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LIFE AFTER DEATH To Perform At California Wedding

LIFE AFTER DEATH, the Los Angeles-based band featuring ARMORED SAINT drummer Gonzo and guitarist Phil Sandoval, will be performing three songs at the wedding of L.A.D. bassist Ray Burke on Saturday, June 7. The group, who recently reunited after a lengthy hiatus, are said to be working on a new CD for an as-yet-undetermined label. ...

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GAMMA RAY Perform At Spain's TORRES ROCK Festival

German power metallers GAMMA RAY played their first show of the year at Torres Rock Festival in Spain on Saturday (May 24). According to the group's official web site, "the band were in great shape and performed a set that was pretty similar to the 'Skeletons' tour set, just four or five songs were different." ...

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AEROSMITH Frontman To Appear On WILLIE NELSON TV Special

AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler is among the featured guests on USA Network's "Willie Nelson and Friends: Live and Kickin'", a 70th birthday celebration for a self-proclaimed old-fashioned musical man, who, to many of his fans, represents a breathing symbol of America. The show, which is set to air Monday night (May 26) at 9:00 p.m. ...

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PROGPOWER USA IV Officially Sold Out

ProgPower USA IV, North America's premiere festival for progressive and power metal music, has officially sold out more than three months in advance. The festival will return to Atlanta's Earthlink Live, the venue that housed last fall's sold-out event, on Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6. "I don't think anyone can doubt that ProgPower ...

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HALFORD Officially Split With SANCTUARY RECORDS

HALFORD have officially parted ways with Sanctuary Records after having released two studio albums and one double live CD through the label. The band, who recently cancelled the North American leg of their The Metal Gods 2003 tour due to contractual difficulties, "were released from [their] recording agreement with Sanctuary, with two albums remaining, in ...

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GENE SIMMONS Says He Will No Longer Buy PEARL JAM Albums Following VEDDER's Anti-BUSH Outburst

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons recently told Insight magazine that if fellow rock performers continue to do outrageous politically-charged things such as stabbing a Bush mask onstage, they should expect their record sales to go down. "I don't think everybody that booed will stop buying PEARL JAM records or going to PEARL JAM concerts," Gene said ...

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ROB HALFORD Not 'TWO' Metal For REZNOR-Era Material

In a recent interview with Electricbasement.com, Rob Halford spoke of the possibility of incorporating some of his controversial "non-metal" TWO material into future set lists (TWO's "Voyeurs" CD was produced by Trent Reznor of NINE INCH NAILS fame), "I have to stop avoiding that because I still love that record," Rob said. "It was definitely ...

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PAIN OF SALVATION Singer To Guest On SPASTIC INK Album

PAIN OF SALVATION vocalist/guitarist Daniel Gildenlöw will be contributing lead vocals to one track on the long-awaited SPASTIC INK sophomore release, "Ink Compatible", tentatively due before the end of the year. "[Daniel] is easily one of the most dramatic singers out there," said SPASTIC INK mastermind Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER) of his decision to collaborate with ...

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FATES WARNING Enlist SPOCK'S BEARD Drummer For Upcoming Tour

FATES WARNING have enlisted SPOCK'S BEARD drummer Nick D'Virgilio to join them on their upcoming summer tour with DREAM THEATER and QUEENSRŸCHE after regular FATES drummer Mark Zonder was forced to bow out of the trek due to "personal commitments," according to FW guitarist Jim Matheos. "Ray, Joey, Frank, and I are excited to be ...

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FATES WARNING Frontman To Appear At PROGPOWER USA IV

FATES WARNING/ENGINE frontman Ray Alder has been confirmed to make a special guest appearance at Progpower USA IV, which takes place at Atlanta's Earthlink Live on September 5 and 6. Alder will perform at the event with Sensory recording artists REDEMPTION, now featuring vocalist Corey Brown, formerly of PSYCO DRAMA and currently in MAGNITUDE NINE ...

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KISS To Close WANGO TANGO At California's ROSE BOWL

KISS are among the artists confirmed to perform at 102.7 FM KIIS Wango Tango: The Ultimate Reality Show on Saturday, May 17 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The band, who are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, will reportedly be closing the event, which is set to include appearances by NELLY, CHRISTINA AGUILERA, ...

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HALFORD Part Ways With Bassist, Announce Replacement

HALFORD have officially parted ways with bassist Ray Riendeau and have replaced him with former LIZZY BORDEN four-stringer Mike Davis. Davis, 38, was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and had reportedly played in OZZY OSBOURNE's band for a week until he "got booted due to politics and other miscellaneous issues." Mike had also ...

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GAMMA RAY: Live Album Delayed

GAMMA RAY have pushed back the release date of their double live album, "Skeletons In the Closet", from the end of May to August 25. The mixing of the album is not yet complete owing to the late delivery of the unmixed audio masters from the mobile studio in Spain. The initial problems occurred during ...

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ROYAL HUNT: 'Eye Witness' Track Listing Unveiled

Denmark's ROYAL HUNT have set the tentative track listing for their forthcoming album, "Eye Witness", due in late May through Frontiers Records. The follow-up to 2001's "The Mission", a concept album based on Ray Bradbury's "The Martian Chronicles", will contain the following songs: 01. Hunted 02. Can't Let Go 03. The Prayer 04. The Age ...

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YOUTH OF TODAY to Reunite For WITH FULL FORCE, European Club Dates

Legendary '80s straight-edge hardcore band YOUTH OF TODAY, featuring SHELTER frontman Ray Cappo, will reunite this summer to play several European shows, including Germany's With Full Force 2003 festival, which is set to take place July 4-6 at airport Roitzschjora, Löbnitz near Leipzig. YOUTH OF TODAY's lineup for the reunion shows will consist of the ...

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PROGPOWER USA IV: The Official Press Release

Finland's NIGHTWISH and Germany's RAGE have been confirmed to make their American debuts as headliners of ProgPower USA IV, which returns to Atlanta's Earthlink Live on September 5 and 6. "It is always exciting for us as a band to take on new areas and see how our stuff goes down there," said NIGHTWISH bassist ...

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ROYAL HUNT Singer To Lay Down Tracks In Early March

American singer John West will fly to Denmark March 2-11 to record the vocals for the new ROYAL HUNT album, "Eye Witness", due in late May. "Eye Witness" is the follow-up to 2001's "The Mission", a concept album based on Ray Bradbury's "The Martian Chronicles", and is the third full-length CD to feature West (discounting ...

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ROB ROCK Sets Release Date For 'Eyes For Eternity'

Former IMPELLITTERI frontman Rob Rock has set a May 26 release date for his second solo album, "Eyes Of Eternity". The effort, which will be issued under the band name ROB ROCK'S RAGE OF CREATION, will feature appearances by guitarist Roy Z (BRUCE DICKINSON, HALFORD), drummer Butch Carlson (SAHARA, JAG PANZER), guitarist Rick Renstrom, keyboardist ...

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HALFORD To Begin Work On New LP In The Summer

HALFORD will compete all current touring commitments in June and are tentatively set to begin writing material for their third studio album in July or August, according to the latest online posting from HALFORD manager John Baxter. "It's important for me to explain a few things," Baxter began in his post to the forum section ...

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HALFORD Suspend Bassist Search

HALFORD have suspended their bassist search pending the outcome of current four-stringer Ray Riendeau's ongoing discussions with the band's management regarding his status in the group. Says HALFORD manager John Baxter: "Ray and I have had numerous conversations since late December 2002 regarding his tenure with HALFORD. Prior to [Tuesday] evening's Tokyo performance, Ray was ...

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HALFORD Launch Bassist Search

HALFORD have launched a bassist search in time for the forthcoming North American and European tours. It is not presently clear if Ray Riendeau will return to the band prior to the recording of their next album or if he is being permanently replaced in the group. Interested parties should send their VHS (NTSC), CD ...

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HALFORD Announce New Guitarist!

Former JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford introduced the new HALFORD guitarist, Chad Tarrington, at the meet-and-greet prior to the group's show last night in Anaheim, California. Rob chose yesterday to introduce Chad because he wanted the fans to be the first to take photos of the new HALFORD line-up: Rob, Chad, Mike Chlasciak (guitar), Ray ...

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