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ICED EARTH's JON SCHAFFER: 'We Are Kicking Serious Ass'

ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Season's Greetings! "First of all, please accept my apology for the delay in this posting. These last 3 months have been extremely busy and I've been pretty overwhelmed with the workload. However, everything came to a screeching halt a ...

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MICHAEL SCHENKER's 'Under Construction' CD On Sale

Legendary guitarist Michael Schenker (MSG, UFO, THE SCORPIONS) has teamed up with vocalist/guitarist Amy Schugar in a new project, dubbed simply SCHUGAR/SCHENKER. The group recently completed work on an eight-song demo, entitled "Under Construction", which they are currently making available to the public in addition to using it to procure a record deal. The complete ...

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JASON NEWSTED To Partake In Recording Session For Real-Life 'School Of Rock'

Former METALLICA and current OZZY OSBOURNE/VOIVOD bassist Jason Newsted will team up with Tom Johnson (DOOBIE BROTHERS), blues guitarist Roy Rogers and singer Austin Willacy to record cover versions of songs written by the students of Little Kids Rock, an innovative non-profit organization that teaches low-income kids how to play and compose their own, original ...

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JANE'S ADDICTION Guitarist's Wedding Subject Of MTV Miniseries

JANE'S ADDICTION guitarist Dave Navarro and actress Carmen Electra have signed a deal with MTV to shoot "Til Death Do Us Part: Carmen & Dave", a documentary miniseries that will follow the engaged pair as they plan their wedding. The show is scheduled to premiere in January. "MTV has been given an unprecedented look into ...

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BLACK SABBATH: Box Set To Surface In March

Rhino Records have set a March 2, 2004 release date for the much-anticipated eight-disc BLACK SABBATH box set, "Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978)". Retailing for $99.98, "Black Box: The Complete Original Black Sabbath (1970-1978)" will feature remastered versions of the band's albums with Ozzy Osbourne behind the mike, as well as a ...

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ANTHRAX: 'What Doesn't Die' Video Shoot Postponed

ANTHRAX have postponed the filming of the video for the track "What Doesn't Die" until January. "We needed a bit more time to plan things and get the production side in place," explained drummer Charlie Benante. As previously reported, Brian Posehn, who acts in the TV sitcom "Just Shoot Me", will direct the clip, which ...

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ANTHRAX: More U.S. Dates Announced

ANTHRAX have announced the following dates in late November/early December: Nov. 29 - Leominster, MA @ Club Liquid (w/ DOGFIGHT, SLAVES ON DOPE) Dec. 01 - Toledo, OH @ Headliners Dec. 02 - Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue Theatre (w/ DYSTALIS, BLEDO) Dec. 03 - Fort Wayne, IN @ Piere's Dec. 05 - Chicago, IL ...

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MNEMIC To Support MACHINE HEAD In Germany

Danish "hybrid metal" act MNEMIC, featuring former INVOCATOR session drummer Brian Rasmussen and ex-MERCENARY guitarist Mircea G. Eftemie, will support MACHINE HEAD on the following three dates of their European tour: Nov. 19 - Stuttgart, GER @ LKA Dec. 15 - Berlin, GER @ Columbia Fritz Dec. 19 - Leipzig, GER @ Werk 2 MNEMIC ...

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ANDREW W.K. Extends Fall Tour

ANDREW W.K. has extended his tour in support of his latest album, "The Wolf", with dates now stretching into early December. HOOBASTANK and DIE TRYING open most shows. On November 14, W.K. is scheduled to perform on NBC's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien". Released in early September, "The Wolf" is W.K.'s second full-length for Island ...

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DEF LEPPARD Joined By BRIAN MAY For Rendition Of QUEEN Classic

DEF LEPPARD were joined by QUEEN's Brian May for a "rocking" version of the QUEEN classic "Tie Your Mother Down" during the finale of the band's performance at the London Apollo Hammersmith on Friday (October 31). In addition drummer Rick Allen's 40th birthday was celebrated on stage during the gig when Rick's mother surprised him ...

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SILENCER Add New Drummer

Colorado's SILENCER have announced the addition of drummer Brian Kotal (ex-ONE DYING WISH) to the group's ranks. "His proficiency behind the kit plus excellent attitude are warmly welcomed," the band write on their web site. "He is currently learning existing songs and collaborating on new material...horns up Brian." The European edition of SILENCER's "Structures" EP, ...

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TEMPLE OF THE DOG Reunion Among Surprises At PEARL JAM Benefit Gig

PEARL JAM were joined by a host of famous musical friends on stage last night (Oct. 28) in Santa Barbara, Calif., at a benefit for the Louis Warschaw Prostate Cancer Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Among the guests appearing on stage during the performance were PEARL JAM's former drummer Jack Irons, singer/songwriter Jack Johnson, veteran ...

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MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP: Touring Lineup Revealed

MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP's (MSG) touring lineup for the band's upcoming U.S. tour will consist of the following musicians: Michael Schenker - guitar Chris Logan - vocals Rev Jones (BLACK SYMPHONY, MSG) - bass Wayne Findlay (MSG, VINNIE MOORE) – keyboards, guitar Pete Holmes (BLACK 'N' BLUE, TED NUGENT, BLACK SYMPHONY, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) - drums Confirmed ...

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DEICIDE Members Held On Drug, Weapons Charges

Buffalo News reports that two members of the Florida death metal band DEICIDE were arrested at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge when they were found with drugs and weapons in a mobile home they were driving there from Canada, state police said. Benjamin T. Boynton [believed to be a member of the band's road crew — Ed.], ...

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UNEARTH Sign With METAL BLADE

Massachusetts' UNEARTH have inked a deal with Metal Blade Records, the label announced today. "We are extremely excited and honored to be able to work with UNEARTH," Metal Blade Owner/CEO Brian Slagel said in a statement. "They are one of the leading bands of the new generation and we can't wait to get started helping ...

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AC/DC Return To Their Roots

Australian Associated Press reports that when AC/DC played at the Hammersmith Odeon in London on their first tour outside Australia in 1976, lead singer Bon Scott took the train to the gig and had to buy a ticket to get into the venue after he couldn't get past bouncers. But when AC/DC on Tuesday night ...

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SEBASTIAN BACH: 'I Have Been Writing New Songs All Summer'

Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach recently spoke to Boston-based freelance writer Debby Rao about his new band and the group's future activities, including their upcoming mini-tour with TWISTED SISTER. When asked why he wasn't using guitarist Richie Scarlett on the band's forthcoming tour, Sebastian said, "I love Richie. He is great. But the thing ...

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SEBASTIAN BACH To Reunite With ROB AFFUSO Live On Stage!

Sebastian Bach has confirmed that he will be joined by his former SKID ROW bandmate/drummer Rob Affuso at select dates on his upcoming solo tour. The following is Sebastian's latest posting from his official web site: "Well I was gonna keep it a secret , but screw it !!! Joining me on stage, for the ...

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DEATH ANGEL Guitarist: 'The Intensity Level Is Peaking The Meter!'

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL will enter a Northern California studio with producer Brian Dobbs (MANMADEGOD, VOIVOD) on December 1 to begin recording their first CD since 1990's "Act III", tentatively due in the spring through Nuclear Blast Records. "We are still looking around for [a studio] that best suits us, but ...

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SEBASTIAN BACH: Second Stone Pony Show 'Postponed'

Tonight's (October 19) SEBASTIAN BACH & BACH TIGHT 5 show at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey has been "postponed," according to the venue's web site (stoneponyonline.com). A new date will be announced shortly. Refunds for the show are available at point of purchase. Bach's current band consist of drummer Mark "BamBam" McConnell, ...

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CANNIBAL CORPSE: 1,000,000 Records Sold

Veteran death metallers CANNIBAL CORPSE recently reached the one-million mark for combined sales of all their albums. Bandmembers Alex Webster, Pat O'Brien, George Fisher and Jack Owen commemorated the occasion with Metal Blade Records owner/CEO Brian Slagel at Sonic Ranch studios in El Paso, Texas. where the band are currently recording the follow-up to 2002's ...

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SEBASTIAN BACH: Former Drummer Returns To The Fold

BACH TIGHT 5, the new band led by former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach, have announced the addition of drummer Mark "BamBam" McConnell to the group's ranks. "Mark has done every solo tour with me on the kit as well as playing on my solo CD, 'Bring 'Em Bach Alive!' & I realized yet again ...

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MNEMIC To Film New Video

Danish "hybrid metal" act MNEMIC, featuring former INVOCATOR session drummer Brian Rasmussen and ex-MERCENARY guitarist Mircea G. Eftemie, are preparing to shoot a video for the track "Liquid" with director Patric Ulleaus (ACE OF BASE, SCOOTER, FREAK KITCHEN, TRANSPORT LEAGUE) of Revolver Film. "Liquid" is the second video off the band's debut album, "Mechanical Spin ...

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CLOVEN HOOF Confirmed For Germany's KEEP IT TRUE II Festival

NWOBHM (New Wave Of British Heavy Metal) legends CLOVEN HOOF are the latest act to be confirmed for next year's installment of the Keep It True II festival, set to be held on April 10, 2004 at Tauberfrankenhalle in Lauda-Königshofen, Germany. As previously reported, fellow NWOBHM metallers SATAN will reunite in their original "Court In ...

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PUSHED's JON DETTE: We Have Not Broken Up!

Despite previous reports to the contrary, Southern California's PUSHED have not broken up, according to the band's drummer, Jon Dette (ex-SLAYER, TESTAMENT). "We've replaced guitarist Joe [Johnson] and bassist Greg [Christian, ex-TESTAMENT]," Dette told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "The new guitar player is Peter Scheithauer (ex-KILLING MACHINE, STREAM, BELLADONNA). Juan Garcia [AGENT STEEL] is most likely going to ...

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