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SLAYER Explain Myrtle Beach Cancellation

A representative at SLAYER's management company has sent the following statement to BLABBERMOUTH.NET regarding the band's cancellation of their scheduled headlining appearance in Myrtle Beach, SC Wednesday night (Sept. 1): "Tom Araya, SLAYER's bassist/vocalist, was treated and released from a Myrtle Beach, NC hospital on Wednesday after experiencing severe pain due to a kidney stone. ...

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DEEP PURPLE To Enter Studio In February

According to DEEP PURPLE fan site The Highway Star, DEEP PURPLE drummer Ian Paice revealed during a recent Canadian drum clinic that the band will be returning to the studio in February 2005 to begin recording their new CD, tentatively due before the end of 2005. DEEP PURPLE's most recent album, "Bananas", was ...

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SYSTEM OF A DOWN To Release New Album In December

MTV.com reports: SYSTEM OF A DOWN are still eyeing a December release for their fourth album. "We're in the thick of it still, doing a lot of overdubs," singer Serj Tankian said. "It's going great. I'm happy with all the songs, the diversity of it." Tankian is also working on mixing a song he and ...

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TWISTED SISTER: 'Stay Hungry' Re-Recording To Arrive In October

Eagle Rock Entertainment has set an October 5 release date for TWISTED SISTER's "Still Hungry" CD — a re-recorded and expanded version of the classic 1984 album "Stay Hungry". "Still Hungry" — which was produced by Mark Mendoza, a longtime producer/engineer in addition to his bass guitar duties with TWISTED SISTER — finally gives the ...

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AEROSMITH Frontman To Star In 'The Polar Express'

AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler will star in the upcoming big-screen adaptation of the Caldecott-winning children's book "The Polar Express" by Chris Van Allsburg, according to Zap2it.com. In keeping with the holiday theme, Tyler will play one of Santa's elfin helpers. "Polar Express" tells the story of a skeptical young boy who is transported along with ...

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RIVERRED: 'Industry' Demo Available For Download

Pacific Northwest rock act RIVERRED have made available for download all five songs from their new industry demo, entitled "Agricultural Real Estate Purchase". Mixed and mastered by rock kingpin Jack Endino (NIRVANA, SOUNDGARDEN, GRUNTRUCK), the demo was produced by singer/guitarist James Francis and RIVERRED and engineered by Chris Hanson (VIO-LENCE, THE SERVANTS). The new demo ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD: Studio Report

Maniacal Canadian extremists STRAPPING YOUNG LAD have just entered Armoury Studios in Vancouver to record the follow-up to their critically acclaimed 2002 release, "SYL". Devin Townsend (vocals, guitars) checks in with the following studio update. "Here's a heads up from the Dev, speaking on behalf of the STRAPPING camp. We recently put in a long ...

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LUPARA Add New Guitarist, Prepare To Enter Studio

LUPARA, the Illinois-based band featuring former BROKEN HOPE guitarist Jeremy Wagner, recently relocated to Mercenary Digital Studios in Zion, IL where they are rehearsing and preparing to record close to 20 new songs. "We've spent the last few months (late spring and all of summer) basically writing and trying to move forward with the band," ...

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CROOKED Enter Studio To Record Full-Length Album

San Francisco Bay Area's CROOKED (formerly NMSO4) will be entering a Des Moines, Iowa-based studio this week to record a full-length album with producer Tom Tatman (STONE SOUR). Additional production and engineering will come from Dave Dominguez (STAIND, PAPA ROACH, POWERMAN 5000, ORGY, GUNS 'N ROSES). 13 songs are expected to be included, including three ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD: New Album To Include TOM JONES Cover

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, the Canadian extreme metal band led by guitarist/vocalist Devin Townsend, entered The Armoury Studios in Vancouver, B.C. on Thursday (August 19) to begin recording their fourth album. Devin is producing the effort, while engineering duties are being handled by Shaun Thingvold. A "making of the record" documentary is being filmed for the ...

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AUDIOSLAVE's TOM MORELLO Believes BUSH 'Can Be Beaten'

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that AUDIOSLAVE guitarist Tom Morello will assume his NIGHTWATCHMAN persona on the Rock Against Bush tour, which is being launched by activist organization Punk Voter this fall. The lineup will also feature MIDTOWN, ANTI-FLAG, the AKAS and others, with Morello confirmed to perform on about half of the 15 scheduled ...

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SLAYER's Next Studio Album To Land On INTERSCOPE?

Rick Rubin's American Recordings label — home to veteran Los Angeles thrashers SLAYER — is making the move from Island Def Jam to the Interscope side, according to Hits Daily Double. SLAYER had previously announced that they were putting the recording sessions for their new album on hold while Rubin began negotiating a new deal ...

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EVERGREY To Support SCORPIONS In Stockholm

Swedish progressive dark metallers EVERGREY will support German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS at Annexet in Stockholm, Sweden, on September 2. As previously reported, EVERGREY will be filming a hometown show in Gothenburg, Sweden on October 9 for an upcoming DVD. The band released their most recent studio album, "The Inner Circle", in April through InsideOut ...

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Former GORGASM Members Launch New Band

Former GORGASM members Tom Tangalos (guitar) and Russ Powell (bass) have teamed up with ex-FLESHGRIND/GORGASM drummer Derek Hoffman in a brand new band called DEPTHS OF AGONY. The group have written seven songs and are in the process of scheduling studio time to record their debut CD. DEPTHS OF AGONY's sound is said to be ...

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KISS Collector Pays $5,000 For 1977 Tour Jacket

The 2004 Classic Rock Auction featuring items from legendary producer Eddie Kramer was officially closed on August 1. "We were overwhelmed with the huge response we received right from the opening minutes," explained Backstage Auctions co-owner Kelli Van Gool. "Out of more than 2200 items condensed into 277 lots listed, we had over 1200 bids ...

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EVERGREY To Film Live DVD

Swedish progressive dark metallers EVERGREY will be filming a hometown show in Gothenburg, Sweden on October 9 for an upcoming DVD. "We will for sure make this is a night to remember," says bassist Michael Håkansson in a posting on the group's web site. "It will be the most glorious thing in EVERGREY history and ...

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JEFF SCOTT SOTO To Open For TYKETTO

Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/current TALISMAN/SOUL SIRKUS singer Jeff Scott Soto and his solo band will be opening for TYKETTO on November 5 at the Wulfrun Hall in Wolverhampton, England and November 6 at The Empire in Belfast, Ireland. As previously reported, Soto has just issued a solo EP, entitled "Believe In Me", through Frontiers Records. A ...

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Former ALICE IN CHAINS Guitarist Jams With HEART In L.A.

Former ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell made a surprise appearance at the HEART concert at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday (August 1). He joined in the encore on the HEART classic "Barracuda" and LED ZEPPELIN's "Misty Mountain Top". In other news, the ALICE IN CHAINS classic "Man In The Box" is ...

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CINDERELLA Frontman Welcomes Addition To Family

CINDERELLA frontman Tom Keifer and fiancée Savannah Snow have formally announced the birth of their son, Jaidan, born February 10, 2004. Keifer is currently putting the finishing touches on a solo release, which he expects to complete by the fall. A web site, TomKeifer.com, will soon be launched, featuring more information on Tom, his solo ...

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BALLISTIC: In Writing Mode

BALLISTIC mainman Tom Gattis (ex-DEUCE, TENSION, WARDOG) has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Well, we're in writing mode big time, got a song called 'Sonic Massacre' that will hit harder and faster than Blaze Bailey's well deserved black eye. The children are turning out heavier and darker than the last ...

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PRIMUS, SHOTGUN MESSIAH Members Guest On New TOM WAITS CD

PRIMUS' Les Claypool (bass) and Brian "Brain" Mantia (drums) and SHOTGUN MESSIAH's Harry Cody (guitar, banjo) are among the guest musicians appearing on the new TOM WAITS studio album, "Real Gone", due October 5 through Epitaph's Anti- Records label, according to Billboard.com. "Real Gone" will be the follow-up to the simultaneously released 2002 concept albums ...

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