October 14, 2002

Former METALLICA and current VOIVOD bassist Jason Newsted has confirmed plans to tour with the latter outfit following the release of the band's next album, The Multiverse, tentatively due in early March.

"We plan to tour together... the original members and myself," Newsted wrote in an Oct. 11 post on the official Chophouse Records message board. "We're all excited and kicking your collective ass!"

"VOIVOD will be touring next year following the album release," he added in another post dated last Friday, once again implying that the group's participation in the upcoming North American trek headlined by NILE is less than 100% confirmed (a suggestion that has been rejected as false by the tour's booking agent).

The Multiverse is currently being recorded at The Plant in Sausalito, California under the watchful eye of Newsted and co-producer Brian Joseph Dobbs (ECHOBRAIN, MANMADEGOD). The 13-song effort, which is expected to surface through Newsted-owned Chophouse (in association with Surfdog Records),will mark the group's first since the return of original frontman Snake (a.k.a. Denis Belanger) last year.

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