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METALLICA Schedule Book-Signing Session

To celebrate the release of their first official book, "So What: The Good, The Mad, and The Ugly" (Broadway Books), METALLICA will be signing books at First Avenue in Minneapolis immediately following their appearance at the Excel Energy Center in St. Paul on August 16. Because "So What!" the book hits stores the next day, ...

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RELEVANT FEW Confirmed For Sweden's UPPSALA BLOODBAD II Festival

RELEVANT FEW, the Swedish grindcore band featuring bassist Robert Hakemo (KEROZENE, ex-GARDENIAN, GOOSEFLESH), have been confirmed for the Uppsala Bloodbad II festival on Friday, September 3 in Uppsala, Sweden. Other acts scheduled to perform are REGURGITATE, CROWPATH, IMPERIOUS, ENEMY IS US, FROM THE ASHES and MASTERS OF MOSH. Prior to their Uppsala Bloodbad II appearance, ...

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PRIMUS, SHOTGUN MESSIAH Members Guest On New TOM WAITS CD

PRIMUS' Les Claypool (bass) and Brian "Brain" Mantia (drums) and SHOTGUN MESSIAH's Harry Cody (guitar, banjo) are among the guest musicians appearing on the new TOM WAITS studio album, "Real Gone", due October 5 through Epitaph's Anti- Records label, according to Billboard.com. "Real Gone" will be the follow-up to the simultaneously released 2002 concept albums ...

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TOMMY LEE The Movie Star?

Former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee will make a cameo appearance in the upcoming movie "10th & Wolf". The film, a Mafia tale about a South Philadelphia family, is scheduled to begin shooting in Pittsburgh in September. "10th & Wolf", directed by Robert Moresco, will star Val Kilmer and Freddie Prinze Jr. ...

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Ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Singer MARK BOALS Records Guest Appearance For Japanese Guitarist

Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/current RING OF FIRE vocalist Mark Boals recently recorded two songs for young Japanese guitarist named Takayoshi Omura. Omura's debut album, entitled "Nowhere To Go", features additional guest appearances by Doogie White (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, CORNERSTONE, ex-RAINBOW) and Richie Kotzen (ex-MR. BIG, POISON). An August 25 release through Yamaha Music in Japan is expected. ...

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MUDVAYNE: Pre-Production Photos Posted Online

A bunch of photos of MUDVAYNE taken during the songwriting sessions for the group's upcoming third studio album have been posted online at this location. As previously reported, MUDVAYNE entered The Plant studio in Sausalito, California in early June to record the follow-up to 2002's gold-certified "The End of All Things to Come" ...

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SHAITAN MAZAR: 'Baptizme' Video Posted Online

SHAITAN MAZAR, the new band featuring former NILE members Chief Spires (bass, vocals) and John Ehlers (guitar), have decided to release the entire "Baptizme" video online. The video will still be included in the upcoming DVD release at a much higher quality, along with two new videos for the upcoming SHAITAN MAZAR release, due out ...

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Former JUDAS PRIEST Singer Completing Work On Autobiography

Former JUDAS PRIEST singer Al Atkins is putting the finishing touches on his autobiography, "Dawn of the Metal Gods", scheduled for publication before the end of the year through Firefly Publishing. The book will recount the origins of the band from 1969 onward and includes exclusive photographs donated by friends, including Robert Plant, among others. ...

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INCAPACITY To Play First-Ever Polish Gig

INCAPACITY, the Swedish death metal band featuring vocalist Andreas "Drette" Axelsson (ex-MARDUK, EDGE OF SANITY, INFESTDEAD), guitarist Robert "Skoog" Ivarsson (PAN-THY-MONIUM, ASHES), guitarist Christian Älvestam (UNMOORED, SOLAR DAWN, TORCHBEARER), bassist Anders Edlund (SOLAR DAWN) and drummer Henrik Schönström (UNMOORED, SOLAR DAWN, TORCHBEARER), will make their Polish live debut on August 12 at DK "Slowianin" in ...

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SHAITAN MAZAR To Give Away Guitar

SHAITAN MAZAR, the new band featuring former NILE members Chief Spires (bass, vocals) and John Ehlers (guitar), will be giving away a custom painted guitar autographed by the band at The Smacky Awards on July 16 at Ground Zero in Spartanburg, SC. Guitarist Robert Dirr will be parting ways with one of his very own ...

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Court Battle Over JIMI HENDRIX's Estate Begins

Gene Johnson of The Associated Press reports: Relatives of the late guitar legend Jimi Hendrix returned to court Monday (June 28) to begin another legal battle over which family members should receive money from the musician's posthumous releases, royalties and merchandise. The case, the latest of several that have entangled the Hendrix estate in the ...

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VISCERAL BLEEDING: European Dates Announced

Following their successful appearance at last month's Fuck The Commerce VII festival in Germany, Swedish death metallers VISCERAL BLEEDING will return to western Europe for two additional concerts in mid-July. The dates are as follows: Jul. 16 - Little Devil - Tilburg, NETH (w/ SPAWN OF POSSESSION, BRUTUS) Jul. 17 - The Frontline - Gent, ...

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Ex-BLACK SABBATH Vocalist TONY MARTIN To Sing With TWIN DRAGONS

Former BLACK SABBATH frontman Tony Martin will be making two special guest appearances with the rock/blues band TWIN DRAGONS in Italy at the end of the month. Also in the works is an extended European tour next autumn. TWIN DRAGONS is the brainchild of bassist/vocalist Nathaniel Peterson. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Peterson has previously written ...

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Judge: No Disciplinary Action Against GUNS N' ROSES Riot Cops

CBC Online reports: Two Vancouver Police officers did not use excessive force at the GUNS N' ROSES riot in November 2002, says the retired judge who chaired a Police Complaints Commission hearing into the incident. Adjudicator Ross Collver has found Const. Reginald Forster did not use excessive force against concert-goer Robert Parent. Parent was struck ...

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STEVE VAI, JOE SATRIANI: Birmingham In-Store Cancelled

Steve Vai and Joe Satriani's previously announced signing session at Professional Music Technology in Birmingham, England on Saturday, June 26 has been cancelled. No reason was given for the cancellation. Vai and Satriani are in the middle of the G3 European Tour 2004 with Robert Fripp. The guitar legends' next live appearance is scheduled to ...

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AYREON To Perform On Dutch Radio

AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen will appear on the "Swijnenstal" radio program on 3FM, the Dutch national pop radio station, this Friday, June 25. He will be interviewed and will play one acoustic track with Irene Jansen and Peter Vink. You can tune into the program starting at 7:00 p.m. CET and you can stream the ...

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COFFIN TEXTS Rejoined By Drummer MARCE CASTRO

Los Angeles-based death metallers COFFIN TEXTS have been rejoined by drummer Marce Castro. "The [first] rehearsal [with Marce back in the group] went very well and takes me back to the day we first started, fired up for deathgrind," commented vocalist Robert Cardenas. "We want to thank Ariel Alvarado for his help the last 2 ...

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