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MEGADETH's DAVE MUSTAINE Talks About GIGANTOUR

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine recently spoke to Australia's The Metal Forge about a number of topics, including Gigantour, the group's upcoming summer festival tour with DREAM THEATER, FEAR FACTORY, NEVERMORE and THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow: On the fact that touring has taken somewhat of a ...

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KING'S X Frontman To Issue Solo Album In July; Cover Art Revealed

KING'S X frontman Doug Pinnick's third solo album, "Emotional Animal", will be relased on July 19 via Magna Carta Records. While Pinnick's previous solo outings were credited to POUNDHOUND, this will be the first to feature solely Pinnick's name (or a slight variation thereof: DUG PINNICK). He described the album to Billboard.com as mostly rock-based ...

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Tyranny of Souls - BRUCE DICKINSON

There's a silent majority of us out here in IRON MAIDEN fandom. Sure, we're happy when Steve Harris warms up a plate of reheated past glories, hires a community college dropout to whip up some artwork (that "Dance of Death" cover… sheesh!) and graces us with another increasingly clunky, bloodless, self-important MAIDEN album. It's kinda ...

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Ex-SKID ROW/SAIGON KICK Drummer's Documentary To Be Screened In Beverly Hills

"Waking Up Dead", the new documentary starring former SAIGON KICK/SKID ROW drummer Phil Varone, will be shown at the Beverly Hills Film Festival on Saturday, April 16, 2005. The feature-length documentary was shown at the Chicago International Documentary Festival this past Saturday (April 9). Producer-director Fabio Jafet says: "'Waking Up Dead' is an unprecedented backstage ...

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MEGADETH's DAVE MUSTAINE Checks In With GIGANTOUR Update

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message in the "Forums" section of the group's official web site: "I thought I would start to inform you of what you can expect from the Gigantour Festival this summer. "First off the set times on the main stage will be approximately 90 minutes for MEGADETH and ...

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MOB RULES: 'Signs Of The Time' DVD Delayed

Due to "production problems," German melodic metallers MOB RULES have pushed back the projected release date of their "Signs of the Time - Live" DVD to early June. "Signs of the Time - Live" (view cover here) was recorded last year during the band's hometown gig in Wilhemshaven, Germany in support of their ...

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PENTAGRAM/PLACE OF SKULLS Guitarist's Solo Album To Be Released On CD

Legendary doom metal guitarist/vocalist Victor Griffin (PENTAGRAM, DEATH ROW, PLACE OF SKULLS) will have his "Late for an Early Grave" solo album issued on CD via Outlaw Recordings. A collection of previously unreleased demos, including original songs (some featuring THE OBSESSED/ST. VITUS' Wino), PENTAGRAM classics, as well as a few covers by MOTÖRHEAD and the ...

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SKID ROW To Play For U.S. Troops In Korea

On May 9, SKID ROW will head east to Korea to play five shows at five different military bases for the United States armed forces. When asked about the upcoming performances, bassist Rachel Bolan said, "This is awesome. With all the traveling we do, we meet a lot of people in the service but we've ...

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SEBASTIAN BACH Joins Forces With 'METAL' MIKE CHLASCIAK

Guitarist "Metal" Mike Chlasciak (HALFORD, TESTAMENT, PAINMUSEUM) has officially joined Sebastian Bach's (ex-SKID ROW) solo band. Bach's statement on the matter reads as follows: "For the past 20 years, it has always been my goal, and pleasure, to share the stage with the most incredible musicians I can find — to give you, the rock ...

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World Premiere Of Ex-SKID ROW/SAIGON KICK Drummer's Documentary Set For Chicago

Eris Productions and PTP Productions announced today that the new documentary "Waking Up Dead", starring former SAIGON KICK/SKID ROW drummer Phil Varone, will have its world premiere next month in Chicago. The feature-length documentary will be shown at the Chicago International Documentary Festival on Saturday, April 9, 2005. The screening will take place at the ...

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POWDERBURN Named 'Best Metal Band' At AUSTIN MUSIC AWARDS

Heavy metal outfit POWDERBURN were recognized as the top metal artist at the 2005 Austin Music Awards (AMAs) last week. The AMAs is an annual awards ceremony held during the city's SXSW Music Festival. Awards go to artists of various genres who receive the most votes per The Austin Chronicle, the city's leading entertainment magazine ...

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SONIC X Release Debut Album Via Z RECORDS

Toronto-based hard rockers SONIC X have just released their self-titled debut CD on Z Records. "It's great to see the classic bands such as MÖTLEY CRÜE, JUDAS PRIEST, and even BILLY IDOL releasing new material and touring," said Adam Troy, lead singer for SONIC X, "It is very timely for what is happening with SONIC ...

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PANDEMIA To Support MORBID ANGEL In Prague

Czech Republic-based death metallers PANDEMIA have been confirmed as the second support act for MORBID ANGEL at their sole Czech show on April 2 in Prague. PANDEMIA are currently negotiating with record labels the release date for their recently completed third full-length album, "Riven". The band's previously announced South American tour has been postponed to ...

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New TOM KEIFER Audio Interview Posted Online

Philadelphia radio DJ Jacky Bam Bam of 94.1 WYSP recently conducted a "rare" interview with CINDERELLA frontman Tom Keifer about the group's upcoming tour, new CD/DVD, his new son, and the Super Bowl, among other topics. Download the interview in MP3 format at this location. As previously reported, Keifer began mixing his new ...

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BLOODSTOCK FESTIVALS 2005: Headliners Announced

The organizers of the U.K.'s Bloodstock festival have announced that Bloodstock 2005 will comprise two separate festivals. The brand new outdoor show Bloodstock Open Air (B-O-A) will take place on June 24-25 at Catton Hall, in the Midlands, with the annual Bloodstock 2005 U.K. Metalfest taking place indoors at the Assembly Rooms in Derby on ...

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SEBASTIAN BACH Talks About Upcoming RUSH Tribute Album

Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach is among the musicians appearing on the upcoming RUSH tribute album, "Subdivisions", due on March 15 via Magna Carta Records. The CD, which features pre-mix editing by longtime RUSH producer Terry Brown, contains artwork by Hugh Syme. A complete list of the musicians that perform on the album can ...

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GEORGE LYNCH Tears It Up At NAMM

Former DOKKEN guitarist George Lynch's official web site has issued the following update: "Show dates began in northern California and smoothly warmed the band up to a well-oiled machine. "Playing these shows led George into NAMM week where the first stop was a headlining gig at the Anaheim House of Blues at Disneyland. After barnstorming ...

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POWERMAN 5000 Almost Done Recording; New Lineup Revealed

POWERMAN 5000 frontman Spider One has posted the following message on the group's official message board: "O.K., so here's a long overdue update. First off, the new record is just about done. We still have to track a bit more and then mix, but I'm pretty sure we are done writing. Although who knows... No ...

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