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DANKO JONES To Launch Spoken-Word Tour

Canadian rocker Danko Jones is about to launch his first-ever spoken-word tour, according to Chart Attack. The tour will cover various cities in Norway and Sweden throughout the month of August while the band maintain their regularly scheduled European festival dates. In addition, Jones' record label, Bad Taste Records, will put out a spoken-word album ...

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JELLO BIAFRA Drops DEAD KENNEDYS Suit

The Associated Press is reporting that former DEAD KENNEDYS lead singer Jello Biafra has dropped his remaining lawsuit against members of his band. In May 2000, a jury convicted Biafra and his record label of breach of contract and fraud. In June 2003, a state appeals court upheld that decision and ordered Biafra to pay ...

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OZZFEST 2004 Hits Boston: Reviews Posted Online

The Boston Globe and the Boston Herald have published separate reviews of the second date of the Ozzfest 2004 tour, which took place Monday (July 12) at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, MA. A couple of review excerpts follow: Boston Globe: "The show sold out, though the one-night stand was down from two nights in ...

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Review: BLACK SABBATH Sounded As Pertinent And Vital As Ever At OZZFEST 2004 Kick-Off

Phillip D'Amour of The Republican reviewed BLACK SABBATH and JUDAS PRIEST's performances at the opening show of this year's Ozzfest, which took place Saturday (July 10) in Hartford, Connecticut. "SABBATH opened its 60-minute set with its 1971 metal masterpiece 'War Pigs' from the classic album 'Paranoid'," he wrote. "'War Pigs' sounded as pertinent and vital ...

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DAVE MUSTAINE: 'DAVID ELLEFSON Is Suing Me And MEGADETH'

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Here is what I have been saying in the interviews, what happened chronologically that caused the demise of the band, why [drummer] Nick [Menza] was fired, [guitarist] Marty [Friedman] quitting, records turning out the way they did, and finally me ...

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MANTICORA Sign New Record Deal

Danish power metal merchants MANTICORA have signed a deal with Germany's Massacre Records for the European, Canadian and Australian territories. A U.S. deal with Nightmare Records has also been secured. The group's fourth album, "8 Deadly Sins", has already been completed and is scheduled for release later in the year. The follow-up to 2002's "Hyperion" ...

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FLAMETAL: When Flamenco Meets Speed Metal, With A Little Help From MARTY FRIEDMAN

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman has contributed guest guitar leads to a track from FLAMETAL, a self-described "flamenco metal" project that mixes flamenco and speed metal. The brainchild of innovative musician/artist Benjamin Woods, FLAMETAL's music is based off flamenco rhythms and tonalities with the flamenco guitar at the forefront, "proving that the nylon stringed acoustic ...

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JASON NEWSTED On Rock-Band Therapy: Certain People Are Not Made To Be Opened Up And Exposed

The June 20 edition of The New York Times Magazine contains a long and revealing article about the making of METALLICA's $4.3-million documentary "Some Kind of Monster" that features brand-new interviews with many of the parties involved in the making of the film, including the bandmembers themselves, the filmmakers and the group's now-former therapist. Several ...

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Former DEFIANCE Guitarist Talks About The Band's Legacy

Guitarist Jim Adams of the long-defunct San Francisco Bay Area thrash band DEFIANCE (which at one time featured current SKINLAB bassist/vocalist Steev Esquivel) recently spoke to Aesthetic Extremity Webzine about the band's relatively short career and the possibility of a reunion at some point in the future. Asked if there is any truth to the ...

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JUDAS PRIEST's Reunion Tour: Opening Night Setlist Revealed

JUDAS PRIEST played their first concert since reuniting with singer Rob Halford Wednesday night (June 2) at Stadiumsporthalle in Hannover, Germany. The group's entire setlist for the show was follows: 01. Hellion 02. Electric Eye 03. Metal Gods 04. Heading Out to the Highway 05. The Ripper 06. Touch of Evil 07. The Sentinel 08. ...

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The Art Of Live - QUEENSRŸCHE

Observing the gradual and unstoppable decline of the once-untouchable Gods of epic metal from Seattle has been nothing short of stupefying. "Where did it all go wrong?" sang Geoff Tate on the title track of the last album to deliver great things, "Promised Land", to which we can all now shout in unison, "You tell ...

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MANOWAR To Appear On VH1's '100 Most Metal Moments'

MANOWAR will be featured as number 63 in the countdown of VH1's "100 Most Metal Moments", to be aired on Tuesday, June 1. The show, which is scheduled to begin at 10:00 p.m. EST, apparently features a segment on MANOWAR breaking the world record and becoming officially the "Loudest Band On Earth!" ...

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EVANESCENCE To Team Up With SEETHER For North American Tour

EVANESCENCE and SEETHER will be teaming up for a North American trek beginning July 7 in Vancouver, according to MTV.com. THREE DAYS GRACE and BREAKING BENJAMIN will also be joining the bill. "I thought it would be really fun to tour together since we've never had the chance," Lee said of her boyfriend, SEETHER singer ...

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FEAR FACTORY Frontman Makes Sacrifices For Revamped Band

FEAR FACTORY frontman Burton C. Bell spoke to "The Metal Show" this past Sunday (May 9) on Cleveland's 92.3 FM Xtreme Radio. Asked how the band ended breaking up and getting back together without founding guitarist Dino Cazares, Bell said, "Well, a lot of things had happened previous to that, so the band had dissolved ...

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FRED DURST: LIMP BIZKIT Did Not Get Dropped

LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Hey there, peeps, it's me, Fred. I am writing to say hello and to fill you in on a couple things. So first off, hello hello hello hello!! I hope you're making the most of your time on earth!! ...

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HEAVENLY: Lineup Changes Galore

French metallers HEAVENLY have parted ways with guitarist Frédéric Leclercq, bassist Pierre-Emmanuel Pelisson and drummer Maxence Pilo. The split, which leaves vocalist Benjamin Sotto and guitarist Charley Corbiaux as the sole remaining members of the group, is being attributed to "musical and professional" differences. According to a posting on the band's official web site, three ...

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Arrests Made In Theft Of Hard Rock Memorabilia

A former radio station employee, his girlfriend and her brother were arrested Friday, accused of breaking into the radio station and stealing $30,000 of music and sports memorabilia, including autographed guitars from KORN, DEF LEPPARD and KISS, as well as drum heads from METALLICA, LINKIN PARK and RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, according to Tampa Bay ...

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KELLY KEELING Checks In From The Road

Powerhouse rock vocalist and former Atlantic recording artist Kelly Keeling (BATON ROUGE, BLUE MURDER, MSG, JOHN NORUM), who is currently touring the U.S. as part of guitarist George Lynch's (ex-DOKKEN) solo band, has posted the following message on his official web site: "Well, as usual, so much to say and no time. Our tour bus ...

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HEATHEN: First Two Albums Available For Free Download

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area thrashers HEATHEN have made their entire "Breaking the Silence" (1987) and "Victims of Deception" (1989) albums available for free download via their official web site. Check them out here. As previously reported, HEATHEN have encountered unforeseen problems in the manufacturing of their new CD, "Recovered", and have been ...

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JUDAS PRIEST: 'Metalogy' Box Set Pushed Back A Week

JUDAS PRIEST's much-anticipated four-disc box set, "Metalogy" (Sony Music/Legacy Records), will arrive in the U.S. and Canada on May 11 — one week later than the originally announced May 4 release date. Europe and Australia/New Zealand will receive the set on May 10 while Japan has scheduled a release on July 22. As previously reported, ...

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