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HALFORD To Embark On THE 2003 METAL GODS WORLD TOUR

Former JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford has issued the following statement regarding the postponement of HALFORD's West Coast dates and the group's upcoming touring activities: "Well, hello from Walsall, England. "I'm pleased to see that all information regarding my misfortune has been disclosed. I've always enjoyed a very close relationship with my supporters ...

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SAXON Frontman Slams Former Members Over Name Lawsuit

SAXON frontman Biff Byford has addressed the ongoing legal battle over the band's name with fellow original members Graham Oliver and Steve Dawson via a lengthy statement posted on the group's official web site. The statement reads as follows: "Hi, I hope everyone is well! "I have been reading the message board with interest just ...

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MELECHESH Hard At Work On 'Sphynx'

MELECHESH, who feature in their ranks ABSU drummer/vocalist Proscriptor McGovern, are currently at Andy La Rocque's (KING DIAMOND) Los Angered Studios in Gothenburg, Sweden recording their third album for Osmose Productions, titled "Sphynx". Among the cuts set to appear on the upcoming CD are the following: 01. Incendium Between Mirage and Time 02. Of Mercury ...

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WINTERS BANE Announce New Vocalist

Akron, Ohio-based WINTERS BANE — best known as the former home of current JUDAS PRIEST frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens — have tapped Alexander Koch (POWERGOD, SPIRAL TOWER) as their new singer. Commented founder/guitarist Lou St. Paul: "I haven't been this excited about a vocalist since Tim Owens joined [WINTERS BANE] in 1991." The group are ...

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RACER X Auction Off Drum Heads For Charity

One-of-a-kind drum heads from RACER X's "Getting Heavier" recording sessions are being auctioned off via eBay, with all proceeds go to charity. For more information, click here. RACER X feature in their ranks JUDAS PRIEST drummer Scott Travis, ex-MR. BIG guitarist Paul Gilbert, and ex-BADLANDS drummer Jeff Martin (on vocals). The group's new ...

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SLAYER Management Sold To SANCTUARY

Rick Sales has reportedly sold his management company — which represents the likes of SLAYER, (HED)P.E. and SYSTEMATIC, among others — to Sanctuary Management (IRON MAIDEN, GUNS N' ROSES, JUDAS PRIEST) for an undisclosed sum, according to Hits Daily Double. Also said to have completed a similar arrangement was Adam Schneider, who represents Perry Farrell ...

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RACER X: 'Getting Heavier' Details Unveiled

The reunited RACER X, featuring JUDAS PRIEST drummer Scott Travis, ex-MR. BIG guitarist Paul Gilbert, and ex-BADLANDS drummer Jeff Martin (on vocals), will release their new album, "Getting Heavier", on Dec. 18 in Japan. A limited-edition run of 30,000 units will feature a bonus double live CD, "Snowball Of Doom 2". The complete track listing ...

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MOTÖRHEAD's MIKKEY DEE: 'HAMMERFALL Can Suck My Cock'

MOTÖRHEAD drummer Mikkey Dee has slammed fellow Swedes HAMMERFALL for "acting like rock stars" and "completely ripping off" bands like HELLOWEEN, IRON MAIDEN and KING DIAMOND in order to attain their current level of success. Speaking to Metal Rules, Dee stated, "Look at a band like HAMMERFALL and shit. They're going through the roof. When ...

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RACER X: Live MP3 Posted Online

A live recording of RACER X's "Hammer Away", taken from the special live double-CD accompanying the Japanese release of the group's upcoming album, "Getting Heavier", can be downloaded from the band's official web site at this location. "Getting Heavier" was recorded during September/October at Batgirl Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada for a Christmas ...

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BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION To Make Live Debut

BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION, the new band featuring MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx, L.A. GUNS guitarist Tracii Guns, former MÖTLEY CRÜE frontman John Corabi (who plays guitar in the group), vocalist London LeGrand, and drummer Scot Coogan (ex-PAUL GILBERT, ONI LOGAN/ROWAN ROBERTSON, SINÉAD O'CONNOR), will make their live debut at the end of December in Southern ...

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RACER X Complete Work On 'Getting Heavier'

The reunited RACER X, featuring JUDAS PRIEST drummer Scott Travis, ex-MR. BIG guitarist Paul Gilbert, and ex-BADLANDS drummer Jeff Martin (on vocals), have set "Getting Heavier" as the title for their upcoming CD, which was recently recorded at Batgirl Studio in Las Vegas, Nevada for a Christmas 2002 Japanese release. "'Getting Heavier' has 12 brand ...

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VICIOUS RUMORS, DEATH ANGEL To Play Sacramento

VICIOUS RUMORS and DEATH ANGEL will be teaming up for a gig at The Road House in Sacramento, California on Saturday, Nov. 30. In other news, the following was DEATH ANGEL's set list from their performance at The Shack in Anaheim, California on Nov. 15-16: Friday, November 15: 01. Ultra-Violence (intro) 02. Evil Priest 03. ...

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JUDAS PRIEST: HALFORD Reunion Rumors Are False

JUDAS PRIEST have slammed as false an "official" announcement on a British hard rock web site that the group are reuniting with ex-vocalist Rob Halford for an upcoming album and tour in 2003. "Please ignore the so called 'official' announcement in PowerPlay magazine about a reunion — this is not true and definitely ...

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JUDAS PRIEST: 'Live In London' Track Listing Unveiled

JUDAS PRIEST's upcoming "Live In London" two-CD set, recorded during the group's appearance at the London Brixton Academy on Dec. 19, 2001, will contain the following track listing: 01. Metal Gods 02. Heading Out To The Highway* 03. Grinder* 04. Touch Of Evil 05. Blood Stained 06. Victim Of Changes 07. The Sentinel* 08. One ...

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TROUBLE Announces Illinois Gig, Online Tribute Nearing Completion

The reunited TROUBLE — guitarist Rick Wartell, vocalist Eric Wagner, guitarist Bruce Franklin, drummer Jeff Olson and bassist Ron Holzner — will be performing at Riley's Rockhouse in Aurora, Illinois on Saturday, Nov. 30. In related news, work is progressing on the planned online tribute to TROUBLE, "End Of Daze", which is tentatively set for ...

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HALFORD Drummer: I Never Said ROB Was Rejoining JUDAS PRIEST

HALFORD drummer Bobby Jarzombek has issued an official statement in an attempt to dispel some of the rumors surrounding frontman Rob Halford's possible return to JUDAS PRIEST. The following is Jarzombek's message to the HALFORD fans, originally posted on the group's official message board on Tuesday, October 22: "To all, "I logged onto the boards ...

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ANTHRAX Guitarist Writes In From The Road

The following is a re-posting of the latest installment of ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian's regular online column, dubbed "Alpha Mail", as it appears on the group's official web site at www.anthrax.com: "I'm on the bus heading to Glasgow. Tonight was the first show in Manchester. I'm currently basking in the after glow of ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Frontman Hits Cover Circuit

JUDAS PRIEST frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens has been passing time recently by making several live appearances with an Ohio-based cover band THE SICKNESS, whose lineup includes two of Owens' former bandmates, bassist Dennis Hayes (formerly of Tim's pre-PRIEST band WINTERS BANE) and drummer Tim Semelsberger (from an early Ripper-fronted cover band, U.S. METAL). THE SICKNESS, ...

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JUDAS PRIEST To Issue Double Live CD In January

JUDAS PRIEST's forthcoming double live album, Live In London, is scheduled for release on January 13th, 2003 through Germany's SPV/Steamhammer Records. The set, which was recorded during the group's appearance at the London Brixton Academy on December 19th, 2001, will reportedly include tracks not found on the DVD release of the same name. (Thanks:

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Veteran Rock Photographer Launches Official Web Site

Veteran rock photographer Ross Halfin has launched his official web site at this location. In the business since the late 1970s, Halfin began his career at the now-defunct publication Sounds and its off-shoot magazine Kerrang! and has worked with virtually every major rock band in existence, including AC/DC, AEROSMITH, LED ZEPPELIN, METALLICA, IRON ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Representative: SANCTUARY Have No Say In Management Of Band

JUDAS PRIEST Management Coordinator Jayne Andrews has dismissed the suggestions that Sanctuary Group's recent acquisition of Trinifold Group — which handles PRIEST — will significantly impact the group's future activities. "Some of you will have read about The Sanctuary Group acquiring Trinifold Management," Andrews said. "This is correct, but does not make any difference to ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Management Bought Out By SANCTUARY

The Sanctuary Group said Monday it has acquired the Trinifold Group, which handles such acts as JUDAS PRIEST, THE WHO, OPERABABES and LED ZEPPELIN alumni Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. The Sanctuary Group, which earlier this year bought music company Air Edel, has diverse activities including records, music publishing, film and TV production and artist ...

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TUFF To Appear On 'The Mullet Years 2'

The TUFF song "American Hair Band" is slated to appear on a Canadian compilation through Universal Records tentatively titled The Mullet Years 2. This CD will feature various tracks from MÖTLEY CRÜE, POISON, AEROSMITH, CINDERELLA, RATT, WHITESNAKE, KISS, SKID ROW, JUDAS PRIEST and more. TUFF will also appear on a seasonal CD this year called ...

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'Rock Music Is Evil': Russian Priest Anatoly Berestov

Russian Celibate Priest Anatoly Berestov recently gave an interview to the web site Credo.Ru in which he blamed rock music for the rise of Satanism in Russia, citing aggressive mass culture that has poured into Russia from the West since the beginning of the 1990s as being a factor in drug addiction. Anatoly, a Doctor ...

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Former JUDAS PRIEST Drummer Joins Cover Band

Former JUDAS PRIEST drummer Les Binks, who was in the band between 1977 and 1979 and who co-wrote the PRIEST classic "Beyond the Realms of Death", has reportedly joined a British cover band called THE SHAKERS, also featuring in its ranks ex-ALICE COOPER/THE ALMIGHTY guitarist Pete Friesen. Les played on the PRIEST albums Stained Class, ...

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