise after he reached ...

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ALEX SKOLNICK Talks About Playing In OZZY OSBOURNE's Band

Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick has spoken out about the experience of auditioning for — and ultimately landing — the guitarist gig in OZZY OSBOURNE's band, only to be told less than a month later it had been given to someone else. Asked via his message board what was it like playing with Ozzy and ...

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Virgin Megastore To Host Rock & Roll Cookbook Signing

Hollywood's Virgin Megastore will host a celebrity book signing for the rock & roll cookbook, "Food That Rocks", on Thursday, March 18, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. In addition to the authors, Cindy Coverdale (wife of WHITESNAKE frontman David Coverdale) and Margie Lapanja, many of the book's contributors will be there signing copies of the book ...

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GUNS N' ROSES Keyboardist To Embark On Solo Tour

GUNS N' ROSES keyboardist Dizzy Reed will be launching an East Coast solo tour on March 18. Backing Reed at all the dates will be Los Angeles-based rockers FASTMASTER (web site), who will also be the opening band on the tour. FASTMASTER includes Matt Starr and Alex Grossi from BEAUTIFUL CREATURES on guitar ...

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DISILLUSION: New Song Posted Online

An edited version of the DISILLUSION track "Back To Times Of Splendor" has been posted online in MP3 format at this location. "Back To Times Of Splendor" is the title cut to the Leipzig, Germany-based metallers' full-length debut, due on April 5 through Metal Blade Records. "Back To Times Of Splendor" was mixed ...

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ANTHRAX to Unleash 'Music Of Mass Destruction' DVD In April

ANTHRAX will release their much-anticipated live DVD, "Music Of Mass Destruction", on April 6 through Sanctuary Records. Filmed at a sold-out Metro in Chicago on Friday, December 5, 2003, "Music Of Mass Destruction" reportedly captures what is being described as "the show to define the band's legendary career." According to drummer Charlie Benante, "In the ...

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Atlanta Radio Station Drops Hint About VAN HALEN Reunion

LiveDaily.com reports: "One of the worst-kept secrets in rock may soon be publicly revealed Atlanta radio station 96 Rock's website features an item under the heading 'The Reunion They Said Wouldn't Happen,' next to which is a blurred, 1995 photograph of guitarist Eddie Van Halen. " 'Keep listening for a major concert announcement ...

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RUSH: Tour Announcement Delayed

RUSH will reveal the details of their 30th Anniversary Tour on Wednesday, February 18 — one day later than previously expected. According to the group's official newsletter, the tour date announcement has been delayed in order to finalize and confirm all of the necessary details. As previously reported, Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee unveiled plans ...

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Former TESTAMENT Guitarist Comments On The Group's Early Albums

Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick recently gave an interview to JamBands.com in which he discussed his time in TESTAMENT and his progression away from the heavy music scene into a more jazz/fusion-influenced approach. Asked if playing in front of large crowds during TESTAMENT's early days was a strange experience for him at such a young ...

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RUSH To Announce 30th Anniversary Tour Dates This Week

RUSH will be announcing the dates for their 30th Anniversary Tour on Tuesday, February 17 via their official web site, Rush.com. The band's Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee unveiled plans to mark their 30th anniversary year by hitting the road for a major global concert tour in 2004 during a special appearance on the nationally ...

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WAR & PEACE Sign With Z RECORDS

Jeff Pilson's (DOKKEN, MSG, DIO, WILD HORSES) WAR & PEACE have signed a deal with Z Records. The band's new album, "The Walls Have Eyes", is scheduled for release in April. "The Walls Have Eyes", which features a guest appearance by guitarist Alex Masi, contains the following track listing: 01. Calling 02. Reflections 03. No ...

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