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MORGANA LEFAY Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

Swedish "heavy doom progressive" band MORGANA LEFAY have been confirmed to appear at the 2005 installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 24-25 at Messegelände in Balingen, Germany. Bang Your Head!!! 2005 will be marks the festival's 10th anniversary and the theme of next year's event will be "The Best ...

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JOE LYNN TURNER: Release Date Set For New Solo Album

Frontiers Records has set a February 21, 2005 release date for the new studio album by Joe Lynn Turner (ex-RAINBOW, DEEP PURPLE, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), entitled "The Usual Suspects". Regarding the CD, Turner said in a press release, "I have been defined many times in my career and identified with many rock genres from blues to ...

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VIRGIN STEELE Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

VIRGIN STEELE have been confirmed to appear at the 2005 installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 24-25 at Messegelände in Balingen, Germany. Bang Your Head!!! 2005 will be marks the festival's 10th anniversary and the theme of next year's event will be "The Best of Ten Years". To celebrate ...

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CANDLEMASS Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

Reunited Swedish doomsters CANDLEMASS have been confirmed to appear at the 2005 installment of the Bang Your Head!!! festival, set to take place June 24-25 at Messegelände in Balingen, Germany. Bang Your Head!!! 2005 will be marks the festival's 10th anniversary and the theme of next year's event will be "The Best of Ten Years". ...

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New BLAZE Guitarist Explains Why He Improvised Guitar Solos

New BLAZE guitarist Oliver "Oli" Palotai (DORO) has posted the following message to the fans on the Planetblaze.com forums: "For the first time in months I had a break from touring and could use my spare time to read through the different sections of the forum. Quite some interesting stuff! Reading some topics, I thought ...

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BLAZE To Support WHITESNAKE In Wolverhampton

BLAZE, the British band led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE frontman Blaze Bayley, will be supporting WHITESNAKE at the Wolverhampton Civic Hall in Wolverhampton, England on Tuesday, November 30. Joining Bayley in the group's current lineup are bassist Nick Douglas (DORO), guitarists Oliver Palotai (ULI JON ROTH) and Luca Princiotta, and drummer Daniel Loeble (RAWHEAD REXX). ...

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ULI JON ROTH Joined By DORO PESCH, RAGE's SMOLSKI At Germany's ROCK MEETS RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

Legendary guitarist Uli Jon Roth's official web site has been updated with a report from his performance at the Renaissance castle Schloss Beck in Bottrop-Kirchhellen, Germany on October 9. Performing several pieces with SKY ORCHESTRA were Doro Pesch, Victor Smolski (RAGE) and Liz Vandall. The report reads as follows: "ULI JON ROTH & SKY ORCHESTRA ...

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BLAZE: Photo Of New Lineup Posted Online

A photo of the brand-new BLAZE touring lineup, taken at the band's Oct. 1 gig at Motion in Bergamo, Italy, has been posted online at this location. Joining mainman Blaze Bayley (ex-IRON MAIDEN, WOLFSBANE) in the lineup are bassist Nick Douglas (DORO), guitarists Oliver Palotai (ULI JON ROTH) and Luca Princiotta, and drummer ...

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VALKIJA To Release Debut Album In November

Italian power metallers VALKIJA will release their debut album, entitled "Avengers of Steel", on November 26 though Sonic Age Records. The CD was recorded June 10-22, 2004 at Versus Studios in Athens, Greece and features nine "power metal dynamites sung by the divine voice of female singer Zoraija, [who] brings back the golden days of ...

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Former BLAZE Guitarist STEVE WRAY Explains His Departure

Former BLAZE guitarist Steve Wray has commented on his decision to leave the group. Writing to the band's official forum, Steve said, "My decision to leave BLAZE has not been one taken lightly and it is with a 'heavy heart,' in some respects, that I leave. There are many reasons for my departure too many ...

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CIRCLE II CIRCLE Announce New Lineup

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the new band fronted by former SAVATAGE singer Zachary Stevens, have announced the details of their new lineup. Commented Stevens: "Zak says, We have been very careful to select only the best musicians for the new band. All of these guys came highly recommended by a very good friend of ours, John ...

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ULI JON ROTH: Special Guests Confirmed For 'Rock Meets Renaissance' Concert

Legendary guitarist ULI JON ROTH (ex-SCORPIONS) and his SKY ORCHESTRA will be joined by several very special guests during their performance at the Renaissance castle Schloss Beck in Bottrop-Kirchhellen, Germany on October 9. Performing several pieces with SKY ORCHESTRA will be Doro Pesch, Victor Smolski (RAGE) and Liz Vandall. The program will last for approximately ...

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DORO Pens New Song For German Female Boxing Champion

German metal singer DORO (a.k.a. Doro Pesch) has just finished writing the new entrance theme song for Germany's most successful female boxing star, world champion Regina Halmich. The premiere of this cooperation will be presented on September 11, 2004 at the world championship fight against Las Vegas-based Elena Reid — to be broadcast live in ...

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DUNGEON Complete Work On New Album

Australian melodic power metal band DUNGEON have issued the following update: "Quite a few cool things happening in the DUNGEON camp right now! "Firstly, our live Japanese tour 2003 DVD, 'Under The Rising Sun', is currently being pressed and should be available in Australia in the first week or so of August. It looks absolutely ...

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JAG PANZER Confirmed For BANG YOUR HEAD 2005

Colorado power metallers JAG PANZER have been confirmed for the 2005 edition of the Bang Your Head Festival in Balingen, Germany. This is the special 10-year anniversary show and will feature such acts as MOTÖRHEAD, TWISTED SISTER, DORO, GAMMA RAY and NEVERMORE. As previously reported, JAG PANZER will release their new album, "Casting the Stones", ...

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CORNERSTONE Featured On 'Hearts Of Metal' Compilation

CORNERSTONE, the project featuring ROYAL HUNT bassist Steen Mogensen and ex-RAINBOW/current YNGWIE MALMSTEEN vocalist Doogie White, are featured on the "Hearts of Metal Vol. 2" compilation (the best metal ballads) on SPV Records. The featured song is "Man Without Reason". The CD also has tracks from NIGHTWISH, DORO, MANOWAR, GOTTHARD, HAMMERFALL and STRATOVARIOUS, among others. ...

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DORO: Special Guest Stars Announced For WACKEN OPEN AIR Appearance

German hard rock singer Doro Pesch will be joined by Chris Cafferty (SAVATAGE), Udo Dirkschneider (U.D.O., ex-ACCEPT) and Blaze Bayley (BLAZE, ex-IRON MAIDEN) during a special performance with the Metal Classic Night Orchestra for a unique program of her best hits and other metal classics at this year's Wacken Open Air festival. Pesch will also ...

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