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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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ANNIHILATOR Part Ways With Drummer, Announce Replacement

Canadian thrash metal veterans ANNIHILATOR have parted ways with drummer Randy Black (PRIMAL FEAR) and have rejoined forces with former skinsman Mike Mangini (EXTREME, STEVE VAI). "Despite having guaranteed the band that he would be performing on their upcoming new release, and being scheduled to record drum tracks in 5 weeks, last-minute 'requests' made it ...

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QUIET RIOT Call It A Day

QUIET RIOT have officially split up, drummer Frankie Banali has confirmed. In an e-mail to Metal Sludge, Banali wrote, "To be honest with you, I am [singer] Kevin [DuBrow]'s friend and will always be his friend. I don't want to get on the 'he said, you said" roller coaster that is always generated in these ...

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ANNIHILATOR's JEFF WATERS Dismisses Rumors Of Drummer's Departure

ANNIHILATOR guitarist Jeff Waters has issued a statement refuting rumors of a possible departure from the group of drummer Randy Black. The skinsman, who recently became an official member of PRIMAL FEAR, had previously released a press release of his own confirming his intention to remain involved with the Canadian group. "A lot of rumors ...

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Former ONWARD Bassist Launches New Project

Former ONWARD bassist and founding member Randy LaFrance has released three demo tracks from a project he's currently helming. The new group, dubbed EXPLODER, also features vocalist Rob Murphy. The songs available for download are as follows: 01. Shark Attack (mp3) 02. I Fly (mp3) 03. The Hunger (mp3) ...

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New PRIMAL FEAR Drummer Speaks To The Fans

Drummer Randy Black (ANNIHILATOR, ex-REBELLION), who was recently named PRIMAL FEAR's new skinsman following the departure of Klaus Sperling, has issued the following statement to PRIMAL FEAR's fans: "First and foremost, I'd like to say I'm really looking forward to playing, recording and touring with PRIMAL FEAR. As you all know, I did the Metal ...

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QUIET RIOT Live DVD To Surface In October

The long-delayed QUIET RIOT DVD, titled "Quiet Riot Live In The 21st Century - 20 Years of Metal Health", is now scheduled for release on October 7. According to drummer Frankie Banali, "the principals at 2RS Studios have cited everything from delays in manufacturing, final artwork, packaging, mastering, as well as having an even field ...

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REBELLION Part Ways With Drummer, Seek Replacement

Germany's REBELLION, featuring former GRAVE DIGGER members Uwe Lulis (guitar) and Tommi Goettlich (bass), have officially parted ways with drummer Randy Black (ANNIHILATOR). The split, which was announced on the band's web site, came about as a result of Black's decision to join fellow German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR, thereby leaving him little time to ...

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SOIL To Master 'Redefine' Later This Week

Chicago's SOIL have finished mixing their new album, "Redefine", with Randy Staub (METALLICA, NICKELBACK) at The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, British Columbia and will begin the mastering sessions for the CD with George Marino at Sterling Sound in New York City on Thursday, August 14. A fall release through J Records is expected. The group ...

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MLB Goes To LOLLAPALOOZA And OZZFEST Festivals Seeking Cool And Young Fans

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is reporting that "on the second stage at Lollapalooza in Camden, N.J., last weekend, indie-rockers CAVE-IN inspired a moshing free-for-all on the unforgiving tarmac. "And right next door, 'paloozers were playing baseball video games, getting in touch with their inner Jim Thomes and Randy Johnsons at batting and pitching cages, and wondering ...

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MOTÖRHEAD Record New Wrestling Theme

MOTÖRHEAD recently spent studio time in Germany and Los Angeles recording a theme song for EVOLUTION, the new wrestling team led by WWE superstar Triple H, according to the band's web site. "Triple H has aligned himself with 'the dirtiest players in the game,' Ric Flair, Randy Orton and Batista . . . in an ...

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SKRAPE To Release 'Up The Dose' In September

SKRAPE have set "Up The Dose" as the title for their new CD, due on September 23 through RCA Records. The album — the group's first to feature new guitarist Randy Melser — was produced by Jimbo Barton (QUEENSRŸCHE, GODSMACK) in Miami, Los Angeles and in SKRAPE's own Orlando, Florida rehearsal/recording studio. It showcases 11 ...

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ONWARD Split Up!

Acclaimed power metallers ONWARD appear to have split up following a parting-of-the-ways with their label, Century Media Records. The following is the official statement on the matter from ONWARD guitarist Toby Knapp (as posted on the group's official web site): "Dear listeners, "In the last few years I've become a person who believes ...

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SILVER: Third Album Due In September

SILVER, the all-star project featuring vocalist Gary Barden (ex-MSG), guitarist Bernie Torme (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE, GILLAN, DESPERADO), keyboardist Don Airey (DEEP PURPLE, ex-MSG, TEN), bassist Bob Daisley (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE) and drummer Bertram Engel, will issue their third album, entitled "Intruder", in late September through Point Music Records. In related news, Bob Daisley and fellow ex-OZZY OSBOURNE ...

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QUIET RIOT: Live DVD Package To Include Audio CD

The brand-new QUIET RIOT DVD, titled "Quiet Riot Live In The 21st Century - 20 Years of Metal Health", is scheduled for release on July 1. The two-disc set is the first-ever live DVD recording of the band and will include an audio CD of the live performance. Some of the features will include: - ...

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ANTHRAX Guitarist Checks In From The Road

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has posted the following update to the band's official web site, www.anthrax.com: "I'm dizzy with bus-legs after 20 hours from McAllen to Tucson. We watched 'The 25th Hour' (the feel good movie of the year!), 'Millers Crossing' (Coen Bros. classic finally on DVD), and 'Amelie' (really the feel good ...

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HASTE: New Song Posted Online

A brand new HASTE track, entitled "The Death of Stars Like the Sun", has been posted online at this location. "The Death of Stars Like the Sun" comes off the group's new album, "The Mercury Lift", due on July 1 through Century Media Records. "The Mercury Lift" features guest appearances by LAMB OF ...

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ANIMAL Announce More Tour Dates

ANIMAL, the new group featuring original W.A.S.P. guitarists Randy Piper and Chris Holmes, have announced the following dates during May: May 16 - The Caddy Shack - Rochelle, IL May 17 - Penny Road Pub - Barrington, IL ANIMAL's debut album, "900 Lb. Steam", was released in December through Perris Records. ...

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As The Palaces Burn - LAMB OF GOD

"With trembling hands you'll beg for mercy / I'll show you none," roars LAMB OF GOD front man Randy Blythe in "Purified". It's a fitting battle cry for the sophomore release from the Richmond, Va. quintet, for "As The Palaces Burn" — with points docked only for brevity (three years yields just 38 minutes?) — ...

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HASTE Push Back Release Date Of 'The Mercury Lift'

Birmingham, Alabama's HASTE have pushed back the projected release date for their third full-length release, "The Mercury Lift", to July 1 through Century Media Records. "The Mercury Lift" features guest appearances by LAMB OF GOD singer Randy Blythe and CODESEVEN frontman Jeff Jenkins, and is described by HASTE frontman Kelly Reaves as "both heavier and ...

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