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Former OZZY Drummer, Ex-DREAM THEATER Keyboardist To Form Prog-Metal Band

Former OZZY OSBOURNE/PRIDE & GLORY drummer Brian Tichy and ex-DREAM THEATER/YNGWIE MALMSTEEN keyboardist Derek Sherinian are currently looking for a vocalist for a new progressive metal band they are forming. Send promo packages to: VOCALIST 3940 Laurel Canyon Blvd. #442 Studio City, CA 91604 Or e-mail demo and JPEG to: [email protected] In other Tichy-related news, ...

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Former NOTHINGFACE Members Launch New Projects

Former NOTHINGFACE guitarist Tom Maxwell and drummer Tommy Sickles have announced the formation of COLDWHITECHRIST with bassist Jerry Montano (DEADLIGHTS, DANZIG). Tom Maxwell explains, "After Ozzfest, Tommy and I decided to start a project with our longtime friends Jerry and Chad Gray (MUDVAYNE). We began recording demos with Drew Mazurek (LINKIN PARK, GWAR, NOTHINGFACE), and ...

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MALEVOLENT CREATION Issue Bootleg Warning

Florida-based death metallers MALEVOLENT CREATION have issued the following statement regarding a recently released bootleg recording: "Metal Mind Records / Productions from Poland has released an illegal bootleg DVD/VHS live show from MALEVOLENT CREATION recorded in early 2003 at the Metal Mania Festivals in Krakow Poland. "In early 2003, when we started our 44-show European ...

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LEMMY, DEE SNIDER, PAGE HAMILTON Among Musicians Contributing To KISS Tribute CD

MOTÖRHEAD's Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister, TWISTED SISTER's Dee Snider, FOZZY's Chris Jericho and former HELMET leader Page Hamilton are among the hard rock musicians that have recorded KISS covers for the upcoming tribute album "Spin the Bottle", according to Billboard.com. Due April 27 via Koch, the 11-track set was executive produced by longtime KISS associate Bob ...

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IRON MAIDEN, SLAYER Managers Involved In GRAMMY Brawl

IRON MAIDEN manager Rod Smallwood and SLAYER manager Rick Sales (both of whom work under the Sanctuary umbrella) were involved in a fistfight with record executive Happy Walters at the BMG Grammy party over the weekend. According to a posting at Hits Daily Double, "Big talk of the night was the free-for-all at the Avalon ...

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AMERICAN DOG Sign European Record Deal

Columbus, Ohio-based AMERICAN DOG, featuring former SALTY DOG bassist Michael Hannon, have signed a new European deal with Phoenix/Sony Records out of Hamburg, Germany. The biker-styled label is famous for handling the promotions of MOTÖRHEAD, DORO, ROSE TATTOO and MOLLY HATCHET. Longtime manager Tommy Floyd stated that "it was crucial that AMERICAN DOG work with ...

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THANATOSCHIZO Name New Album

Portuguese avantgarde metallers THANATOSCHIZO have set "Turbulence" as the title of their forthcoming third album, tentatively due this summer through Rage Of Achilles Records (Portugal will receive the album this spring through Misdeed Records). The follow-up to 2002's "InsomniousNightLift" was recorded at Porto's Rec N' Roll Studios with producer Luís Barros (drummer for AFM Records ...

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PRONG Announce Record-Release Party In Hollywood

PRONG have announced a special one-off show on Wednesday, March 3 at The Dragonfly in Hollywood. "This should prove to be a cool event," PRONG frontman Tommy Victor writes on the band's web site. "The show is doubling as a record release party. I can't recall PRONG ever having done this before for any of ...

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UFO Set American Release Date For New Album

UFO have set a March 16 U.S. release date through SPV Records for their new album, "You Are Here". The CD will arrive in Europe one month earlier (February 16). The group's first effort to feature new guitarist Vinnie Moore, "You Are Here" (view cover here) was recorded near Hannover, Germany with producer ...

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TESLA: Live Dates Announced

TESLA have announced a series of March dates in support of their new CD, "Into the Now" — the group's first collection of new material since 1994's "Bust a Nut". "Into the Now", due on March 9 via Sanctuary Records, features the original TESLA lineup of vocalist Jeff Keith, guitarist Frank Hannon, guitarist Tommy Skeoch, ...

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Swedish THE SWEET Tribute: Audio Available

Current and former members of KISS, GRAND FUNK RAILROAD, THUNDER, HUGHES & TURNER PROJECT, EUROPE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, JEFF SCOTT SOTO, AT VANCE, CANDLEMASS, TALISMAN, LION'S SHARE, NARNIA and RADIOACTIVE have contributed to the Swedish tribute to THE SWEET, titled "The Sweet According To Sweden", due on February 9 through Rivel Records. Liner notes for the ...

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GUNS N' ROSES Bassist Begins Mixing Solo Album

GUNS N' ROSES bassist Tommy Stinson has posted the following message on his web site: "Yeah me!!! I started mixing today!!! Mr. Sean Beaven (GUNS N' ROSES, MARILYN MANSON, NIN, NO DOUBT) is at the controls doing me the honors. With a little luck it should take about two weeks or so. Good thing too ...

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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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TOMMY LEE A Babe Magnet In Vegas

Despite reports he's dating Pink, former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee was hitting on plenty of young women at Las Vegas hotspot AquaKnox on December 30. A bartender at the Venetian hotel hangout told Star magazine, "Tommy was here from 9 to about 11 p.m., and he was like a magnet. He just leaned against ...

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UFO: New Album Samples Available For Download

UFO fan site Strangers In The Night has posted MP3 clips of all 12 tracks that are set to appear on the new UFO album, "You Are Here", due in Europe on February 16 through SPV Records (March in the U.S.). Check them out here. The group's first effort to feature new guitarist ...

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THE PROJECT HATE To Enter Studio In September

THE PROJECT HATE, the Swedish band featuring Jörgen Sandström of ENTOMBED/GRAVE fame on lead vocals and current DARK FUNERAL touring guitarist Lord K (a.k.a. Kenth Philipson), are planning on entering Soundlab Studios in September with producer Mieszko Talarczyk to record the follow-up to last year's "Hate, Dominate, Congregate, Eliminate", tentatively due in early 2005 through ...

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TESLA Guitarist Working On Solo Project

TESLA guitarist Frank Hannon is currently working on a record with his band KALEIDOSCOPE. Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Cars on Mars" and "1985", the latter of which is being described as "a tribute to '80s rock." Before the TESLA tour starts up in March, Frank will be playing a couple of ...

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GUNS N' ROSES Bassist Inks Solo Deal With SANCTUARY

GUNS N' ROSES bassist Tommy Stinson has inked a solo deal with Sanctuary Records. The following is Tommy's official update on his web site regarding the making of his first solo album: "I have finally completed all of the recording for my first solo record. It has taken longer than anticipated, but it usually does. ...

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TOMMY LEE's Paid 'Meet-And-Greet': Rescheduled Dates Announced

Former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee's paid "meet-and-greet" in Las Vegas, Nevada, originally set for December 6, has been rescheduled to January 30-31. Several options for attendees are available, including the "Silver Package" ($500 for you and a guest, gets you a chance to meet and receive a personal photo with Tommy Lee), the "Gold ...

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Former SPINESHANK Singer Explains His Departure

Former SPINESHANK frontman Jonny Santos has issued a statement via the band's official forum explaining his reasons for leaving the group. His statement reads as follows: "Hello everyone. First off, I would like to thank everyone who has stuck by SPINESHANK over the years. You are the single most important people to myself and the ...

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GOD AMONG INSECTS Name Album

GOD AMONG INSECTS, the Swedish "old-school" death metal band featuring vocalist Emperor Magus Caligula (DARK FUNERAL), guitarist Lord K (a.k.a. Kenth Philipson) (THE PROJECT HATE), bassist Tomas Elofsson (SANCTIFICATION) and drummer Tobias Gustafsson (VOMITORY), have set "World Wide Death" as the title of their debut album, tentatively due this summer through Threeman Recordings. The CD ...

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NIKKI SIXX: 'MÖTLEY CRÜE Is A Dysfunctional Band'

BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION bassist Nikki Sixx (of MÖTLEY CRÜE) fame and guitarist Tracii Guns recently spoke to Pitriff.com about the much-rumored CRÜE reunion/farewell tour and the early lineup changes that plagued BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION before the group settled into their current four-man format. Regarding the possibility of a MÖTLEY CRÜE tour in light ...

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