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AC/DC Frontman's "HELEN OF TROY" Musical To Premier In March

Helen of Troy, an action-filled love story/musical based on Greek mythology that features brand new material composed by AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson, is scheduled to premier at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota, Florida during the week of March 20-25, 2003. As previously reported, Johnson is working with British composer Brendan Healy and ...

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MANMADEGOD Complete Work On Debut CD

San Francisco Bay Area's MANMADEGOD, featuring former FORBIDDEN guitarist Craig Locicero and drummer Steve Jacobs, have tentatively set Million Dollar Gun as the title of their forthcoming American Recordings debut, which is due to be released in January 2003. Produced by Brian Dobbs (i.e. ECHOBRAIN) and executive-produced by Rick Rubin (i.e. RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, ...

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JACKYL Complete New Album, Seek Label Home

JACKYL have completed work on their brand new studio album and are currently seeking a new label home following their split with Geffen Records. The complete track listing for the as-yet-untitled effort is as follows: 01. If You Want It Heavy (I Weigh A Ton) 02. I'm On Fire 03. Kill The Sunshine (co-written by ...

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VANDERHOOF Announce New Keyboardist

VANDERHOOF, led by METAL CHURCH guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof, have parted ways with keyboardist Brian Cokeley on the eve of the release of the group's sophomore full-length effort, A Blur In Time. According to the group's official web site, "[Brian's] personal life is requiring more attention than in years past, and he is unable to fully ...

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Former BROKEN HOPE Duo Resurface In INCIVISM

Former BROKEN HOPE guitarist Brian Griffin and bassist Sean Baxter have joined forces in a new project called INCIVISM, which has just finished recording a pre-production demo for the group's upcoming full-length debut, entitled Voluntary Exile. Due to be completed by mid-September at Brian's Quali-Tone Studios, Voluntary Exile will feature 10 tracks of "aggressive death ...

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STATIC-X To Appear At Comic Book Convention

STATIC-X will be appearing at the country's largest comic book and pop culture convention at Wizard World Chicago, at the Rosemont Convention Center on July 6th to promote their new comic book. The group's schedule for the day is as follows: 12:00-2:00 PM ­ STATIC-X Signing with Chaos! publisher Brian Pulido 2:30-3:30 PM ­ Panel ...

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VISION OF DISORDER's DRAG: More Details Revealed

More information has surfaced about the recently-recorded debut demo from DRAG, the new band featuring VISION OF DISORDER guitarist Matt Baumbach and vocalist Tim Williams. The tape, which was recorded and mixed by current SEBASTIAN BACH/former ANTHRAX guitarist Paul Crook and ex-NUCLEAR ASSAULT bassist Scott Metaxas at Wayne Manor studios in Neshanic, New Jersey, actually ...

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VISION OF DISORDER: Another Side Project Unveiled

Further to the item posted here yesterday, VISION OF DISORDER guitarist Matt Baumbach and vocalist Tim Williams are hard at work on yet another project, dubbed DRAG, with which they recently completed recording a five-song demo for shopping purposes. Among the song titles included on the tape are "Round and Round", "Evolution", and ...

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TheSTART Lose Drummer, Find Temporary Replacement

TheSTART, featuring former HUMAN WASTE PROJECT frontwoman Aimee Echo, have parted ways with drummer Scott Ellis and have temporarily replaced him with touring drummer Brian Ferrero. Says Ellis about his departure: "I love TheSTART as much [the fans] do, but I felt it was time for me to stop. I wish only the best for ...

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KID ROCK: Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Has No Merit

KID ROCK recently had a few choice words for those suing him for copyright infringement over his hit "Cowboy" (from 1998's multi-platinum selling Devil Without a Cause). "Honestly, the only thing I know about that at this point is [that there is] some attorney that buys rights to songs and tries to find lyrics that ...

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MANMADEGOD Announce Upcoming Gigs

San Francisco Bay Area's MANMADEGOD, featuring former FORBIDDEN guitarist Craig Locicero and drummer Steve Jacobs, have lined up the following gigs during July/August: Jul. 05 – Concord, CA @ Bourbon Street Aug. 02 - Concord, CA @ Bourbon Street As previously reported, MANMADEGOD recently completed their debut CD for American Recordings at Los Angeles' Ocean ...

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GOLDEN JUBILEE CD To Be Made Available Later This Month

A recording of the Golden Jubilee rock concert, held last week at London's Buckingham Palace to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's 50 years on the throne, will go on sale later this month to raise money for charity. The British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) said The Party at the Palace album, featuring such artists as OZZY OSBOURNE ...

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Ex-OZZY OSBOURNE Drummer To Offer Lessons On The Road

Former OZZY OSBOURNE drummer Brian Tichy will be offering private drum and/or guitar lessons while on tour this July and August throughout the US and Canada as the percussionist for BILLY IDOL. "Unfortunately a drum set will not be available in the hotels," writes Tichy on his web site, "but there is still plenty that ...

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MORTIIS To Tour US In October

Norway's MORTIIS (currently residing in Sweden) is tentatively scheduled to embark on a US tour in October. "Although this is still in the early planning stages, everyone involved seems very eager to make this happen," reads a statement on the singer's official web site. "The original idea was to do it in June but we ...

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, DEREK SHERINIAN Trade Guest Appearances

Former DREAM THEATER keyboardist Derek Sherinian has finished tracking his parts for the forthcoming YNGWIE MALMSTEEN CD, entitled Attack, which is currently being recorded in Miami, Florida for a late summer release through Spitfire Records. According to Derek, "[Yngwie] was very specific in what he wanted, which unfortunately did not include any keyboard solos. But... ...

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CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER Reunite, Begin Work On New Studio Album

After 13 years, speedcore pioneers CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER have reunited three of their four original members and are working on material for a proposed fifth album. The present line-up includes Bill Treadway (formerly Bill Crooks, vocals), Rob Nicholson (bass), Les Evans (guitar), and Brian Lehfeldt (WEHRMACHT, drums). In addition, Relapse Records is planning to re-issue their ...

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DEVIN TOWNSEND: The Latest Update

An update from the wacky world of DEVIN TOWNSEND (i.e. STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, PHYSICIST, OCEAN MACHINE, etc.): Some good and bad news regarding the tour is that Chris Valagao who was to be the new keyboard player in STRAPPING YOUNG LAD has had to leave due to his commitments to ZIMMERS HOLE and his work ...

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SNAPCASE Set Album Title, Announce Upcoming Live Appearance

SNAPCASE have set End Transmission as the title to the forthcoming follow-up to 2000's Designs For Automotion. The album, which was recorded earlier this spring with Brian McTernan at Salad Days Studios in Washington, DC, will be released this fall through Victory Records. In related SNAPCASE news, the band will be headlining the upcoming SS ...

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DEREK SHERINIAN's Upcoming Solo Effort To Feature Host Of Name Musicians

Yngwie Malmsteen, Billy Sheehan, Tony Franklin (ex-BLUE MURDER/THE FIRM), Al DiMeola, Zakk Wydle, Brian Tichy (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE) and Simon Philips are among the artists scheduled to make guest appearances on the forthcoming solo album from former DREAM THEATER and current YNGWIE MALMSTEEN keyboardist Derek Sherinian. As yet untitled, the effort is due in September. ...

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DEF LEPPARD: Second DVD Party To Be Held At L.A.'s Cat Club

A party is being held tonight (Sunday, May 5th) at Slim Jim Phantom's Cat Club in Los Angeles, celebrating the DVD re-releases of DEF LEPPARD's Visualize/Video Archive home videos. Organized by "Happenin' Harry", a friend of DEF LEPPARD frontman Joe Elliott, the party will feature DVD showings and giveaways, live music and special appearances. The ...

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SOILENT GREEN: Recovering!

SOILENT GREEN vocalist Benjamin Falgoust has posted the following message via the group's official web site: "It has been quite an interesting last 5 months. I am sure some of you know about the December 4th, 2001 accident in Washington State during the Extreme Music for Extreme People tour. When we rolled our van and ...

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