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ECHOBRAIN: Full US Tour Announced

ECHOBRAIN, featuring former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted, guitarist/vocalist Dylan Donkin, and drummer Brian Sagrafena, kicked off their 2002 Keep Me Alive tour in Petaluma, California on Wednesday, March 20th to a packed house. Although primarily a local crowd, the audience consisted of several fans who flew in from as far away as Chicago and Dallas ...

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LED ZEPPELIN Involved In Royalty Dispute With Atlantic Records

Over 30 years after Jerry Wexler signed them to the label, LED ZEPPELIN are suing Atlantic Records for copyright infringement, according to Rock's Back Pages. Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and the heirs of late drummer John Bonham contend that the U.S. label has refused to pay increased royalty fees — currently almost ...

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JASON NEWSTED: “MEGADETH Was A Watered-Down METALLICA”

Despite MEGADETH guitarist Dave Mustaine's close links to the METALLICA camp and undeniable contributions to the latter act's early sound, former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted has never been particularly impressed with Mustaine's post-METALLICA offerings. In a recent interview with the Dallas-based Harder Beat, Newsted refers to MEGADETH as a “watered-down METALLICA” and implies, in no ...

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THE CULT's BILLY MORRISON: We Have Not Split Up

THE CULT have not split up and are officially “on a break”, according to THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison. In a statement posted at Morrison's official web site, the bassist insists that “[vocalist] Ian [Astbury] and [guitarist] Billy [Duffy] are involved in other things for a few months, and [drummer] Matt [Sorum] also has ...

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SLAVES ON DOPE To Begin Pre-Production For Sophomore CD

SLAVES ON DOPE are due to begin pre-production in the near future on their second album for an as-yet-undisclosed label with producers Jason Slater (i.e. SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY, EARSHOT) and Troy Van Leeuwen (i.e. A PERFECT CIRCLE, ENEMY). In other news, SLAVES ON DOPE frontman Jason Rockman was involved in a freak car accident this ...

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VOIVOD Rumored To Support MOTRHEAD, Former Frontman Completes Work On New Demo

The current line-up of VOIVODfeaturing returning vocalist Snake (aka Denis Belanger), but presumably without recording bassist Jason Newsted (ex-METALLICA)are strongly rumored to be opening for MOTRHEAD at the latter band's headlining shows in Toronto, Ontario at Kool Haus (formerly The Warehouse) on April 27th and in Montreal, Quebec at Le Medley on April 28th. It ...

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VOIVOD Rumored To Support MOTÖRHEAD, Former Frontman Completes Work On New Demo

The current line-up of VOIVOD—featuring returning vocalist Snake (aka Denis Belanger), but presumably without recording bassist Jason Newsted (ex-METALLICA)—are strongly rumored to be opening for MOTÖRHEAD at the latter band's headlining shows in Toronto, Ontario at Kool Haus (formerly The Warehouse) on April 27th and in Montreal, Quebec at Le Medley on April 28th. It ...

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THE CULT Touring Bassist Begins Work On Solo Release

THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison has been working on solo material since the completion of the group's US tour and has reportedly co-written tracks with PITCHSHIFTER frontman JS Clayden and PROFESSIONAL MURDER MUSIC guitarist Brian Harrah for his upcoming debut solo album. Additional collaborations with Jason Slater from SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY are expected to ...

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ECHOBRAIN: Southern California Date Announced

ECHOBRAIN, featuring former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted, have added a West Hollywood date to their upcoming itinerary. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Mar. 20 - Petaluma, CA @ The Mystic Theatre Mar. 21 - San Jose, CA @ The Usual Mar. 23 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Apr. 06 - San ...

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JASON NEWSTED: "I'm Not Any Closer To Rejoining METALLICA"

Ex-METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted has once again addressed the rumors of a possible reconciliation with his former bandmates by clarifying in a new MTV interview that his ongoing conversations with the remaining members of METALLICA are primarily about legal, and not musical, matters. "People keep track of every time we talk to each other," Newsted ...

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METALLICA's JAMES HETFIELD Offers Post-Rehab Update

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield has posted the following update on his recovery process from alcoholism and other addictions via the the group's Fan Club magazine So What: "James here!! ALIVE...and getting well...Recovery is the most difficult and challenging thing I've ever attempted (along with parenting). Also the most grounding and gratifying gift I've ever received ...

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ALL BORO KINGS Debut Recorded, Ready To Be Mixed

ALL BORO KINGS, the new project consisting of Dave Neabore (DOG EAT DOG, bass/vocals), Dan Nastasi (ex-DOG EAT DOG/MUCKY PUP, guitar/vocals), Sean Kilkenny (DOG EAT DOG, guitar/vocals) and drummer John Milnes (ex-TRACY BONHAM/THE BLOODHOUND GANG), have finished recording their debut album at Big Blue Meanie Studios in Hoboken, New Jersey with producer Tim Gilles and ...

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ECHOBRAIN Live Dates Announced

ECHOBRAIN, featuring former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted, have announced the first dates of their spring US tour. They are as follows: Mar. 20 - Petaluma, CA @ The Mystic Theatre Mar. 21 - San Jose, CA @ The Usual Mar. 23 - Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst ...

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ABSU Drummer Among Leading Candidates To Join SLAYER

ABSU percussionist Proscriptor (a.k.a. Russ R. Givens) is a strong candidate to fill the vacant SLAYER drummer slot following the departure of Paul Bostaph, who left the group last December due to a chronic elbow injury. Although the drummer has yet to be officially offered the position, Givens reportedly auditioned with SLAYER guitarist Kerry King ...

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JASON NEWSTED: I Will Sit Down With HETFIELD To "Clear Air"

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich called former bassist Jason Newsted last week and suggested that the departed four-stringer meet face-to-face with frontman James Hetfield so that the former bandmates could clear the air surrounding Jason's departure, according to Allstar. "Lars called last week and said that we [James and Jason] should really have a meeting together ...

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JASON NEWSTED Interview Online

Former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted was interviewed by Warlock and Chris Akin on The Metal Show via Cleveland, Ohio's WMMS 100.7 FM last night, February 10th. The 45-minute conversation is currently archived online and can be checked out in streaming audio at this location. This interview will also run in print and online ...

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JASON NEWSTED: The Exclusive Interview!!

During a candid January 28th interview with journalist Martin Carlsson, portions of which appeared in the Swedish newspaper Expressen, former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted revealed interesting facts about his departure from METALLICA, James Hetfield's battle with addictions, the infamous Playboy feature, the postponement of VOIVOD's next album, the formation of a dream metal band with ...

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ALL BORO KINGS Confirmed For Metal Meltdown IV

ALL BORO KINGS, the new project consisting of Dave Neabore (DOG EAT DOG, bass/vocals), Dan Nastasi (ex-DOG EAT DOG/MUCKY PUP, guitar/vocals), Sean Kilkenny (DOG EAT DOG, guitar/vocals) and drummer John Milnes (ex-TRACY BONHAM/THE BLOODHOUND GANG), have been confirmed to appear at the Metal Meltdown IV festival, which is scheduled to take place at the Convention ...

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SILVERGINGER 5 Movie Contribution Confirmed

THE WILDHEARTS mainman Ginger has confirmed via his official web site that SILVERGINGER 5's Walk Like A Motherf.cker" has been selected by famed Swedish video director Jonas kerlund for use in his upcoming movie Spun, which is scheduled to feature actor Mickey Rourke and is due later in the year. Other artists appearing on the ...

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SPEEDEALER Announce Release Date For NEWSTED-Produced CD

Texas aggro rockers SPEEDEALER will issue their fourth album, entitled Second Sight, on May 14th through Palm Pictures, a division of Island Records. Produced by Jason Newsted of METALLICA fame, Second Sight was recorded during September/October at The Plant in Sausalito, California with Kent Matcke (i.e. STABBING WESTWARD) engineering. SPEEDEALER reportedly recorded 17 songs, 12 ...

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RUMBLEFISH Ink Deal With Roadrunner

Los Angeles-based RUMBLEFISH have signed a deal with Roadrunner Records. Consisting of Mike Maine (vocals), Jason DeCosta (guitar/vocals), Dungus (bass/vocals), and Possum (drums), RUMBLEFISH spent the last two years honing their craft and warming up audiences with heavy-weights such as LINKIN PARK, CRAZYTOWN, SOULFLY, MUDVAYNE and the KOTTONMOUTH KINGS, in addition to opening the main ...

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TONY FRANKLIN Unveils "Secret" Project

Bassist extraordinaire Tony Franklin (i.e. DAVID COVERDALE, BLUE MURDER) has shed light on his much-rumored “secret” project which he has been hinting at but not offered any concrete information about in his previous postings on his official web site. Until now, that is. According to Franklin, “the 'Secret Project' is now out in the open! ...

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TRACY G To Record Solo CD, Make Tribute Appearances

Former DIO/WORLD WAR III guitarist Tracy G is at his recording studio working on a solo CD, to be issued later in the year. Among the musicians featured on the recordings is bassist Leon Randolph (aka Randy Wilde). In other news, Tracy G will be donating a track from his upcoming solo CD to the ...

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ECHOBRAIN To Embark On US Tour In March

ECHOBRAIN, featuring former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted, have posted the following update on the band's activities via their official web site at www.echobrain.com: Hey EchoBrainiacs! We want to bring you up to date, so here we go! ECHOBRAIN started up rehearsals on January 8 (on Elvis' 67th Birthday & the 10th anniversary of ...

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