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THE SERVANTS Record New Songs

THE SERVANTS, the San Francisco Bay Area-based band featuring former MACHINE HEAD/TESTAMENT drummer Chris Kontos, have just finished a week of recording at The Plantin Sausalito, California. "It was a magical experience and it really comes through on record," reads a message on the band's official web site. "Five new songs were put to tape ...

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METALLICA To Film 'Frantic' Video In Montreal

METALLICA will film a video for the track "Frantic" in the suburbs of Montreal, Quebec early next week, according to Journal de Montreal. The band, who are scheduled to perform at Parc Jean Drapeau Sunday night (July 20) as part of the Summer Sanitarium Tour, will spend a couple of extra days in the city ...

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Classic Metallers OBSESSION Reform, Begin Work On New Material

Classic early '80s metal band OBSESSION has reformed. Original members Michael Vescera (vocals, ex-LOUDNESS, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) and Jay Mezias (drums, ex-HANDS OF STONE, WORLDPAIN) are joined in the new lineup by Swedish guitar sensation Robert Marcello (DANGER DANGER, IRONHORSE), Boston-based neo-classical shred-god Joe Stump (REIGN OF TERROR) and bassist Chris McCarville (JEFF SCOTT SOTO BAND, ...

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BURST Sign With RELAPSE RECORDS

Sweden's BURST have signed a worldwide recording deal with Relapse Records. The band will showcase their unique style of heavy music on their Relapse debut, "Prey On Life", due on September 23 in North America and October 13 in Europe. BURST — whose lineup consists of Linus Jägerskog (vocals), Jesper Liveröd (bass) (ex-NASUM), Patrik Hultin ...

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FLOTSAM AND JETSAM To Appear On METALLICA Tribute DVD

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM will be contributing a song to the upcoming METALLICA tribute DVD currently being produced by Bob Kulick (brother of Bruce) for release through Cleopatra Records. "This will be the second such project for the label, and as you may already know, [FLOTSAM AND JETSAM singer] Eric A.K. was on the first one ...

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Lawsuit Over Guitarist's Death Kept Alive By Judge

Brian Anderson of Contra Costa Times reports that an Alameda County judge has preliminarily declined to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the California Department of Transportation of failing to keep safe a section of Interstate 580 in Livermore where an up-and-coming heavy metal guitarist was killed last year. Judge Steven Brick overruled Thursday (July 3) the ...

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LIFE OF AGONY Sell Out The Birch Hill In 15 Minutes

The classic LIFE OF AGONY lineup of Keith Caputo (vocals), Alan Robert (bass), Joey Z (guitar) and Sal Abruscato (drums) needed a total of 15 minutes to sell all the tickets to their upcoming reunion show at Birch Hill Concert Hall in Old Bridge, New Jersey on Saturday, August 2. Birch Hill Concert Hall is ...

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LIFE OF AGONY Announce Another Reunion Show

The classic LIFE OF AGONY lineup of Keith Caputo (vocals), Alan Robert (bass), Joey Z (guitar) and Sal Abruscato (drums) have announced another reunion show, this time in New Jersey. The group will be performing Birch Hill Concert Hall in Old Bridge, New Jersey on Saturday, August 2. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, July ...

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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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MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL To Sponsor OZZFEST, LOLLAPALOOZA Tours

Major League Baseball Properties signed a deal with Clear Channel Entertainment this week to sponsor the Ozzfest and Lollapalooza tours, along with 34 other Clear Channel concerts, according to the Star-Telegram. Baseball officials are hoping that hordes of young music fans with hefty disposable income will buy authentic baseball apparel and, maybe, become fans of ...

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The New York Post: KID ROCK And PAMELA Dis-Engaged?

The New York Post reports that there's more evidence that it's over between Pam Anderson and Kid Rock. While Rebecca Romijn-Stamos and John Stamos are together in Baghdad on a USO tour (with Robert De Niro, Georgette Mosbacher and Gen. Tommy Franks), Kid took his best bud, "Monster Garage" host Jesse James, as his traveling ...

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STRYPER To Kick Off Reunion Tour In Early October

Legendary Christian rock band STRYPER have announced plans to embark on their first-ever reunion tour this fall to celebrate the quartet's 20th anniversary. The band's first nationwide performance junket in more than 12 years is slated to kick off in the Northeast in early October. The tour will run across the United States, playing approximately ...

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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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HADES Drummer Undergoes Operation To Remove Cancerous Tumor

HADES drummer Ron Lipnicki underwent a 10-hour operation Thursday (June 12) to remove a cancerous tumor. According to HADES guitarist Dan Lorenzo, the doctors were very happy with how everything went during the operation, which followed three months of chemotherapy. "Last Sunday (June 8) Jimmy Schulman (former HADES bassist), myself and Ron jammed on old ...

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LIFE OF AGONY Re-Launch Official Web Site

LIFE OF AGONY have re-launched their official web site at www.lifeofagony.com, complete with Quicktime clips from their upcoming DVD, an all-new message board and a merchandise store. LIFE OF AGONY's upcoming double-live CD and DVD, titled "River Runs Again: Live 2003", will be released in late August/early September through SPV Records worldwide. The ...

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Former DEATH Guitarist Joins ICED EARTH

Former DEATH touring guitarist and current MILLENIUM axeman Ralph Santolla has officially joined ICED EARTH as the group's second guitarist. Santolla replaces Larry Tarnowski, who left the group earlier in the year in order to continue his studies. Santolla reportedly plans to keep working on new MILLENIUM material and has recently welcomed singer Todd Plant ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE Singer, SAVATAGE Mastermind To Make German In-Store Appearance

CIRCLE II CIRCLE singer Zachary Stevens (ex-SAVATAGE) and SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva will be making an in-store appearance at Media Markt (Robert-Bosch-Str. 2 Gewerbegebiet Süd) in Münster, Germany on Friday, June 6 at 6:00 p.m. CIRCLE II CIRCLE's debut album, "Watching In Silence", was released in April in Europe through Germany's AFM Records. All compositions ...

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JIMMY PAGE Says LED ZEPPELIN Reunion Has Not Been Discussed

Former LED ZEPPELIN guitarist Jimmy Page recently told Launch that work on the new ZEPPELIN DVD and live album have kept him so busy that he hasn't discussed a reunion with singer Robert Plant or bassist-keyboardist John Paul Jones. "The members of the group have not discussed, if you can believe this...with all the other ...

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AEROSMITH Frontman To Appear On WILLIE NELSON TV Special

AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler is among the featured guests on USA Network's "Willie Nelson and Friends: Live and Kickin'", a 70th birthday celebration for a self-proclaimed old-fashioned musical man, who, to many of his fans, represents a breathing symbol of America. The show, which is set to air Monday night (May 26) at 9:00 p.m. ...

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Former LIFE OF AGONY Singer To Tour Europe

Former LIFE OF AGONY frontman Keith Caputo will embark on a European tour in September/October. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Jul. 27 - Dortmund, GER @ Visions Festival Sep. 04 - Hilversum, NETH @ Tagrijn Sep. 05 - Tilburg, NETH @ 013 Sep. 06 - Varsselder, NETH @ Huntenpop Sep. 07 - Aschaffenburg, ...

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LED ZEPPELIN Live DVD & CD Sets To Ship Multi-Platinum

With anticipation building to a feverish pitch in advance of the imminent release of the eagerly awaited LED ZEPPELIN live recordings, Atlantic Records has announced that "Led Zeppelin DVD", a two-DVD set, will be shipping quadruple-platinum in the U.S. alone, and "How The West Was Won", a three-CD set, will ship platinum. "The enormous pre-release ...

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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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