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OZZFEST Is Top-Grossing Festival Of All Time

Billboard.com is reporting that Ozzfest is the top-grossing touring festival of all time, and, outside of the Vans Warped tour, is the longest-lived. Since 1996, Ozzfest has grossed $172 million and drawn 4.2 million fans to about 240 shows, according to producers Clear Channel Entertainment (CCE). Jane Holman, general manager of CCE's touring ...

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Original MOLLY HATCHET Singer DANNY JOE BROWN Dead At 53

The southern rock family was dealt a huge blow on March 10 with the passing of original MOLLY HATCHET singer Danny Joe Brown. He had only just been released from hospital, after treatment for pneumonia and other ailments, but died upon his return home. He was 53 years old. Although earlier, established acts initially disputed ...

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VH1's 'When METALLICA Ruled The World' To Premiere This Month

A brand new VH1 special, entitled "When Metallica Ruled The World", is scheduled to premiere on Thursday, March 31 at 10:00 p.m. "When Metallica Ruled the World" tells the tale of the world's most dangerous band through the people who lived it. It brings you inside the nearly three decades of dramatic success, drunken debauchery ...

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AEROSMITH Gear Up For Tour, Live Album

AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry has told Billboard.com that the band will reconvene in late August or early September to prepare for a tour that will begin in the fall. The group also has begun sifting through material for a prospective live CD/DVD. "We're trying to find a show that has been recorded from ...

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NILE Announce New Bassist

NILE have announced that "due to last-minute rehearsals with 19-year-old bass player Joe Payne, Karl and Dallas have decided that he will in fact be the bass player on the upcoming European dates starting next week," according to a posting on the group's official web site. "NILE and World Management would like to publicly thank ...

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BRAZEN ABBOT To Release New Album In June

BRAZEN ABBOT, the brainchild of Bulgarian guitarist Nikolo Kotzev, have posted the following message on their web site: "Nikolo has delievered the final mix of the new BRAZEN ABBOT album! The new BRAZEN ABBOT album, 'My Resurrection', is expected to be released in June! The album will be 62 minutes and 30 seconds. Currently Nikolo ...

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RAGING SPEEDHORN To Release New Album In May

SPV Records has set a May 23 release date for the new RAGING SPEEDHORN album, entitled "How The Great Have Fallen". The CD, the group's first with ex-DEFENESTRATION axeman Jaye Thompson, was recorded at London's 2KHZ Studios (THE DARKNESS, THE WILDHEARTS) with producer Joe Barresi (LIMP BIZKIT, BUCKCHERRY, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, MONSTER MAGNET, ...

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METALLICA's ULRICH Comments On Winning Best Documentary At INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS

The critically acclaimed documentary "Metallica: Some Kind Of Monster" has won the award for Best Documentary at the prestigious Independent Spirit Awards, which took place over the weekend in Los Angeles, CA. The film, directed by Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky ("Brother's Keeper", "Paradise Lost"), offers a revealing behind-the-scenes look at METALLICA as they confront ...

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DEF LEPPARD Frontman Slams Web Site Over 'Covers' CD Review

DEF LEPPARD frontman Joe Elliott has slammed MelodicRock.com webmaster Andrew McNeice for posting an early review of the band's upcoming "covers" album — a review that Elliott claims was based on an "unfinished," "work-in-progress copy." In a posting on LEPPARD's official web site, Elliott writes, "It appears someone (at some site dedicated to melodic rock) ...

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ANVIL: Upcoming Reissues To Include Bonus Live Recordings

Joe Kleon of G4orce Studios is currently mixing live ANVIL tracks recorded at Classic Metal Fest II in Lakewood, Ohio, USA on July 12, 2002. Some of the final mixes will be used for for bonus tracks on the Screaming Ferret Wreckords, LLC reissues of the band's early catalog. Downloadable mixes in MP3 format will ...

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METALLICA's 'Some Kind Of Monster' Named Best Documentary At INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS

METALLICA's acclaimed film "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster" won the Best Documentary prize at the 2005 IFP Independent Spirit Awards, held earlier today (Feb. 26) in a beachfront tent in Santa Monica, California. The Independent Spirit Awards honor films whose funding comes at least in part from sources outside of the major Hollywood studios. Winners ...

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AMEN Announce U.K. Tour, Reveal New Lineup

AMEN have announced a headlining tour of the U.K. in May/June. Confirmed dates are as follows: May 07 - Tunbridge wells, The Forum May 08 - Braintree, The Venue May 09 - Exeter, The Cavern May 12 - Merthyr Tydfil, RMS Rock Club May 13 - Rugeley, The Rose May 14 - Northampton, Roadmenders May ...

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New York KISS EXPO Details Revealed

The 19th Annual New York KISS Expo and Hard Rock Collectors Convention will take place on Saturday, May 14, 2005, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Secaucus New Jersey. Scheduled guests so far include: * KISS merchandise designer/artist and Official KISS Magazine writer/designer/photographer Christopher Franchi * Former wife of original KISS drummer, Lydia Criss, promoting ...

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RUINS Sign With NEUROTIC RECORDS

Australian black metallers RUINS, who feature in their ranks multi-instrumentalist Alex Pope on vocals, guitars and bass, alongside drummer David Haley from PSYCROPTIC and THE AMENTA, have inked a deal with Neurotic Records. The group's full-length debut, "Spun Forth As Dark Nets", has already been recorded, and is currently in the mixing phase, which will ...

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Former SAIGON KICK Singer Comments On 'Waking Up Dead' Movie

Former SAIGON KICK singer Matt Kramer has posted the following message on his official web site: "Let's start with Phil Varone's movie (my ex fellow SAIGON KICK mate). It's a very truthful reflection of the trials, pitfalls and addictions, that tarnish the glamour usually not seen in VH1 stories. Much more like the juicy ones ...

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