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Bassist RANDY COVEN To Join RIOT For NYC Performance

Bassist Randy Coven (ARK, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) will be performing with the legendary heavy metal band RIOT at Don Hill's in New York City on Friday, August 27. Also appearing on the bill will be HAVOCHATE (featuring ex-TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian), SUPERVILLAIN, DIRTY BROWN EYE, OPERATIKA and PHOENIX REIGN. More information is available at

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Drummer BOBBY RONDINELLI Quits BLUE ÖYSTER CULT

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT drummer Bobby Rondinelli has officially quit the group in order to pursue his work with hard rock ensemble THE LIZARDS. Rondinelli, who has also played with the likes of BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW and RIOT, has toured and recorded with THE LIZARDS for several years now and is looking forward to exclusively dedicating ...

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GLENN HUGHES To Release First-Ever DVD In September

Former DEEP PURPLE/BLACK SABBATH singer Glenn Hughes will release his first-ever DVD, entitled "Soulfully Live In The City Of Angels", on September 20 through Frontiers Records in Europe, Marquee/Avalon in Japan, Hellion Records in Brazil and Cleopatra Records in North America later in the fall. Also included in the package will be a double live ...

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NICK OLIVERI Shoots Back At JOSH HOMME On New DWARVES Album

MTV.com reports: "After staying relatively quiet in the wake of his ousting from QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, ex-bassist Nick Oliveri has shot back at his former bandmate Josh Homme on the new record by his former group the DWARVES. The track 'Massacre' on the disc 'Dwarves Must Die' features Oliveri cackling in the background ...

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HAVOCHATE: New Album Samples Posted Online

New York-based metal band HAVOCHATE, now featuring former TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian, have posted MP3 samples of three new tracks at their official web site. The songs "Alone", "Cycle of Pain" and "Speak No More" come off the group's upcoming second album, tentatively due in October/November in Europe and January 2005 in the ...

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DIO Bassist RUDY SARZO Updates Tour Diary

DIO bassist Rudy Sarzo (ex-QUIET RIOT, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, WHITESNAKE) has uploaded a bunch of photos from the group's recent European tour. Check them out here. As previously reported, DIO's latest album, "Master of the Moon", is scheduled for release in the U.S. on September 7 through Sanctuary Records. SPV are planning on issuing ...

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CHAIN COLLECTOR Sign With SOUND RIOT RECORDS

CHAIN COLLECTOR, the Norwegian band featuring guitarist Gøran Bomann (CARPATHIAN FOREST), drummer Anders Kobro (CARPATHIAN, GREEN CARNATION, LAST CALL INC), guitarist Kjell Jacobsen (NEON GOD) and vocalist Kjetil Nordhus (TRAIL OF TEARS, GREEN CARNATION), have inked a two-album deal with the Portugese label Sound Riot. The group, who had previously recorded a four-song demo entitled ...

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JANI LANE Off 'Bad Boys Of Metal' Tour?

Former WARRANT singer Jani Lane has reportedly dropped off the "Bad Boys of Metal" tour after missing a scheduled appearance at The Downtown in Farmingdale, NY Wednesday night (August 11). According to a fan posting at the Metal Sludge message board, "Nobody addressed the issue until [ex-QUIET RIOT singer] Kevin DuBrow hit the ...

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PREMONITION To Relocate To Chicago

Due to "family and personal" issues, long-running metallers PREMONITION will be relocating to Chicago this fall. The group's revamped lineup, featuring mainman Tattoo Frank alongside guitarist Stevenvy, bassist Glenn Curtis and drummer Gabrieal "Gobie" Anthony (SGT. ROXX), is expected to begin work on a new CD in the near future. "Rest assured, PREMONITION will go ...

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VICIOUS: Live Video Posted Online

Swedish thrash/death metallers VICIOUS have posted a live video for the track "Boots Of Led" at this location (17.5 MB). "Boots Of Led" comes off the group's debut album, "Vile, Vicious & Victorious", available now through Portugal's Sound Riot Records. The CD was recorded at Studio Underground in Västerås, Sweden and was mastered ...

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FATAL SMILE Complete Work On New Album

Swedish "traditional" heard rock/heavy metal band FATAL SMILE have completed work on their new album, "Neo-Natural Freaks", tentatively due before the end of the year through GMR Music. The recording sessions took place at Gig and Soundtrade studios in Stockholm with producer HP Camper (a.k.a. former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN drummer Jonas Östman), while the mixing duties ...

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RIOT Singer Joins THE LIZARDS

RIOT vocalist Mike Demeo has joined THE LIZARDS, the band featuring drummer Bobby Rondinelli of RAINBOW/BLACK SABBATH fame. THE LIZARDS will be performing with MOUNTAIN, CANNED HEAT and VANILLA FUDGE on July 27 at the Orange County Fairgrounds indoor arena in Middletown, NY (ticket info: 718-824-6480). THE LIZARDS will also be performing with VANILLA FUDGE ...

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GLENN HUGHES: Live CD/DVD Details Revealed

Former DEEP PURPLE/BLACK SABBATH singer Glenn Hughes will release a double audio CD and a single-disc DVD, entitled "Soulfully Live In The City Of Angels", on September 20 through Frontiers Records (Marquee/Avalon in Japan and Hellion Records in Brazil). "Soulfully Live In The City Of Angels" was shot live on January 11, 2004 before an ...

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OZZFEST 2004 Summer Sampler Unleashed

The previously unreleased LAMB OF GOD track "Laid to Rest", which will not be available until this fall on their new release "Ashes of the Wake", is one of the cuts included on the Ozzfest 2004 sampler CD, available at the Ozzfest Summer Sampler booth at any and every Ozzfest show this summer. The disc ...

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Remembering The St. Louis GUNS N' ROSES Riot

Jordan Harper of The Riverfront Times writes: This Friday, July 2, marks the thirteenth anniversary of the St. Louis GUNS N' ROSES riot. We'll not soon forget the smoke and shame, broadcast to the world on CNN, when Axl Rose jumped into the crowd to battle a man with a camera before leaping back onstage ...

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Former RATT Singer To Film New Video

Former RATT singer Stephen Pearcy will be filming a video for either "Overdrive" or "Drive With Me" from his upcoming solo release, "Fueler". The video shoot will take place later this month. The album, which features former QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali on three cuts, will be released in late August through Pearcy's own Top ...

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It's Official: IN FLAMES, CHIMAIRA To Tour Australia

Sweden's IN FLAMES have confirmed that they will be embarking on a short Australian tour with CHIMAIRA beginning in mid-September. The confirmed dates and venues are as follows: Sep. 17 – Heaven - Adelaide, AUS (all ages) Sep. 18 - Hi-Fi Bar - Melbourne, AUS (18+) Sep. 19 - Hi-Fi Bar - Melbourne, AUS (matinee, ...

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Judge: No Disciplinary Action Against GUNS N' ROSES Riot Cops

CBC Online reports: Two Vancouver Police officers did not use excessive force at the GUNS N' ROSES riot in November 2002, says the retired judge who chaired a Police Complaints Commission hearing into the incident. Adjudicator Ross Collver has found Const. Reginald Forster did not use excessive force against concert-goer Robert Parent. Parent was struck ...

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