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CRISS OLIVA MEMORIAL CONCERT Venue Change

Due to the large number of pre show ticket sales, the venue for the Criss Oliva 10th Anniversary Memorial Concert has been changed. The Memorial Concert will now be held on Friday, October 17, 2003 at The Masquerade located in the historic Ybor City district of Tampa, Florida. Doors will open at 7:00 pm. Details ...

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DOHENY Complete Lineup

DOHENY, the Los Angeles-based band formed by ex-THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison (on guitar) and PITCHSHIFTER frontman Jon "J.S." Clayden, have completed their lineup with the addition of bassist Tony Freddo. Tony is a California native and has been playing bass for many years. Said Tony: "I am psyched to be a part of ...

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MASTERPLAN To Tour Europe With GAMMA RAY

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande, have been confirmed for the More Than Fest in Banská Bystrica, Slovakia on September 6 and Roverfest in Moscow, Russia on October 17. "The concert in Slovakia will also feature GAMMA RAY and [will] probably ...

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SAMMY HAGAR: EDDIE VAN HALEN Has Lost Touch

Former VAN HALEN singer Sammy Hagar recently spoke to Goldmine magazine about frequent jam partner/VH bassist Michael Anthony's views on the current VAN HALEN situation. "[Michael is] basically like everyone else out there," Hagar said. "He's completely lost touch with any of the VAN HALEN situation. He hasn't talked to any of those guys in ...

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DEATHSTARS: Video Clips Posted Online

Two video clips from recent Nuclear Blast signings DEATHSTARS have been made available for viewing at the label's web site. Check them out: 01. Synthetic Generation (Real Media) 02. Syndrome (Real Media) DEATHSTARS' debut album, "Synthetic Generation" — originally issued in Sweden in March 2002 via the Universal affiliate LED Recordings ...

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Ex-UGLY KID JOE Singer Teams Up With Former FAITH NO MORE Members

Vocalist Whitfield Crane (UGLY KID JOE, LIFE OF AGONY, MEDICATION) has started a new group with former FAITH NO MORE members Billy Gould (bass) and Jon Hudson (guitar). The as-yet-unnamed San Francisco-based project, which is also said to include Craig McFarland from the acclaimed Bay Area band M.I.R.V., are currently seeking a drummer and are ...

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HUGHES TURNER PROJECT: New Sound Clips Posted Online

HUGHES TURNER PROJECT (HTP), the collaboration between former DEEP PURPLE/BLACK SABBATH vocalist Glenn Hughes and ex-RAINBOW/DEEP PURPLE singer Joe Lynn Turner, have posted several sound clips from their sophomore album, "II", due on September 29 through MTM Music. The follow-up to the group's self-titled debut features guest appearances from guitarist Steve Vai (DAVID LEE ROTH, ...

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DEEP PURPLE Singer Says JON LORD's Departure Was A 'Relief'

U.K. web site Metro Café have posted a short interview with DEEP PURPLE singer Ian Gillan in which he discussses, among other things, why it took five years to record a follow-up to 1998's "Abandon": "We were reluctant to press on with it at the time because [keyboardist] Jon Lord's been leaving for five years," ...

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Former BLUE MURDER Bassist To Release Second Solo Album

Bassist extraordinaire Tony Franklin (BLUE MURDER, THE FIRM) will release his second solo album in Japan on August 21 through JVC Records. Titled "Wonderland", the CD features guest appearances by Franklin's former BLUE MURDER bandmate Carmine Appice (drums, ex-OZZY OSBOURNE, VANILLA FUDGE), Gregg Bissonette (DAVID LEE ROTH, JOE SATRIANI), and a rare vocal appearance by ...

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DEEP PURPLE/URIAH HEEP Supergroup To Begin Mixing Debut Album

The new supergroup featuring members of URIAH HEEP, DEEP PURPLE and OZZY OSBOURNE's former bass player Bob Daisley is putting the finishing touches on its debut album, tentatively due in late 2003/early 2004 through an as-yet-undisclosed label. The as-yet-unnamed band, which consists of Daisley, Lee Kerslake (URIAH HEEP) on drums, Jon Lord (DEEP PURPLE) and ...

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BON JOVI To Buy Football Team?

Jon Bon Jovi is buying a pro football team, according to the New York Post. The rocker, whose band kicked off last year's NFL season with a free concert in Times Square, is snapping up a 50-percent stake in an arena football team in Philadelphia, not far from his beloved New Jersey. The multimillion dollar ...

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DOHENY Add Drummer

DOHENY, the Los Angeles-based band formed by ex-THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison (on guitar) and PITCHSHIFTER frontman Jon "J.S." Clayden, have announced the addition of drummer Colin LaRocque to the group's ranks. Colin, a native of Toronto, Canada, has been an L.A. resident for awhile and has been drumming for many years. Says Sean ...

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Former JUDAS PRIEST Singer Joins ICED EARTH!

Former JUDAS PRIEST frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens has officially joined ICED EARTH. Owens, whose split with PRIEST was said to have been amicable, has already finished laying down vocals to the group's new album, "The Glorious Burden", tentatively due this fall through SPV/Steamhammer Records. "The album is done, and it's not just done, it rules!!" ...

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STAIND Guitarist Speaks Out On LO-PRO

STAIND's official web site Staind.com has posted an audio recording of guitarist Mike Mushok talking about LO-PRO, the first signing to STAIND frontman Aaron Lewis' new Geffen/Interscope imprint label, 413 Records. Listen to it here. As previously reported, LO-PRO feature in their ranks former ULTRASPANK members Pete Murray (vocals) and Neil Godfrey (guitar), ...

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Star-Telegram: DAVID LEE ROTH's Sleaziness Gets The Better Of Him

Dave Ferman of the Star-Telegram is reporting that former VAN HALEN frontman David Lee Roth's Thursday night (July 24) show at a "maybe one-quarter full NextStage [Dalls, Texas] started a full 30 minutes late and left little room for middle-ground opinions: Roth is either a pathetic display of a once-mighty has-been whose politically incorrect lowbrow ...

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METALLICA Hire Psychologist For 'St. Anger' Management

Jon Bream of the Minneapolis Star Tribune is reporting that when shit hit the fan, METALLICA "brought in sports psychologist Phil Towle, who has worked with pro football's St. Louis Rams, an Olympic silver-medalist swimmer and other athletes. "Towle's first session with METALLICA was coincidentally the day bassist Jason Newsted unexpectedly announced he was quitting ...

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SAVATAGE Members To Perform Together For First Time In Eight Years

For the first time in eight years, bassist Johnny Lee Middleton and drummer Steve "Doc" Wacholz will join vocalist Jon Oliva and guitarist Chris Caffery on stage for the Criss Oliva 10th Anniversary Memorial Concert to remember and celebrate the life and contributions of Jon's brother, late SAVATAGE guitarist Christopher Michael Oliva. The concert will ...

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STAIND Guitarist Praises STATIC-X, LO-PRO

STAIND guitarist/songwriter Mike Mushok, currently on tour in support of the group's "14 Shades Of Grey" CD, is full of praise for STAIND's opening acts STATIC-X and LO-PRO. Writing in his online journal at Staind.com, Mike says, "if anyone is coming to see us, I suggest you get there early to check [out LO-PRO and ...

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JEFF KOLLMAN Working On Solo Album

Guitarist/producer/songwriter Jeff Kollman has started the writing process for a new solo instrumental release, the follow-up to 1999's "Shedding Skin". COSMOSQUAD, Kollman's prog-metal/fusion three-piece with bassist Barry Sparks and drummer Shane Gaalaas, who are currently out on tour with TED NUGENT and Japanese superstars B'Z, respectively, are set to reconvene in the fall to write ...

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LO-PRO To Release Debut In August

LO-PRO, the new project featuring former ULTRASPANK members Pete Murray (vocals) and Neil Godfrey (guitar), along with ex-GODSMACK drummer Tommy Stewart and former SNOT/AMEN bassist Jon "Tumor" Fahnestock, will release their debut album on August 26 through STAIND frontman Aaron Lewis' new Geffen/Interscope imprint label, 413 Records. The self-titled CD (see cover here) ...

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DEATHSTARS Sign With NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

Sweden's DEATHSTARS have inked a deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The group's debut album, "Synthetic Generation" — originally issued in Sweden in March 2002 via the Universal affiliate LED Recordings — will be released through Nuclear Blast on November 10. DEATHSTARS, in existence since January 2000, were previously known as SWORDMASTER and feature in their ...

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NY Times: METALLICA Thrashes Back to 80's Angst

Jon Pareles of The New York Times reports that METALLICA brought along a fan club for its Summer Sanitarium tour: the other four hard-rock bands on the bill at Giants Stadium Tuesday night (July 8) . One by one they gave testimonials to METALLICA's influence. MUDVAYNE's lead singer, Chad Gray, wore a METALLICA T-shirt. Chino ...

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