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DEEP PURPLE To Appear At LUCIANO PAVAROTTI's Bash

DEEP PURPLE are scheduled to perform at Luciano Pavarotti's annual bash, "Pavarotti & Friends", on May 27 at the Parco Novi Sad in Modena Italy. Also set to appear at the event are Eric Clapton, U2's Bono, members of QUEEN, Lionel Richie and Ricky Martin. PURPLE last appeared at the bash in 2001, performing "Smoke ...

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FILTER's PATRICK: 'Almost Done Writing' New Album

FILTER frontman Richard Patrick has posted the following message to the group's official web site: "Hey guys, sorry I haven't posted in awhile but I've been really busy. Man it's bizarre, because I moved to California and I've kind of had a lot of time by myself, the new stuff is starting to sound a ...

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LIONEL RICHIE Speaks Out On ROB ZOMBIE Collaboration

Former COMMODORE Lionel Richie recently spoke to Rolling Stone about his collaboration with Rob Zombie on an updated version of the Seventies' classic "Brick House" for the soundtrack to Zombie's long-awaited and much-delayed horror film project, "House of 1,000 Corpses". "When Rob called me on the phone he was so nervous," Richie said. "I said, ...

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ROB ZOMBIE Speaks Out On LIONEL RICHIE/TRINA Collaboration

ROB ZOMBIE recently commented on his collaboration with Lionel Richie and female rapper Trina on "Brickhouse 2003", a version of the '70s pop and R&B hit. The Zombified track will appear as part of the soundtrack for ZOMBIE's movie "House Of 1000 Corpses", which hits stores March 18. The soundtrack will also feature five new ...

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ROB ZOMBIE's 'House Of 1,000 Corpses' To Open In April

ROB ZOMBIE's long-awaited and much-delayed film project "House of 1,000 Corpses" is finally slated to open April 11 in the U.S., with the accompanying soundtrack available March 18, according to Billboard.com. The Geffen album will contain five previously unavailable ZOMBIE songs, as well as instrumental tracks and selections from a wide range of artists, including ...

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Former DOKKEN Bassist Begins Work On New WAR & PEACE CD

Former DOKKEN and current L/P bassist Jeff Pilson has commenced work on a new WAR & PEACE album, tentatively due in late 2003. "I'm starting to talk to people about a new WAR & PEACE record which I've already begun recording," Pilson wrote on his official web site. "Finding 'spare' time has been difficult, to ...

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JACK OSBOURNE Mingles With Other Rock Star Offpsring

The following item comes to us courtesy of today's edition of the New York Post: Jack Osbourne seems to fraternize only with other rock star offspring. Ozzy's teenage son recently gawked at topless models sporting the ROLLING STONES' lingerie line with Keith Richards' daughters Theodora and Alexandra, Lizzy Jagger, Ron Wood's daughter Leah, Roy Orbison's ...

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FILTER's RICHARD PATRICK: 'Alive And Kicking'

FILTER frontman Richard Patrick has posted a message on their official site revealing that his recent spell in rehab was "the best thing that has ever happened" to him. The message runs as follows: "Hi, this is Richard again, I'm alive and kicking! Rehab was the best thing that ever happened to me, my mind ...

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PRIMER 55 Part With Bassist, Enlist Temporary Replacement

PRIMER 55 have parted ways with bassist Kobie Jackson due to "personal and creative problems" and have temporarily replaced him with former 12V NEGATIVE EARTH four-stringer Toomey. "Due to personal and creative problems, Kobie Jackson has been asked to leave the band," said PRIMER 55 guitarist Bobby Burns in an official statement. "Jason and I ...

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SHADOWKEEP Announce New Vocalist

ANGEL WITCH bassist/TYGERS OF PAN TANG frontman Richie Wicks has joined Britain's SHADOWKEEP as the group's new lead vocalist. This development follows the amicable departure of Rogue M. Vox, who will now be pursuing his own projects. The band are currently working on tour arrangements in support of their new album, A Chaos Theory, which ...

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MR. BIG To Reform?

MR. BIG are rumored to be planning a reunion after Billy Sheehan sat in with guitarist Richie Kotzen and drummer Pat Torpey during the latter pair's recent trip to Japan in support of Richie's solo release. According to Melodicrock.com, things went well enough for the trio to record some tunes together, although it is presently ...

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DEEDS: New Music Posted Online

Britain's DEEDS (formerly DIRTY DEEDS) have posted three cuts from their latest CD, Blown, via the group's official web site at this location. Blown was produced by IRON MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris and is DEEDS' third full-length album — the group's first since acquiring guitarist Richie Faulkner as a replacement for Barry Fitzgibbon. ...

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ANGEL WITCH Confirm Reunion, Plan Summer Festival Appearances

NWOBHM legends ANGEL WITCH have confirmed that they have reunited and are planning on hitting the European festival circuit next summer. "Following recent soul-searching times, fate dealt metal a gentle hand for a change and the result was that [ANGEL WITCH] have reassembled the awesome 2000 line-up consisting of [guitarist/vocalist] Kevin Heybourne (naturally), [bassist] Richie ...

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Former EARTHTONE9 Guitarist Forms Video Production Company

Ex-EARTHTONE9 guitarist Owen Packard has teamed up with Bristol-based filmmaker Stuart Brereton to form a new music video production company. Called 46&2 Productions, the firm has already created two promos — VACANT STARE's "A Head Start" and FONY's "Chore Again". The FONY clip features a dramatic starring role from Richie Mills (ex-drummer for SUNNA, CABLE ...

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Ex-TYGERS OF PAN TANG Singer Sells NEAT RECORDS To SANCTUARY

Former TYGERS OF PAN TANG frontman Jess Cox, who has spent the last several years as MD of Neat Records (incorporating Neat Metal Records & Eldethorn Records) has sold the label to Sanctuary Records. He will, however, continue with his label Edgy Records with releases through the rest of the year. Upcoming titles include: BLITZKRIEG ...

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Tributes To Fallen Ex-WHIPLASH Bassist Continue Pouring In

Since our announcement of the tragic passing of ex-WHIPLASH/INTO ANOTHER bassist Tony Bono due to a heart attack, a number of friends, former bandmates and fans have posted heartfelt tributes to the man that was universally considered to be among the most down-to-earth, friendly and good-natured people one could ever hope to meet. Among those ...

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MR. BIG Issue Farewell Message Following Split

MR. BIG have posted a farewell message via their official web site explaining the reasons for their decision to disband and go their separate ways. Here is the message in its entirety: "MR. BIG has had 12 great years of making music all over the world. We thank all of our friends and fans everywhere. ...

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SOULFLY Unveil Final Track Listing For "3"

The absolutely final track listing for SOULFLY's forthcoming CD, entitled simply 3, will be as follows: 01. Downstroy 02. Seek 'N' Strike 03. Enterfaith 04. One (feat. ILL NINO's Cristian Machado) 05. L.O.T.M. (formerly "Last Of The Mohicans") 06. Brasil 07. Tree Of Pain (feat. Asha + Max's stepson Richie) 08. One Nation (SACRED REICH ...

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist To Join SEBASTIAN BACH's Touring Line-Up

Former MEGADETH/current SAVATAGE guitarist Al Pitrelli will join ex-SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach and his touring group (which includes former ANTHRAX axeman Paul Crook), for several live dates beginning with a two-night stint at Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey on May 10-11. The confirmed dates are as follows: May 10 - Asbury Park, ...

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