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ANNIHILATOR's JEFF WATERS Dismisses Rumors Of Drummer's Departure

ANNIHILATOR guitarist Jeff Waters has issued a statement refuting rumors of a possible departure from the group of drummer Randy Black. The skinsman, who recently became an official member of PRIMAL FEAR, had previously released a press release of his own confirming his intention to remain involved with the Canadian group. "A lot of rumors ...

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WINTERS BANE: New Song Available For Download

Akron, Ohio-based WINTERS BANE — best known as the former home of ex-JUDAS PRIEST/current ICED EARTH frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens — have posted a full-length MP3 of the new demo track "Catching The Sun" at this location. "Catching The Sun" comes off the group's recently recorded four-song demo, which is currently being shopped ...

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GEORGE LYNCH, JEFF PILSON To Sign Autographs At MANNY'S In Hollywood

Guitarist George Lynch and former DOKKEN/current L/P bandmate/bassist Jeff Pilson will be signing autographs at Manny's Music in Hollywood, California on Sunday, September 28 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Manny's Hollywood is located at 7360 Sunset Blvd. 90046. Call for more info: 323.850.1050 In other news, Lynch will in San Diego on October 18 ...

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DEF LEPPARD Percussionist Leads Drum Circle In Thousand Oaks

Sue Davis of InsideVC.com reports that DEF LEPPARD drummer "Rick Allen knows the healing power of drums and came to share it in Conejo Valley on Sunday afternoon [September 7]. "Allen's nonprofit organization, Raven Drum Foundation, sponsored a drum circle at Chumash Interpretive Center in Thousand Oaks that was attended by about 70 people. "The ...

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DEADSETT Split With Singer, Announce Replacement

Former PISSING RAZORS frontman Jason Bragg has left DEADSETT "to pursue other music opportunities," according to a post on DEADSETT's web site. "It was an amicable split and we wish Jason the best of luck." "We already got a new vocalist, Kyle Zemanek. We also have a new drummer, Jeff Fabb. They both are experienced ...

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GREAT WHITE Unlikely To Be Indicted Over Rhode Island Concert Tragedy

Six months after the deadly West Warwick nightclub fire, state prosecutors are completing their investigation, according to a report published Sunday. Prosecutors are expected to seek involuntary manslaughter indictments against the nightclub's owners and a rock band's tour manager, the Boston Globe reported in its Sunday editions. The charges would be brought against Jeffrey and ...

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SPEEDEALER: New Album Details Revealed

The reformed SPEEDEALER have pushed back the release date of their new album, "Bleed", to November 25 through Dead Teenager Records. Distribution will be handled by Nail/Allegro. "Bleed" was recorded June 10-11, 2003 at Top Hat studios in Austin, Texas. "We think 'Bleed' sounds, for better or worse, how a SPEEDEALER record should [sound] — ...

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Review: DEF LEPPARD Does The Time Warp

Jeff Miers of The Buffalo News reviewed DEF LEPPARD's show at the Erie County Fair on Wednesday night (August 13). "It was like watching 'The Breakfast Club' for the 43rd time. You knew exactly what was going to happen, but you loved it anyway," he wrote. "Since the majority of the audience, by all appearances, ...

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JEFF SCOTT SOTO: Mammoth QUEEN Set Out On DVD

Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Jeff Scott Soto and his solo band — Howie Simon, Alex Papa and Gary Schutt — performed a set of QUEEN classics at the 2003 Queen Convention in the U.K. The performance, which was captured on video, has now been made available on DVD via Soto's official web site,

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SPEEDEALER: More Tour Dates Announced

The reformed SPEEDEALER, now featuring bassist Casey Orr (GWAR, RIGOR MORTIS, X-COPS, THE HELLIONS, THE BURDEN BROTHERS), have lined up the following dates during the coming weeks: Aug. 13 – Austin, TX @ Emo's Aug. 14 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Green Door Aug. 15 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad Aug. 16 – Phoenix, AZ ...

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JEFF PILSON Completes Work On New WAR AND PEACE CD

Former DOKKEN bassist Jeff Pilson has posted the following message to his official web site: "Basically the last several weeks have been spent finishing up the WAR AND PEACE record, and I just turned the demo version in to management this morning. I ended up playing guitar solos (which is such fun for me!), and ...

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Review: MARILYN MANSON's Absence Sparks Rants At Concert

Jeff Spevak of Democrat and Chronicle reports that The Darien Lake stop of Ozzfest 2003 on Monday (August 11), witnessed by 15,000, had the best controversy of the tour "when it was announced that the infamous, now slightly shopworn shock rocker MARILYN MANSON had been politely asked by the venue's management to skip this stop ...

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DON DOKKEN: New Material Sounds Like 'Tooth And Nail'

Don Dokken has posted the following message to DOKKEN's official web site: "Hi everybody, it's been a long time since I've posted a note. As you know we've been on tour almost a year and a half, and a lot has happened during that time. Member changes tough tours and law suits to boot! After ...

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DEVILDRIVER Begin Mixing Debut Album

DEVILDRIVER (formerly DEATHRIDE), the new Santa Barbara, California-based project featuring ex-COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara, have tapped Greg Reeley (FEAR FACTORY, MACHINE HEAD) to mix their debut album, "Straight To Hell", due later in the year through Roadrunner Records. "We should be starting to mix the album before Wednesday of this week," Fafara writes on ...

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Enemies Of Reality - NEVERMORE

Both hail from the state that gave us the space needle, an exceptionally high suicide rate and the origins of a threadbare pullover-sporting, poodle rocker-scorning musical movement (grunge) — but Seattle citizens NEVERMORE and QUEENSRŸCHE would not have been mentioned in the same breath a few years back. At a time when Geoff Tate's latter ...

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OBSESSION Completing Work On New Demo

Reunited classic early '80s metal band OBSESSION are seventy-five percent of the way towards completing their three-song demo recording, which will be used to officially shop a recording deal with an assortment of labels. The group are reportedly "very excited" about the progress so far on the recording, which is said to capture the "true ...

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SLAYER's KERRY KING On Next Album: Don't Expect Anything Slow

SLAYER have already written 10 songs for their next studio album, tentatively due before April 2004, the group revealed to MTV.com. Five of the songs have been jammed out by guitarist Kerry King and drummer Dave Lombardo, two other have been penned by guitarist Jeff Hanneman and recorded using a drum machine, and the remaining ...

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Axis of Metal: The Up-and-Coming Of Springfield Röck City

Daniel Oppenheimer of the Valley Advocate is reporting that "when MTV resurrected their heavy metal show 'Headbanger's Ball' in May of this year, guest host METALLICA played 17 videos. Of those, three were from Springfield [Massachusetts]-area bands: STAIND, SHADOWS FALL and KILLSWITCH ENGAGE. Another was from GODSMACK, out of Boston, and another from HATEBREED, out ...

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Web Music Leaks Spur Studio Clampdown

Christopher Walsh of Billboard is reporting that recording studios — already affected by tighter recording budgets — have been greatly affected by the unfortunate reality of unauthorized copies being leaked to unknown parties, thus demanding new, unprecedented layers of security. " 'It really became an issue with the LINKIN PARK album, because they were so ...

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JEFF KOLLMAN Working On Solo Album

Guitarist/producer/songwriter Jeff Kollman has started the writing process for a new solo instrumental release, the follow-up to 1999's "Shedding Skin". COSMOSQUAD, Kollman's prog-metal/fusion three-piece with bassist Barry Sparks and drummer Shane Gaalaas, who are currently out on tour with TED NUGENT and Japanese superstars B'Z, respectively, are set to reconvene in the fall to write ...

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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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Classic Metallers OBSESSION Reform, Begin Work On New Material

Classic early '80s metal band OBSESSION has reformed. Original members Michael Vescera (vocals, ex-LOUDNESS, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) and Jay Mezias (drums, ex-HANDS OF STONE, WORLDPAIN) are joined in the new lineup by Swedish guitar sensation Robert Marcello (DANGER DANGER, IRONHORSE), Boston-based neo-classical shred-god Joe Stump (REIGN OF TERROR) and bassist Chris McCarville (JEFF SCOTT SOTO BAND, ...

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GRAHAM BONNET To Play One-Off Solo Gig In California

Legendary vocalist Graham Bonnet (RAINBOW, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, ALCATRAZZ, IMPELLITTERI, BLACKTHORNE) will be appearing at Paladino's in Tarzana, California on Saturday, July 26 at 11:00 p.m. He will be performing songs from all his past bands as well as some solo material. Bonnet's backing band for the show will include guitarist Howie Simon (JEFF SCOTT ...

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Former DOKKEN Bassist: My Most Memorable Tours

Former DOKKEN bassist Jeff Pilson recently spoke to Suite101.com about his most memorable tours. "The two best tours DOKKEN ever did were the DIO tour in '84-'85 and the AEROSMITH tour in '87 and '88," he said. "Those were definitely both peaks in different ways. DIO was a great band, and we were learning. We ...

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CROWBAR Frontman: The New Record Will Smoke!

New Orleans sludge-meisters CROWBAR, the long-running band founded by DOWN guitarist Kirk Windstein, will enter the studio on July 28 to begin recording their seventh studio album, "You Don't Need An Enemy To Have A War", tentatively due at the end of the year through Spitfire Records. "I know ya'll haven't heard anything about CROWBAR ...

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