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DAVID LEE ROTH: Solo Dates Announced

Former VAN HALEN singer DAVID LEE ROTH has announced the following solo dates during the coming months: Mar. 08 - Universal Studios - Orlando, FL May 29 - Turning Stone Casino - Verona, NY Jun. 01 - Westbury Music Fair - Westbury, NY ...

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HELLOWEEN: 'Rabbit Don't Come Easy' Details Unveiled

HELLOWEEN have finalized the track listing for their new album, "Rabbit Don't Come Easy", due on May 5 through Nuclear Blast Records. The album will be released in a jewel case and there will be a limited edition in a very special digipack available, including the bonus track "Far Away". The first single off the ...

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SAVATAGE Singer To Guest At CIRCLE II CIRCLE Gig

SAVATAGE mainman Jon Oliva will reportedly make an appearance with CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the new band led by ex-SAVATAGE singer Zak Stevens, at the group's first-ever show on Friday, Feb. 28 at Twilight in Tampa, Florida. Oliva is also said to have been invited by Germany's Rock Hard magazine to be a special guest during ...

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HELLOWEEN Name CD, Confirm New Drummer

HELLOWEEN have reportedly set "Rabbits Don't Come Easy" as the title for their forthcoming studio album, due in Europe on May 5 through Nuclear Blast Records. In other news, the band have now officially confirmed the departure of drummer Mark Cross and addition to the group's lineup of former ACCEPT/RUNNING WILD skinsman Stefan Schwarzmann (as ...

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HELLOWEEN: CROSS Out, SCHWARZMANN In?

Veteran German metallers HELLOWEEN are strongly rumored to have replaced drummer Mark Cross (ex-METALIUM) with ex-RUNNING WILD/ACCEPT skinsman Stefan Schwarzmann. Cross joined HELLOWEEN in August 2001 as a replacement for Uli Kusch but was unable to accompany the group during the recording sessions for their upcoming album after he was struck this past September by ...

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PUSHED Announce Hollywood Gig

Southern California's PUSHED, featuring former TESTAMENT/SLAYER drummer Jon Dette and ex-TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian, have announced a headlining show at Whisky A Go-Go in West Hollywood, California on March 11. The band recently teamed up with entertainment attorney Kevin Anderson who is aggressively shopping a management and major label deal for the group, according to ...

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MASTERPLAN Confirmed For Britain's BLOODSTOCK 2003

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande, are the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's Bloodstock Festival, a two-day event set to take place Aug. 29-30, 2003 at the Assembly Rooms in Derby, U.K. Also scheduled to appear at ...

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MASTERPLAN Debut At German #42!

MASTERPLAN's self-titled debut album has entered the German Media Control chart at position #42. MASTERPLAN feature in their ranks ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande. ...

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AEROSMITH To Pay Tribute To The Blues At Special NY Gig

AEROSMITH will team up with other music biz stars and legends B.B. King, Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, Aaron Neville, Macy Gray, and Buddy Guy for a special performance at New York's famous Radio City Music Hall on Friday, Feb. 7. This once-in-a-lifetime lineup of music greats will benefit the Blues Music Foundation — ...

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ICED EARTH Mainman To Publish Band Autobiography

ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer has posted the following message via the group's official web site (www.icedearth.com): "Greetings, "Well, now that the [record] deal [with SPV/Steamhammer] is finally done, studio arrangements are being made. We are getting a later start than I wanted but that's rock n roll. We should be recording in mid-March and ...

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ANGEL WITCH Reunite (Again)

NWOBHM legends ANGEL WITCH have reformed with yet another lineup — this time featuring a couple of very special surprise "guests". Joining mainman Kevin Heybourne in the band's latest incarnation are San Francisco Bay Area metal veterans Tom Hunting (drums — EXODUS), Lee Altus (guitar — HEATHEN, DIE KRUPPS), and Jon Torres (bass — WARNING ...

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ICED EARTH Sign With SPV/STEAMHAMMER!

Veteran Florida metal act ICED EARTH have inked a new worldwide deal with SPV/Steamhammer Records. The band are presently working on their new studio album, "Glorious Burden", due in late summer/early fall. ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer had the following to say regarding the signing: "Well people, the deal is finally done. ICED EARTH will ...

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COSMOSQUAD Announce Hollywood Gig

L.A.'s COSMOSQUAD, featuring guitarist Jeff Kollman (GLENN HUGHES, $IGN OF 4) and rhythm section Shane Gaalaas and Barry Sparks (ULI JON ROTH, MSG, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) will be co-headlining "21st Century Schizoid Night! - A Celebration of Guitar, Bass & Drums" at the Sixteen-Fifty www.sixteen-fifty.com in Hollywood CA on January 16 alongside MCGILL-MANRING-STEVENS, featuring Grammy-nominated bassist ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE: New Song Clip Posted Online

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the new band fronted by former SAVATAGE singer Zachary Stevens, have posted a clip of the title track of their upcoming debut album, "Watching In Silence", online at this location. As previously reported, "Watching In Silence" is due for release in February/March 2003 via AFM Records. All compositions on the ...

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Former GUNS N' ROSES Guitarist To Appear On New YARDBIRDS CD

Former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash, ex-DAVID LEE ROTH/WHITESNAKE axeman Steve Vai and QUEEN's Brian May are among the guest musicians appearing on YARDBIRDS' "Birdland", the group's first new studio album since 1967. The album, which was recorded primarily at Vai's Mothership studio in Los Angeles, features Vai on a newly recorded version of the ...

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist Pays Tribute To JASON BECKER

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman has issued the following statement regarding his recent tribute to ex-DAVE LEE ROTH axeman Jason Becker via a performance of Becker's "End Of The Beginning" concerto with the San Francisco Community Center Orchestra And Chorus: "Thanks to everyone who showed up at the two New Years shows in San Francisco. ...

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DEEP PURPLE Dig Into Archives For Upcoming Live Album

DEEP PURPLE will release another live album, titled "Perks & Tit", through Purple Records in February. Recorded live in San Diego on Apr. 9, 1974 (three days after the classic "California Jam"), the CD will contain the following track listing: 01. Burn 02. Might Just Take Your Life 03. Lay Down 04. Stay Down 05. ...

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MASTERPLAN Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

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 to appear at next year's installment of Bang Your Head festival, scheduled to take place Jun. 27-28, 2003 in Balingen, Germany. The list of artists currently set to perform at Bang Your ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE To Film Show For Upcoming DVD

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the new band fronted by former SAVATAGE singer Zachary Stevens, have announced a headlining gig at Twilight in Ybor City, Florida on Feb. 28, 2003. The show will be filmed for an upcoming DVD. As previously reported, CIRCLE II CIRCLE's debut CD, "Watching In Silence", is due for release in February/March 2003 ...

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Former DIO Guitarist Completes Work On New Solo CD

Former DIO/WORLD WAR III guitarist TRACY G has completed work on his latest solo CD, "Deviating From The Set List", featuring covers of classic rock tunes. The album, which reportedly took a year to record, includes guest appearances from 24 artists, among them Ralph Saenz (vocals - ATOMIC PUNK, METAL SHOP), Ray Luzier (drums - ...

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Ex-DEEP PURPLE Keyboardist To Tour Australia

Former DEEP PURPLE keyboardist Jon Lord has announced a series of dates for Australia. He will tour with an orchestra and perform music from albums such as "The Gemini Suite", "Sarabande" and "Pictured Within". Confirmed dates are as follows: Jan. 23 - Sydney Opera House – Sydney, AUS (Concerto) Jan. 25 - Sydney Opera House ...

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DAVID LEE ROTH Sues VAN HALEN!

David Lee Roth has filed suit against Warner Bros. Records and his former bandmates in VAN HALEN, claiming he was underpaid royalties, Billboard Bulletin reports. According to the suit — filed Wednesday in California Superior Court for Los Angeles county — Warner Bros. Records and VAN HALEN signed a 1996 contract to raise the royalty ...

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