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JUDAS PRIEST: We Are Not Reuniting With ROB HALFORD!

Despite reports to the contrary, JUDAS PRIEST have no intentions of reuniting with former singer Rob Halford. "There appears to have been some confusion regarding a story that is circulating," begins an official statement released by JUDAS PRIEST Management Co-ordinator Jayne Andrews. "There is no truth in the rumor that there has been a reunion ...

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Ex-AC/DC Bassist Goes Public About HALL OF FAME Snub

Former AC/DC bass player Mark Evans, who appeared on such classic albums as "High Voltage", "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap", and "Let There Be Rock", has issued a press release through his representatives urging industry and media contacts to lobby the U.S. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to have his induction reinstated so that ...

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JUDAS PRIEST: 'Live In London' Gets Delayed U.S. Release

The U.S. release date for JUDAS PRIEST's "Live In London" double CD has been set for April 8 — a full three months following its European release. "Needless to say we are not happy about the US label not releasing until April and I am trying to bring this forward," writes JUDAS PRIEST Management Coordinator ...

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NIKKI SIXX: Back In The Studio

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: "Thank you all for the kind words for my son. We forwarded most of them to him and it was nice for him to read your words. He's a great 'lil guy and ...

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HELLION In Writing Mode

HELLION's new album, "Will Not Go Quietly", has not yet been released (it is due on Jan. 27 via Massacre), but the group have already commenced the songwriting process for its follow-up. "The band is about 1/2 done with the writing for yet another new album," frontwoman Ann Boleyn wrote on the band's official web ...

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STATIC-X To Appear At NAMM Convention

STATIC-X will be appearing at this year's NAMM show at Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. The details are as follows: Saturday, Jan. 18: 11:00 a.m.: Tripp at the BC Rich Guitars booth 1:00 p.m.: Wayne & Tripp at the Marshall Amps booth 2:00 p.m.: Ken at the Pearl Drums booth 2:30 p.m.: Tony & ...

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Former DIABOLIC Members Launch UNHOLY GHOST

More changes have taken place in the DIABOLIC camp since our last update. It now appears that DIABOLIC founding members Aantar Lee Coates (drums), Paul Ouellette (vocals/bass), and Jerry Mortellaro (guitar) have decided to branch off and form a brand new band called UNHOLY GHOST, thereby allowing guitarist Brian Malone to carry on ...

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AXL ROSE's Fur Shame Precipitates Philly Meltdown

The following item appeared in today's edition of the New York Post: Did Spa nightclub's anti-fur policy contribute to the bust-up of GUNS N' ROSES? On Dec. 6 — the day that Axl Rose & Co. axed their Philly concert, prompting a riot and causing promoter Clear Channel to scotch their tour — Axl was ...

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Manager: ROB HALFORD's Visa Approved, Singer To Re-Enter U.S.

Rob Halford's personal manager John Baxter revealed in a posting on HALFORD's official web site yesterday that the singer's O-1 Visa (U.S. Outstanding Performers Class Visa) has been approved by the INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) and that Rob would re-enter the U.S. over the course of the next several days. "INS telephoned Rob's U.S. ...

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LIMP BIZKIT's DURST: 'I Didn't Sing With BRITNEY SPEARS!'

LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst has posted the following message at www.limpbizkit.com: "Well, howdy partners!!!!!!! I'm in the studio just about to wrap up the vocals!! Only four songs away!! Man, you're gonna shit!! Today, Al Jergesen [sic] from MINISTRY is in the studio with me and we're gonna tear some shit up!! I also ...

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LACUNA COIL Tour Cancellation: The Official Statement

LACUNA COIL have officially dropped off the forthcoming North American tour with OPETH and PARADISE LOST (as first reported here last night). The following is an official statement from the group's label, Century Media Records, regarding the cancellation: "Italy's LACUNA COIL will regretfully be unable to participate on the upcoming '4 Absent Friends' ...

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SLIPKNOT's COREY TAYLOR: 'I Love GWAR'

Despite having previously cited GWAR as an example of a band that has lost their relevance, SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor says that he "loves" the group and insists that his previous comments about the band were based on the fact that they "have not been prominent in the music scene for a long ...

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Former MEGADETH, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Members To Appear On Sophomore LAUDAMUS CD

Marty Friedman (guitar, ex-MEGADETH), Jeff Scott Soto (vocals, TALISMAN/ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Rob Rock (vocals, ex-IMPELLITTERI), Kee Marcello (guitar, ex-EUROPE), and Mattias IA Eklund (guitar, FREAK KITCHEN) are among the guests appearing on the sophomore full-length album from Sweden's LAUDAMUS. The as-yet-untitled effort, which was recorded in Costa Mesa, California under the watchful eye of producer Ken ...

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HALFORD To Embark On THE 2003 METAL GODS WORLD TOUR

Former JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford has issued the following statement regarding the postponement of HALFORD's West Coast dates and the group's upcoming touring activities: "Well, hello from Walsall, England. "I'm pleased to see that all information regarding my misfortune has been disclosed. I've always enjoyed a very close relationship with my supporters ...

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SAXON Frontman Slams Former Members Over Name Lawsuit

SAXON frontman Biff Byford has addressed the ongoing legal battle over the band's name with fellow original members Graham Oliver and Steve Dawson via a lengthy statement posted on the group's official web site. The statement reads as follows: "Hi, I hope everyone is well! "I have been reading the message board with interest just ...

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IN FLAMES, GARDENIAN Members Team Up In PASSENGER

Sweden's PASSENGER, the new project featuring IN FLAMES vocalist Anders Friden, ex-TRANSPORT LEAGUE drummer Patrik J. Sten, GARDENIAN guitarist Niclas Engelin (ex-IN FLAMES), and HEADPLATE bassist Håkan Skoger, have completed work on their as-yet-untitled debut album at Gothenburg's Studio Fredman. The band, whose music is being described as "a cross between DEPECHE MODE and ROB ...

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