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JESSE BLAZE To Open For SUKI JONES On Long Island

BLAZE, the Long Island, New York-based band fronted by Jesse Blaze, son of '80s rocker Dee Snider of TWISTED SISTER fame (not to be confused with the Blaze Bayley-fronted British band of the same name), have lined up the following dates during May: May 03 – New York, NMY @ Continental May 17 – Long ...

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ROB ZOMBIE's 'Corpses' Was Surprise Of The Weekend

Rob Zombie's $7 million horror extravaganza "House Of 1000 Corpses" was the surprise of the weekend, earning an estimated $3.4 million in 595 theaters, for an average of $5,714 per theater, according to BoxOfficeMojo.com. Despite a very low-profile marketing campaign and tough-sell subject matter, Lions Gate Films — who picked up the movie after Universal ...

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HELLOWEEN: New Music Available Online

Three brand new HELLOWEEN tracks — "Just A Little Sign", "Never Be A Star" and "Do You Feel Good" — have been posted online in streaming Real Audio at this location. All three songs come off the group's forthcoming full-length CD, "Rabbit Don't Come Easy", due on May 12 through Nuclear Blast Records. ...

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DEE SNIDER's Son Launches Music Career With BLAZE

Jesse Blaze, son of '80s rocker Dee Snider of TWISTED SISTER fame, has launched a "melodic yet percussive heavy metal band" called BLAZE (not to be confused with the Blaze Bayley-fronted British band of the same name). The group, which is completed by Billy (bass), Chris (drums), and Omar (guitar), has posted a four-song demo ...

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SKINDRED Set American Release Date For 'Babylon'

Welsh crew SKINDRED, featuring former members of DUB WAR, have set an April 22 American release date through Bieler Bros./MCA Records for their debut album, "Babylon". Check out three full-length tracks and 60-second clips of every other track on the album, as well as a music video, news, and tour dates, via the official SKINDRED ...

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SUSPERIA: 'In Heavy Negotiations'

Norway's SUSPERIA "are in heavy negotiations with [record company] partners in Europe and USA to decide on the future of the band," according to the group's official web site (www.susperia.net). "As you all know the [upcoming] album is 90% finished still completing the lyrical part, and it is just about ready to be ...

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CAMP FREDDY: Rehearsal Photos Posted Online

Photos of CAMP FREDDY rehearsing for their Feb. 22 appearance at Roseland Ballroom in New York City as part of MTV's "Rock The Vote Awards" show have been posted online at this location. CAMP FREDDY is the Los Angeles-based "jam" band consisting of JANE'S ADDICTION guitarist Dave Navarro, former THE CULT touring bassist ...

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HELLOWEEN: 'Rabbit Don't Come Easy' Details Unveiled

HELLOWEEN have finalized the track listing for their new album, "Rabbit Don't Come Easy", due on May 5 through Nuclear Blast Records. The album will be released in a jewel case and there will be a limited edition in a very special digipack available, including the bonus track "Far Away". The first single off the ...

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DEE SNIDER, GAVIN ROSSDALE To Jam With CAMP FREDDY At NYC Gig

TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider and BUSH singer Gavin Rossdale are the latest celebrity musicians to have confirmed their participation in an all-star jam set to take place during CAMP FREDDY's appearance at Roseland Ballroom in New York City on Saturday, Feb. 22 as part of MTV's "Rock The Vote Awards" show. Also set to ...

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Former HELLOWEEN Drummer Comments On Departure

Former HELLOWEEN drummer Mark Cross has issued an official statement confirming his departure from the group (as first reported here last week). The statement reads as follows: "After being ill the past few months, it looks like I will no longer remain in HELLOWEEN. "Past September, a few days after I started the ...

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HELLOWEEN Name CD, Confirm New Drummer

HELLOWEEN have reportedly set "Rabbits Don't Come Easy" as the title for their forthcoming studio album, due in Europe on May 5 through Nuclear Blast Records. In other news, the band have now officially confirmed the departure of drummer Mark Cross and addition to the group's lineup of former ACCEPT/RUNNING WILD skinsman Stefan Schwarzmann (as ...

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HELLOWEEN: CROSS Out, SCHWARZMANN In?

Veteran German metallers HELLOWEEN are strongly rumored to have replaced drummer Mark Cross (ex-METALIUM) with ex-RUNNING WILD/ACCEPT skinsman Stefan Schwarzmann. Cross joined HELLOWEEN in August 2001 as a replacement for Uli Kusch but was unable to accompany the group during the recording sessions for their upcoming album after he was struck this past September by ...

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INFERNO FESTIVAL: Running Order Announced

Norway's second Inferno Festival, which is set to take place from April 17-19 in Oslo's Rockefeller and John Dee clubs, has announced the complete schedule for the event. The full rundown is as follows (closing act first): Thursday, April 17: Rockefeller: THE KOVENANT OPETH ENTOMBED BELPHEGOR 1349 John Dee: TAAKE PERISHED GRAND ALCHEMIST LOST AT ...

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SKINDRED Sign New Deal, Revamp Lineup

Welsh crew SKINDRED have reportedly been dropped by BMG/RCA Records and have inked a new U.S. deal with Bieler Bros./ MCA Records. In addition, guitarist Jeff Rose and drummer Ginger Ford have left the band to pursue opportunities in music production, according to Amplify This. They have since been replaced by Mikey Dee and Dirty ...

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MOTÖRHEAD Drummer's Eurodance Photos Posted Online

"Euro Metal Tour 2003", the Scandinavian dance/metal extravaganza staged by Swedish eurodance star E-TYPE and his current backing band, which includes MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey Dee and ex-HUMANIMAL/GREAT KING RAT guitarist Pontus Norgren, had a successful kick-off last weekend at Valand in Gothenburg and is presently making its way to other parts of Sweden. Check out ...

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NIKKI SIXX: Back In The Studio

MÖTLEY CRÜE/BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION bassist Nikki Sixx has posted the following message in the "Rock'n'Roll Diary" section of CRÜE's official web site: "Thank you all for the kind words for my son. We forwarded most of them to him and it was nice for him to read your words. He's a great 'lil guy and ...

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CORPORATION 187 To Support ARCH ENEMY In Scandinavia

Swedish death/thrash metallers CORPORATION 187 will support ARCH ENEMY on their upcoming Scandinavian tour. Confirmed dates are as follows: Jan. 26 - Stockholm, SWE @ Debaser Jan. 28 - Oslo, NOR @ John Dee Jan. 29 - Göteborg, SWE @ Musikens Hus Jan. 30 - Halmstad, SWE @ Diezel Jan. 31 - Helsingborg, SWE @ ...

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HELLOWEEN Set Release Date For New CD

HELLOWEEN have set a May 5 European release date through Nuclear Blast Records for their as-yet-untitled new album, which is currently being mixed by producer Charlie Bauernfeind at Mi Sueno studio in Tenerife, Spain. A North American release date has yet to be announced. The CD, which features a guest appearance by MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey ...

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MOTÖRHEAD Drummer's Eurodance Tour Dates Announced

The forthcoming Scandinavian tour by Swedish eurodance star E-TYPE and his current backing band, which includes MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey Dee, has been officially dubbed "Euro Metal Tour 2003". The two-month trek, which will see the group perform "thundering heavy metal" versions of all the biggest E-TYPE dance hits, will kick off on Jan. 17 in ...

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LITHIUM To Support PARADISE LOST In Scandinavia

Sweden's LITHIUM, the new band featuring former TIAMAT bassist Johnny Hagel on keyboards, will support PARADISE LOST and WITHIN TEMPTATION on a short Scandinavian tour in February. Confirmed dates are as follows: Feb. 20 – Copenhagen, DEN @ Vega Feb. 21 – Oslo, NOR @ John Dee Feb. 22 – Stockholm, SWE @ Klubben Feb. ...

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TWISTED SISTER's DEE SNIDER: No Plans To Record A New Album

Recently reunited hair rockers TWISTED SISTER have no plans to record new material and are saying good-bye to fans with the upcoming "farewell" tour, which will last up to three years. "I understand what it is, it's nostalgia," frontman Dee Snider told New Jersey's The Star-Ledger. "I'm not trying to restart my career. All my ...

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TAAKE Confirmed For Norway's INFERNO Festival

TAAKE are the latest act to have been confirmed for the 2003 installment of Inferno Festival, which is scheduled to take place at Rockefeller Music Hall/John Dee in Oslo, Norway on Apr. 17-19, 2003. Also scheduled to appear at the event are IMMORTAL, VADER and CHILDREN OF BODOM. The complete lineup for the event will ...

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DEE SNIDER: How My Song Ended Up On CELINE DION's Album

In what ranks as one of the most unlikely pairings to ever rock the music world, a Christmas ballad written by TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider was recorded by Celine Dion for her first Christmas album, 1998's "These Are Special Times", which went on to sell 10 million copies worldwide. The song, which was re-titled ...

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ARCH ENEMY Reschedule Scandinavian Dates

ARCH ENEMY's Scandinavian tour, originally set to take place last month, has been rescheduled for January 2003. The new dates are as follows: Jan. 25 – Västerås, SWE @ Club Rockers Jan. 26 – Stockholm, SWE @ Debaser Jan. 28 – Oslo, NOR @ John Dee website Jan. 29 – Gothenburg, SWE @ Musikens Hus ...

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