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VAN HALEN: HAGAR Reunion Update

The Van Halen Mailing List (www.van-halen.org) has issued the following update regarding the recent rumors of a possible VAN HALEN reunion with former singer Sammy Hagar: "As with all VAN HALEN rumors, this needs to be taken with a grain of salt, but the following has been confirmed by a fairly reliable source ...

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NAPALM DEATH Bassist, CATHEDRAL Frontman To Form Grindcore Band

NAPALM DEATH bassist Shane Embury has confirmed plans to form a "grindcore" project with CATHEDRAL frontman (and ex-NAPALM DEATH member) Lee Dorrian. "Me and Lee have been talking about doing something for ages but I think hopefully next year we will get something together," Embury said, "Hopefully Roy Mayorga, who was playing drums in SOULFLY, ...

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NIKKI SIXX: MÖTLEY CRÜE Reunion Tour 'Likely' In 2004

MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx has told Launch Radio Networks that the band will most likely embark on a reunion tour next year. Sixx said that the bandmembers — including frontman Vince Neil, guitarist Mick Mars, and drummer Tommy Lee — have had their personal issues in the past, but that they seem to be ...

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POWERMAN 5000 Drummer To Tour With SOCIETY 1

POWERMAN 5000 drummer Adrian Ost will be taking over drumming duties for SOCIETY 1 for the remainder of SOCIETY 1's tour with TWIZTID. SOCIETY 1 drummer Dagon was forced to drop off the tour and return home to attend to a personal situation. SOCIETY 1, with Adrian on drums, will jump back onto the TWIZTID ...

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SEX PISTOLS: SID VICIOUS' Death To Be Commemorated

The 25th anniversary of the death of SEX PISTOLS bassist Sid Vicious — February 2, 2004 — will be commemorated by a number of projects, collectively titled "Vicious - Too Fast To Live". These will be as follows: The book "Vicious - Too Fast To Live" by Alan Parker (Creation Books) promises to reveal "for ...

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DON ARDEN's Autobiography To Be Published In April

Don Arden's much-anticipated autobiography, "Mr. Big", has been pushed back to an April 2004 publication date via Robson Books. Arden, one of the earliest and most notorious managers of the rock 'n' roll era and father of Sharon Osbourne, wife/manager of former BLACK SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne, was frequently accused of violent, bullying tactics by ...

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Former BLACK SABBATH Manager Publishes Tell-All Autobiography

Don Arden, one of the earliest and most notorious managers of the rock 'n' roll era and father of Sharon Osbourne, wife/manager of former BLACK SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne, has just published his autobiography via Robson Books in the U.K. Dubbed the "Godfather Of Rock" and the "Al Capone of Pop" by the world's press, ...

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New SPEARFISH CD To Feature High-Profile Guest Appearances

Paul Dianno (IRON MAIDEN), Mick Box (URIAH HEEP), Nicky Moore (SAMSON), Manny Charlton (NAZARETH), Stefan Elmgren (HAMMERFALL), and Dave Hill (DEMON) are among the guest artists featured on the forthcoming SPEARFISH CD, "Back, For The Future", due on October 31 through Sweden Rock Records. All proceeds from the album will be donated to the Children's ...

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NAPALM DEATH, BRUTAL TRUTH Members To Form Grind Supergroup

NAPALM DEATH bassist Shane Embury, ex-NAPALM DEATH drummer Mick Harris and former BRUTAL TRUTH singer Kevin Sharp will be teaming up in a brand new "total punk thrash grind band." The as-yet-unnamed group, which may also include MELVINS/FANTOMAS guitarist Buzz Osborne, is tentatively set to record an album later in the year. No further information ...

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MOTÖRHEAD To Issue Career-Spanning Collection In October

MOTÖRHEAD will issue a five-CD, 99-song career-spanning overview, titled "Stone Deaf Forever!", on October 7 through Metal-Is/Sanctuary Records. It's the first fully comprehensive box set containing recordings made for multiple record companies during the period 1975-2002. And it's also the first one ever released with full band approval. The track listing was compiled with input ...

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NAPALM DEATH: Audio History Posted Online

A 50-minute audio documentary of the history of NAPALM DEATH — as told in their own words by former drummer Mick Harris and bassist Shane Embury — has been posted online at this location. As previously reported, NAPALM DEATH's upcoming collection of covers, entitled "Leaders Not Followers 2", is due before the end ...

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NIKKI SIXX Says He Is Speaking 'Daily' With MÖTLEY CRÜE Bandmates

As first reported here Saturday (August 9), MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx has now officially confirmed that BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION, his collaboration with L.A. GUNS guitarist Tracii Guns, vocalist London LeGrand, and drummer Scot Coogan (ex-PAUL GILBERT, ONI LOGAN/ROWAN ROBERTSON, SINÉAD O'CONNOR), has been put on hold indefinitely. Writing to the "Rock'n'Roll Diary" ...

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PHILIP ANSELMO: 'There Ain't Nobody Like Me'

PANTERA/SUPERJOUNT RITUAL frontman Philip Anselmo recently spoke to Metal Edge magazine about the influence he has had on fans as well as other bands. "There wasn't even anyone with a bald head in bands in my fuckin' day, in metal bands at least," he said. "If you think about it, there really fuckin' wasn't. Now ...

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KISS And AEROSMITH: A Perfect Match

Cary Ashby of Coshocton Tribune is reporting that "the fans of hard rock bands include educators, scientists, musicians, actors, retail clerks and students. And among their number are a few local fans of AEROSMITH and KISS who are looking forward to the veteran bands blasting their way into Germain Amphitheater in Columbus on Aug. 19. ...

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MÖTLEY CRÜE: SIXX And NEIL Clear The Air, Talk Reunion Tour

MÖTLEY CRÜE/BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION bassist Nikki Sixx has posted the following message to the "Rock'n'Roll Diary" section of CRÜE's official web site: "Had a great talk with [MÖTLEY CRÜE singer] Vince [Neil] the other day.... We hadn't spoke in bit and as usual things had gotten misconstrude [sic] and blown out of context… (lawyers are ...

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DEF LEPPARD Attend MICK JAGGER's Birthday Bash In Prague

THE ROLLING STONES frontman Mick Jagger marked his birthday Saturday night with a boozy bash into the early hours at a swish Prague night-club attended by his two daughters Jade and Elisabeth, and members of DEF LEPPARD. Czech Republic's former president Vaclav Havel, who appeared on stage at the start of THE ROLLING STONES' performance ...

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IMMOLATION Frontman To Appear On All-Star DEATH Tribute CD

IMMOLATION frontman Ross Dolan is the latest musician added to the list of guest performers set to appear on the forthcoming DEATH tribute album currently being put together by former DEATH/TESTAMENT guitarist James Murphy, ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION/SUFFOCATION drummer Dave Culross, ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION vocalist Brett Hoffmann and CKY guitarist Deron Miller. As previously reported, SLIPKNOT guitarist Mick ...

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The Hartford Courant: Eddie Stole The Show At IRON MAIDEN Gig

John Jurgensen of The Hartford Courant reviewed IRON MAIDEN's "Give Me Ed… 'Til I'm Dead" tour when it came through town Tuesday night (July 22). "As usual, when IRON MAIDEN performed at the ctnow.com Meadows Music Centre Tuesday night, Eddie was everywhere," he wrote. "On T-shirts. On tattoos. On stage in huge air-brushed murals and ...

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SLIPKNOT Members To Contribute To DEATH Tribute Album

SLIPKNOT guitarist Mick Thomson and bassist Paul Gray have both been confirmed as "major contributors" to the forthcoming DEATH tribute album currently being put together by former DEATH/TESTAMENT guitarist James Murphy, ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION/SUFFOCATION drummer Dave Culross, ex-MALEVOLENT CREATION vocalist Brett Hoffmann and CKY guitarist Deron Miller, Murphy has revealed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET. In addition, former DEATH/MASSACRE ...

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JETHRO TULL Leader To Embark On Solo Tour

JETHRO TULL leader Ian Anderson will embark on a two-month solo tour in the fall in support of his forthcoming disc, "Rupi's Dance". The solo tour — dubbed "Rubbing Elbows with Ian Anderson" — is described on JETHRO TULL's web site as "an intimate evening of acoustic songs, music and bawdy tales." "Rupi's Dance", due ...

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SOCIETY 1 Announce Tour Dates

Matt Zane and his band of depraved marauders, SOCIETY 1, will be leaving their home base of L.A. this summer for a full U.S. tour. The first leg is with ZUG IZLAND, the second leg is with TWIZTID. Dates with ZUG IZLAND: Aug. 02 - Agora Theatre - Cleveland, OH Aug. 04 - Ranch Bowl ...

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VINCE NEIL: 'My MÖTLEY CRÜE Days Are Over'

MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil was recently asked by Hard Radio to comment on where his ex-bandmates are at psychologically right now, beginning with former CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee. "Well, me and Tommy went to high school together and we were great friends when we were younger," Vince said. "You know, I think Tommy just ...

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A DEEP PURPLE/URIAH HEEP Collaboration?

According to URIAH HEEP guitarist Mick Box, a new CD is currently being recorded in Florida by the following lineup of musicians: Lee Kerslake (URIAH HEEP, OZZY OSBOURNE) – drums Bob Daisley (OZZY OSBOURNE) – bass Jimmy Barnes (COLD CHISEL) - vocals Jon Lord (DEEP PURPLE) – keyboards Steve Morse (DEEP PURPLE) – guitars No ...

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