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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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ARMORED SAINT: Two DVDs, Album Reissue On The Way

ARMORED SAINT and Metal Blade Records will be releasing a DVD version of the band's home video, "A Trip Thru Red Times", in February. Included on the DVD will be extra videos, an interview conducted this past September, an "old-school" photo gallery, plus the added feature of a 5.1 surround mix. The band, who are ...

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MACHINE HEAD Name Live Album, Finalize Track Listing

MACHINE HEAD have set "Hellalive" as the title for their forthcoming live album, due in early 2003 through Roadrunner Records. "Hellalive" was mixed by Colin Richardson at Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire, England and is due to be mastered on Friday, Dec. 13. The album, which was originally set to contain material recorded solely at the ...

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JEFF KOLLMANN To Produce GLENN HUGHES CD

Back from a successful UK tour with $IGN Of 4, featuring UFO vocalist Phil Mogg, Los Angeles-based guitarist/songwriter/producer Jeff Kollman is gearing up to enter the studio with 'The Voice of Rock', GLENN HUGHES, on December 15. Kollman will produce, co-write, and contribute guitar to Hughes' forthcoming rock record which is being recorded at Kollman's ...

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VIO-LENCE To Record New Album In February

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers VIO-LENCE are tentatively due to enter the studio in February to begin recording their new album for a late spring/early summer release. The as-yet-untitled effort will likely surface through a new label entity formed by former EXODUS manager Toni Isabella and one-time Capitol Records A&R executive Rachel Matthews (who ...

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ANTHRAX To Release 'We've Come For You All' In February

ANTHRAX's new album, "We've Come For You All", will be released in Japan through JVC Records on Feb. 4, 2003 and in Europe through Nuclear Blast Records on Feb. 24. The U.S., Canada, South America and Australia/New Zealand will follow shortly thereafter. In other news, ANTHRAX were joined by MOTÖRHEAD's Lemmy Kilmister, Phil Campbell and ...

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LEADFOOT CD Pushed Back To January

North Carolina's LEADFOOT, who feature in their ranks former C.O.C. vocalist Karl Agell and bassist Phil Swisher, have had the release date of their third full-length album, entitled "We Drink For Free", pushed back until January 2003. The CD will surface through Lunasound Recording in Europe. A North American release has yet to be secured ...

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CLEARING AUTUMN SKIES: New Music Posted Online

San Jose, California-based CLEARING AUTUMN SKIES have made two new tracks available for download in MP3 format at this location. The cuts, "Charles Forensic" and "Structuralism", are both taken from the band's new album, "Patent Distorted", which is due for release on Nov. 29. The complete track listing for "Patent Distorted" is as ...

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COSMOSQUAD Line Up Hollywood Appearance

Los Angeles-based instrumental trio COSMOSQUAD, featuring guitarist Jeff Kollman, drummer Shane Gaalaas, and bassist Barry Sparks, are celebrating the release of their new "Live at the Baked Potato" CD with a Tuesday, November 5 appearance at that very venue, located at 3878 Cahuenga Blvd W., North Hollywood, CA. In related news, Kollman and Gaalaas will ...

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KYLE THOMAS Speaks Out On The PANTERA/EXHORDER 'Feud'

Vocalist Kyle Thomas of the much-missed New Orleans metallers EXHORDER, cited by many as the originators of the riff-heavy power-groove approach popularized by PANTERA, has spoken out about his group's alleged influence on the latter band the belief by some that PANTERA "ripped off" EXHORDER in order to attain their early major label success. "Although ...

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