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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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AC/DC's BRIAN JOHNSON To Collaborate With THE CRANBERRIES Singer

Irish magazine Hot Press reported Thursday (July 17) that AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson is collaborating with THE CRANBERRIES singer Dolores O'Riordan on a project related to "Helen of Troy", a musical that Johnson has been working on for nearly seven years. "Helen of Troy" is a humorous "Les Miserables"-style musical with rousing anthems, tender ballads ...

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MANMADEGOD: Debut Album Delayed

San Francisco Bay Area's MANMADEGOD, featuring former FORBIDDEN guitarist Craig Locicero and drummer Steve Jacobs, have pushed back the release of their self-titled debut to an unspecified date later this summer. In the meantime, the band's first single, "Safe Passage", along with the tracks "Bad Creation" and "Poison Eye" have been posted online for listening ...

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MNEMIC To Support DEATH ANGEL In Europe

Danish "hybrid metal" act MNEMIC, featuring former INVOCATOR session drummer Brian Rasmussen and ex-MERCENARY guitarist Mircea G. Eftemie, will be supporting DEATH ANGEL on their European tour. Confirmed dates are as follows: Nov. 03 - Paris, FRA @ La Locomotive Nov. 04 - London, UK @ Underworld Nov. 06 - Amsterdam, NETH @ Melkweg Nov. ...

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MARILYN MANSON Is About As Spooky As 'Phantom Of The Opera'

Jeff Niesel of Cleveland Free Times reports that shock 'n' roller MARILYN MANSON, once the king of controversy, is now about as spooky as the "Phantom of the Opera". Take his role in Michael Moore's controversial film, "Bowling for Columbine", in which he dissects the "fear and consumption" at work in American culture with the ...

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ROCK CITY MORGUE To Tour Spain

New Orleans, Louisiana-based ROCK CITY MORGUE, the band featuring former WHITE ZOMBIE bassist Sean Yseult, ex-MAN SCOUTS OF AMERICA frontman Rik Slave, and ex-THE B MOVIE RATS drummer Andy Baker, will embark on a 10-date tour of Spain in late September. Prior to the Spanish trek, the band will play a host of East Coast ...

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DIABOLIC Begin Mixing New Album

Florida death metallers DIABOLIC are currently mixing their fourth full-length album, "Infinity Through Purification", for a tentative October release through Century Media/Olympic Records. The album, which is being described by the band as "the most evolved and interesting DIABOLIC record yet, with complex song structures and tempos among the most brutal in the world," was ...

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COAL CHAMBER Split Up!

COAL CHAMBER have officially split up, guitarist Miguel "Meegs" Rascon has confirmed in an online posting. Writing on the official web site of his new band, PIÑATA, Meegs says, "After COAL CHAMBER, I went through a rough time, and having gone through that, I'm happy to have found five individuals [in my new band] that ...

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Lawsuit Over Guitarist's Death Kept Alive By Judge

Brian Anderson of Contra Costa Times reports that an Alameda County judge has preliminarily declined to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the California Department of Transportation of failing to keep safe a section of Interstate 580 in Livermore where an up-and-coming heavy metal guitarist was killed last year. Judge Steven Brick overruled Thursday (July 3) the ...

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ROCK CITY MORGUE Announce New Tour Dates

New Orleans, Louisiana-based ROCK CITY MORGUE, the band featuring former WHITE ZOMBIE bassist Sean Yseult, ex-MAN SCOUTS OF AMERICA frontman Rik Slave, and ex-THE B MOVIE RATS drummer Andy Baker, have lined up a host of gigs during August. Confirmed dates are as follows: Aug. 01 - Continental Club - New York, NY Aug. 02 ...

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LOLLAPALOOZA Or LOLLAPALOSER?

Lollapalooza organizer Perry Farrell of JANE'S ADDICTION has dismissed the discouraging press surrounding this year's tour, saying that it's not fair to single out Lollapalooza as the only major traveling festival experiencing slow advance ticket sales. Speaking to Kevin C. Johnson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for the paper's Saturday (July 5) edition, Farrell said, ...

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ONE MINUTE SILENCE Cancel U.K. Dates

Britain's ONE MINUTE SILENCE have cancelled the remainder of their U.K. tour after Brian "Yap" Barry was taken ill with "mental exhaustion." No further information is available at this time. ONE MINUTE SILENCE's third full-length album, "One Lie Fits All", is due on July 7 through Taste Media. The follow-up to 2000's "Buy Now... Saved ...

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Of Which They Bleed - WITHERED EARTH

It doesn't suffice to be a plain old death metal band these days. By their spidery logo alone, it would suggest that New York's WITHERED EARTH are entirely and wholeheartedly clinging to the malevolent horns of MORBID ANGEL et al. But peel back the layers of blood-spattered graphics and mummified ghouls and you'll find a ...

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SHADOWS FALL's BRIAN FAIR: 'We Should Have Died'

After a string of headlining shows, SHADOWS FALL will make their Ozzfest debut this Saturday, June 28 in San Antonio TX. Unfortunately, the trip down to Texas was not that easy, and Brain Fair (vocals) goes onto describe the whole frightening experience. "When the tour began, we had a screw up with the bus company ...

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POWERMAN 5000: Hartford Live Photos Posted Online

POWERMAN 5000 performed live in concert at the Webster Theatre in Hartford, Connecticut on Wednesday, June 18. Check out pictures from LFI. Upcoming POWERMAN 5000 tour dates (with REACH 454 and SHINEDOWN): Jun. 24 - Huntsville, AL - Sammy T's Music Hall Jun. 25 - Tallahassee, FL - Floyd's Music Store Jun. 26 ...

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Former BUCKCHERRY Singer Performs In Hollywood

Former BUCKCHERRY frontman Josh Todd performed live at the Key Club in Hollywood, California on Thursday, June 19. Check out pictures from Film Magic. Todd recently completed work on his debut solo album, titled "You Made Me". The CD, which took three months to complete, was recorded in Los Angeles with Chris Johnson ...

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KID ROCK Performs In The Persian Gulf: Photos Available

KID ROCK was among those who performed for the troops Wednesday night (June 18) at Camp Doha in Kuwait as part of the kickoff show of the USO (United Service Organization)'s Project Salute 2003, the first large-scale entertainment tour in the Persian Gulf since Operation Iraqi Freedom began. Check out the pictures from

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SIX FEET UNDER: New Album Complete

SIX FEET UNDER frontman Chris Barnes has posted the following studio update to the group's official web site: "Well, well… Hello again, everyone out there! The new CD, 'Bringer Of Blood', is finally fully mastered and complete. I am proud to say everything worked out great from beginning to end. It's by far our most ...

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SUPERJOINT RITUAL: Headlining Dates Announced

SUPERJOINT RITUAL, the New Orleans band fronted by PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo, have lined up the following dates during July: Jul. 04 – Orlando, FL @ House of Blues Jul. 05 – St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre Jul. 06 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ The Factory Jul. 11 - Johnson City, TN @ Rafters ...

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MNEMIC Tap FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY Man To Remix Album Cut

Danish "hybrid metal" act MNEMIC, featuring former INVOCATOR session drummer Brian Rasmussen and ex-MERCENARY guitarist Mircea G. Eftemie, have tapped legendary FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY man Rhys Fulber (FEAR FACTORY, PARADISE LOST) to remix their track "BloodStained" for inclusion on a special edition of their forthcoming debut album, "Mechanical Spin Phenomena", and on an exclusive club ...

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