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Ex-BLACK SABBATH Singer Offers His Side Of The Story Behind His Dismissal From M3

Former BLACK SABBATH singer Tony Martin has issued a personal statement explaining his side of the story behind his dismissal from M3, the "classic WHITESNAKE" tribute group featuring Bernie Marsden (guitar, ex-WHITESNAKE), Micky Moody (guitar, ex-WHITESNAKE), Neil Murray (ex-WHITESNAKE, BLACK SABBATH), Jimmy Copley (drums, ex-PAUL RODGERS, GILLAN, BECK), and Mark Stanway (keyboards, ex-MAGNUM). ...

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M3 Confirm TONY MARTIN's Departure, Seek Replacement

M3, the "classic WHITESNAKE" tribute band featuring Bernie Marsden (guitar, ex-WHITESNAKE), Micky Moody (guitar, ex-WHITESNAKE), Neil Murray (ex-WHITESNAKE, BLACK SABBATH), Jimmy Copley (drums, ex-PAUL RODGERS, GILLAN, BECK), and Mark Stanway (keyboards, ex-MAGNUM), have issued a statement confirming the departure of vocalist Tony Martin (ex-BLACK SABBATH) from the group's ranks. Commented Marsden, guitarist and driving force ...

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Bassist RUDY SARZO Joins DIO

Bassist Rudy Sarzo has officially joined DIO as the group's new bassist. Rudy is known for his work in QUIET RIOT, WHITESNAKE and OZZY OSBOURNE, and most recently, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN. Rudy joins the band in time for DIO's European tour, which begins July 16 in Moscow. "Thanks to Jeff Pilson [ex-DOKKEN] for stepping in to ...

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WHITESNAKE To Release Two-Disc Live Album In The Summer

WHITESNAKE frontman David Coverdale is currently compiling material for a two-disc live album recorded on the group's recent American and European tours. "I am assembling the live album from over 60 shows," Coverdale said. "It is taking FOREVER!!! But, it is extraordinarily consistent stuff, I'm delighted to say, and I am very pleased. I will ...

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Ex-BLACK SABBATH Singer TONY MARTIN Fired From M3

Former BLACK SABBATH frontman Tony Martin has been fired from M3, the "classic WHITESNAKE" tribute group featuring Bernie Marsden (guitar, ex-WHITESNAKE), Micky Moody (guitar, ex-WHITESNAKE), Neil Murray (ex-WHITESNAKE, BLACK SABBATH), Jimmy Copley (drums, ex-PAUL RODGERS, GILLAN, BECK), and Mark Stanway (keyboards, ex-MAGNUM). An official statement from Tony on the matter is expected soon. In other ...

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JOHN SYKES: Setlist For Japanese Tour Opener Revealed

Legendary guitarist John Sykes (THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE, BLUE MURDER) has just kicked off a solo tour of Japan with a show in Osaka Friday night. Joining Sykes in his touring band are former DREAM THEATER/YNGWIE MALMSTEEN keyboardist Derek Sherinian, bassist Marco Mendoza (WHITESNAKE, BLUE MURDER, THIN LIZZY) and drummer Tommy Aldridge (OZZY OSBOURNE, TED NUGENT, ...

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WHITESNAKE, Ex-QUIET RIOT Members Sign Copies Of 'Food That Rocks': Photos Available

Drummer Frankie Banali's (ex-QUIET RIOT, W.A.S.P.) web site is currently hosting several photos from the March 18 in-store book signing for "Food That Rocks", the rock and roll cookbook co-authored by Cindy Coverdale, wife of WHITESNAKE frontman David Coverdale. In addition to Cindy, David and co-author Margie Lapanja, others in attendance at the Virgin Megastore ...

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Former DREAM THEATER Keyboardist To Join JOHN SYKES On Japanese Tour

Former DREAM THEATER/YNGWIE MALMSTEEN keyboardist Derek Sherinian will be joining legendary guitarist John Sykes (THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE, BLUE MURDER) on his upcoming solo tour of Japan. Also appearing with Sykes in his backing band will be Marco Mendoza (WHITESNAKE, BLUE MURDER, THIN LIZZY) on bass and Tommy Aldridge (OZZY OSBOURNE, TED NUGENT, WHITESNAKE) on drums. ...

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Guitarist DOUG ALDRICH Explains His Departure From DIO

Guitarist Doug Aldrich has explained his side of the departure from the DIO band to join WHITESNAKE. Speaking to the fan-operated DIO Message Board, Aldrich said, "In the beginning David [Coverdale] was looking for someone he could feel confident about to work with. The lead guitar spot in WHITESNAKE is a big gig as well ...

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JOHN SYKES To Tour Japan In April

Legendary guitarist John Sykes (THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE, BLUE MURDER) will be playing four solo dates in Japan in April. Joining Sykes in his backing band will be Marco Mendoza (WHITESNAKE, BLUE MURDER, THIN LIZZY) on bass and Tommy Aldridge (OZZY OSBOURNE, TED NUGENT, WHITESNAKE) on drums. The dates are as follows: Apr. 16 – Osaka, ...

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RANDY RHOADS' HOLLYWOOD ROCKWALK Induction Ceremony: More Photos Posted Online

Frankie Banali's (ex-QUIET RIOT, W.A.S.P.) official web site has posted a photo of some of the artists that attended the Randy Rhoads Hollywood's RockWalk induction ceremony on Thursday, March 18. Posing for the group shot were Banali, Yngwie Malmsteen, John5 (MARILYN MANSON), Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Zakk Wylde (OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY), Nuno Bettencourt ...

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UPDATED: RANDY RHOADS' ROCKWALK Induction Marred By Misspelling Shocker

Legendary OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Randy Rhoads' induction into Hollywood's RockWalk earlier today turned downright embarrassing when the bronze bust unveiled during the ceremony and later installed along the RockWalk posthumous inductee wall displayed the guitarist's often-misspelled last name as "Rhodes" (an error that has since apparently been corrected). Check out photos from Getty Images:

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JEFF SCOTT SOTO: Drummer ALEX PAPA Leaves The Fold

Vocalist Jeff Scott Soto (TALISMAN, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) has parted ways with the drummer from his solo band, Alex Papa. "Alex has decided to pursue other avenues in his career," Jeff said in a statement. "I and the rest of the band support his decisions and wish him nothing but every success in his future endeavors. ...

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN To Visit USS NIMITZ War Ship

Legendary guitarist YNGWIE MALMSTEEN got a personal invitation from the USS Nimitz to visit "one of their most incredible ships," according to a posting on his official web site. He will be visiting the ship with a crew of 3,000 on Monday, March 15. In other news, a bunch of concert photos from the North ...

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JEFF SCOTT SOTO: New Solo Album On The Way

In addition to his brand-new, as-yet-unnamed project with Neal Schon and Deen Castronovo (both of JOURNEY) and Marco Mendoza (WHITESNAKE, BLUE MURDER, THIN LIZZY), singer Jeff Scott Soto has started recording his highly anticipated third solo album, tentatively titled "Lost In The Translation". Jeff has confirmed that Neal Schon will co-write a song and appear ...

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WHITESNAKE's COVERDALE Is Supportive Of Wife's New Career

When Cindy Coverdale, wife of WHITESNAKE frontman David Coverdale, decided to write a rock and roll cookbook, "Food That Rocks", she wasn't sure how her new career would go over with her husband. "After all," Cindy laughs, "he was used to being the one who got the attention while I did the wife and mother ...

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TYGERS OF PAN TANG: Live Dates Announced

NWOBHM (New Wave of British Heavy Metal) legends TYGERS OF PAN TANG have lined up the following dates during the coming months: Apr. 02 - Nijmegen, NETH @ Backstage Apr. 03 - Gramsbergen, NETH @ Big Al Apr. 04 - Heerenveen, NETH @The Sphinx Apr. 16 – Godmanchester, UK @ Britten Arena Jul. 10/11 - ...

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Virgin Megastore To Host Rock & Roll Cookbook Signing

Hollywood's Virgin Megastore will host a celebrity book signing for the rock & roll cookbook, "Food That Rocks", on Thursday, March 18, 2004 at 7:30 p.m. In addition to the authors, Cindy Coverdale (wife of WHITESNAKE frontman David Coverdale) and Margie Lapanja, many of the book's contributors will be there signing copies of the book ...

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GRAHAM BONNET: Hollywood Gig Planned, Album Guest Appearance Announced

Legendary vocalist Graham Bonnet (RAINBOW, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, ALCATRAZZ, IMPELLITTERI, BLACKTHORNE) will be performing on Thursday, March 11 at Club Vodka in Hollywood, California. Showtime will be 11:00 p.m. For information and directions, visit www.clubvodka.com. In other news, Bonnet has confirmed that he will participate in Italian guitar virtuoso Matteo Filippini's project, MOONSTONE, ...

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STRATOVARIUS: TOLKKI Jams On Hard Rock Classics, KOTIPELTO Celebrates Completion Of New Video

STRATOVARIUS guitarist Timo Tolkki participated in a very special "hard rock jam session" on Sunday (Feb. 15) at London Pub in Tampere, Finland. Joining Tolkki during the jam were HANOI ROCKS drummer Lacu and BOMFUNK MC'S bassist Ville Mäkinen. The unnamed "band" performed nine cover songs, including KISS' "Lick It Up", IRON MAIDEN's "The Trooper", ...

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