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Former NILE Bassist/Vocalist CHIEF SPIRES: 'I Don't Like KARL SANDERS'

Former NILE bassist/vocalist Chief Spires has spoken out for the first time about his departure from the group and his decision to form SHAITAN MAZAR with fellow ex-NILE member John Ehlers (guitar) Speaking to Poland's Masterful Magazine, Spires explained his reasons for leaving NILE. "Well the official press release was something like 'Spires leaves the ...

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M3: More European Tour Dates Announced

M3, the new "classic WHITESNAKE" tribute group featuring 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 Stanway (keyboards, ex-MAGNUM), have lined up the following dates during December (special guest BOB CATLEY): Dec. 04 - Planet Music ...

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FAITH AND FIRE Hard At Work On Debut Album

FAITH AND FIRE, the new band featuring RIOT guitarist Mike Flyntz and ex-RIOT frontman Tony Moore, are hard at work on their debut album, tentatively due early next year through an as-yet-unspecified label. "Tony is currently shrieking his brains out at [bassist] Danny [Miranda]'s (BLUE OYSTER CULT) ProTools studio on Long Island, NY in order ...

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ALTARIA: More Finnish Tour Dates Announced

Finnish melodic metallers ALTARIA, who feature in their ranks SONATA ARCTICA guitarist Jani Liimatainen and NIGHTWISH six-stringer Emppu Vuorinen, are in the studio recording their sophomore album, "Divinity", for a May 2004 release through AOR Heaven sub-label Metal Heaven Records. In the meantime, the group will hit the road again in Finland in January 2004. ...

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STEVE VAI: 'Live At The Astoria, London' DVD Delayed

Guitar virtuoso Steve Vai has pushed back the release date of his two-DVD set, entitled "Live at the Astoria, London", to December 9 through Favored Nations. "Live at the Astoria London" is Vai's first-ever live performance DVD, and it clocks in at more than 3.5 hours (including bonus features). It was filmed at the Astoria ...

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BLACK SABBATH: Box Set To Surface In March

Rhino Records have set a March 2, 2004 release date for the much-anticipated eight-disc BLACK SABBATH box set, "Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978)". Retailing for $99.98, "Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978)" will feature remastered versions of the band's albums with Ozzy Osbourne behind the mike, as well as a ...

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Renowned Session Drummer Loses Battle With Cancer

Renowned drummer Tony Thompson, who performed with LED ZEPPELIN's Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones during the 1985 Live Aid reunion, and who also rehearsed with the members of ZEPPELIN for a short-lived project in 1986, passed away earlier today after a battle with renal-cell cancer. Donations can be made at

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Former P.O.D. Guitarist's New Band Added To KORN/SEVENDUST Concert

THE ACCIDENT EXPERIMENT, the California-based band featuring former P.O.D. guitarist Marcos Curiel, have been added to San Diego's Rock 105 annual "The Rock That Stole Christmas" concert featuring KORN and SEVENDUST December 11 at the San Diego Sports Arena. Tickets go on sale Friday (Nov. 14) at 10:00 a.m. through Ticketmaster. THE ACCIDENT EXPERIMENT — ...

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BLACK SABBATH Drummer Talks About Limited-Edition CD-Single

BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward has recorded an audio message where he discusses his plans to release a limited-edition CD-single, with proceeds to be donated to the charity of each purchaser's choice from one of five organizations. Check it out here (Real Player required). As previously reported, the single will feature the track ...

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The Lost CLIFF BURTON Videotape — Found!

Video footage of late METALLICA bassist Cliff Burton's headbanging 1982 performance with the heavy metal group TRAUMA, shot only 24 hours before Burton was discovered by METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich, is finally being made available to METALLICA and Cliff fans everywhere. Don Wrege, director of "TRAUMA Live", explains how he ended up with this historic ...

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M3: Live Album Samples Posted Online

M3, the new "classic WHITESNAKE" tribute group featuring 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 Stanway (keyboards, ex-MAGNUM), have posted audio samples from their upcoming live album in streaming Windows Media format at

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'ROCK FOR X-MAS' Raising Funds For Families In Need

Rock 4 XMAS, a foundation that helps provide toys and the overall Christmas spirit to less fortunate families across the country, will launch a 30+ city tour will be begin on October 30 in Salt Lake City, UT with many '70s, '80s and '90s stars of the music business set to perform. This year's star ...

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VENOM Guitarist To Release New Solo Album In February

VENOM guitarist Mantas has enlisted Italian guitarist Dario Mollo to produce his long-delayed second solo album, "Zero Tolerance". Mollo (SKYCLAD, CRADLE OF FILTH, ANATHEMA, etc.) reportedly got the job after Mantas heard his work on the new SKYCLAD CD. Says Mantas, "Although the SKYCLAD music is a million miles from my own sound, I've worked ...

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DOHENY To Make Live Debut In Hollywood

DOHENY, the Los Angeles-based band formed by ex-THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison (on guitar) and PITCHSHIFTER frontman Jon "J.S." Clayden, will make their live debut on Tuesday, November 4 at the Viper Room in Hollywood, California. The group are scheduled to take the stage at 10:30 p.m. Says Billy: "It's time for DOHENY to ...

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METALLICA: Fade To Bluegrass?

Terry Pace of TimesDaily.com reports that bluegrass group IRON HORSE will be releasing their genre-bending, redefining tribute (view cover here) to the head-banging, heavy-metal sounds of monster rockers METALLICA nationwide today via the Los Angeles-based label CMH Records. "It's the last thing in the world we ever expected to do," admitted IRON HORSE ...

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STEVE VAI To Release 2-DVD Set In November

Guitar virtuoso Steve Vai will issue a two-DVD set, entitled "Live at the Astoria London", on November 18 through Favored Nations. "Live at the Astoria London" is Vai's first-ever live performance DVD, and it clocks in at more than 2 1/2 hours. It was filmed at the Astoria in London, England, on December 6 and ...

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JAMES MURPHY Says Florida Benefit Was 'A Great Success'

Former TESTAMENT/DEATH guitarist James Murphy, who is currently receiving treatment for a massive brain tumor with which he was diagnosed in August 2001, has posted the following message regarding the James Murphy Benefit concert, which took place on September 6 at Venom Night Club in St. Petersburg, Florida: "The benefit show held in St. Petersburg ...

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Former BLUE MURDER Bassist Joins FENDER's Artist Relations Dept.

Former BLUE MURDER/THE FIRM bassist Tony Franklin has joined Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) as part of its Artist Relations Department. Bringing more than twenty five years of professional experience on stage and in the studio, as well as his lifelong love of making music, Franklin will utilize his numerous music industry relationships to help ...

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JEFF KOLLMAN To Embark On First-Ever European Tour

Guitarist Jeff Kollman, much sought-after collaborator and producer for rock luminaries such as Glenn Hughes ("Songs In The Key of Rock"), UFO's Phil Mogg ($IGN OF 4's "Dancing with St. Peter"), and the just released HTP album featuring Hughes and Joe Lynn Turner, is once again spreading his wings as a solo artist and has ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE Deemed Not Worthy In Bid For Hometown Honor

Ozzy Osbourne will not be getting the Freedom of Birmingham, it was revealed today, according to icBirmingham.co.uk. The campaign to give the former BLACK SABBATH singer the U.K. city's greatest honor has been effectively torpedoed by Liberal Democrat councillors who warned they would vote against any attempt to nominate him. "Frankly I don't ...

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MÖTLEY CRÜE Bassist NIKKI SIXX Sues VANS, THRASHER Magazine

MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx has sued a skateboarding magazine and the Vans shoe company for allegedly using his image in an ad without his permission, according to the Associated Press. Sixx, whose real name is Franklin C. Feranna, said in the lawsuit filed Tuesday (September 30) that the defendants used photographs of him with ...

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BLACK SABBATH Box Set Delayed Until 2004

The much-anticipated eight-disc BLACK SABBATH box set, "Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978)", has had its release date pushed back to early 2004, according to a Rhino Records spokesperson. No reason was given for the delay, but an official press release on the matter is expected by the end of the week. Retailing ...

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TED NUGENT's Reality Show To Premiere This Weekend

TED NUGENT's forthcoming reality show, "Surviving Nugent", will premiere October 5 on VH1. Described as "a two-hour reality-based event that challenges not only the intestinal fortitude of the seven contestants, but also the image of the outspoken rock legend," "Surviving Nugent" features "seven unsuspecting souls have accepted an invitation to enter and survive [Ted's] all-terrain ...

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