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Report: KURT COBAIN Wanted To Quit NIRVANA And Join HOLE

Reuters is reporting that NIRVANA frontman Kurt Cobain was considering quitting the band to work with his wife, singer Courtney Love, in the months prior to his death, according to a previously unpublished interview. Cobain reportedly said he had a stronger musical affinity with Love's band HOLE than he had found with any other musicians, ...

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SINGLE BULLET THEORY Seek New Drummer

Philadelphia-based extreme metal act SINGLE BULLET THEORY have launched a search for a permanent drummer. Interested parties should e-mail their information as well as an MP3 of their playing to [email protected] SINGLE BULLET THEORY are currently in pre-production for their forthcoming disc, "Behind Eyes Of Hatred", which is set to feature Matt Thompson of KING ...

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Former IRON MAIDEN Singer Announces European Live Dates

Former IRON MAIDEN frontman Paul Di'Anno and his all-Italian backing band, dubbed SCREAMING MONKEY (consisting of former members of the MAIDEN tribute band CHILDREN OF THE DAMNED), have announced the following live dates during the coming months: Feb. 26 – Thunderoad - Codevilla (PV), ITA Feb. 27 - Ju Bamboo - Savona, ITA Feb. 28 ...

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ALICE IN CHAINS: Two-Disc Retrospective Due In March

ALICE IN CHAINS' impressive legacy will be celebrated on a two-disc retrospective, "The Essential", due March 16 from Columbia/Legacy, according to Billboard.com. The 29-track album features familiar songs such as "Them Bones", "Rooster", "No Excuses", "Heaven Beside You", "Would?" and "I Stay Away", plus two contributions to the 1993 "Last Action Hero" soundtrack ("What the ...

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KING DIAMOND Drummer To Guest On SINGLE BULLET THEORY CD

Philadelphia-based extreme metallers SINGLE BULLET THEORY will reportedly be utilizing the services of KING DIAMOND drummer Matt Thompson during the recording sessions for the new SBT album. At the present time, it is unclear whether Matt will join SBT as a full-fledged member. "We are actually using two excellent drummers for this disc," SINGLE BULLET ...

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DAVE MUSTAINE Talks About His Arm Injury

Former MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "My Arm Injury: "In December of 2001 I was at the La Hacienda Rehabilitation Center in Hunt, Texas. This happened because after the towers were hit, (besides all the other stuff going on at the time internally with MEGADETH) ...

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Could THE COOPERS Be The Next OSBOURNES?

Stuff magazine recently asked Alice Cooper if he thought there was any chance of his family becoming the next Osbournes. "The Osbournes are the new Beverly Hillbillies," he said. "A bunch of people from Birmingham, England — the equivalent of Birmingham, Alabama — moving to a place they don't belong — Beverly Hills. Except that ...

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DAGOBA To Support KILL II THIS, SLITHERYN On French Tour

France's DAGOBA will support England's KILL II THIS and the USA's SLITHERYN (the band produced by SLIPKNOT singer Corey Taylor) on their joint French tour starting next week. The dates are as follows: Nov. 21 – Colmar, FRA @ Le Grillen (w/ KILL II THIS only) Nov. 22 – Maurepas, FRA @ Café de la ...

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Review: The SEX PISTOLS Still Define Punk

Erik Pedersen of the Hollywood Reporter reports that "a spiky-haired 7-year-old standing on a chair down front looked bored for the first few songs by the late-fortysomething SEX PISTOLS [at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday, September 6]. But when the grown-up next to him began offering middle-finger salutes during 'God Save the ...

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FIREHOUSE Guitarist Comments On Bassist's Passing

FIREHOUSE guitarist Bill Leverty has issued a statement regarding the tragic passing of former FIREHOUSE bassist Bruce Waibel, who was found dead at his Florida home on Tuesday (September 2). No word on the cause of death will be released until an autopsy is completed. Waibel, who was 39, was born in Dover, New Jersey, ...

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THE MIGHTY NIMBUS Sign With THREEMAN RECORDINGS

THE MIGHTY NIMBUS, featuring members of SIXTY WATT SHAMAN and ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY, have inked a deal with Threeman Recordings, the Swedish label owned by Alex Hellid of ENTOMBED. The group's debut album, tentatively a self-titled affair, is due before the end of the year. Among the tracks set to appear on the CD are the ...

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THE 69 EYES: 'Best Of' CD, DVD Details Revealed

Finnish goth-metallers THE 69 EYES will release a new "best of" CD and their first-ever DVD on September 26 through Gaga Goodies/Poko Rekords/EMI. "Framed In Blood - The Very Blessed Of The 69 Eyes" is a compilation CD featuring THE 69 EYES' "goth 'n' roll classics," while the "Helsinki Vampires" DVD will include a live ...

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Review: OZZFEST 2003 Is A Magnet For Metalheads

Rebecca Dana of the Washington Post reports that "to be a second-stage act, which is to say not a headliner, at Ozzfest 2003 — the darkest, loudest and most heavily metallic touring show on Earth — is unequivocally lovely on a sunny summer day. It is to be 27 years old with a spike in ...

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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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IGGY POP Live At Jones Beach: Photos Available

IGGY POP performed live at Tommy Hilfiger at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York on Friday (August 8). Check out pictures from Film Magic. POP will release his new solo album, "Skull Ring", on September 30 through Virgin Records. The follow-up to 2001 "Beat 'Em Up" features collaborations with fellow ex-STOOGES members ...

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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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IGGY POP To Release 'Skull Ring' In September

IGGY POP has finalized the track listing for his new solo album, "Skull Ring", due September 30 through Virgin Records. The follow-up to Pop's 2001 LP, "Beat 'Em Up", features collaborations with fellow ex-STOOGES members Ron and Scott Asheton on four tracks ("Little Electric Chair", "Skull Rings", "Loser" and "Dead Rock Star"), SUM 41 (on ...

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THE 69 EYES Confirmed For Hungary's SZIGET FESTIVAL

Finland's THE 69 EYES have been confirmed for this year's Sziget Festival, which takes place between July 30 and August 6 in Budapest, Hungary. Also set to appear at the event are SLAYER, THE HELLACOPTERS, SONATA ARCTICA, MY DYING BRIDE, CLAWFINGER, APOCALYPTICA, ANNIHILATOR, CIRCLE II CIRCLE, TESTAMENT and NAPALM DEATH, among many others. Upcoming THE ...

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HALFORD Officially Split With SANCTUARY RECORDS

HALFORD have officially parted ways with Sanctuary Records after having released two studio albums and one double live CD through the label. The band, who recently cancelled the North American leg of their The Metal Gods 2003 tour due to contractual difficulties, "were released from [their] recording agreement with Sanctuary, with two albums remaining, in ...

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TESTAMENT Manager Attempts To 'Shed Light' On METAL GODS TOUR Cancellation

TESTAMENT manager Phil Arnold of Thrill Entertainment has issued a rambling statement in response to fan speculation over the cause of the cancellation of the band's The 2003 Metal Gods North American Tour. As previously reported, the multi-band package trek featuring HALFORD, co-headliners TESTAMENT, IMMORTAL, CARNAL FORGE, PRIMAL FEAR, PAINMUSEUM, and AMON AMARTH was called ...

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ANTHRAX's IAN Talks About ROGER DALTREY Collaboration

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian recently spoke to MTV.com about the group's collaboration with THE WHO singer Roger Daltrey on "Taking the Music Back", one of the cuts from their latest CD, "We've Come For You All". "Working with him was mind-blowing," Ian said. "As I'm sitting there, I'm thinking, 'I'm in the chair that Pete ...

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PALE FOREST To Release New EP, Tour With THE GATHERING

Norway's PALE FOREST will release a new limited-edition mini CD digipack, titled "The Anonymous Caesar" to coincide with their European tour as openers for THE GATHERING in March/April. The CD will include four live tracks, a new song and a cover of PINK FLOYD's "Welcome To The Machine". In other news, PALE FOREST have announced ...

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SPIRITU, DOZER Added To SPIRITUAL BEGGARS/CLUTCH Tour

SPIRITU and DOZER have been added to the European leg of the "Monstergroove 2003" tour, featuring SPIRITUAL BEGGARS and CLUTCH. Confirmed dates are as follows: Mar. 25 - Tilburg, NETH @ 013 Mar. 26 - Groningen, NETH @ Vera Mar. 27 - Lyon, FRA @ Ninkasi Kao Mar. 28 - Vevey, SWI @ Rocking Chair ...

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ALICE IN CHAINS: STALEY Biography Includes Personal Drawings, Letters

Hot on the heels of Kurt Cobain's "Journals", a biography of late ALICE IN CHAINS frontman Layne Staley, dubbed "Angry Chair", chronicles the singer's heroin addiction and his death by overdose and includes Staley's last interview, photos and personal drawings and letters from his journal. Author Adriana Rubio began the book with the Staley family's ...

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H.I.M. Film New Video

Finland's H.I.M. spent most of last week shooting the second video from their upcoming "Love Metal" album with director Stefan Lindfors. The shoot for the track "Funeral of Hearts" "started with Ville in a rowing boat at the Arctic Ocean in Norway and ended at several outdoor locations near Helsinki," according to the band's official ...

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H.I.M. Guitarist To Add Family Member

H.I.M. guitarist Mikko Viljami "Linde" Lindström and his girlfriend Manna are expecting their first child in late March/early April. H.I.M.'s new album, tentatively titled "Love Metal", is set to be released in April through Supersonic/G.U.N. Records. The video for the first single off the album, titled "Buried Alive by Love", was shot over the Dec. ...

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