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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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TALISMAN Albums To Be Re-Issued

This autumn, GMR Music Group will re-issue the following six albums by the Swedish hard rock band TALISMAN: 01. "Talisman" (1990) 02. "Genesis" (1993) 03. "Humanimal" (1994) 04. "Humanimal Part 2" (1994) 05. "Life" (1995) 06. "Truth" (1999) The albums will be re-mastered and will include bonus material and extra discs. Each CD will be ...

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SPEEDEALER To Tour West Coast, Canada In August

The reformed SPEEDEALER, now featuring bassist Casey Orr (GWAR, RIGOR MORTIS, X-COPS, THE HELLIONS, THE BURDEN BROTHERS), will launch a tour of the West coast and Western Canada beginning August 13. Support at all dates will come from BAD WIZARD and BOULDER. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon. SPEEDEALER have just completed work ...

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JEFF SCOTT SOTO To Release All-QUEEN Set On DVD

Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Jeff Scott Soto has been locked away editing a two-and-a-half-hour all-QUEEN set filmed and recorded at this year's Queen Convention for a potential DVD, tentatively due in early September. The disc will be mixed by Jeff and longtime friend/engineer John Ellis, and the video footage will be authored once again by ...

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SPEEDEALER Name New Album

The reformed SPEEDEALER, now featuring bassist Casey Orr (GWAR, RIGOR MORTIS, X-COPS, THE HELLIONS, THE BURDEN BROTHERS), have set "Bleed" as the title for their fifth studio album, tentatively due in September through Dead Teenager Records. The follow-up to last year's "Second Sight" was produced by Jeff Pinkus (BUTTHOLE SURFERS). In other news, SPEEDEALER will ...

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LIMP BIZKIT's FRED DURST Spotted With BRITTANY MURPHY

According to gossip columnist Liz Smith, LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst was recently spotted lunching at the Four Seasons Hotel in L.A. with Eminem's "8 Mile" co-star (and Ashton Kutcher's ex) Brittany Murphy. The actress, who reportedly had a steamy fling with Slim Shady during the making of the movie, was most recently

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VANDERHOOF: Bringing Back '70s Hard Rock

Nearly six years after the release of the self-titled debut, legendary METAL CHURCH guitarist Kurdt Vanderhoof's alter ego outfit VANDERHOOF returns with a dynamic follow-up, the adventurous "A Blur In Time". Released once again through SPV Records, the album pays homage to the acts of the '70s that made hard rock memorable, while implementing an ...

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GHOSTRIDE To Make Live Debut In Sacramento

GHOSTRIDE, the new Sacramento-based band featuring former WILL HAVEN members Jeff Irwin (guitars), Mike Martin (bass) and Mitch Wheeler (drums), along with ODDMAN guitarist Cayle Hunter and TINFED singer Rey Osbourne, have posted a song, titled "So Intense So Italian", via their official web site at this location. The track comes off the ...

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GENE SIMMONS To Host BLACK 'N BLUE Reunion

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons will be hosting a reunion of the original BLACK 'N BLUE lineup — including current KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer — on Saturday, June 14 at Roseland Theater in Portland, Oregon. The group will reportedly be reuniting to perform a benefit show to help raise support for Jeff Young, brother of bass ...

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Former WILL HAVEN Members Launch New Project

Former WILL HAVEN members Jeff Irwin (guitars), Mike Martin (bass) and Mitch Wheeler (drums) have teamed up with ODDMAN guitarist Cayle Hunter and TINFED singer Rey Osbourne in a new band called GHOSTRIDE. The Sacramento-based five-piece, who are currently unsigned, are in the process of recording a three-song demo with producer Eric Stenman (FAR, TRAINING ...

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SLAYER Begin Work On New Album

SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo was set to meet with fellow bandmembers Jeff Hannemann and Kerry King Monday (June 2) to begin putting material together for a new SLAYER album, tentatively due in early 2004, according to www.dave-lombardo.com. Both King and Hannemann are said to have penned new music for the upcoming CD, the ...

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JIMI HENDRIX: Live Album, Tribute CD On The Way

An album of unreleased live JIMI HENDRIX music is set to hit stores this fall — nearly 33 years after his death in London. "It's a live concert — I can't tell you yet which concert it is," Janie HendrixJimi's sister and president and CEO of Experience Hendrix LLC, the Hendrix family company ...

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MERENDINE ATOMICHE: Italian Tour Dates Announced

Italy's MERENDINE ATOMICHE have lined up the following live shows during the coming months: May 30 - Brenta Selvaggio – Fontaniva, ITA Jun. 06 - Patrorock - Cittadella, ITA Jun. 12 - Open Air - Villa del Conte, ITA Jun. 20 - Sitting Bull - Certosa, ITA Jun. 21 - The Field - Carpaneto, ITA ...

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RIGOR MORTIS Re-Launch Official Web Site

Reunited Texan thrashers RIGOR MORTIS have re-launched their official web site at www.rigormortis.com. The group's bassist/vocalist Casey Orr, who has spent the past few weeks playing with the reunited SPEEDEALER, has posted the following update on the band's activities: "A lot has been happening since this site went down for reconstructive surgery, so ...

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PEARL JAM Bassist Collaborates With KING'S X Singer

PEARL JAM bassist Jeff Ament and KING'S X frontman Doug Pinnick are collaborating on a project they hope to finish this year. Friends since 1988, Ament and Pinnick got together for the first time "a little over a year ago," when, along with drummer Richard Stuverud, they recorded ten songs in one week. "We just ...

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ANNIHILATOR Part Ways With Singer, Announce Replacement

Veteran Canadian thrashers ANNIHILATOR have parted ways with vocalist Joe Comeau (ex-OVERKILL, LIEGE LORD) and have replaced him with Vancouver-based newcomer Dave Padden. Says ANNHILATOR mainman Jeff Waters: "Joe and I had a difference of opinion on an issue (not of a musical nature) that just couldn't be resolved mutually. We will miss Joe and ...

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ROB ROCK: 'Eyes Of Eternity' CD Delayed

Former IMPELLITTERI frontman Rob Rock has pushed back the projected release date for his second solo album, "Eyes Of Eternity", to June 23 through Germany's Massacre Records. The CD will receive a Japanese release on July 21 through JVC/Victor Entertainment. The CD, which was produced, arranged, and mixed by Roy Z. (HALFORD, BRUCE DICKINSON, HELLOWEEN), ...

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JEFF SCOTT SOTO: Live Album/DVD Track Listing Unveiled

Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and current TALISMAN vocalist Jeff Scott Soto will issue his long-awaited live CD and DVD, "JSS Live At The Gods", in June/July through Frontiers Records. The CD version, which is set to surface on June 23, will feature the following track listing: 01. 2 Your Heart 02. Let Me Entertain You 03. ...

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TED NUGENT: I Am Not A Racist

Ted Nugent has rejected accusations that he is a racist following his appearance on a Denver radio show Monday (May 5) when a live interview with Nugent was reportedly cut short after he used derogatory racial terms for Asians and blacks. The following is Ted's official statement regarding the Denver incident: "Let's get ...

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IRONFIRE Recruit New Guitarist

Danish metallers IRONFIRE have recruited Jeff Lukka as a replacement for recently departed guitarist Søren Jensen. As previously reported, IRONFIRE have spent the past few weeks at Nifilheim Studios recording and mixing their brand new demo. 11 "breathtaking tracks" were reportedly laid down, "ranging from heavy mid-tempos to full-force tracks." The group, who issued two ...

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Former PHANTOM BLUE/VIXEN Bassist Passes Away

Former PHANTOM BLUE/VIXEN touring bassist Rana Ross passed away on May 3 due to liver failure. She was 34 years old. Rana joined PHANTOM BLUE in 1994, shortly after the release of their second album, "Built To Perform", and toured with VIXEN in 1997 before forming SINBOY with singer/programmer Elysa Grey, whom Ross had dubbed ...

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