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The Book Of Heavy Metal - DREAM EVIL

Judging by the vibe surrounding this third DREAM EVIL album, big things are expected. And from the fact that these Swedes scream "Metal!" at every given opportunity and willfully admit to rifling the riff chests of every heads-down-no-nonsense act known to man — JUDAS PRIEST, ACCEPT and DIO are apparently their three main victims — ...

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JUDAS PRIEST: French Show Canceled

JUDAS PRIEST's previously announced concert at le Summum in Grenoble, France on June 23 has been canceled "due to circumstances totally beyond JUDAS PRIEST's control (technical problems with the venue)," according to a posting on the band's web site. "Sorry to everyone who had bought tickets. Hopefully we'll be able to reschedule this show at ...

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OZZFEST 2004: Press Conference Video Posted Online

Ozzfest's official web site is currently hosting a four-and-a-half-minute Quicktime video clip shot at the February 20, 2004 press conference to announce the lineup for this year's traveling festival. Included in the clip are interviews with SUPERJOINT RITUAL's Philip Anselmo, SLAYER's Kerry King, SLIPKNOT's Joey Jordison and Paul Gray, and JUDAS PRIEST's Rob Halford and ...

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JUDAS PRIEST to Play 'Old Favorites' On OZZFEST Tour

JUDAS PRIEST are planning on playing a set list consisting of old favorites during their appearance at this year's Ozzfest, then returning to the States in early 2005 on the heels of their as-yet-untitled new album, which they've been recording with Roy Z (who's previously produced HALFORD as well as BRUCE DICKINSON and DOWNSET). "On ...

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Spokesperson: 'JUDAS PRIEST Are Well And Truly Back!'

JUDAS PRIEST Management Co-ordinator Jayne Andrews has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Hi everyone - I've just got back from spending the first few days on the road with the band in Europe! The shows have been phenomenal!! The PRIEST are well and truly back!! "The 'Gods of Metal' festival ...

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BLACK SABBATH Drummer BILL WARD: 'Let's Rock!'

BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi has told Launch Radio Networks he's going to have to take a trip through the group's old records to get ideas for a set list for the band's upcoming appearance at this year's Ozzfest. “I mean, it's not new for me to listen back to the old stuff, because I ...

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NIGHTMARE Cancel 'Headbangers Open Air' Appearance

French power metallers NIGHTMARE have been forced to cancel their appearance at Germany's Headbangers Open Air festival (July 9-10 in Brande-Hörnerkirchen) "for financial reasons," according to a posting on the band's official web site. "All our apologies go to our German fans... but we promise, we'll do our best to come back [to] Germany as ...

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JUDAS PRIEST's Reunion Tour: Opening Night Setlist Revealed

JUDAS PRIEST played their first concert since reuniting with singer Rob Halford Wednesday night (June 2) at Stadiumsporthalle in Hannover, Germany. The group's entire setlist for the show was follows: 01. Hellion 02. Electric Eye 03. Metal Gods 04. Heading Out to the Highway 05. The Ripper 06. Touch of Evil 07. The Sentinel 08. ...

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It's Official: Original BLACK SABBATH Lineup To Play OZZFEST 2004!

After initially declining an offer to join BLACK SABBATH members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler for a reunion on Ozzfest 2004, drummer Bill Ward has now reconsidered. The original lineup is now complete for their much-anticipated headlining slot on the 9th annual Ozzfest. Sharon Osbourne says: "You have the original BLACK SABBATH and ...

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STARRATS To Support ALICE COOPER In Denmark

Danish hard rockers STARRATS will support ALICE COOPER on June 17 at the Ringsted Kongres Center in Denmark. The band, who consists of Christian Braun (drums), Kasper Eskildsen (bass), Dennis Post (guitar) and Søren Nico Adamsen (vocals), will release their debut album, entitled "Broken Halo", in June through Italy's Adrenaline Records. In addition, they have ...

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RAM Confirmed For Sweden's METALTOWN Festival

According to a posting on their web site, RAM, the Swedish "traditional" heavy metal band featuring Leif Larsson (bass, ex-FROZEN EYES) and Morgan Pettersson (drums, ex-B-THONG), have been confirmed for the Metaltown festival, a one-day event scheduled to take place June 19 at Bananpiren in Gothenburg, Sweden. The lineup of acts currently scheduled to appear ...

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BOB GELDOF: No Plans For 'Live Aid II'

Reuters is reporting that Irish rock star Bob Geldof has denied he has teamed up with U2 singer Bono for a repeat of the 1985 Live Aid concerts to raise money to help ease third world debt. The Sun newspaper had earlier run a front page story saying Prime Minister Tony Blair was backing "Live ...

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DEADLY BLESSING: Making Up For Lost Time

Away from the daily grind, as a courier for Fed Ex, the former (current?) DEADLY BLESSING vocalist "Ski" could easily be mistaken for any Normal Joe in the crowd, especially now with his bald head and eye glasses. The recent reunion show (minus guitarist Tony Kerr) has revitalized the quiet frontman, who is busy issuing ...

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OZZFEST 2004 Is Looking For Raw Talent

It's the rock & roll opportunity of a lifetime: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are looking for the next great band to rock the Ozzfest 2004 main stage alongside BLACK SABBATH, JUDAS PRIEST, SLAYER and more. Auditions will be held coast-to-coast to find eight unsigned, undiscovered bands to take part in a final competition yielding one ...

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JUDAS PRIEST: 'First Rehearsal Was Fantastic'

JUDAS PRIEST Management Co-Ordinator Jayne Andrews has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "Well it has finally happened!! The band had their first rehearsal yesterday (Monday 24th May) with the reunited line-up and it was fantastic!!! I was with the guys so was very proud to be a part of it!! ...

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RAM To Headline HEADBANGERS OPEN AIR Festival Warm-Up Party

RAM, the Swedish "traditional" heavy metal band featuring Leif Larsson (bass, ex-FROZEN EYES) and Morgan Pettersson (drums, ex-B-THONG), have been confirmed to headline the Headbangers Open Air festival warm-up party on July 8 in Itzehoe, Germany. Other acts set to perform include the traditional heavy metal act METAL INQUISITOR and old-school thrashers WITCHBURNER. More information ...

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DESTRUCTION Drummer Arrested In Italy

DESTRUCTION drummer Marc Reign was arrested in Italy Sunday (May 24) following the band's performance in Brescia. The following statement on the matter was posted on the group's official web site: "After the fantastic gig in Brescia, Italy, the band had massive problems to leave the country by plane from the Milano airport. What happened ...

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Metalogy - JUDAS PRIEST

Because the two titans of British heavy metal, BLACK SABBATH and JUDAS PRIEST, have released boxed sets so close to each other (SABBATH's "Black Box" arrived last month), a compare-and-contrast is almost inevitable. And the first question that comes to mind regarding the handsomely packaged "Metalogy" is… was it necessary? In the case of SABBATH's ...

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