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MASTERPLAN Album Pushed Up, Single Clip Posted Online

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande, will issue their self-titled debut album one week earlier than previously announced. The Andy Sneap-produced effort will now surface on Jan. 20, 2003 through AFM Records. A short clip of the album's first single, "Enlighten ...

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ICED EARTH Set Title For Next Album, Continue Writing

ICED EARTH have set "The Glorious Burden" as the title for their next full-length album, which they hope to begin recording by January. "What I've been doing right now is writing for ICED EARTH and DEMONS & WIZARDS [side project with BLIND GUARDIAN's Hansi Kursch] simultaneously," ICED EARTH mastermind Jon Schaffer told Brave Words & ...

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PUSHED Announce West Hollywood Gig

Southern California's PUSHED, featuring former TESTAMENT/SLAYER drummer Jon Dette and ex-TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian, have announced a show at the Whiskey A Go-Go in West Hollywood, California on Tuesday, Nov. 26. The band is scheduled to take the stage at 7:30 p.m. ...

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SPINESHANK: New Album Coming Out 'Better Than Expected'

SPINESHANK drummer Tommy Decker recently posted the following update on the progress of the recording sessions for the band's forthcoming album, "Violent Mood Swings": "I just wanted to let you know what the latest news on the recording is...We have laid down the drums to 15 tracks and I have 2 more to do today. ...

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SAMMY HAGAR: I Will Never Tour With DAVE LEE ROTH Again

Sammy Hagar, who, along with fellow ex-VAN HALEN frontman David Lee Roth, spent the summer co-headlining the laboriously titled "Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth Tour 2002: Song for Song, the Heavyweight Champs of Rock and Roll", is once again dissing Diamond Dave's oversize ego, deteriorating singing voice and vanishing hairline. In an interview with ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE Launch Official Web Site

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the new band fronted by former SAVATAGE singer Zachary Stevens, have launched their official web site at this location. As previously reported, CIRCLE II CIRCLE's debut CD, "Watching In Silence", is due for release in February/March 2003 via AFM Records. All compositions on the album were written by Stevens and ...

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PERRY FARRELL, SEBASTIAN BACH, SLASH, Others Perform At CAMP FREDDY's Pre-Halloween Bash

JANE'S ADDICTION frontman Perry Farrell, ex-SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach, PUDDLE OF MUDD mainman Wes Scantlin, ex-MARILYN MANSON bassist Twiggy Ramirez, and former GUNS N' ROSES members Slash (guitar) and Duff McKagan (bass) were among the guest musicians that performed onstage with all-star "jam band" CAMP FREDDY during their appearance at Ivar in Hollywood Wednesday ...

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NOSTRADAMEUS, DREAM EVIL To Open For HAMMERFALL

NOSTRADAMEUS has been tapped to fill the opening slot for the first half of HAMMERFALL's upcoming European tour, while DREAM EVIL will occupy the same slot during the second half of the trek. MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/current ARK singer Jorn Lande, will ...

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DOKKEN Bassist Sits In With FIREHOUSE

Bassist Barry Sparks (DOKKEN, ULI JON ROTH) has posted the following message on his official web site: "Well, on Friday night I was just settling down for the normal kind of weekend us rockstars have - you know, watching the cartoon channel and picking the green bits from inside the deepest recesses of my toenails ...

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COSMOSQUAD Line Up Hollywood Appearance

Los Angeles-based instrumental trio COSMOSQUAD, featuring guitarist Jeff Kollman, drummer Shane Gaalaas, and bassist Barry Sparks, are celebrating the release of their new "Live at the Baked Potato" CD with a Tuesday, November 5 appearance at that very venue, located at 3878 Cahuenga Blvd W., North Hollywood, CA. In related news, Kollman and Gaalaas will ...

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Guitar Heroes Line Up To Pay Tribute To Ailing Axeman

Swedish guitarist Tommy Denander has written a special song called "Jason" for inclusion on the second tribute album for former David Lee Roth axeman Jason Becker, who is suffering from ALS (Lou Gehrigs). As an added bonus, Denander has invited a very impressive list of friends to jam on the track, which will be featured ...

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Los Angeles Times: Hair Metal Lives On!

A recent article in the Los Angeles Times spotlighting the revival of 80s metal can be viewed online at this location. The story, originally published on October 3, focuses in part on the Los Angeles-based cover band METAL SHOP, which features in its ranks DAVE LEE ROTH drummer Ray Luzier and ex-FIGHT guitarist ...

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MASTERPLAN Launch Official Web Site

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Jorn Lande, have launched their official web site at this location. Currently, most sections of the site are still under construction, but it is expected that the site will be fully operational soon. Meanwhile, some ...

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PUSHED Complete Work On Debut EP

Southern California's PUSHED, featuring former TESTAMENT/SLAYER drummer Jon Dette and ex-TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian, have set "Iodine" as the name of their debut EP, which was recently recorded at Global Artists Studios (formerly Goldentrack Studios) in Escondido, California. Three new cuts appear on the effort alongside a remixed version of the track "Surface" from the ...

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DISSECTION Set Release Date For Live Album

DISSECTION's much-anticipated live album, titled "Live Legacy", will finally see the light of day on February 17 through Nuclear Blast Records. Recorded at Wacken Festival 1996 in Wacken, Germany, the album will include live renditions of such DISSECTION classics as "The Somberlain", "Thorns Of Crimson Death", "Frozen", "Where Dead Angels Lie", "Unhallowed", and "Retribution – ...

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DEEP PURPLE Bassist Jams With GOV'T MULE

DEEP PURPLE bassist Roger Glover joined GOV'T MULE for a jam onstage at New York's Beacon Theatre on Friday, October 11th. Glover reportedly played two songs with the group — "Going Down" and "Maybe I'm A Leo" — as part of GOV'T MULE's three-hour set, which also included renditions of LED ZEPPELIN, JIMI HENDRIX and ...

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MONSTER MAGNET Shop New Demo, Make Film Appearance

MONSTER MAGNET are currently shopping a new three-song demo to interested record companies following their split with longtime label A&M Records earlier in the year. Recorded in August 2002, the demo features the following cuts: 01. Master Of Light 02. Oh Baby 03. Blow Your Mind In other news, MONSTER MAGNET reportedly filmed a scene ...

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$IGN OF 4 Line Up UK Dates

$IGN OF 4, featuring vocalist Phil Mogg (UFO), guitarist Jeff Kollman (MOGG/WAY, EDWIN DARE), drummer Shane Gaalaas (GLENN HUGHES, ULI JON ROTH), and bassist Chris Maloney (PRINCE, DWEEZIL ZAPPA), have announced two UK dates during November. They are as follows: Nov. 17 – Dudley, UK @ JB's Nov. 19 – London, UK @ The Marquee ...

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NIACIN To Embark On U.S. Tour

NIACIN, featuring former MR. BIG/DAVE LEE ROTH bassist Billy Sheehan, will embark on a U.S. tour during November. Confirmed dates are as follows: Nov. 14 - San Diego, CA @ Brick by Brick Nov. 15 - West Hollywood, CA @ Key Club Nov. 16 - Oakland, CA @ IMUSICAST Nov. 18 - Chicago, lL @ ...

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DEEP PURPLE Compile Footage For Upcoming Documentary

DEEP PURPLE frontman Ian Gillan has reportedly been compiling video footage for an upcoming documentary. In addition, several concerts on the last tour with Jon Lord were recorded, including the second show at London's Hammersmith Apollo (with members of IRON MAIDEN making a guest appearance during "Smoke On The Water"), the gig at Birmingham's NEC ...

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ACE FREHLEY, DAVE LEE ROTH, VINCE NEIL, Others Confirmed For Florida's ROCKTOBERFEST

KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, DAVE LEE ROTH, MÖTLEY CRÜE frontman Vince Neil, DOKKEN, WARRANT, FIREHOUSE and QUIET RIOT are among the artists confirmed for Rocktoberfest, an all-day rock festival set to take place on Saturday, October 19th in Polk City, Florida. Billed as the biggest one-day outdoor festival in Florida history, Rocktoberfest will be staged ...

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MASTERPLAN Part With Keyboardist, Announce Replacement

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Jorn Lande, have parted ways with keyboardist Janne Wirman, who was unable to commit himself to the group due to his involvement with CHILDREN OF BODOM. Replacing him in the band is Axel Mackenrott, who has previously ...

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MASTERPLAN To Issue EP, Support HAMMERFALL In Europe

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Jorn Lande, will issue a five-song EP, entitled Enlighten Me, on November 18th through Germany's AFM Records. The maxi single will contain two different versions of the title song, "Kind Hearted Light" (another track from the upcoming ...

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TOMAHAWK To Headline CMJ MARATHON Opening-Night Party

TOMAHAWK, the "all star" band featuring former FAITH NO MORE vocalist Mike Patton, ex-HELMET drummer Jon Stainer, former JESUS LIZARD guitarist Duane Denison, and ex-THE COWS/current MELVINS bassist Kevin Rutmanis, will headline the opening-night party at this year's CMJ Marathon on October 30th at the Roxy in New York City. Also scheduled to appear on ...

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