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MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP To Return To Japan In February

Legendary guitarist Michael Schenker's official web site has been updated with the following message: "After a six-year absence, Japan again was 'ready to rock!' All shows were sold out and the venues were packed. The air was filled with rock 'n' roll and the crowd roared like the devil himself. Wherever Michael and his band ...

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SCORPIONS Recording Basic Tracks For New Album

Veteran German hard rockers SCORPIONS arrived in Los Angeles last month to begin recording their new album with songwriter/producer Desmond Child. Child, who has worked with such high-profile pop/rock artists as AEROSMITH, BON JOVI, ALICE COOPER, KISS, RICKY MARTIN, CHER, MICHAEL BOLTON and BONNIE TYLER, recently worked with Michael Beinhorn, Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman ...

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist JEFF YOUNG Joins ROKTOPUSS

Former MEGADETH guitarist Jeff Young has joined ROKTOPUSS, the new band featuring Lorraine Lewis (ex-FEMME FATALE, vocals), Roxy Petrucci (ex-VIXEN, drums) and E.J. Curse (NO DUH, bass), Lorraine Lewis' and Roxy Petrucci's paths barely crossed in the '80s while Petrucci and VIXEN were touring with rock legends OZZY OZBOURNE, SCORPIONS and DEEP PURPLE and Lewis ...

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ULI JON ROTH: 'Best Of' Collection To Arrive In November

According to a posting on the web site of legendary guitarist Uli Jon Roth (ex-SCORPIONS), Uli's longtime record company, SPV, is going to release a "Best of Uli Jon Roth" compilation to coincide with Roth's upcoming European tour. The double CD will contain no less than 32 songs drawn from all of the official Uli ...

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SCORPIONS To Begin Recording New Album Next Week

Veteran German hard rockers SCORPIONS are scheduled to arrive in Los Angeles on Monday, October 9 to begin recording their new album with songwriter/producer Desmond Child. Child, who has worked with such high-profile pop/rock artists as AEROSMITH, BON JOVI, ALICE COOPER, KISS, RICKY MARTIN, CHER, MICHAEL BOLTON and BONNIE TYLER, recently worked with Michael Beinhorn, ...

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MICHAEL SCHENKER To Tour Asia, U.K. This Fall

Legendary German guitarist Michael Schenker has announced that he will be touring Asia and the U.K. in November/December. Confirmed dates are as follows: Nov. 13 - Osaka, Japan at Hatch Namba Nov. 14 - Nagoya, Japan at Diamond Hall Nov. 16 - Tokyo, Japan at Nakano Sunplaza Nov. 17 - Tokyo, Japan at Nakano Sunplaza ...

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Tales of Rock 'N' Roll - MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP

Considering the U.S. release date was August 1st and the disc arrived sometime thereafter, the review arrives a tad late. But hey, it's the MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, so better late than never. After 25 years (not counting the early UFO/SCORPIONS work), the German guitar god can still squeeze out a phenomenal batch of weepy chords, ...

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MICHAEL SCHENKER Pulls Out Of U.K.'s GUITARFEST

Michael Schenker (MSG, ex-UFO, SCORPIONS) has cancelled his appearance at Guitarfest 2006, set to take place Sunday, September 24 at Cocks Moors Woods Centre in Birmingham, England. According to a posting on the Guitarfest web site, Schenker "has unfortunately had to 'bow out' of Guitarfest 2006, due to unforeseen personal circumstances. These circumstances are sadly ...

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THANATOS: Early Albums To Be Reissued As Limited-Edition Box Set

Long-running Dutch death/thrash metal band THANATOS have posted the following message on their official web site: "Some cool news for a change! Chinese label Area Death Productions have approached us to re-release the first three THANATOS albums as a limited-edition collector's box set! The box set will contain three double-CDs, including loads of unreleased stuff ...

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SINERGY: New Album Pushed Back To 2007

According to a posting on the CHILDREN OF BODOM fan site Scythes Of Bodom, SINERGY's long-awaited new album, "Sins of the Past" — featuring American singer Kimberly Goss alongside CHILDREN OF BODOM members Alexi Laiho (guitar) and Roope Latvala (guitar) — has had its projected release date (through Nuclear Blast) pushed back to ...

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EUROPE: More Scandinavian Tour Dates Announced

Reunited Swedish hard rockers EUROPE have added Danish and Finnish dates to their upcoming Scandinavian tour. The schedule is now shaping up as follows: Oct. 26 - Lund, SWE - Olympen Oct. 27 - Kalmar, SWE - Palace Oct. 28 - Skövde, SWE - Valhall Oct. 30 - Copenhagen, DEN - Vega Nov. 01 - ...

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ARMORED SAINT Guitarist Talks About Band's 'Reunion'

Diana DeVille of KNAC.COM recently conducted an interview with ODIN/ARMORED SAINT guitarist Jeff Duncan. A few excerpts from the chat follow: KNAC.COM: How did you feel about the [ARMORED SAINT] reunion and the reaction from the fans? Jeff: Oh, well, ARMORED SAINT's kind of funny in that, I didn't really consider it so ...

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Former SCORPIONS Drummer Working On New Solo CD, Autobiography

After a decade, legendary SCORPIONS drummer/songwriter Herman Rarebell has returned to the touring scene. Rarebell, who recently reunited with the SCORPIONS at the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany, is currently completing a new album under the moniker HERMAN RAREBELL AND BAND. The album, which is titled "I'm Back", is sure to please Rarebell's longtime ...

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EUROPE: New Album Audio Samples Available

Audio samples of the new EUROPE tracks "Let the Children Play" and "Always the Pretenders" have been posted online at the band's official web site. Both songs come off the reunited Swedish hard rockers' new album, "Secret Society", which is scheduled for release in Europe on October 27 (November 18 in Japan). A ...

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EUROPE: Norwegian Date Announced

Reunited Swedish hard rockers EUROPE have added a Norwegian date to their upcoming Scandinavian tour. The schedule is now shaping up as follows: Oct. 26 - Lund, SWE - Olympen Oct. 27 - Kalmar, SWE - Palace Oct. 28 - Skövde, SWE - Valhall Nov. 01 - Halmstad, SWE - Diesel Nov. 02 - Göteborg, ...

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SCORPIONS' BMG Catalog To Be Sold To UNIVERSAL MUSIC

German hard rockers SCORPIONS are among the artists whose BMG Music Publishing catalog is being purchased by Vivendi's Universal Music unit for $2.09 billion. Paris-based Vivendi said the deal will make Universal the world's leading music publisher. Vivendi said BMG's catalog includes over a million copyrights, including COLDPLAY, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, MAROON 5, CHRISTINA AGUILERA, R ...

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EUROPE: Swedish Tour Dates Announced

Reunited Swedish hard rockers EUROPE will be undertaking a 10-date Swedish tour beginning on October 26. Confirmed dates are as follows: Oct. 26 - Lund, Olympen Oct. 27 - Kalmar, Palace Oct. 28 - Skövde, Valhall Nov. 01 - Halmstad, Diesel Nov. 02 - Göteborg, Lisebergshallen Nov. 03 - Karlstad, Nöjesfabriken Nov. 04 - Norrköping, ...

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MICHAEL SCHENKER: 'MSG Is Finished And I Am Not Inspired Anymore'

Legendary guitarist Michael Schenker (MSG, ex-UFO, SCORPIONS) has posted several personal letters on his official web site, including a recent e-mail exchange with MSG's last vocalist, Jari Tiura, whom Schenker previously blamed for the cancellation of the group's U.S. tour. The e-mail exchange reads as follows: Tiura: "Hi Michael, how are you? This situation is ...

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TRACII GUNS Announces L.A. GUNS 20th Anniversary Tour

Guitarist Tracii Guns (L.A. GUNS) recently reunited with original L.A. GUNS members Paul Black and Nickey Alexander for a special series of shows to celebrate the band's 20th anniversary. Black co-wrote the band's fan favorites and Alexander played all drum tracks on the classic self-titled debut album for Polygram Records. The band released a CD, ...

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Former SCORPIONS Bassist Signs On To Score Horror Film

According to ContactMusic.com, former SCORPIONS bassist Ralph Rieckermann has signed on to score new horror movie "Brotherhood of Blood". The German rocker is making a name for himself as a horror film composer — he has also scored spoof movie "Drive-Thru". Rieckermann says, "I love horror movies, and I love to work on them. I ...

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