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FATES WARNING Drummer Jams With MONTROSE

FATES WARNING drummer Mark Zonder played with Ronnie Montrose, Ricky Phillips (bass) and Johnny Lesveque (vocals) at the Dallas Guitar Show on Saturday, April 17. Commented Zonder, "I went up to L.A. to rehearse with Montrose on Thursday before the Dallas show. We only rehearsed for about an hour and just ran the set. Then ...

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Drummer MARK ZONDER To Leave FATES WARNING?

FATES WARNING drummer Mark Zonder has revealed that he has no intentions of touring with the band in support of their upcoming CD, due later in the year. Asked by a fan what he hopes to accomplish in the future, both personally and with FATES WARNING, Zonder said, "Actually after this recording of the new ...

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JOHN SYKES: Setlist For Japanese Tour Opener Revealed

Legendary guitarist John Sykes (THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE, BLUE MURDER) has just kicked off a solo tour of Japan with a show in Osaka Friday night. Joining Sykes in his touring band are former DREAM THEATER/YNGWIE MALMSTEEN keyboardist Derek Sherinian, bassist Marco Mendoza (WHITESNAKE, BLUE MURDER, THIN LIZZY) and drummer Tommy Aldridge (OZZY OSBOURNE, TED NUGENT, ...

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WATCH THEM DIE To Open For GWAR

Oakland-based purveyors of aggression WATCH THEM DIE will embark on a national U.S. tour alongside GWAR this May. The group kick off their touring insanity with a short West Coast run with DARKEST HOUR on April 9 and will wrap things up in early June. This quintet rose from the ashes of several highly influential ...

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JOEY VERA: Touring With ANTHRAX Will Be Killer

ARMORED SAINT/FATES WARNING bassist Joey Vera has posted the following message on his official web site: "As most of you have heard, I will be going on tour with ANTHRAX filling in for the recently departed bassist Frank Bello. The band has asked me to do their upcoming tour of Japan and Australia which they ...

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JOACIM CANS Has No Intention Of Leaving HAMMERFALL

HAMMEFALL singer Joacim Cans has posted the following message on his official web site: "Well, after traveling around Europe for 11 days, promoting [my solo] album ['Beyond the Gates'] in Finland, Denmark, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Germany and Holland, I am finally home to continue the promotion campaign with phoners. Springtime is in the air ...

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FATES WARNING Drummer To Jam With MONTROSE

FATES WARNING drummer Mark Zonder will be playing old MONTROSE tunes with Ronnie Montrose, Ricky Phillips (bass) and Johnny Lesveque (vocals) at the Dallas Guitar Show on April 17. "This should be quite exciting as MONTROSE was my favorite band for many many years," Zonder said in an online posting. "Sort of a dream come ...

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ANTHRAX's SCOTT IAN: Lineup Changes Suck

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has posted the following message on the band's official web site (as part of his regular online column, dubbed "Alpha Mail"): "Comrades, the emails have been pouring in and I'd like to thank you all very much for your words of support. Seriously, thank you so much. I read all the ...

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ANTHRAX Announce 'Warm-Up' Show In Hollywood

ANTHRAX have announced a one-off date on Thursday, April 8 at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, California, The gig, which will serve as a "warm-up" concert for their Japanese/Australian tour, "is a show not to be missed" guitarist Scott Ian writes on the band's web site. "We're letting [the fans] know first ...

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It's Official: ANTHRAX Part Ways With Bassist FRANK BELLO

ANTHRAX manager Tim Dralle has confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET that bassist Frank Bello is no longer a member of ANTHRAX. The group's official statement on the matter is as follows: "Due to internal reasons, Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING) will be temporarily handling bass playing duties for ANTHRAX on their upcoming tours of Japan and ...

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Sources: FRANK BELLO Quits ANTHRAX, Is Replaced Temporarily By JOEY VERA

Bassist Frank Bello has quit ANTHRAX and is relocating to Los Angeles to join the reformed HELMET, informed sources have told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. The surprising move reportedly came the day after ANTHRAX finished taping the additional video footage for their much-anticipated live DVD, "Music Of Mass Destruction", due on April 6 through Sanctuary Records. Replacing Bello ...

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FATES WARNING, SHADOW GALLERY, SILENT FORCE Members Team Up In ALFA-DOG

FATES WARNING drummer Mark Zonder has teamed up with guitarist Gary Wehrkamp (SHADOW GALLERY) and vocalist D.C. Cooper (SILENT FORCE, ex-ROYAL HUNT) in a new project called ALFA-DOG. The group's musical direction is described by Zonder as "song-oriented, commercial-style . . . while still keeping to our progressive roots." ALFA-DOG are currently shopping around for ...

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Original FATES WARNING Drummer Resurfaces In New Band

According to a posting on FATES WARNING's official web site, original FATES WARNING drummer Steve Zimmerman has put together a new band called MILLENNIUM X. The group's current line up consists of Steve on drums, Brain Betterton on vocals, Tommy Blardo on guitars and studio bass, and Brett Betterton on guitars (bass player pending). Zimmerman ...

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HAMMERFALL Singer Records ACCEPT Cover For ALTARIA CD

Finnish melodic metallers ALTARIA have revealed the identity of the "high-profile" vocalist who appears on their cover version of ACCEPT's "Balls To The Wall". According to a posting on the ALTARIA's official web site, HAMMERFALL vocalist Joacim Cans sings lead vocals on the song, which is set to be included as a bonus track on ...

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ALTARIA: 'Divinity' Track Listing Revealed

Finnish melodic metallers ALTARIA have revealed the track listing for their sophomore album, "Divinity", due in late May through AOR Heaven sub-label Metal Heaven Records. "Divinity" was mixed at Tico Tico Studio (SONATA ARCTICA, SENTENCED, FOR MY PAIN…) and will initially be available as a limited-edition digipack, featuring one bonus track — a cover version ...

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MALEVOLENT CREATION Issue Bootleg Warning

Florida-based death metallers MALEVOLENT CREATION have issued the following statement regarding a recently released bootleg recording: "Metal Mind Records / Productions from Poland has released an illegal bootleg DVD/VHS live show from MALEVOLENT CREATION recorded in early 2003 at the Metal Mania Festivals in Krakow Poland. "In early 2003, when we started our 44-show European ...

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EVAN SEINFELD/TERA PATRICK Explicit Sex Videos Posted Online

Looks like BIOHAZARD bassist/vocalist Evan Seinfeld has wasted no time taking the plunge into porn, as originally reported here last month. Tera Patrick's (Seinfeld's porn star wife) official web site, OfficialTeraPatrick.com, is currently hosting explicit videos of the couple engaging in various sex acts, available only to members who join for a monthly ...

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KATAKLYSM Singer To DEZ FAFARA: 'Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is'

KATAKLYSM vocalist Maurizio Iacono has issued a response to DEVILDRIVER frontman Dez Fafara's assertion that Iocono "should shut the fuck up and take a listen to DEVILDRIVER" before passing judgment on the group. In a press statement issued in December, Iacono voiced his frustration over the fact that DEVILDRIVER were chosen over KATAKLYSM to be ...

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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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