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Ex-BLACK SABBATH Singer TONY MARTIN Fired From M3

Former BLACK SABBATH frontman Tony Martin has been fired from M3, the "classic WHITESNAKE" tribute group featuring Bernie Marsden (guitar, ex-WHITESNAKE), Micky Moody (guitar, ex-WHITESNAKE), Neil Murray (ex-WHITESNAKE, BLACK SABBATH), Jimmy Copley (drums, ex-PAUL RODGERS, GILLAN, BECK), and Mark Stanway (keyboards, ex-MAGNUM). An official statement from Tony on the matter is expected soon. In other ...

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HATEBREED To Play Summer Dates With SLAYER, JUDAS PRIEST

HATEBREED have announced that they will be playing a bunch of dates with SLAYER and JUDAS PRIEST on "off" days during this year's Ozzfest tour. Club dates with DEVILDRIVER are also a possibility. HATEBREED are in the middle of the "Headbanger's Ball Tour" with DAMAGEPLAN, DROWNING POOL and UNEARTH. The group's next live appearance will ...

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NIGHTMARE To Open For JUDAS PRIEST In France

French power metallers NIGHTMARE have been confirmed as the opening band for JUDAS PRIEST at le Summum in Grenoble, France on June 23. In addition, the group will perform at Le Jardin Moderne in Rennes, France on May 21 and at the Rotonde Festival on May 22. Other bands appearing at the Rennes gig will ...

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PHILIP ANSELMO 'Clears Things Up' On All Things OZZFEST

SUPERJOINT RITUAL/ex-PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo has posted the following message in the "Tour Diary" section of SUPERJOINT's web site: "This is the most infamous Philip H. Anselmo, writing to you fucks on the computer. Just to clear things up, a few hilariously dick headed (what else?) supposed 'truths' out there, about me, the 'zodiac' of ...

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Former JUDAS PRIEST A&R Executive Passes Away At Age 58

Paul Atkinson, a former head of A&R at CBS, RCA and MCA, where he signed the likes of JUDAS PRIEST and ABBA, among others, has died, according to the Associated Press. He was 58. Atkinson died peacefully in his sleep Thursday at the UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center after a long battle with liver and ...

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ROB HALFORD: JUDAS PRIEST Are 'Kinda, Sorta' Signed To SONY MUSIC

JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford has "unofficially" confirmed that the band have re-signed with Sony Music for their much-anticipated reunion album, tentatively due before the end of the year. Asked during an interview on the Phoenix radio station KDKB Tuesday (March 30) if PRIEST was back on the Columbia label (subsidiary of Sony), Halford said, ...

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Exclusive: New DIMMU BORGIR Drummer Speaks Out!

DIMMU BORGIR's session drummer Reno Kiilerich has spoken exclusively to BLABBERMOUTH.NET about landing a job with what is arguably the most commercially successful black metal band in the world. Kiilerich, who hails from Denmark, was previously a member of several acclaimed death metal groups, including PANZERCHRIST, EXMORTEM and VILE. His first rehearsal session with DIMMU ...

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MONTROSE, TNT, NIFELHEIM Confirmed For SWEDEN ROCK Festival

MONTROSE, TNT, DANGER DANGER, NIFELHEIM, CRAZY LED and MARYSLIM are the latest confirmations for this year's installment of Sweden Rock festival, set to be held June 10-12 in Sölvesborg, Sweden. The complete list of bands currently scheduled to appear at the festival is as follows: JUDAS PRIEST EUROPE SCORPIONS UFO MONSTER MAGNET NIGHTWISH HELLOWEEN HEART ...

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JUDAS PRIEST: 'Metalogy' Box Set Pushed Back A Week

JUDAS PRIEST's much-anticipated four-disc box set, "Metalogy" (Sony Music/Legacy Records), will arrive in the U.S. and Canada on May 11 — one week later than the originally announced May 4 release date. Europe and Australia/New Zealand will receive the set on May 10 while Japan has scheduled a release on July 22. As previously reported, ...

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JUDAS PRIEST, W.A.S.P., QUEENSRŸCHE Among Artists Confirmed For Greece's ROCKWAVE Festival

JUDAS PRIEST, W.A.S.P., QUEENSRŸCHE and RUNNING WILD are among the artists confirmed for this year's edition of the Rockwave Festival, set to be held June 18-22 in Athens, Greece. The lineup of acts currently scheduled to appear at the event looks as follows: JUDAS PRIEST QUEENSRŸCHE W.A.S.P. RUNNING WILD H.I.M. NIGHTWISH NIGHTFALL PETER GABRIEL PIXIES ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE: BLASKO Out, GEEZER BUTLER In?

OZZY OSBOURNE has parted ways with bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson and has re-joined forces with his BLACK SABBATH bandmate Geezer Butler, reliable sources have told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Butler's return to OSBOURNE's band has further opened the door for a possible BLACK SABBATH reunion at this year's Ozzfest. OZZY is currently scheduled to headline the annual festival, ...

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The Forever Endeavor - ENFORSAKEN

These days it's getting harder to distinguish between what is, in essence, pure heavy metal and the melodic end of death metal/extreme metal/whatever hook you want to hang it on. Which, in the name of progression, can only be positive for those in the latter categories like Chicago's ENFORSAKEN. However, if it's "songs" you're looking ...

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THE HAUNTED: Vocals Almost Done, New Songtitles Revealed

THE HAUNTED bassist Jonas Björler has posted the following studio report on the band's official web site: "[Singer Peter] Dolving is almost done with the vocals for the album. He has screamed his way through 12 songs already this past week, and now there are only 3 songs to go. We'll go through the material ...

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Spokesperson: JUDAS PRIEST Is Not Opening For OZZY OSBOURNE

JUDAS PRIEST Management Co-ordinator Jayne Andrews has posted another statement on the band's official web site, this time to defend the group's decision to take part in this year's Ozzfest. "The band chose to do the Ozzfest during the Summer — nobody pushed us into it," she writes. "We looked into everything and decided this ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Spokesperson Defends Band's Producer Choice

JUDAS PRIEST Management Co-ordinator Jayne Andrews has posted a statement on the group's web site defending the band's decision to work with producer Roy Z (HALFORD, HELLOWEEN, BRUCE DICKINSON) on their much-anticipated "reunion" album. "I really cannot believe some of the comments that are being made [on the band's official 'Noticeboard']. Have those people who ...

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CANNIBAL CORPSE Announce Mexican Dates

Veteran death metallers CANNIBAL CORPSE have announced the details of their upcoming Mexican tour. The dates are as follows: May 26 - Puebla, Puebla, MEX @ Salon Los Angeles May 27 - Guadalajara, Jalisco, MEX @ Hard Rock Live May 28 - Monterrey, N.L., MEX @ TBA May 29 - San Luis Potosi, S.L.P., MEX ...

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