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ICED EARTH Mainman To Publish Band Autobiography

ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer has posted the following message via the group's official web site (www.icedearth.com): "Greetings, "Well, now that the [record] deal [with SPV/Steamhammer] is finally done, studio arrangements are being made. We are getting a later start than I wanted but that's rock n roll. We should be recording in mid-March and ...

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MARCEL JACOB: No Chance Of A New HUMANIMAL CD

Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and current TALISMAN bassist Marcel Jacob has issued the following statement in response to reports that Z Records would be issuing a new HUMANIMAL CD in 2003/2004: "I won't do it, [vocalist] Jeff [Scott Soto] won't do it, it's possible [guitarist] Pontus Norgren might go for it, but that would be like ...

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ASSERT Ink Deal With MALT SODA RECORDS

Britain's ASSERT have inked a deal with Malt Soda Records for the release of their fourth full-length CD, entitled "Riotous Assembly". Included on the effort will be three "live in the studio" cuts (among them a cover of MOTÖRHEAD's "Ace Of Spades") and a version of "Agitate, Educate" featuring guest lead vocals by NAPALM DEATH's ...

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KISS' PAUL STANLEY: 'I'm Not Ready To Hang It Up'

KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley recently addressed the band's decision to abandon their retirement plans in favor of further touring and a possible new studio album. Appearing live on the "Merry KISSmass Special" hosted by WNEW radio personality Eddie Trunk on Dec. 21, Stanley explained that the group's [2000] 'Farewell' tour "was done in the same ...

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AEROSMITH/KISS Summer Tour Back On?

The joint AEROSMITH and KISS tour is apparently back on for this summer, according to Launch. Promoters are said to be reporting that the two bands are currently putting together an itinerary that is likely to play mostly in arenas, although some stadium dates are also possible. When asked about the possibility of an AEROSMITH/KISS ...

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Winning Air-Guitar Ace Salutes AC/DC's ANGUS YOUNG

A 27-year-old Australian man beat 10 other finalists to win the Hobart Summer Festival air-guitar showdown with his impression of AC/DC "mad axeman" Angus Young, according to Australia's The Mercury. David Lithgow's carefully choreographed and well-rehearsed piece won the West Hobart carpet salesman a shiny black electric guitar, signed by COLD CHISEL's Ian Moss, and ...

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The Edge Of The World - MARK BOALS

It's small wonder that this singer can come up with anything remotely musically coherent considering he's trudged the mental treadmill that is YNGWIE J MALMSTEEN'S RISING FORCE for two separate terms, and consequently twice dropped ungraciously through the exit trapdoor at the end — though it's worth noting of course that he isn't entirely absolved ...

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ACE FREHLEY: No Plans To Rejoin KISS

Despite widespread rumors to the contrary, guitarist Ace Frehley has no plans to rejoin KISS in time for their appearance at the Kiss Symphony concert in late February. Frehley, who is believed to be working on a solo album for a late 2003 release, told Eddie Trunk, host of a New York hard rock radio ...

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PAUL STANLEY Reveals More Details About KISS SYMPHONY Concert

KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley has revealed more details about the group's upcoming Kiss Symphony concert in Melbourne, Australia on Feb. 28, 2003. The one-off show — which will be filmed and recorded, and broadcast via pay-per-view around the world — will open with the band performing "a short set by ourselves, [followed by] a set ...

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BLACK CLOUD Announce Set List For THRASHBACK FESTIVAL

BLACK CLOUD, the Quebec-based "all-star" thrash metal tribute band consisting of ex-VOIVOD bassist Jean-Yves Thériault (a.k.a. Blacky), ex-OBLIVEON guitarist Pierre Rémillard, MARTYR guitarist Daniel Mongrain, CRYPTOPSY drummer Flo Mounier, GHOULUNATICS vocalist Patrick Mireault, and B.A.R.F. frontman Marc Vaillancourt, have announced the set list for their upcoming appearance at Le Medley in Montreal, Quebec on Nov. ...

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ACE FREHLEY To Take Part In KISS SYMPHONY Concert

Guitarist Ace Frehley is expected to complete the original KISS lineup at the Kiss Symphony concert, which will feature KISS hits performed with the 60-piece Melbourne Symphony. Frehley, who had touring commitments in America, was nowhere to be seen at a media conference to announce the event, which takes place at Melbourne, Australia's Telstra Dome ...

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ACE FREHLEY Drops Off ROCKTOBERFEST

KISS guitarist Ace Frehley has dropped off the list of scheduled performers at Rocktoberfest, an all-day rock festival set to take place on Saturday, October 19th in Polk City, Florida. Although no official reason was given for Ace's cancellation, the festival's organizers are reportedly attributing the guitarist's absence to a scheduling conflict caused ...

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ACE FREHLEY, DAVE LEE ROTH, VINCE NEIL, Others Confirmed For Florida's ROCKTOBERFEST

KISS guitarist Ace Frehley, DAVE LEE ROTH, MÖTLEY CRÜE frontman Vince Neil, DOKKEN, WARRANT, FIREHOUSE and QUIET RIOT are among the artists confirmed for Rocktoberfest, an all-day rock festival set to take place on Saturday, October 19th in Polk City, Florida. Billed as the biggest one-day outdoor festival in Florida history, Rocktoberfest will be staged ...

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KISS To Play One-Off Show In Australia?

KISS are rumored to be planning a return to Australia for a one-off concert at Melbourne's Colonial Stadium in late February/early March 2003. If the unconfirmed reports are to be believed, this unique show will feature the band playing with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra who will all be wearing KISS makeup. The one-off concert will ...

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SEPULTURA Guitarist Jams Out On Rock Classics During Online Chat

SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser and his solo band, dubbed BRASIL ROCK STARS, performed five songs live in the studio during an online chat with Brazilian web portal Terra on Thursday, September 19th. The group — who are scheduled to appear at Via Funchal in São Paulo, Brazil on Wednesday, September 25th — played covers of ...

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SHAMAN Perform Special Hometown Gig

Brazil's SHAMAN, featuring former ANGRA members Andre Matos (vocals), Luis Mariutti (bass) and Ricardo Confessori (drums), performed the following songs during their special set at Via Funchal in Sao Paulo on Saturday, September 14th: 01. Ancient Winds 02. Here I Am 03. Distant Thunder 04. Time Will Come 05. For Tomorrow 06. Wings of Reality ...

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KISS' GENE SIMMONS: ACE FREHLEY Is Still In The Band

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons recently conducted an interview with Metal Edge magazine for their October 2002 issue in which he was asked point-blank to confirm that guitarist Ace Frehley was no longer a member of the band. "No, [he isn't out of the band]," Simmons told the magazine. "Statement of fact, statement of intention, statement ...

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KISS' GENE SIMMONS Announces Details Of Lecture Tour

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons has announced the details of his upcoming five-date lecture tour of Australia, which is scheduled to take place in late October/early November. According to Simmons, "the tour is called Speaking in Tongues and is being put together by Madison, an Australian company that last year hosted President Bill Clinton for his ...

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KISS To Issue "The Very Best Of..." In August

KISS will be issuing a "greatest hits"-style compilation CD, entitled The Very Best Of KISS, via Mercury/UTV Records on August 27th. The album, which "collects the original versions of all of their biggest hits on one 21-track album," will contain the following track listing: 01. Strutter (original version from Kiss, 1974) 02. Deuce (from Kiss, ...

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KISS' ACE FREHLEY To Make Rare Club Appearance

KISS guitarist Ace Frehley will perform live at Don Hills nightclub in New York City on Friday, August 9th as part of WNEW radio personality Eddie Trunk's Birthday Blowout. Doors open at 9:00 PM, and Trunk will broadcast his regular Friday Night Rocks show live from the club from 11:00 PM until 2:00 AM. Due ...

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PAUL STANLEY: "KISS Fans Are Free To Come And Go As They Please"

KISS frontman Paul Stanley has all but admitted that various members of the group were credited for performing on many of the band's albums even when session musicians were used to complete the projects instead. When asked for the reason guest musicians were never credited for their performances on the group's albums, Stanley replied that ...

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KISS Negotating With Large Indies, To Issue New Full-Length In 2003

Having recently parted ways with the Universal Records Group (i.e. Mercury/PolyGram), KISS' Gene Simmons has reportedly been talking to several large independent record labels—including Spitfire—about inking a new deal for the band. However, while recent speculation has centered around the release of the group's long-completed Alive IV project, it now appears that Simmons and partner ...

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METALLICA, KORN, OZZY Among 2001's Top-Earning Music Stars

METALLICA, KORN, OZZY OSBOURNE, TOOL, LIMP BIZKIT, and AEROSMITH are among the artists included in Rolling Stone magazine's list of top-earning music stars last year (2001). While admitting that calculating the earnings of famous people involves some "estimation and guesswork", the magazine said it compiled the numbers through conversations with music industry insiders, such as ...

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