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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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ANNIHILATOR Officially Sign With AFM RECORDS

As first reported here over two weeks ago, Canadian thrashers ANNIHILATOR have now officially signed a three-album worldwide recording deal with Germany's AFM Records. A double live CD, titled "Double Live Annihilation", will be the group's first release for the label and is expected to surface on Mar. 24, 2003. The group's next ...

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DOPE Frontman Responds To Parody Interview

DOPE frontman Edsel Dope has issued a response to the interview posted here several days ago in which an "anonymous" writer, otherwise known as STATIC-F's Trick Elzen, sought to counter some of Edsel's earlier statements regarding MURDERDOLLS, SLIPKNOT and former DOPE members Tripp Eisen and Acey Slade. Edsel's statement is as ...

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LIMP BIZKIT Frontman Gets In The Ring!

LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst is headed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, but don't expect to see him slap a triangle choke on anyone. Longtime UFC fan Durst will accompany light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz — "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" — to the ring when he takes on "The World's Most Dangerous Man," Ken ...

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CANDIRIA Get Jazzy Via Label Imprint

According to CANDIRIA's official web site, the first jazz-oriented release on the group's own Coma imprint label, "Five Episodes From the Subconscious", features CANDIRIA's Mike MacIvor and John LaMacchia on bass and guitar respectively, and CANDIRIA drummer Ken Schalk on keyboards. Produced by CANDIRIA at Brooklyn New York's legendary Purple Light Studios, the record also ...

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