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BRIAN 'HEAD' WELCH: There Was Too Much Drama Between KORN Bandmembers

Guitar World magazine recently conducted an in-depth interview with former KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow: Guitar World: What triggered your decision to quit KORN? Brian "Head" Welch: "When I started playing in KORN, I began drifting downward spiritually. I became addicted to drugs like methamphetamine. I became ...

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W.A.S.P., DOKKEN, QUIET RIOT Featured On 'Hollywood Rocks!' Box Set

June 21, 2005 will see the release of the long-awaited and highly anticipated four-disc compilation album, "Hollywood Rocks!" through Deadline/Cleopatra Records. The audio companion to 2004's highly touted "Hollywood Rocks!" coffee table book, the box set is an eargasmic journey through the streets of the infamous Los Angeles club scene of the 1980s and early ...

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JON OLIVA To Produce BIRD OF PREY Debut

Jon Oliva, the mastermind behind SAVATAGE, DOCTOR BUTCHER, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA and JON OLIVA'S PAIN will be handling all production duties for the forthcoming debut album from BIRD OF PREY. BIRD OF PREY is led by vocalist Kyle Michaels. His impressive abilities have allowed him to collaborate with heavy hitters like Geezer Butler (BLACK SABBATH), Randy ...

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Former KYUSS Bassist Joins BUTCHER

Bassist Scott Reeder (KYUSS, THE OBSESSED, UNIDA) has posted the following message on his web site: "The WHORES OF TIJUANA record [which Reeder produced] is done and should be mastered in the next week or so... It was a quickie — raw and dirty, just the way I like it. They're doing presales at their ...

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S.K.W.A.D.: MOTÖRHEAD Guitarist's Sons Follow In Father's Footsteps

S.K.W.A.D., the Cardiff, U.K.-based band featuring MOTÖRHEAD guitarist Phil Campbell's two sons Todd (guitar, vocals) and Dane (drums), have launched their MySpace.com page at this location. Available for listening on the site are four songs ("BornLieFightDie", "Pink Sweatband", "Why" and "Hopes and Reason") from their recently completed 16-song CD. S.K.W.A.D. were formed in ...

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BIG BANG BABIES Sign With PERRIS RECORDS

Perris Records has announced the signing of L.A. glam legends BIG BANG BABIES for a brand new studio album, tentative due this summer. BIG BANG BABIES features Keri Kelli of ADLER'S APPETITE, RATT, L.A.GUNS, and VINCE NEIL fame. The band have just finished recording the new CD and will be entering the mixing stage this ...

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Former OCTOBER THORNS Vocalist Joins CHRIS CAFFERY's Touring Band

Paul LaPlaca, former frontman for Brooklyn's OCTOBER THORNS, has joined Chris Caffery's live band for several international dates in support of Caffery's solo debut. Caffery is well known for his work with SAVATAGE, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA and DR. BUTCHER. Performances include BB King's in NYC and the BW&BK Festival in Cleveland, with more dates to be ...

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ANTHRAX Confirmed For Finland's ILOSAARIROCK Festival

ANTHRAX's reunited classic lineup of Joey Belladonna (vocals), Dan Spitz (guitar), Frank Bello (bass), Scott Ian (guitar) and Charlie Benante (drums) has been confirmed for Finland's Ilosaarirock festival, set to take place July 15-17 in Joensuu. Other bands scheduled to appear at the three-day festival include AGNOSTIC FRONT, BACKYARD BABIES, DARK TRANQUILLITY, MONSTER MAGNET, APOCALYPTICA, ...

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REB BEACH Offers Update On Project Featuring KING'S X Frontman

WHITESNAKE/WINGER guitarist Reb Beach has posted a lengthy update at his official web site regarding his collabroative project with KING'S X frontman Doug Pinnick. Read on: "The producer pulled out because of other obligations and the label suggested Kip to produce, and I, of course, was thrilled! Kip [Winger] agreed to do it and I ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE: 'In My Life' Video Posted Online

Yahoo! Music (formerly Launch) is premiering the new OZZY OSBOURNE video for THE BEATLES cover "In My Life" from the box set "Prince of Darkness". Click here to view the new video and to be re-directed to a feature page that has 10 classic OZZY videos, along with exclusive photos. The classic videos ...

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ALICE COOPER Tribute Album Reissue To Include Bonus Tracks

Cleopatra Records has set a March 29 release date for "Welcome To My Nightmare: An All-Star Salute To Alice Cooper". The collection, which is said to be a reissue of the "Huminary Stew" tribute album from a few years ago, includes three bonus tracks by CHILDREN OF BODOM ("Bed of Nails"), ICED EARTH ("Dead Babies") ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE Talks About Dangers Of Substance Abuse

Ozzy Osbourne recently spoke to Metal Edge magazine about his four-disc retrospective box set, "Prince of Darkness", and his family's MTV reality show "The Osbournes", among other topics. An excerpt from the interview follows: Metal Edge: The first time I interview you was twelve years ago, and from all our interaction since then, I haven't ...

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SAVATAGE Guitarist To Embark On Solo Tour

SAVATAGE guitarist Chris Caffery has been very busy in the studio again. Last year marked the release of his solo debut "Faces". The CD contained an eight-song bonus CD called "God Damn War". Another seven songs will be added to this CD and it will be released separately in early summer on Black Lotus Records. ...

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Former CROWN 10 Guitarist Launches New Band With DIO Guitarist's Brother

Former CROWN 10 guitarist/vocalist James Brady has started a new as-yet-unnamed project with bassist Eric Goldy (younger brother of DIO guitarist Craig Goldy) and drummer Frank Dolan (longtime friend and collaborator of ANNIHILATOR/EXTREME drummer Mike Mangini in his "Rhythm Knowledge" books). Commented James: "It's great to be back to doing what I love the most. ...

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SAVATAGE Guitarist CHRIS CAFFERY Recording New Material For DOCTOR BUTCHER Reissue

According to a posting on his official web site, SAVATAGE guitarist Chris Caffery is in the process of recording five tracks that will be appearing on the upcoming reissue of the DOCTOR BUTCHER debut (Caffery's collaboration with SAVATAGE mainman Jon Oliva), marking the acclaimed project's 10-year anniversary. The songs being recorded are as follows: "Inspecter ...

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