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Toxic Smoke Suspected In Deaths Of GREAT WHITE Concert Fire Victims

Death certificates issued for some of the victims of the GREAT WHITE concert fire are leading lawyers to focus on whether the toxic fumes rendered the nightclub's patrons incapable of escaping the fast-moving blaze, according to The Providence Journal. The death certificates show that some of the victims died from inhaling "products of combustion" and ...

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THE WILDHEARTS' GINGER Offers Iraq Solution

Frontman Ginger of the British band THE WILDHEARTS has issued yet another message condemning President George Bush over his foreign policy and the possibility of the U.S. waging war on Iraq. It reads as follows: "I believe that to make this world work efficiently we need to unify and act as a world, and not ...

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H.I.M. Launch Search For Support Band

According to the Finnish daily newspaper Ilta-Sanomat, H.I.M., MTV Europe and Jägermeister are looking for a band to support H.I.M. on their next European tour, which is scheduled to take place in the fall. During the spring, MTV will be airing a trailer with further instructions for groups to follow if they wish to be ...

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NEW ENGLAND METAL AND HARDCORE FESTIVAL: Lineup Announced!

SUPERJOINT RITUAL, MESHUGGAH, THE HAUNTED, SUFFOCATION and LAMB OF GOD are among the artists scheduled to appear at this year's New England Metal And Hardcore Festival, set to take place on May 16-17 at the Palladium in Worcester, Massachusetts. The compete lineup for the fesatival is as follows: Friday, May 16 (3:00 p.m. doors): OPETH ...

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AEROSMITH Drummer Demolishes House, Builds New Home

AEROSMITH drummer Joey Kramer has taken the bulldozer to his 15-room mansion south of Boston to build cozier quarters in its place, according to the Associated Press. The 52-year-old rocker had put the 1910 Georgian colonial on the market in 2001 for $3.75 million but opted to downsize the residence instead after it failed to ...

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GARDENIAN Announce New Lineup, Begin Work On Fourth Album

Sweden's GARDENIAN have resurfaced after a lengthy, self-imposed hiatus and have announced details of a new lineup and album. Joining guitarist Niklas Engelin and drummer Thim Blom in the group's latest incarnation are TIME REQUIEM singer Apollo Papathanasio and former GOOSEFLESH bassist Robert Hakemo. Kriss Albertsson, who previously played bass in the group, remains a ...

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KRITICKILL Turn Down NICKELBACK Offer

Killeen, Texas-based act KRITICKILL have reportedly turned down a record deal offer from 604 Records, the label venture headed by NICKELBACK frontman Chad Kroeger and his longtime attorney Jonathan Simkin. Although no specific reason was given for their decision, the group are said to have ended contract negotiations with the label on the advice of ...

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DROWNING POOL: 'We Are Not Looking For DAVE WILLIAMS II'

Since reconvening late last year, the surviving members of DROWNING POOL have written more than half a dozen instrumental songs, which drummer Mike Luce described to Rolling Stone as ranging from their heaviest material ever to a track that might be their lightest (tentatively titled "Pussy Control"). "The only thing that kept us positive was ...

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Former MÖTLEY CRÜE Drummer Back In Court

Former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee lost his bid Tuesday to add someone else to the lawsuit blaming him for the death of a 4-year-old boy who drowned in his pool. Attorney Philip D. Weiss, representing Lee in the lawsuit filed by the parents of Daniel Karven-Veres, said Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Richard Neidorf's ...

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DROWNING POOL: Paying Tribute To Late Frontman

DROWNING POOL bassist Stevie Benton recently told Australia's Undercover News that every cent made from the sale of the group's new DVD "Sinema" is going to fulfill late DP singer Dave Williams' dream of buying his parents a house. "Every penny that is made from this record, none of us, not our manager, will make ...

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DROWNING POOL Begin Singer Search, Cite AC/DC Inspiration

The remaining members of DROWNING POOL have started rehearsing again this week and now will actively seek out a replacement for frontman Dave Williams, who passed away last August. Bass player Stevie Benton told Australia's Undercover News their motivation in moving forward is the example set by AC/DC. "We have actually talked about the 'Back ...

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MACHINE HEAD Frontman Turns Down DROWNING POOL Audition

MACHINE HEAD frontman Robert Flynn was one of the vocalists recently approached to audition for the DROWNING POOL singer slot left vacant by the death of Dave Williams. Flynn, who is not believed to be a DROWNING POOL fan, is said to have politely turned down the offer, citing his desire to carry on with ...

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DROWNING POOL To Premiere 'Daredevil' Track On Dallas Station

The surviving members of DROWNING POOL will be at the studios of Dallas rock Station 97.1 The Eagle (KEGL) with Cindy Scull and Robert Miguel on Friday, Dec. 6 between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Central Time. They will discuss their future plans and will premiere "The Man Without Fear", their recently-recorded contribution to the ...

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TOMMY LEE Wrongful-Death Lawsuit Gets Trial Date

A Los Angeles judge has set a trial date of April 2 for the wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the parents of a four-year-old boy who drowned last year while attending a birthday party at ex-MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee's Malibu residence. Superior Court Judge Richard Neidorf decided that the case should be heard before a ...

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TOMMY LEE Wrongful Death Lawsuit To Proceed To Trial Phase

The parents of the boy who drowned at Tommy Lee's Malibu home last summer are demanding at least $1,000,000 from the ex-MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer in a wrongful death and negligence lawsuit, according to Celebrity Justice. A court-ordered mediation, which was to begin at the end of this month, has reportedly fallen through, thereby clearing the ...

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DROWNING POOL: DAVE Was No Smack Addict

DROWNING POOL have publicly hit out at all the rumor-mongers who insisted that the death of their vocalist Dave Williams this summer was drug-related. The 30-year-old Williams was found dead on the DROWNING POOL tour bus on August 14, while the band were touring as part of the US Ozzfest. An inquest into the singer's ...

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HASTE video for 'Engine' added to MTV2 Rocks

Birmingham, Alabama's HASTE has had their video for "Engine" from "When Reason Sleeps" officially added to MTV2 Rocks. The video will make its debut this Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 6:00 p.m. EST. This is a huge accomplishment, as they have become the first Century Media band to ever make it into MTV2 Rocks. Filmed by ...

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KRITICKILL In Talks With 604 RECORDS

Killeen, Texas-based act KRITICKILL are reportedly negotiating a record deal with 604 Records, the label venture headed by NICKELBACK frontman Chad Kroeger and his longtime attorney Jonathan Simkin. Consisting of Dave Irons (vocals), Todd Gardner (drums), Donny Morse (guitars), and Bryan Koestens (bass), KRITICKILL have been together since 1997 and have opened for such national ...

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NEUROTICA's KELLY SHAEFER: 'We're Not A Wrestling Band!'

NEUROTICA frontman Kelly Shaefer believes that his group's association with the WWE-owned Smackdown Records (which released NEUROTICA's self-titled third album) ultimately hurt the band in the eyes of the record-buying public, who refused to take the group seriously after seeing them cross-promoted at wrestling events. "We're not a wrestling band — we're a rock and ...

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