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RONNIE JAMES DIO On 'THE OSBOURNES': 'OZZY Has Been Used'

Former BLACK SABBATH frontman Ronnie James Dio believes that Ozzy Osbourne's current prevalence in the media will ultimately harm his musical legacy — particularly in the eyes of those "intelligent" enough to see how Ozzy "has been used" as a marketing tool by those around him. "I think that the things [Ozzy]'s done should be ...

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Man Convicted In Killing Of Former KISS Guitarist's Ex-Wife

A Hartford Superior Court jury convicted Gregory McArthur of felony murder, manslaughter, larceny and kidnapping charges Friday in connection with the 1998 death of the ex-wife of former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent and part-time escort AnnMarie Cusano, according to the Hartford Courant. But the jury acquitted McArthur of charges of murder, capital murder and robbery ...

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PETER DURST Rejoins DARKSIDE

Peter Durst, original singer and guitar player Austrian death metallers DARKSIDE, has rejoined the band. Durst, who spent time in DESPERADO INC. during his hiatus from the group, left DARKSIDE in the fall of 2000. "Peter's comeback does surely not mean that DARKSIDE [will] return to its previous style, the goals for the band are ...

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VINNIE VINCENT Hard At Work On New Album

Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent (a.k.a. Vincent Cusano) has been writing and recording new material at a Los Angeles studio for an album that may or may not surface under the VINNIE VINCENT INVASION moniker. No further information on the project is available at this time. In related news, the jury deciding the fate of ...

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ANDREW W.K. Speaks Out On Art Of Headbanging

Hyperactive party rocker ANDREW W.K. recently offered the following advice to a fan on the art of headbanging and "slamming": "The most important part of the slam dances is to build it up," Andrew said. "The first few times you bang you will get a very sore neck! The neck muscles are very sensitive and ...

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MÖTLEY CRÜE's NIKKI SIXX Pays Tribute To WARWICK Bass

MÖTLEY CRÜE/BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION bassist Nikki Sixx has posted the following message in the "Rock'n'Roll Diary" section of CRÜE's official web site: "I have been playing Gibson Thunderbirds forever. I love them, always have, always will. When I worked with Specter in the 80's, we designed the body along the lines of the T bird ...

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PEAVEY ELECTRONICS CORP Launches EDWARD VAN HALEN CUSTOM SHOP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Peavey Electronics Corp., is proud to introduce the Edward Van Halen Custom Shop. That totally tricked-out, customized Wolfgang electric guitar you've been pining for all these years is now only a few mouse clicks away at www.Peavey.com. Peavey's EVH Custom Shop offers guitarists a brilliantly simplistic online user interface where they can ...

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KISS Murder Trial Update: Cusano's Daughters Kept Secret

As previously reported, the murder trial of a man accused of killing the ex-wife of former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent got underway on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the Superior Court in Hartford, Connecticut. Police arrested Gregory McArthur, 41, on Sept. 2, 2000, and charged him with the January 1998 murder of Annemarie Cusano. Cusano worked ...

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FILTER's RICHARD PATRICK: 'Alive And Kicking'

FILTER frontman Richard Patrick has posted a message on their official site revealing that his recent spell in rehab was "the best thing that has ever happened" to him. The message runs as follows: "Hi, this is Richard again, I'm alive and kicking! Rehab was the best thing that ever happened to me, my mind ...

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TALISMAN Issue Live CD In Scandinavia

Legendary Swedish/American hard rock act TALISMAN, featuring former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN members Jeff Scott Soto (vocals) and Marcel Jacob (bass), have just issued a new album, "Live At Sweden Rock Festival", via Empire Records in Scandinavia. The complete track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Colour My XTC 02. Fabricated War 03. Mysterious (This ...

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NECROPHAGIA To Release 'The Divine Art of Torture' In February

NECROPHAGIA — featuring mainman Killjoy, drummer Wayne Fabra Iscariah (ex-IMMORTAL, bass), Frediablo (GORELORD/WURDULAK, guitars), Fug (WURDULAK, guitars), and Mirai Kawashima (SIGH, keyboards) — have finalized the track listing for their new album, "The Divine Art of Torture", due in February 2003 through Season Of Mist Records. It is as follows (in no particular order): 01. ...

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THE DEFACED Reveal Track Listing For 'Karma In Black'

Sweden's THE DEFACED, featuring DARKANE guitarist Klas Ideberg and SOILWORK drummer Henry Ranta, have completed work on their sophomore effort, "Karma In Black", for an early 2003 release through Italy's Scarlet Records. Commented guitarist Mattias Svensson: "The mixing of 'Karma in Black' is done and the result totally speaks for itself. We believe that we ...

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Hang Out With MARILYN MANSON In New York City!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: ATTENTION NEW YORK AREA MARILYN MANSON FANS! We are offering you a unique opportunity to hang out with MANSON at a party he is hosting which will be televised by Much Music. The party is taking place in New York City on Thursday, October 24, 2002 and you would need to be ...

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JEFF PILSON Speaks Out On DOKKEN, L/P And World Politics

Former DOKKEN and current L/P bassist Jeff Pilson has addressed the rumors surrounding his previous group, the plans for his new band and the current political situation in a lengthy posting via his official web site. According to Pilson, "I don't know if [drummer] Mick [Brown] is still in DOKKEN or not. And as for ...

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SHARON OSBOURNE On Cancer Battle: 'Life Goes On'

The following article was originally published in the National Enquirer: Cancer-stricken Sharon Osbourne reveals for the first time how she had to calm her sobbing husband Ozzy after she nearly died from chemotherapy complications. No more tears! Married for 20 years, Sharon's more in control than Ozzy. She had to be strong for her struggling ...

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AMERICAN DOG Prepare To Issue Sophomore CD

Columbus, Ohio-based AMERICAN DOG, featuring former SALTY DOG bassist Michael Hannon, will release their second studio album, Red, White, Black And Blue, on October 1st through Outlaw Recordings. The release date was set back due to guitarist Steve Theado's run-in with a Buick in a hit-and-run accident back on January 12th that left the guitarist's ...

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DAVE GROHL: LAYNE STALEY's Death Broke My Heart

Former NIRVANA drummer and current FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl has spoken to Britain's Kerrang! magazine about his sadness over the death of ALICE IN CHAINS frontman Layne Staley. Grohl was drinking in a Los Angeles bar on April 19th this year when a disconsolate Jerry Cantrell entered the bar. The former ALICE IN CHAINS ...

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DROWNING POOL Death Photo A Hoax: Former Tour Manager

A former tour manager for DROWNING POOL has dismissed as a hoax a recently-circulated photo purported to have been taken of late DP frontman Dave Williams' lifeless corpse in a body bag shortly after he was found dead on the band's tour bus on August 14th. Writing on DROWING POOL's official message board under the ...

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NECROPHAGIA Mainman Speaks Out On PHILIP ANSELMO, Upcoming Projects

Despite rumors to the contrary, there is no bad blood between NECROPHAGIA mainman Killjoy (whose real name is believed to be Frank Pucci) and PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo over the demise of their joint label venture, Housecore/Baphomet Records, Killjoy revealed in an interview conducted with Korea's RockNew.com two weeks ago. "Philip is a great guy, ...

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IRON MAIDEN Raise £8,000 In Auction For Former Drummer

IRON MAIDEN have managed to raise nearly £8,000 (approximately $12,400) from their Clive Burr auction and will donate the proceeds to the Clive Burr Multiple Sclerosis Trust Fund. According to the group's official web site, bids were received from around the world. The Stage Eddie was bought by an eager Japanese Fan and is currently ...

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