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MARTY FRIEDMAN To Be Joined By Ex-MEGADETH Drummer, WATCHTOWER Guitarist On Upcoming Tour

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman has announced his backing band for the upcoming Guitarevolution tour, the month-long trek featuring Friedman, Alex Skolnick's (ex-TESTAMENT, SAVATAGE) jazz combo THE ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO and original MEGADETH guitarist Chris Poland's (ex-DAMN THE MACHINE) prog-rock outfit OHM. Joining Marty on the tour will be guitarist Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER, SPASTIC INK), ...

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DAVE MUSTAINE: 'I Am And Always Will Be MEGADETH'

Former MEGADETH guitarist Dave Mustaine has broken his silence regarding the group's breakup and his plans for a solo project, saying that "the music that I'm writing right now is as good as anything I've ever written." In a lengthy interview with Guitar World magazine published in the August 2003 issue, Mustaine addresses the reasons ...

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Ex-TESTAMENT Guitarist: New METALLICA 'Represents Everything Wrong With The Music Business'

Former TESTAMENT guitarist Alex Skolnick, whose previous group was once considered to be among the natural successors to the San Francisco Bay Area metal throne held by METALLICA, has slammed his one-time heroes, calling their latest opus, "St. Anger" a "sloppy mess" and insisting that Hetfield and Co. "represent everything wrong with the music business." ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN, ALEX SKOLNICK And CHRIS POLAND To Team Up For U.S. Tour

Guitar shredders extraordinaire Marty Friedman (ex-MEGADETH), Alex Skolnick (ex-TESTAMENT, SAVATAGE) and Chris Poland (ex-MEGADETH) will be teaming up for a U.S. tour later in the summer. Friedman will be performing as a solo artist while Poland and Skolnick will be showcasing their current group projects, OHM and THE ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO, respectively. The trek, dubbed ...

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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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BROOKS BUFORD: First Single Posted Online

BROOKS BUFORD, the new Arista recording artist whose live band consists of TOMMY LEE/ex-KILGORE bassist Marty O'Brien, ex-KILGORE guitarist Mike Pelletier, HATE MACHINE/OMNIBLANK guitarist Al Dettori, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES drummer Glen Sobel and REHAB DJ Robbie, played his first show at the Viper Room in Hollywood, California on Wednesday, June 4. "It was a private show ...

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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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THE DICTATORS To Embark On West Coast Tour

Legendary New York rockers THE DICTATORS embark on a five-date West Coast tour starting on Tuesday, June 10. Confirmed dates are as follows: June 10 - The Casbah - San Diego, CA June 11 - Spaceland - Los Angeles, CA June 12 - Bottom Of The Hill - San Francisco, CA June 13 - Dante's ...

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Former MACHINE HEAD Guitarist Names New Project

Former MACHINE HEAD guitarist Ahrue Luster has chosen the name SUPERNAUT for his new Sacramento-based project in which he is joined by three former members of the local band JUGGERNAUT. The group (Luster, vocalist Patrick Schmidt, bassist Rob Marshall, and drummer Marty Bechtel), which has been in existence since last fall, "has taken a bit ...

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist To Appear At Musicians Institute

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman will be conducting an in-person Master Class and autograph session on Monday, May 12 at 1:00 p.m. at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California. Friedman, who recently completed a special seminar tour of Japan, will issue for his new solo album, "Music For Speeding", on May 20 through Steve Vai's Favored ...

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TOMMY LEE, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES Members Sign On As Backing Band For BROOKS BUFORD

TOMMY LEE/ex-KILGORE bassist Marty O'Brien, ex-KILGORE guitarist Mike Pelletier, HATE MACHINE/OMNIBLANK guitarist Al Dettori, BEAUTIFUL CREATURES drummer Glen Sobel and REHAB DJ Robbie have signed on as the backing band for a brand new singer/rapper named by the name of BROOKS BUFORD. "[Brooks] just recently signed with Arista Records, and [he will soon be releasing] ...

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist To Tour With Japanese Pop Star

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman will embark on a Japanese tour with "the amazing rock goddess" Aikawa Nanase in June and July, according to Friedman's official web site. Nanase has reportedly sold over 12 million CDs in Japan and besides being a fabulous singer, is one of the few singers in Japan who actually write ...

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist: 'Major' Tour Announcement Coming Soon!

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman "will soon have a MAJOR announcement regarding live appearances this summer," according to Friedman's official web site. No further information is available at this time. Marty Friedman, who is currently in the middle of a special seminar tour of Japan, will issue for his new solo album, "Music For Speeding", ...

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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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TOMMY LEE Bassist Lines Up Session Gig

TOMMY LEE bassist Marty O'Brien was hired for one show to play bass for a new solo artist named Brooks Buford, according to a posting on Marty's official web site. "We got into [New York City] on Sunday and rehearsed for a couple days," O'Brien wrote. "[Monday] afternoon [March 24] we played a private showcase ...

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TRIBE OF JUDAH Keyboardist Joins POPULATION-1

Steve Ferlazzo, keyboardist for TRIBE OF JUDAH (the band fronted by former VAN HALEN/EXTREME frontman Gary Cherone), will be touring Japan later this month with POPULATION-1, the new group featuring ex-EXTREME guitarist Nuno Bettencourt. The band, who recently issued their debut CD, also include in their ranks TOMMY LEE bassist Marty O'Brien. Confirmed tour dates ...

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TOMMY LEE: In Writing Mode

TOMMY LEE bassist Marty O'Brien has posted the following update via the message board of the unofficial LEE web site www.joysmayhem.com: "Both Tommy and I are just spending lots of time at home writing new songs... He's up at Tommyland in the big studio working on new stuff, and I'm over at uh… Martyland?… working ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN: 'Music For Speeding' Promo Tour Underway!

The official web site of former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman has released the following update on Friedman's current and upcoming activities: "Marty is in Japan now continuing a massive promotional tour for 'Music For Speeding'. The tour started with 2 weeks of all day live radio interviews and jam sessions, with stations in Tokyo and ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN: 'MEGADETH's Negative Imagery Was Getting Me Down'

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman has not ruled out a future reunion with Dave Mustaine and Co. "Who knows?" Friedman answered when asked about the possibility of taking part in a reformed band. "I'm already playing with two members now [referring to the fact that bassist Dave Ellefson and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso will join him ...

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TOMMY LEE Bassist: I'm Not Auditioning For METALLICA

TOMMY LEE bassist Marty O'Brien wants it to be known that there is "no truth" to the recent rumors that he has lined up an audition for the vacant bassist slot in METALLICA. "No, there is no real truth to that," O'Brien told BLABBERMOUTH.NET when confronted with the rumors. "Now that Tommy Lee has come ...

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Former MEGADETH Bassist Explores New Avenues

In the ten months that have passed since MEGADETH announced their decision to disband, bassist David Ellefson has kept a relatively high — albeit primarily behind-the-scenes — profile, involving himself with a production company and committing himself to several recording projects that have yet to see the light of day. Ellefson's busy schedule and the ...

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist Pays Tribute To JASON BECKER

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman has issued the following statement regarding his recent tribute to ex-DAVE LEE ROTH axeman Jason Becker via a performance of Becker's "End Of The Beginning" concerto with the San Francisco Community Center Orchestra And Chorus: "Thanks to everyone who showed up at the two New Years shows in San Francisco. ...

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Former MEGADETH, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Members To Appear On Sophomore LAUDAMUS CD

Marty Friedman (guitar, ex-MEGADETH), Jeff Scott Soto (vocals, TALISMAN/ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Rob Rock (vocals, ex-IMPELLITTERI), Kee Marcello (guitar, ex-EUROPE), and Mattias IA Eklund (guitar, FREAK KITCHEN) are among the guests appearing on the sophomore full-length album from Sweden's LAUDAMUS. The as-yet-untitled effort, which was recorded in Costa Mesa, California under the watchful eye of producer Ken ...

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