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MASTERPLAN Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande, have been confirmed to appear at next year's installment of Bang Your Head festival, scheduled to take place Jun. 27-28, 2003 in Balingen, Germany. The list of artists currently set to perform at Bang Your ...

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METAL RULES! Magazine Returns With Issue #15!

Metal Rules! magazine has released their 15th issue. This issue features interviews with Chris Jericho (WWE, FOZZY), "Half Baked" and "Saturday Night Live"'s Jim Breuer, RATT, SAXON, JETHRO TULL, GOD FORBID, FALL SILENT, W.A.S.P., Paul Di'Anno (IRON MAIDEN), THY DISEASE, FIREHOUSE, DOKKEN, ROTTEN SOUND, WARRANT, 100 music reviews and, believe it or not, a back ...

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Former DOKKEN Guitarist Delays Album, Issues Solo EP

Former DOKKEN and current L/P guitarist George Lynch has pushed back the projected release date of his upcoming solo CD to late 2003. "Because of all the time I have spent working on the L/P and 'Revolution' (remake album of DOKKEN/LYNCH MOB numbers) projects, my long-rumored solo CD has been delayed," Lynch writes on his ...

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Former DIO Guitarist Completes Work On New Solo CD

Former DIO/WORLD WAR III guitarist TRACY G has completed work on his latest solo CD, "Deviating From The Set List", featuring covers of classic rock tunes. The album, which reportedly took a year to record, includes guest appearances from 24 artists, among them Ralph Saenz (vocals - ATOMIC PUNK, METAL SHOP), Ray Luzier (drums - ...

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WHITESNAKE Mainman Speaks Out On Reunion Tour

WHITESNAKE frontman David Coverdale has spoken out on his decision to bring the group back to life for their first U.S .tour in 12 years on a co-headlining stint with German hard rockers THE SCORPIONS. The trek, which is set to kick off on Jan. 29 in Jacksonville, Florida, will feature DOKKEN in the opening ...

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BITCH Reunite, Confirm Appearance At BANG YOUR HEAD 2003

Legendary '80s Californian act BITCH, fronted by Betsy "Bitch" Weiss, have reunited and will make their European live debut at the 2003 edition of Bang Your Head Festival on Jun. 27-28, 2003 in Balingen, Germany. "Back in the Eighties, Betsy Weiss [became] known as 'Pat Benatar's evil twin' and sang herself into metal's hall of ...

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WHITESNAKE 2003 Lineup Confirmed!

WHITESNAKE have finalized and confirmed their 2003 touring lineup. It is as follows: Vocals - David Coverdale Drums - Tommy Aldridge (OZZY OSBOURNE, THIN LIZZY) Guitar - Doug Aldrich (DIO, LION, BURNING RAIN) Guitar - Reb Beach (WINGER, ALICE COOPER, DOKKEN) Bass - Marco Mendoza (TED NUGENT, THIN LIZZY) Keyboards - Timothy Drury (EAGLES, DON ...

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DAVID COVERDALE: 'I Can't Confirm Or Deny' WHITESNAKE Lineup Rumors

WHITESNAKE mastermind David Coverdale has refused to comment on the growing rumors that he has enlisted guitarist Doug Aldrich (DIO, HURRICANE, LION), bassist Marco Mendoza (THIN LIZZY, BLUE MURDER) and drummer Tommy Aldridge (OZZY OSBOURNE, TED NUGENT, THIN LIZZY) to perform as his backing band on the group's upcoming reunion tour. "I can't confirm, or ...

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WHITESNAKE And DOKKEN 2003 Lineup Details Unveiled

According to Melodicrock.com, the lineup for WHITESNAKE's upcoming reunion tour will likely consist of frontman David Coverdale, bassist Marco Mendoza (THIN LIZZY, BLUE MURDER), guitarist Doug Aldrich (DIO, HURRICANE, LION) and drummer Tommy Aldridge (OZZY OSBOURNE, TED NUGENT, THIN LIZZY). Rumors also abound that Warren DiMartini (RATT) was asked to fill the second-guitarist slot, but ...

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JEFF KOLLMANN To Produce GLENN HUGHES CD

Back from a successful UK tour with $IGN Of 4, featuring UFO vocalist Phil Mogg, Los Angeles-based guitarist/songwriter/producer Jeff Kollman is gearing up to enter the studio with 'The Voice of Rock', GLENN HUGHES, on December 15. Kollman will produce, co-write, and contribute guitar to Hughes' forthcoming rock record which is being recorded at Kollman's ...

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L/P Ink Deal With SPITFIRE RECORDS

L/P, the new group featuring former DOKKEN members George Lynch (guitar) and Jeff Pilson (bass/vocals), are about to sign a domestic deal with Spitfire Records and "we're over-the-top excited about it," Pilson wrote on his official web site. "A final release date has yet to be named, but my guess is March or April, shouldn't ...

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TWISTED SISTER To Headline BANG YOUR HEAD 2003

The reunited TWISTED SISTER, who yesterday announced their participation in next year's installment of Sweden Rock festival, have now been officially confirmed to headline the 2003 edition of Bang Your Head Festival, scheduled to take place Jun. 27-28, 2003 in Balingen, Germany. According to the official Bang Your Head newsletter, "the 'Sick Motherfuckers' will be ...

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WINGER Guitarist In Talks To Rejoin DOKKEN

WINGER guitarist Reb Beach is strongly rumored to be eyeing a return to the DOKKEN lineup for the group's upcoming U.S. tour with WHITESNAKE and THE SCORPIONS. When asked about the possibility of rejoining forces with Don Dokken following the latter's stints with John Norum and Italian guitarist Alex De Rosso, Beach said, "Looks good ...

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DOKKEN Cancel Headlining Dates

DOKKEN have cancelled their previously-announced headlining shows in January as a result of having been confirmed for the upcoming U.S. tour with WHITESNAKE and THE SCORPIONS. Exact dates and venues for the trek — which is set to kick off in early January and last through the end of March — are expected to be ...

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GEORGE LYNCH Completes Work On Album Of DOKKEN/LYNCH MOB Remakes

Former DOKKEN guitarist George Lynch has commenced the mixing process for the as-yet-untitled an album of current remakes of DOKKEN and LYNCH MOB songs, which he recently recorded with the help of ex-DOKKEN and current L/P bassist Jeff Pilson (who sings on the DOKKEN tunes) and ex-LYNCH MOB frontman Robert Mason (who handles the LYNCH ...

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DOKKEN Announce California Gigs

DOKKEN have announced four headlining shows during January. They are as follows: Jan. 09 - Palo Alto, CA @ The Icon Jan. 10 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre Jan. 11 - Agoura Hills, CA @ Canyon Club Jan. 12 - San Diego, CA @ 4th & B ...

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HYPOCRISY Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

Sweden's HYPOCRISY, led by acclaimed metal producer and PAIN frontman Peter Tägtgren, are the latest act to have been confirmed for next year's installment of the Bang Your Head Festival, which is scheduled to take place on June 27-28, 2003 in Balingen, Germany. The following artists are currently set to appear at the event: U.D.O. ...

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KELLY KEELING Lines Up Hard Rock Veterans For Upcoming Solo CD

Vocalist/guitarist Kelly Keeling (BATON ROUGE, BLUE MURDER, MSG, GUITAR ZEUS, JOHN NORUM, etc.), currently signed to Holland's Mascot Records as a solo artist, has posted the following update via his official web site: "I am in Los Angeles recording what I hope will be the last seven songs for the album. "Vinnie Appice rocked last ...

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DOKKEN Band Members Sued By Former Bassist

Former DOKKEN bassist Jeff Pilson has filed suit against two of his ex-bandmates, singer-guitarist Don Dokken and drummer Mick Brown, to dissolve their musical and financial partnership. The lawsuit, filed Monday (Nov. 4) in California Superior Court in Los Angeles, claims Don Dokken wrongfully hired a replacement bassist for this year's "Long Way Home" album ...

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JEFF PILSON: 'Things Are Heating Up In L/P Land'

L/P, the new group featuring former DOKKEN members George Lynch (guitar) and Jeff Pilson (bass/vocals), are in the final stages of negotiations for a U.S. record deal, having already secured a Japanese release via JVC Records. "Things are heating up in L/P land," Pilson writes on his official web site. "There are a couple labels ...

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SPINESHANK: New Album Coming Out 'Better Than Expected'

SPINESHANK drummer Tommy Decker recently posted the following update on the progress of the recording sessions for the band's forthcoming album, "Violent Mood Swings": "I just wanted to let you know what the latest news on the recording is...We have laid down the drums to 15 tracks and I have 2 more to do today. ...

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DOKKEN Bassist Sits In With FIREHOUSE

Bassist Barry Sparks (DOKKEN, ULI JON ROTH) has posted the following message on his official web site: "Well, on Friday night I was just settling down for the normal kind of weekend us rockstars have - you know, watching the cartoon channel and picking the green bits from inside the deepest recesses of my toenails ...

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