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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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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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Former DIO Guitarist Completes Work On New Solo CD

Former DIO/WORLD WAR III guitarist TRACY G has completed work on his latest solo CD, "Deviating From The Set List", featuring covers of classic rock tunes. The album, which reportedly took a year to record, includes guest appearances from 24 artists, among them Ralph Saenz (vocals - ATOMIC PUNK, METAL SHOP), Ray Luzier (drums - ...

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WHITESNAKE 2003 Lineup Confirmed!

WHITESNAKE have finalized and confirmed their 2003 touring lineup. It is as follows: Vocals - David Coverdale Drums - Tommy Aldridge (OZZY OSBOURNE, THIN LIZZY) Guitar - Doug Aldrich (DIO, LION, BURNING RAIN) Guitar - Reb Beach (WINGER, ALICE COOPER, DOKKEN) Bass - Marco Mendoza (TED NUGENT, THIN LIZZY) Keyboards - Timothy Drury (EAGLES, DON ...

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DAVID COVERDALE: 'I Can't Confirm Or Deny' WHITESNAKE Lineup Rumors

WHITESNAKE mastermind David Coverdale has refused to comment on the growing rumors that he has enlisted guitarist Doug Aldrich (DIO, HURRICANE, LION), bassist Marco Mendoza (THIN LIZZY, BLUE MURDER) and drummer Tommy Aldridge (OZZY OSBOURNE, TED NUGENT, THIN LIZZY) to perform as his backing band on the group's upcoming reunion tour. "I can't confirm, or ...

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WHITESNAKE And DOKKEN 2003 Lineup Details Unveiled

According to Melodicrock.com, the lineup for WHITESNAKE's upcoming reunion tour will likely consist of frontman David Coverdale, bassist Marco Mendoza (THIN LIZZY, BLUE MURDER), guitarist Doug Aldrich (DIO, HURRICANE, LION) and drummer Tommy Aldridge (OZZY OSBOURNE, TED NUGENT, THIN LIZZY). Rumors also abound that Warren DiMartini (RATT) was asked to fill the second-guitarist slot, but ...

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A Chaos Theory - SHADOWKEEP

A couple of years ago, SHADOWKEEP were apparently hailed within underground circles as one of the most promising English traditional bands on the block, accumulating plaudits and support slots (with DIO and HALFORD) alike. When you bear in mind though that much of this scene stinks like month-old kippers, it doesn't attest too much to ...

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The Odyssey - SYMPHONY X

Once you dig beneath the dungeons, dragons and decorative armor, "true" metal carries as many false promises as it does genuine attributes. The fact that recycling standardized riffs and possessing a singer with a voice more featureless than the Arizona desert (take a bow, HAMMERFALL and ICED EARTH) can propel you into the stratosphere seems ...

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OLIVER/DAWSON SAXON Win Court Battle Over Use Of Trademark

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The ongoing legal action between the original members of the band SAXON has finally resulted in a judgment regarding the trademark. Graham Oliver and Steve Dawson, now performing as OLIVER/DAWSON SAXON, have won the action brought against them by Biff Byford regarding the trademark to the name "SAXON". Byford tried to have ...

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SONATA ARCTICA Name Album, Announce Japanese Tour

Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA have set "Winterheart's Guild" as the title for their upcoming CD, which is due to be released on Feb. 22 in Japan and Mar. 17 in Finland. "Winterheart's Guild" features a guest appearance by keyboardist Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS/ex-DIO), who plays on four of the album's cuts. In other news, SONATA ...

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RITCHIE BLACKMORE: RAINBOW Reunion Rumors Are False

Rumors of former DEEP PURPLE guitarist Ritchie Blackmore reforming RAINBOW with either Ronnie James Dio or Joe Lynn Turner are false, a spokesperson for the guitar legend says. The rumor allegedly was circulated by a German magazine, which fabricated the quote that Blackmore was looking to reform RAINBOW, said the spokesperson. The livid Blackmore had ...

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DIO: More DVD Details Revealed

More information has been made available regarding DIO's upcoming live DVD, which is scheduled to be shot during the band's performance at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City on Friday, Dec. 13. According to Spitfire Records, the as-yet-untitled DVD will be directed by Ken Botelho for Century Productions and will surface next April through ...

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Former ANTHRAX Frontman Announces Release Date For Solo Debut

Former ANTHRAX frontman Neil Turbin has set Jan. 16, 2003 as the release date through Metal Mayhem Music of his long-awaited solo debut, entitled "Threatcon Delta". According to an official press release, "Threatcon Delta" is "a dynamic metal album that combines ultra-heavy old-school thrash, speed, groove, powerful vocals and melodies that you would expect from ...

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KING'S X Enter Studio To Record New CD

KING'S X have finished recording "10 or so basic tracks" for their upcoming CD, tentatively due sometime in 2003. "Plans are to have the basic album finished (bass, drums, one guitar) prior to the DIO tour," according to the band's official web site. "Then after the tour they will go back into the studio to ...

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BLACK SABBATH, BLUE OYSTER CULT's "Black & Blue" DVD On Hold

The DVD release of BLACK SABBATH and BLUE OYSTER CULT's legendary Black & Blue concert, filmed at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York on October 15th, 1980, has been put on hold, according to an official statement from Classic Pictures. No official reason for the delay was given, although unconfirmed reports seem to indicate that ...

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HALFORD Manager Speaks Out On SOYOROCK Cancellation

HALFORD frontman Rob Halford's longtime personal manager John Baxter has confirmed the reports of a cancellation of Korea's Soyorock (a.k.a. World Rock) festival (as reported here last week), which was scheduled for October 12-13 and was set to include appearances by HALFORD, DIO, GAMMA RAY and RAGE, among others. "Quickly, I want to express our ...

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RONDINELLI To Issue 'Our Cross — Our Sins' In October

RONDINELLI, who include in their ranks former RAINBOW/BLACK SABBATH and current BLUE OYSTER CULT drummer Bobby Rondinelli, ex-SABBATH/WHITESNAKE bassist Neil Murray, former SABBATH frontman Tony Martin and guitarist Teddy Rondinelli, will issue their sophomore album, entitled Our Cross — Our Sins, through MTM Records on October 21st. Featuring a musical direction that is said to ...

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COSMOSQUAD To Issue Live Album In November

L.A.-based instrumental all-star outfit, COSMOSQUAD, are currently readying their first ever live album, titled Live at the Baked Potato, due out in November via guitarist Jeff Kollman's Marmaduke label. Recorded and mixed by Kollman and David Knauer (ERIC GALES, etc.), the disc features 14 songs from both the self-titled COSMOSQUAD debut and 2002's highly acclaimed ...

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Korea's SOYOROCK 2002 Cancelled — Again

Korea's Soyorock 2002 (a.k.a. World Rock) festival, which was set to include appearances by HALFORD, DIO, GAMMA RAY and RAGE, has reportedly been cancelled for a second time, according to a Noise Records newsletter that was circulated yesterday, September 27th. No reason was given for the cancellation. Soyorock 2002 was originally scheduled to take place ...

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OLIVER DAWSON SAXON To Support DIO In UK

OLIVER DAWSON SAXON have been asked to be the special guests to DIO on his forthcoming UK tour. Following several successful joint appearances in Europe last year, Ronnie James Dio has asked OLIVER DAWSON SAXON to open his shows in the UK. The band, which features original SAXON members Graham Oliver and Steve Dawson along ...

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KING'S X Added To DIO/HAMMERFALL Tour

KING'S X have been selected to fill the middle-act slot on the upcoming DIO/HAMMERFALL North American tour, scheduled to run from early November to mid-December. Having just completed the highly-successful DREAM THEATER/JOE SATRIANI trek, KING'S X will play select headline shows on the days off on the DIO tour. The band plan to remain on ...

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DIO/HAMMERFALL: Tentative Dates Announced

The initial/tentative dates for the forthcoming DIO/HAMMERFALL North American tour have been leaked. They are as follows: Nov. 06 - Vancouver, BC @ TBA Nov. 07 - Tacoma, WA @ Temple Theatre Nov. 08 - TBA @ TBA Nov. 09 - Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom Nov. 10 - Eugene, OR @ TBA Nov. 12 ...

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DIO To Issue Special Tour Edition Of 'Killing The Dragon'

DIO will be releasing an updated version of his Killing the Dragon CD, entitled Killing the Dragon: Tour Edition, on October 22nd through Spitfire Records. Included on the CD will be the following bonus items not found on the original version: 01. Ronnie James Dio (with DEEP PURPLE) - Fever Dreams (live) 02. Ronnie James ...

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'BLACK SABBATH Story' Videos To Be Released On DVD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: TWO 'BLACK SABBATH STORY' HOME VIDEOS TO BE RELEASED ON DVD AND VHS BY SANCTUARY ON SEPTEMBER 24, 2002 BLACK SABBATH pioneered true heavy metal, and a fascinating look into the British band's turbulent history is covered on two individual DVD and VHS releases, The Black Sabbath Story: Volume One and The ...

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