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Former HALFORD Axeman Announces Guitar Clinic

Former HALFORD and current TESTAMENT/PAINMUSEUM guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak will partake in a heavy metal guitar clinic presented by Jackson Guitars and M & M Music, Vineland, New Jersey. Metal Mike will perform live selections from his three solo instrumental albums, answer questions and talk in-depth about his first choice in guitars: Jackson Guitars. Concluding ...

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WINTERS BANE: Studio Photos Posted Online

Drummer Mark Cross (ex-HELLOWEEN, METALIUM) has posted several photos from the recording sessions for the new WINTERS BANE album at his official web site. Check them out here. As previously reported, WINTERS BANE have secured the services of veteran producer Chris Tsangarides (JUDAS PRIEST, THIN LIZZY, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BRUCE DICKINSON, HELLOWEEN, ANGRA, BLACK ...

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IOMMI/HUGHES: Official Version Of 'Eighth Star' Will Be Significantly Different From Bootleg

The Tony Iommi/Glenn Hughes album recorded in 1996, heavily bootlegged as the much in demand "Eighth Star" (not the project's official title), will be quite markedly different to the version currently on the underground market when it is officially released through Sanctuary Records later this year, according to RockDetector.com. Strengthening the BLACK ...

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STARRATS: Debut CD Delayed

Adrenaline Records has pushed back the release date of the debut CD from Danish hard rockers STARRATS, entitled "Broken Halo", to September 16. The delay is being attributed to "distribution problems," according to a statement from the band. STARRATS, who feature in their ranks former members of such acts as PUSH, FURY and THE BLACK ...

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Former IRON MAIDEN Guitarist Sidelined By Hand Injury

Former IRON MAIDEN/PRAYING MANTIS guitarist Dennis Stratton suffered an "unfortunate accident" at a recent gig and will be unable to play guitar for the foreseeable future, according to a posting on the web site of Stratton's THE DENIAL bandmate, ex-JUDAS PRIEST singer Al Atkins. Stratton "suffered damage to his right hand when a speaker unit ...

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DEMENTRA To Release Final CD

Indian extreme metal band DEMENTRA will release their second and final CD, "Lost At Creation", on August 7 via various online music outlets and stores. "Since we have always believed in the power of online distribution through the Net, we feel like giving back to the you the fans what you have given to us ...

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LED ZEPPELIN Refuse To Be Featured On LIVE AID DVD

Gigwise.com is reporting that legendary rockers LED ZEPPELIN have refused their permission to allow their performance at fundraiser Live Aid to feature on a forthcoming DVD that hopes to raise even more money for the charity. The original footage features ZEPPELIN performing in Philadelphia with Phil Collins standing in for the late John ...

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WINTERS BANE: CHRIS TSANGARIDES To Produce New CD

WINTERS BANE have secured the services of veteran producer Chris Tsangarides (JUDAS PRIEST, THIN LIZZY, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, BRUCE DICKINSON, HELLOWEEN, ANGRA, BLACK SABBATH) for their upcoming album, tentatively due in early 2005. Tsangarides will be recording and engineering the drum tracks of WINTERS BANE drummer Mark Cross this week at The Dump, Tsangarides' studio in ...

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THIN LIZZY's 'Live and Dangerous' Voted Best Live Rock Album

THIN LIZZY's "Live and Dangerous" has been voted "best live rock album of all time" by the readers of Classic Rock magazine, according to Scotsman.com. UFO's "Strangers in the Night", released in 1979, came in second, while DEEP PURPLE's "Made In Japan" came third. "If You Want Blood, You've Got it", by Australian rockers AC/DC, ...

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OZZY Fans Give Blood To Get Tickets

John Welsh of The Press-Enterprise is reporting that pleasant and patient headbangers donated blood in record numbers in hopes of scoring a coveted ticket for Ozzfest, Saturday's all-day concert at the Hyundai Pavilion in Devore, California. "We've got to be nice — they're the ones with the needles," joked Sean Flora, 18, of Riverside, snacking ...

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LINKIN PARK Singer Says He Is Not Impressed By OZZFEST 2004 Lineup

LINKIN PARK's just-started Projekt Revolution festival tour is scoring better advance sales than Ozzy Osbourne's Ozzfest in almost every market this summer, according to Launch Radio Networks. LINKIN PARK frontman Chester Bennington said he's not surprised, and that he's not particularly impressed with Ozzfest's lineup this year: "It's just too much of the same thing," ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE Hits $50 Million In Merchandise Sales

Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Ozzy Osbourne has passed the $50 million mark in merchandise sales — a record for a heavy metal performer, according to merchandising and licensing company Signatures Network. Osbourne has reportedly amassed $35 million from selling merchandise at concerts like his Ozzfest roadshow and $15 million at retail during the past ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Set Release Date For New Album

JUDAS PRIEST have set a December 28 release date through Epic Records for their first studio album with singer Rob Halford since 1990's "Painkiller". "The band and I had meetings with our new label Epic (Sony) when we were in New York," PRIEST Management Co-ordinator Jayne Andrews writes on the group's web site. "Their support ...

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GARY MOORE: Summer Shows Cancelled

Legendary guitarist Gary Moore has cancelled his remaining summer show of 2004, Blue Balls Music in Luzern on July 26. "Gary is currently in hospital, receiving treatment for an infection to his left hand, which has led to the cancellation of the remaining summer shows, on the 'Power of the Blues' tour," according to a ...

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