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AFTER FOREVER Part Ways With Keyboardist, Announce Replacement

Dutch gothic/atmospheric doom metal group AFTER FOREVER have parted ways with keyboardist Lando van Gils and have replaced him with Joost v.d. Broek, formerly of SUN CAGED. "Lando has decided to leave AFTER FOREVER because of personal reasons," according to a posting on the band's web site. "He left in good friendship and will put ...

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VAN HALEN: First Tour Openers Announced

According to a posting on their official web site, Philadelphia-based "classic rock" band SILVERTIDE will be opening for VAN HALEN on the first leg of their tour. Meanwhile, Jacksonville, Florida's SHINEDOWN have been announced as the support act for VAN HALEN between July 19 and August 20. As previously reported, SILVERTIDE have also ...

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VAN HALEN: New Song Details Revealed

According to Hits Daily Double, the first single from the retooled, Sammy Hagar-fronted VAN HALEN will be "Up for Breakfast", one of three tracks produced by Glen Ballard. The other two are "Learning to See" and "It's About Time". All three cuts are expected to surface on the band's upcoming best-of set, tentatively due this ...

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SUN CAGED Win Dutch Radio Competition

Dutch progressive metallers SUN CAGED, who feature in their ranks STAR ONE keyboardist Joost van den Broek, won the April 2004 monthly band competition on the popular Dutch radio station 3FM. "People could vote for the competing bands on the Internet and there was also a professional jury who gave the bands a rating," reads ...

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HOUWITSER Cancel Tour Dates, Launch Drummer Search

Dutch death metallers HOUWITSER have cancelled all of their previously announced live appearances due to "internal problems." The group are currently looking for a "serious new drummer" following Aad Kloosterwaard's decision to concentrate on his new band INFINITED HATE (Aad will continue to be involved with HOUWITSER as a second vocalist). All applicants should send ...

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VAN HALEN Meets PAGANINI

Andrew L. Clouse of Albuquerque Tribune is reporting that Chicago-based classical ensemble EIGHTH BLACKBIRD which prides itself on broadening the repertoire for small ensembles by commissioning original works and exploring new and unusual sounds, will present an assortment of new music on Sunday, from a glam rock anthem to music for a culture that never ...

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THE GATHERING: More TV, Radio Appearances Scheduled

THE GATHERING singer Anneke van Giersbergen will perform solo at the new Dutch initiative "Live in the Living Room" on Sunday, May 16 between 8:00 and 10:30 p.m. Two other Dutch singer-songwriters will join Anneke on the show. These special performances take place in front of a very small audience (between 30 to 40 people) ...

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Former VAN HALEN/EXTREME Singer Working On First Solo Album

According to MelodicRock.com, former VAN HALEN/EXTREME vocalist Gary Cherone is busy recording his first solo album. Taking a break from his last band, TRIBE OF JUDAH, Gary is calling the project CHERONE and is recording an album that "won't conform to the norm." The CD, which will reportedly contain hints of soul/R&B, is being described ...

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GENE SIMMONS' 'Asshole' Delayed (Again), World Premiere Announced

Simmons Records/Sanctuary Music Group has pushed back the release date of KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons' highly anticipated sophomore solo album, "Asshole", to June 8 from the previously announced May 18 (and before that April 20). If you're in the Los Angeles area and would like be the first to be officially certified by Simmons as ...

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XYSTUS To Release Debut Album In May

Dutch progressive power metallers XYSTUS have signed with The Electric Co. for the release of their debut album, "Receiving Tomorrow", tentatively due in May. "Receiving Tomorrow" was produced by Rob van Boeckel at New Road studios in Wijchen, Netherlands and is being described by the group as a "13-rack journey going from symphonic to electronic, ...

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DEATH BY DAWN: Live Video Posted Online

A live video of DEATH BY DAWN, the German death metal band featuring legendary vocalist Martin Van Drunen (ex-PESTILENCE, ASPHYX, BOLT THROWER), performing the track "Legal Usury" at OT-Heim in Steinfurt-Borghorst, Germany on March 19, 2004 has been posted online at this location (scroll all the way down to the bottom of the ...

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GENE SIMMONS: 'Asshole' Running Order, Japanese Bonus Tracks Revealed

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons has revealed the final running order of the songs set to appear on his much-anticipated new solo album, "Asshole", due on May 18 through Simmons Records/Sanctuary Music Group. It is as follows: 01. Sweet And Dirty Love (Simmons) 02. Firestarter (Prodigy) 03. Weapons (Simmons) 04. Waiting For The Morning Light (Simmons/Dylan) ...

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GENE SIMMONS' 'Asshole': An In-Depth Review

Joop van Pelt of KissKollector.com has written the following track-by-track "review" of "Asshole", the much-anticipated new solo album from KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons: 01. Asshole (Frank Tostrup) "Title track 'Asshole' is a catchy, up-tempo bubblegum rocker reminiscent of Avril Lavigne's recent hit 'Skater Boy'. Hearing it once, makes it stick to your mind instantly. Especially ...

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VAN HALEN: More Reunion Tour Dates Announced

More dates have been announced for VAN HALEN's much-anticipated summer reunion tour. The trek is scheduled to kick off June 11 in Greensboro, N.C., with dates scheduled through August. A best-of compilation is due in June. Confirmed dates are as follows: Jun. 11 - Greensboro, NC @ Greensboro Coliseum Jun. 13 - Hershey, PA @ ...

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VAN HALEN: Premium Ticket Packages Available

VAN HALEN have teamed up with IloveAllAccess.com to put together the ultimate fan experience featuring a variety of premium ticket packages that will include guaranteed great seats and cool VH extras that you won't find anywhere else on the planet. These special concert packages will be available for selected upcoming tour dates beginning Tuesday, March ...

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SAMMY HAGAR: EDDIE VAN HALEN Is Playing Better Than Ever

Sammy Hagar has confirmed during an appearance on "The Howard Stern Show" Friday morning (March 26) that he has been working with VAN HALEN for a couple of months on new material that will be included on a compilation disc due this summer. The following is a synopsis of this morning's show, as reported by ...

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