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SLAVES ON DOPE Ink New Record Deal

Montreal's SLAVES ON DOPE have signed a new deal with Bieler Bros./ MCA Records and are due to begin recording their sophomore album in Boca Raton, Florida with producer Jason Slater (SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY, EARSHOT). The as-yet-untitled CD is tentatively scheduled to be completed by the end of the year for a spring release. "After ...

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JASON NEWSTED: I Have Always Aspired To Play Bass In VOIVOD

Former METALLICA and current VOIVOD bassist Jason Newsted has admitted that he has harbored a secret desire to join the latter group for several years — long before his much-publicized split with Hetfield and co. in January 2001. "I guess, over the years at different times, it was always a secret, true aspiration to be ...

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JASON NEWSTED: 'I Would Have Rejoined METALLICA'

Former METALLICA and current VOIVOD bassist Jason Newsted would have rejoined the San Franciscan metal superstars "in a fucking heartbeat" had frontman James Hetfield invited him to contribute to METALLICA's eighth studio album. "James and I had a really good sit-down back in February this year," Newsted told Kerrang! "We hadn't seen each other in ...

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DAVE GROHL: I Should Play Drums For LED ZEPPELIN

Former NIRVANA drummer and current FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl believes that he should play drums on LED ZEPPELIN's much-rumored "reunion" tour. "Here's my new mission. LED ZEPPELIN is doing a reunion tour. John Paul Jones, Robert Plant. I gotta get that drumming gig. I gotta do it if Starkey [a.k.a. Zak Starkey, son of ...

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JASON NEWSTED To Record Bass Solo For New VOIVOD CD

VOIVOD's forthcoming album, "The Multiverse", will feature a bass solo by the group's newest addition, former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted (a.k.a. Jasonic). The following is Newsted's latest "VOIVOD Studio Diary" entry as it appears on the Chophouse Records web site: "Big day for me today. Lots of loud cool bass...full on distortion tones on every ...

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SATYRICON: No European Tour Until January

Norway's SATYRICON have abandoned plans to tour continental Europe at the end of this year and are currently planning on launching a full Euro trek in January/February. "We wanted to do the tour this year, but it proved itself impossible as the booking agent in charge was not capable of setting up a proper tour ...

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WATCHTOWER Singer: It Might Take Years To Complete New Album

WATCHTOWER frontman Jason McMaster has posted the following update on the status of the band's long-awaited new CD, "Mathematics". "Attention... Since we have released the information about WATCHTOWER releasing an ALL NEW CD... 'Mathematics' .. people will not leave it alone. They won't let WATCHTOWER sleep... I receive emails everyday from hardcore WATCHTOWER fans, living ...

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BOBBY HEWITT Leaves ORGY!

Drummer Bobby Hewitt has officially left ORGY to join SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY. The following is Hewitt's statement on the matter: "In the best interests of my family, and myself, I have chosen to leave the band ORGY, and have joined Toby and Jason, as well as my twin brother Fab in the band SNAKE RIVER ...

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist To Heard On PLAYBOY Channel

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman will shortly be heard on The Playboy Channel via the RED DYE #2 track "Shake That Hot Thing", which is currently being licensed by the channel for future broadcast. According to Friedman's official web site, "the tune has a hot vocal, a pumping bass riff and lots of the strange ...

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VOIVOD: Why We Cancelled NILE Tour

VOIVOD have issued an official statement explaining their decision to withdraw from the upcoming North American tour headlined by NILE. The statement reads as follows: "To Our Fans, "This past summer, we were approached about playing on a package tour starting in January. At the time, we only had tentative plans for recording a new ...

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ORGY Drummer Joins SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY

ORGY drummer Bobby Hewitt has joined SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY. He is expected to remain a member of ORGY, who are believed to be working on the material for their third full-length effort, due sometime in 2003. The following is an update from SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY mainman Jason Slater, as posted on the group's newly-relaunched official ...

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VOIVOD's JASONIC, PIGGY To Appear On '107.7 THE BONE'

VOIVOD bassist Jasonic (a.k.a. former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted) and guitarist Piggy will be making a live appearance on 107.7 The Bone's "Metal Zone" show with host Billy Steel on Friday, on Friday, October 25 from 9:00 p.m. PST to 11:00 p.m. PST. The show is webcast live on the Internet from 107.7 The Bone's ...

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Guitar Heroes Line Up To Pay Tribute To Ailing Axeman

Swedish guitarist Tommy Denander has written a special song called "Jason" for inclusion on the second tribute album for former David Lee Roth axeman Jason Becker, who is suffering from ALS (Lou Gehrigs). As an added bonus, Denander has invited a very impressive list of friends to jam on the track, which will be featured ...

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Booking Agent Slams VOIVOD Over NILE Tour Cancellation

The booking agent in charge of the forthcoming NILE tour of North America has slammed VOIVOD over the group's decision to cancel their participation in the upcoming month-long trek. VOIVOD were originally set to perform on the five-band bill alongside NILE, NAPALM DEATH, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD and THE BERZERKER. However, in an official statement released ...

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LED ZEPPELIN Management: No Reunion Tour Planned

LED ZEPPELIN have denied newspaper reports that they are to reunite for a tour in 2003. The group were set for a US tour with Jason Bonham substituting for his late father John Bonham on drums, said the Sunday Times. The newspaper reported that Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones had patched up ...

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PRIMER 55 Part With Bassist, Enlist Temporary Replacement

PRIMER 55 have parted ways with bassist Kobie Jackson due to "personal and creative problems" and have temporarily replaced him with former 12V NEGATIVE EARTH four-stringer Toomey. "Due to personal and creative problems, Kobie Jackson has been asked to leave the band," said PRIMER 55 guitarist Bobby Burns in an official statement. "Jason and I ...

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SLAVES OF FREEDOM To Commence Work On Sophomore CD

South Louisiana's SLAVES OF FREEDOM will shortly enter the studio to record their sophomore album, tentatively titled "Double Wide In The Sky", for an early 2003 release. "Our direction has gotten a little more Southern and less thrashy, but it's still heavy, so none of our fans should be disappointed," stated bassist Jason Ogle. "We ...

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VOIVOD: The Warriors of Ice Have Awakened

VOIVOD have posted a brief video clip documenting the first day of the recording sessions for the group's forthcoming "The Multiverse" CD via the Chophouse Records web site at this location. The band, who currently include former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted, are presently tracking "The Multiverse" at The Plant studios in Sausalito, California ...

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PAPA WHEELIE To Issue Sophomore Release

PAPA WHEELIE, the "stoner punk metal" crew consisting of former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted (a.k.a. Jaylor) on guitar/vocals, Steven Wiig (a.k.a. Swiiglor) on drums and Joe Ledesma (a.k.a. Joefus) on bass, are preparing to unleash the follow-up release to their debut album, Unipsycho, just in time for Halloween. Live Lycanthropy features updated versions of Unipsycho ...

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LED ZEPPELIN To Tour Next Summer?

LED ZEPPELIN are set to re-group after 22 years for a stadium tour of America, according to Britain's Sun newspaper. The three surviving members — singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones — plan to hit the road next summer and hope to pocket £6.4million (approximately $10 million) for the shows. ...

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