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BLACK SABBATH Drummer To Release New Solo Track

BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward has decided to release another one of the songs from his long-awaited "Beyond Aston" solo album free online as a "teaser" of sorts for the CD, which he hopes to complete soon. The name of the song Bill will be making available is "The Dark Half Hour". More details as ...

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Virgin Megastore To Host Rock & Roll Cookbook Signing

Hollywood's Virgin Megastore will host a celebrity book signing for the rock & roll cookbook, "Food That Rocks", on Thursday, March 18, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. In addition to the authors, Cindy Coverdale (wife of WHITESNAKE frontman David Coverdale) and Margie Lapanja, many of the book's contributors will be there signing copies of the book ...

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GRAHAM BONNET: Hollywood Gig Planned, Album Guest Appearance Announced

Legendary vocalist Graham Bonnet (RAINBOW, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, ALCATRAZZ, IMPELLITTERI, BLACKTHORNE) will be performing on Thursday, March 11 at Club Vodka in Hollywood, California. Showtime will be 11:00 p.m. For information and directions, visit www.clubvodka.com. In other news, Bonnet has confirmed that he will participate in Italian guitar virtuoso Matteo Filippini's project, MOONSTONE, ...

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ASESINO Launch Official Web Site

ASESINO, the death metal/grindcore project featuring ex-FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares and STATIC-X bassist Tony Campos (on bass/vocals), have launched their official web site at this location. The group's current lineup is completed by SADISTIC INTENT drummer Emilio Marquez. ...

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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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