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SEBASTIAN BACH: 'I Have Been Writing New Songs All Summer'

Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach recently spoke to Boston-based freelance writer Debby Rao about his new band and the group's future activities, including their upcoming mini-tour with TWISTED SISTER. When asked why he wasn't using guitarist Richie Scarlett on the band's forthcoming tour, Sebastian said, "I love Richie. He is great. But the thing ...

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SEBASTIAN BACH To Reunite With ROB AFFUSO Live On Stage!

Sebastian Bach has confirmed that he will be joined by his former SKID ROW bandmate/drummer Rob Affuso at select dates on his upcoming solo tour. The following is Sebastian's latest posting from his official web site: "Well I was gonna keep it a secret , but screw it !!! Joining me on stage, for the ...

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SEBASTIAN BACH: Former Drummer Returns To The Fold

BACH TIGHT 5, the new band led by former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach, have announced the addition of drummer Mark "BamBam" McConnell to the group's ranks. "Mark has done every solo tour with me on the kit as well as playing on my solo CD, 'Bring 'Em Bach Alive!' & I realized yet again ...

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ALEX SKOLNICK To Sit Out TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA Tour

Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick has announced his decision not to participate in this year's TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA tour. The following is Alex's official statement on the matter: "It is with mixed emotions that I announce my decision to not participate in this year's TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA tour. It has been an honor to be a part ...

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BULLETBOYS: New Album To Include Guest Appearance By SEBASTIAN BACH

BULLETBOYS will release a new album, titled "Sophie", on October 24 through their own Bulletboys Records. The group's first studio album of new material since 1995's "Acid Monkey", "Sophie" was recorded and mixed at Jet City Studios in Hawthorne, California with producer Andy Johns (LED ZEPPELIN, CINDERELLA, VAN HALEN). The new record will contain nine ...

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SKID ROW Announce U.K. Tour Dates

SKID ROW have announced the details of their upcoming U.K. headlining tour. The band, will be supporting DEF LEPPARD on the German/Swiss leg of their European tour in November, will then head off to the U.K. to do some headlining dates. The jaunt will mark SKID ROW's first trip to Europe in over seven years. ...

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SHANE GAALAAS To Release Solo Debut

Canadian drummer/percussionist Shane Gaalaas, whose stellar resume includes a hard rock "who's who" in addition his own band ventures, COSMOSQUAD and DIESEL MACHINE, is stepping out from behind his kit and stepping up to the plate in a big way with his first solo album, "Primer". Written, performed, and recorded entirely by Gaalaas himself who, ...

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GENE SIMMONS Talks Money: 'Being Alive Means I Want More'

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons recently spoke to Bankrate.com about his business philosophies and his penchant for getting involved in other ventures have made him a mogul in his own right even beyond his band's achievements. When asked how much he's worth, Simmons said, "A lot. An awful lot. But numbers aren't indicative of anything except ...

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SKID ROW To Support DEF LEPPARD In Germany

SKID ROW will be supporting DEF LEPPARD on the German/Swiss leg of their European tour in November. The group will then head off to the U.K. to do some headlining dates. The jaunt will mark SKID ROW's first trip to Europe in over seven years. Says bassist Rachel Bolan, "It's gonna be a blast being ...

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KISS Members Attend Florida Screening Of 'Symphony' DVD

Ivette M. Yee of South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that "KISS members Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and Tommy Thayer appeared at Royal Palm Beach Stadium 18 theater [Tuesday night, September 9] to watch 'Kiss Symphony', a documentary film that captures the band in concert with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Australia in February. The band will ...

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SKID ROW Explain Rochester Cancellation

SKID ROW have issued the following statement regarding their decision to cancel their previously announced gig in Rochester, New York on September 4: "We were told that we were playing a rock 'club' with a stage 20' x 10' in size. (very small but we've done it before) The club owner told that to the ...

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SEBASTIAN BACH Unveils New Band!

Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach has revealed the details of his new band, BACH TIGHT 5. Joining Bach in the new group are guitarist Adam Albright (ex-SKINLAB, DOPESICK), bassist Cheeze (BLACK BONE, DEAD TIGHT 5), guitarist Randall X Rawlings (DEAD TIGHT 5), and drummer Mike Dover (DEAD TIGHT 5). Says Bach: "Adam is from ...

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LIMP BIZKIT Cut Set Short At Manchester Apollo

Iain Hepburn of Manchester Online reviewed the LIMP BIZKIT concert at Manchester Apollo on Thursday (September 4). The band "left town to a chorus of disgruntled boos after doing a disappearing act that left the fake encore generation more than a tad upset when they declined to come back out after finishing their frenetic-but-spotty 75 ...

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SHADOWS FALL Prepare To 'Take Action'

Massachusetts-based thrash metal quintet SHADOWS FALL, arguably this year's breakthrough Ozzfest artist, are gearing up for a full slate this fall. The group, who constantly sold more albums than any other second stage artist for over five weeks in a row, proved that audiences want to hear real metal bands that are not afraid to ...

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EXODUS Sign With NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

Legendary San Francisco Bay Area thrashers EXODUS have officially signed with Nuclear Blast Records. The group's much-anticipated comeback CD, "Tempo Of The Damned", was recorded at Prairie Sun and Tsunami studios in Northern California with producer Andy Sneap (MACHINE HEAD, SKINLAB, ARCH ENEMY) and is scheduled for release on February 2, 2004 — the two-year ...

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JAG PANZER Line Up European Headlining Shows

Colorado-based power metal veterans JAG PANZER will play several headlining shows in Europe before embarking on a North American tour with HELLOWEEN and BEYOND THE EMBRACE in early October. Confirmed European headlining dates are as follows: Sep. 25 – Milano, ITA - Transilvania Club Sep. 27 – Thessaloniki, GRE - Idrogeios Club Sep. 28 – ...

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KISS/AEROSMITH VIP Ticket Packages: Are They Worth It?

Gemma Tarlach of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that "in the emerging world of VIP concert tickets, four-digit price tags are not uncommon for packages that can include front row seats, a photo op with the band and even an autographed guitar. Like Internet pre-sales and dues-charging fan clubs, pricey concert packages are a new ...

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PHILIP ANSELMO: 'I'm Clean As A Whistle'

SUPERJOINT RITUAL frontman Philip Anselmo recently told Dave Ferman of the Dallas Star-Telegram that he has been "clean as a whistle" for more than a year and that one of his joys now is working out. A lot. "I work out three times a week, and I'm strong as an ox," he said. "I love ...

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The Ledger: Hard Rock Comes Back Around

Bill Dean of The Ledger is reporting that the Rock Never Stops tour, featuring WHITESNAKE, WARRANT, KIP WINGER and SLAUGHTER, "might just as well have been dubbed 'Hard Rock Comes Back Around', because as WARRANT bassist Jerry Dixon says, the groups are playing — and receiving crowd reactions — as if it's the heyday of ...

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BLACKMORE'S NIGHT: U.K. Tour Announced

BLACKMORE'S NIGHT, featuring former DEEP PURPLE/RAINBOW guitarist Ritchie Blackmore and his wife Candice Night, have announced a U.K. tour in November. "For ALL our fans in Renaissance Garb — please call the theater directly and tell them you will be in Garb for special seating," reads a post on the band's web site. "Limited special ...

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Former ST. VITUS Singer To Reveal THE HIDDEN HAND

THE HIDDEN HAND, the new band featuring hard rock guitar legend Wino (ST. VITUS, THE OBSESSED, SPIRIT CARAVAN), will release their debut album, "Divine Propaganda", on September 9 through MeteorCity Records. MeteorCity will handle radio and marketing in-house, with domestic distribution via Caroline and Revolver USA. In May of 2002, Wino disbanded his group SPIRIT ...

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