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PLANET US: Hard Rock Supergroup Make Unnannounced Appearance At CALIFORNIA MUSIC AWARDS

PLANET US, the side project band featuring Michael Anthony (bassVAN HALEN), Neal Schon (guitarJOURNEY), Sammy Hagar (vocalsex-VAN HALEN), and Deen Castronovo (drumsJOURNEY), performed two songs at the 2002 California Music Awards this Saturday, April 27th at the Henry J. Kaiser Arena in Oakland, California. The tracks were described as very heavy and different to anything ...

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NIGHT RANGER Unveil US Tour Dates

NIGHT RANGER have lined up a host of live appearances during the spring and summer, including gigs with FOREIGNER, BAD COMPANY, KID ROCK and DAVID LEE ROTH, among others. The confirmed dates so far are as follows: May 03 - Memphis, TN @ Beale St. Music Festival (w/KID ROCK) May 04 - Kenosha, WI @ ...

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SUTURE Ink Deal With Deepsend Records

Louisiana's “sickest death metal act” SUTURE have inked a deal with underground label Deepsend Records (home of CINERARY, among others). The group's full-length debut, entitled Deconstructing Anatomy, will be out in July, and will feature artwork by Jon Zig (i.e. DEEDS OF FLESH, DISGORGE). ...

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PLANET US To Perform At CALIFORNIA MUSIC AWARDS?

PLANET US, the side project band featuring Michael Anthony (bass—VAN HALEN), Neal Schon (guitar—JOURNEY), Sammy Hagar (vocals—ex-VAN HALEN), and Deen Castronovo (drums—JOURNEY), may get up on stage and perform a song or two at the 2002 California Music Awards this Saturday, April 27th at the Henry J. Kaiser Arena in Oakland, California, according to Anthony's ...

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PUSHED Cancel Ramona Gig, Announce San Diego Appearances

Southern California's PUSHED, featuring former TESTAMENT/SLAYER drummer Jon Dette and ex-TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian, have cancelled their appearance at The Roadhouse in Ramona, California, which was scheduled to take place on April 27th. No reason was given for the cancellation. PUSHED are due to appear at Brick By Brick in San Diego, California on May ...

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DRAGONLORD Recruit Former TESTAMENT Bassist, Announce Upcoming Gigs

San Francisco Bay Area black metallers DRAGONLORD, featuring members of TESTAMENT, have officially announced the addition of bassist Derrick Ramirez (ex-TESTAMENT) to the group's ranks. DRAGONLORD will be performing at the Bourbon Street Bar and Grill in Concord, California on April 27th. Also appearing on the bill will be GREENHOUSE EFFECT, MUDSLINGER, and LORDS OF ...

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DAVE LEE ROTH To Make 2002 Live Debut At Atlanta's MUSIC MIDTOWN

DAVE LEE ROTH's current touring band—consisting of Roth (vocals), Brian Young (guitar), James Lomenzo (bass) and Ray Luzier (drums)—will perform their first show of 2002 on May 3rd at the Music Midtown festival in Atlanta, Georgia. The event, which takes place over a three-day period between May 3rd and 5th, will also include appearances by ...

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MARILYN MANSON To Appear On Chat Show "Dinner For Five"

MARILYN MANSON will appear on the May 6th episode of actor Jon Favreau's Dinner for Five, a half-hour chat show featuring four show-business personalities sitting down to dinner with the host. The New York Times had this to say about the episode: "But things can go awry, as they do at real dinner parties. The ...

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HAGAR/ROTH Line Up Initial Tour Dates

Former VAN HALEN singers Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth held a press conference at the Mondrian Hotel — Sky Bar in Los Angeles yesterday morning announcing the details of their forthcoming joint co-headlining tour, which is scheduled to kick off on May 29th in Cleveland. Here are various “highlights” from the press conference (all, ...

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HAGAR/ROTH Press Conference To Be Held This Morning

As reported here last week, a press conference announcing the upcoming Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth joint US headlining tour will be held this morning (Tuesday, April 16th) at the Mondrian Hotel — Sky Bar in Los Angeles at 11:00 AM. Due to kick off on May 29th at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga ...

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HAGAR/ROTH Dates Booked, Press Conference Scheduled

The eagerly-awaited Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth joint US headlining tour has reportedly had 25 dates booked so far, with plans for another 20 shows to be added in the coming days. Due to kick off on May 29th at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, the trek will apparently feature each of ...

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MASTERPLAN Shuffle Bassists, Finalize Album Track Listing

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Jorn Lande, have parted ways with bassist Jrgen Attig and have acquired IRON SAVIOR's Jan-S. Eckert as his replacement. Eckert has already recorded all the bass lines for the group's self-titled debut album, which is tentatively scheduled ...

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SAVATAGE Announce PITRELLI's Return To Group's Ranks

SAVATAGE have officially rejoined forces with former MEGADETH guitarist Al Pitrelli. As a result of this develoment, the group will no longer be requiring the services of SEVEN WITCHES axeman Jack Frost, who filled in for Pitrelli during the latter's tenure with Mustaine and co. "Me and the boys have remained friends in the past ...

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HAGAR/ROTH Summer Tour: Details "Forthcoming"

According to an April 6th update posted at the official web site of former VAN HALEN frontman Sammy Hagar, the details of the much-rumored summer touring package featuring Hagar and another ex-VAN HALEN singer, Dave Lee Roth, will be “forthcoming” shortly. As previously reported, the proposed pairing between the two vocalists would include solo set ...

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ICED EARTH's JON SCHAFFER: No New Music Until Spring/Summer 2003

ICED EARTH guitarist Jon Schaffer has completed work on the music for four songs for the next DEMONS & WIZARDS album—Schaffer's hugely-acclaimed collaboration with BLIND GUARDIAN vocalist Hansi Kursch—but has yet to share the material with Kursch, who is presently busy promoting the recently-released BLIND GUARDIAN CD A Night At The Opera, according to a ...

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Continuing Drama In Post-CRIMSON GLORY World

Former CRIMSON GLORY guitarist Ben Jackson's release party on March 22nd and 23rd at Keegan's Clubhouse Lounge in Sarasota, Florida for the BEN JACKSON GROUP CD, entitled Here I Come, was “a HUGE success,” according to Jackson's official web site. “Former CRIMSON GLORY members were on hand to support their brother, including [drummer] Dana Burnell, ...

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SUICIDE SHIFT: The SADUS/TESTAMENT Collaboration

The new San Francisco Bay Area-based project featuring SADUS/TESTAMENT bassist Steve DiGiorgio, SADUS frontman Darren Travis, and TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy, has tentatively set SUICIDE SHIFT as its moniker, and are presently finalizing work on 10 original compositions, some of which have been completed, while others still “need a lot of work with Chuck”, according ...

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HAGAR/ROTH Summer Tour: It's On!

According to Hits Daily Double, the proposed summer outing featuring former VAN HALEN vocalists David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar is a done deal, with the initial dates due to be announced in the coming weeks. ...

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JON LORD Leaves DEEP PURPLE, Is Replaced By DON AIREY

Longtime DEEP PURPLE keyboardist Jon Lord has left the band. According to bassist Roger Glover, “Jon has told us he plans to retire from active participation in DEEP PURPLE. We wish him the best. The moment cannot pass without a personal comment. It is sad that Jon has come to this difficult decision but every ...

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STEVE VAI To Perform Live With NELLY FURTADO At Grammy Awards

Legendary axeman Steve Vai (i.e. DAVE LEE ROTH, WHITESNAKE) will perform with NELLY FURTADO at the 44th Annual Grammy Awards, which are scheduled to air live at 8:00 PM via CBS on Wednesday, February 27th from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Other performers include U2, ALICIA KEYS, THE DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, DESTINY'S CHILD, 'N ...

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MASTERPLAN In Final Recording Stage For Upcoming Debut

MASTERPLAN, featuring former HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Jorn Lande, will start tracking the vocals to their full-length debut today, February 25th, with producer Andy Sneap for a tentative summer release through an as-yet-undetermined label. In a recent interview, posted online at www.helloween.org, Grapow revealed ...

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Former TESTAMENT Duo Rejoin Forces In PUSHED

Former TESTAMENT/SLAYER drummer Jon Dette and ex-TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian have rejoined forces in PUSHED, a Southern California-based five-piece whose current two-song demo CD is an aggressive-yet-melodic affair that showcases the group's excellent musicianship without relying on speed to get its point across. Whereas Surface is a moody, dynamic number that utilizes vocalist Travis Neal's ...

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