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LIVING COLOUR: U.S., European Tour Dates Announced

LIVING COLOUR have announced the following tour dates during the coming months: Feb. 22 - Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre (Hendrix Tribute show) Feb. 24 - Portland, OR @ Roseland Ballroom (Hendrix Tribute show) Feb. 26 - New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place Feb. 27 - Farmingdale, NY @ The Downtown Feb. 28 -...
January 30, 2004
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THE GATHERING/AGALLOCH Tour: Chicago Date Scrapped

The proposed Chicago date on the THE GATHERING/AGALLOCH tour — originally expected to take place on February 11 — has been scrapped after the groups' booking agent was unable to "get a good deal" from any of the local promoters, according to a posting on THE GATHERING's web site. As a result, the tr...
January 29, 2004
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ICED EARTH, Ex-NEUROTICA Members Contribute To Prog-Rock Project

Ralph Santolla (ICED EARTH, formerly of DEATH),Shawn Bowen (BALD DAISY, formerly of NEUROTICA),GJ Gosman (NEW CRASH POSITION, formerly of NEUROTICA) and David Ragsdale (formerly of KANSAS) are among the guest musicians appearing on "Moments of Clarity", an 11-song prog-rock concept album due later...
January 29, 2004
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AMEN To Release New Single In March

AMEN will release their comeback single, "California's Bleeding", in the U.K. on March 15, according to NME.com. The California-based outfit will follow-up the single with "Death Before Musick" on March 29 (May 18 in the U.S.) — their first album since 2000's "We Have Come For Your Parents". The CD...
January 29, 2004
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Top-Selling Hard Rock Artists According To NIELSEN SOUNDSCAN

Metal Sludge has posted a list of total sales figures for a variety of their favorite artists, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Although the SoundScan numbers are generally indicative of the bands' overall popularity, they are misleading in the sense that many of the veteran hard rock groups' early e...
January 28, 2004
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TANK Frontman ALGY WARD: 'Tumor' Reports Are Misleading

TANK bassist/vocalist Algy Ward has posted a message on the TANK "This Means War" web site regarding the recent reports that he was scheduled to be taken into hospital next month to have a tumor removed from his head. The message reads as follows: "Hi everybody, I've been extremely touched by ...
January 26, 2004
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AC/DC Honored For 'Best Australian Single'

AC/DC have been chosen the winners of a contest to find the best Australian single, according to The Age. The long-running hard rockers were way out in front with their anthem "Highway to Hell" in a Virgin Radio poll in honor of Australia Day. INXS were in second place with "Need You Tonight" and ME...
January 25, 2004
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Report: Iraqi 'Death Metal' Band A. CRASSICAUDA Plays First Concert Since Fall Of SADDAM Regime

Rym Tina Ghazal of the Toronto Star reports that Iraqi death metal band A. CRASSICAUDA has its own way of expressing Iraqis' frustrations — with the aid of deafening sound blasts and blinding kaleidoscopic lights. "Metal is special," says lead singer Waleed Moughafar, 20, who speaks in an almost flu...
January 25, 2004
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GUITAR WORLD's 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists Of All Time

The March 2004 issue of Guitar World magazine includes a list of the 100 greatest heavy metal guitarists as selected by the magazine's staff. "This is not a list that ranks who can play the fastest or with the most taste, feeling or technique (although many players on our list have all of those arro...
January 23, 2004
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TANK Frontman To Have Tumor Removed, Band Cancel Festival Appearances

According to a posting from TANK guitarist Cliff Evans at the TANK "This Means War" web site, "[TANK bassist/vocalist] Algy Ward will be taken into hospital next month to remove a tumor from his head. He's been having problems with his hearing and getting headaches. The doctors only discovered the p...
January 23, 2004
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AC/DC: New Album To Be 'Harder' Than The Last

AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson told Italy's Rock Hard magazine that the band will definitely come out with a new studio album in 2004 and that guitarist Angus Young has written "harder" riffs than the ones that appeared on their last studio CD, "Stiff Upper Lip". Johnson also said he will be handling...
January 21, 2004
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NOVEMBERS DOOM Added To THE GATHERING/AGALLOCH Tour

Chicago doomsters NOVEMBERS DOOM have been added to THE GATHERING/AGALLOCH East Coast tour beginning in mid-February. This will be NOVEMBERS DOOM's first tour of the United States, and plans are in the works for the band to tour the West Coast in 2004 as well. Merchandise will be available from all...
January 18, 2004
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ICED EARTH, CHILDREN OF BODOM: North American Dates Announced

ICED EARTH, CHILDREN OF BODOM and an as-yet-announced third support band will be teaming up for a North American tour beginning in mid-April. Dates so far are as follows: Apr. 18 - Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall Apr. 19 - St. Louis, MO @ Pop's Apr. 20 - Chicago, IL @ Metro Apr. 21 ...
January 16, 2004
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THE DARKNESS Score Highest-Climbing Album On BILLBOARD Chart

U.K. rock sensations THE DARKNESS have scored the highest-climbing album on this week's U.S. chart, making their first appearance in the top 100, according to Ireland Online. Their album "Permission To Land" went from number 173 to 92 in one week on the Billboard chart. The flamboyant rock group, in...
January 9, 2004
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RAG MEN: East Coast Dates Announced

RAG MEN, the New York-based band featuring frontman Jorge Rosado (MERAUDER, GOD IS I),guitarist Mitts (SKARHEAD, CROWN OF THORNZ),bassist Ian "Bulldog" Edwards (FREYA, ex-EARTH CRISIS),and drummer Rigg Ross (SKARHEAD, ex-HATEBREED),have lined up the following shows in late February: Feb. 27 - Al...
January 7, 2004