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SHARON OSBOURNE 'Most Important Person in Rock'

Sharon Osbourne has topped a list of the most important people in rock compiled by Kerrang! magazine, according to Scotsman.com. The 51-year-old wife/manager Ozzy Osbourne, who beat the likes of Kurt Cobain and Justin Hawkins from THE DARKNESS in the Kerrang! power list, was recently given the all-clear after being diagnosed with cancer. ...

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FU MANCHU Contribute Music To 'Motorcycle Mania 3' TV Movie

FU MANCHU have contributed much of the music featured in the upcoming TV movie "Motorcycle Mania 3", starring Kid Rock and Jesse James of "West Coast Choppers". Several FU MANCHU songs will appear in the movie, including special "FU riffs" in between the scenes, according to a posting on the band's web site. "Motorcycle Mania ...

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MNEMIC Selected To Open Denmark's ROSKILDE FESTIVAL

Denmark's modern thrashers MNEMIC, featuring former INVOCATOR session drummer Brian Rasmussen and ex-MERCENARY guitarist Mircea G. Eftemie, have been confirmed as the openers of this year's Roskilde Festival. Every year a Danish band has the honor of opening the festival and for the first time in the history of Roskilde Festival, a metal band will ...

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ALTER BRIDGE: First Single Available Online

"Open Your Eyes", the first single from ALTER BRIDGE, the band formed by CREED guitarist Mark Tremonti, CREED drummer Scott Phillips and exiled CREED bassist Brian Marshall, can currently be previewed in streaming audio at VH1.com. "Open Your Eyes" comes off ALTER BRIDGE's debut album, "One Day Remains", due on August 10 through ...

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PRIMORDIAL Singer Leads BATHORY Tribute At Ireland's DAY OF DARKNESS Festival

PRIMORDIAL's Alan "Nemtheanga" Averill fronted a special tribute to BATHORY's Thomas "Quorthon" Forsberg at Ireland's Day of Darkness festival on Saturday, June 12. Nemtheanga was joined for the impromptu performance by a host of artists from Ireland's tight-knit black metal scene. The hastily assembled tribute was conceived just 24 hours before the event, with the ...

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LES CLAYPOOL/BUCKETHEAD Project To Release Album In September

MTV.com reports: Two years after debuting at the 2002 Bonnaroo festival, COLONEL CLAYPOOL'S BUCKET OF BERNIE BRAINS, featuring PRIMUS bassist Les Claypool, GUNS N' ROSES drummer Brian "Brain" Mantia, PARLIAMENT/FUNKADELIC keyboardist Bernie Worrell, and former GN'R guitarist Buckethead, are preparing to release their debut album, "The Big Eyeball in the Sky", September 7. The group ...

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THOR To Begin Recording New Album

Canadian heavy metal legend THOR is heading to Los Angeles in June to record his 14th studio album, titled "Thor Against The World", with producers Messiaz (a.k.a. Frank Meyer and Bruce Duff) at the helm. On "Thor Against The World", THOR will be backed by Los Angeles three-piece SWEET JUSTICE, which features Frank Meyer (THE ...

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RUSH Guitarist Talks About 30th Anniversary Tour, Upcoming EP

RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson has spoken to the Cleveland Plain Dealer about the group's 30th anniversary tour and upcoming covers EP "Feedback". "This being the anniversary and everything, we thought we'd get back out and do something special with this," Lifeson, 50, said of the current trek. "I mean, we have every intention of going ...

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MNEMIC To Guest On Danish TV Show

MNEMIC vocalist Michael Bøgballe and guitarist Mircea Gabriel Eftemie will be interviewed on June 18 on the Danish national TV program DR2's "Musikprogrammet" regarding the group's appearance at this year's Roskilde Festival. For more information go to the "Musikprogrammet" web site. In other news, MNEMIC's Brian Rasmussen has "nailed the drums for 10 ...

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Ex-MEGADETH Members, WATCHTOWER Guitarist To Perform At WORLD GUITAR CONGRESS

SPASTIC INK/WATCHTOWER guitarist Ron Jarzombek is once again hooking up with fellow guitarist Marty Friedman (ex-MEGADETH, CACOPHONY) following last year's "Guitarevolution" tour. The MARTY FRIEDMAN solo band, also featuring bassist/vocalist Chris Catero (RAZER, ex-WARDOG) and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (ex-MEGADETH, Y&T), will appear in concert at the "World Guitar Congress" on Tuesday June 8 in Baltimore, ...

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MNEMIC Enter Studio To Record New Album

Denmark's modern thrashers MNEMIC, featuring former INVOCATOR session drummer Brian Rasmussen and ex-MERCENARY guitarist Mircea G. Eftemie, have entered AntFarm Studios in Aarhus, Denmark with producer Tue Madsen to record their sophomore album. Working songtitles include "Deathbox", "The Silver Drop", "Overdose In The Hall Of Fame" and "Detonator". According to the band, the new material ...

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DOWNSET: 'Jumping Off' Video Posted Online

DOWNSET's video for the track "Jumping Off" has been posted online in Windows Media format at the following locations: 512K, 1000K. "Jumping Off" comes off the group's new album, "Universal", due on June 1 through the Seattle, Washington-based label Hawino Records. The follow-up to 2000's "Check Your People" (Epitaph) was produced ...

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M3 To Film U.K. Concert For Upcoming DVD

M3, the "classic WHITESNAKE" tribute band featuring Bernie Marsden (guitar, ex-WHITESNAKE), Micky Moody (guitar, ex-WHITESNAKE), Neil Murray (ex-WHITESNAKE, BLACK SABBATH), Jimmy Copley (drums, ex-PAUL RODGERS, GILLAN, BECK), and Mark Stanway (keyboards, ex-MAGNUM) and Stefan Berggren (vocals, SNAKES IN PARADISE, COMPANY OF SNAKES, RAZORBACK), will be filming their June 12 performance at Burnley Mechanics in Burnley, ...

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QUEEN Guitarist Featured On 'Spider-Man 2' Soundtrack

QUEEN guitarist Brian May is featured on the soundtrack for the upcoming "Spider-Man 2", according to Launch Radio Networks. He plays on a song called "Someone To Die For", which was written and sung by Jimmy Gnecco of the band THE OURS. The initial plan was for the song to appear on the album and ...

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ALICE COOPER To Guest On 'The Best Damn Sports Show'

Alice Cooper will be interviewed on the "The Best Damn Sports Show" this Thursday, May 27 on Fox Sports channel by Tom Arnold, John Salley, Chris Rose and Brian Bosworth. Known to be an avid golfer, Alice is no stranger to the sports world and catching up on all of the latest sporting news with ...

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HELIX: 30th Anniversary CD, Concert Scheduled For July

According to a posting on the HELIX web site, EMI/Capitol Records will be issuing a compilation album, entitled "Rocking You For 30 Years", to coincide with the band's upcoming anniversary show on Saturday, July 17 at the Sanderson Centre in Brantford, Ontario. The complete track listing for the CD is as follows: 01. Running Wild ...

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DEATH & TAXES To Release Debut Album In July

Los Angeles-based melodic hard rock band DEATH & TAXES will be releasing their debut CD, "Inevitable", in late July through Dead Moose Records. The follow-up to the band's four-song EP that was released in June 2003 was mixed at LAfx Studios in Burbank, Ca. with Uly Noriega at the controls and will be mastered by ...

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DOWNSET Tour Postponed

Los Angeles, California's DOWNSET have reportedly postponed their previously announced mini-tour due to the worsening health of vocalist Rey Orepeza's mother. The affected dates are as follows: May 21 - Seattle, WA @ Graceland May 23 - Portland, OR @ Roseland May 24 - Boise, ID @ The Venue May 25 - Salt Lake City, ...

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DEATH ANGEL To Perform At San Francisco In-Store

DEATH ANGEL will perform live at Tower Records (corner of Bay and Columbus Street) in San Francisco on Sunday, June 6 at 3:00 p.m. This will be a free event for the fans. The band will then have an autograph signing session following the performance. More than 100 live photos of DEATH ANGEL, taken at ...

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DOWNSET To Headline Shows Before PROJEKT REVOLUTION Tour

Los Angeles, California's DOWNSET will embark a mini-tour before joining up with the Projekt Revolution tour in July. Joining DOWNSET will be HEMLOCK and DROWN MARY. The tour will kick off May 21 in Seattle, WA. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: May 21 - Seattle, WA @ Graceland May 23 - Portland, OR ...

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DOWNSET Confirmed For PROJEKT REVOLUTION Tour

Los Angeles, California's DOWNSET have been confirmed for the second stage on this year's Projekt Revolution tour, featuring headliners LINKIN PARK alongside KORN, SNOOP DOGG, THE USED and LESS THAN JAKE. The Projekt Revolution tour will kick off July 23 in Cincinnati and hit 32 North American stops this summer. Last year the tour featured ...

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