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ALEX SKOLNICK Talks About Playing In OZZY OSBOURNE's Band

Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick has spoken out about the experience of auditioning for — and ultimately landing — the guitarist gig in OZZY OSBOURNE's band, only to be told less than a month later it had been given to someone else. Asked via his message board what was it like playing with Ozzy and ...

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DAVE GROHL Responds To ZAKK WYLDE's Threat

Former NIRVANA drummer/current FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl has responded to Zakk Wylde's infamous 2001 quote in which the OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist threatened to "kick [Grohl's] ass" because he wrote this cheese-dick song for OZZ that Zakk had to play on during the recording sessions for OSBOURNE's "Down To Earth" CD. In the November 2001 ...

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THIN LIZZY Drummer 'Feeling Better', Will Join The Band On The Road

THIN LIZZY drummer Michael Lee (ex-PAGE/PLANT, THE CULT, LITTLE ANGELS) is "feeling better" and will join his bandmates on their upcoming tour after all, according to a statement from the group's management, Coallier Entertainment. The band had previously announced their intention to find a temporary replacement while Lee was recovering from an unspecified illness. "All ...

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Former QUIET RIOT Singer Discusses The Band's Breakup

Former QUIET RIOT singer Kevin Dubrow recently spoke to Classic Rock Revisited about the group's decision to split up and his future plans. Asked about the band's breakup, Dubrow said, "Everyone always asks, 'Why did you break up?' The question they should be asking is, 'Why did you stay together so long?' Considering the dynamics ...

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Bassist RUSSELL BERGQUIST Leaves ANNIHILATOR

Bassist Russell "The Woodsman" Bergquist has left Canadian thrashers ANNIHILATOR for "personal" reasons. "I would like to wish the rest of the guys the best of luck with the new album and thank everyone for the support over the five years I was in the band," Russell said in an official statement. Added ANNIHILATOR mainman ...

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BLOODSHOTEYE Sign With GALY RECORDS

Leamington, Ontario-based metallers BLOODSHOTEYE have inked a deal with Galy Records for the release of their debut album, "Without Any Remorse". "We are very excited to be part of such a great label and look forward to working together," the band write on their web site. "We have started the album design working with Dissonance ...

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VELVET REVOLVER: Bringing Chaos Back Into The Rock World

VELVET REVOLVER's official biography, written by David Wild and provided by the group's record label, RCA/BMG Records, includes additional information about the band's formation and their forthcoming debut CD, "Contraband", due on May 11 (postponed from the previously announced April 27 date). Here it is in its entirety: VELVET REVOLVER is everything the band's name ...

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ANNIHILATOR: New Album Cover Posted Online

Long-running Canadian thrashers ANNIHILATOR have posted the cover artwork for their upcoming CD, "All For You", at this location. As previously reported, "All For You" is tentatively due this spring through Germany's AFM Records. The forthcoming CD marks the recording debut with the group of new singer Dave Padden, who replaced previous vocalist ...

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ANNIHILATOR Announce Album Title, Track Listing

Long-running Canadian metallers ANNIHILATOR have set "All For You" as the title of their forthcoming CD, tentatively due this spring through AFM Records. "All For You" track listing, according to ANNIHILATOR guitarist Jeff Waters (not in correct sequence): 01. All For You 02. Weapon X 03. The Nightmare Factory 04. The One 05. Demon Dance ...

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LAMB OF GOD Singer Guests On BLOODSHOTEYE Track

LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe has contributed guest vocals on the track "F.U.B.A.R" by the Canadian band BLOODSHOTEYE. The song is set to be included on the band's upcoming debut CD, "Without Any Remorse", due later this month through the group's own label. Three full-length cuts, including the aforementioned "F.U.B.A.R", can be downloaded from ...

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NOOSEBOMB Debut To Surface In The Spring

NOOSEBOMB, the Brockton, Massachusetts-based band featuring former members of GRIEF and DISRUPT (guitarist/vocalist Jeff Hayward and bassist Randy Odierno) along with drummer Mike Butkiewicz of BANE OF EXISTENCE, will release their debut CD, "Brain Food For The Braindead", in the spring of 2004 through Shifty Records. The album was recorded with producer Bill T. Miller ...

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RANDY RHOADS To Be Inducted Into Hollywood's ROCKWALK OF FAME

Former OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Randy Rhoads will be inducted into Hollywood's RockWalk of Fame on Thursday, March 18, 2004. The induction will be held in front of Guitar Center Hollywood on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood, California. The exact time will for the induction will be announced at a later date. Randy Rhoads died tragically in ...

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REBELLION Announce New Drummer

REBELLION, the German band that features in its ranks former GRAVE DIGGER members Uwe Lulis (guitar) and Tommi Goettlich (bass), have announced the addition of drummer Gerd Lücking to the group's ranks. Lücking joins the band as the replacement for Randy Black (PRIMAL FEAR, ex-ANNIHILATOR), who left the group under acrimonious circumstances in ...

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MCM Complete Work On Debut Album

MCM, the new band formed by Alex Masi (guitar), Randy Coven (bass, ARK, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) and John Macaluso (drums, ARK, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, TNT), have completed work on their debut CD, tentatively due in early 2004 through Lion Music. The album will reportedly consist of 11 songs: 10 original numbers written by the band, plus a ...

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SHARON OSBOURNE Talks About The RANDY RHOADS Sexual Encounter

Sharon Osbourne appeared on the "Howard Stern Show" on Friday (December 5) to discuss her family's upcoming book, "Ordinary People: Our Story", and the recent revelation that she cheated on Ozzy in 1980 with his then-guitarist Randy Rhoads. According to a synopsis of Friday's show (as reported by MarksFriggin.com), "Howard asked Sharon Osbourne about the ...

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SHARON OSBOURNE: I Cheated On OZZY With RANDY RHOADS

Imdb.com reports that OZZY OSBOURNE's marriage nearly collapsed in the early 1980s — after wife Sharon Osbourne cheated on him with his band's guitarist Randy Rhoads. The shocking revelation was made public by Sharon in the family's new tome "Ordinary People: Our Story", which charts their incredible lives through the eyes of all members of ...

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ARK: In The Studio Recording Third Album

ARK, the band featuring ex-CONCEPTION guitarist Tore Østby, former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN drummer John Macaluso, and ex-MALMSTEEN bassist Randy Cove, have posed the following message on their web site: "Dear ARKpeople! "As you know from our last note, we've been underground investigating stalactites and other natural phenomenon. We apologize for a long delay of information, but ...

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ZAKK WYLDE's Missing Guitar Is Back!

Zakk Wylde's famous Bullseye Les Paul guitar has finally been returned to its rightful owner after more than three years. In 2000, while traveling from Dallas to Houston, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY were pulled over due to their truck's back doors being open. Upon investigating the truck's contents, the band discovered that two guitars were found ...

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QUIET RIOT Frontman Seeks Original Video Footage

QUIET RIOT frontman Kevin Dubrow has sent out the following message: "In the course of compiling material for a QUIET RIOT/Randy Rhoads DVD, it seems that in 1999 when I gave VH-1 7 of the 3/4'' video masters of QUIET RIOT from the Starwood and the Whisky they were never returned to us. They seem ...

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QUIET RIOT Singer To Auction Off RANDY RHOADS Postcard

QUIET RIOT singer Kevin Dubrow is selling an "authentic" 31"x26" display (photo) featuring a personal postcard handwritten by late guitarist Randy Rhoads (OZZY OSBOURNE, QUIET RIOT) when he was in England during pre-production for Ozzy"Blizzard of Oz" album. The display also features two photos of Randy from Kevin's private collection. The piece ...

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'ROCK FOR X-MAS' Raising Funds For Families In Need

Rock 4 XMAS, a foundation that helps provide toys and the overall Christmas spirit to less fortunate families across the country, will launch a 30+ city tour will be begin on October 30 in Salt Lake City, UT with many '70s, '80s and '90s stars of the music business set to perform. This year's star ...

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QUIET RIOT DVD On Its Way To Retailers

The long-delayed QUIET RIOT DVD, titled "Quiet Riot Live In The 21st Century - 20 Years of Metal Health", has finally been completed and is set to hit the stores shortly. The following is a message on the matter from ex-QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali: "I have been informed by 2RS Studios that the manufacturing ...

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Former ANNIHILATOR Drummer Sets The Record Straight About His Departure

Former ANNIHILATOR drummer Randy Black has issued a statement countering the band's official account of his departure from the group. In ANNIHILATOR's press release announcing their split with Black (dated October 9), mainman Jeff Waters claimed that "despite having guaranteed the band that he would be performing on their upcoming new release, and being scheduled ...

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Review: 'LED ZEPPELIN' Rock Akron Crowd

Malcolm X Abram of the Cleveland Beacon Journal reports that "the Akron Symphony Orchestra collectively loosened its tie Sunday night with 'The Music of Led Zeppelin: A Rock Symphony' (see previous story) and was rewarded with rock-star treatment from an enthusiastic audience. "For two-plus hours, E.J. Thomas Hall was transformed into a rock ...

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QUIET RIOT: DVD Delayed Again

The long-delayed QUIET RIOT DVD, titled "Quiet Riot Live In The 21st Century - 20 Years of Metal Health", has once again had its release date pushed back due to manufacturing problems. The following is a message on the matter from ex-QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali: "Today I received a message from the responsible parties ...

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ZEBRA Singer Joins AKRON SYMPHONY In LED ZEPPELIN Tribute

Amy Bracken Sparks of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Akron Symphony Orchestra will tackle the work of Page, Plant, Bonham and Jones this weekend at the E.J. Thomas Performing Arts Hall in Akron, Ohio, the orchestra's regular home. According to Jeffrey Sperry, executive director of the 52-year-old orchestra, 50 members of the 83-member ...

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