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Safety Concerns Delay Florida Metal Festival

Edward Fitzpatrick of the Providence Journal reports that a Florida heavy metal festival, which was going to raise money for The Station Family Fund, has been postponed because of fire-code issues raised by the local fire marshal. Metalfest 2003 — with a list of performers that included LYNCH MOB, FIREHOUSE, BANG TANGO and BULLET BOYS ...

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Former DOKKEN Guitarist Teams Up With SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY Mainman

Former DOKKEN and current LYNCH MOB/LP guitarist George Lynch has reportedly teamed up with SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY mainman Jason Slater in a brand new project called MICRODUST. The band, who are in the process of recording their debut album, were originally set to include ex-ORGY/SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY drummer Bobby Hewitt, but ended up "chang[ing] [their] ...

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FUELED II FIRE Complete Work On EP

FUELED II FIRE, the new band featuring former PISSING RAZORS members Cesar Soto (guitar), Joe Rodriguez (vocals) and Mat Lynch (guitar), have completed work on their first EP, entitled "Empires of Truth and Hatred". It was engineered and recorded earlier this month by Mike Major (AT THE DRIVE-IN, SPARTA). Upcoming FUELED II FIRE dates: Jun. ...

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Portugal's RE:AKTOR Sign With NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

Portugal's RE:AKTOR have signed a worldwide deal with Nuclear Blast Records and will release their debut album, "Zero Order", on September 29 in Europe and October 7 in the U.S. Produced by the band's mastermind [Nexion] (guitars, electronic programming & sampling, bass], and mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound Studios in New York, "Zero ...

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MARSHALL LAW To Record New Album

The Birmingham, England-based cult power metal band MARSHALL LAW are recording a brand new studio album, their sixth following on from "Marshall Law", "Powergame", "Law In The Raw", "Metal Detector" and "Warning From History". Last year the band was the subject of a Sanctuary Records retrospective, "Power Crazy", which included archive and previously unreleased demo ...

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SLIPKNOT Bassist To Tour With UNIDA

SLIPKNOT's Paul Gray will be playing bass for UNIDA on their upcoming West Coast tour. "[Paul] is a very good friend of the band and we thank him very much for coming out and jamming with us so we can make this tour happen," the group said in an official statement. UNIDA tour dates: Jun. ...

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FUELED II FIRE Line Up Shows In Texas

FUELED II FIRE, the new band featuring former PISSING RAZORS members Cesar Soto (guitar), Joe Rodriguez (vocals) and Mat Lynch (guitar), have lined up the following dates during June: Jun. 28 – El Paso, TX @ Nakyes Stadium (Battle of the Bands) Jun. 30 - El Paso, TX @ Bombardiers (w/ KRIMSON, RED EYE FACTOR) ...

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METALLICA's LARS ULRICH Slams Military's Use of Their Music

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich is furious at the news that the military is using their songs to "break down" Iraqi captives in Baghdad, according to the World Entertainment News Network. Interrogators are using the band's tracks, including "Enter Sandman", in the hope of extracting information about weapons of mass destruction — something which ...

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Former MORBID ANGEL Guitarist, CANNIBAL CORPSE Singer Team Up In PATHS OF POSSESSION

Florida's PATHS OF POSSESSION, the new band featuring former MORBID ANGEL guitarist Richard Brunelle and CANNIBAL CORPSE frontman George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher, will release a limited-edition split CD (also featuring Ft. Pierce, Florida's DARK FAITH) on June 19 through Splattergod Records. Formerly known as SWOLLEN, PATHS OF POSSESSION's contribution to the CD will consist of "six ...

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, LYNCH MOB To Tour Together In The Fall

YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and LYNCH MOB are reportedly in talks about possibly touring together in the fall. Although no contracts have yet been signed, it is understood that LYNCH MOB would be opening for MALMSTEEN, and local acts from each city would also be added to the bill. A tentative Sept. 6 date at Jaxx in ...

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CRADLE OF FILTH To Film Video For 'Mannequin'

CRADLE OF FILTH's U.S. record label, Red Ink/Epic Records, has commissioned a new conceptual video for the group's new album, "Damnation and a Day", this time for the sinister, romantic track "Mannequin". The clip, which will be helmed by celebrated video director Thomas Mignone (MUDVAYNE, SLIPKNOT, TYPE O NEGATIVE, SEPULTURA, KITTIE, etc.), begins shooting on ...

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JIMI HENDRIX: Live Album, Tribute CD On The Way

An album of unreleased live JIMI HENDRIX music is set to hit stores this fall — nearly 33 years after his death in London. "It's a live concert — I can't tell you yet which concert it is," Janie HendrixJimi's sister and president and CEO of Experience Hendrix LLC, the Hendrix family company ...

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GENE SIMMONS Says He Will No Longer Buy PEARL JAM Albums Following VEDDER's Anti-BUSH Outburst

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons recently told Insight magazine that if fellow rock performers continue to do outrageous politically-charged things such as stabbing a Bush mask onstage, they should expect their record sales to go down. "I don't think everybody that booed will stop buying PEARL JAM records or going to PEARL JAM concerts," Gene said ...

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TED NUGENT: I Am Not A Racist

Ted Nugent has rejected accusations that he is a racist following his appearance on a Denver radio show Monday (May 5) when a live interview with Nugent was reportedly cut short after he used derogatory racial terms for Asians and blacks. The following is Ted's official statement regarding the Denver incident: "Let's get ...

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HENRY ROLLINS: I'm Losing Sleep Over War In Iraq

Punk rock icon Henry Rollins recently spoke to Australia's Beat magazine about the war in Iraq. "It's a whole new thing," Rollins said. "I really wonder about that guy [George Bush]. In fact now I'm losing sleep over it. I'm serious — I'm actually losing sleep. What worries me is that there's a lot more ...

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Former PHANTOM BLUE/VIXEN Bassist Passes Away

Former PHANTOM BLUE/VIXEN touring bassist Rana Ross passed away on May 3 due to liver failure. She was 34 years old. Rana joined PHANTOM BLUE in 1994, shortly after the release of their second album, "Built To Perform", and toured with VIXEN in 1997 before forming SINBOY with singer/programmer Elysa Grey, whom Ross had dubbed ...

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UNIDA Announce California Date

UNIDA, the band featuring former KYUSS vocalist John Garcia, will perform a headlining show at Flaherty's Bar And Grill in Palm Springs, California on Saturday, May 10. Also appearing on the bill will be SONS OF SERRO and STUMBLE JUNKIES. As previously reported, UNIDA have yet to secure a release for their much-anticipated full-length CD, ...

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A Tribute To The VAN HALEN Throats

On May 27, Versailles Records will release "Best of Both Worlds: A Tribute to Van Halen's David Lee Roth And Sammy Hagar". A first of its kind in the world of tributes, this record features hits from both David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar's solo catalogs, as well as hits from the VAN HALEN catalog ...

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Accelerated Evolution - THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND

Devin Townsend and "writer's block" are two things that have about as much chance as coming together in this lifetime as George Bush hugging a tree. In his world, if he's not working on or releasing an album, then he probably pops a thermometer in his mouth to check if he's coming down with something. ...

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LYNCH MOB: 'Revolution' CD Gets Pushed Back

Cleopatra Records pushed back the release date of LYNCH MOB's "REvolution" to May 20. "REvolution", which features remakes of early DOKKEN and LYNCH MOB classics, includes contributions from ex-DOKKEN and current L/P bassist Jeff Pilson and ex-LYNCH MOB frontman Robert Mason. ...

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Rhode Island Nightclub Owners Fined $1M For Insurance Shortage

State labor officials issued a fine of more than $1 million against owners of a nightclub where a fire during a GREAT WHITE concert killed 99 people because the company failed to get workers' compensation insurance, according to the Associated Press. The Department of Labor and Training also referred the case Wednesday to the attorney ...

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