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AEROSMITH Frontman Receives Honorary Doctorate From UMASS-BOSTON

According to the Boston Globe, more than 2,600 students collected degrees Friday (June 3) from the University of Massachusetts at Boston, where commencement day advice was delivered by Steven Tyler of AEROSMITH, broadcast journalist Emily Rooney, and the president of the Dominican Republic, Leonel Fernandez. Tyler, a Boston-based rock 'n' roll icon, received an honorary ...

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VELVET REVOLVER Confirmed For LIVE 8 Concert In London

VELVET REVOLVER have been confirmed for the Live 8 London concert on July 2 in Hyde Park. A total of five enormous, free concerts will be held July 2 in Philadelphia, London, Paris, Berlin and Rome, according to the Washington Post. The extravaganza, which is being organized by Bob Geldof, who 20 years ago put ...

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OPETH Announce New Album Title

Sweden's OPETH have set "Ghost Reveries" as the title of their new album, tentatively due late summer via Roadrunner Records. The follow-up to 2003's acoustic masterpiece, "Damnation", and OPETH's first disc in years without producer Steve Wilson, the album will include the following tracks, among others: "Ghost of Perdition", "The Baying of the Hounds" and ...

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OPETH Frontman: 'New Album Is Going To Really KILL!'

Roadrunner Records has officially announced the signing of OPETH. With a release planned for late summer 2005 — following a spate of international touring that includes the much-anticipated "Sounds of the Underground" run in the U.S. — OPETH has never been busier or more excited about the prospect of things. "The combination of a strong ...

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It's Official: OPETH Sign With ROADRUNNER RECORDS

As BLABBERMOUTH.NET first reported on April 18, OPETH mainman Mikael Åkerfeldt has now officially confirmed to MTV.com that the band have finalized a deal with New York's Roadrunner Records, bolstering an imposing roster that already includes KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, SLIPKNOT, OBITUARY and CRADLE OF FILTH. Åkerfeldt disclosed several details about the band's ...

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MARTYR PLOT: New Song Sample Posted Online

MARTYR PLOT, the new band featuring MARILYN MANSON drummer Ginger Fish, guitarist/vocalist David Scott and bassist James Marino, have posted an audio sample of a new track called "Find My Way" at this location. As previously reported, MARTYR PLOT are scheduled to perform at the Chain Reaction in Anaheim, California on Friday, June ...

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MARTYR PLOT: New Audio Sample Posted Online

MARTYR PLOT, the new band featuring MARILYN MANSON drummer Ginger Fish, guitarist/vocalist David Scott and bassist James Marino, have posted an audio sample of a new track called "Let It Go" at this location. As previously reported, MARTYR PLOT are scheduled to perform at the Chain Reaction in Anaheim, California on Friday, June ...

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Former SKYCLAD Singer Accused Of 'Unprofessional Behavior' And 'Defamation Of Character'

The following statement was issued by the members of the U.K. band THE CLAN DESTINED: "Due to unprofessional behavior & defamation of character by Martin Walkyier [ex-SKYCLAD] against Iscariah [ex-IMMORTAL], we, the undersigned members of THE CLAN DESTINED have, unanimously and without hesitation, decided to leave the band. Because all THE CLAN DESTINED music was ...

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TED NUGENT, TESLA To Play CHEYENNE FRONTIER DAYS

According to The Billings Gazette, TED NUGENT and TESLA will kick off the 2005 Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming on July 22, the only non-country music artists to perform this year's celebration. It was the final concert slot to be filled. "People want to hear some rock and roll," Cheyenne Frontier Days Contract Acts ...

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MARTYR PLOT: First Live Photos Posted Online

MARTYR PLOT, the new band featuring MARILYN MANSON drummer Ginger Fish, guitarist/vocalist David Scott and bassist James Marino, recently "snuck into" 14 Below in Santa Monica, California to perform a 35-minute set. Check out pictures at this location. As previously reported, MARTYR PLOT are scheduled to perform at the Chain Reaction in Anaheim, ...

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MEGADETH, DEEP PURPLE, ALICE COOPER Rockers Head Back To School

The soundtrack to the much-anticipated film "Rock School" will be released on May 31, 2005 through Trillion Records. The documentary, which will hit theaters early this summer through NewMarket Films, chronicles the inception and success of Paul Green's School Of Rock Music, which was founded in Philadelphia in 1999 to teach young musicians and singers ...

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'Tage Mahal - JON OLIVA'S PAIN

Ah, the Mountain King himself, JON OLIVA, metal's own Brian Wilson. We never know what his status is, we empathize with his losses (brother and bandmate Criss was killed by a drunk driver a decade ago), we worry about his health, and when his voice cracks, or he takes years to release a proper metal ...

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VELVET REVOLVER To Guest On NBC's 'Tonight Show With Jay Leno'

According to RCA Records, VELVET REVOLVER will be the musical guests on NBC's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Thursday, April 7. Non-musicial guests on the show include actress Brittany Murphy and comic Dave Attell. In other news, VELVET REVOLVER drummer Matt Sorum has posted the following entry in his online "journal": "Rocking Canada ...

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Paying Tribute To TOMMY VANCE

Garry Sharpe-Young of Rockdetector.com has issued the following statement regarding the pasing of former BBC Radio 1 DJ Tommy Vance: "If there's one person I really owe a debt to in my career it's Tommy Vance. It might be hard for those outside the U.K. to realize just how important Tommy was to the U.K. ...

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DREAM THEATER Keyboardist To Perform With BLACKFIELD

DREAM THEATER keyboardist Jordan Rudess will be appearing on keyboards with the band BLACKFIELD at their East Coast acoustic shows next week. BLACKFIELD is the brain child of Steven Wilson of PORCUPINE TREE and Israeli singer/songwriter Aviv Geffen. Commented Jordan: "BLACKFIELD's music is very melodic rock. When I heard this beautiful album I wrote a ...

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SLASH's Top Hat Recovered?

A California man has apparently come forward claiming that he has the top hat that was allegedly stolen from guitarist Slash's (VELVET REVOLVER, ex-GUNS N' ROSES) limo that took him to the Grammy Awards on February 13 (as first reported by BLABBERMOUTH.NET on Feb. 20). The man claims that he bought the hat ...

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