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HENRY ROLLINS Seeking New Members For His Band

Punk rock icon Henry Rollins, currently in the middle of a spoken-word tour, has revealed to The Ithaca Journal that he is in the process of looking for new group members to back him up. "As far as my musical pursuits, I am a mediocre talent," he said, "But at least I give it my ...

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MACABRE Confirm First U.K. Date In Almost 10 Years

Chicago's MACABRE will play Underworld in London on Saturday, February 21, 2004. The band have not played in the United Kingdom in almost ten years and are planning something very special to mark the occasion. MACABRE have also added a hometown gig to end the string of March U.S. dates at Oasis 160 in Chicago ...

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HENRY ROLLINS: More 'Spoken Word' Appearances Announced

Punk rock icon Henry Rollins has lined up the following spoken-word appearances during January/February: Jan. 13 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre Jan. 14 - Albuquerque, NM - Hiland Theatre Jan. 15 - Amarillo, TX - Nat Ballroom Jan. 16 - Dallas, TX - Deep Ellum Live Jan. 17 - San Antonio, TX - Sunset ...

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RAG MEN Sign European Deal With GANGSTYLE RECORDS

RAG MEN, the New York-based band featuring frontman Jorge Rosado (MERAUDER, GOD IS I), guitarist Mitts (SKARHEAD, CROWN OF THORNZ), bassist Ian "Bulldog" Edwards (FREYA, ex-EARTH CRISIS), and drummer Rigg Ross (SKARHEAD, ex-HATEBREED), have signed a European record deal with Gangstyle Records. The group's debut album is scheduled for release in January. Download the track ...

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METALLICA's HETFIELD To Contribute To WEST MEMPHIS 3 Benefit Publication

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield will be contributing to an as-yet-unnamed anthology publication to benefit the legal defense of the West Memphis Three (a.k.a. Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley and Jason Baldwin), who were allegedly convicted unfairly of murder. Published by Arsenal Pulp Press in Vancouver and co-edited by Brett Alexander Savory and M. W. Anderson, the ...

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The Washington Post: OPETH Disappoint A Few Headbangers At Club Gig

Dan Campbell of The Washington Times is reporting that OPETH disappointed a few of the headbangers in the audience at a recent show at the 9:30 Club "by playing mostly mellow, semiacoustic numbers from the band's new 'Damnation' album, which [PORCUPINE TREE's Steven] Wilson produced. However, singer-guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt said the band needs to stretch ...

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AUTUMN TEARS Announce New Members

Dark Symphonies recording artist AUTUMN TEARS are proud to announce that Laurie Ann Haus (ex-RAIN FELL WITHIN, EPHEMERAL SUN) will be joining the band to perform lead and backing vocals on the new album, "Eclipse", scheduled to be released in early 2004. Laurie performed backing vocals on RAIN FELL WITHIN's last release, "Refuge", as well ...

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GOREROTTED Sign With METAL BLADE RECORDS

U.K. blood merchants GOREROTTED have signed a deal with Metal Blade Records. "[GOREROTTED] first [came to] our attention when we saw them two years ago at the Fuck The Commerce festival," a spokesperson for the label said. "They were the fuckin' best band on the whole festival! GOREROTTED's first album, 'Mutilated In Minutes', is a ...

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KELLY OSBOURNE Lands Part In 'Live Freaky! Die Freaky!'

Kelly Osbourne is the latest cast addition to the forthcoming animated/puppetry film "Live Freaky! Die Freaky!", according to the film's official web site (www.livefreakydiefreaky.com). The Hellcat Pictures production was written and directed by independent filmmaker John Roecker and produced by RANCID/TRANSPLANTS guitarist/vocalist Tim Armstrong. Described as "an epic motion picture of puppet proportions," the film ...

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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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IGGY & THE STOOGES To Play Detroit In August

A reunited IGGY POP & THE STOOGES will play the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Detroit, Michigan on Aug. 14, according to the Detroit Free Press. Tickets are expected to run from $22 for lawn seats to $48 for pavilion seats. Sale info is not yet available. Also scheduled for the bill: New York noise-rock ...

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TONY FRANLIN Says He Knows Nothing About A BLUE MURDER Reunion

Former THE FIRM bassist Tony Franklin has refuted the reports of his involvement in an upcoming reunion of BLUE MURDER, the classic early '90s hard rock band he helped launch with guitarist/vocalist John Sykes (THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE) and Carmine Appice (OZZY OSBOURNE, VANILLA FUDGE). "I've had a number of people asking about the possibility of ...

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OPETH Confirm North American Tour With PORCUPINE TREE

Sweden's OPETH have confirmed the dates for their upcoming "Damnation" Tour 2003 with PORCUPINE TREE. The details are as follows Jul. 15 – Toronto, ONT - Opera House Jul. 16 – Montreal, QUE - Medley Jul. 17 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza Jul. 18 – Boston. MA - Berkeley Performance Centre Jul. 19 ...

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OPETH To Team Up With PORCUPINE TREE For North American Tour

OPETH will be teaming up with PORCUPINE TREE for a co-headlining North American tour beginning in early July. According to PORCUPINE TREE's official web site, "OPETH have recently been touring North America extensively to promote their 2002 album 'Deliverance', but on their tour with [PORCUPINE TREE] they will be focusing on their non-metal material for ...

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DEFTONES Joined By TAPROOT Singer At Detroit Gig

DEFTONES brought a special guest — TAPROOT frontman Steve Richards — onstage Thursday (May 8) at St. Andrew's Hall in Detroit. Richards joined the group for the song, "Teething", DEFTONES' contribution to the 1996 soundtrack for "The Crow: City Of Angels". DEFTONES singer Chino Moreno noted that TAPROOT — who hail from nearby Ann Arbor ...

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SKIN: 'Trashed' Video Posted Online

Former SKUNK ANANSIE frontwoman Skin's new video, "Trashed", can be seen via her official web site at this location. "Trashed" comes off Skin's debut solo album, "Fleshwounds", due on June 9 through EMI Records. "Fleshwounds" was recorded in two bursts — first in 2001, in Belgium, with producer David Kosten, and then a ...

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SKIN: New Single Posted Online

Former SKUNK ANANSIE frontwoman Skin's new single, "Trashed", can be heard in streaming Real Audio at this location. "Trashed" comes off Skin's debut solo album, "Fleshwounds", due on June 9 through EMI Records. "Fleshwounds" was recorded in two bursts — first in 2001, in Belgium, with producer David Kosten, and then a year ...

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HELLION: Hard At Work On New Songs

Veteran California metallers HELLION are continuing to write new material for the follow-up to "Will Not Go Quietly", which was released earlier this year through Germany's Massacre Records. Working song titles include "Two Fires", "The Big One", "All Systems Go", and "Thunder". In other news, "We were going to do the Headbangers Open Air Festival ...

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Office Of Strategic Influence - OSI

Controversy isn't something readily associated with something as mathematical and calculated as a progressive rock supergroup. But controversial this album is — and not for the first reason that springs to mind. That group/album title, you see, eludes to a proposed covert US information agency dreamed up after 9/11 to supposedly spread favorable propaganda in ...

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