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JOHN PETRUCCI's Dream Lives On

Rafer Guzmán of Newsday reports that if the name John Petrucci doesn't immediately ring a bell, that's OK. The Kings Park (Long Island) native is used to it. "A lot of times, I'll meet somebody new, and I'll tell them what I do," says the guitarist for DREAM THEATER, which plays at the Tommy Hilfiger ...

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AEROSMITH To Release New Home Video

AEROSMITH are contemplating releasing a home video containing "making of" footage from sessions for their forthcoming album, according to Billboard.com. As previously reported, the band are currently recording a blues album with producer Jack Douglas, who worked with the band on several of their 1970s albums, including "Toys in the Attic" and "Rocks". The as-yet-untitled ...

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KELLY OSBOURNE Lands Part In 'Live Freaky! Die Freaky!'

Kelly Osbourne is the latest cast addition to the forthcoming animated/puppetry film "Live Freaky! Die Freaky!", according to the film's official web site (www.livefreakydiefreaky.com). The Hellcat Pictures production was written and directed by independent filmmaker John Roecker and produced by RANCID/TRANSPLANTS guitarist/vocalist Tim Armstrong. Described as "an epic motion picture of puppet proportions," the film ...

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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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AEROSMITH: Blues Album Delayed Until January

AEROSMITH's much-anticipated new blues album has had its release date pushed back to January 2004. Guitarist Joe Perry told Billboard.com, "All the basics are done, we're probably three-quarters done with the overdubs. And there really aren't many to do, because we cut the album basically live." "By having the record come out in January, it ...

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DEF LEPPARD Forced To Cut Short North Dakota Concert

DEF LEPPARD were forced to cut short their outdoor show at the Red River Valley Fair in West Fargo, North Dakota Thursday night (June 26) due to bad weather conditions. Says DEF LEPPARD vocalist Joe Elliott: "We had to come off after 12 songs.... Wind, rain and cold made it impossible to play properly. Also, ...

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FUELED II FIRE Complete Work On EP

FUELED II FIRE, the new band featuring former PISSING RAZORS members Cesar Soto (guitar), Joe Rodriguez (vocals) and Mat Lynch (guitar), have completed work on their first EP, entitled "Empires of Truth and Hatred". It was engineered and recorded earlier this month by Mike Major (AT THE DRIVE-IN, SPARTA). Upcoming FUELED II FIRE dates: Jun. ...

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Former MEGADETH Bassist In Talks To Play On WARMACHINE Debut

Despite published reports to the contrary, former MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson has yet to be officially recruited to play the bass tracks on the forthcoming debut album from Toronto's WARMACHINE. "By now I'm sure most of you have heard about [WARMACHINE bassist] Andrea [Zanini]'s possible departure from the band and David Ellefson's possible involvement with ...

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DEF LEPPARD Singer To Appear On ALEX HARVEY Tribute

According to last week's U.K. Sunday Mail newspaper, DEF LEPPARD singer Joe Elliott has been invited to take part in an upcoming Alex Harvey tribute album. The CD, which is due later in the year, will feature THE SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND accompanied by a host of singers such as Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, punk ...

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HUGHES TURNER PROJECT: New Album Details Revealed

HUGHES TURNER PROJECT (HTP), the collaboration between former DEEP PURPLE/BLACK SABBATH vocalist Glenn Hughes and ex-RAINBOW/DEEP PURPLE singer Joe Lynn Turner, have finalized the track listing for their sophomore album, "II", due on September 29 through MTM Music. The follow-up to the group's self-titled debut will feature the following songs: 01. Revelation 02. Alone I ...

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Former GUNS N' ROSES Drummer To Appear On MR. BIG Tribute CD

Former GUNS N' ROSES and current VELVET REVOLVER drummer Matt Sorum is one of the featured musicians on the upcoming MR. BIG tribute project, "Influences And Connections", tentatively due in Japan later in the year through Pony Canyon Records. The album, the initial pressing of which will come in a special package including a bonus ...

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MONSTER MAGNET Announce European Festival Appearances

MONSTER MAGNET have announced the following European festival appearances during August: Aug. 28 – Wiessen, AUT @ Two Days A Week Festival Aug. 30 – Piramasenes, GER @ Rock im Wald Festival Aug. 31 – Weeze, GER @ Terremoto Festival As previously reported, MONSTER MAGNET have tapped Joe Barresi (LIMP BIZKIT, BUCKCHERRY, QUEENS OF THE ...

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MONSTER MAGNET Name Producer For Upcoming CD

MONSTER MAGNET have tapped Joe Barresi (LIMP BIZKIT, BUCKCHERRY, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, KYUSS) to co-produce their next studio album, tentatively titled "Radiation Day", for an early 2004 European release through SPV/Steamhammer Records. The band, who have yet to secure a North American deal following their split with A&M Records early last year, will ...

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BRAZEN ABBOT: Bulgarian Tour Details Revealed

BRAZEN ABBOT, the brainchild of Bulgarian guitarist Nikolo Kotzev, have announced the details of their upcoming tour of Bulgaria, scheduled to take place in late July. Confirmed dates are as follows: Jul. 27 – Varna, BUL @ TBA Jul. 29 - Plovdiv, BUL @ TBA Jul. 31 - Sofia, BUL @ TBA BRAZEN ABBOT's lineup ...

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KISS/AEROSMITH Tour To Be Extended Into Next Year?

The upcoming KISS/AEROSMITH co-headlining tour, currently scheduled to run between August 2 and October 18, could very well last into the middle of next year, according to KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley. "Should the AEROSMITH/KISS tour go as smoothly as we're all hoping, this could go on indefinitely. I know [AEROSMITH lead guitarist] Joe [Perry] has ...

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SIX FEET UNDER: New Album Complete

SIX FEET UNDER frontman Chris Barnes has posted the following studio update to the group's official web site: "Well, well… Hello again, everyone out there! The new CD, 'Bringer Of Blood', is finally fully mastered and complete. I am proud to say everything worked out great from beginning to end. It's by far our most ...

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SUPERJOINT RITUAL's BOWER Speaks Out On Decision To Put DOWN On Hold

SUPERJOINT RITUAL guitarist Jimmy Bower recently spoke to Bully magazine about singer Philip Anselmo's decision to put his other projects on hold in order to concentrate on promoting SUPERJOINT's upcoming sophomore CD, "A Lethal Dose Of American Hatred" (due July 22 through Sanctuary Records). "[SUPERJOINT RITUAL] passed up a lot of cool things last year ...

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BRAZEN ABBOT Announce First-Ever Live Gigs

BRAZEN ABBOT, the brainchild of Bulgarian guitarist Nikolo Kotzev, will make their first-ever live appearances in Bulgaria at the end of July. Three shows in Varna, Plovdiv and Sofia are currently scheduled and will feature a lineup that will include ex-RAINBOW/DEEP PURPLE singer Joe Lynn Turner (other bandmembers have yet to be confirmed). BRAZEN ABBOT ...

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FUELED II FIRE Line Up Shows In Texas

FUELED II FIRE, the new band featuring former PISSING RAZORS members Cesar Soto (guitar), Joe Rodriguez (vocals) and Mat Lynch (guitar), have lined up the following dates during June: Jun. 28 – El Paso, TX @ Nakyes Stadium (Battle of the Bands) Jun. 30 - El Paso, TX @ Bombardiers (w/ KRIMSON, RED EYE FACTOR) ...

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MICHAEL SCHENKER Forms New Band

Legendary guitarist Michael Schenker (MSG, UFO, THE SCORPIONS) has reportedly teamed up with vocalist/guitarist Amy Schugar in a new project, tentatively dubbed THE SCHUGAR/SCHENKER BAND. The group, which is currently in the studio recording demos, is rounded out by Matt Indes (drums), Mark Lehman (bass), and Fred Robinson (guitar). MSG (MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP)'s new album, ...

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Singer Raves About The New CORNERSTONE Album

CORNERSTONE, the project featuring ROYAL HUNT bassist Steen Mogensen and ex-RAINBOW/current YNGWIE MALMSTEEN vocalist Doogie White, are in the process of recording their third album, tentatively due in the fall. "I am bursting at the seams, waiting to get on the plane and get started on the singing," White writes on his official web site. ...

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Former DREAM THEATER Keyboardist Announces Solo Dates

Former DREAM THEATER and current YNGWIE MALMSTEEN keyboardist Derek Sherinian has announced the following tour dates during June: Jun. 09 - Montreal, QC @ Cafe Campus Jun. 11 - Clifton, NJ @ Connections Jun. 12 - Somerville, MA @ Johnny D's Jun. 14 - Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights Jun. 16 - New York, ...

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KISS To Publish Official Biography

KISS will release their official biography in the fall, according to Launch. It's called "Kiss: Behind The Mask", and it features recollections from the band and photographs from the KISS archives, many of which have never been published. The book also includes comments from AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry, THE WHO's Pete Townshend, Ozzy Osbourne, Brian ...

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