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OZZ-Less-FEST Rocks On

Ching Lee of Appeal-Democrat reports that OZZY OSBOURNE's decision to avoid playing Wednesday (July 8) at Ozzfest's Marysville, California stop didn't dampen the spirits of the estimated 13,000 fans who began flooding the gates of the Sleep Train Amphitheatre before 9 a.m. Ozzy Osbourne, known to many as the Prince of Darkness and godfather of ...

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Former DOKKEN Bassist: My Most Memorable Tours

Former DOKKEN bassist Jeff Pilson recently spoke to Suite101.com about his most memorable tours. "The two best tours DOKKEN ever did were the DIO tour in '84-'85 and the AEROSMITH tour in '87 and '88," he said. "Those were definitely both peaks in different ways. DIO was a great band, and we were learning. We ...

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Morning Gig: OZZFEST Openers Hit The Stage Running

George Varga of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports in today's edition that nearly 13,200 fans were at Coors Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, California Thursday night (July 3) when heavy-metal legend OZZY OSBOURNE began his headlining performance at Ozzfest 2003. That's about 13,000 more than were present when UNLOCO, a four-man band from Texas, kicked off ...

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Former AC/DC Bassist To Perform At Sydney Fund-Raiser

Mark Evans, former bass player for AC/DC during their classic Bon Scott era, and former BUFFALO frontman Dave Tice will perform a fund-raiser for a Sydney (Australia) school later this month, according to Undercover News. Tice and Evans will perform their acoustic blues set on July 25 to raise money for the Annandale North Public ...

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FUELED II FIRE Complete Work On EP

FUELED II FIRE, the new band featuring former PISSING RAZORS members Cesar Soto (guitar), Joe Rodriguez (vocals) and Mat Lynch (guitar), have completed work on their first EP, entitled "Empires of Truth and Hatred". It was engineered and recorded earlier this month by Mike Major (AT THE DRIVE-IN, SPARTA). Upcoming FUELED II FIRE dates: Jun. ...

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TAMMY FAYE MESSNER Talks About Her Friendship With MARILYN MANSON

Tammy Faye Messner (formerly Tammy Faye Bakker), who helped build one of the largest Christian TV networks in the world before her then-husband Jim Bakker's affair helped crumble their empire, recently revealed to New York Times that she became friends with MARILYN MANSON after they met during an interview. "He came in looking just the ...

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SEBASTIAN BACH: Sifting Through Audition Tapes

Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach has posted the following message to his official web site: "Hi all! Just wanted to say THANK YOU to each & every one of you who have sent me a package in the mail regarding the band auditions! I have a veritable MOUNTAIN of CDs/tapes/etc. so it is taking ...

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Heavy Metal Is Music Of Choice For Discriminating Gay Couples

Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien on Thursday (June 19) introduced a bill to permit same-sex marriages, a move that follows court rulings in Canada striking down the country's definition of marriage because it specified a union between a man and a woman. Joel McConvey of Toronto's Eye Weekly examined the musical choices available to a ...

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THERAPY? To Open For THE ROLLING STONES In Belgium

Ireland's THERAPY? will support THE ROLLING STONES on September 7 at Werchter Park in Werchter, Belgium. Also set to appear on the bill are HOOVERPHONIC, CLOUSEAU, and DE MENS. "Some people have expressed 'concern' about us playing this kind of show," the band write on their official web site. "To be honest, as THERAPY? are ...

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DYING FETUS, SKINLESS, MISERY INDEX: More Dates Announced

More dates have been announced for the forthcoming U.S. tour featuring DYING FETUS, SKINLESS, DIVINE EMPIRE and MISERY INDEX. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Jul. 19 – Latham, NY @ Saratoga Winners Jul. 20 – Farmingdale, NY @ Downtown Jul. 21 – Randolph, NJ @ Obsessions Jul. 22 - Wilkes Barre, PA @ ...

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FUELED II FIRE Line Up Shows In Texas

FUELED II FIRE, the new band featuring former PISSING RAZORS members Cesar Soto (guitar), Joe Rodriguez (vocals) and Mat Lynch (guitar), have lined up the following dates during June: Jun. 28 – El Paso, TX @ Nakyes Stadium (Battle of the Bands) Jun. 30 - El Paso, TX @ Bombardiers (w/ KRIMSON, RED EYE FACTOR) ...

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TYPE O NEGATIVE: Venue Details Released

The venue details have been released for the forthcoming TYPE O NEGATIVE U.S. dates, the group's first in support of their upcoming "Life Is Killing Me" CD. They are as follows: Jul. 25 - Worcester, MA @ Palladium Jul. 26 - New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place Jul. 28 - New York, NY @ Irving ...

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DYING FETUS, MISERY INDEX, SKINLESS: More Dates Announced

More dates have been announced for the forthcoming U.S. tour featuring DYING FETUS, SKINLESS, DIVINE EMPIRE and MISERY INDEX. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Jul. 19 – Latham, NY @ Saratoga Winners Jul. 20 – Farmingdale, NY @ Downtown Jul. 21 – Randolph, NJ @ Obsessions Jul. 22 - Wilkes Barre, PA @ ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Premier Two New Songs At European Tour Opener

QUEENSRŸCHE premiered two new songs — "Open" and "Desert Dance" — during the kick-off date of their European tour Wednesday night (June 4) at the Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam, Holland. Filling in on second guitar during the group's performance was Mike Stone (ex-KLOVER, CRAIG GOLDIE'S RITUAL, JONAS HANSSON BAND, CRISS), who performed a similar ...

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FORCE OF EVIL: MP3 Clips Posted Online

FORCE OF EVIL, the new Danish all-star band featuring guitarist Michael Denner (ex-MERCYFUL FATE), guitarist Hank Shermann (MERCYFUL FATE), bassist Hal Patino (KING DIAMOND), drummer Bjarne Holm (MERCYFUL FATE), and vocalist Martin Steene (IRONFIRE), have posted two MP3 clips for download via the official MERCYFUL FATE/KING DIAMOND web site. Check them out: 01.

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Former MACHINE HEAD Guitarist Names New Project

Former MACHINE HEAD guitarist Ahrue Luster has chosen the name SUPERNAUT for his new Sacramento-based project in which he is joined by three former members of the local band JUGGERNAUT. The group (Luster, vocalist Patrick Schmidt, bassist Rob Marshall, and drummer Marty Bechtel), which has been in existence since last fall, "has taken a bit ...

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PARAGON Finalize Track Listing For 'The Dark Legacy'

German melodic metallers PARAGON have finalized the track listing for their new album, "The Dark Legacy", due on July 28 through Remedy Records (distributed by Zomba). The follow-up to last year's critically-acclaimed "Law Of The Blade" CD will contain the following cuts: 01. The Legacy 02. Mirror Of Fate 03. Breaking Glass 04. Black Hole ...

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ELENIUM Name Debut Album

Finnish "progressive death" metallers ELENIUM have set "For Giving - For Getting" as the tentative title for their upcoming full-length debut, due in late 2003 through England's Rage Of Achilles Records. The CD, which is scheduled to be recorded in July at Sonic Pump studios, will contain the following tracks: 01. Up The Long Ladder ...

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TYPE O NEGATIVE: New Song Posted Online

A brand new TYPE O NEGATIVE track, titled "I Don't Wanna Be Me", has been posted online at this location. "I Don't Wanna Be Me" comes off the group's forthcoming album, "Life Is Killing Me", due on June 17 through Roadrunner Records. The follow-up to 1999's "World Coming Down" was recorded at Brooklyn, ...

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MACHINE HEAD's FLYNN: 'JAMES HETFIELD Is All Class'

MACHINE HEAD frontman Robert Flynn says that one of the downsides of being in the public eye is the fact that he can't hang out and relax with friends at concerts without being perceived as arrogant by those who don't know him well enough to know differently. "Make no mistake about it, there have been ...

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ANDREW W.K. Begins Mixing New Album

ANDREW W.K. has wrapped up the recording of his new CD and has moved the whole operation across to California to begin mixing the effort for a tentative August/September release through Island DefJam Records. "The mixing is like the salted creamed hotel bar butter at the end of the drink portion and the start of ...

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GARDENIAN Begin Mixing New Album

Sweden's GARDENIAN have completed the recording sessions for their as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2000's "Sindustries" and are currently mixing the effort at Gothenburg's Studio Fredman for a tentative late 2003 release through an as-yet-undetermined label. "When the mixing is done GARDENIAN will start shopping for a new record deal," the band write on their official web ...

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THERAPY? To Issue First-Ever DVD

THERAPY? have announced plans to release their first-ever DVD, tentatively due in late 2003/early 2004 through Eagle Vision (a division of Eagle Rock Entertainment). "The project is still in the planning stage but we plan to feature a full live performance recorded on the forthcoming tour plus plenty of extras like promo videos (a few ...

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TESLA Hard At Work On New Album

TESLA have spent the past four weeks in the studio tracking their as-yet-untitled new album, tentatively due at the end of the year through Sanctuary Records. Among the tracks being considered for inclusion on the self-produced effort are the following: 01. Come To Me 02. Caught In A Dream 03. Got No Glory 04. Heaven ...

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ROCK CITY MORGUE Announce Tour Dates

New Orleans, Louisiana-based ROCK CITY MORGUE, the band featuring former WHITE ZOMBIE bassist Sean Yseult, ex-MAN SCOUTS OF AMERICA frontman Rik Slave, and ex-THE B MOVIE RATS drummer Andy Baker, have lined up the following dates during the coming weeks: May 09 - Red Eye Fly - Austin, TX May 10 - Red Blood Club ...

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BLUEBIRD: Equipment Stolen!

Los Angeles-based BLUEBIRD, featuring former AMEN guitarist Paul Figueroa, have had musical equipment stolen from their tour van while touring the U.K. with HELL IS FOR HEROES. The band's van was reportedly broken into in Leeds on Monday night (April 28) and over $8,000 worth of instruments was removed. The band will be continuing the ...

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