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SAVATAGE Founder To Release Solo Album

SAVATAGE founder Jon Oliva has commenced work on a solo album which he hopes to release sometime next year. "I'm working on it," Oliva told Brave Words. "I've got five songs done, but I'm going to take my time on it because I want to add a lot more stuff to it. I'll get the ...

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Ex-HELLOWEEN Drummer Joins IRON SAVIOR For WACKEN OPEN AIR Gig

IRON SAVIOR utilized the services of former HELLOWEEN and current MASTERPLAN drummer Uli Kusch during their performance at Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany yesterday after regular drummer Thomas Nack hurt his finger and was unable to join the band for the gig. Said guitarist/vocalist Piet Sielck the day before the show: "We hoped ...

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SAMMY HAGAR: DAVE LEE ROTH Is An Asshole!

The following item appeared in today's edition of the New York Post: Sammy Hagar, finished with fellow VAN HALEN frontman David Lee Roth, is dissing Diamond Dave's oversize ego, deteriorating singing voice and vanishing hairline. Hagar and Roth had been co-headlining this summer's laboriously titled "Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth Tour 2002: Song for ...

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Former DEEP PURPLE, MR. BIG Members Partake In Japanese Jam

Bassist Billy Sheehan (i.e. MR. BIG, DAVE LEE ROTH) and drummer Shane Gaalaas (GLENN HUGHES, ULI JON ROTH) joined the VOICES OF ROCK (featuring ex-DEEP PURPLE/BLACK SABBATH singer Glenn Hughes, among others) on stage at the Blitz in Tokyo, Japan on Tuesday, July 30th for the encore of DEEP PURPLE's "Smoke on the Water", with ...

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PUSHED Record New Material, Plan West Coast Tour

Southern California's PUSHED, featuring former TESTAMENT/SLAYER drummer Jon Dette and ex-TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian, are in the process of recording three new songs at Global Artists studios (formerly Goldentrack studios) in Escondido, California for an upcoming EP release, which will also include a remixed version of the track "Surface" from the band's last two-song demo. ...

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COSMOSQUAD Axeman, UFO Singer Join Forces In $IGN OF 4

Guitarist Jeff Kollman (MOGG/WAY, EDWIN DARE) and singer Phil Mogg (UFO) will issue their long-awaited collaboration album, entitled Dancing With St. Peter, under the band moniker $IGN OF 4 (formerly STONETOWNE, a.k.a. THE PHIL MOGG BAND) in September. For more information, click here. $IGN OF 4 will be doing some shows in Europe ...

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EDDIE VAN HALEN To Appear On TOTO Guitarist's Christmas Album

VAN HALEN guitarist Eddie Van Halen will make a rare recorded appearance on TOTO guitarist Steve Lukather's upcoming Christmas album, Santamental, due in September, according to Launch. Van Halen reportedly appears on a rendition of the standard "Joy To The World" that Lukather stated would sound a bit different than what most people would expect. ...

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SAMMY HAGAR, MICHAEL ANTHONY: Upcoming Jam Schedule

VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony will be joining ex-VH frontman SAMMY HAGAR and THE WABORITAS on stage at the following dates on the second leg of the HAGAR/ROTH tour: Jul. 25 - Ford Center - Oklahoma City, OK Jul. 26 - Sandstone Amphitheater - Kansas City, MO Jul. 28 - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - San ...

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HAGAR/ROTH Second Leg Tour Opener Gets Cancelled

The second leg tour opener for SAMMY HAGAR and DAVID LEE ROTH has been cut from the itinerary. The concert, scheduled for July 23rd at the CenturyTel Center in Bossier City, Louisiana, was cancelled due to "production logistics, according to Pollstar. The tour is now set to kick off in Oklahoma City on July 25th. ...

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SAMMY HAGAR: VAN HALEN Is Over For Good!

Former VAN HALEN frontman Sammy Hagar revealed several interesting items about VAN HALEN's comeback plans during a recent interview with reporter Patrick Berkery of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Among the revelations that are due to be detailed in the article—which is set to be published on August 16th—are the following: **VAN HALEN is over for good, ...

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Former EMPEROR Drummer To Play On DISSECTION Comeback CD

Former EMPEROR drummer Bård "Faust" Eithun will be sitting behind the kit for DISSECTION's comeback release, due in late 2004. According to Eithun's newly-launched official web site, "the plan is [for Faust and currently-incarcerated DISSECTION mainman Jon Nödtveit to] start rehearsing during the spring 2003 and it seems like the constellation will be ...

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HELLOWEEN Rumored To Have Enlisted Ex-FREEDOM CALL Guitarist

HELLOWEEN are strongly rumored to have selected former FREEDOM CALL guitarist Sascha Gerstner to replace Roland Grapow, who was dismissed from the group last year. The band's revamped line-up is expected to head over to singer Andy Deris' studio Mi Sueno in Tenerife, Spain to begin recording their new album, due in early 2003. In ...

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Former DIO Guitarist To Issue Two-CD Set Of Covers

Former DIO guitarist Tracy G is currently working on a double-CD solo effort consisting of 90 minutes of cover songs by "a few of my favorite artists and bands that inspired me to play guitar," according to Tracy's latest newsletter. Among the artists whose songs are set to be included on the as-yet-untitled album are ...

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Norway's SLAYER Magazine To Unleash Issue #17

Norway's Slayer magazine is currently preparing its 17th issue (dubbed "Witching Metal") containing 68 pages in the familiar Slayer vein, featuring interviews with Jon Nødtveidt of DISSECTION (the first interview after his arrest!), EXODUS, CANDLEMASS, NUCLEAR ASSAULT, OCCULT, RAZOR, THE CROWN, MERCILESS, BLACK WIDOW (the ancient UK prog band), MANINNYA BLADE, OMEN, FRANK GOSDZIK (a.k.a. ...

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TOMAHAWK Announce Free Los Angeles Gig

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 play a free warm-up show for their upcoming tour with TOOL at Amoeba Records in Los Angeles, California on July 10th at 6:00 PM. ...

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DEEP PURPLE's IAN GILLAN: JON LORD To Return For UK Tour

DEEP PURPLE frontman Ian Gillan has confirmed plans for former keyboardist Jon Lord to join the group for the upcoming UK tour. "I have it on good authority, i.e. from Jon Lord, that he will be joining us for the UK dates in September," stated Gillan. "Given the circumstances then and now, we've all decided ...

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PUSHED Announce San Diego Gig

Southern California's PUSHED, featuring former TESTAMENT/SLAYER drummer Jon Dette and ex-TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian, will perform at The Brick by Brick in San Diego on Saturday, June 22nd. ...

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SAMMY HAGAR, DAVID LEE ROTH Line Up Additional US Dates

Former VAN HALEN frontmen Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth have announced a number of additions to their ongoing joint US trek. Here are the latest tour dates, according to Pollstar: Jun. 15 - Dallas, TX @ Smirnoff Music Centre Jun. 16 - The Woodlands, TX @ C.W. Mitchell Pavilion Jun. 18 - Albuquerque, NM ...

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TOMAHAWK Land Entire TOOL Tour

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 be opening for TOOL on the latter band's entire North American tour. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Jul. 11 - Bakersfield, CA ...

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VAN HALEN Bassist Joins SAMMY HAGAR For Jam At Illinois Gig

VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony showed completely unannounced at the Tinley Park, Illinois stop of the Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth Heavyweight Champs of Rock and Roll tour on Saturday, June 1st and joined the Red Rocker on stage to bash out several VAN HALEN songs including "Top Of the World", "Why Can't This ...

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