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FAITH AND FIRE Hard At Work On Debut Album

FAITH AND FIRE, the new band featuring RIOT guitarist Mike Flyntz and ex-RIOT frontman Tony Moore, are hard at work on their debut album, tentatively due early next year through an as-yet-unspecified label. "Tony is currently shrieking his brains out at [bassist] Danny [Miranda]'s (BLUE OYSTER CULT) ProTools studio on Long Island, NY in order ...

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MEMORIZED DREAMS Name New Singer

Norwegian power metallers MEMORIZED DREAMS have announced the addition of singer Terje Harøy to the group's ranks. "[Terje is] a talented young singer, with a fantastic voice," the band write on their web site. "He has done a great job in studio so far, and will shortly finish the recordings of his vocals [for our ...

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QUIET RIOT Frontman Seeks Original Video Footage

QUIET RIOT frontman Kevin Dubrow has sent out the following message: "In the course of compiling material for a QUIET RIOT/Randy Rhoads DVD, it seems that in 1999 when I gave VH-1 7 of the 3/4'' video masters of QUIET RIOT from the Starwood and the Whisky they were never returned to us. They seem ...

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RUDY SARZO In Talks To Rejoin ANGEL

Bassist Rudy Sarzo (QUIET RIOT, OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE) has been speaking with the group ANGEL and is likely to rejoin the band after some twenty-three years of absence, according to Melodic Rock. Sarzo was a member of ANGEL prior to being in both QUIET RIOT and OZZY OSBOURNE. It appears that QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie ...

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SPASTIC INK: New Song Available For Download

WATCHTOWER guitarist/composer Ron Jarzombek has posted a track from his long-awaited sophomore SPASTIC INK release, "Ink Compatible". The song, titled "Aquanet", features Jarzombek on guitar, Jason McMaster (WATCHTOWER, DANEGROUS TOYS) on vocals, Bobby Jarzombek (ex-HALFORD, RIOT) on drums, Pete Perez (RIOT) on bass and Jens Johansson (STRATOVARIUS, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) on the synthesizer. Download it

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Original Voice Of RIOT Passes Away

The original voice of RIOT, Guy Speranza, passed away Saturday morning (Nov. 8) at a Florida hospital after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 47 years old. Speranza, who was often regarded as the best RIOT vocalist, sang on the group's first three full-length albums — "Rock City" (1977), "Narita" (1979) and "Fire Down ...

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RIOT Announce One-Off Show In Texas

RIOT have announced plans to perform a very special show in Texas on April 30, 2004. According to the group, "we will be offering air fare and hotel packages for all of [the RIOT fans] that would like to come to Texas and see the band perform live. [The fans] will also get a backstage ...

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MARILYN MANSON To Record Duet With SHIRLEY MANSON

GARBAGE frontwoman Shirley Manson is in talks to record a duet with Marilyn Manson, according to Ananova. The singers have been in negotiations to record the single, which they hope will be released early next year. Speaking to the Daily Record, Shirley said: "There's been talk of me collaborating with Marilyn Manson for a duet ...

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VIRGIN STEELE Record Enough Music For Two New Albums

Mark Gorman from the VIRGIN STEELE Home Office has posted the following update on the band's official web site: "VIRGIN STEELE are back in the studio completing the final recordings and mixes on [vocalist] David DeFeis' 'Barbaric-Romantic Movie Of The Mind' ..... the 'Lilith' soundtrack. All is going quite well, and apparently there is enough ...

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RIOT Recruit VIRGIN STEELE Drummer

RIOT have announced the addition of drummer Frank Gilchriest (VIRGIN STEELE) to the group's ranks. "[When] RIOT was touring in Europe as the support act for VIRGIN STEELE in 1998, [guitarist] Mark [Reale] and the rest of the band, including [then-RIOT drummer Bobby] Jarzombek, watched Frank Gilchriest destroy the drums every night for 7 weeks," ...

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QUIET RIOT's BANALI Reaches Out To Ex-GREAT WHITE Drummer

Former QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali has posted the following message on the band's web site: "I've just heard the terrible news of [ex-GREAT WHITE drummer] Audie Desbrow's loss [of his home] due to the Southern California fires. I have no way of knowing how to reach him, but if you do, please provide me ...

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THE EXPLOITED Banned From Mexico City

British punk legends THE EXPLOITED have been banned from playing in Mexico City because city officials are concerned about a possible outbreak of violence following the riot in Montreal earlier this month. THE EXPLOITED, who never made it to the Montreal gig after they were stopped at the Canadian border, will be embarking on a ...

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QUIET RIOT Singer To Auction Off RANDY RHOADS Postcard

QUIET RIOT singer Kevin Dubrow is selling an "authentic" 31"x26" display (photo) featuring a personal postcard handwritten by late guitarist Randy Rhoads (OZZY OSBOURNE, QUIET RIOT) when he was in England during pre-production for Ozzy"Blizzard of Oz" album. The display also features two photos of Randy from Kevin's private collection. The piece ...

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'ROCK FOR X-MAS' Raising Funds For Families In Need

Rock 4 XMAS, a foundation that helps provide toys and the overall Christmas spirit to less fortunate families across the country, will launch a 30+ city tour will be begin on October 30 in Salt Lake City, UT with many '70s, '80s and '90s stars of the music business set to perform. This year's star ...

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SLAYER: 'Soundtrack To The Apocalypse' Track Listing Revealed!

SLAYER have announced the complete track listing for their long-awaited "Soundtrack To The Apocalypse" box set, due on November 25 through American Recordings/Ume. "Soundtrack To The Apocalypse" includes tracks spanning every SLAYER album since 1986, soundtrack cuts, Japan-only tracks, more than a dozen rarities, and a DVD of live performances spanning 20 years, all digitally ...

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REB BEACH To Team Up With RUDY SARZO In New Band

Former WINGER and current WHITESNAKE guitarist Reb Beach will be teaming up with ex-QUIET RIOT bassist Rudy Sarzo in a brand-new as-yet-unnamed project. "We are talking with singers now, and hope to go out as early as December," Beach revealed in an online posting. "We are considering Aynsley Dunbar [ex-UFO, WHITESNAKE, MSG] and Carmine Appice ...

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DOHENY To Make Live Debut In Hollywood

DOHENY, the Los Angeles-based band formed by ex-THE CULT touring bassist Billy Morrison (on guitar) and PITCHSHIFTER frontman Jon "J.S." Clayden, will make their live debut on Tuesday, November 4 at the Viper Room in Hollywood, California. The group are scheduled to take the stage at 10:30 p.m. Says Billy: "It's time for DOHENY to ...

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TOTAL CHAOS Blame Immigration For Montreal Riot

Graeme Hamilton of National Post reports that the leader of a punk rock group whose fans rioted Tuesday night (October 14) after their concert was cancelled blamed Immigration Canada yesterday for the destruction, saying authorities had no business checking band members for criminal records. Hours before they were supposed to take the stage at a ...

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QUIET RIOT DVD On Its Way To Retailers

The long-delayed QUIET RIOT DVD, titled "Quiet Riot Live In The 21st Century - 20 Years of Metal Health", has finally been completed and is set to hit the stores shortly. The following is a message on the matter from ex-QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali: "I have been informed by 2RS Studios that the manufacturing ...

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QUIET RIOT: DVD Delayed Again

The long-delayed QUIET RIOT DVD, titled "Quiet Riot Live In The 21st Century - 20 Years of Metal Health", has once again had its release date pushed back due to manufacturing problems. The following is a message on the matter from ex-QUIET RIOT drummer Frankie Banali: "Today I received a message from the responsible parties ...

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Vancouver Police Cited In GUNS N' ROSES Riot

Amy O'Brian of the Vancouver Sun reports that at least two Vancouver Police officers appeared to use "unnecessary and excessive" force during the GUNS N' ROSES riot last fall, the police complaint commissioner said Friday (October 10). Commissioner Dirk Ryneveld made the statement in a written notice for a public hearing that will examine the ...

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MEMORIZED DREAMS To Record Debut Album

Norwegian power metallers MEMORIZED DREAMS will enter Skansen Lydstudio in Trondheim, Norway on October 31 with producer Stein Bratland to begin recording their debut album, "Theater Of Life". The CD, which will feature a guest appearance by singer Olaf Hayer (DIONYSUS, LUCA TURILLI, LORD BYRON) in the title track, will be mastered by Tommy Newton ...

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Police Conduct In GUNS N' ROSES Riot Probed

A public inquiry has been ordered into the conduct of two police officers during a riot after a GUNS N' ROSES concert was cancelled at the last moment in Vancouver last November, the Canadian Press reports. Complaints Commissioner Dirk Ryneveld says most of the police response to the disturbance was appropriate, but an inquiry is ...

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QUIET RIOT Call It A Day

QUIET RIOT have officially split up, drummer Frankie Banali has confirmed. In an e-mail to Metal Sludge, Banali wrote, "To be honest with you, I am [singer] Kevin [DuBrow]'s friend and will always be his friend. I don't want to get on the 'he said, you said" roller coaster that is always generated in these ...

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NAPALM DEATH: Covers Album Pushed Back To Early 2004

NAPALM DEATH have pushed back the projected release date of their upcoming collection of covers, entitled "Leaders Not Followers 2", to early 2004 through the band's own Feto label. "[We're] finally gonna get the mixing underway next week which is a relief," writes bassist Shane Embury on the band's web site. As previously reported, "Leaders ...

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