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TOMMY LEE Parts Ways With MCA RECORDS

TOMMY LEE has parted ways with MCA Records following the disappointing sales performance of his second solo offering (first under his own name), "Never A Dull Moment". The former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer is believed to have started shopping around for a new record deal. Lee's debut solo CD, "Methods of Mayhem" (released under the METHODS ...

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ARK Commence Work On New CD

ARK, who feature in their ranks former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/current MASTERPLAN vocalist Jorn Lande, ex-CONCEPTION guitarist Tore Østby, former MALMSTEEN drummer John Macaluso, and ex-MALMSTEEN bassist Randy Coven, have entered Area 51 Studios in Celle, Germany to begin recording their new album with producer Tommy Newton (HELLOWEEN, VICTORY). "ARK reunited in Southern France six weeks ago, ...

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Who Will Open For AEROSMITH In December?

Who will be the opening act for AEROSMITH at the group's North American dates in December? According to the band's official web site, it won't be who everyone thinks it will be. "A lot of rumors going around about who the opening act will be in December," states a message on the site. "Some of ...

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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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TOMMY LEE To Perform In Korea

Ex-MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee has posted the following message at www.joysmayhem: "I'm leaving for a show in Arkansas on the 17th, then before that I'm on the VH1 Awards presenting on the 15th… Then I have a show in Korea on the 24th... I'm gonna stay a few days after, the Pentagon ...

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LION'S SHARE Part With Bassist And Drummer, Pursue Outside Projects

Acclaimed Swedish melodic metal act LION'S SHARE have parted ways with Pontus Egberg (bass) and Johan Koleberg (drums) due to personal differences. Lars Chriss (guitar) and Tony Niva (vocals) will continue writing and demoing material for the group's fifth studio album, to be released sometime in late 2003 or early 2004. More information, including samples ...

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TOMMY LEE Proposes Tour Of U.S. Military Bases

Ex-MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee has suggested a tour of U.S. military bases as part of his probation stemming from his conviction on spousal abuse charges, according to Launch. The proposal was made by Lee on Thursday (October 10) in Los Angeles to Superior Court Judge Lawrence Mira, who said such a tour may release ...

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KORN Frontman Shoots Fiancée For PLAYBOY

KORN frontman Jonathan Davis has photographed his fiancée Deven, a former porn actress, for Playboy. "There's nothing better than shooting your chick naked," Jonathan Davis told the magazine. When Playboy.com approached the KORN singer about becoming their fifth celebrity photographer — joining the likes of hip-hop giant Nelly, Tommy Lee and DISTURBED's David Draiman — ...

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HEADSTRONG Confirm Split With Label

As first reported here in early August, Canada's HEADSTRONG have now officially confirmed their split with RCA Records a mere six months following the release of their self-titled debut through the label. "Unfortunately due to circumstances too numerous to cite in this forum, our contract with RCA Records has been terminated," the group ...

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GARY CHERONE: VAN HALEN Were Great To Me

Despite the commercial disappointment of the critically-panned Van Halen III album (released in 1998), former VAN HALEN/EXTREME vocalist Gary Cherone claims that he has no hard feelings about his experience in the group. "Those guys were awesome," Cherone told Launch. "(We) did an album, did a tour, started to write stuff for the second record ...

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DIONYSUS To Issue Debut In November

Swedish/German melodic power metal act DIONYSUS, featuring the voice behind guitarist Luca Turilli's solo work, Olaf Hayer, and ex-SINERGY drummer Ronny Milianowicz, have set November 11th as the release date for their debut album, Sign Of Truth, through AFM Records. The effort was recorded at Rhön Studios in Fulda, Germany with producer Tobias Sammet (EDGUY ...

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SPINESHANK Drummer Offers Update On New Album

SPINESHANK drummer Tommy Decker recently posted the following update on the progress of the songwriting sessions for the band's forthcoming album, Violent Mood Swings, which they will shortly begin recording with producer Gggarth Richardson (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, MUDVAYNE): "Hi everybody! I'm writing to let you all know what the deal is and why this ...

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Former MÖTLEY CRÜE Frontman Joins COCKSTAR

Former MÖTLEY CRÜE frontman John Corabi has joined COCKSTAR, the new band formed by MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx, L.A. GUNS axeman Tracii Guns, ADEMA drummer Kris Kohl and previously-unknown vocalist London. Corabi will handle second-guitar duties and will sing backing vocals in the group, which is currently writing material for a debut CD, due ...

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MÖTLEY CRÜE To Say Farewell At OZZFEST 2003?

MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx is hoping to launch the group's farewell tour at next year's Ozzfest, according to NEUROTICA frontman Kelly Shaefer, who spoke to Sixx at the San Bernardino stop of this year's traveling festival. The following account is taken from Shaefer's online diary, as posted at NEUROTICA's official web site: "I made ...

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MÖTLEY CRÜE's NIKKI SIXX: 'I'm Just A Cockstar'

MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx has posted the following update via the group's official web site: "[MÖTLEY CRÜE guitarist Mick] Mars called today. I told him my new band [which features Sixx, L.A. GUNS axeman Tracii Guns, ADEMA drummer Kris Kohl, L.A. GUNS bassist Adam Hamilton on guitar, and vocalist London—ed.] starts rehearsals on Monday ...

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SEVENDUST's Hollywood Gig Brings Out The Stars

SEVENDUST's show at Hollywood's House Of Blues this past Tuesday, September 10th, drew a number of rock celebrities, including Aaron Lewis of STAIND, David Draiman of DISTURBED and Tommy Lee. SEVENDUST reportedly rocked the house with a blistering set that included selections from all three of the band's CD releases thus far. ...

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'TOMMY LEE: THE NAKED TRUTH': Air Times Announced

Tommy Lee: The Naked Truth, the first of two hour-long specials chronicling the life of the former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer, will air on VH1 at the following show times (all times are Eastern): Thursday, Sep. 26 - 12:00 PM Thursday, Sep. 26 - 11:00 PM Friday, Sep. 27 - 12:30 PM Sunday, Sep. 29 - ...

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TRIBE OF JUDAH To Issue Debut Through SPITIRE RECORDS

Boston's TRIBE OF JUDAH, who feature in their ranks former VAN HALEN/EXTREME vocalist Gary Cherone, Steve Ferlazzo on synths/programming, Leo Mellache on guitar, Tim Bissonette on guitar, Pat Badger (ex-EXTREME) on bass, and Mike Mangini (ex-EXTREME/ANNIHILATOR) on drums, will release their debut album, entitled Exit Elvis, on October 22nd through Spitfire Records. TRIBE OF JUDAH's ...

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'TOMMY LEE: THE NAKED TRUTH' To Premier In Late September

Tommy Lee: The Naked Truth, the first of two hour-long specials chronicling the life of the former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer, is scheduled to air on Thursday, September 26th at 11:00 PM EST/10:00 PM CST on VH1. The following is a description of the show posted at The Naked Truth's official web site: "Take Behind The ...

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PRONG To Release '100% Live' In October

The reunited PRONG — now consisting of singer/guitarist Tommy Victor, drummer Dan Laudo, bassist Brian Perry and touring guitarist Monte Pittman — will issue their first live album, entitled 100% Live, on October 29th through Locomotive Music. The full track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Another Worldly Device 02. Disbelief 03. Beg ...

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SONATA ARCTICA Split With Keyboardist

Finnish melodic metallers SONATA ARCTICA have parted ways with keyboardist Mikko Harkin. "For personal reasons, a time has come in my life when I have to make a decision in order to be able to go on," Harkin explained in an official statement announcing his decision to leave the group. "I've been fortunate to share ...

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EXHORDER To Show Signs Of Life?

The much-missed New Orleans metallers EXHORDER, cited by many as the originators of the riff-heavy power-groove approach popularized by PANTERA, may soon show signs of life, according to frontman Kyle Thomas. "I met with [EXHORDER guitarist] Vinnie LaBella recently, and after hearing the recordings of JONES'S LOUNGE [Kyle's collaboration with GREEN LEAF CULT's Dax Thieler, ...

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SOILENT GREEN Drummer Joins JONES'S LOUNGE

New Orleans-based JONES'S LOUNGE, featuring Kyle Thomas (EXHORDER, FLOODGATE), Dax Thieler (GREEN LEAF CULT), and Jason Portera (PITS VS. PREPS), have begun rehearsing with SOILENT GREEN drummer Tommy Buckley. However, "this is not an indication that Tommy is leaving SOILENT GREEN," stated Thomas. "It's merely a situation that presented itself. Tommy and I have been ...

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