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PAUL STANLEY Reveals More Details About KISS SYMPHONY Concert

KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley has revealed more details about the group's upcoming Kiss Symphony concert in Melbourne, Australia on Feb. 28, 2003. The one-off show — which will be filmed and recorded, and broadcast via pay-per-view around the world — will open with the band performing "a short set by ourselves, [followed by] a set ...

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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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KISS To Play Japan In March

KISS will be playing three concerts at the legendary Budokan in Tokyo, Japan in early March. Confirmed dates are as follows: Mar. 11 – Tokyo, JAP @ Budokan Mar. 12 – Tokyo, JAP @ Budokan Mar. 13 – Tokyo, JAP @ Budokan Prior to public release, advance ticket sales are being offerred from the Udo ...

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VINNIE VINCENT Hard At Work On New Album

Former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent (a.k.a. Vincent Cusano) has been writing and recording new material at a Los Angeles studio for an album that may or may not surface under the VINNIE VINCENT INVASION moniker. No further information on the project is available at this time. In related news, the jury deciding the fate of ...

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DROWNING POOL: DAVE Was No Smack Addict

DROWNING POOL have publicly hit out at all the rumor-mongers who insisted that the death of their vocalist Dave Williams this summer was drug-related. The 30-year-old Williams was found dead on the DROWNING POOL tour bus on August 14, while the band were touring as part of the US Ozzfest. An inquest into the singer's ...

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Former MEGADETH Bandmates To Reunite For FRIEDMAN Solo Tour

Guitarist Marty Friedman will be joined by fellow ex-MEGADETH members David Ellefson (bass) and Jimmy DeGrasso (drums) when he hits the road around March 2003 in support of his upcoming "Music For Speeding" CD. The second guitarist slot is yet to be decided. As previously reported, "Music For Speeding" is due early next year through ...

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GEORGE LYNCH Completes Work On Album Of DOKKEN/LYNCH MOB Remakes

Former DOKKEN guitarist George Lynch has commenced the mixing process for the as-yet-untitled an album of current remakes of DOKKEN and LYNCH MOB songs, which he recently recorded with the help of ex-DOKKEN and current L/P bassist Jeff Pilson (who sings on the DOKKEN tunes) and ex-LYNCH MOB frontman Robert Mason (who handles the LYNCH ...

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POISONBLACK: 'Escapexstacy' Details Unveiled

Finland's POISONBLACK (formerly SHADOWLANDS) — featuring SENTENCED vocalist Ville Laihiala on guitar, and CHARON frontman Juha-Pekka Leppäluoto — have finalized the track listing for their debut album, "Escapexstacy", due on Feb. 17, 2003 through Century Media Records. It is as follows: 01. The Glow Of The Flames 02. Love Infernal 03. The State 04. All ...

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KISS' GENE SIMMONS: Why We Fired ERIC CARR On His Deathbed

During a recent question-and-answer session with fans attending his Tongue Tour in Australia, KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons explained the reasons behind the group's decision to fire drummer Eric Carr a short time after he was diagnosed with cancer in 1991. "This is still a very emotional subject," Simmons said. "At first, when Eric was coughing ...

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KISS Murder Trial Update: Cusano's Daughters Kept Secret

As previously reported, the murder trial of a man accused of killing the ex-wife of former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent got underway on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the Superior Court in Hartford, Connecticut. Police arrested Gregory McArthur, 41, on Sept. 2, 2000, and charged him with the January 1998 murder of Annemarie Cusano. Cusano worked ...

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KISS Murder Trial Gets Underway!

The murder trial of a man accused of killing the ex-wife of former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent got underway on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at the Superior Court in Hartford, Connecticut, according to the Associated Press. Police arrested Gregory McArthur, 41, on Sept. 2, 2000, and charged him with the January 1998 murder of Annemarie Cusano. ...

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RAMONES Tribute CD Pushed Back Once Again?

The long-awaited tribute album to the RAMONES, "We're a Happy Family: A Tribute to the Ramones", appears to have had its release date changed once again. According to Hits Daily Double, the album being released by manager Andy Gould's DV8 Records through Columbia is now coming out on Jan. 14. As previously reported, the following ...

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KISS Frontman To Host Las Vegas Charity Event

KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley is hosting "The Masquerade Ball" in Las Vegas next April, with the proceeds going to help underprivileged children. Stanley recently spoke to Undercover about his involvement in the charity event. "I was approached to be part of this 'Masquerade Ball'," he said. "I get approached to do a lot of things. ...

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist Announces Solo Record Deal

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman has inked record deals with Universal Records in Japan, Favored Nations in the U.S., and Mascot Records in Europe. Friedman's recently-completed new solo CD, titled "Music For Speeding", will be released sometime this winter. As previously reported, "Music For Speeding" will please "fans of Marty's first solo album, 'Dragon's Kiss', ...

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GENE SIMMONS Speaks Out On Marriage, Religion And KISS

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons conducted an interview with Australia's Courier Mail last week in which he offered up the usual number of verbal nuggets that are certain to raise a few eyebrows. The following are some of the highlights of the interview as they appear in the online version of the story: On organized religion: ...

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KISS Get Charitable!

KISS have decided to donate a portion of the proceeds from their upcoming Kiss Symphony show to the victims and families of the Bali bombing. "Quietly, without making a public announcement we are going to make sure a substantial amount of the proceeds of this concert will go the right place, the victims, the families," ...

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'KISS Alive Forever': More Excerpts Posted Online

The second of four excerpts from "KISS Alive Forever - The Complete Touring History", a unique reference of more than 1,900 performances of the storied rock band's career, bolstered by interviews with members of the KISS road crew, as well as opening acts such as IRON MAIDEN, RUSH, CHEAP TRICK, and STYX, is available online ...

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ACE FREHLEY To Take Part In KISS SYMPHONY Concert

Guitarist Ace Frehley is expected to complete the original KISS lineup at the Kiss Symphony concert, which will feature KISS hits performed with the 60-piece Melbourne Symphony. Frehley, who had touring commitments in America, was nowhere to be seen at a media conference to announce the event, which takes place at Melbourne, Australia's Telstra Dome ...

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It's Official: KISS To Perform With Australian Symphony

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: One of the world's greatest bands, KISS, today announced one of the most spectacular concert events Australia will ever see, Kiss Symphony. At a press conference in Melbourne, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Peter Criss announced details of a one-off concert with the 60-piece Melbourne Symphony to be held at Telstra Dome ...

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C.R.A.N.K.: MP3 Samples Posted Online

C.R.A.N.K., the Stockholm-based project featuring CANDLEMASS guitarist Mats "Mappe" Björkman, singer Alex Swerdh, guitarist Ulf Larsson (of the KISS cover band KYSS), and ex-LIONS SHARE members Johan Koleberg (drums) and Pontus Egberg (bass), have posted MP3 clips of four cuts from their recently-recorded five-song demo via the group's official web site at this ...

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