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METALLICA's LARS ULRICH: It's CRUNCH TIME Again!

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich has posted the following update to the "Jump In The Studio" section of the band's official web site: "Not much to report today. Not much to report today??!! What the fuck kind of a site are we running here? Somebody give me some fucking information here. Oh..it is supposed to come ...

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JANE'S ADDICTION Going Electronic On New CD

The forthcoming JANE'S ADDICTION album, "Hypersonic", will feature a musical direction that has been influenced in part by vocalist Perry Farrell's passion for electronic music. "I love to listen to and play electronic music but rock n' roll doesn't always go with electronic music," Farrell told Australia's Beat magazine. "It can if you have a ...

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JANE'S ADDICTION Split With WARNER BROS.?

JANE'S ADDICTION have parted ways with Warner Bros. Records and are close to inking a new deal with a West Coast-based major label, according to Hits Daily Double. The band, who are now being officially managed by Sanctuary Artist Management (IRON MAIDEN, GUNS N' ROSES, JUDAS PRIEST, SLAYER), recently completed work on their new studio ...

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METALLICA Sue METALLICA!!

The following article appeared in today's edition of The Edmonton Sun: Against its record label, MP3 swappers and even a French perfume company, the monster metal band METALLICA has been involved in many controversial legal battles. Now its sights are aimed at the Edmonton punk band called ... METALLICA. The California former heavy ...

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POISON Drummer To Issue Solo Album

Rikki Rockett, drummer of the multi-platinum group POISON, is set to release his first solo record Tuesday, Jan. 7. The album, entitled "Glitter 4 Your Soul", contains 11 tracks of remakes of 1970's "glitter" songs by such artists as DAVID BOWIE ("Fame"), T. REX ("Rock On"), THE NEW YORK DOLLS ("Trash'), THE ROLLING STONES ("Star, ...

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JANE'S ADDICTION To Go 'Hypersonic' In Early Summer

JANE'S ADDICTION are completing work on their new studio album, "Hypersonic", for an early summer release via Warner Bros. Records. The CD, the band's first proper studio set since 1990's "Ritual de lo Habitual", is being produced by Bob Ezrin (KISS, PINK FLOYD, LOU REED) at Henson Recording (formerly known as A&M Studios) in Los ...

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BITCH Reunite, Confirm Appearance At BANG YOUR HEAD 2003

Legendary '80s Californian act BITCH, fronted by Betsy "Bitch" Weiss, have reunited and will make their European live debut at the 2003 edition of Bang Your Head Festival on Jun. 27-28, 2003 in Balingen, Germany. "Back in the Eighties, Betsy Weiss [became] known as 'Pat Benatar's evil twin' and sang herself into metal's hall of ...

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Man Convicted In Killing Of Former KISS Guitarist's Ex-Wife

A Hartford Superior Court jury convicted Gregory McArthur of felony murder, manslaughter, larceny and kidnapping charges Friday in connection with the 1998 death of the ex-wife of former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent and part-time escort AnnMarie Cusano, according to the Hartford Courant. But the jury acquitted McArthur of charges of murder, capital murder and robbery ...

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TOMMY LEE, PAMELA ANDERSON Unlikely To Collect Sex Video Award

"Baywatch" star Pamela Anderson and her ex-husband Tommy Lee are unlikely to see any of the money awarded to them as part of a judgment against an Internet company for marketing the couple's infamous sex video without their permission. Seth Warshavsky, president and founder of Internet Entertainment Group, is on the lam in Thailand, running ...

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PAIN To Record Album Of Covers

Sweden's PAIN, the band led by acclaimed metal producer and HYPOCRISY frontman Peter Tägtgren, are currently in the studio recording a full-length album of covers, due in the spring through Stockholm Records. Among the tracks that are set to be included on the effort are the band's (presumably) metallized versions of such mainstream selections as ...

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BURN SEASON Finish Tracking Debut

Jacksonville, Florida's BURN SEASON (formerly SMAKT DOWN) have finished tracking their Elektra Records debut at Hollywood, California's A&M Studios with producer Bob Marlette (HALFORD, BLACK SABBATH, SALIVA, ALICE COOPER) and are scheduled to begin mixing the effort in January with Tim Palmer (OZZY OSBOURNE, PEARL JAM, U2, THE CURE). An April/May release is expected. ...

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A Chaos Theory - SHADOWKEEP

A couple of years ago, SHADOWKEEP were apparently hailed within underground circles as one of the most promising English traditional bands on the block, accumulating plaudits and support slots (with DIO and HALFORD) alike. When you bear in mind though that much of this scene stinks like month-old kippers, it doesn't attest too much to ...

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AUDIOSLAVE, MUDVAYNE Debut In BILLBOARD's Top 20

AUDIOSLAVE's self-titled debut, featuring ex-SOUNDGARDEN singer Chris Cornell and former RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE members, has entered The Billboard 200 Pop Album chart at position No. 7 after selling 162,000 copies in its first week. SOUNDGARDEN's final studio release for A&M, 1996's "Down on the Upside", opened at No. 2 on sales of 176,000 units, ...

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POWERMAN 5000 Set Tentative Release Date For New Album

POWERMAN 5000 have reportedly set May 20, 2003 as the tentative release date through Dreamworks Records for their as-yet-untitled new album, which was recently completed at a Los Angeles studio with producer Joe Baressi (who had engineered the group's platinum 1999 album, "Tonight the Stars Revolt!"). The CD — the group's first with new bassist ...

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GEORGE LYNCH Completes Work On Album Of DOKKEN/LYNCH MOB Remakes

Former DOKKEN guitarist George Lynch has commenced the mixing process for the as-yet-untitled an album of current remakes of DOKKEN and LYNCH MOB songs, which he recently recorded with the help of ex-DOKKEN and current L/P bassist Jeff Pilson (who sings on the DOKKEN tunes) and ex-LYNCH MOB frontman Robert Mason (who handles the LYNCH ...

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SPINESHANK Drummer Offers Studio Update

SPINESHANK drummer Tommy Decker recently posted the following update on the progress of the recording sessions for the band's forthcoming album, "Violent Mood Swings": "I just wanted to let you guys know what has been going on lately. We have been working 12 hours a day and things are moving along. We have 17 drum ...

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SPINESHANK: New Album Coming Out 'Better Than Expected'

SPINESHANK drummer Tommy Decker recently posted the following update on the progress of the recording sessions for the band's forthcoming album, "Violent Mood Swings": "I just wanted to let you know what the latest news on the recording is...We have laid down the drums to 15 tracks and I have 2 more to do today. ...

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SPINESHANK Prepare To Enter Studio

SPINESHANK will enter Hollywood's Henson Studios (formerly the legendary A&M Studios) on Monday, October 28 to begin recording their new CD, "Violent Mood Swings", with producer Gggarth Richardson (RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, MUDVAYNE). An early 2003 release through Roadrunner Records is expected. ...

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MONSTER MAGNET Shop New Demo, Make Film Appearance

MONSTER MAGNET are currently shopping a new three-song demo to interested record companies following their split with longtime label A&M Records earlier in the year. Recorded in August 2002, the demo features the following cuts: 01. Master Of Light 02. Oh Baby 03. Blow Your Mind In other news, MONSTER MAGNET reportedly filmed a scene ...

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SHADOWKEEP Announce New Vocalist

ANGEL WITCH bassist/TYGERS OF PAN TANG frontman Richie Wicks has joined Britain's SHADOWKEEP as the group's new lead vocalist. This development follows the amicable departure of Rogue M. Vox, who will now be pursuing his own projects. The band are currently working on tour arrangements in support of their new album, A Chaos Theory, which ...

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PAPA ROACH Undergo Management 'Adjustment'

PAPA ROACH have undergone a management "adjustment," parting ways with Big Time Management's Bret Bair and upping road manager Dennis Sanders to full-time management duties, according to Hits Daily Double. Sanders previously co-managed the band with Bair. ...

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KISS' GENE SIMMONS To Appear On 'The O'Reilly Factor'

KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons will be appearing live on Fox's The O'Reilly Factor (hosted by Bill O'Reilly) on Wednesday, September 25th at 3:30 PM PST. On Friday, Simmons will be hosting the Gene Simmons Tongue #2 party at Barfly on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California. "Cover girl Carrie Stevens who, among other things was Eric ...

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