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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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SKID ROW Guitarist Rules Out Reunion With SEBASTIAN BACH

SKID ROW guitarist Dave "Snake" Sabo has ruled out the possibility of the group ever getting back together with former singer Sebastian Bach for a new album and reunion tour. "I will chose to maintain our integrity and happiness over any dollar amount anytime," he said in a new interview posted at SkidRow.net. "And believe ...

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SUPERJOINT RITUAL's BOWER Speaks Out On Decision To Put DOWN On Hold

SUPERJOINT RITUAL guitarist Jimmy Bower recently spoke to Bully magazine about singer Philip Anselmo's decision to put his other projects on hold in order to concentrate on promoting SUPERJOINT's upcoming sophomore CD, "A Lethal Dose Of American Hatred" (due July 22 through Sanctuary Records). "[SUPERJOINT RITUAL] passed up a lot of cool things last year ...

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MACHINE HEAD To Release 'Through The Ashes Of Empires' In October

MACHINE HEAD have set "Through The Ashes Of Empires" as the title of their fifth album, tentatively due in Europe on October 13 through Roadrunner Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Supercharger" will be recorded at Sharkbite studios in Oakland, California, with lead singer/guitarist Robert Flynn at the production helm along with additional assistance from Andy ...

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SKEW SISKIN Announce New Drummer

Germany's SKEW SISKIN have acquired a new drummer by the name of Damien. "He's a real crazy bird and we feel that we made an excellent choice," the band said in an official statement. "His drum skills match what SKEW SISKIN's rhythms are about: Keith Moon meets Phil Rudd! A steady 4/4 rhythm with a ...

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SKID ROW: New Album Delayed

SKID ROW have been forced to delay the release of their new album, "Thickskin", to August 5. "Seems that this delay is thanks to distributor ADA wanting to properly get the disc in stores," reads a posting on the unofficial SKID ROW web site SkidRow.net. "The guys aren't too happy about it because ...

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RIKI RACHTMAN To Return To 'Headbanger's Ball'

Former MTV's "Headbanger's Ball" VJ Riki Rachtman will be co-hosting the June 14 edition of the resurrected show with HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta. "This is my first time hosting the show since its demise in 1995," Rachtman told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "I never taped a final show so I'm looking at this one as my final show. ...

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LEADFOOT Bassist Welcomes Addition To Family

Congratulations are in order for former CORROSION OF CONFORMITY/current LEADFOOT bassist Phil Swisher and his wife Denise on the birth of their son, Joseph William Swisher. Joseph was born on Wednesday, June 4 at 6:48 p.m. Swiss time in Zofingen, Switzerland. He weighed in at 4.2 kg (approx. 9.25 lbs) and was 55 cm long ...

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LIFE AFTER DEATH To Perform At California Wedding

LIFE AFTER DEATH, the Los Angeles-based band featuring ARMORED SAINT drummer Gonzo and guitarist Phil Sandoval, will be performing three songs at the wedding of L.A.D. bassist Ray Burke on Saturday, June 7. The group, who recently reunited after a lengthy hiatus, are said to be working on a new CD for an as-yet-undetermined label. ...

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SKID ROW To Release 'Thickskin' In July

SKID ROW have set a July 22 release date through Skid Row Records for their new album, "Thickskin". " 'Thickskin' has been two years in the making. We're very excited about this, especially since it's the first SKID ROW record for [singer] Johnny [Solinger] and [drummer] Phil [Varone]," said bassist Rachel Bolan. "It took a ...

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LEADFOOT Announce Tour Dates

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: May 23 - The Cavern - Greenville, NC May 25 - Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC Jun. 24 - Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC Jul. 02 - Jocco's ...

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MACHINE HEAD's FLYNN: 'JAMES HETFIELD Is All Class'

MACHINE HEAD frontman Robert Flynn says that one of the downsides of being in the public eye is the fact that he can't hang out and relax with friends at concerts without being perceived as arrogant by those who don't know him well enough to know differently. "Make no mistake about it, there have been ...

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MONSTER MAGNET Announce New Bassist, Name Upcoming CD

MONSTER MAGNET have recruited LORD STERLING bassist Jim Baglino to replace Joe Calandra, who was unceremoniously booted from the band last month along with drummer Jon Kleiman. The group, who recently signed a European record deal with SPV/Steamhammer Records, are still looking for a new skinsman and are said to have set their sights on ...

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Former THE ALMIGHTY Singer Records New Material

Former THE ALMIGHTY frontman Ricky Warwick has completed work on two brand new extra tracks for the forthcoming release of his solo effort "Tattoos & Alibis". They are "Can't Live With Maybe" (described as "a real rocker" and one which Ricky has been playing live) and "Minor Miracles". Unfortunately, due to a lack of time ...

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TESTAMENT Manager Attempts To 'Shed Light' On METAL GODS TOUR Cancellation

TESTAMENT manager Phil Arnold of Thrill Entertainment has issued a rambling statement in response to fan speculation over the cause of the cancellation of the band's The 2003 Metal Gods North American Tour. As previously reported, the multi-band package trek featuring HALFORD, co-headliners TESTAMENT, IMMORTAL, CARNAL FORGE, PRIMAL FEAR, PAINMUSEUM, and AMON AMARTH was called ...

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MACHINE HEAD To Work With COLIN RICHARDSON On New Album

MACHINE HEAD's as-yet-untitled fifth album will be produced by Colin Richardson, the man largely responsible for the crushingly thick sound on the band's first two offerings, 1994's "Burn My Eyes" and 1997's "The More Things Change…" Richardson, who has previously worked with FEAR FACTORY, NAPALM DEATH and OVERKILL, among others, mixed MACHINE HEAD's current live ...

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LEADFOOT Recall Defective Discs

The 1,400 copies that make up the initial pressing of LEADFOOT's third album, "We Drink For Free" (released on April 22 through Abstract Sounds Records), reportedly contain multiple digital errors which are causing the CD to skip and pause on several songs. All persons that purchased the disc are advised to return their faulty discs ...

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MOTÖRHEAD's CAMPBELL To Be Replaced By Ex-DANZIG Axeman

On May 2, the MOTÖRHEAD family received some tragic news: Guitarist Philip Campbell's mother passed away. Embroiled in the middle of a U.S. tour, MOTÖRHEAD suddenly found themselves without Philip's considerable talents for two shows. In an effort to make sure that the fans are not disappointed with show cancellations, MOTÖRHEAD contacted Todd Schofield. Todd ...

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DOWN Guitarist: 'PHILIP ANSELMO Is Hung Like An Elephant!'

A METALLICA cover story in the current issue of Revolver magazine seems to have struck a chord with Philip Anselmo fans...and it wasn't because of anything members of METALLICA said. Rather, it appears that the PANTERA/DOWN singer's fans were irked by the author's description of a scene from METALLICA's Northern California headquarters, where a cover ...

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BLAZE Officially Confirm Bassist's Departure

BLAZE, the British band led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE singer Blaze Bayley, have finally officially confirmed the departure of bassist Rob Naylor (as first reported here on April 4). According to the group's official web site, "Rob informed the band he wanted to leave shortly after returning from the U.S. [following their appearance ...

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