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STEVE VAI To Release 2-DVD Set In November

Guitar virtuoso Steve Vai will issue a two-DVD set, entitled "Live at the Astoria London", on November 18 through Favored Nations. "Live at the Astoria London" is Vai's first-ever live performance DVD, and it clocks in at more than 2 1/2 hours. It was filmed at the Astoria in London, England, on December 6 and ...

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ANNA KJELLBERG Leaves SUPERFIX, Seeks Full-Time Band

Former DRAIN STH bassist Anna Kjellberg has officially parted ways with SUPERFIX (mp3), the project she formed three years ago with ex-DRAIN STH drummer-turned-vocalist Martina Axen. "After playing with Martina for 14 years, I decided it was time to move on," Anna told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. "We have grown apart musically and didn't have the ...

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GODSMACK Rethink Acoustic EP Idea

GODSMACK appear to have changed their minds about releasing an all-acoustic EP, titled "The Other Side", next month through their label, Republic/Universal Records. The band recorded acoustic versions of "Serenity" and seven other songs during sessions in Hawaii this summer with producer David Bottrill. A tentative Nov. 18 release date is set, but LiveDaily.com quotes ...

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THRUST Singer Seriously Injured In Motorcyle Crash

Greg Divine, the lead singer of Kansas City-based THRUST (web site), was seriously injured when his motorcycle collided with a car Wednesday night (September 24). Divine is lucky to be alive after the crash, KMBC's Kris Ketz reported. The vocalist was not wearing a helmet when his motorcycle came together with a car, ...

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BILLY SHEEHAN To Play In STEVE VAI's Band On G3 '03 Tour

Legendary bassist Billy Sheehan (DAVID LEE ROTH, MR. BIG, TALAS) will be part of STEVE VAI's backing group during the upcoming G3 '03 tour, also featuring JOE SATRIANI and YNGWIE MALMSTEEN. "Some of you old timers may remember the TALAS/YNGWIE tour from 1985," Sheehan writes on his web site. "That was the tour I did ...

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BEHEMOTH To Utilize Session Bassist On North American Tour

Polish extreme metal titans BEHEMOTH will be utilizing the services of bassist Istvan from the California black metal band RISE during their upcoming Un-Natural Born Killers tour, also featuring SIX FEET UNDER, SKINLESS and BLACK DAHLIA MURDER. The group's regular bass player, Orion, is unable to make the trek for reasons that have yet to ...

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THE UNNATURAL BORN KILLERS TOUR 2003: Tour Dates Announced

Most of the dates for the forthcoming "The Unnatural Born Killers Tour 2003", featuring headliners SIX FEET UNDER with openers SKINLESS, BEHEMOTH, and THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER have been officially announced. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Oct. 16 - Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug Oct. 17 - Orlando, FL @ Back Booth Oct. ...

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SATRIANI, VAI, MALMSTEEN To Appear On 'Rockline'

Guitar legends Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen will make an October 1 appearance on the syndicated radio program "Rockline" to help launch their G3 '03 tour, which kicks off in Phoenix on October 9. A list of radio stations that carry the program is posted at the official "Rockline" web site. ...

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Singer AMY LEE Helps Give EVANESCENCE Substance

Joel Francis of The Kansas City Star reports that EVANESCENCE singer "Amy Lee is a rare person in rock music: a woman fronting a hard-rock band, and a rising musician who cares more about her songs than her album sales. "Her band, EVANESCENCE, is an unusual rock band. In the age of homogeneous radio playlists, ...

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MARILYN MANSON To Embark On Headlining Tour

MARILYN MANSON will embark on a headlining U.S. tour starting October 10 in Los Angeles. The 15-date run, which will include a mix of theaters and auditoriums, is scheduled to conclude on November 1 in New Orleans. MARILYN MANSON will be touring in support of his latest release, "The Golden Age of the Grotesque", which ...

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MONTROSE Reunite For First Time In 25 Years: Photos Available

The original members of MONTROSESammy Hagar, Ronnie Montrose, Bill Church and Denny Carmassi — reformed for the first time in 25 years for three special performances during the final shows of Hagar's summer tour. Also joining Hagar and his band THE WABORITAS on stage during the shows was VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony. ...

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MUDVAYNE To Embark On Headlining Tour

MUDVAYNE will set out on a headlining tour in September on a bill that will also feature POWERMAN 5000, V SHAPE MIND and FINGERTIGHT. MUDVAYNE will be touring in support of their sophomore release, last November's "The End of All Things to Come", which features the group's latest single, "World So Cold". Confirmed dates are ...

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FIREHOUSE To Release 'Prime Time' In September

FIREHOUSE will issue their latest CD, "Prime Time", in Japan and Southeast Asia on September 18. The rest of the territories will receive the album in October. The lineup on "Prime Time" is as follows: CJ Snare - Vocals, Keys Bill Leverty - Guitar, Vocals Michael Foster - Drums, Percussion, Vocals Dario Seixas - Bass, ...

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SAMMY HAGAR To Issue DVD In September

Former VAN HALEN frontman SAMMY HAGAR will be issuing a DVD titled "The Long Road To Cabo" on September 23 through Sanctuary. Over three hundred hours of material was shot and edited to create the final product, which is being described on Hagar's web site as "a combination of live concert performances and a behind-the-scenes ...

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EVANESCENCE Kick Off NINTENDO FUSION TOUR

EVANESCENCE kicked off The Nintendo Fusion Tour at Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California Monday night (August 4). Check out pictures from Wire Image. Joining EVANESCENCE on the run through the month of August are COLD, REVIS and CAUTERIZE. FINGER ELEVEN steps in for CAUTERIZE during the outing's newly added September dates. The ...

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LACUNA COIL Go Acoustic: Audio Available

On the eve of their 16-date tour with TYPE O NEGATIVE and 10-show run with ANTHRAX, LACUNA COIL flew in from Milan, Italy into Boston, Massachusetts to perform a never-before-attempted, world debut acoustic set of "Aeon" and "Heaven's A Lie" from their recent release, "Comalies", and "Senzafine" from 2001's "Unleashed Memories" on radio station WAAF ...

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POISON Frontman Announces Solo Tour

VH1 Classic recently announced they will present the Bret Michaels "Songs of Life" tour this fall. Michaels will embark on this, his first-ever solo tour, on September 26 in Cincinnati, Ohio — just two weeks after the POISON tour ends. The tour is in support of Michaels' "Songs Of Life" CD released on May 20, ...

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CRADLE OF FILTH Bassist: We Are Too Extreme For EPIC RECORDS

It's hard to think of any logical reason to explain why Epic Records thought the black-metal scene was such an untapped gold mine of commercial potential that it gave CRADLE OF FILTH the opportunity to "waste as much money as possible, lots of makeup, lots of beer, 77-minute-long albums," bassist David Pybus tells Michael Tedder ...

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LEADFOOT: More Tour Dates Announced

LEADFOOT, the North Carolina-based group featuring former C.O.C. vocalist Karl Agell and bassist Phil Swisher, have lined up the following dates during the coming weeks: Jul. 30 – Zaphods - Ottawa, ONT Jul. 31 – Coach & Horses - Windsor, ONT Aug. 01 – Call The Office - London, ONT Aug. 02 – The 360 ...

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DYING FETUS, SKINLESS, MISERY INDEX: The Final Itinerary

The final itinerary has been released for the forthcoming U.S. tour featuring DYING FETUS, SKINLESS, DIVINE EMPIRE and MISERY INDEX. The dates are as follows: Jul. 19 – Latham, NY @ Saratoga Winners Jul. 20 – Farmingdale, NY @ Downtown Jul. 21 – Randolph, NJ @ Obsessions Jul. 22 - Wilkes Barre, PA @ Cafe ...

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GREAT WHITE Working Out Details For Kansas Concert

Lawrence Journal-World is reporting that "organizers are working out details for an Aug. 22 concert in Russell [Kansas] by GREAT WHITE, the 1980s band whose pyrotechnics are blamed for starting the Feb. 20 fire that killed 100 — including the band's guitarist — at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I. "The concert would be ...

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JETHRO TULL Leader To Embark On Solo Tour

JETHRO TULL leader Ian Anderson will embark on a two-month solo tour in the fall in support of his forthcoming disc, "Rupi's Dance". The solo tour — dubbed "Rubbing Elbows with Ian Anderson" — is described on JETHRO TULL's web site as "an intimate evening of acoustic songs, music and bawdy tales." "Rupi's Dance", due ...

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Should Mosh Pits Be Banned?

Ryanne Scott of The Gazette reports that concertgoers say exhilaration, excitement and chaos are to be found in wading to the front of the audience and throwing themselves into a mosh pit with other fans who love metal and punk music. The pit thrives on physical contact. Moshers enter jumping and thrashing around, all while ...

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Former DRAIN STH Bassist To Tour With HANZEL UND GRETYL

Former DRAIN STH and current SUPERFIX bassist Anna Kjellberg will be filling in on bass for New York industrial band HANZEL UND GRETYL's Fukken Über Tour, beginning on Thursday (July 3) in Washington D.C. Confirmed dates are as follows: Jul. 03 – Washington D.C. - Nation Jul. 04 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade Jul. 05 ...

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SPEEDEALER To Tour West Coast, Canada In August

The reformed SPEEDEALER, now featuring bassist Casey Orr (GWAR, RIGOR MORTIS, X-COPS, THE HELLIONS, THE BURDEN BROTHERS), will launch a tour of the West coast and Western Canada beginning August 13. Support at all dates will come from BAD WIZARD and BOULDER. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon. SPEEDEALER have just completed work ...

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SPEEDEALER Name New Album

The reformed SPEEDEALER, now featuring bassist Casey Orr (GWAR, RIGOR MORTIS, X-COPS, THE HELLIONS, THE BURDEN BROTHERS), have set "Bleed" as the title for their fifth studio album, tentatively due in September through Dead Teenager Records. The follow-up to last year's "Second Sight" was produced by Jeff Pinkus (BUTTHOLE SURFERS). In other news, SPEEDEALER will ...

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