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DESOLATION ANGELS Say They Are Victims Of Greek Bootleg Operation

Legendary NWOBHM band DESOLATION ANGELS have become the latest victims of a large-scale bootleg operation originating from Greece which specializes in producing cheap CD bootlegs of many '80s metal rarities. Guitar player Keith Sharp had this to say on the matter: "It has come to our attention that a bootleg has been issued which originates ...

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CRADLE OF FILTH A No-Show In Ecuador: An Eyewitness Report

British extreme metallers CRADLE OF FILTH cancelled at the last minute their scheduled appearance at Plaza de Toros Quito in Quito, Ecuador on Saturday (Sept. 25). The following eyewitness account was e-mailed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET by a web site visitor in Ecuador: "Last night, Saturday the 25th, CRADLE OF FILTH were scheduled to play here in ...

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Former AMEN Guitarist Joins MURDERDOLLS Frontman's Solo Band

MURDERDOLLS frontman Wednesday 13 has secured the services of former AMEN guitarist Matt "Pig" Montgomery for the his "Look What The Bats Dragged In" November European solo tour. Commented Wednesday: " 'Pig' is the perfect guy for this. We're both horror movie junkies, and the whole reason we got into music in the first place ...

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Former Producer Slams TWISTED SISTER Over 'Stay Hungry' Re-Recording

Veteran hard rock producer Tom Werman has shot back at TWISTED SISTER over their comments regarding his collaboration with the group on the double-platinum "Stay Hungry" album. In a recent press release announcing the release of the re-recorded and expanded version of the classic 1984 album (under the new title "Still Hungry"), guitarist Jay Jay ...

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Toronto's CRASH KELLY Sign With LIQUOR AND POKER MUSIC

Toronto-based rockers CRASH KELLY have inked a deal with Liquor and Poker Music. The group' first CD for the label, "Penny Pills", will be released on January 25, 2005. Featuring a sound that is rooted firmly in the vintage style and sound of the late '70s and early '80s, CRASH KELLY is the brainchild of ...

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AEROSMITH: DVD Version Of TV Special To Include Bonus Tracks

The "Aerosmith: You Gotta Move" TV special that first aired back in June will be released on DVD in November, according to Launch Radio Networks. The fan club web site Aeroforceone.com says the DVD will have five songs that weren't included in the A&E special, as well as more behind-the-scenes footage. The two-hour "Aerosmith: You ...

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OZZFEST 2004, VAN HALEN, KISS, RUSH Concert Grosses Revealed

The following are a few select recent heavy metal/hard rock concert grosses, as reported by Billboard magazine: Artist/Event: Ozzfest: BLACK SABBATH, JUDAS PRIEST, SLAYER, DIMMU BORGIR, SUPERJOINT RITUAL, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY & others Venue: Journal Pavilion City/State: Albuquerque, N.M. Date: Aug. 3, 2004 Gross Sales: $807,667 Attendance: 14,171 Capacity: 14,171 Shows: 1 Sell-Outs: 1 Prices: ...

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GENE SIMMONS To Guest On 'American Idol'

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons has posted the following message on his web site: "A few days ago, the band signed some lithos that will be available at KissWorld in the near future. You can always click here to find out what happening there. ”When the KISS tour ends in Mexico City on the 17th, I'll ...

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OVERKILL Singer To Guest On DAN LORENZO Solo Album

OVERKILL frontman Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth and SINGLE BULLET THEORY guitarist/vocalist Matt Difabio have recorded special guest appearances on the second solo album from former HADES guitarist Dan Lorenzo. Blitz and Difabio appear on the tracks "Too Fast For Hate" and "Naked". The album, which was completed at Crystal Studios, will include "one recording I made ...

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Australia's INFERNAL METHOD Split Up

Australian metal band INFERNAL METHOD have officially split up, according to PyroMusic.net. "It's pretty much been a long time coming, and probably doesn't come to much of a surprise to many," guitarist Peter Michael Peric said in a statement. "Due to ongoing straining of relations between us regarding musical direction, general management and ...

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DEE SNIDER's VAN HELSING'S CURSE To Hit The Road In October

VAN HELSING'S CURSE, the classical/rock music brainchild of TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider, is bringing its spectral horror-inspired ambience to the stage throughout the month of October. The troupe's debut album, "Oculus Infernum", released last Halloween through KOCH Records, employs an 18-piece orchestra and a prophetic choir to stitch together chilling classical passages and menacing ...

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KISS' PAUL STANLEY: 'We Became Prisoners Of Our Own Set List'

KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley recently spoke to Pennsylvania's TimesLeader.com about the group's decision to carry on without original members, guitarist Ace Frehley and drummer Peter Criss. "Interestingly, the only people that seem to want to know why you've come back are the people that wish you wouldn't," Stanley said with a chuckle. "It's been an ...

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GENE SIMMONS In Country Music Video: Clip Posted Online

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons filmed a cameo appearance in the new video from country artist TRICK PONY on June 17 at the Heartland Mansion in Las Vegas, Nevada. The video, for the track "The Bride", features Simmons in the role of the "whore priest," according to Gene. Watch the video at TRICK PONY's web site: ...

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VELVET REVOLVER, THE DARKNESS To Rock For 'Miller' Time

VELVET REVOLVER and THE DARKNESS are among the acts confirmed to perform at Miller Brewing Company's star-studded "Rock Through Time" concert this fall in New York, according to Billboard.com. The event will be held Sept. 17-18 at the city's Roseland Ballroom, and will also feature performances from LENNY KRAVITZ, JAMES BROWN, CHEAP TRICK and THE ...

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CHEAP TRICK: 14 Songs Completed For Next Album

According to Billboard.com, CHEAP TRICK — who are currently on the road opening for AEROSMITH — plan to head to Europe in July, play more stateside dates in August and then return to the studio. Nearly 14 songs have been completed for CHEAP TRICK's next album, which should surface next year. Among the songtitles set ...

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AEROSMITH To Resume Touring Tonight

AEROSMITH are in a "holding pattern," guitarist Joe Perry told The Boston Globe, after canceling three shows because Steven Tyler blew out his voice. The band hope to resume its tour tonight in Pittsburgh, then next Thursday play the Tweeter Center with CHEAP TRICK. "It's a miracle how Steven does what he does," Perry said. ...

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MAGNA-FI: Video Footage Posted Online

Las Vegas-based "power-pop" band MAGNA-FI, one of the second-stage performers at this year's Ozzfest, have uploaded an electronic press kit (EPK) with live performance, interview and studio footage from the recording of their debut album, "Burn Out The Stars". Watch the footage here. The group's video for their new single, "Where Did We ...

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AEROSMITH Concert In Alabama Canceled Due To Illness

AEROSMITH's concert near Birmingham was canceled within hours of its opening Sunday night (June 6) because of illness, according to the Associated Press. A faxed statement from Clear Channel Entertainment said the concert, which was also featuring rock band CHEAP TRICK, at the Verizon Wireless Music Center in Oak Mountain State Park has been rescheduled ...

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