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JEFF SCOTT SOTO Hits The Road

Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and current TALISMAN guitarist Jeff Scott Soto has posted the following message to his official web site, www.jeffscottsoto.com: "Hey all, Jeff here...I wish 2 send u all a message of thanks 4 all the support & positive feedback from the 'Prism' [solo] album. It has been the most enthusiasm I've ...

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PRAYING MANTIS: The Journey Goes On

Legendary NWOBHM act PRAYING MANTIS have finalized the track listing for their new album, "The Journey Goes On", due in late April through Frontiers Records. It is as follows: 01. Tonight 02. The Escape 03. The Journey Goes On 04. Silent War 05. Beat Within 06. Hold On For Love 07. If Tomorrow Never Comes ...

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Ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Singer To Guest On NEIL TURBIN Solo Debut

Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and current TALISMAN singer Jeff Scott Soto has contributed vocals to five tracks on the upcoming solo album from ex-ANTHRAX singer Neil Turbin, entitled "Threatcon Delta". Soto appears on the following cuts: 01. The Truth Is The Best Lie 02. What You Can't Control 03. Blue Screen Of Death 04. Wrecking Ball ...

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Former DREAM THEATER Keyboardist Completes Work On New Solo CD

Former DREAM THEATER and current YNGWIE MALMSTEEN keyboardist Derek Sherinian has completed work on his third solo CD, entitled "Black Utopia", for an April 22 release. Among the special guests appearing on the CD are Yngwie Malmsteen (guitar), Al DiMeola (guitar), Zakk Wylde (guitar), Steve Lukather (guitar), Simon Phillips (drums), Billy Sheehan (bass), Tony Franklin ...

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PAUL GILBERT, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN To Record Album Of ELVIS Covers?

Former MR. BIG guitarist Paul Gilbert and Yngwie Malmsteen have discussed a possible collaboration — on an album of Elvis Presley covers! "Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen was a big influence on my guitar playing when he exploded onto the heavy metal scene in the mid-'80's," Gilbert wrote on his official web site. "Now I have ...

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MASTERPLAN Confirmed For Britain's BLOODSTOCK 2003

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande, are the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's Bloodstock Festival, a two-day event set to take place Aug. 29-30, 2003 at the Assembly Rooms in Derby, U.K. Also scheduled to appear at ...

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MASTERPLAN Debut At German #42!

MASTERPLAN's self-titled debut album has entered the German Media Control chart at position #42. MASTERPLAN feature in their ranks ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande. ...

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Singer To Guest On New PRAYING MANTIS CD

Former RAINBOW and current YNGWIE MALMSTEEN frontman Doogie White has contributed lead vocals to a couple of tracks on the upcoming PRAYING MANTIS album, titled "The Journey Never Ends". Also featured on the CD is ex-URIAH HEEP/GARY MOORE singer John Sloman. "[PRAYING MANTIS guitarist] Tino Troy gave me a call at the beginning of [last] ...

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Hate Crew Deathroll - CHILDREN OF BODOM

CHILDREN OF BODOM are one of those bands who are able to polarize random listeners instantly, with their melodic death metal framework somehow melded tight around guitar/keyboard harmonies and showboating that Yngwie Malmsteen and Jens Johansson made famous a good 15 years ago. Over the course of three studio albums, the Finnish quintet have continually ...

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RING OF FIRE: European Release Date Set

RING OF FIRE, the new group led by former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN frontman Mark Boals, will release the European version of their new album, "Dreamtower", on March 24 through Frontiers Records. The European version will feature a different mix from the Japanese release and will include its own bonus track from the "Dreamtower" sessions. The track ...

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MARCEL JACOB: No Chance Of A New HUMANIMAL CD

Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and current TALISMAN bassist Marcel Jacob has issued the following statement in response to reports that Z Records would be issuing a new HUMANIMAL CD in 2003/2004: "I won't do it, [vocalist] Jeff [Scott Soto] won't do it, it's possible [guitarist] Pontus Norgren might go for it, but that would be like ...

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN: European Tour Postponed?

According to Italian rock concert web site www.liveinitaly.com, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN's previously-announced tour of Europe, which was set to kick off next week, has been postponed until March due to undisclosed "serious personal problems." MALMSTEEN's rescheduled Italian dates are as follows: Mar. 18 - Milano, ITA @ Alcatraz Mar. 19 - Firenze, ITA @ ...

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CORNERSTONE Prepare To Record Third Album

CORNERSTONE, the project featuring ROYAL HUNT bassist Steen Mogensen and ex-RAINBOW/current YNGWIE MALMSTEEN vocalist Doogie White, are in the process of putting ideas together for the group's third album, tentatively due in the fall. Says Doogie: "Once again, Steen and I are exchanging new ideas. I think maybe this time we will go for a ...

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COSMOSQUAD Announce Hollywood Gig

L.A.'s COSMOSQUAD, featuring guitarist Jeff Kollman (GLENN HUGHES, $IGN OF 4) and rhythm section Shane Gaalaas and Barry Sparks (ULI JON ROTH, MSG, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) will be co-headlining "21st Century Schizoid Night! - A Celebration of Guitar, Bass & Drums" at the Sixteen-Fifty www.sixteen-fifty.com in Hollywood CA on January 16 alongside MCGILL-MANRING-STEVENS, featuring Grammy-nominated bassist ...

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The Edge Of The World - MARK BOALS

It's small wonder that this singer can come up with anything remotely musically coherent considering he's trudged the mental treadmill that is YNGWIE J MALMSTEEN'S RISING FORCE for two separate terms, and consequently twice dropped ungraciously through the exit trapdoor at the end — though it's worth noting of course that he isn't entirely absolved ...

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Former MEGADETH, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Members To Appear On Sophomore LAUDAMUS CD

Marty Friedman (guitar, ex-MEGADETH), Jeff Scott Soto (vocals, TALISMAN/ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), Rob Rock (vocals, ex-IMPELLITTERI), Kee Marcello (guitar, ex-EUROPE), and Mattias IA Eklund (guitar, FREAK KITCHEN) are among the guests appearing on the sophomore full-length album from Sweden's LAUDAMUS. The as-yet-untitled effort, which was recorded in Costa Mesa, California under the watchful eye of producer Ken ...

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MASTERPLAN Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande, have been confirmed to appear at next year's installment of Bang Your Head festival, scheduled to take place Jun. 27-28, 2003 in Balingen, Germany. The list of artists currently set to perform at Bang Your ...

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DESTINY: Video Trailer Available For Download

Long-running Swedish metal band DESTINY have put together a "promotional video trailer" for their upcoming "Future of the Past" CD, due in the spring through an as-yet-undetermined label. The video, which includes live footage from Sweden Rock Festival 2002 as well as animations, can be downloaded from the group's official web site at

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Former DIO Guitarist Completes Work On New Solo CD

Former DIO/WORLD WAR III guitarist TRACY G has completed work on his latest solo CD, "Deviating From The Set List", featuring covers of classic rock tunes. The album, which reportedly took a year to record, includes guest appearances from 24 artists, among them Ralph Saenz (vocals - ATOMIC PUNK, METAL SHOP), Ray Luzier (drums - ...

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Threatens To Kill Airline Passenger

YNGWIE MALMSTEEN threatened to kill a fellow passenger on a flight to Tokyo, Japan after the woman poured a glassful of water on the guitarist. The passenger, who had no prior contact with Yngwie, allegedly overheard Malmsteen making derogatory comments about someone and decided to show her disapproval by emptying the contents of her glass ...

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MASTERPLAN Debut At #15 On German Single Chart

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande, have entered the German Single Chart at position #15 with their first single, "Enlighten Me". The group's self-titled debut album is due on Jan. 20, 2003 through AFM Records. ...

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