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ANTHRAX Guitarist: Just Don't Call It A Comeback

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian recently told Canada's Chart Attack that he's slightly miffed that their latest album, "We've Come For You All", is being touted as their "comeback album" when they never left in the first place. "We didn't have a studio album for five years, so they put a 'comeback album' spin on it?" ...

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DEEP PURPLE Singer Says JON LORD's Departure Was A 'Relief'

U.K. web site Metro Café have posted a short interview with DEEP PURPLE singer Ian Gillan in which he discussses, among other things, why it took five years to record a follow-up to 1998's "Abandon": "We were reluctant to press on with it at the time because [keyboardist] Jon Lord's been leaving for five years," ...

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Former BIG WRECK Frontman Signs With CHAD KROEGER's Label

Jam! Music reports former BIG WRECK frontman Ian Thornley has signed with his friend Chad Kroeger's Universal-distributed label 604 in Canada, and Roadrunner for the rest of the world. He will begin recording with Toronto producer Gavin Brown (THREE DAYS GRACE, BILLY TALENT) in September. The album, expected in the first quarter of 2004, will ...

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LIONSHEART Bounce Back With New Lineup, Album

LIONSHEART, the early '90s British melodic rock outfit fronted by former GRIM REAPER/ONSLAUGHT singer Steve Grimmett, have completed work on a new album, "Abyss", due later in the year through an as-yet-undisclosed label. "Abyss" was recorded at the Warehouse Studio in Oxford, U.K. throughout May/June 2003 and was engineered by Steve Watkins. The complete track ...

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LOSTPROPHETS Cancel U.K. Dates

LOSTPROPHETS have been forced to cancel all of their previously announced U.K. dates in order to complete work on their new album, tentatively due in late 2003/early 2004 through Columbia Records. The as-yet-untitled effort is currently being mixed at a Los Angeles studio with producer Eric Valentine, who has previously worked with QUEENS OF THE ...

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JUDAS PRIEST's HILL: 'The Timing For Reunion Is Perfect'

JUDAS PRIEST bassist Ian Hill has issued a statement via the group's official web site commenting on their reunion with vocalist Rob Halford and thanking former singer Tim "Ripper" Owens for his contributions to the band. Hill's statement reads as follows: "Greetings Metalions, the long awaited event has happened! After twelve years, the Metal Gods ...

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ANTHRAX Guitarist SCOTT IAN: The Metal God Is Back

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian says that he "can't wait" to see JUDAS PRIEST performing live with Rob Halford again but insists that Halford's replacement in PRIEST, Tim "Ripper" Owens, "was and is his own man and he made those songs his when he sang them." In a posting to ANTHRAX's official web site, Ian writes, ...

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JUDAS PRIEST/HALFORD Reunion: The Official Press Release!

After more than 12 years apart, JUDAS PRIEST and original lead vocalist Rob Halford have reunited for a global live concert tour in 2004. The definitive JUDAS PRIEST lineup of Rob Halford, lead guitarist Glenn Tipton, lead guitarist K.K. Downing, bassist Ian Hill and drummer Scott Travis are back. The original band members have been ...

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It's Official: ROB HALFORD Rejoins JUDAS PRIEST!!

JUDAS PRIEST will reunite with Rob Halford for a new album and tour in 2004, the band's management has confirmed to CNN. "Rob Halford, along with band members K.K. Downing, Glenn Tipton and Ian Hill felt a heightened level of intensity," a member of JUDAS PRIEST management team told CNN, speaking of recent meetings with ...

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JETHRO TULL Leader To Embark On Solo Tour

JETHRO TULL leader Ian Anderson will embark on a two-month solo tour in the fall in support of his forthcoming disc, "Rupi's Dance". The solo tour — dubbed "Rubbing Elbows with Ian Anderson" — is described on JETHRO TULL's web site as "an intimate evening of acoustic songs, music and bawdy tales." "Rupi's Dance", due ...

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Former LED ZEPPELIN Guitarist Gets Behind RIFFATHON 2003

Guitarist, Total Guitar and Guitar Techniques, in association with the Academy of Contemporary Music, have announced the first-ever U.K. Riffathon 2003. Supported by none other than former LED ZEPPELIN guitarist Jimmy Page, the Riffathon is designed to encourage players of all ages to get out there and riff. And it's all in a good cause ...

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ThePLATFORM Partners With SPEAKEASY To Power Successful Launch Of METALLICAVAULT.COM

thePlatform for Media, Inc., a leading provider of software for rich media content management, publishing, and reporting software, announced it partnered with Speakeasy, the nation's largest independent broadband provider, to provide software content management and presentation for www.metallicavault.com, the first authorized online distribution point for the music of rock legends METALLICA. thePlatform has ...

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SILVER: Third Album Due In September

SILVER, the all-star project featuring vocalist Gary Barden (ex-MSG), guitarist Bernie Torme (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE, GILLAN, DESPERADO), keyboardist Don Airey (DEEP PURPLE, ex-MSG, TEN), bassist Bob Daisley (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE) and drummer Bertram Engel, will issue their third album, entitled "Intruder", in late September through Point Music Records. In related news, Bob Daisley and fellow ex-OZZY OSBOURNE ...

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TONY MARTIN Talks About Singing Classic WHITESNAKE Songs With M3

Former BLACK SABBATH singer Tony Martin, who is currently fronting M3, the new "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), recently spoke about what it's like stepping into David Coverdale's shoes after ...

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ANTHRAX: Opening Bands Confirmed

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has confirmed via the group's official web site that LAMB OF GOD and E-TOWN CONCRETE will be the opening bands for the first leg of ANTHRAX's upcoming U.S. headlining tour, which is scheduled to run between July 29 and August 30. Italy's LACUNA COIL will replace LAMB OF GOD on the ...

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A DEEP PURPLE/URIAH HEEP Collaboration?

According to URIAH HEEP guitarist Mick Box, a new CD is currently being recorded in Florida by the following lineup of musicians: Lee Kerslake (URIAH HEEP, OZZY OSBOURNE) – drums Bob Daisley (OZZY OSBOURNE) – bass Jimmy Barnes (COLD CHISEL) - vocals Jon Lord (DEEP PURPLE) – keyboards Steve Morse (DEEP PURPLE) – guitars No ...

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DEF LEPPARD Singer To Appear On ALEX HARVEY Tribute

According to last week's U.K. Sunday Mail newspaper, DEF LEPPARD singer Joe Elliott has been invited to take part in an upcoming Alex Harvey tribute album. The CD, which is due later in the year, will feature THE SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND accompanied by a host of singers such as Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, punk ...

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BRAZEN ABBOT: Bulgarian Tour Details Revealed

BRAZEN ABBOT, the brainchild of Bulgarian guitarist Nikolo Kotzev, have announced the details of their upcoming tour of Bulgaria, scheduled to take place in late July. Confirmed dates are as follows: Jul. 27 – Varna, BUL @ TBA Jul. 29 - Plovdiv, BUL @ TBA Jul. 31 - Sofia, BUL @ TBA BRAZEN ABBOT's lineup ...

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BRAZEN ABBOT Announce First-Ever Live Gigs

BRAZEN ABBOT, the brainchild of Bulgarian guitarist Nikolo Kotzev, will make their first-ever live appearances in Bulgaria at the end of July. Three shows in Varna, Plovdiv and Sofia are currently scheduled and will feature a lineup that will include ex-RAINBOW/DEEP PURPLE singer Joe Lynn Turner (other bandmembers have yet to be confirmed). BRAZEN ABBOT ...

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M3 To Support DEF LEPPARD In Europe?

M3, the new British group featuring Bernie Marsden (guitar, ex-WHITESNAKE), Micky Moody (guitar, ex-WHITESNAKE), Neil Murray (ex-WHITESNAKE, BLACK SABBATH), Tony Martin (vocals, ex-BLACK SABBATH), Jimmy Copley (drums, ex-PAUL RODGERS, GILLAN, BECK), and Mark Stanway (keyboards, ex-MAGNUM), are rumored to be under consideration for the opening slot on DEF LEPPARD's European tour later this summer. More ...

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RAG MEN To Play In Yonkers

RAG MEN, the New York-based band featuring frontman Jorge Rosado (MERAUDER, GOD IS I), guitarist Mitts (SKARHEAD, CROWN OF THORNZ), bassist Ian "Bulldog" Edwards (FREYA, ex-EARTH CRISIS), and drummer Rigg Ross (SKARHEAD, ex-HATEBREED), will be playing at Krush in Yonkers, New York on Friday, June 13. Also set to appear on the bill are SUBZERO ...

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M3 To Record Live Album

M3, the new British group featuring Bernie Marsden (guitar, ex-WHITESNAKE), Micky Moody (guitar, ex-WHITESNAKE), Neil Murray (ex-WHITESNAKE, BLACK SABBATH), Tony Martin (vocals, ex-BLACK SABBATH), Jimmy Copley (drums, ex-PAUL RODGERS, GILLAN, BECK), and Mark Stanway (keyboards, ex-MAGNUM), will reportedly record a live album during their appearance at The Robin 2, Mount Pleasant in Bilston, U.K. on ...

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