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GENE SIMMONS To Guest On Next Week's 'American Idol'

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons will be a guest celebrity judge on next Tuesday's (Jan. 25) edition of "American Idol". The show is expected to feature plenty of high- and lowlights from auditions in New Orleans, Louisiana last September. Simmons joined judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson in evaluating prospective contestants, providing plenty of ...

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HEATHEN Sign Distribution Deal With IDN

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers HEATHEN have inked a North American distribution deal with the New York-based based Innovative Distribution Network (IDN). The band, who are currently unsigned, released their latest CD, "Recovered", independently this past spring. The effort featured covers of songs from QUEEN, THIN LIZZY, TYGERS OF PAN TANG and SWEET SAVAGE, ...

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HEATHEN Schedule German Festival Appearances

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers HEATHEN have been confirmed for the Headbangers Open Air 2005 festival, set to take place July 9-10, 2005 in Germany. Also scheduled to perform at the festival are TYRANT'S REIGN, WEAPON, RAVENSTHORN, ALL SOULS' DAY, Z-IRON, INNER WISH, ATTACKER, WARRANT (not the Los Angeles hard rock combo), GASKIN, MYSTERY ...

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SEBASTIAN BACH: Remembering DIMEBAG DARRELL

Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach has issued the following statement in memory of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott: "My relationship to this sick series of events goes way back, some 18 years. I joined a band from Detroit called MADAM X back in 1986 and the very first place I ever played on the ...

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ANIMAL: New Album 'Medley' Posted Online

ANIMAL, the new group featuring original W.A.S.P. guitarist Randy Piper, have posted a five-track medley sampler of material that will be included on the group's sophomore album, tentatively due in early 2005, at their official web site. Download the 5.8 MB MP3 file at this location. The follow-up to 2002's "900 Lb. Steam" ...

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HEATHEN To Enter Studio In January

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers HEATHEN are scheduled to enter the studio in January to begin recording their new full-length album. An early spring release through an as-yet-undetermined label is expected. HEATHEN are currently in the process of booking a tour for 2005. Those interested in booking HEATHEN in 2005 can contact management at ...

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FOZZY: CHRIS JERICHO Discusses New Album, Religion And DIMEBAG DARRELL

FOZZY vocalist Chris Jericho (of WWE wrestling fame) recently spoke to Rockdetector.com editor Bernard Doe. In the interview Jericho talks about the forthcoming FOZZY album "All That Remains", touring, religion, wrestling and the murder of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell. Several excerpts from the interview follow: Rockdetector.com: When was the decision made to go ...

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Former ANTHRAX Guitarist Remembers DIMEBAG DARRELL

Former ANTHRAX/SEBASTIAN BACH guitarist Paul Crook attended the public memorial service for slain DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott on Tuesday night (Dec. 14) in Arlington, Texas. Regarding the service, Crook said, "[Tuesday] night was both incredibly sad and beautiful. I didn't know whether to laugh or cry at times. Zakk [Wylde] and Edward [Van Halen] ...

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DIMEBAG's 'Uranium' Video Tribute Posted Online

Fuse TV's "Uranium" video tribute to late DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, who was gunned down a week ago while performing at a Columbus, Ohio nightclub, has been posted online at this location. In other news, Derrick Brumley, lead singer of the St. Louis, MO metal band CONQUEST, which played shows with Abbott ...

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Former 24-7 SPYZ Drummer Remembers DIMEBAG DARRELL

Former 24-7 SPYZ drummer Joel Maitoza has issued the following statement in memory of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott: "I am deeply saddened, shocked and appalled by the recent death of Dime (guitarist and founder of PANTERA and DAMAGEPLAN). "I was very aware of his unique talent the first time I heard the albums 'I ...

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CORROSION OF CONFORMITY's KEENAN Says DIMEBAG's Death Is 'Tragic'

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY guitarist/vocalist Pepper Keenan and producer John Custer, who are at a Raleigh studio working on the band's new album, spoke to The News & Observer about the death of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, a longtime friend of COC. "It's tragic, a shame," Keenan said Thursday. "I've known Darrell for years and ...

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SLIPKNOT, LAMB OF GOD, SHADOWS FALL To Team Up For U.S. Arena Tour

Beginning March 4, 2005, SLIPKNOT will bring LAMB OF GOD and SHADOWS FALL, along with to-be-confirmed openers, out on The Subliminal Verses Tour, sponsored by Fuse. SLIPKNOT's extensive set will feature tracks from their critically-acclaimed, Rick Rubin-produced third album "Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses)" — most notable of which are the hit singles "Duality" and ...

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HEATHEN To Record New Demo

Guitarist Lee Altus of the reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers HEATHEN has issued the following update via the band's official message board: "In a few weeks we'll be entering the studio to record some of the songs that we've been working on. It's going to be more of a pre-production demo kind of thing ...

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QUIET RIOT: Photos From MONTERREY METAL FEST Posted Online

QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali has posted several photos from the group's appearance at the Monterrey Metal Fest on November 13, 2004 at the Coca Cola Auditorium in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Also appearing on the bill were TWISTED SISTER, DIO, DOKKEN, SHAMAN and HATEBREED, among other acts. Check out the pictures at

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Former PANTERA Guitar Legend DIMEBAG DARRELL Returns to DEAN

Dean Guitars announced Saturday November 13, 2004 that they have signed DAMAGEPLAN guitarist Dimebag Darrell (ex-PANTERA) to an exclusive endorsement agreement with an extensive line of USA-made and imported model "Dimebag" guitars to be introduced in January 2005. Dimebag Darrell, named by Guitar World magazine as one of the "Top 100 Metal Guitarists of All ...

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QUIET RIOT To Release 'Live And Rare' CD In January

QUIET RIOT will be releasing a live CD, entitled "Quiet Riot Live & Rare - Vol. 1", on January 18, 2005, through Cleopatra/Deadline Records. The material is a compilation of live recordings from various concert performances during their 1983 "Metal Health" and 1984 "Condition Critical" world tours. There are also three rare original and previously ...

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ANIMAL Explain CHRIS HOLMES' Absence From Current Lineup

ANIMAL, the new group featuring original W.A.S.P. guitarist Randy Piper, have posted a message on their web site addressing the question from many fans regarding the absence of former W.A.S.P. guitarist Chris Holmes from the group's current lineup (Holmes played on ANIMAL's debut album, 2002's "900 Lb. Steam"). "We know there are a lot of ...

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ANGEL: Tour Dates Announced

Legendary '70s rockers ANGEL will be performing at the Dallas Hard Rock Café on Saturday, November 13. The show will be presented by "TheBone" 93.3 and Renegade Entertainment. ANGEL skyrocketed to stardom in the mid '70s as one of the first "metal" bands on the very eclectic music scene of that decade. Powered by soaring ...

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