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Report: Station Apologizes for JOHNNY ROTTEN Rant

The television station ITV apologized Wednesday after former SEX PISTOLS singer John Lydon let fly with a string of expletives on a live reality TV program, according to the Associated Press. Lydon, formerly known as Johnny Rotten, made the foul-mouthed rant on the Australian set of "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here!" ...

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TILES: Back Catalog To Be Reissued

Detroit-based progressive rockers TILES will have their back catalog reissued in March as part of InsideOut Music's Special Edition series (March 1 in Europe, March 16 in North America). According to a posting on TILES' web site, "[guitarist and chief songwriter] Chris [Herin] wrote an essay for each Special Edition outlining the details of the ...

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IRENCROS Sign With ADRENALINE/STEELHEART RECORDS

Italian power progressive symphonic metal band IRENCROS have inked a deal with Adrenaline/Steelheart Records. The group's debut album, "Alchemy of Destruction" is "a cleverly written concept album based on the different aspects and meanings of destruction," according to an official press release. IRENCROS' sound can best be described as a "mix between symphonic/power metal with ...

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HAMMERFALL Singer To Shoot Video Clip In February

HAMMERFALL frontman Joacim Cans began recording the vocals for his upcoming solo album, titled "Beyond the Gates", on January 15 with producer Charlie Bauerfeind (HELLOWEEN, MOTÖRHEAD, SAXON, BLIND GUARDIAN, RAGE). Charlie is also slated to mix the CD, which will be released under the CANS banner on April 26 through Sanctuary Records. Late February, the ...

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SOCIETY 1: Live Suspension Show Scheduled For March

Before entering the studio to record their second album for Earache Records, SOCIETY 1 will give one final performance in support of their Earache debut, "Exit Through Fear"...and this won't be any ordinary show! Thursday, March 11, at The Key Club in West Hollywood, California... Not only will SOCIETY 1 play a full set of ...

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Report: LIMP BIZKIT Cancel Southeast Asian Tour, Cite 'Security Risks'

Thailand's The Nation reports that LIMP BIZKIT cancelled their Southeast Asian tour due to security risks, the organizer of their Bangkok concert said Tuesday (Dec. 2). Following recent warnings from the U.S. State Department of increased security risks in the region, the band cancelled upcoming concerts in Bali, Manila and Bangkok, BEC Tero Entertainment Co. ...

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OMEN To Support HELLOWEEN In Texas

Classic metallers OMEN have been confirmed to support HELLOWEEN at three Texas dates in January. In addition, the band will perform a special CD-release show in December. Upcoming OMEN dates: Dec. 12 - The Indigo - Dallas, TX Jan. 22 - The Engine Room - Houston, TX (w/ HELLOWEEN) Jan. 23 - White Rabbit - ...

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FEAR FACTORY: The Future Is Now

FEAR FACTORY frontman Burton C. Bell has posted the following message on the band's newly re-launched official web site: "The past has been nothing more than a template, a blueprint for what the future holds in store for us. The evidence is apparent, archived for all to see, hear, and comprehend. Nothing has ...

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ARMORED SAINT: DVD Update

FATES WARNING/ARMORED SAINT bassist Joey Vera has posted the following message on his web site: "Just a quick update on the progress on the new SAINT DVD I'm working on: This new DVD will feature ARMORED SAINT during the years 1991-2002. Mostly comprised of live bootleg videos from various tours, the total running program will ...

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HAMMERFALL Singer Working On Solo Album

HAMMERFALL vocalist Joacim Cans has collaborated with DIONYSUS/ex-SINERGY drummer Ronny Milianowicz on three songs for Cans' forthcoming solo album. At the moment, Joacim is working with Swedish pop singer Marcus Öhrn on additional material for the CD, which is expected to surface in April 2004. Other musicians expected to make an appearance on the album ...

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FAIR WARNING, EUROPE Members Join Forces In LAST AUTUMN'S DREAM

LAST AUTUMN'S DREAM, the new melodic rock "supergroup" featuring famed Swedish singer Mikael Erlandsson together with former FAIR WARNING guitarist Andy Malecek plus three-quarters of EUROPEMic Michaeli (keyboards), John Leven (on bass) and Ian Haugland (on drums) — have signed a deal with Frontiers Records. The group's self-titled debut album will be released ...

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ALTARIA Announce Finnish Dates

Finnish melodic metallers ALTARIA, who feature in their ranks SONATA ARCTICA guitarist Jani Liimatainen and NIGHTWISH six-stringer Emppu Vuorinen, have confirmed the following dates during January: Jan. 23 - Hullu Pullo – Vaasa, FIN Jan. 24 - Loop – Oulu, FIN As previously reported, ALTARIA have set "Divinity" as the tentative title for their sophomore ...

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DEF LEPPARD Fan Fired For Going To Concert

Sheffield Star reports that a devoted DEF LEPPARD fan claims he was fired for going to watch his heroes in concert. South Yorkshire carpenter Glyn Wilkinson (photo) was given tickets by his daughter Kerry for the family to see the band's homecoming gig in Sheffield. He was working in London and decided to ...

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Original OMEN Vocalist J.D. KIMBALL Passes Away

J.D. Kimball, the former lead singer of OMEN, passed away on October 3 after a three-year battle with cancer. OMEN guitarist Kenny Powell had these words to say about his former bandmate: "He was a great writer, one of the true innovators in the early years of power metal. I am extremely proud of the ...

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ALTARIA Prepare To Enter Studio

Finnish melodic metallers ALTARIA, who feature in their ranks SONATA ARCTICA guitarist Jani Liimatainen and NIGHTWISH six-stringer Emppu Vuorinen, have set "Divinity" as the tentative title for their sophomore album, due in May 2004 through AOR Heaven sub-label Metal Heaven Records. The group will enter the studio on October 10 to begin recording the effort, ...

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SUICIDAL TENDENCIES: MUIR Reports From Kentucky's FEST FIVE

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES frontman Mike Muir has posted the following report from the band's appearance at last weekend's 105.1 WLRS' Fest Five event on the Great Lawn in Louisville, Kentucky: "Lori, the bands booking agent called Wednesday, saying she just got a call asking if we were available and willing to fly out a play a ...

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EXCITER Completing Work On 'Greatest Hits' Compilation

Canadian thrash pioneers EXCITER have entered the studio next month to re-record 16 of their "best" songs for an upcoming "Best Of" album, tentatively due in early 2004 through Osmose Productions. The group, who were recently rejoined by frontman Jacques Belanger, are re-recording material from the following albums: "Heavy Metal Maniac", "Violence and Force", "Long ...

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SEVEN WITCHES To Support OVERKILL In Europe

SEVEN WITCHES, the band featuring former SAVATAGE guitarist Jack Frost, ARMORED SAINT/FATES WARNING bassist Joey Vera, and HELSTAR singer James Rivera, have been confirmed as the opening band for OVERKILL on their November European tour. Prior to hitting the road with OVERKILL, SEVEN WITCHES will play several warm-up headlining dates in the U.S. and Europe. ...

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LINKIN PARK Get OK For Malaysia Concert

LINKIN PARK have received the government's permission to perform next month in Malaysia — but they won't be allowed to scream, jump around or wear shorts onstage, according to the Associated Press. The Ministry of Culture and Arts said Wednesday it has approved plans for the band to hold a concert on Oct. 15 at ...

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GREAT WHITE Guitarist's Memorial Crosses Removed From Nightclub Site

Two crosses dedicated to GREAT WHITE guitarist Ty Longley, who died in The Station nightclub fire, have been removed from the site of the former club, according to the Associated Press. The crosses were reportedly removed sometime between Thursday night (September 11) and Saturday morning (September 13). Jody King, vice president of The Station Family ...

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W.A.S.P.: No New Music Until 2004

According to a posting on W.A.S.P.'s official web site, www.waspnation.com, "the highly anticipated new albums by W.A.S.P. will be in stores next year as a two-part series. The first album will be out worldwide in February of 2004 and the second album, part two of the story, will be released in late April/early ...

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JACK FROST: Solo Album Details Revealed

Former SAVATAGE and current SEVEN WITCHES guitarist Jack Frost has finalized the track listing for his solo effort, "Raise Your Fist To Metal", due in October through Noise/Sanctuary Records. The final track listing for "Raise Your Fist To Metal" is as follows: 01. Stay 02. The Chase 03. Brotherhood of Lies 04. What's Left 05. ...

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SEVEN WITCHES To Enter Studio In September

SEVEN WITCHES, the band featuring former SAVATAGE guitarist Jack Frost, ARMORED SAINT/FATES WARNING bassist Joey Vera, and HELSTAR singer James Rivera, will return to the studio in September to begin recording the follow-up to "Passage to the Other Side". Touring should begin in early 2004. In other news, Frost is busy at work on his ...

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FATES WARNING Bassist: Tales From The Road

FATES WARNING bassist Joey Vera has posted the following message on his web site: "I'm back in black! The post-tour decompression is in progress. Glad to be home after the 6-week tour. I truly had the best time on the tour with FATES WARNING (supporting DREAM THEATER and QUEENSRŸCHE). We were treated with great respect ...

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Review: QUEENSRŸCHE Rocks Hometown Crowd

Gene Stout of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that Seattle progressive-metal heroes QUEENSRŸCHE and like-minded New York band DREAM THEATER, on tour since late June, enjoyed each other's company so much that their tandem encore Saturday (August 2) at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle turned into a musical love-a-thon. It concluded with a nice surprise from ...

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DREAM THEATER Singer: New Album Will Be 'Incredibly Intense'!

DREAM THEATER frontman James LaBrie recently spoke to Dabelly.com about the progress of the recording sessions for the group's follow-up to 2002's "Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence". "After the tour [with QUEENSRŸCHE and FATES WARNING], [we'll take] a week off and then [head back] into the studio to lay [down] vocals. Um, right now we ...

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