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TOMMY LEE's Autobiography Moves Up To No. 12 On NY TIMES Bestseller List

Former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee's autobiography, "Tommyland", published last month via Atria Books (the hardcover imprint of Simon & Schuster), is currently at No. 12 on The New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller list. In "Tommyland", Lee describes his party-boy escapades, bedding porn stars, wooing Pam Anderson and making that famous videotape with her, ...

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MORGOTH: Two-CD 'Best Of' Collection Due In January

Legendary German death metallers MORGOTH will release a posthumous "best of" collection in January 2005 via Century Media Records. MORGOTH was one of the first, best and most important death metal bands from Germany. Their first demo was recorded in 1987 and their first tour was with AUTOPSY and PESTILENCE in 1990, the same year ...

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TAPPING THE VEIN In Pre-Production With NEIL KERNON

Philadelphia's TAPPING THE VEIN are currently in pre-production with renowned producer Neil Kernon (NEVERMORE, QUEENSRŸCHE, CANNIBAL CORPSE) for the follow-up to 2002's "The Damage", tentatively due next year via Nuclear Blast Records. Kernon apparently contacted the band while they were in the middle of writing material for their sophomore album and expressed interest in producing ...

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SKINLESS Part Ways With Singer, Seek Replacement

New York-based death metallers SKINLESS have issued the following statement via their official web site: "After a decade of giving 110% to SKINLESS, vocalist Sherwood Webber is leaving the band. He is pursuing other opportunities in life that wouldn't be possible while playing in a serious touring band. We thank Sherwood for his dedication, energy ...

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ILL NINO Scrap Tour, Blame Promoters

ILL NINO have scrapped their previously announced "We Salute You Tour" with DROWNING POOL, FLAW, 40 BELOW SUMMER and CANDIRIA. "The tour was cancelled because of lack of securing the venues, and lack of proper advertising," reads a posting on ILL NINO's web site. "The promoters responsible for the tour, Nocturnal Productions, did a terrible ...

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TOMMY LEE Discusses Child-Drowning Incident At His Home

Former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee recently spoke to ABC's "20/20" about the incident in 2001 when a horrible tragedy took place at his home. A boy drowned during his 5-year-old son Brandon's birthday party. The male nanny of young Daniel Karven-Veres told Lee he was going to a rock concert, leaving the child in ...

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ILL NINO To Tour With DROWNING POOL, FLAW, 40 BELOW SUMMER

ILL NINO have posted the following message on their official web site: "Hello everyone, weve been home for a couple of weeks now hanging with our families and friends, writing new material, finalizing the DVD, and getting ready to hit the road once again. The We Salute You Tour 2004 featuring ILL NINO, DROWNING POOL, ...

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P.O.D. Guitarist Releases Solo Album: More Details Revealed

P.O.D. guitarist Jason Truby, who replaced founding member Marcos Curiel in February 2003, has released a 24-track solo acoustic album, entitled "String Theory", via the group's web site. Truby reportedly played a remarkable nineteen guitars (including McGill, Ryan, Charis, Breedlove, Lowden, Langejans, Pimentel, Godin reso, and Sitar) on the album, which was produced "using a ...

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VINCE NEIL Collaborates With DESMOND CHILD On New Solo Single

MÖTLEY CRÜE frontman Vince Neil has collaborated with songwriting legend Desmond Child (BON JOVI, AEROSMITH, RICKY MARTIN) on a new song called "Promise Me". A video for the track will be filmed during Neil's appearance at The Palms Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV on October 3. The free event, which will serve as ...

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CHROMA KEY: New Album Due In November

InsideOut Music has set a November 9 release date for the new album from CHROMA KEY, entitled "Graveyard Mountain Home". The CD was produced and mixed in Istanbul, Turkey by the project's mastermind Kevin Moore (ex-DREAM THEATER, FATES WARNING) between September 2003 and September 2004. The track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. ...

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JESTER'S FUNERAL To Enter Studio Next Month

German metallers JESTER'S FUNERAL will enter the studio on October 18 to begin recording their fourth album, tentatively due in early 2005 through an as-yet-undetermined label. "We will produce the album on our own, supported by the SoundSquare production team from Duesseldorf and by our former bass player Holger Wies," the band write on their ...

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AC/DC Meets DAN RATHER? Audio Available

ECC reports: Years ago, The Evolution Control Committee put out a 7" single on the Eerie Materials label called "Rocked By Rape". The single's A-side blended together CBS anchor Dan Rather rapping violent rhetoric over a plodding beat of collaged AC/DC riffs. The B-side starts with a cut-up of dialogue explaining how to ...

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QUEEN Inducted Into HOLLYWOOD'S ROCKWALK: Photos Available

Surviving QUEEN members Brian May and Roger Taylor were inducted into Hollywood's RockWalk on Wednesday (Sept. 8) following the Las Vegas premiere of the musical "We Will Rock You", a rock theatrical stage show featuring 20 of QUEEN's greatest hits. Their handprints will be placed in cement along with a special plaque in memory of ...

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TOMMY LEE To Discuss PAMELA, Child Drowning In Upcoming Tell-All

Roger Friedman of FoxNews.com has details behind former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee's tell-all "TommyLand" (cover), which is scheduled for release next month. Among the topics Lee tackles is his long running on-again, off-again relationship with Pamela Anderson, including the famous sex video they made, which later became public. He also addresses the ...

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DAMAGEPLAN To Play Free Show In Illinois

DAMAGEPLAN, the new band formed by ex-PANTERA members Dimebag Darrell (guitar) and Vinnie Paul (drums), will play a free concert at at Davis Park in Rockford, IL on September 18, according to the Rockford Register Star. No opening acts have yet been announced for the show. Gates open at 4 p.m., with the first band ...

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VOLBEAT Set Release Date For Debut Album

Danish metallers VOLBEAT have set a November 1 release date through New Aeon Media (a subsidiary of Holland's Karmageddon Media) for their debut album, "The Strength/The Sound/The Songs". The CD was recorded at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen (RAUNCHY, INVOCATOR) and contains re-recorded tracks from the group's two demos, as well ...

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Metal Vocalist Publishes Poetry Book

Indiana native Mike Adams, who was allegedly one of the first vocalists to be considered as Dave Williams' replacement in DROWNING POOL, has just released a poetry book. Entitled "When The Vomit Makes You Famous: Poetry For Legends, Lovers, And Other Pseudo Fashions Of An Uncivil Society" (cover), the book is 5"x 8" ...

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War Is Heavy Metal: Upcoming Documentary Focuses On Music As Inspiration For Battle

"VH1 News Presents: Soundtrack to War", premiering Wednesday, August 18 at 9:00 p.m. introduces, through personal testimonies, the young and talented men and women experiencing the hell of war, and using music as inspiration while bullets fly. Australian filmmaker George Gittoes bypassed U.S. military chaperones to gain unprecedented access to the soldiers on the frontlines ...

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DROWNING POOL To Perform On ESPN2's 'Cold Pizza'

DROWNING POOL will be the featured musical guests on ESPN2's "Cold Pizza" airing on Tuesday (August 10) at 7am-9am ET (encores 9am-11 am ET). The band are expected to perform two songs ("Step Up" and "Love and War") from their latest album, "Desensitized", available now through Wind-Up Records. DROWNING POOL are currently on the road ...

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DROWNING POOL To Open For KISS In Memphis And New Orleans

DROWNING POOL will be opening for KISS on their "Rock the Nation" world tour on Friday, August 6 at The Pyramid Arena in Memphis, TN and Saturday, August 7 at New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, LA. DROWNING POOL singer Jason "Gong" Jones recently told The Hartford Courant that he is slowly finding a place ...

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DROWNING POOL Turned Away At Canadian Border — Again

DROWNING POOL have once again been turned away at the Canadian border, forcing the group to cancel their scheduled July 30 date at Toronto's Opera House. In an online posting, DROWNING POOL bassist Stevie Benton wrote, "As you all know, we were once again denied entrance into Canada. We feel like the trouble makers who ...

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Weight Of The World - METAL CHURCH

That characteristic chug from the Bay Area is perhaps as much of a reference point in these times as it was back in the heyday of scrotum-squeezing pants and decent METALLICA albums. Wisely, it could be argued, bands like TESTAMENT have brutalized their sound further to keep up with the seething new breed (THE HAUNTED ...

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