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Former DEATH Guitarist Brings Out The Funk With JUNKIE RUSH

Former DEATH guitarist Bobby Koelble, whose virtuoso playing can be heard on the bands 1995 Roadrunner release "Symbolic", is now the vocalist/guitarist/songwriter for the Orlando-based JUNKIE RUSH. The band combine modern rock with elements of funk, reggae, Latin and world music, punctuated by world-class musicianship. Consisting of Koelble, Aaron O'Riley (bass), Abdias Garcia (drums) and ...

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KISS Guitarist ACE FREHLEY Suffers Concussion

KISS guitarist Ace Frehley suffered a concussion from a bad spill in his home, an injury that kept him from serving as a counselor at Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp, which began this week, according to MTV.com. His doctors are taking a "wait and see" approach to whether the axeman will be able to join ...

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Former GUARDIAN Singer Returns With LONDON CALLING

LONDON CALLING, the new band featuring former GUARDIAN (Word/Epic) vocalist Jamie Rowe, will release their debut disc, "The New Sensation", on June 24 through Dyrty Byrd Records. The complete track listing for the effort is as follows: 01. Song About Nothing 02. New Sensation 03. The Astronaut Has Landed 04. Haunting Me 05. Junk 06. ...

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LOLLAPALOOZA: Opening Date Canceled!

Lollapalooza's opening date, July 3 at Grand Rapids, Michigan, has been canceled, reportedly because the performance space provided wasn't large enough to fit the giant stage being used by headliners JANE'S ADDICTION. "Due to staging and technical difficulties with the event site, unfortunately the Lollapalooza show in Grand Rapids on July 3 at the Ionia ...

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MAYHEM: Raping Humanity With Pride

MAYHEM's forthcoming album, "Chimera", will be recorded at Puk Studios in Copenhagen, Denmark over a four-five week period beginning in November. Among the working titles set to appear on the CD are the following: 01. Rape Humanity With Pride 02. Chimera 03. Dark Night Of The Soul 04. Deathwhore The follow-up to 2000's "Grand Declaration ...

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MAYHEM Name Upcoming CD

Norwegian black metal pioneers MAYHEM have set "Chimera" as the title for their next album, tentatively due in early 2004 through Season Of Mist Records. The follow-up to 2000's "Grand Declaration Of War" will be recorded at a Danish studio beginning in early November. No further details are available at this time. ...

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L.A. Hard Rockers FIREBALL MINISTRY Sign To NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

Los Angeles-based heavy hitters FIREBALL MINISTRY have signed an exclusive worldwide contract with Nuclear Blast Records. Alumni of MTV's "You Hear It First" program, the band made the news official by announcing it on last week's edition of MTV2's "Headbanger's Ball". MTV's resident hard rock supporter Iann Robinson had this to say about FIREBALL MINISTRY: ...

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SPIRITUAL BEGGARS To Release Live DVD And CD

Swedish hard rockers SPIRITUAL BEGGARS, the band featuring former CARCASS and current ARCH ENEMY axeman Mike Amott, have recorded material on their recent "Monstergroove 2003" European tour for an upcoming live DVD and CD. "The DVD and CD will be from two separate shows, so there's quite a lot of work to be done with ...

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STATIC-X Name New Album, Confirm Drummer's Departure

STATIC-X have set "Shadow Zone" as the title of their upcoming third full-length album, currently being recorded at a Los Angeles studio with producer Josh Abraham (STAIND, LIMP BIZKIT, UNWRITTEN LAW). The follow-up to 2001's "Machine" reveals the next step in the evolution of STATIC-X. Says founder/frontman Wayne Static, "I hate it when bands keep ...

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CRADLE OF FILTH To Film Video For 'Mannequin'

CRADLE OF FILTH's U.S. record label, Red Ink/Epic Records, has commissioned a new conceptual video for the group's new album, "Damnation and a Day", this time for the sinister, romantic track "Mannequin". The clip, which will be helmed by celebrated video director Thomas Mignone (MUDVAYNE, SLIPKNOT, TYPE O NEGATIVE, SEPULTURA, KITTIE, etc.), begins shooting on ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE/DREAM THEATER: Final Itinerary Announced

The final itinerary has been released for the forthcoming North American tour co-headlined by QUEENSRŸCHE and DREAM THEATER. The trek, which will include FATES WARNING in the "special guest" slot, will hit the following cities in June/July/August: Jun. 23 - Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless (QR) Jun. 24 - Tulsa, OK - Brady Theater (QR) ...

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Original FATES WARNING Guitarist Checks In With Latest Update

Original FATES WARNING guitarist Victor Arduini, who played on the group's classic early efforts "Night On Brocken" (1984) and "The Spectre Within" (1985), has posted an update on his current activities to the official FATES WARNING message board. Arduini's posting reads as follows: "I'd be happy to give an 'update' to anyone interested... Here you ...

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SLAVES ON DOPE To Hit The Road

SLAVES ON DOPE have lined up the following dates during the coming weeks: May 31 - Sacramento, CA - The Boardwalk (ONESIDEZERO) Jun. 04 - Ft Wayne, IN - Piere's (w/ RA, TWISTED METHOD) Jun. 05 - Ironton, OH - 3rd Street Showgrounds (w/ RA, TWISTED METHOD) Jun. 07 - Madison, WI - Annex Jun. ...

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STAIND, STATIC-X, LO-PRO: Tour Dates Announced

STAIND, STATIC-X and LO-PRO will team up for a host of dates during July/August. Confirmed shows so far are as follows: Jul. 03 - Atlantic City, NJ - Grand Cayman Ballroom Jul. 04 - Hartford, TC - The Meadows Jul. 05 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center Jul. 07 - Charleston, SC ...

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CRADLE OF FILTH Announce Headlining Shows

CRADLE OF FILTH have lined up the following non-Ozzfest headlining appearances during the summer: Jun. 23 - New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues. Jun. 24 - Houston, TX @ Engine Room. Jun. 25 - McAllen, TX @ Villa Real Jul. 01 - El Paso, TX @ TBA Jul. 06 - Las Vegas, NV @ ...

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Festival Cancels TED NUGENT Gig Over Racial Remarks

Derogatory racial remarks from Ted Nugent have cost him a gig at the Muskegon Summer Celebration, according to The Associated Press. Festival officials canceled Nugent's concert following an interview last week with two Denver disc jockeys in which the DJs say he used slurs for Asians and blacks. The festival was scrambling to ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE/DREAM THEATER: More Dates Announced

More dates have been released for the forthcoming North American tour co-headlined by QUEENSRŸCHE and DREAM THEATER. The trek, which will include FATES WARNING in the "special guest" slot, will hit the following cities in June/July: Jun. 23 - Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless (QR) Jun. 24 - Tulsa, OK - Brady Theater (QR) Jun. ...

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JANE'S ADDICTION Go XBOX Crazy!

JANE'S ADDICTION spent some time at Culver Studios in Culver City, California on Thursday (May 8) taking promotional photos for Microsoft's Xbox, the presenting sponsor of the Lollapalooza music tour this summer. Check out pictures from Wire Image. The Redmond, Wash., company paid more than $1 million for the sponsorship, according to Adweek. ...

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TED NUGENT: I Am Not A Racist

Ted Nugent has rejected accusations that he is a racist following his appearance on a Denver radio show Monday (May 5) when a live interview with Nugent was reportedly cut short after he used derogatory racial terms for Asians and blacks. The following is Ted's official statement regarding the Denver incident: "Let's get ...

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BLISTERING.COM Launches Clothing Line, Online Store

Blistering.com has launched an official line of street apparel for men and women and an online store to coincide. The clothing line includes t-shirts, hoodies and girly T's, spaghetti tanks, and hoodies for women. Artwork was conceived exclusively for Blistering.com by designers Joshua Smith (Pornstar, Dirtbag) and Mark DeVito (METALLICA, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, AEROSMITH). ...

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ROADRUNNER RECORDS Launches THE VAULT!

Roadrunner Records U.S. have launched a special section of their official web site called The Vault where you can buy digital files of all Roadrunner music — past and present, deleted and current. Check it out here. In conjunction with the site's launch, SLIPKNOT drummer/MUDERDOLLS guitarist and an avid Roadrunner aficionado Joey Jordison ...

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TRANSPORT LEAGUE Set American Release Date For 'Grand Amputation'

Sweden's TRANSPORT LEAGUE have set a July 7 North American release date through Crash Music Inc. for their latest EP, "Grand Amputation". "Grand Amputation" EP was originally issued in Scandinavia last year through the band's own Hoffa Communications via MNW distribution. As previously reported, TRANSPORT LEAGUE entered the studio in February with producer J. Reivén ...

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GREAT WHITE Plan Charitable U.S. Tour

GREAT WHITE guitarist Mark Kendall and lead singer Jack Russell have announced plans for a nationwide tour to raise money for victims' families, according to the Associated Press. Attorney Ed McPherson, who represents the group, said Tuesday that GREAT WHITE would perform with other rock bands and donate their percentage of the profits to existing ...

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GRAND MAGUS Announce Stockholm Gig

Sweden's GRAND MAGUS, featuring current SPIRITUAL BEGGARS frontman Janne Christoffersson, have lined up a Stockholm show on May 29 with ABRAMIS BRAMA and TERRA FIRMA. GRAND MAGUS have yet to announce the official release date through Rise Above Records for their sophomore album, "Monument". The complete track listing for "Monument" is as follows (not in ...

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LIVING COLOUR Set Release Date For New Album

Reunited hard-rock/funk pioneers LIVING COLOUR have set a September 22 release date through Sanctuary Records for their as-yet-untitled new album. The band are continuing work on the CD at bassist Doug Wimbish's Nova Sound studios in Connecticut and are expected to complete the effort in June. The two-time Grammy winners are best known for their ...

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TRANSPORT LEAGUE To Ink Licensing Deal With CRASH MUSIC INC.

Sweden's TRANSPORT LEAGUE have announced plans to ink a North American licensing deal with Crash Music Inc. As part of the deal, the label will release the band's excellent "Grand Amputation" EP, which was issued in Scandinavia last year through the band's own Hoffa Communications via MNW distribution. As previously reported, TRANSPORT LEAGUE entered the ...

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THE SKOL TRIO: Live Dates Announced

THE SKOL TRIO, the band led by former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE axeman Alex Skolnick, have lined up the following appearances during May/June: May 29 - LaGrange, KY @ Twice-Told Cafe May 30 - Milwaukee, WI @ Vnuk's May 31 - Chicago, IL @ Gunther Murphy's Jun. 01 - Detroit, MI @ Motor City Guitar Jun. 03 - ...

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