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GODHEAD Officially Confirmed For PARADISE LOST's European Tour

GODHEAD, now featuring former STATIC-X drummer Ken Jay, have been officially confirmed as the support band for PARADISE LOST on their upcoming European tour, scheduled to kick off on October 22 in Stockholm, Sweden. Additional support at the Scandinavian dates will come from Finland's AMORPHIS. PARADISE LOST tour dates with GODHEAD: Oct. 22 - Arena ...

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Unsigned Heavy Metal Band Sent To Play For American Troops In Middle East

Will Jordan of NashvilleCityPaper.com reports that on May 8, unsigned heavy metal band GENEVA became the first artists the Department of Defense and Armed Forces Entertainment sent to play for American troops in the Middle East since Operation Iraqi Freedom began, according to the band. "The Gallatin-based, leather-wearing 'hair band,' comprised of Geneva Keene (lead ...

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GLENN HUGHES Announces Spanish Tour

Former DEEP PURPLE/BLACK SABBATH singer Glenn Hughes will embark on a short tour of Spain in late September. Confirmed dates are as follows: Sep. 25 – Gamma - Murcia, SPA Sep. 26 – Macumba - Madrid, SPA Sep. 27 – Gares - Pamplona, SPA Sep. 28 – Bikini - Barcelona, SPA Sep. 30 – Roxy ...

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HENDRIX Tops ROLLING STONE Poll

Jimi Hendrix has been named the greatest guitar player by Rolling Stone magazine in a poll to discover the greatest guitarists of all time. Hendrix received a glowing tribute from WHO guitarist Pete Townshend, who wrote that he "made the electric guitar beautiful," according to Reuters. Townshend recalled that one of Hendrix's shows was "so ...

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JAG PANZER Line Up European Headlining Shows

Colorado-based power metal veterans JAG PANZER will play several headlining shows in Europe before embarking on a North American tour with HELLOWEEN and BEYOND THE EMBRACE in early October. Confirmed European headlining dates are as follows: Sep. 25 – Milano, ITA - Transilvania Club Sep. 27 – Thessaloniki, GRE - Idrogeios Club Sep. 28 – ...

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ROB HALFORD Says He Will Sing RIPPER-Era JUDAS PRIEST Material

JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford, who recently rejoined the group after more than 12 years apart, revealed during an online chat Saturday (August 16) that the songwriting process for PRIEST's next studio album has already begun. "We are writing now, slowly bit by bit putting the pieces together," he said. "All I can see is ...

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AEROSMITH Singer To Be Honored At MAP AWARDS

The Musicians' Assistance Program will honor AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler, Jimmie Vaughan and John Branca at its 4th annual MAP Awards, Nov. 5 at the Beverly Hills Hotel, according to Hits Daily Double. The evening, hosted by Sharon Osbourne, will feature performances by Tyler and Vaughan as well as Diane Schuur. Tyler will receive the ...

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GAMMA RAY: Festival Recap

German power metallers GAMMA RAY have posted the following message on their official web site: "GAMMA RAY returned from a rather festive weekend last Sunday — happy, exhausted (no wonder - it's been almost forty degrees Celsius!) and overwhelmed with the great response they had received from the audience at Wacken and at Hultsfred [festivals]. ...

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GENE SIMMONS: In-Store Appearances Announced

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons will be making the following in-store appearances to promote his recently published Los Angeles Times best-seller "Sex Money Kiss": Saturday, August 16 – Detroit, Michigan 2:00 p.m. - Borders Books and Music 23000 Eureka Rd. Taylor, MI 48180 Friday, August 22 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2:00 p.m. - Borders Books and Music ...

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DEAD KENNEDYS Drummer Goes Hollywood

DEAD KENNEDYS drummer D.H. Peligro (ex-RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, NAILBOMB, SSI) has been tapped to play the lead in the action movie "The Four Horsemen". The film is described as having the intrigue of "Clear and Present Danger" (Harrison Ford), the gritty of "Traffic" (Michael Douglas), and the fast-paced action of "Lethal Weapon" (Mel Gibson/Danny ...

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DEAD KENNEDYS Announce 25th Anniversary Show In Los Angeles

Seminal punk rock band DEAD KENNEDYS announced Tuesday (July 29) that they will celebrate their 25th Anniversary with a show at the Key Club in Los Angeles on Tuesday, August 19, 2003. Opening for DEAD KENNEDYS will be punk legends DR. KNOW. To further celebrate a quarter century as a band, DEAD KENNEDYS will take ...

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JEFF KOLLMAN Working On Solo Album

Guitarist/producer/songwriter Jeff Kollman has started the writing process for a new solo instrumental release, the follow-up to 1999's "Shedding Skin". COSMOSQUAD, Kollman's prog-metal/fusion three-piece with bassist Barry Sparks and drummer Shane Gaalaas, who are currently out on tour with TED NUGENT and Japanese superstars B'Z, respectively, are set to reconvene in the fall to write ...

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GAMMA RAY: 'Skeletons In The Closet' Track Listing Revealed

German power metallers GAMMA RAY have finalized the track listing for their new live album, "Skeletons In The Closet", due on August 25 through Metal-Is/Sanctuary Records. The final track listing, which was voted on by the band's fans on the Internet, is as follows: CD 1: 01. Welcome (1:06) 02. Gardens Of The Sinner (5:48) ...

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ROB HALFORD: The Metal God Speaks

Vocalist Rob Halford of JUDAS PRIEST has posted the following message to his official web site, www.robhalford.com: "Hi Everyone: "What an exciting time for all of us! "I first want to thank everyone from the HALFORD and JUDAS PRIEST sites for the fantastic interactive displays of love and support. You all live in ...

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Man, Teen Listened To SLIPKNOT Before Committing Murder

Felisa Cardona of San Bernardino County Sun reports that a pair of friends carried butcher knives and sang a song by the "death metal" band SLIPKNOT as they lured their friend to his death, police say. Prosecutors say Jason Lamar Harris, 20, and his 16-year-old friend, Amber Rose Riley, talked about killing Terry Ray Taylor ...

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SAVATAGE Mastermind Confirmed For PROGPOWER USA IV

SAVATAGE mastermind Jon "The Mountain King" Oliva will join FATES WARNING's Ray Alder as a special guest at ProgPower USA IV on Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6 at Earthlink Live in Atlanta. "I think bringing Jon and Ray to the fest simply adds to the mystique of the show," said promoter Glenn Harveston. ...

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CRYPTIC WINTERMOON Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Germany's CRYPTIC WINTERMOON are the final act to be confirmed for this year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany. The complete list of artists currently scheduled to appear the event is as follows: ANCIENT RITES ANNIHILATOR ASSASSIN CARPATHIAN FOREST CIRCLE II CIRCLE CRYPTIC WINTERMOON ...

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SHADOWS FALL's BRIAN FAIR: 'We Should Have Died'

After a string of headlining shows, SHADOWS FALL will make their Ozzfest debut this Saturday, June 28 in San Antonio TX. Unfortunately, the trip down to Texas was not that easy, and Brain Fair (vocals) goes onto describe the whole frightening experience. "When the tour began, we had a screw up with the bus company ...

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TURBONEGRO's 18 Inches Of Trouble

Norwegian rockers TURBONEGRO were arrested at Stuttgart airport for arms smuggling earlier this week, according to NME.com. The six-piece where on their way from their show in the German city back home to Oslo when the authorities grabbed them. As the band were passing through security at around 6:00 am on Monday (June 23), an ...

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LUNARIS Part Ways With Guitarist

Norwegian technical metal outfit LUNARIS have officially confirmed the departure of guitarist Azarak (a.k.a. Steinar Gundersen of SPIRAL ARCHITECT fame). "Upon the recording of the follow-up to our debut album '… The Infinite', we have to announce that long-time member Azarak is no longer a part of LUNARIS," keyboardist Ray said in an official statement. ...

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ROTTING CHRIST, ONKEL TOM Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR

ROTTING CHRIST and ONKEL TOM are the latest band to have been officially confirmed for this year's installment of Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place Jul. 31-Aug. 2, 2003 in Wacken, Germany. The complete list of artists currently scheduled to appear the event is as follows: ANCIENT RITES ANNIHILATOR ASSASSIN CARPATHIAN FOREST CIRCLE ...

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JELLO BIAFRA Gets Shot Down By DEAD KENNEDYS

A California Court of Appeals yesterday (June 18) found that former DEAD KENNEDYS frontman Jello Biafra still owes bandmates guitarist East Bay Ray, bassist Klaus Flouride and drummer D.H. Peligro more than $200,000 in compensatory and punitive damages because his label, Alternative Tentacles, withheld money from the band partnership, Decay Music. Biafra's attempts to dissolve ...

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