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AVIDOST Recording Debut Album With Veteran Producer NEIL KERNON

Veteran producer Neil Kernon (NEVERMORE, CANNIBAL CORPSE, DEICIDE, QUEENSRŸCHE) is currently working with an unsigned, female-fronted band called AVIDOST. Based out of Chicago, Illinois, the five-piece group "has a lot of different flavors to their music, from black metal, to progressive metal to well — lots of their own styles too," according to Kernon. Consisting ...

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SYMPHONY X To Play Mexico In May

Prog-metallers SYMPHONY X will play Mexico City on May 29 at Circo Volador. A second show in Mexico, tentatively scheduled for May 28, will be announced shortly. Upcoming SYMPHONY X tour dates: w/ QUEENSRŸCHE: Apr. 15 - Detroit, MI - State Theatre Apr. 16 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues Apr. 17 - Chicago, ...

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SYMPHONY X To Open For QUEENSRŸCHE

SYMPHONY X have been confirmed as the opening act for QUEENSRŸCHE at several U.S. dates beginning in mid-April. The details are as follows: Apr. 15 - Detroit, MI @ State Theatre Apr. 16 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues Apr. 17 - Chicago, IL @ House of Blues Apr. 18 - Columbus, OH @ ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE: 'The Art Of Live' DVD Details Revealed

QUEENSRŸCHE have set an April 20 release date through Sanctuary Records for their new DVD, "The Art of Live". "The Art of Live" was filmed in summer and fall 2003 on QUEENSRŸCHE's tour promoting the Sanctuary studio album "Tribe". The summer tour was a co-headlining run with DREAM THEATER. Vocalist Geoff Tate, guitarist Michael Wilton, ...

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Devil's Ground - PRIMAL FEAR

Up until this point, Germany's PRIMAL FEAR have almost (but not quite) appeared as foolhardy and out-of-touch as fancy-dressing fellow countrymen RUNNING WILD — selling themselves on a truckload of pub metal riffs, with their sole redeeming factor standing tall at the front of the stage in the shape of former GAMMA RAY warbler Ralf ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE: More U.S. Dates Announced

QUEENSRŸCHE have announced more dates for their upcoming U.S. tour. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Apr. 15 - State Theatre – Detroit, MI Apr. 16 - House of Blues - Chicago IL Apr. 17 - House of Blues – Chicago, IL Apr. 18 - Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH Apr. 20 - ...

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SOULBENDER: New T-Shirts Available

SOULBENDER, the new band formed by QUEENSRŸCHE guitarist Michael Wilton, ex-MY SISTER'S MACHINE singer Nick Pollock, guitarist Dave Groves, and drummer Wes Hallam, are making brand-new t-shirts available for order via Wilton's official web site. "All shirts will be $18.99 plus shipping & handling," according to Michael's webmaster. "I believe the shipping will ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE: 'The Art of Live' DVD Delayed

Sanctuary Records have postponed the release of the new QUEENSRŸCHE DVD, "The Art of Live", to April 6 from the previously announced March 24. No reason was given for the delay. As previously reported, the disc will contain "live and backstage footage and some special extras." No further information is available at this time. QUEENSRŸCHE's ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Members Get Busy With Side-Projects

SOULBENDER, the new band formed by QUEENSRŸCHE guitarist Michael Wilton, ex-MY SISTER'S MACHINE singer Nick Pollock, guitarist Dave Groves, and drummer Wes Hallam, are finishing up the mixing process for their new album, according to a posting on Wilton's official web site. A spring/summer release is expected. In related news, QUEENSRŸCHE drummer Scott Rockenfield's side-project ...

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SAXON Confirmed For Belgium's GRASPOP METAL MEETING

Long-running British heavy metallers SAXON have been confirmed for this year's installment of the Graspop Metal Meeting, set to take place June 25-27 in Dessel, Belgium. Other bands scheduled to perform at the event include JUDAS PRIEST, ANTHRAX, TESTAMENT, QUEENSRŸCHE and MALEVOLENT CREATION. For more information, visit the festival's official web site at

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THE ACCIDENT EXPERIMENT: San Diego Date Announced

THE ACCIDENT EXPERIMENT, the California-based band featuring former P.O.D. guitarist Marcos Curiel, will be performing at Soma in San Diego on Saturday, February 28. Also set to appear are HORNSWAGGLED, BLACKLETTER DAYS, TENTWENTYKILL and COLPORTER. THE ACCIDENT EXPERIMENT — completed by vocalist Pete Stewart (ex-GRAMMATRAIN), bassist Tony Delocht and drummer Ernie Longoria (both ex-SPRUNG MONKEY) ...

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Former STRATOVARIUS Singer TIMO KOTIPELTO: 'Coldness' Details Revealed

Former STRATOVARIUS vocalist Timo Kotipelto has finalized the track listing for his second solo album, "Coldness", due this spring through Century Media Records. Joining Timo during the recording sessions for the follow-up to 2002's "Waiting For The Dawn" (which was issued under the KOTIPELTO banner) were the following world-class musicians: Janne Wirman (CHILDREN OF BODOM ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE: More European Tour Dates Announced

QUEENSRŸCHE have announced two more U.K. dates as part of their summer 2004 European tour. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Jun. 08 - Civic Hall – Wolverhampton, UK Jun. 09 - Rock City – Nottingham, UK Jun. 10 - Astoria Theater - London, UK Jun. 11 - Manchester Academy - Manchester, UK Jun. ...

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NAMM 2004: More Photos Posted Online

Launch has posted exclusive photos from the NAMM 2004 (National Association of Music Merchants) convention, which took place in Anaheim, California over the weekend. Among the artists featured in the photos are current and former members of such bands as SLIPKNOT, SLAYER, MURDERDOLLS, MEGADETH, QUEENSRŸCHE, GUNS N' ROSES and ALICE IN CHAINS. Check out the ...

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TESTAMENT Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

Veteran San Francisco Bay Area thrashers TESTAMENT have been confirmed for the 2004 edition of the Bang Your Head festival, set to take place June 25-26 in Balingen, Germany. The list of bands currently scheduled to perform at the event looks as follows: ALICE COOPER WHITE LION QUEENSRŸCHE TESTAMENT MAGNUM CHILDREN OF BODOM U.F.O. GOTTHARD ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE To Release Live DVD In March

According to a posting at www.queensryche.com, QUEENSRŸCHE will be issuing a DVD, entitled "The Art of Live", on March 24. The disc will reportedly contain "live and backstage footage and some special extras." No further information is available at this time. As previously reported, QUEENSRŸCHE have confirmed the following European dates in June: ...

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ALICE COOPER Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

ALICE COOPER has been confirmed as the first headlining act of the 2004 edition of the Bang Your Head festival, set to take place June 25-26 in Balingen, Germany. The list of bands currently scheduled to perform at the event looks as follows: ALICE COOPER WHITE LION QUEENSRYCHE MAGNUM CHILDREN OF BODOM U.F.O. GOTTHARD ANTHRAX ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE Confirm European Tour Dates

QUEENSRŸCHE have confirmed the following European dates: Jun. 09 - Rock City – Nottingham, UK Jun. 10 - Astoria Theater – London, UK Jun. 13 - Arrow Rock Festival – Lichtenvoorde, NETH Jun. 15 - Bang Your Festival – Balingen, GER Jun. 16 - Petofi Hall – Budapest, HUN QUEENSRŸCHE's last studio album, "Tribe", was ...

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