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AEROSMITH Singer STEVEN TYLER Becomes Grandfather

According to E! Online, AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler officially became a rock 'n' roll relic Tuesday (Dec. 14) as daughter Liv Tyler gave birth to a baby boy. It's the first child for the 27-year-old "Lord of the Rings" star and her British rocker hubby, Royston Langdon, 32 — and the first grandkid for the ...

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SIX FEET UNDER Singer CHRIS BARNES: 'Life Is Too Short'

SIX FEET UNDER frontman Chris Barnes has issued the following statement in memory of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott: "Life is too short, my friends ... life is too short. "I was lucky enough to meet Dime a few years back when I was in Dallas for a tattoo convention and getting some work done ...

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LOST SOUL: New Song Available For Download

A brand new LOST SOUL track, entitled "Mortal Cage", has been made available for download at Earache.com. "Mortal Cage" comes off the Polish death metallers' upcoming album, "Chaostream", due in early 2005 via the Earache Records subsidiary Wicked World. LOST SOUL have cut their teeth over the course of two demonically-inspired death metal ...

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THE GATHERING To Continue Writing While Singer Gives Birth

Holland's THE GATHERING have issued the following update on their current and upcoming activities: "The band will be touring 'till December, after which they will take some time off for Anneke [van Giersbergen, vocals] to give birth to her first child. Meanwhile during rehearsals and at home the band will carry on writing songs. "Anneke ...

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DESTINY: Studio Update

Long-running Swedish metallers DESTINY are currently working on a re-recording of the band's debut album, "Beyond All Sense", originally released almost twenty years ago. "Beyond All Sense 2005" is scheduled for release on March 14, 2005, twenty years after the original album release (March 13, 1985). A studio update from bassist Stefan Björnshög follows: "This ...

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PRIMORDIAL Complete Work On 'The Gathering Wilderness'

Irish dark metal masters PRIMORDIAL have finished the recordings for their fifth full-length album, "The Gathering Wilderness", due on February 7, 2005 via Metal Blade Records. Commented singer Nemtheanga: "With this album we wanted to challenge ourselves a little more, its very easy to slip into doing what is the easiest or the most uncomfortable ...

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AKERCOCKE Split With Guitarist

The U.K. Satanic black/death metal band AKERCOCKE have parted ways with guitarist Paul Scanlan. "The other members of the band feel that an injection of new blood would be the best way to achieve maximum creativity shaping their second album for Earache Records," reads a posting on the group's web site. "Scanlan's contribution to the ...

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Former GRAND FUNK RAILROAD Manager Murdered

Former GRAND FUNK RAILROAD manager/producer Terry Knight was murdered defending his daughter at his home in Killeen, TX on the night of Nov. 1. He was 61 years old. Knight lived at the Chappell Hill Apartments in Temple with his daughter and her boyfriend, Donald Alan Fair, 26, who is charged with the murder. GRAND ...

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QUEEN Case Thrown Out Over Nationality Doubts

World Entertainment News Network is reporting that the three remaining members of the rock group QUEEN have lost a court case because they couldn't prove their nationality. Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor sued a German record label over an unsolicited release of a 1977 live recording of "We Will Rock You". A Cologne ...

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LOST SOUL Sign With WICKED WORLD RECORDS

Polish death metallers LOST SOUL have inked a deal with the Earache Records subsidiary Wicked World. LOST SOUL have cut their teeth over the course of two demonically-inspired death metal albums of the highest quality, and have recently completed a month-long tour of their homeland with compatriots VADER. The band's upcoming album, "Chaostream", is already ...

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A PERFECT CIRCLE Frontman: 'Almost Every Interview I’ve Done In Last Four Years Was Censored'

Daniel P. Borbolla of APerfectCircle.org recently spoke to A PERFECT CIRCLE frontman Maynard James Keenan about the group's decision to take a more politically active role with their upcoming album of covers, "eMOTIVe". Several excerpts from the interview follow: APerfectCircle.org: I've received many an email from people who are quite annoyed/disappointed that A ...

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Israel's ORPHANED LAND Play Shuni Fortress

Over the weekend Israel's progressive metal masters ORPHANED LAND played for over 1,000 people in a Shuni Fortress for over two and a half hours. They performed both an acoustic and an electric set, and played tracks from all three of their albums (track list below). The band was impressed to see the crowd respond ...

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AUDIOSLAVE Frontman Becomes Second-Time Dad

AUDIOSLAVE/ex-SOUNDGARDEN frontman Chris Cornell and his wife, Vicky Karayiannis, have announced the birth of their daughter, Toni. Born on September 18, she weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces. Cornell married Vicky in May 2004 for the second time at a ceremony in Paris. Agent Jeff Kwatinetz was his best man and his actress/girlfriend (now ex-girlfriend) Brittany ...

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DECREPIT BIRTH Announce New Drummer

Santa Cruz, California-based death metallers DECREPIT BIRTH have announced the addition of drummer KC Howard (ODIUS MORTEM) to the group's ranks. "Now that we are a complete force, we are gearing the band for shows and touring in the months ahead,' the group write on their web site. DECREPIT BIRTH's full-length debut, "...And Time Begins", ...

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SIX FEET UNDER Postpone European Tour

Florida-based death metallers SIX FEET UNDER have postponed their European tour to early 2005 in order to allow drummer Greg Gall to be home for the impending birth of his child (Greg's wife is reportedly due in November). No further information is currently available. As previously reported, SIX FEET UNDER have covered AC/DC's entire "Back ...

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PAPA ROACH Singer Becomes Father Again

Congratulations are in order for PAPA ROACH singer Jacoby Shaddix, whose wife gave birth to their second child on Monday (September 13) in Sacramento, California. Jagger Shaddix is the couple's second son, and joins two-year-old Mikale in the Shaddix family. No other information was immediately available. PAPA ROACH's third major label album, entitled "Getting Away ...

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JOHNNY RAMONE Dies At 55

Johnny Ramone, guitarist and co-founder of the seminal punk band THE RAMONES, has died at the age of 55. Ramone, who had been fighting a five-year battle with prostate cancer, died in his sleep Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 15) at his Los Angeles home surrounded by friends and family, said the band's longtime artistic director Arturo ...

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CHEVELLE: New Album Track Listing Revealed

CHEVELLE have revealed the complete track listing for their new album, "This Type of Thinking Could Do Us In", due on September 21 through Epic Records. The first single off the Chicago-based sibling trio's follow-up to 2002's platinum-selling "Wonder What's Next" is Vitamin R (Leading Us Along). "This Type of Thinking Could Do Us In" ...

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NIGHTMARE Split With NAPALM RECORDS

French power metallers NIGHTMARE have parted ways with Napalm Records. "We will never forget what this label has done for us so far, giving us the breath for a second birth in 1999," the band write on their web site. "[Being that] Napalm Records [are] focusing [on] a completely different music style from what we ...

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CINDERELLA Frontman Welcomes Addition To Family

CINDERELLA frontman Tom Keifer and fiancée Savannah Snow have formally announced the birth of their son, Jaidan, born February 10, 2004. Keifer is currently putting the finishing touches on a solo release, which he expects to complete by the fall. A web site, TomKeifer.com, will soon be launched, featuring more information on Tom, his solo ...

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KATAKLYSM Singer Welcomes Addition To Family

KATAKLYSM vocalist Maurizio Iacono and his wife have announced the birth of their son, Angelo Iacono. He was born on July 15 at 2:50 p.m., weighed in at 7 pounds 12 ounces and is in "great health," according to a posting on the band's web site. In other news, KATAKLYSM will be headlining the Fit ...

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EMPEROR Reissues To Include Bonus Material

Candlelight Records has set October 19 and November 2 as the reissue dates for EMPEROR's four genre-defining albums. "Wrath of the Tyrants", "In the Nightside Eclipse", "Anthems to the Welkin at Dusk", and "IX Equilibrum", all currently out of print in the U.S., have been reworked with additional bonus footage and material unavailable on both ...

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VELVET REVOLVER's SLASH Recalls Days Of Road Excess

VELVET REVOLVER guitarist Slash has told the U.K.'s Guardian that in the decade since he left GUNS N' ROSES, he has become an enthusiastic husband and father, having just flown in from L.A., where his wife had given birth to their second child. "I woke up the other day in my hotel room and I ...

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SLASH Sacrifices Snakes For Baby

Ireland Online is reporting that VELVET REVOLVER guitarist Slash gave away his beloved snakes to save his baby from being eaten. The former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist — real name Saul Hudson — was repeatedly bitten on the face by his pet python and almost lost his cat to his anaconda, so reluctantly donated his ...

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Former DOKKEN/DIO Bassist Welcomes Addition To Family

Congratulations are in order for former DOKKEN/DIO bassist Jeff Pilson, whose wife, Ravinder, gave birth to a baby daughter, Olivia Marcelene Pilson, on Wednesday, June 9 at 8:19 p.m. Olivia weighed in at a healthy 4 lbs. 14 oz. Both mother and daughter (and Jeff) are doing well, according to a posting on Pilson's web ...

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THOU SHALT SUFFER, AETERNUS, NOCTURNUS To Receive Reissue Treatment

Beginning on May 4, Candlelight Records will be reissuing numerous out-of-print and previously unavailable releases from Norway's Nocturnal Art Productions and Holland's Karmageddon Media. Among the albums set to receive the reissue treatment are THOU SHALT SUFFER's "Into the Woods of Belial", plus various releases from Norway's AETERNUS, Tampa's NOCTURNUS, Sweden's THYRFING and Ireland's CRUACHAN. ...

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VADER: Awaiting The Birth Of 'The Beast'

Polish death metallers VADER have posted the following update on their official web site: "[For the past] two weeks [the] guys have been working at Radio Gdansk Studio, recording their new album 'The Beast'. So far the process is going very smooth, Daray has just finished recording of drums, the most important part in the ...

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