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Spokesperson: Remaining BLACK SABBATH Catalog To Receive Box-Set Treatment No Earlier Than 2005

According to a posting at www.black-sabbath.com, a spokesperson at the management company of BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi has stated that there will be no further box-set releases from SABBATH beyond the forthcoming "Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978)" set until at least 2005. "The remaining material will be released, but ...

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VITAL REMAINS Announce U.S. Tour

VITAL REMAINS will embark on a national U.S. tour this spring alongside BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, CATTLE DECAPITATION and WATCH THEM DIE. The highly anticipated trek, the group's first with Glen Benton (DEICIDE) on vocals, is set to kick off in May and will be their first tour in support of their critically acclaimed album, "Dechristianize", ...

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QUARTZ: Anthology Details Revealed

Sanctuary Records will release an anthology double-CD set from Birmingham heavy metal band QUARTZ this spring. Disc one comprises the entire 1977 Tony Iommi-produced "Quartz" album, including tracks featuring Iommi on lead guitar and "Sugar Rain", where the SABBATH riffmeister donates a flute solo. Added are eight bonus 7" single b-sides and unreleased demo recordings ...

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BILLY SHEEHAN Schedules Bass Clinics

Legendary bassist Billy Sheehan (DAVE LEE ROTH, MR. BIG, TALAS) has lined up a bunch of bass clinics (instructional seminars) in Southeast Asia in February. "I'm taking a break from my recording to do these, but I'll be right back to finishing my second solo CD, a new NIACIN CD, and much more when I ...

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THE ACCIDENT EXPERIMENT: San Diego Date Announced

THE ACCIDENT EXPERIMENT, the California-based band featuring former P.O.D. guitarist Marcos Curiel, will be performing at Soma in San Diego on Saturday, February 28. Also set to appear are HORNSWAGGLED, BLACKLETTER DAYS, TENTWENTYKILL and COLPORTER. THE ACCIDENT EXPERIMENT — completed by vocalist Pete Stewart (ex-GRAMMATRAIN), bassist Tony Delocht and drummer Ernie Longoria (both ex-SPRUNG MONKEY) ...

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BLUE MURDER To Tour Japan In April?

Guitarist John Sykes (WHITESNAKE, THIN LIZZY) will reportedly play a few dates in Japan as BLUE MURDER in April. It is not presently clear which musicians will make up the rest of Sykes' touring band. According to the Japanese promoter Creativeman, BLUE MURDER will play the following shows: Apr. 16 – Osaka, JPN ...

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CHRISTIAN RIVEL'S AUDIOVISION To Feature Some Of Hard Rock's Finest

Jeff Scott Soto (TALISMAN, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Tony Franklin (ex-WHITESNAKE, BLUE MURDER, FIRM), Mats Levén (KRUX, AT VANCE, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) and Mic Michaeli (EUROPE) are among the special guests set to appear on the debut album from CHRISTIAN RIVEL'S AUDIOVISION, the new solo project from NARNIA frontman Christian Rivel. According to an official press release, the ...

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'The Sharon Osbourne Show' To Get The Ax?

People magazine is reporting that word out of the National Association of Television Program Executives conference in Las Vegas is that Tribune is canceling "The Sharon Osbourne Show" and is already in search of a replacement, according to Hits Daily Double. The article notes that Sharon's style hasn't connected with daytime audiences the way "The ...

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RAGING SPEEDHORN Announce New Singer, Record Deal

Britain's RAGING SPEEDHORN have announced the addition of guitarist Jaye Thompson (ex-DEFENESTRATION) to the group's ranks. Thomspon replaces founding member Tony Loughlin, who left the band to pursue a career in "music management." In other news, RAGING SPEEDHORN have signed a new deal with SPV Records following their split with the ZTT label. A new ...

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Former PITCHSHIFTER Singer Talks About His New Band

Former PITCHSHIFTER singer J.S. Clayden has spoken to State of Emergency about his new band DOHENY, in which he is joined by ex-THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison (on guitar), among others. "DOHENY is 100% back to basics," Clayden said of the band's sound. "If we can't play it live then it's not on the ...

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NIGHTWISH Guitarist Exits ALTARIA

Finnish melodic metallers ALTARIA have parted ways with NIGHTWISH guitarist Emppu Vuorinen. According to a post on the band's web site, Emppu left the group by mutual agreement [and his] departure was made with no hard feelings." Vuorinen's exit from ALTARIA is not expected to affect the recording process for the band's sophomore album, "Divinity", ...

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FAITH AND FIRE: Christmas Song Posted Online

FAITH AND FIRE, the new band featuring RIOT guitarist Mike Flyntz and ex-RIOT frontman Tony Moore, have posted a special Christmas song at their official web site. Download the full-length MP3 here. As previously reported, FAITH AND FIRE are hard at work on their debut album, tentatively due early next year through an ...

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DOHENY Guitarist Presents Award To LED ZEPPELIN

DOHENY guitarist Billy Morrison (CAMP FREDDY, ex-THE CULT) recently presented an award to kings of rock LED ZEPPELIN. Here's his side of it: "Last Thursday (Dec. 11), I was lucky enough to be asked to present LED ZEPPELIN with the Surround Artist Of The Year Award for their current DVD. I threw a suit and ...

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MONSTROSITY's 'Rise To Power' To Receive European Release

Metal Blade Records Europe has signed a licensing deal with Conquest Music Inc. for the European release of the fourth MONSTROSITY album, "Rise To Power". "MONSTROSITY stands for classical American death metal," a spokesperson for Metal Blade said in a statement. "They are a band that always delivered quality and never disappointed their fans. We ...

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RAGING SPEEDHORN Part Ways With Guitarist

Britain's RAGING SPEEDHORN have announced the departure of guitarist Tony Loughlin from the group's ranks. The following is guitarist Gareth "Gaz" Smith's official statement on the matter: "I'm sorry to announce that Tony and SPEEDHORN have parted ways. It's a sad situation all round but one I hope that will be best for everybody in ...

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DOHENY Announce Los Angeles Gig

DOHENY, the California-based band formed by ex-THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison (on guitar) and PITCHSHIFTER frontman Jon "J.S." Clayden, will be performing at the Dragonfly in Los Angeles on Sunday, January 11 at 10:00 p.m. Says Clayden: "It's great to get another show in for DOHENY. The guys have been rehearsing really hard during ...

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SHARON OSBOURNE Talks About The RANDY RHOADS Sexual Encounter

Sharon Osbourne appeared on the "Howard Stern Show" on Friday (December 5) to discuss her family's upcoming book, "Ordinary People: Our Story", and the recent revelation that she cheated on Ozzy in 1980 with his then-guitarist Randy Rhoads. According to a synopsis of Friday's show (as reported by MarksFriggin.com), "Howard asked Sharon Osbourne about the ...

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DAVID COVERDALE: No One But Me Has The Right To Use 'WHITESNAKE' Name

WHITESNAKE frontman David Coverdale recently commented on his former bandmates' decision to use the "classic WHITESNAKE" banner for their new project, M3. M3, who feature in their ranks Bernie Marsden (guitar, ex-WHITESNAKE), Micky Moody (guitar, ex-WHITESNAKE), Neil Murray (ex-WHITESNAKE, BLACK SABBATH), Tony Martin (vocals, ex-BLACK SABBATH), Jimmy Copley (drums, ex-PAUL RODGERS, GILLAN, BECK), and Mark ...

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TONY IOMMI Addresses The Future Of BLACK SABBATH

The Tony Iommi Message Board has been fielding questions for Tony to answer over the past few weeks. Well, today (Dec. 4) was the day that he finally appeared to answer many of the fans' questions! His opening post summed up his state of mind at the moment quite succinctly: "Hey there, "Well, I've been ...

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