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QUEEN Musical May Add DIMEBAG Tribute

antiMUSIC is reporting that the QUEEN musical "We Will Rock You" may add a tribute to late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott during a key sequence in the show. Dimebag was shot by a deranged fan that stormed the stage during a DAMAGEPLAN concert in Ohio last month. Paul Crook is a familiar ...

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TESLA To Kick Off Acoustic Tour Next Month

TESLA will continue to support their latest studio album, "Into The Now", by hitting the road in early 2005 for a special acoustic tour commemorating the 15th anniversary of their groundbreaking album "Five Man Acoustical Jam". Each show on the "Five Man Acoustical Jam 2005" tour will be an evening with TESLA. There is no ...

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U.K. Extreme Metallers DAM Sign With CANDLELIGHT RECORDS

Candlelight Records have announced the worldwide signing of London-based "extreme deathrashers" DAM. Final studio work on the band's debut album, "Purity: The Darwinian Paradox", is currently underway and it is expected to see a March 2005 worldwide release date. Produced together with Antti Uusimaki (BRIAN ENO, BARRY ADAMSON), the album will showcase the band's visceral, ...

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DEVILINSIDE Announce Lineup Changes

Minneapolis' DEVILINSIDE have announced the addition of drummer Dan Johnson (ex-WITH DEAD HANDS RISING), vocalist Joe Talbot (RICHARD PRYOR ON FIRE) and bassist Patrick Morris (DEMONICON) to the group's ranks. The band will be hitting the road for the better part of February and March, first heading out with SUFFOCATION and then with CRYPTOPSY. Confirmed ...

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SLAYER Frontman TOM ARAYA Talks About DIMEBAG's Murder

SLAYER frontman Tom Araya recently spoke to KNAC.com 's Brian Davis about his upbringing and the murder of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, among other topics. An excerpt from the interview follows: KNAC.com: Jeff has his thing with war, and you have a kind of fascination with serial killers. What is it that ...

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CEREMONIUM To Reunite For NEW YEAR'S MALICE FEST Appearance

New York dark metallers CEREMONIUM will be reuniting for an appearance at the New Year's Malice Fest on Saturday, February 5 at Connections in Passaic, New Jersey. The group's current lineup is the one featured on their "No Longer Silent" album — Thomas Pioli, Brandon Diaz, Chris Tredici and Brian Yost — minus Pasquale Reca, ...

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AC/DC Singer Attends Wedding Of RED SOX Center Fielder

AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson was among the 175 guests at Orlando's Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes Hotel Thursday (Dec. 30) for the wedding of Red Sox center fielder Johnny Damon and girlfriend Michelle Mangan, according to the Associated Press. It was the second marriage for the 31-year-old Damon, whose 5-year-old twins from the first — Madelyn ...

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DIAMOND HEAD To Support MEGADETH In Europe

NWOBHM legends DIAMOND HEAD have been confirmed as the support act for MEGADETH on their upcoming European headlining tour. Confirmed dates are as follows: Feb. 01 - Dublin, Ireland @ Ambassador Feb. 02 - Belfast, Ireland @ Ulster Hall Feb. 03 - Glasgow, Scotland @ Academy Feb. 04 - Birmingham, UK @ Academy Feb. 05 ...

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MEGADETH To Play ESP's 30th Anniversary Party

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message in the "Forums" section of the band's official web site "Over the last few weeks I have had the privilege to talk with a few friends, Jamey from HATEBREED, Scott from ANTHRAX, Gary from EXODUS, Brian from DIAMOND HEAD, and Phil from SUPERJOINT RITUAL. We all ...

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MAGNITUDE NINE Guitarist Preparing New Instructional DVD

Guitarist Rob Johnson of the U.S. prog-metal/power metal band MAGNITUDE NINE is now preparing his next guitar instructional DVD and CD-ROM video release, tentatively due in early 2005. Guitar players into shredding and wanting to add to their own soloing and lead chops will enjoy Johnson's first video, titled "Shred Guitar Tactics". Copies of the ...

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STEVE VAI To Release New Solo Album, Embark On U.S. Tour

Legendary guitarist Steve Vai has set a February 22, 2005 release date through Epic Records for his latest solo effort, "Real Illusions: Reflections". Featuring 12 highly anticipated tracks by Vai, the CD will be accompanied by an independent video contest that will be launched simultaneously in conjunction with film schools worldwide. The contest will invite ...

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Former OZZY Drummer BRIAN TICHY: 'DIMEBAG Was A Genuine Badass'

Former OZZY OSBOURNE/PRIDE & GLORY drummer Brian Tichy has issued the following statement in memory of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott: "To Vinnie, DAMAGEPLAN, PANTERA and all of Dime's friends and family.... I am so shocked by this. I feel so sorry for Vinnie and all of Dime's friends. Without a doubt, Dime was one ...

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QUEEN Drummer Excited About Tour With PAUL RODGERS

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that QUEEN drummer Roger Taylor is really looking forward to the band's upcoming tour with Paul Rodgers on vocals. They're planning to go out in the spring, with a setlist made up of QUEEN music as well as FREE and BAD COMPANY songs. Taylor told Germany's ZDF, "We're enjoying playing, ...

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TYGERS OF PAN TANG Welcome New Singer

NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) legends TYGERS OF PAN TANG have announced the addition of Italian vocalist Jacopo Meille (MANTRA) to the groups ranks. Commented guitarist Robb Weir: "We are over the moon to have found such a great vocalist. This is something we should have done three years ago, gone for a ...

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QUEEN To Perform With PAUL RODGERS

QUEEN guitarist Brian May has confirmed that the band will reunite for a tour with ex-FREE/BAD COMPANY frontman Paul Rodgers as their lead singer. In a statement at his official web site, Brianmay.com, May said, "It really all came about because of the Fender 50th Anniversary gig that I did with Paul Rodgers. We were ...

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SLIPKNOT, LAMB OF GOD, SHADOWS FALL To Team Up For U.S. Arena Tour

Beginning March 4, 2005, SLIPKNOT will bring LAMB OF GOD and SHADOWS FALL, along with to-be-confirmed openers, out on The Subliminal Verses Tour, sponsored by Fuse. SLIPKNOT's extensive set will feature tracks from their critically-acclaimed, Rick Rubin-produced third album "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)" — most notable of which are the hit singles "Duality" and ...

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SHADOWS FALL Cancel U.K. Tour

SHADOWS FALL have cancelled their previously announced U.K. tour with FEAR FACTORY due to a "family bereavement," according to a posting by singer Brian Fair on the group's official web site. "We were due to support FEAR FACTORY beginning this Thursday and play headlining shows in Wales and Ireland next week," he writes. "I just ...

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