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Former VIO-LENCE Guitarist Explains Decision To Join MACHINE HEAD

Former VIO-LENCE/TECHNOCRACY guitarist Phil Demmel has issued a statement addressing his recent decision to join MACHINE HEAD as a replacement for Ahrue Luster. As previously reported, Luster had amicably left the group last May due to "creative differences." Demmel's statement reads as follows: "To all my friends who care to know.......... "I'm a firm believer ...

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SKID ROW To Release Long-Awaited Studio CD And Documentary DVD

SKID ROW's long-awaited new CD, "Thickskin", will be released independently in the United States on Skid Row Records this summer in either July or August. Exact details are still being finalized. A European release is expected around the same time through SPV/Steamhammer Records. "We're very excited about this, especially since it's the first SKID ROW ...

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MACHINE HEAD Officially Recruit PHIL DEMMEL As Second Guitarist

MACHINE HEAD have officially recruited ex-VIO-LENCE/TECHNOCRACY axeman Phil Demmel as their new full-time guitarist. Phil joins the band as a replacement for Ahrue Luster, who amicably left the group last May due to "creative differences." The San Francisco Bay Area band are thrilled to welcome Demmel to the camp, as he brings along exceptional guitarist ...

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LEADFOOT Set American Release Date For 'We Drink For Free'

North Carolina's LEADFOOT, who feature in their ranks former C.O.C. vocalist Karl Agell and bassist Phil Swisher, have set an April 22 American release date through Abstract Sounds Records for their third album, "We Drink For Free". The CD was recorded early last year with the help of Grammy Award-nominated engineer Mark Williams. ...

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HATEPLOW To Tour Europe, Record New Album

HATEPLOW, the Florida-based band featuring MALEVOLENT CREATION guitarists Phil Fasciana and Rob Barrett, ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION/SUFFOCATION drummer Dave Culross, KULT OV AZAZEL bassist Julian Hollowell (a.k.a. Xaphan), and vocalist Kyle Symons, will return to action with a headlining performance on the first night (May 29) of the three-day Fuck The Commerce Open Air Festival in Germany. ...

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UFO Bassist Comments On JOHN NORUM's Addition

UFO bassist Pete Way has issued the following statement regarding former EUROPE guitarist John Norum's addition to the group: "John is a very good friend of [UFO singer] Phil [Mogg] and myself, a guitar player we both admire, and we have talked about playing with him for a long time. I can't tell anything exact ...

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TOMMY LEE's 'Fastlane' Appearance To Air Next Week

Former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee's guest-starring appearance on the Fox show "Fastlane" will air on Friday, April 4 at 8:00 p.m. PST. The episode, dubbed "Asslane", features Lee in the role of a crystal-meth kingpin whose partnership with a porn-producing distributor (model Naomi Campbell) is about to be busted up. ...

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Former SAIGON KICK Duo Contemplate 'Reunion' Show

Former SAIGON KICK vocalist Matt Kramer and drummer Phil Varone (SKID ROW) are tentatively planning on putting on a special performance in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida consisting of nothing but material from the first two SAIGON KICK albums. "[Phil and I] were hanging out the other night getting piss faced, and we started talking about doing ...

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DEF LEPPARD Fan Pays $8,000 For Chance To Sing With Band

Mark Zack from San Jose, California paid £5,007 (more than $8,000) to sing and play "Pour Some Sugar On Me" with DEF LEPPARD during the band's soundcheck in their home town of Sheffield, U.K. All proceeds of the auction will go to Help A Hallam Child, helping sick and needy children from South Yorkshire and ...

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AC/DC Looking Ahead To New LP, Live Shows

AC/DC will fulfill their contract by delivering their next studio set to Elektra, after which the veteran rock act will make their subsequent two albums for Epic, guitarist Malcolm Young told Billboard.com. This spring, the band will begin work on their final Elektra album. The band haven't yet decided on a producer for the CD, ...

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U.K. Road To Be Named After Late LED ZEPPELIN Drummer

A town road named after late LED ZEPPELIN drummer John Bonham is reportedly under consideration by the city officials in Bonham's former hometown, Redditch, U.K. At a recent executive meeting, Councillor Phil Mould said "John Bonham" should be included in the list of possible names for future roads. ...

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SKID ROW's SABO: We Never Argue

SKID ROW guitarist Dave "Snake" Sabo says that the addition of vocalist Johnny Solinger and drummer Phil Varone to the band's lineup came about very naturally and did not include an awkward "adjustment period" before the five members of the group began to feel like a "band". "Not at all," Snake said in an interview ...

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Updated: PANTERA, Ex-HALFORD Members Join Forces In NEW FOUND POWER

PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul have teamed up with DIESEL MACHINE/ex-HALFORD guitarist Patrick Lachman (on vocals!) and ex-JERRY-CANTRELL guitarist Shawn Matthews (on bass) in a brand new band called NEW FOUND POWER. The group are said to be in the process of writing material for their debut album, tentatively due later in ...

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AC/DC: No New Music Until Late 2003

Contrary to previously published reports, AC/DC's next studio effort will not surface in March. The band, who last album, "Stiff Upper Lip", was released in 2000, will meet in New York in March for the first time since the end of the "Stiff Upper Lip" tour to talk about the upcoming CD, vocalist Brian Johnson ...

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EXODUS' GARY HOLT: Nothing Will Stop Us

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS are forging ahead despite the departure this week of frontman Steve "Zetro" Souza. The band, who completed a short European tour in December, made a decision to fire Souza when it became apparent that he had no intention of touring extensively with the group, a prospect that didn't ...

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Bid On Guest Spot As DEF LEPPARD's Lead Vocalist

DEF LEPPARD's official web site, www.defleppard.com, are offering one lucky fan a chance to join the band on stage at an upcoming show The details are as follows: "So you always dreamt of being on stage with DEF LEPPARD and perform[ing] 'Pour Some Sugar On Me' with them? Well, your dream may come true: DefLeppard.com ...

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VINCE NEIL On 'The Surreal Life': 'I'd Never Do It Again'

Entertainment Weekly asked MÖTLEY CRÜE frontman Vince Neil why he agreed to do "The Surreal Life", which airs tonight on the WB. "I was a bit curious," he said. "It's kind of one of those once-in-a-lifetime things, you know. I'd never do it again." The reality series, which follows seven bigger-than-life celebrities — including Neil ...

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IOMMI/ANSELMO Project Still On?

Despite rumors to the contrary, the proposed pairing between BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi and PANTERA/DOWN frontman Phil Anselmo on Iommi's next solo CD appears to still be on, according to BLACK SABBATH fan site www.black-sabbath.com. "I did some inquiries, and was told that [the reports of the project being cancelled are] false," writes the ...

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DEF LEPPARD To Release New Single, Appear On TV

"Long Long Way To Go", the third single from DEF LEPPARD's latest CD, "X", has been scheduled for release on Feb. 24. The various versions of the CD-single that will be available in the shops, will include one or more of the following extra tracks: - "Now" (live acoustic, recorded in Germany) - "Hysteria" (live ...

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IOMMI/ANSELMO Project Postponed?

Unconfirmed reports have surfaced that the proposed pairing between BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi and PANTERA/DOWN frontman Phil Anselmo on Iommi's next solo CD has either been indefinitely postponed or cancelled. No further information is available at this time. In related news, SUPERJOINT RITUAL — which also features Anselmo on vocals — plan to begin ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE: Being Straight Is 'Unnatural'

Ozzy Osbourne is struggling to stay sober and support wife Sharon through her cancer ordeal. He tells Barbara Walters in an interview to air Wednesday, "It's very difficult for me ... and now I'm going to be dealing with sickness and I find it very difficult. But I'm trying the best I can." Ozzy adds, ...

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DEATHRIDE Sign With ROADRUNNER RECORDS

California's DEATHRIDE, the new project featuring COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara, have inked a deal with Roadrunner Records. The group — whose lineup is completed by Dragon (guitar), Shak (bass), Sleeper (guitar), and Junk (drums) — will enter the studio early next year with producer Ross Hogarth (COAL CHAMBER, MÖTLEY CRÜE, FASTER PUSSYCAT) to begin ...

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