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KISS Guitarist Remembers His First Gig With The Group

KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer, who will continue to portray Ace Frehley's "Spaceman" character during the band's upcoming tour with AEROSMITH, recently spoke to Billboard magazine about his first "proper" gig with the group, which took place in February with the 60-piece Melbourne Symphony Orchestra — a sold-out show played to 48,000, broadcast worldwide via pay-per-view ...

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Hailed Or Reviled, Music Of 1978-83 Just Won't Die

The Hartford Courant reports that it's been called "the worst period in rock history," yet music made between 1978 and 1983 just won't die. For proof, look at the summer concert schedule — it seems like it's all from that era: KISS, AEROSMITH, OZZY OSBOURNE, IRON MAIDEN, STEELY DAN, THE EAGLES, HEART and, of course, ...

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JOHN PETRUCCI's Dream Lives On

Rafer Guzmán of Newsday reports that if the name John Petrucci doesn't immediately ring a bell, that's OK. The Kings Park (Long Island) native is used to it. "A lot of times, I'll meet somebody new, and I'll tell them what I do," says the guitarist for DREAM THEATER, which plays at the Tommy Hilfiger ...

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Are 'Hair Metal' Bands Making A Comeback?

Daniel Shearer of The Princeton Packet reports that for those who will cheer, even those who will sneer, the undeniable fact remains: Hair bands are making a comeback. Propelled to mega-stardom by nearly 10 years of continuous airplay during the '80s and early '90s, the genre bore the brunt of countless jokes as grunge bands ...

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TWISTED SISTER, TOMMY LEE Confirmed For Hungary's POWERFEST

TWISTED SISTER and former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer TOMMY LEE have been added to the list of artists set to perform at Powerfest, a weekend-long festival that blends the best in music, motor sports, and entertainment. The three-day event will make its debut on August 1-3 in Budapest, Hungary. Each morning will blast off with a ...

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BURDEN OF GRIEF Name New Album

German death/thrash metal act BURDEN OF GRIEF have set "Fields Of Salvation" as the title for their third full-length album, tentatively due later in the year through Massacre Records. The follow-up to 2001's "On Darker Trails" will contain nine tracks and will be mixed at Jailhouse studios in Denmark with producer Tommy Hansen (HELLOWEEN, PRETTY ...

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TOMMY LEE To BLABBERMOUTH.NET Bashers: 'Move The Fuck On!'

Former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee has lashed out at the "retarded people" at BLABBERMOUTH.NET who have posted scathingly unflattering messages about his recently announced collaboration with BACKSTREET BOYS singer Nick Carter. Responding directly to the overwhelmingly negative comments on this site accompanying the June 27 article announcing Lee's alliance with Carter, Tommy ...

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TOMMY LEE To Co-Produce Solo Album From BACKSTREET BOYS Singer

Former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee is reportedly co-producing several tracks for the sophomore solo album from BACKSTREET BOYS singer Nick Carter. It is not presently clear if Lee will be co-writing any of the material, which is set to surface in early 2004. Nick's first solo record, 2002's "Now or Never", debuted at No. ...

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FRED DURST Hooks Up With PAMELA ANDERSON?

The Boston Herald reports that Pamela Anderson has rebounded rather quickly from her broken engagement to Kid Rock, falling straight into the arms of LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst. "You could say that they were spending a lot of time together last week," a source revealed. Meanwhile, Jeannette Walls of MSNBC.com reports that you shouldn't ...

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VINCE NEIL: 'My MÖTLEY CRÜE Days Are Over'

MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil was recently asked by Hard Radio to comment on where his ex-bandmates are at psychologically right now, beginning with former CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee. "Well, me and Tommy went to high school together and we were great friends when we were younger," Vince said. "You know, I think Tommy just ...

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DANZIG: Spanish Gig In Jeopardy, New Album In The Works

DANZIG's previously announced July 4 appearance at the Bilbao Accion Rock Festival at Parque de Zorrozaurre-Deusto in Spain is reportedly in jeopardy due to scheduling conflicts caused by guitarist Tommy Victor's prior touring commitments with his main band PRONG. Once Tommy returns from the PRONG tour, DANZIG will be going into the studio to record ...

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The New York Post: KID ROCK And PAMELA Dis-Engaged?

The New York Post reports that there's more evidence that it's over between Pam Anderson and Kid Rock. While Rebecca Romijn-Stamos and John Stamos are together in Baghdad on a USO tour (with Robert De Niro, Georgette Mosbacher and Gen. Tommy Franks), Kid took his best bud, "Monster Garage" host Jesse James, as his traveling ...

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TOMMY LEE And PAMELA ANDERSON Back Together?

Pamela Anderson tells Us Weekly after being asked if her wedding with Kid Rock was still on: "Assume what you want about a wedding, but 'assuming' is making an ass out of you and me." The actress attended the party at L.A.'s Playboy mansion the other night for Spike TV without Rock, and explained, "I'm ...

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BOLIN FEST 2003 Details Unveiled

Promoter Kevin Schoneman, in association with The Bolin Foundation has announced the entertainment lineup for the 2003 Bolin Fest concert. The event, held annually in memory of the late guitarist/songwriter Tommy Bolin (DEEP PURPLE), is celebrating its 10th Anniversary, and will be held Friday and Saturday, August 1 and 2, at the legendary Surf Ballroom ...

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KID ROCK And PAMELA: Is It Over?

Have Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson split? An insider tells People magazine that the couple, who have been engaged for more than a year, have called it quits. Reps for Anderson and Rock refused to comment. However, Mike Shafer, a Michigan bar owner and friend of Rock's, denies there's a rift. "They are not broken ...

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GENE SIMMONS To Host BLACK 'N BLUE Reunion

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons will be hosting a reunion of the original BLACK 'N BLUE lineup — including current KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer — on Saturday, June 14 at Roseland Theater in Portland, Oregon. The group will reportedly be reuniting to perform a benefit show to help raise support for Jeff Young, brother of bass ...

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GUNS N' ROSES Bassist: 'Chinese Democracy' To Surface This Year

GUNS N' ROSES bassist Tommy Stinson has told Billboard.com that he expects the group's long-awaited new album, "Chinese Democracy", to see the light of day sometime this year. "The record is being completed. Other people are putting their final little touches on things, and then it goes to mix," he explained. "My physical presence wasn't ...

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BROOKS BUFORD: First Single Posted Online

BROOKS BUFORD, the new Arista recording artist whose live band consists of TOMMY LEE/ex-KILGORE bassist Marty O'Brien, ex-KILGORE guitarist Mike Pelletier, HATE MACHINE/OMNIBLANK guitarist Al Dettori, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES drummer Glen Sobel and REHAB DJ Robbie, played his first show at the Viper Room in Hollywood, California on Wednesday, June 4. "It was a private show ...

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SKID ROW: New Album Delayed

SKID ROW have been forced to delay the release of their new album, "Thickskin", to August 5. "Seems that this delay is thanks to distributor ADA wanting to properly get the disc in stores," reads a posting on the unofficial SKID ROW web site SkidRow.net. "The guys aren't too happy about it because ...

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THY PRIMORDIAL Split With Singer, Announce Replacement

Swedish mythological black metallers THY PRIMORDIAL have parted ways vocalist Isidor due to a "lack of interest and inspiration," according to the band's official web site. Isidor's replacement has been found in the shape of Jönköping, Sweden native Nicke Holstensson, who is best known as the former vocalist for Swedish deathsters NOMINON. "Nicke [has] rehearsed ...

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SKID ROW To Release 'Thickskin' In July

SKID ROW have set a July 22 release date through Skid Row Records for their new album, "Thickskin". " 'Thickskin' has been two years in the making. We're very excited about this, especially since it's the first SKID ROW record for [singer] Johnny [Solinger] and [drummer] Phil [Varone]," said bassist Rachel Bolan. "It took a ...

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