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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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DREAM THEATER To Begin Mixing In Mid-August

DREAM THEATER are scheduled to begin mixing their new studio album in mid-August with producer Kevin Shirley (IRON MAIDEN, LED ZEPPELIN), according to a post on Shirley's web site. The follow-up to 2002's "Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence" is due at the end of the year through Elektra Records. DREAM THEATER are currently finishing up ...

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FATES WARNING Cancel Dates

FATES WARNING have been forced to cancel their appearances with DREAM THEATER and QUEENSRŸCHE in Spokane, Washington Wednesday night (July 30) and Boise, Idaho Thursday (July 31). "We are all bummed to announce this (especially as I was to be playing their set with them tonight in Spokane), but it is a situation out of ...

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OMEN: '20th Anniversary Boxset' To Arrive In September

An OMEN "20th Anniversary Boxset" is scheduled for release on September 8 through Metal Blade Records. The complete track listing for the collection is as follows: CD 1 (double CD) Disc 1: "Battle Cry" Album (re-mastered) 01. Death Rider 02. The Axeman 03. Last Rites 04. Dragon's Breath 05. Be My Wench 06. Torture Me* ...

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RUSH Reveal 'Rio' CD/DVD Details, Dispel Breakup Rumors

Veteran Canadian rock trio RUSH will release the triple-disc live album and double-disc DVD, titled "Rush in Rio", in September via Anthem/Atlantic Records, according to Billboard.com. The DVD version of"Rush in Rio" includes all 28 songs from the CD (recorded last Nov. 23 on the last show of the band's "Vapor Trails" tour), augmented with ...

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Wife Of GUNS N' ROSES Keyboardist To Publish Book

Lisa Reed, wife of GUNS N' ROSES keyboardist Dizzy Reed, will publish a book of fiction, titled "Sabra's Soul", through Twenty First Century Publishers. According to the publisher's web site, "Lisa Reed is by vocation a sensational writer, by profession a teacher of emotionally disturbed children and, through her marriage to Dizzy Reed ...

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FATES WARNING Bassist Checks In From DREAM THEATER Tour

FATES WARNING/ARMORED SAINT bassist Joey Vera has posted the following message to his official web site: "[The FATES WARNING] tour [with DREAM THEATER and QUEENSRŸCHE] is still going great. Detroit, Cleveland, Baltimore and Wilmington all killer. Wilmington was poised to being one of our best shows but we got stopped near the end of our ...

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JEFF KOLLMAN Working On Solo Album

Guitarist/producer/songwriter Jeff Kollman has started the writing process for a new solo instrumental release, the follow-up to 1999's "Shedding Skin". COSMOSQUAD, Kollman's prog-metal/fusion three-piece with bassist Barry Sparks and drummer Shane Gaalaas, who are currently out on tour with TED NUGENT and Japanese superstars B'Z, respectively, are set to reconvene in the fall to write ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE: More Fall 2003 Headlining Tour Dates Announced

QUEENSRŸCHE have announced additional dates as part of their fall 2003 headlining tour in support of their upcoming CD, "Tribe". These shows will take place after the summer tour with DREAM THEATER and FATES WARNING and will be mostly in clubs and theaters. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Sep. 12 - Ventura Theater ...

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E-FORCE Complete Work On Debut Album

E-FORCE, the Montreal-based band featuring former VOIVOD bassist/vocalist Eric Forrest, guitarist Bryan Donahue (formerly of HOMICIDE) and guitarist/drum programmer Dan Lauzon (formerly of ENTROPY), have completed work on their debut album, "Evil Forces", due on October 20 through France's Season Of Mist Records (MAYHEM, NECROPHAGIA, AGRESSOR, CARPATHIAN FOREST). "Evil Forces" was recorded at Wild Studio ...

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PAM's Family Begs: Don't Go Back To Wife-Beater TOMMY LEE

Now that Pam Anderson's engagement to Kid Rock appears to be over, Pam's family is warning her against hooking up again with ex-husband Tommy Lee, insiders tell Star magazine. "Get back with him and he'll make your life misery all over again. Don't do it, Pam!" she's been told by her family members, say sources. ...

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SAVATAGE Mastermind Confirmed For PROGPOWER USA IV

SAVATAGE mastermind Jon "The Mountain King" Oliva will join FATES WARNING's Ray Alder as a special guest at ProgPower USA IV on Friday, September 5 and Saturday, September 6 at Earthlink Live in Atlanta. "I think bringing Jon and Ray to the fest simply adds to the mystique of the show," said promoter Glenn Harveston. ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Guitarist Offers Update From The Road

In his latest update from the road, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD guitarist Jed Simon sheds a little light on the hazards of being on the road, some great new & vintage music to listen to, the virtues of dual rectifiers, and pointy guitars: "SYL has been writing and compiling video footage lately... except our video camera ...

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