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MICHAEL ANGELO BATIO Schedules Signing Sessions, Guitar Clinics

World-renowned progressive rock guitarist Michael Angelo Batio will be signing autographs January 19-22 at the NAMM show for Dean Guitars at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. On Monday, January 23 through Friday, January 27, Batio will be conducting guitar clinics in Los Angeles. Michael Angelo Batio will also be performing in concert February ...

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MÖTLEY CRÜE's TOMMY LEE: 'I Loved Prison'

ContactMusic.com is reporting that MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee loved the four months he spent in prison on assault charges in 1998, because he found a peace and quiet he has never achieved in the outside world. Lee was jailed for assaulting his then wife Pamela Anderson and served four months of a three year ...

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RIOT: More U.S. Tour Dates Announced

Veteran hard rockers RIOT have added two more U.S. dates to their current itinerary. The group's schedule is shaping up as follows: Jan. 27 - Las Vegas, NV @ Tailspins Jan. 28 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vegas Feb. 03 - TBA Feb. 17 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance Feb. 18 - ...

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ASSASSIN To Co-Headline KEEP IT TRUE VI Warm-Up Show

Reformed German thrashers ASSASSIN have been confirmed as the co-headliners of the Keep It True VI warm-up show, dubbed "Metal Knights", set to take place on April 7, 2006 at Sporthalle in Dittigheim, Germany. Other groups scheduled to perform at the warm-up show are DRIFTER and DANTESCO. One more headliner will be announced soon. The ...

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UNCHAINED Announce Indefinite Hiatus

Swedish melodic metallers UNCHAINED have posted the following message on their official web site: "Our bass player Mattias [Osbeck], decided to leave the band due to family matters. Mattias have come to the point where he feels, he doesn't have the necessary time to put in the band to maintain and take it to the ...

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HIRAX Pulled From KEEP IT TRUE Warm-Up Show

Los Angeles thrashers HIRAX have been thrown off the billing of the the Keep It True VI warm-up show, dubbed "Metal Knights", set to take place on April 7, 2006 at Sporthalle in Dittigheim, Germany. According to the festival organizers, the entire HIRAX band — with the exception of singer Katon W. De Pena — ...

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QUIET RIOT To Hold Bassist Auditions

QUIET RIOT will be holding a one-day-only audition for a bass player that is based out of the general Los Angeles area. If you are interested but not in the area, please do not apply. The basic requirements are for a bass player that is well versed and rooted in British late '60s and '70s ...

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BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION Reject Split Rumors

BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION have rejected as false Internet reports that they are planning on breaking up following the completion of their current European tour. In a posting on the band's official forum, the group's forum moderator Nikki wrote, "The BRIDES are not breaking up! Now everyone, please, take a breather. Trust me, no one's breaking ...

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QUIET RIOT: Guitarist TRACII GUNS Joins The Fold

QUIET RIOT vocalist Kevin DuBrow and drummer Frankie Banali have announced the group's line-up for 2006. Joining the group on guitar is axe slinger Tracii Guns, formerly of L.A. GUNS and BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION. A new bass player will be announced shortly. The newly revamped QUIET RIOT will enter the studio in January to record ...

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NAPALM DEATH To Begin Writing New Material

NAPALM DEATH bassist Shane Embury has posted the following message on the group's official web site: "Sitting here at my PC having just got back from a brutal ANAAL NATHRAKH rehearsal and well, what can i say? Hope to see a few people at the forthcoming shows this Thursday (Camden Underworld) and Friday (Edwards No. ...

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MESSIAH'S KISS: We Are 'Doing Everything In Our Power' To Make New Album Best Ever

MESSIAH'S KISS, the German/American/British metal act featuring current RIOT touring singer Mike Tirelli (HOLY MOTHER, BURNING STARR), are mixing their third album, "Dragonheart", at Arena 20 studios in Hannover, Germany with producer Herman Frank (VICTORY, ACCEPT). All the instruments were tracked at Arena 20 while the vocals were laid down at the M-J.T. studio in ...

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RIOT: U.S. Tour Dates Announced

Veteran hard rockers RIOT have added two U.S. dates to their current itinerary. The group's schedule is shaping up as follows: Jan. 27 - Las Vegas, NV @ Tailspins Jan. 28 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Club Vegas Mar. 17 - Palencia, SPA @ Carabel Mar. 18 - Bilbao, SPA @ Santana 27 Mar. ...

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MESSIAH'S KISS Finish Recording 'Dragonheart'

MESSIAH'S KISS, the German/American/British metal act featuring current RIOT touring singer Mike Tirelli (HOLY MOTHER, BURNING STARR), have completed the recordings for their third album, "Dragonheart". All the instruments were tracked at Arena 20 studios in Hannover, Germany with producer Herman Frank (VICTORY, ACCEPT) while the vocals were laid down at the M-J.T. studio in ...

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ROB ROCK To Film DVD At Germany's OWEN ROCK NIGHT Festival

Powerhouse heavy metal vocalist ROB ROCK (ex-IMPELLITTERI, DRIVER, JOSHUA) has announced that he will record his first live DVD at the Owen Rock Night Festival in Germany in March 2006. Rock is also confirmed for the Elements of Rock festival in Switzerland April 2006. JVC/Victor Entertainment Japan released ROB ROCK's latest CD, "Holy Hell", with ...

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Renowned Cover Artist Releases Limited-Edition Line Of Merchandise

Rock cover artist Ioannis has just made available a limited-edition line of merchandise of his artwork, including t-shirts, 2006 rock calendars, mugs, mousepads and other products of his most popular cover artwork for such acts as DEEP PURPLE, BIOHAZARD, UFO, QUIET RIOT, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT, LYNYRD SKYNYRD, ALLMAN BROTHERS and many others. To view and ...

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QUIET RIOT Putting Finishing Touches On Material For New Album

QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali has posted the following message on his official web site: "I have recently completed recording the drum tracks for two future tribute record releases. The track for THE BEATLES tribute is 'Magical Mystery Tour' and the track for the MÖTLEY CRÜE tribute is 'Dr. Feelgood', both of which I expect ...

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GUNS N' ROSES 'Millennium Tribute' To Arrive In April

In late April 2006, Versailles Records will release "It's So Easy: A Millennium Tribute to Guns N' Roses", featuring current/former members of HEART, GUNS N' ROSES, OZZY OSBOURNE, LOVE/HATE, ADLER'S APPETITE, DEEP PURPLE, RAINBOW, RIOT, LILLIAN AXE, WARRANT, EVERY MOTHER'S NIGHTMARE, FASTER PUSSYCAT, PRETTY BOY FLOYD, RATT, L.A. GUNS, LITA FORD, METAL CHURCH, SLASH'S SNAKEPIT ...

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