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METALLICA, VAN HALEN, VELVET REVOLVER Featured In GUITAR WORLD Magazine's Anniversary Issue

MediaPost.com is reporting that the 25th anniversary issue of Guitar World magazine will be on newsstands next Tuesday, December 28. The special collector's issue features what the editors are calling "the most spectacular group of guitarists ever assembled" on the cover, including Jimmy Page (LED ZEPPELIN), Joe Perry (AEROSMITH), and Slash (VELVET REVOLVER, ex-GUNS N' ...

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EDDIE VAN HALEN And PEAVEY End Long-Term Partnership

Peavey, the world-famous musical instrument manufacturer, has announced that it has parted with Edward Van Halen after a 13-year partnership. Peavey collaborated with the guitarist on his signature-model Peavey Wolfgang Series electric guitars and Peavey 5150 Series amplifiers. According to the company, Van Halen retains the rights to the names 5150 and Wolfgang, as well ...

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ANTHRAX Guitarist: DIMEBAG's Murder Could Only Have Happened In U.S.

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian recently spoke to ElectricBasement.com about the death of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and ANTHRAX's latest album, "The Greater of Two Evils". An excerpt from the interview follows: ElectricBasement.com: I'm asking musicians whether his death has given you second thoughts about live performance. Every time you take the stage, ...

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REDEMPTION Complete Work On Sophomore Album

REDEMPTION's sophomore album, featuring FATES WARNING vocalist Ray Alder, has finally been completed. "Recording, mixing, and mastering are complete and the result is amazing," Nicolas van Dyk, REDEMPTION's primary songwriter and guitarist/keyboardist, writes on the group's web site. "We worked with Tommy Newton, known for his work with bands such as CONCEPTION, HELLOWEEN, ARK, UFO ...

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SHADOWS FALL Drummer Reports From DIMEBAG's Funeral

SHADOWS FALL drummer Jason Bittner has issued the following report from the funeral services and public memorial for slain DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, which were held on Tuesday (Dec. 14) in Arlington, Texas: "I have just gotten to my computer today after returning home from Dimebag Darrell Abbott's funeral and I wanted to share ...

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Former ANTHRAX Guitarist Remembers DIMEBAG DARRELL

Former ANTHRAX/SEBASTIAN BACH guitarist Paul Crook attended the public memorial service for slain DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott on Tuesday night (Dec. 14) in Arlington, Texas. Regarding the service, Crook said, "[Tuesday] night was both incredibly sad and beautiful. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry at times. Zakk [Wylde] and Edward [Van Halen] ...

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IRON MAIDEN's MCBRAIN, VAN HALEN's HAGAR To Raise Money For After-School Activities

Nicko McBrain (IRON MAIDEN), Neil Schon (JOURNEY, SOUL SIRKUS) and Sammy Hagar (VAN HALEN) are among the artists that will be helping to raise money for super-producer Narada Michael Walden's foundation for after-school activities on Friday (Dec. 17) at the Mill Valley Community Center in Mill Valley, California, according to the San Francisco Examiner. More ...

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'Reflections Of A SAMMY HAGAR Fan' Book Available Now

"Summer of Sammy: Reflections of a Sammy Hagar Fan" is a tribute book by a Michigan business man who has become a total "redhead." He conversion starts with his first Sammy concert in 2002 (Sam and Dave Tour), and is confirmed when attending Hagar concerts through 2003, as well as several VAN HALEN shows during ...

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Update: PHILIP ANSELMO Barred From DIMEBAG's Funeral; JERRY CANTRELL Performs Acoustically

BLABBERMOUTH.NET has confirmed that former PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo did NOT attend the the funeral of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott — apparently because he was told that he was "not welcome" at any of the events honoring the late musician who was slain last week at a nightclub in Columbus, Ohio. Anselmo's former PANTERA/DOWN ...

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SAVATAGE Guitarist: 'We Were Stripped Of A Modern-Day Guitar Legend'

SAVATAGE guitarist Chris Caffery has issued the following statement regarding the death of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell: "Recently we were suddenly stripped [of] a modern-day guitar legend. Darrell was one of the few guitarists in history that had his own unique spot. His own style, his own sound. "When you hear someone say 'the Eddie ...

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CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's KEENAN Says DIMEBAG's Death Is 'Tragic'

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY guitarist/vocalist Pepper Keenan and producer John Custer, who are at a Raleigh studio working on the band's new album, spoke to The News & Observer about the death of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, a longtime friend of COC. "It's tragic, a shame," Keenan said Thursday. "I've known Darrell for years and ...

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UPDATED: Tributes From Metal Musicians Pour In For DIMEBAG DARRELL

A number of heavy metal musicians have paid tribute to Dimebag Darrell (DAMAGEPLAN, ex-PANTERA) who was tragically murdered last night. ------------------------------------------------- Ozzy Osbourne: "Dimebag was a dear friend of mine. I'm absolutely beside myself with grief. I can't for the life of me understand why someone would do this. PANTERA toured with me many, many ...

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DON DOKKEN Says GEORGE LYNCH Is His Own Worst Enemy

DOKKEN mainman Don Dokken recently spoke to KNAC.com's Jeff Kirby about his reputation for being "difficult" and ex-DOKKEN guitarist George Lynch, among other topics. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow: KNAC.com: There was a report that DOKKEN was slated to do a show at the Anaheim House of Blues, but that ...

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PRIMAL FEAR: New Album To Be Mixed By MIKE FRASER

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR have tapped Mike Fraser (AC/DC, METALLICA, VAN HALEN, COVERDALE/PAGE, AEROSMITH, THE CULT, SLIPKNOT, HATEBREED) to mix their upcoming album at a studio in Vancouver, Canada (most likely The Warehouse) for a tentative October 2005 release via Nuclear Blast in Europe/USA and JVC/Victor in Asia. "Even recording engineer and co-producer Charlie ...

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Former MÖTLEY CRÜE Singer Completes Work On Autobiography

Former MÖTLEY CRÜE singer John Corabi's authorized autobiography is finished, and is reportedly being bid over by several publishers. Expect a summer 2005 release date. In April 2005, co-author Jake Brown will begin work with HANOI ROCKS members Michael Monroe and Andy McCoy on the band's authorized autobiography. In other rock biography news, the Brown-authored ...

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MICHAEL ANTHONY's Jack Daniel's Bass Goes To Cleveland

VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony's original Jack Daniel's bass, made infamous in the "Panama" video and live throughout the worldwide 1984 tour, will soon be making a special appearance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, OH. By special arrangement, the legendary bass will be on loan to the Rock and Roll ...

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