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ZEBRA Singer Joins AKRON SYMPHONY In LED ZEPPELIN Tribute

Amy Bracken Sparks of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Akron Symphony Orchestra will tackle the work of Page, Plant, Bonham and Jones this weekend at the E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall in Akron, Ohio, the orchestra's regular home. According to Jeffrey Sperry, executive director of the 52-year-old orchestra, 50 members of the 83-member ...

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STONE TEMPLE PILOTS: 'Thank You' DVD Details Revealed

Billboard.com reports that STONE TEMPLE PILOTS' upcoming Atlantic best-of set, "Thank You", will include a DVD packed with three hours of videos, live performances and footage of the band shot by friends and fans. The 15-track audio anthology — due on November 11 — will be available with and without the DVD. The DVD will ...

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MACHINE HEAD: Shaking The Rust Off

MACHINE HEAD frontman Robert Flynn has posted the following message to the band's official web site: "After reading a recent article that referred to the music of LAMB OF GOD as 'Nu-Metal', I am officially retiring the word 'Nu-Metal' from my vocabulary. It is THE most played out, overused and generic term, OF ALL FUCKING ...

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PETE WAY: The Latest On The New UFO And WAYSTED Albums

UFO bassist Pete Way has posted the following message to his official web site: "Hello everybody, "I am putting together the final arrangements on getting overseas to join UFO and begin recording. I should be leaving for Hanover, Germany within the week. "I am so excited about this record! I have heard some great stuff ...

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AC/DC: London Show Confirmed

To celebrate the re-launch of the Carling Apollo Hammersmith in London, England, an extremely rare and exclusive appearance will take place by one of the greatest and most influential rock bands in the world: AC/DC. For ONE night only, on Tuesday 21st October, Carling will bring Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Brian Johnson, Phil Rudd and ...

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ALL THAT REMAINS: New Album 'Will Turn Some Heads'

ALL THAT REMAINS vocalist Phil LaBonte recently checked in with the following update on the group's forthcoming CD, "This Darkened Heart": "We are about half way through the recording process for the new disc. It's a very time consuming process, but we are very excited about the way things are turning out. I'm not gonna ...

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JEFF KOLLMAN To Embark On First-Ever European Tour

Guitarist Jeff Kollman, much sought-after collaborator and producer for rock luminaries such as Glenn Hughes ("Songs In The Key of Rock"), UFO's Phil Mogg ($IGN OF 4's "Dancing with St. Peter"), and the just released HTP album featuring Hughes and Joe Lynn Turner, is once again spreading his wings as a solo artist and has ...

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LIFE AFTER DEATH To Appear On METALLICA Tribute CD

LIFE AFTER DEATH, the Los Angeles-based band featuring ARMORED SAINT drummer Gonzo and guitarist Phil Sandoval, have been asked by producer Bob Kulick to contribute a song to an upcoming METALLICA tribute album, tentatively due before the end of the year through Cleopatra Records. "We decided to do the masterful 'Eye of the Beholder'," the ...

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TED NUGENT's Reality Show To Premiere This Weekend

TED NUGENT's forthcoming reality show, "Surviving Nugent", will premiere October 5 on VH1. Described as "a two-hour reality-based event that challenges not only the intestinal fortitude of the seven contestants, but also the image of the outspoken rock legend," "Surviving Nugent" features "seven unsuspecting souls have accepted an invitation to enter and survive [Ted's] all-terrain ...

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MOTÖRHEAD Guitarist Fan Favorite To Become 'Welsh Hero'

MOTÖRHEAD guitarist Phil Campbell has shot up the list of candidates to be named greatest Welsh hero following an Internet campaign by fans of the band, the BBC reports. Campbell, originally from Pontypridd, is now fifth in the list of nominees on the Welsh Heroes web site after the official MOTÖRHEAD site put a link ...

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NINE INCH NAILS' DANNY LOHNER Comments On TAPEWORM Project

NINE INCH NAILS' Danny Lohner recently spoke to Kerrang! magazine about his TAPEWORM project, the semi-mythical supergroup that has, in five or so years since its inception, featured contributions from NIN mastermind Trent Reznor, A PERFECT CIRCLE/TOOL frontman Maynard Keenan and PANTERA's Phil Anselmo. Lohner insists that TAPEWORM remains a separate entity from his other ...

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Former MACHINE HEAD Guitarist Says His 'Dictatorship' Comment Was A Misquote

Former MACHINE HEAD guitarist Ahrue Luster (currently in ILL NINO) has released a statement in response to MACHINE HEAD drummer Dave McClain's post regarding Luster's previous characterization of the decision-making process in MH as "a Robb Flynn dictatorship." Speaking to Metal Hammer magazine for its current issue, Luster said, "I've known [the ILL NINO] guys ...

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MOTÖRHEAD's LEMMY Gives HOLLYWOOD'S ROCKWALK The Middle Finger

Legendary hard rockers MOTÖRHEAD were inducted into Hollywood's RockWalk Monday afternoon (September 1) during a ceremony at the Whisky A Go Go on Sunset Blvd. According to Antimusic, the ceremony began with Los Angeles radio legend Jim Ladd presenting the group with a citation from the Mayor of Los Angeles. The mayor singled out the ...

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THE MIGHTY NIMBUS Sign With THREEMAN RECORDINGS

THE MIGHTY NIMBUS, featuring members of SIXTY WATT SHAMAN and ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY, have inked a deal with Threeman Recordings, the Swedish label owned by Alex Hellid of ENTOMBED. The group's debut album, tentatively a self-titled affair, is due before the end of the year. Among the tracks set to appear on the CD are the ...

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METALLICA's Therapist Urged LARS ULRICH To Meet With DAVE MUSTAINE

METALLICA's "performance coach" Phil Towle, a 64-year-old former psychotherapist who was brought into the picture in January 2001 to help James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett and Lars Ulrich repair their relationship with Jason Newsted, recently spoke to Classic Rock magazine about his work with the group to help them connect to each other, to their loved ...

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Review: IRON MAIDEN Continues Love Affair With Heavy Metal Fans

Dave Ferman of the Star-Telegram reviewed the IRON MAIDEN/DIO/MOTÖRHEAD tour when it came to the Smirnoff Music Centre in Dallas, Texas Wednesday night (August 13). "I love the MAIDEN, always have," he wrote. "Virtually alone among the wave of British metal bands that emerged in the early 1980s, these guys have stayed extremely popular around ...

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New UFO Guitarist VINNIE MOORE Speaks!

Guitarist extraordinaire Vinnie Moore has issued a lengthy statement commenting on the recent announcement that he has been selected to replace Michael Schenker in UFO. Moore's statement reads as follows: "Hello all! It's absolutely true. I WAS ABDUCTED BY ALIENS. I was driving in my truck a few weeks ago and saw some strange lights ...

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LEADFOOT Explain Ottawa Cancellation

LEADFOOT, the North Carolina-based group featuring former C.O.C. vocalist Karl Agell and bassist Phil Swisher, were forced to cancel their previously announced July 30 appearance at Zaphods in Ottawa, Canada. The following is Agell's official statement on the matter: "We would like to apologize to everyone involved regarding our most recent cancellation in Ottawa at ...

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METALLICA's HETFIELD To Contribute To WEST MEMPHIS 3 Benefit Publication

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield will be contributing to an as-yet-unnamed anthology publication to benefit the legal defense of the West Memphis Three (a.k.a. Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin), who were allegedly convicted unfairly of murder. Published by Arsenal Pulp Press in Vancouver and co-edited by Brett Alexander Savory and M. W. Anderson, the ...

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The Washington Post: OPETH Disappoint A Few Headbangers At Club Gig

Dan Campbell of The Washington Times is reporting that OPETH disappointed a few of the headbangers in the audience at a recent show at the 9:30 Club "by playing mostly mellow, semiacoustic numbers from the band's new 'Damnation' album, which [PORCUPINE TREE's Steven] Wilson produced. However, singer-guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt said the band needs to stretch ...

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IRON MAIDEN Bassist: 'We Would Love To Tour With JUDAS PRIEST'

IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris spoke to Phil Freeman of Cleveland Scene about the group's forthcoming CD, "Dance Of Death", due on September 9 through Columbia Records. "It's a really, really strong album," Steve said. "We're really pleased with it. It's quite a varied album. There's two or three songs that veer toward the progressive, ...

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BILLBOARD Magazine Pays Tribute To KISS

The Billboard Information Group will mark the 30th Anniversary of KISS, one of America's most successful and enduring rock 'n' roll bands, with the publication of a 26-page special report in the August 9 issue of Billboard. The issue will be available on newsstands on August 1 and content will be posted on www.billboard.com/KISS. "KISS: ...

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It's Official: VINNIE MOORE, JASON BONHAM Join UFO

As first reported here on July 18, guitarist extraordinaire Vinnie Moore has now officially joined UFO as the replacement for Michael Schenker. Moore will reportedly join the rest of the group — vocalist Phil Mogg, bassist Pete Way, keyboardist Paul Raymond and drummer Jason Bonham — at an undisclosed studio in September to ...

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METALLICA Hire Psychologist For 'St. Anger' Management

Jon Bream of the Minneapolis Star Tribune is reporting that when shit hit the fan, METALLICA "brought in sports psychologist Phil Towle, who has worked with pro football's St. Louis Rams, an Olympic silver-medalist swimmer and other athletes. "Towle's first session with METALLICA was coincidentally the day bassist Jason Newsted unexpectedly announced he was quitting ...

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