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CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER End Reunion Bid, Change Name To BELOW

Reformed speedcore pioneers CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER have officially changed their name to BELOW following the departure of vocalist Bill Treadway (formerly Bill Crooks). "Initially, we were planning on reforming the band with three of the four original members including myself, [bassist] Rob [Nicholson], and Bill," guitarist Les Evans told Belgium's Pull The Chain. "Brian ...

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BALL Change Name To BLEED DEFEAT

BALL, the Los Angeles-based band featuring former OZZY OSBOURNE/PRIDE AND GLORY and current BILLY IDOL drummer Brian Tichy on guitar/vocals, have changed their name to BLEED DEFEAT. "We switched some guys around and sent out a new CD with some new songs," Tichy writes on his web site. "We sent them to all kinds of ...

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'THE SHARON OSBOURNE SHOW': First-Week Guests, Performers Announced

Sharon Osbourne's new, nationally syndicated talk show premieres on Monday, Sept. 15, with Justin Timberlake and Wynonna Judd. The rest of the first week's guests and featured musical performers will include Macy Gray (9/16), Lance Bass and Keanu Reeves (9/17) and Brian McKnight (9/19), according to Hits Daily Double. Other scheduled guests include actors Mo'nique, ...

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MARILYN MANSON Barely Makes Stir In St. Paul Court

Todd Nelson of the Pioneer Press reports that "it wasn't quite a UFO landing at Lake Wobegon, but the appearance Tuesday (September 2) of shock rocker Marilyn Manson in a federal courtroom in St. Paul did have its surreal moments. And not the way you might imagine. "For all the gender-bending antics of his outrageous ...

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AC/DC Goes Ballet

Maurice Chittenden of The Sunday Times reports that AC/DC singer Brian Johnson has composed an orchestral piece of music that is being developed for the stage as both a ballet and a West End musical. The Tyneside-born Johnson, 55, famous for never removing his cap in public, says he got the idea while watching a ...

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Meet A Man Who Shares OZZY OSBOURNE's Name

Brett Johnson of Scripps Howard News Service reports that "Ozzie Osborn and Ozzy Osbourne both grew up poor and became rich. Ozzie Osborn can think of one other thing he and the namesake famous rock star have in common. " 'I sang quite a bit, but not like him,' said Osborn, who lives near Santa ...

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DOWNSET Complete Work On New Album

DOWNSET have completed work on their new album, "Universal", tentatively due before the end of the year through an as-yet-undisclosed label. The 11-song CD was produced by guitarist Brian "Ares" Schwager and features the band lineup of Ares, Rey Orepeza (vocals), Chris Lee (drums) and Rico Villasenor (bass). The tentative track listing for "Universal" is ...

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HENDRIX Tops ROLLING STONE Poll

Jimi Hendrix has been named the greatest guitar player by Rolling Stone magazine in a poll to discover the greatest guitarists of all time. Hendrix received a glowing tribute from WHO guitarist Pete Townshend, who wrote that he "made the electric guitar beautiful," according to Reuters. Townshend recalled that one of Hendrix's shows was "so ...

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GUNS N' ROSES Drummer Guests On KIMYA DAWSON CD

GUNS N' ROSES drummer Brian "Brain" Mantia, also of PRIMUS fame, has laid down the drum tracks on the new album from Kimya Dawson, one half of quirky anti-folk duo THE MOLDY PEACHES, according to MTV.com. The follow-up to last year's "I'm Sorry That Sometimes I'm Mean", which features THIRD EYE BLIND's Arion Salazar on ...

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MELIAH RAGE Reform, Complete Work On New CD

The Boston-based metal band MELIAH RAGE have reformed and recorded a brand new studio album titled "Barely Human". It is scheduled for release in early 2004 on Screaming Ferret Wreckords. The official release date is forthcoming. Guitarist Anthony Nichols, guitarist Jim Koury and bass guitarist Jesse Johnson, all original members, are joined by new vocalist ...

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'SAMMY HAGAR Day' In St. Louis: Photos Available

Thursday, August 21 was proclaimed "Sammy Hagar Day" in St. Louis, Missouri, where the former VAN HALEN singer was honored at Busch Stadium. Check out photos from Wire Image. In other news, Brian Q. Newcomb of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Hagar arranged a reunion with his first recording band, the influential ...

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KISS, ACDELCO, KURT JOHNSON, And CAVALIER Form Hot Rod Supergroup

The crashing thunder of rock power chords and deep bass crescendos of 1,300 horsepower combined to create a medley of high-performance music together at the official unveiling of Kurt Johnson's ACDelco NHRA Pro Stock Cavalier Z24 on August 14. Featuring artwork by renowned motorsports artist Sam Bass, Johnson's Cavalier sports a visual theme inspired by ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE Visits Holocaust Museum In D.C.

The Washington Post reports that Ozzy Osbourne was very sedate as he toured the Holocaust Memorial Museum Wednesday (August 20) with 10 others (wife Sharon did not attend). The Prince of Darkness repeatedly shook his head and said "unbelievable" while viewing the three-story permanent exhibition for 30 minutes, guided by the museum's Brian Bruden. The ...

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Former BUCKCHERRY Frontman Announces Solo Tour

Former BUCKCHERRY frontman Josh Todd has lined up a number of solo dates during August/September. The details are as follows: Aug. 16 – Chicago, IL - Oasis 160 Aug. 17 – Milwaukee, WI - The Rave Bar Aug. 19 – Detroit, MI - I-ROCK Aug. 20 – Cleveland, OH - Agora Aug. 22 - Asbury ...

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IGGY POP Explains How The STOOGES Got Back Together

Iggy Pop recently spoke to Brian McCollum of Detroit Free Press about his decision to collaborate with fellow ex-STOOGES members Ron and Scott Asheton on four tracks ("Little Electric Chair", "Skull Rings", "Loser" and "Dead Rock Star") for his new album, "Skull Ring". "It took awhile sifting down, doing some soul-searching, having some conversations, for ...

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THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER Announce New Bassist, Deny Breakup Rumors

THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER guitarist Brian Eschbach has issued the following statement regarding the group's recent decision to withdraw from the SOILENT GREEN U.S. tour: "We pulled off the SOILENT GREEN tour because Dave [Lock] (bass player) quit the band. We're currently practicing with our new bassist Joe Boccuto (SET ABLAZE). The rumors about us ...

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SEVENDUST To Hold Listening Sessions For New CD On Upcoming Tour

In lieu of an opening act on their upcoming acoustic tour, SEVENDUST will be holding listening sessions for their new album, "Seasons", prior to taking the stage at each venue. As previously reported, SEVENDUST recorded 17 tracks during the sessions for the new CD at Atlanta's Ruby Red Studios with producer Butch Walker (INJECTED, SR-71). ...

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Newspaper Report: Australian Singer Asked To Join QUEEN

Australian singer John Farnham has reportedly been asked to join rock legends QUEEN. The Daily Telegraph reported Farnham had been offered "the gig of a lifetime" — to follow in the footsteps of the late Freddie Mercury as QUEEN's lead singer. Farnham "blew away" the band after recording a new version of its classic "We ...

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METALLICA's HETFIELD To Contribute To WEST MEMPHIS 3 Benefit Publication

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield will be contributing to an as-yet-unnamed anthology publication to benefit the legal defense of the West Memphis Three (a.k.a. Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin), who were allegedly convicted unfairly of murder. Published by Arsenal Pulp Press in Vancouver and co-edited by Brett Alexander Savory and M. W. Anderson, the ...

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Rocky Mountain News: METALLICA Fans Do Themselves Justice

RockyMountainNews.com is reporting that "thousands of METALLICA fans packed Invesco Field at Mile High [in Denver] on Friday night (Aug. 1), ready to thrash, mosh, point fingers, sneer, yell and be antisocial. " 'They're the best metal band that's ever been,' said Adam Anderson, 25, of Denver. 'That's music history, not an opinion.' "As the ...

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AEROSMITH Won't Compete With KISS In Terms Of Staging And Effects

AEROSMITH and KISS kick off their co-headlining tour on Saturday (August 2) in Hartford, Connecticut. AEROSMITH will be closing the shows every night, and lead guitarist Joe Perry says they're deliberately steering clear of KISS-style theatricality: "It's gonna be pretty minimalistic," Perry told Launch. "I mean, you can't compete with — nor would we want ...

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AC/DC Toast Of The Town Following Benefit Concert Performance

Canadian Press reports that Australian rockers AC/DC were the toast of the town Thursday following their blistering and much-lauded performance at Toronto's massive SARS benefit concert headlined by the legendary ROLLING STONES, with many reviewers calling them the true stars of the show. "We'll put that one in the back pocket," guitarist Angus Young, arguably ...

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Veteran Rockers HELIX Welcome Classic Rock Resurgence

David Freeman of Fort Frances Times is reporting that "a heavy metal/rock and roll resurgence has gripped the [North American] continent over the last few years — either out of nostalgia or the fact there is less quality music to be found out there. "Of course, all those 'youth gone wild' who were fans in ...

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SKRAPE To Release 'Up The Dose' In September

SKRAPE have set "Up The Dose" as the title for their new CD, due on September 23 through RCA Records. The album — the group's first to feature new guitarist Randy Melser — was produced by Jimbo Barton (QUEENSRŸCHE, GODSMACK) in Miami, Los Angeles and in SKRAPE's own Orlando, Florida rehearsal/recording studio. It showcases 11 ...

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MANMADEGOD Set Release Date For Full-Length Debut

San Francisco Bay Area's MANMADEGOD, featuring former FORBIDDEN guitarist Craig Locicero and drummer Steve Jacobs, have set an August 26 release date through Island/Def Jam Records for their self-titled debut album. In the meantime, the band's first single, "Safe Passage" has been posted online for listening at this location. "Manmadegod" was produced by ...

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