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TAPROOT Singer Says He Feels Comfortable Touring With CHEVELLE

Launch Radio Networks reports: TAPROOT plans to stream its entire new album, "Blue-Sky Research", at its MySpace.com webpage from Friday, August 12 to Sunday, August 14. But in the meantime, the band is also promoting the record's release the old-fashioned way as openers on CHEVELLE's current tour. TAPROOT singer Stephen Richards told Launch that the ...

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Former RATT Frontman To Guest On VH1's 'I Love The 80's'

According to a posting on former RATT frontman Stephen Pearcy's official web site, Pearcy recently taped an appearance on an episode of VH1's "I Love the 80's". Scheduled airtime is set for mid-October. According to VH1.com, each one-hour episode of "I Love the 80's" "takes viewers on a stream-of-consciousness tour of one year of the ...

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TAPROOT: 'Calling' Video To Premiere Today

Launch Radio Networks reports: TAPROOT's video for its current single, "Calling", will premiere online today (Wednesday, August 3) at MTV.com. The video will receive its broadcast premiere on Thursday (August 4) on Fuse's "Daily Download" program, where the band will also perform live in the studio. Singer Stephen Richards told Launch that "Calling" is about ...

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LIBERTY N' JUSTICE Continuing Work On 'All-Star' CD

Christian rockers LIBERTY N' JUSTICE have been busy for the last year finishing their new all-star CD, entitled "Soundtrack of a Soul". On Saturday, July 30, they will post two more sound clips from the forthcoming CD, featuring Mike Lee (BARREN CROSS) and Joe Cerisano (SILVER CONDOR, TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA). Joe's track will also feature two ...

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W.A.S.P., UFO, QUIET RIOT, WHITESNAKE, DEF LEPPARD Concert Grosses Revealed

The following are a few select recent heavy metal/hard rock concert grosses, as reported by Billboard magazine: Artist/Event: W.A.S.P., L.A. GUNS, STEPHEN PEARCY Venue: House of Blues City/State: San Diego, CA. Date: June 29, 2005 Gross Sales: $3,761 Attendance: 184 Capacity: 1,019 Artist/Event: UFO Venue: Trocadero City/State: Philadelphia, Pa. Date: 7/9/05 Gross Sales: $5,183 Attendance: ...

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NEW DEAD RADIO: New Album Samples Posted Online

Three tracks from NEW DEAD RADIO's upcoming album, "Avalon Bridge Will Burn", have been posted online at MySpace.com. The CD, which features a guest appearance by Stephen Perkins (JANE'S ADDICTION), was produced by Chuck Johnson (SLIPKNOT, GLASSJAW) and is set to hit stores July 19 through Mediaskare Records. A video for the track ...

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FIREWIND: 'Forged By Fire' To Receive U.S. Release Next Week

FIREWIND's third album, "Forged by Fire", will receive a long-overdue U.S. release on July 12 via Magick Records (a division of Cleopatra Records). In other news, FIREWIND have been forced to cancel their July 23 appearance at the Fabric Festival in Trier, Germany — presumably as a resut of the recent departure of singer Chity ...

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TAPROOT Singer On New Album: 'We Weren't Sure If We Could Finish Due To Finances'

TAPROOT have set the tentative track listing for their new album, "Blue-Sky Research", due on August 16 via Velvet Hammer Music/Atlantic. The follow-up to 2002's "Welcome", "Blue-Sky Research" was produced by Michael Beinhorn in Los Angeles and features guest appearances by Billy Corgan (ex-SMASHING PUMPKINS) and Stephen Carpenter (DEFTONES). Download the album track "Facepeeler" in ...

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Vocalist CHITY SOMAPALA Quits FIREWIND

Vocalist Chity Somapala (ex-AVALON, FARO) has officially left FIREWIND due to "personal reasons." Somapala originally joined FIREWIND in early 2004 as the replacement for Stephen Fredrick. Chity appeared on the band's third disc, "Forged by Fire", which was produced by band leader/guitarist Gus G. and mixed by Fredrik Nordström at Studio Fredman in Gothenburg, Sweden. ...

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Vocalist JIZZY PEARL To Release Solo Album In July

Vocalist Jizzy Pearl (RATT, LOVE/HATE) will be releasing his new solo album, "Vegas Must Die", on July 19 via Shrapnel Records. The album's title is said to be a humorous homage to "Sin City," where Jizzy spent a "lost weekend" lasting more than a year. Locking himself away in a room with five pounds of ...

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THE PANIC CHANNEL To Work With P.O.D. Producer

THE PANIC CHANNEL, the new band featuring three quarters of the most recent lineup of JANE'S ADDICTION (guitarist Dave Navarro, drummer Stephen Perkins, and bassist Chris Chaney) and former SKYCYCLE vocalist Steve Isaacs, are scheduled to enter the studio on Thursday (June 23) to re-record their song "Half Hearted" with producer Howard Benson (COLD, PAPA ...

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PHOENIX MOURNING: New Song Posted Online

Tampa, FL-based PHOENIX MOURNING have uploaded the track "My Future Actress" from their upcoming debut album, "When Excuses Become Antiques", to their MySpace.com page. "When Excuses Become Antiques" was produced by Tom Morris (ICED EARTH, OBITUARY). PHOENIX MOURNING is: Jeremiah Ruff – Vocals Ahmed Smith – Guitar Stephen Bowman – Guitar Marshal Gibson ...

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W.A.S.P. To Play 'Greatest Hits' Set On AMERICAN METAL BLAST 2005 Tour

In the annals of rock 'n' roll, few theatrical stage shows have shocked, horrified and entertained America as much as W.A.S.P.'s did on the Los Angeles-based band's 1983-84 debut tour. Now, W.A.S.P. is resurrecting this not-for-the-faint-of-heart spectacle of blood and gore for the first-ever American Metal Blast 2005 tour. This uncontrollable onslaught, with W.A.S.P. planning ...

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STEPHEN PEARCY, JACK FROST To Guest On LIBERTY N' JUSTICE CD

Former RATT frontman Stephen Pearcy is the latest guest vocalist scheduled to appear on the new album from Christian rockers LIBERTY N' JUSTICE. Pearcy's contribution will come in the form of the track "Killer Grin", also featuring Tommy Denander on guitars and Ez Gomer (JET CIRCUS) on bass. LIBERTY N' JUSTICE's "all-star" CD, "Soundtrack of ...

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Former ALICE IN CHAINS Guitarist Working With AEROSMITH Producer

Former ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist has finished demoing 13 new songs and is currently working on material for his upcoming solo CD with acclaimed songwriter/producer Marti Frederiksen (AEROSMITH, FAITH HILL, DEF LEPPARD). Cantrell just cut a new track called "Swine" with Frederiksen and ex-JANE'S ADDICTION bassist Chris Wyse and is said to be planning on ...

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Former ALICE IN CHAINS Guitarist Buys New Los Angeles Home

Former ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell has just bought his first Los Angeles home which has been kept up in the vintage 1930s style. There is a guest house that will be turned into a studio. Cantrell recently spent time at Doug Fieger's studio in Los Angeles recording new music for his upcoming solo ...

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HIMSA Part Ways With Guitarist, Announce Replacement

Seatle's HIMSA have parted ways with guitarist Matt Wicklund and have replaced him with returning axeman Sammi Curr. Curr, a key member of the band for a number of years through the release of 2003's "Courting Tragedy and Disaster" album, will be back touring with the band on their Dirty Black Summer Tour beginning today ...

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