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MONSTER MAGNET Members Launch Side Project

MONSTER MAGNET mainman Dave Wyndorf has started a "psychedelic" side project called COMA. He is joined in the new group by other members of MONSTER MAGNET and as-yet-undisclosed "friends". No further information is available at this time. In other news, MONSTER MAGNET have announced a headlining date at the Podium in Hardenberg, Holland on June ...

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METALLICA's HETFIELD Reveals His Most Memorable Festival Experience

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield, a veteran of the summer festival circuit, recently spoke to Rolling Stone magazine about his most memorable festival experience from the pre-METALLICA days. "Probably the most memorable was the California World Music Festival," Hetfield said. "It was one of those two-day things. The first night was TED NUGENT and VAN HALEN ...

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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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AEROSMITH's TYLER: 'Good Music Is Like Good Sex'

The Boston Herald reports that AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry took a break from recording the group's latest — a blues record due out in September — to throw a private party Saturday night at the House of Blues in Cambridge. The event, to introduce Gibson Guitar's new "Joe Perry Signature" ax, was packed with Perry's ...

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MONSTER MAGNET Announce New Bassist, Name Upcoming CD

MONSTER MAGNET have recruited LORD STERLING bassist Jim Baglino to replace Joe Calandra, who was unceremoniously booted from the band last month along with drummer Jon Kleiman. The group, who recently signed a European record deal with SPV/Steamhammer Records, are still looking for a new skinsman and are said to have set their sights on ...

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Former THE ALMIGHTY Singer Records New Material

Former THE ALMIGHTY frontman Ricky Warwick has completed work on two brand new extra tracks for the forthcoming release of his solo effort "Tattoos & Alibis". They are "Can't Live With Maybe" (described as "a real rocker" and one which Ricky has been playing live) and "Minor Miracles". Unfortunately, due to a lack of time ...

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Festival Cancels TED NUGENT Gig Over Racial Remarks

Derogatory racial remarks from Ted Nugent have cost him a gig at the Muskegon Summer Celebration, according to The Associated Press. Festival officials canceled Nugent's concert following an interview last week with two Denver disc jockeys in which the DJs say he used slurs for Asians and blacks. The festival was scrambling to ...

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AEROSMITH's JOE PERRY To Unveil Signature Guitar

AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry is unveiling his signature guitar at the House of Blues in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Saturday (May 17), according to CNN. The Gibson brand guitar, dubbed the Gibson Joe Perry Signature, was first inspired by Perry's wife Billie. She secretly conspired to build a prototype of the guitar with the people at ...

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AEROSMITH To Perform At Z100's ZOOTOPIA 2003 Mega-Concert

AEROSMITH are strongly rumored to be planning an appearance at Z100's much-hyped Zootopia 2003 concert on Sunday, June 1 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Singer Steve Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry are expected to officially announce their participation at the gig this morning (May 16) during a live appearance on Z100 beginning ...

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BACKYARD BABIES Select Producer For New CD

Sweden's BACKYARD BABIES have reportedly selected Joe Barresi (PENNYWISE, BUCKCHERRY, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, SKUNK ANANSIE, KYUSS) to produce their as-yet-untitled follow-up to 2001's "Making Enemies Is Good". The band are expected to enter Stockholm's Polar Studios during the coming weeks to begin recording the CD for a late 2003 release through RCA/BMG Records. ...

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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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METALLICA: Some Kind Of Monster

The much-anticipated film documenting the trials and tribulations that led to the creation of METALLICA's upcoming CD, "St. Anger", has reportedly been dubbed "Metallica: Some Kind of Monster". This tidbit was revealed during the credits of "mtvICON: Metallica", which used parts of the footage of the band at their Northern California headquarters, including a scene ...

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JONES'S LOUNGE Announce Louisiana Gig

Louisiana-based JONES'S LOUNGE, featuring Kyle Thomas (EXHORDER, FLOODGATE), Dax Thieler (GREEN LEAF CULT), Jason Portera (PITS VS. PREPS), and Tommy Buckley (SOILENT GREEN), have announced a show at Zeppelin's in Metairie on Saturday, May 17. Also appearing on the bill will be KILLING MERCY. JONES'S LOUNGE have yet to secure a label deal for their ...

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SOULFLY Joined By Former Drummer At Chicago Gig

SOULFLY were joined on stage by former member Joe Nunez during the extended "drum jam" portion of their headlining set at the House Of Blues in Chicago, Illinois Thursday night (May 1). According to an onlooker, "Joe and [SOULFLY drummer] Roy [Mayorga] both commanded the beat high atop the stage on Roy's kit, while Max ...

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JOE LYNN TURNER Finalizes Track Listing For 'JLT'

Former RAINBOW/DEEP PURPLE frontman Joe Lynn Turner has finalized the track listing for his new solo album, "JLT", due on June 16 through MTM Music. The follow-up to 2001's "Slam" will contain the following cuts: 01. In Cold Blood 02. Jump Start 03. Dirty Deal 04. Love Don't Live Here 05. Excess 06. Let s ...

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MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP Finalize Track Listing For 'Arachnophobiac'

MSG (MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP) have finalized the track listing for their new album, "Arachnophobiac", due in mid-June through Holland's Mascot Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Be Aware Of Scorpions" will contain the following cuts: 01. Evermore 02. Illusion 03. Arachnophobia 04. Rock And Roll Believer 05. Into The Sands Of Time 06. Weathervane 07. Over ...

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BLACK MAJESTY Ink Deal With LMP RECORDS

Melbourne, Australia-based melodic power metallers BLACK MAJESTY have signed a five-album deal with Germany's LMP Records. The band, who consist of John "Gio" Cavaliere (vocals), Steve Janevski (guitar, ex-CYCLONE TRACY), Hanny Mohamed (guitar, PEGAZUS), Pavel Konvalinka (drums, ex-KRYPTOR/LEPROCIDE), and Joe Fata (bass, ex-BLACK STAR/RADIOACTIVE), will issue their debut album, "Sands Of Time", in September. ...

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AEROSMITH To Begin Recording Blues Album

AEROSMITH will likely enter the studio sometime in the next two or three weeks to begin recording their much-discussed blues album for Columbia, guitarist Joe Perry told Billboard.com. Among the songs being worked up by the band are BLIND WILLIE MCTELL's "Broke Down Engine", LITTLE WALTER's "Temperature", and "I'm Ready", the latter of which was ...

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AEROSMITH Guitarist To Sign Bottles Of Hot Sauce

AEROSMITH guitarist Joe Perry will appear at Newbury Comics' Alewife store in Cambridge, Massachusetts on Thursday, April 10 to promote his very own Joe Perry's Rock Your World Boneyard Brew Hot Sauce. Joe will talk shop on his line of delicious sauce and will personally autograph everyone's bottles. Perry will be there from ...

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RACER X Songs 'Stolen'

RACER X webmaster Ken Hower has sent us the following message: "The band RACER X has just become aware of a guy named Luke John who is claiming as his own, 2 RACER X songs. The songs, 'Technical Difficulties' and '17th Moon' are on the 1999 CD 'Technical Difficulties'. "Luke John, at www.lukejohn.net, ...

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PAPA WHEELIE Bassist Forms Metal Band

PAPA WHEELIE bassist Joe Ledesma (a.k.a. Joefus) has formed a new metal band called KRUCIBLE. The group — who are completed by Satawn (vocals), Jason Lonich (guitar), and Eric Berry (drums) — will be performing live at Bourbon Street Bar & Grill in Concord, California on Saturday, April 12. Tentative plans exist to record a ...

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HALFORD Part Ways With Bassist, Announce Replacement

HALFORD have officially parted ways with bassist Ray Riendeau and have replaced him with former LIZZY BORDEN four-stringer Mike Davis. Davis, 38, was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and had reportedly played in OZZY OSBOURNE's band for a week until he "got booted due to politics and other miscellaneous issues." Mike had also ...

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GODHEAD Name New Album

GODHEAD have set "Evolver" as the title of their forthcoming CD, due in North America on July 1 through Reality Entertainment. The album was produced by Warren Croyle (who also heads up Reality) and partner Joe Floyd and includes guest appearances by STATIC-X frontman Wayne Static and DAVID BOWIE/THE CURE guitarist Reeves Gabrels. GODHEAD were ...

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JOE LYNN TURNER Goes Back To His Roots!

Former RAINBOW/DEEP PURPLE frontman Joe Lynn Turner has set "JLT" as the title for his forthcoming solo album, due on June 16 through MTM Music. According to an official press release, Joe has gone back to his bluesy, rock and roll roots and the new record is not "angry" as Turner's last effort, "Slam". The ...

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POWERMAN 5000 Frontman Discusses New Album, Absence Of Spacesuits

POWERMAN 5000's forthcoming album, "Transform", will include a bonus Enhanced CD portion containing videos for the tracks "Free" and "Action", as well as other undisclosed extras. "Transform", due on May 20 through DreamWorks Records, is the fourth album from the platinum Los Angeles-based quintet. Its arrival finds frontman Spider One characteristically reflective, in this case ...

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POWERMAN 5000 Finalize 'Transform' Track Listing

POWERMAN 5000 have finalized the track listing to their new album, "Transform", due on May 20 through Dreamworks Records. It is as follows: 01. Assess The Mess 02. Theme To A Fake Revolution 03. Free 04. Action 05. That's Entertainment 06. A Is For Apathy 07. Transform 08. Top Of The World 09. Song About ...

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