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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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KISS Land Gold Album For 'Kiss Symphony'

Legendary rock icons KISS have added another gold record to their lead as the RIAA title holder for No. 1 American group gold record champions of all time as the debut album from Kiss Records/Sanctuary Records, "Kiss Symphony: Alive IV", has shipped gold prior to its July 22 release date. Unlike anything recorded or released ...

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MACHINE HEAD Finish Recording New Album, Prepare To Mix

MACHINE HEAD have finished recording their fifth studio album, entitled "Through The Ashes Of Empires", at Sharkbite studios in Oakland, California and are currently preparing to begin mixing the effort for an October 13 European release through Roadrunner Records. "Yesterday [July 21] was our last official day in the studio, and everything went fucking excellent," ...

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LEADFOOT: More Tour Dates Announced

LEADFOOT, the North Carolina-based group featuring former C.O.C. vocalist Karl Agell and bassist Phil Swisher, have lined up the following dates during the coming weeks: Jul. 30 – Zaphods - Ottawa, ONT Jul. 31 – Coach & Horses - Windsor, ONT Aug. 01 – Call The Office - London, ONT Aug. 02 – The 360 ...

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VINNIE MOORE To Join UFO?

Guitarist extraordinaire Vinnie Moore is strongly rumored to have 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 before the end of the year to begin work on ...

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KID ROCK And PAMELA: Romance Heating Up Again

Dirk Meissner of Canadian Press is reporting that "Detroit rapper Kid Rock and Canadian bikini knockout Pamela Anderson gave all indications the couple's reportedly on-again, off-again romance was definitely back on during a celebrity fundraising event in Victoria, star watchers said Wednesday (July 16). "But there still isn't a wedding date. "It was reported last ...

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Journal News: METALLICA's Web Site Of Unreleased Music A Huge Success

Walter Dawkins of Journal News reports that METALLICA's Metallicavault.com web site, which contains hours of downloadable live recordings, demos and B-sides for free, has been a great success. "The response has been really positive," says Edward Bender, director of multimedia at Speakeasy, the company that developed the web site. "Our latest numbers are around 110,000 ...

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LEADFOOT: Canadian Dates Announced

LEADFOOT, the North Carolina-based group featuring former C.O.C. vocalist Karl Agell and bassist Phil Swisher, will embark on a short Canadian tour in late July/early August. Confirmed dates are as follows: Jul. 30 – Ottawa, CAN - Zaphods Jul. 31 – Windsor, CAN - Coach & Horses Aug. 01 – London, CAN - Call the ...

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MACHINE HEAD To Appear On THE CURE Tribute CD?

MACHINE HEAD have been approached by THE CURE singer Robert Smith about contributing to an upcoming THE CURE tribute CD, MH frontman Robert Flynn has revealed in a posting to the band's official forum. No further information is available at this time. MACHINE HEAD are currently recording their fifth studio album, entitled "Through The Ashes ...

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GENE SIMMONS: 'My First Motivation Is To Make Lots Of Money'

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons recently spoke to New York Post's Cindy Adams about his new book, "Sex Money Kiss". "The book's about sex," he said. "My design, and I suspect all God's designs, start with some engine. A car's engine either has horsepower or not. The design of this particular beast, man, is to expel ...

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