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UFO Guitarist To Guest On JORDAN RUDESS Solo Album

UFO guitarist Vinnie Moore started recording solos Thursday (Dec. 11) for the new Jordan Rudess (DREAM THEATER) solo record. This will be the first time Jordan and Vinnie have recorded together since Vinnie's "Time Odyssey" record was released in 1988. Moore will be featured on two songs. Joe Satriani, Greg Howe, and Steve Morse will ...

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UFO To Release New Album In February

UFO have set a February 16, 2004 European release date through SPV Records for their new album, "You Are Here". The group's first album to feature new guitarist Vinnie Moore was recorded near Hannover, Germany with producer Tommy Newton (HELLOWEEN, CONCEPTION, VICTORY, ELEGY, ARK, TEN) and contains 11 new songs, including "The Spark That Is ...

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UNJUST Sign To KOOLARROW RECORDS

Criminally underrated San Francisco Bay Area band UNJUST have just signed to Koolarrow Records, the label headed up by former FAITH NO MORE bassist Billy Gould. The group's third CD, "Glow", is scheduled for release in March 2004, and will coincide with a U.S. tour. Details on European release dates will follow soon. Recorded at ...

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Update: OZZY 'Stable' After Quad Bike Crash

icBirmingham is reporting that Ozzy Osbourne was described as "stable and comfortable" after breaking eight ribs, a collarbone and a vertebra in his neck in a quad bike accident. Osbourne was taken to Wexham Park Hospital in Slough yesterday after the accident at his Buckinghamshire estate. The hospital's medical director Dr. Dick Jack said that ...

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ROB ZOMBIE Launches 'Creepy' New Business Venture

Rob Zombie and author-cartoonist Steve Niles have created Creep Entertainment International, a horror-themed production company, according to Variety. The company will begin with three comic book projects that, down the road, are expected to be adapted for films: "The Nail" with Dark Horse Comics, "Bigfoot" with IDW Comics, and "Lords of Salem", a combo music-comics ...

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METALLICA Comment On 'Loss In The Family'

METALLICA have issued the following statement regarding the recent passing of their "S&M" collaborator, Michael Kamen: "The METALLICA family is saddened by the loss of our good friend and 'S&M' collaborator, Michael Kamen on Tuesday, November 18th. Michael lost his battle with multiple sclerosis at the age of 55. "In addition to working with us ...

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BULLETBOYS Cancel Tour

BULLETBOYS have issued the following "critical release" via their official web site: "There's been a bad cut in the current BULLETBOYS tour with L.A. GUNS. "This happened on the bus that was transporting the band, along with BLACK N' BLUE, to their show in Detroit. "The bus driver, hired by tour bus company Coast to ...

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THREE INCHES OF BLOOD: U.S. Album Release Delayed

Canadian metallers THREE INCHES OF BLOOD have pushed back the U.S. release date of their full-length debut, "Battlecry Under a Winter Sun", to February 17 through Arena Rock Recording Co. (distributed by ADA). Upcoming THREE INCHES OF BLOOD tour dates: Nov. 14 - Seattle, WA @ Studio 7 Nov. 22 - Kamloops, BC @ Sportmart ...

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SPASTIC INK: New Song Available For Download

WATCHTOWER guitarist/composer Ron Jarzombek has posted a track from his long-awaited sophomore SPASTIC INK release, "Ink Compatible". The song, titled "Aquanet", features Jarzombek on guitar, Jason McMaster (WATCHTOWER, DANEGROUS TOYS) on vocals, Bobby Jarzombek (ex-HALFORD, RIOT) on drums, Pete Perez (RIOT) on bass and Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) on the synthesizer. Download it

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PAUL GILBERT: The Acoustic Samurai

Former MR. BIG/current RACER X guitarist Paul Gilbert has posted the following message on his web site: "I have a new CD out called 'Acoustic Samurai'. "It was recorded LIVE at the Tokyo Hard Rock Cafe. The musicians are Linus of Hollywood (acoustic bass, acoustic guitar, and vocals), and me (vocals, acoustic guitar, and stomping ...

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Police: Man Says Rifle Was Present For KID ROCK

Gordon Wilczynski of The Macomb Daily reports that a 43-year-old Michigan man was arrested in downtown Mount Clemens late Tuesday when police searched his car and found an assault rifle in his trunk, which he said he planned on giving to Kid Rock. Kid Rock, who is from Romeo and also known at Bob Ritchie, ...

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THREE INCHES OF BLOOD Secure U.S. Deal For Debut Album

Canadian metallers THREE INCHES OF BLOOD will release their full-length debut, "Battlecry Under a Winter Sun", in the U.S. on January 20 through Arena Rock Recording Co., distributed by ADA. "Good times were had for the month of October," the band write on their web site. "Our first U.K. tour was an unbelievable success. Huge ...

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NILE Get Custom Guitar, End Touring Cycle

Dean Guitars recently completed a NILE custom V guitar — a "beautiful" U.S.A. handmade V in transparent black flame maple burst. Mr. Dean Zelinsky personally hand-delivered the guitar to NILE guitarist/vocalist Karl Sanders at the Vic Theatre in Chicago and spent the evening hanging out with the band, taking pictures and enjoying the show. Read ...

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SLIPKNOT Bassist Gets Informal Probation

Jeff Eckhoff of The Des Moines Register reports that authorities have agreed to drop drug possession charges against SLIPKNOT bassist Paul Gray in exchange for Gray's acknowledgement that he was on drugs when he was involved in a minor traffic accident (Story#1, Story#2) last summer in Des Moines. Court records show ...

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URIAH HEEP/DEEP PURPLE Supergroup: Album Track Listing Revealed

The new "supergroup" featuring members of URIAH HEEP, DEEP PURPLE and OZZY OSBOURNE's former bass player Bob Daisley have reportedly scrapped THE RAGE as the name for their new project and are currently going by the working title THE MEEK. The band, which consists of Daisley, Lee Kerslake (URIAH HEEP, OZZY OSBOURNE) on drums, Jon ...

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Former WHITE LION Singer To Issue First-Ever Live Album

Former WHITE LION singer Mike Tramp will issue his first-ever live album, titled "Rock 'N' Roll Alive", before the end of the year through Germany's ulfTone Records. The two-disc, 110-minute album was recorded this past summer in front of a capacity crowd at Copenhagen's legendary Pumpenhuset. The complete track listing for "Rock 'N' Roll Alive" ...

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DON ARDEN's Autobiography To Be Published In April

Don Arden's much-anticipated autobiography, "Mr. Big", has been pushed back to an April 2004 publication date via Robson Books. Arden, one of the earliest and most notorious managers of the rock 'n' roll era and father of Sharon Osbourne, wife/manager of former BLACK SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne, was frequently accused of violent, bullying tactics by ...

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TOTAL CHAOS Blame Immigration For Montreal Riot

Graeme Hamilton of National Post reports that the leader of a punk rock group whose fans rioted Tuesday night (October 14) after their concert was cancelled blamed Immigration Canada yesterday for the destruction, saying authorities had no business checking band members for criminal records. Hours before they were supposed to take the stage at a ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE Postpones European Tour (Again)

OZZY OSBOURNE has been forced to postpone a six-week string of European tour dates set to begin next week due to side effects of medication he was taking to control a tremor, MTV.com reports. Osbourne's personal physician, Dr. Allan H. Ropper, chief of neurology at Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, had been treating the singer ...

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Former BLACK SABBATH Manager Publishes Tell-All Autobiography

Don Arden, one of the earliest and most notorious managers of the rock 'n' roll era and father of Sharon Osbourne, wife/manager of former BLACK SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne, has just published his autobiography via Robson Books in the U.K. Dubbed the "Godfather Of Rock" and the "Al Capone of Pop" by the world's press, ...

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RATT: U.S. Tour Dates Announced

RATT will be embarking on a U.S. tour beginning in late October. Confirmed/tentative dates are as follows: Oct. 23 - Colorado Springs, CO @ The Gardens Oct. 24 - Gillette, WY @ Jakes Oct. 25 - Verval, UT @ Club Excess Oct. 26 - Ogden, UT @ Kamikaze's Oct. 28 - Norfolk, NE @ The ...

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ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY Announce New Vocalist

Relapse Records recording artists ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY have filled their recently vacated vocalist position with Columbus, OH native Johnny Weils. Weils, whose previous outfit BARBED WIRE DOLLS released two singles on Sympathy For the Record Industry (ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT, TURBONEGRO, HOT SNAKES, etc.), replaces former ATP vocalist Johnny Throckmorton. Wiles earned the coveted position on ...

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Report: 'Underground' Heavy Metal Is Alive And Well In Iran

Scott Peterson of The Christian Science Monitor reports that in East and West, the language of rock 'n' roll is one of rebellion and pushing the limits. And in the Islamic Republic of Iran, musicians like guitarist Nurick Misikian and bassist Babak Riahipour are creating a parallel reality that could not be further removed from ...

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Former POISON/MR. BIG Guitarist To Release New Acoustic CD

Former POISON/MR. BIG guitarist Richie Kotzen will shortly issue a new album, titled "Acoustic Cuts". "This is different from the CD that was sold at my live shows in Japan," Kotzen writes on his web site. The complete track listing for "Acoustic Cuts" is as follows: 01. Change 02. What Is... 03. High 04. Don't ...

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