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MOTHRA Change Name, Announce Los Angeles Gig

MOTHRA, the new project featuring guitarist Mikey Doling (ex-SNOT, SOULFLY), bassist Jon "Tumor" Fahnestock (ex-SNOT, AMEN), drummer Roy Mayorga (SOULFLY), guitarist Levon Sultanian (ONESIDEZERO), and vocalist Jason Radford (ONESIDEZERO), have officially changed their name to ABLOOM, according to a posting on Tumor's web site. The band will play their first gig under the new name ...

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METALLICA's ULRICH: 'There Is Nothing Left To Prove'

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich recently told USA Today that he is realistic about "St. Anger"'s chances of being a multi-platinum success. "If nothing else, whether this (album) sells seven copies or 7 million, we proved it's possible to make a fast, aggressive, angry, dynamic album fueled on nothing but positive vibes," he said. "Five years ...

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GODHEAD To Join MINISTRY Tour?

GODHEAD are strongly rumored to be one of the bands being considered for MINISTRY's upcoming festival tour, tentatively scheduled to kick off in late July. "I know MINISTRY is putting together this kind of outdoor festival thing with OGHR [featuring SKINNY PUPPY frontman Nivek Ogre, a.k.a. Kevin Ogilvie], THE REVOLTING COCKS, and JELLO BIAFRA, and ...

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DROWNING POOL: New Singer Found?

DROWNING POOL are strongly rumored to have recruited ex-BUILT XL frontman Jason "Gong" Jones to fill the singer slot in the group left vacant by the death of Dave Williams. A native of Los Angeles, Jones, 29, is believed to have spent the past few weeks in Dallas, Texas writing and demoing new material with ...

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GUNS N' ROSES Bassist: 'Chinese Democracy' To Surface This Year

GUNS N' ROSES bassist Tommy Stinson has told Billboard.com that he expects the group's long-awaited new album, "Chinese Democracy", to see the light of day sometime this year. "The record is being completed. Other people are putting their final little touches on things, and then it goes to mix," he explained. "My physical presence wasn't ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE: 'Fuck SARS'

On his way to Toronto for his scheduled performance at the Air Canada Centre Wednesday (June 11), OZZY OSBOURNE spoke out again against SARS hysteria. "The media have made such a big fucking deal out of it," Ozzy told Much Music. "It's not the black plague." In a press release from his management, Osbourne said ...

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Former ANTHRAX Singer Jams With THE RHYTHM JUNKIES

Former ANTHRAX frontman Neil Turbin sang three sets with THE RHYTHM JUNKIES on Sunday Afternoon (June 8) at Starboard Attitude on the Redondo Beach Pier in California. THE RHYTHM JUNKIES, who perform mostly heavy rock and blues, consist of Mitch Perry (MSG, EDGAR WINTER, TALAS), Sean McNabb (QUIET RIOT, BADD BOYZ, GREAT WHITE), Ray Hernandez ...

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RIKI RACHTMAN To Return To 'Headbanger's Ball'

Former MTV's "Headbanger's Ball" VJ Riki Rachtman will be co-hosting the June 14 edition of the resurrected show with HATEBREED frontman Jamey Jasta. "This is my first time hosting the show since its demise in 1995," Rachtman told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "I never taped a final show so I'm looking at this one as my final show. ...

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PITBULL DAYCARE Sign With CLEOPATRA RECORDS

San Antonio, Texas-based PITBULL DAYCARE, featuring former NEUROTICA drummer Jason West, have officially signed with Cleopatra Records. The group, who recently acquired a new guitarist by the name of Andy "Loosey" Escalante, will enter a Hollywood, California studio in July with producer (and CINDERELLA drummer) Fred Coury to record their new album, due in early ...

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Vintage OZZY And SABBATH Classics Unleashed In Vancouver

OZZY OSBOURNE's first show with his rejuvenated band — Zakk Wylde (guitar), Jason Newsted (bass), and Michael Bordin (drums) — was a rousing success. The Madman's second Canadian tour in as many years kicked off in Vancouver Sunday night (June 1) and a handful of seldom-played Ozzy classics were unleashed. Newsted was once again the ...

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NPR Interviews LED ZEPPELIN's JIMMY PAGE

Jimmy Page, guitarist for LED ZEPPELIN, chatted with NPR to promote the band's new album and DVD. Page talked about his early session work, the skills of late drummer John Bonham, his thoughts on the "heavy metal" tag the band was the first to receive, and more. Listen to the 21-minute interview, which includes clips ...

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NICKELBACK In Lawsuit Over Royalties

A recording studio in suburban White Rock has filed a breach of contract lawsuit against NICKELBACK in B.C. Supreme Court, according to Jam! Music. In the suit, Larry Anschell of Turtle Recording claims his company had production royalties and property rights to songs performed by NICKELBACK on the album "Curb". Anschell is suing for general ...

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SLAVES ON DOPE To Hit The Road

SLAVES ON DOPE have lined up the following dates during the coming weeks: May 31 - Sacramento, CA - The Boardwalk (ONESIDEZERO) Jun. 04 - Ft Wayne, IN - Piere's (w/ RA, TWISTED METHOD) Jun. 05 - Ironton, OH - 3rd Street Showgrounds (w/ RA, TWISTED METHOD) Jun. 07 - Madison, WI - Annex Jun. ...

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P.O.D. To Open For METALLICA In The Winter?

P.O.D. vocalist Sonny Sandoval recently told Launch that METALLICA wanted them for this summer's Summer Sanitarium Tour, but the two bands will probably hook up on the road next winter. "We've actually got a lot of offers to go out maybe in the beginning of the year," Sandoval said. "And so we actually got offered ...

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P.O.D. Name New Album

P.O.D. have reportedly set "Payable On Death" as the title for their forthcoming CD, due on Nov. 4 through Atlantic Records. The upcoming album will be the group's first since the departure of guitarist Marcos Curiel, who has been replaced with former LIVING SACRIFICE axeman Jason Truby. Producer Howard Benson (MOTÖRHEAD, COLD, REVEILLE, SEPULTURA) told ...

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VOIVOD, SEPULTURA Jam At Connecticut Tour Closer

VOIVOD bassist Jason Newsted joined headliners SEPULTURA on stage for renditions of "Refuse/Resist" and "Territory" at the two groups' tour-closing show in Hartford, Connecticut on Sunday (May 18). Afterwards, all members of VOIVOD joined SEPULTURA for a cover of MOTÖRHEAD's "We Are The Road Crew". Click here to see pictures. (Thanks:

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MONSTROSITY To Film Venezuela Show For Possible DVD

Veteran Florida death metallers MONSTROSITY will film their show in La Cruz, Venezuela Saturday night (May 17) for a possible live DVD. Tonight's gig will mark the second live appearance with the group for returning vocalist Jason Avery, whose first show back with the band took place on May 3 in Puerto Rico. MONSTROSITY are ...

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Surviving LED ZEPPELIN Members Gather At London Premiere Of DVD

The surviving members of LED ZEPPELIN made an extremely rare appearance onstage at the exclusive premiere of the band's long-awaited live DVD held in Leicester Square, London Thursday night (May 15), according to dotmusic. The audience of friends and family, competition winners and media were gathered to see a specially cut two-hour version of the ...

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P.O.D.: Energized And Reborn

P.O.D. are currently in the recording studio with producer Howard Benson, who worked on the band's last album, "Satellite", and their 1999 breakthrough LP, "The Fundamental Elements of Southtown". They've started laying down drum tracks for 17 new songs for an album that's scheduled to come out November 4. "We went into the studio with ...

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THE HELLIONS To Perform At WEST MEMPHIS THREE Benefit

THE HELLIONSCasey Orr (GWAR, RIGOR MORTIS, X-COPS, SPEEDEALER, BURDEN BROTHERS), Dave Woodard (PORNLAB, BILLYCLUB, REO SPEEDEALER), Mike T (KILL CREEPS, PUNCTURE), Mark Baker (ARMSTRONG, ROLLER), and Mike Todd (FAITH BOMB) — are scheduled to play a Free The West Memphis Three benefit on Tuesday, June 3 at The Canyon Club in Dallas, Texas. ...

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JASON NEWSTED: 'BOB ROCK's No Bass Player'

METALLICA's forthcoming "St. Anger" album, the group's first since 1997's "Reload", features bass tracks courtesy of longtime producer Bob Rock, an accomplished musician whose own rock-star aspirations were documented on several CDs, including the largely-ignored self-titled 1992 LP from his now-defunct band ROCKHEAD. Although ex-METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted believes that the group's decision to hire ...

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Former SKUNK ANANSIE Guitarist To Issue Solo Album

Former SKUNK ANANSIE guitarist Ace will issue his long-awaited solo album, "Still Hungry", on June 23 through West 46th Records/Snapper Music. Among the guest musicians appearing on the CD are MOTÖRHEAD's Lemmy Kilmister, ONE MINUTE SILENCE's Brian "Yap" Barry and SKINDRED's Benji. The full track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Jet To ...

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P.O.D. Begin Work On New Album

P.O.D. have entered a Los Angeles studio with producer Howard Benson (MOTÖRHEAD, COLD, REVEILLE, SEPULTURA) studio to begin work on the band's third album, due on Nov. 4 through Atlantic Records. The forthcoming album will be the group's first since the departure of guitarist Marcos Curiel, who has been replaced with former LIVING SACRIFICE axeman ...

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JASON NEWSTED Joins SEPULTURA On Second Guitar!

Former METALLICA and current VOIVOD bassist Jason Newsted joined SEPULTURA onstage on second guitar during the latter band's headlining gig at the Quest Club in Minneapolis, Minnesota last night (May 7) for renditions of "Refuse/Resist" and "Territory". SEPULTURA are in the middle of a North American tour with VOIVOD and are scheduled to appear at ...

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