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DEF LEPPARD's JOE ELLIOTT: Proud To Be Reliable

DEF LEPPARD frontman Joe Elliott believes that the band's consistency has been a significant part of their appeal — when the fans go to a DEF LEPPARD concert, they expect to hear the hits, and the group are happy to play them. "They've come to terms with the fact that it's OK to like a ...

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THE CLASH's JOE STRUMMER: 1952-2002

Joe Strummer (real name John Graham Mellor), one of the key members of the seminal British punk rock band THE CLASH, died died on Sunday at his farmhouse in Somerset, southwestern England at the age of 50. The cause of his death was not announced. A message dated Dec. 23 on strummersite.com confirmed the singer's ...

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SHAPE 68 To Play NAMM Convention

SHAPE 68, a new pop-oriented project featuring Glenn Hughes (DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH) on bass/vocals, Jeff Kollman (MOGG/WAY, EDWIN DARE) on guitar, and Robin DiMaggio on drums, will perform at the NAMM convention as part of the Sabian show on Friday, Jan. 17, 2003. Also performing will be TOWER OF POWER and EARTH WIND AND ...

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AEROSMITH Cop Lands On Desk Duty

The NYPD (New York Police Department) inspector under investigation for allegedly helping AEROSMITH rockers Steven Tyler and Joe Perry get gun licenses was placed on modified duty yesterday, the New York Post has reported. Inspector Bernard Petrofsky, former head of the NYPD License Division, was assigned to desk duty — and his gun and badge ...

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DEEP PURPLE Drummer, Guitarist Line Up Outside Appearances

DEEP PURPLE drummer Ian Paice makes a "special guest" appearance on Italian guitarist Tolo Marton's new double live CD, "Dal Vero". The album, which was recorded in 2001/2002, features Paice on live renditions of the JIMI HENDRIX classics "Stone Free" and "Hey Joe". In related news, DEEP PURPLE guitarist Steve Morse will embark on a ...

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MEDICATION Plan European Tour, Lose U.S. Label Support

Los Angeles-based MEDICATION, who feature in their ranks former MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader, ex-UGLY KID JOE/LIFE OF AGONY vocalist Whitfield Crane, ex-ADAYINTHELIFE guitarist Blunt, and ex-THE PIECE DOGS bassist Kyle Sanders, are in the process of booking a European tour in February/March 2003. Tentative dates are as follows: Feb. 12 – Essen, GER @ ...

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STRIPPING THE PISTOL Announce Upcoming Gigs

Chicago's STRIPPING THE PISTOL, who feature in their ranks former SOULFLY drummer Joe Nunez, have announced the following dates during December: Dec. 01 – Chicago, IL @ The Metro (w/ MURDERDOLLS) Dec. 13 – Chicago Heights, IL @ Oasis 160 (w/ LOCAL H) In other news, STRIPPING THE PISTOL's demo track, "I Think There's Something ...

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GODHEAD Ink Deal With REALITY ENTERTAINMENT

GODHEAD have signed an exclusive, worldwide deal with Reality Entertainment. The band — who were previously signed to MARILYN MANSON's Posthuman Records — are presently in the studio with producers Warren Croyle (who also heads up Reality) and partner Joe Floyd recording their sophomore CD for an early 2003 release. "We wanted to go with ...

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AEROSMITH Duo Embroiled In Guns For Tickets Probe

The following article was originally published in today's edition of the New York Post: A top NYPD official is being probed for helping rockers Steven Tyler and Joe Perry obtain pistol licenses in return for alleged VIP treatment at an AEROSMITH concert and ritzy after-party, The Post has learned. Deputy Inspector Benjamin Petrofsky, the former ...

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POWERMAN 5000 Set Tentative Release Date For New Album

POWERMAN 5000 have reportedly set May 20, 2003 as the tentative release date through Dreamworks Records for their as-yet-untitled new album, which was recently completed at a Los Angeles studio with producer Joe Baressi (who had engineered the group's platinum 1999 album, "Tonight the Stars Revolt!"). The CD — the group's first with new bassist ...

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RITCHIE BLACKMORE: RAINBOW Reunion Rumors Are False

Rumors of former DEEP PURPLE guitarist Ritchie Blackmore reforming RAINBOW with either Ronnie James Dio or Joe Lynn Turner are false, a spokesperson for the guitar legend says. The rumor allegedly was circulated by a German magazine, which fabricated the quote that Blackmore was looking to reform RAINBOW, said the spokesperson. The livid Blackmore had ...

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BRAZEN ABBOT Continue Work On 'Guilty As Sin'

BRAZEN ABBOT, the brainchild of Bulgarian guitarist Nikolo Kotzev, have set "Guilty As Sin" as the title for their upcoming full-length CD, which will feature guest appearances by such world-class musicians as Joe Lynn Turner (vocals, ex-RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Göran Edman (vocals, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Jørn Lande (vocals, ARK, MASTERPLAN, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEN), Mic Michaeli ...

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NECROPHAGIA To Release 'The Divine Art of Torture' In February

NECROPHAGIA — featuring mainman Killjoy, drummer Wayne Fabra Iscariah (ex-IMMORTAL, bass), Frediablo (GORELORD/WURDULAK, guitars), Fug (WURDULAK, guitars), and Mirai Kawashima (SIGH, keyboards) — have finalized the track listing for their new album, "The Divine Art of Torture", due in February 2003 through Season Of Mist Records. It is as follows (in no particular order): 01. ...

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HUGHES TURNER PROJECT To Release Live Album In America

HUGHES TURNER PROJECT (HTP), the collaboration between former DEEP PURPLE/BLACK SABBATH vocalist Glenn Hughes and ex-RAINBOW/DEEP PURPLE singer Joe Lynn Turner, will issue their "Live in Tokyo" album in the USA in January 2003. The American release will be similar to the Japanese CD, which means that the track "No Stranger To Love" — which ...

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TESTAMENT's PETERSON Joins Guitar Legends For All-Star Jam

TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson joined Joe Satriani, Dave Meniketti (Y&T), Neal Schon and the rest of JOURNEY for an "all-star" jam at the conclusion of Bone Bash III, a one-day rock festival that took place Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Chronicle Pavilion in Concord, California. The following is an eyewitness account sent to us by ...

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ANDREW W.K. To Support AEROSMITH In December

ANDREW W.K. has been officially tapped to open for AEROSMITH on the December leg of their "Just Push Play" tour. Confirmed dates are as follows: Dec. 02 - Memorial Coliseum - Ft. Wayne, IN Dec. 04 - The Pyramid - Memphis, TN Dec. 06 - Kansas Coliseum - Wichita, KS Dec. 08 - Pepsi Arena ...

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PISSING RAZORS Confirm Guitarist's Departure

PISSING RAZORS have officially confirmed the departure of guitarist Cesar Soto, who has since teamed up with fellow ex-PR members Joe Rodriguez (vocals) and Mat Lynch (guitar) in a new band called FUELED II FIRE. According to a message on PISSING RAZORS' official web site, "the reasons behind why this site had not ...

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CESAR SOTO: Why I Left PISSING RAZORS

Former PISSING RAZORS guitarist Cesar Soto has attributed his departure from the group to "personal differences between myself and the current existing members of PR. I felt that my thoughts and opinions were overlooked on many occasions by the existing bandmates and management. I felt the best thing to do was leave the band altogether," ...

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Who Will Open For AEROSMITH In December?

Who will be the opening act for AEROSMITH at the group's North American dates in December? According to the band's official web site, it won't be who everyone thinks it will be. "A lot of rumors going around about who the opening act will be in December," states a message on the site. "Some of ...

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PAPA WHEELIE To Issue Sophomore Release

PAPA WHEELIE, the "stoner punk metal" crew consisting of former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted (a.k.a. Jaylor) on guitar/vocals, Steven Wiig (a.k.a. Swiiglor) on drums and Joe Ledesma (a.k.a. Joefus) on bass, are preparing to unleash the follow-up release to their debut album, Unipsycho, just in time for Halloween. Live Lycanthropy features updated versions of Unipsycho ...

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