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DRAGONLORD Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

San Francisco Bay Area's DRAGONLORD, featuring current and former members of TESTAMENT, are the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's Wacken Open Air festival, which is scheduled to take place on August 2-3 in Wacken, Germany. The full list of artists currently scheduled to appear at the event is as follows: ALABAMA ...

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Former MEGADETH Members To Reunite In New Project

Former MEGADETH and current SAVATAGE guitarist Al Pitrelli recently spoke to The Pure Rock Shop about Dave Mustaine's decision to disband MEGADETH and the Pitrelli's current and upcoming activities. Here are a few select highlights from that conversation: On whether Mustaine will be able to return to form following hand injury: "I don't think that's ...

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ROYAL HUNT Frontman Sets Release Date For "Earth Maker"

ROYAL HUNT/ex-BADLANDS frontman John West is currently at a New York studio recording vocal tracks to his next solo release, entitled Earth Maker, for a September 13th release through Japan's Yamaha Music Records and an as-yet-unspecified October date through Europe's Frontier Records. The full line-up of musicians appearing on the album is as follows: John ...

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RAGE, GAMMA RAY Confirmed For Korea's SOYOROCK 2002 Festival

RAGE, GAMMA RAY and IRON BUTTERFLY are among the acts confirmed for this year's Soyorock 2002 Festival, which is scheduled to take place in Kyung Gi Do, Korea on August 15-18. SAVATAGE, who were previously announced to be taking part in the festivities, were forced to cancel their appearance due to scheduling conflicts created by ...

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ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO To Embark On US Tour In Late Summer

New York's ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO, led by former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick, will embark on the first of several tours in support of their album, Goodbye To Romance: Standards For A New Generation in late August/early September. According to Skolnick, "this has been the subject of much planning and organizing which continues as we speak. ...

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AL PITRELLI/TONY HARNELL's MORNING WOOD Gets European Release

MORNING WOOD, a little-known early '90s collaboration between TNT/WESTWORLD frontman Tony Harnell and SAVATAGE/ex-MEGADETH guitarist Al Pitrelli, will finally have its acclaimed self-titled debut released in Europe through Escape Music. Containing four original songs and eight covers (i.e. THE HEART, SUPERTRAMP, NAZARETH, THE EAGLES, etc.), the CD was recorded in September 1993 and originally released ...

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Former SAVATAGE Frontman Inks Deal With AFM Records

CIRCLE II CIRCLE, the new band of former SAVATAGE frontman Zachary Stevens, have inked a deal with Germany's AFM Records. The group expect to enter the studio in July to begin recording their debut album for a January 2003 release. As previously reported, Stevens has most recently been collaborating with SAVATAGE guitarist Chris Caffery on ...

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RAGE Announce Asian Mini-Tour

Germany's RAGE will follow up an August 17th appearance at the World Rock Festival in Seoul, Korea (where they are scheduled to appear alongside SAVATAGE and LYNYRD SKYNYRD, among others) with a three-date headlining tour of Japan. The details are as follows: Aug. 17 – Seoul, KOR @ World Rock Festival Aug. 26 – Tokyo, ...

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SAVATAGE Firm Up Summer European Dates

SAVATAGE have firmed up the following summer European tour dates: Jul. 26 – SPA - Rock Machina Jul. 27 - Oporto, POR @ TBA Jul. 29 - Frankfurt, GER - Colassaal Jul. 31 - Munich, GER - Backstage Aug. 01 - Wacken, GER - Wacken Aug. 02 - Wacken, GER - Wacken Aug. 03 - ...

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SAVATAGE Guitarist To Collaborate With Former Frontman On Upcoming CD

SAVATAGE guitarist Chris Caffery is collaborating with former SAVATAGE frontman Zachary Stevens on the latter's upcoming full-length CD, which will reportedly surface under the CIRCLE II CIRCLE banner. According to the latest online posting from Caffery, the guitarist is currently co-writing the songs for the upcoming effort with Stevens and will likely play the guitar ...

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UNLEASHED Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

Swedish death metal legends UNLEASHED are the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's Wacken Open Air festival, which is scheduled to take place on August 2-3 in Wacken, Germany. The full list of artists currently scheduled to appear at the event is as follows: ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY AMON AMARTH BLAZE BLIND GUARDIAN BLITZKRIEG ...

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Metal/Hard Rock Album Sales In The US As Reported By SoundScan

Here are the latest sales figures for various current and catalog metal/hard rock releases in the US (in total units sold to date since the albums were issued), as reported by SoundScan for the week ending April 21st, 2002: KORN Issues: 3,047,076 KORN Follow The Leader: 3,414,717 LIMP BIZKIT Chocolate Starfish: 6,259,073 LIMP BIZKIT Significant ...

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist To Join SEBASTIAN BACH's Touring Line-Up

Former MEGADETH/current SAVATAGE guitarist Al Pitrelli will join ex-SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach and his touring group (which includes former ANTHRAX axeman Paul Crook), for several live dates beginning with a two-night stint at Stone Pony in Asbury Park, New Jersey on May 10-11. The confirmed dates are as follows: May 10 - Asbury Park, ...

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MEDICATION To Appear At Spain's ROCK MACHINA Festival

Los Angeles-based MEDICATION, who feature in their ranks former MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader, ex-UGLY KID JOE/LIFE OF AGONY vocalist Whitfield Crane, ex-ADAYINTHELIFE guitarist Blunt, and ex-THE PIECE DOGS bassist Kyle Sanders, have reportedly been confirmed for the Rock Machina festival, which is scheduled to take place on July 27th in Spain. The full line-up ...

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SAVATAGE's CHRIS CAFFERY Speaks Out On Guitarist Change

SAVATAGE guitarist Chris Caffery has issued a personal statement regarding the recent departure of SEVEN WITCHES axeman Jack Frost and recruitment of former MEGADETH guitarist Al Pitrelli to the group's ranks. Says Caffery: “I want to thank Jack for a great job and a fun 10 months on the road. You are a great guy ...

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SAVATAGE Announce PITRELLI's Return To Group's Ranks

SAVATAGE have officially rejoined forces with former MEGADETH guitarist Al Pitrelli. As a result of this develoment, the group will no longer be requiring the services of SEVEN WITCHES axeman Jack Frost, who filled in for Pitrelli during the latter's tenure with Mustaine and co. "Me and the boys have remained friends in the past ...

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist Rejoins SAVATAGE

SAVATAGE have fired recently-recruited guitarist Jack Frost and have replaced him with returning axeman Al Pitrelli (ex-MEGADETH), according to a report posted at Brave Words. “[The SAVATAGE] guys lied to me,” Frost said. “You can't lie to the fans. “I loved playing in that band. I thought they were friends. We toured together, ...

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ALEX SKOLNICK: Upcoming Live Appearances Announced

Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick will be performing with JOE DENINZON AND STRATOSPHEERIUS at the following venues during April: Apr. 11 – Chicago, IL @ Elbo Room Apr. 12 – Detroit, MI @ Old Miami Apr. 13 – Toledo, OH @ Mickey Finn's Apr. 14 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop Apr. 18 – Erie, ...

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SAVATAGE Confirmed For WACKEN OPEN AIR

SAVATAGE are the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's Wacken Open Air festival, which is scheduled to take place on August 2-3 in Wacken, Germany. The full list of artists currently scheduled to appear at the event is as follows: ALABAMA THUNDERPUSSY AMON AMARTH BLAZE BLIND GUARDIAN BLITZKRIEG BORKNAGAR BRUCE DICKINSON CANNIBAL ...

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ARMORED SAINT/FATES WARNING Bassist Joins SEVEN WITCHES

SEVEN WITCHES, featuring ex-CRIMSON GLORY vocalist Wade Black and SAVATAGE guitarist Jack Frost, have announced the addition of bassist Joey Vera (i.e. ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING, ENGINE) to the group's ranks. Joey will reportedly join the group on their upcoming European tour with ANNIHILATOR and will also play on the next SEVEN WITCHES CD. Joey, ...

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ROYAL HUNT: Solo Releases, European Tour Announced

ROYAL HUNT leader and main songwriter Andre Andersen will issue his second solo CD, entitled Black On Black, via Frontiers Records/Now & Then Productions in June. Featuring appearances by ELEGY singer Ian Parry, plus Rene Rieland on guitars and Kaj Laege on drums, the album will include the following tracks: 01. Coming Home 02. Tell ...

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VICIOUS RUMORS Cut European Tour Short, Begin Work On New CD

VICIOUS RUMORS were forced to leave their European tour with BLAZE and SAVATAGE two shows early “due to circumstances beyond our control”, according to a statement on the group's official web site. VICIOUS RUMORS will shortly begin work on the follow-up to last year's Sadistic Symphony, which is not expected to surface before the end ...

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Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE Axeman Announces Upcoming Gigs

Former TESTAMENT/SAVATAGE guitarist Alex Skolnick has lined up the following live appearances during the coming weeks: JOE DENINZON AND STRATOSPHEERIUS Feb. 14 – New York, NY @ Tobacco Road Feb. 21 – Washington, D.C. @ Bohemian Caverns Feb. 22 – Baltimore, MD @ Café Tatoo ROB EVAN w/ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO Feb. 15 – New York, ...

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