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JUDAS PRIEST Frontman Hits Cover Circuit

JUDAS PRIEST frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens has been passing time recently by making several live appearances with an Ohio-based cover band THE SICKNESS, whose lineup includes two of Owens' former bandmates, bassist Dennis Hayes (formerly of Tim's pre-PRIEST band WINTERS BANE) and drummer Tim Semelsberger (from an early Ripper-fronted cover band, U.S. METAL). THE SICKNESS, ...

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GARY CHERONE: VAN HALEN Were Great To Me

Despite the commercial disappointment of the critically-panned Van Halen III album (released in 1998), former VAN HALEN/EXTREME vocalist Gary Cherone claims that he has no hard feelings about his experience in the group. "Those guys were awesome," Cherone told Launch. "(We) did an album, did a tour, started to write stuff for the second record ...

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GODSMACK Frontman To Publish Autobiography

GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna is in the process of writing his autobiography which he hopes to release sometime next year. "The book is basically just my life from the time I was born until GODSMACK started," Erna told MTV.com. "I wanted to write about the whole experience of trying to get there, and hopefully that ...

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TRIBE OF JUDAH To Issue Debut Through SPITIRE RECORDS

Boston's TRIBE OF JUDAH, who feature in their ranks former VAN HALEN/EXTREME vocalist Gary Cherone, Steve Ferlazzo on synths/programming, Leo Mellache on guitar, Tim Bissonette on guitar, Pat Badger (ex-EXTREME) on bass, and Mike Mangini (ex-EXTREME/ANNIHILATOR) on drums, will release their debut album, entitled Exit Elvis, on October 22nd through Spitfire Records. TRIBE OF JUDAH's ...

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GODSMACK's SULLY ERNA Contemplates Acting Gigs

GODSMACK singer Sully Erna recently signed on with talent agency William Morris and is currently reading a number of film scripts in hopes of hitting the silver screen, according to his manager, Paul Geary. "They'd like him to read for these parts but there's nothing we think he's right for yet,'' Geary told Boston Herald. ...

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GODSMACK's SULLY ERNA: New Material Is Really Powerful

GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna has spoken to MTV.com about the recent addition to the group's ranks of former AMEN drummer Shannon Larkin and the musical direction on the band's forthcoming third full-length CD, due in March 2003. "[Shannon] was my first choice," said Erna. "I'm a drummer also, and I was really influenced by his ...

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GODSMACK's SULLY ERNA Speaks Out On Drummer Switch

GODSMACK are currently in Miami, Florida completing work on the material for their as-yet-untitled third album, which they hope to begin recording by October 1st for a February/March 2003 release through Republic/Universal Records. "We took a lot of time to ourselves before we even started writing again because we were sooo burnt out from touring ...

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AMEN Drummer To Perform With GODSMACK, Long-Term Plans Not Solidified

AMEN drummer Shannon Larkin is assisting GODSMACK during the songwriting sessions for the group's third full-length album for a tentative 2003 release through Republic/Universal Records, a source close to the GODSMACK camp has officially confirmed. However, "a long-term relationship [between Larkin and GODSMACK] has neither been discussed nor solidified," according to the source. GODSMACK, with ...

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DOG EAT DOG Side Project MP3 Posted Online

BAD KARMA, the new group featuring DOG EAT DOG bassist Dave Neabore, have posted an MP3 of the track "Struggle" at this location. "Struggle" comes off BAD KARMA's forthcoming 10-song CD, which is currently being recorded for a late summer release. For more information on BAD KARMA—whose musical output has been described by ...

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GODSMACK Part Ways With Drummer, Continue Work On New CD

GODSMACK have amicably parted ways with drummer Tommy Stewart, according to an official statement issued by the group. "Tommy is a great guy and a tremendous drummer," singer Sully Erna said. "We wish him all the success in the world. ... He deserves it." GODSMACK have yet to name a replacement for Stewart, who will ...

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RUMBLEFISH Change Name, Prepare Debut CD

Los Angeles-based RUMBLEFISH, who recently inked a deal with Roadrunner Records, have changed their name to HIGHLAND FALLS. Consisting of Mike Maine (vocals), Jason DeCosta (guitar/vocals), Dungus (bass/vocals), and Possum (drums), HIGHLAND FALLS spent the last two years honing their craft and warming up audiences with heavyweights such as LINKIN PARK, CRAZYTOWN, SOULFLY, MUDVAYNE and ...

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DOG EAT DOG: No Record Deal, Plenty Of Side Projects

DOG EAT DOG have yet to secure a new record deal following their split with the Roadrunner label and are continuing to write material in anticipation of a new album, according to the latest online posting from bassist Dave Neabore. In the meantime, Neabore has reportedly been jamming with a new group called BAD KARMA, ...

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STAIND, GODSMACK, AEROSMITH Big Winners At Boston Music Awards

GODSMACK, STAIND, and AEROSMITH received two trophies each at this year's Boston Music Awards, which were held on Thursday, April 11th at the Orpheum. STAIND took home award for Act Of The Year, and nabbed the Single Of The Year prize for "It's Been Awhile". Meanwhile, GODSMACK received the Rock Band award, and their singer, ...

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KORN, GODSMACK, SYSTEM OF A DOWN Among Latest RIAA Certifications

KORN's Follow The Leader was certified quintuple-platinum for US sales in excess of five million copies, while SYSTEM OF A DOWN's Toxicity and GODSMACK's Awake were each certified double-platinum for US sales in excess of two million copies. Elsewhere, INCUBUS' 1997 S.C.I.E.N.C.E. effort, SEVENDUST's Animosity, and DEFAULT's The Fallout have all been certified gold for ...

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TOMMY LEE Completes Video For "Hold Me Down"

Former MOTLEY CRUE drummer Tommy Lee shot a video for "Hold Me Down", the first single off his forthcoming solo CD, entitled Never A Dull Moment, on March 28th and 29th at a movie studio in Hollywood with director Dean Karr (i.e. FILTER, OZZY OSBOURNE, DEFTONES, GODSMACK). The clip, which features a newly-shorn Marty O'Brien ...

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BOSTON MUSIC AWARDS Nominees Announced

AEROSMITH and STAIND each earned seven nominations at the Boston Music Awards, which is scheduled to take place on April 11th at Boston's Orpheum Theatre. GODSMACK were nominated in six categories (Act Of The Year, Rock Band, Single Of The Year, Song Of The Year, Video Of The Year and Male Vocalist), while ROB ZOMBIE ...

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RUMBLEFISH Ink Deal With Roadrunner

Los Angeles-based RUMBLEFISH have signed a deal with Roadrunner Records. Consisting of Mike Maine (vocals), Jason DeCosta (guitar/vocals), Dungus (bass/vocals), and Possum (drums), RUMBLEFISH spent the last two years honing their craft and warming up audiences with heavy-weights such as LINKIN PARK, CRAZYTOWN, SOULFLY, MUDVAYNE and the KOTTONMOUTH KINGS, in addition to opening the main ...

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GODSMACK and PUDDLE OF MUDD Get Certified!

GODSMACK's self-titled 1998 debut has been certified quadruple platinum for sales in excess of 4,000,000 copies in the US. Also recently platinum-certified was PUDDLE OF MUDD's Come Clean, which has sold over one million copies in the States. ...

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self-titled - FULL DEVIL JACKET

At a time when most of the up-and-coming heavy rock acts appear to be derived from the KORN / LIMP BIZKIT school of songwriting, it is truly refreshing to come across a band that is modern sounding yet doesn't succumb to the idea that one must incoprorate hip hop infuences into its style in order ...

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Archive News Nov 21, 2001

According to a report published in yesterday's edition of The New York Post, LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst “lied when he said he visited a dying Australian girl injured in a mosh pit at his concert. Durst told Access Hollywood he visited Jessica Michalik on her deathbed and kept in touch with ...

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Archive News Nov 20, 2001

After a prolonged self-imposed absence, PRONG mastermind Tommy Victor is getting things back in gear with an eye toward releasing a new album in 2002. Currently based in Los Angeles, Victor has been quietly working on new demos over the past few months with the help of several musicians, including DIESEL ...

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