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Former S1FT Members Form New Band

Former S1FT members Chris Dinsmore (vocals) and Bret Crane (keyboards) have joined forces in a new band called MANIPULANT. The group, which is based out of the San Francisco Bay Area, will pursue a "much heavier and melodic sound" than Dinsmore and Cane's previous band, according to a press release....
July 20, 2004

POISON Singer: 'Every Rose' Is The 'Freebird' Of Our Generation

Jeff Vrabel of the Chicago Sun-Times writes: "Every Rose Has Its Thorn", POISON's quintessential breakup song of the glitzy '80s — that lighter-waving weeper, occasional prom theme and karaoke nightmare — is the Godzilla of the monster ballads, demolishing all others in its path (In the interest of...
July 8, 2004


DAVID SHANKLE GROUP, the new project formed by former MANOWAR guitarist David Shankle, are reportedly working with singer Kyle Michaels (ALEX MASI, ANIMAL, RAVAGE) following the departure of vocalist Trace Edward Zaber earlier in the year. DAVID SHANKLE GROUP's debut album, "Ashes To Ashes", was rel...
July 6, 2004

POISON's BRET MICHAELS Calls Himself 'A New Breed Of American Cowboy'

POISON singer Bret Michaels has told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that much of his solo music reflects his new gig: country music, a longtime passion. Michaels' fondness for country music even seeped into some of POISON's earlier songs, such as the 1989 No. 1 hit "Every Rose Has Its Thorn". "I'm so...
June 30, 2004

THE 69 EYES Top Finnish Single Chart

Finnish goth-metallers THE 69 EYES have topped the Finnish single chart with their latest single, "Lost Boys", in its second week of release. The song is also in "high radio rotation" on the main radio stations in Finland, according to a posting on the band's web site. To celebrate the release of th...
June 26, 2004

POISON Frontman Plays Country Show

POISON frontman Bret Michaels was the special guest of country star Chris Cagle at The Coliseum in Nashville last Sunday (June 13) as part of the CMA Music Festival/Fan Fair. The two sang a reworked version of POISON's 1988 Number One hit "Every Rose Has Its Thorn". Michaels told Launch Radio Networ...
June 17, 2004


Bret Michaels of POISON fame and occasional country crooner, will perform at CMA Music Festival/Fan Fair Sunday night (June 13) at The Coliseum in Nashville, Tennessee with Capitol Nashville artist Chris Cagle. "This is what CMA Music Festival is all about," said CMA Executive Director Ed Benson. "E...
June 9, 2004

THE 69 EYES: 'Helsinki Vampires' DVD To Receive European Release

Finland's goth-metallers THE 69 EYES will distribute their 2003 DVD "Helsinki Vampires" Europe-wide through Nuclear Blast starting on July 12. The DVD was previously only available in Finland and contains a complete live concert of the band at Helsinki's famous Tavastia club (filmed in November 2002...
June 4, 2004

THE 69 EYES To Release 'Devils' In October

Finnish goth-metallers THE 69 EYES have inked a deal with EMI/Virgin Records. Although it was announced earlier this year that the band had signed with a major label, the identity of the label was kept secret. However, in last week's interview with Russia's Darkside E-Zine (web site),THE 69 EYES vo...
May 26, 2004

VH1 Counts Down '100 Most Metal Moments' In Five-Night Special

MOTÖRHEAD, W.A.S.P.'s Blackie Lawless, POISON's Bret Michaels, former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach, ANTHRAX, L.A. GUNS, KISS, ex-MÖTLEY CRÜE singer Vince Neil, Ronnie James Dio and FASTER PUSSYCAT are among the artists featured in "100 Most Metal Moments", a VH1 special focusing on the "entertai...
May 11, 2004

THE 69 EYES Sign New Record Deal, Begin Recording New Album

Finnish goth-metallers THE 69 EYES have signed a "big major label" deal with an as-yet-undisclosed record company, according to a posting on the group's web site. The band are currently currently working on their new album with producers Johnny Lee Michaels and Hiili Hiilesmaa (H.I.M., MOONSPELL, SE...
May 10, 2004

POISON Singer Attends Country Music Awards, Hosts Jam Session

POISON frontman Bret Michaels was among the attendees at Country Music Television's Flame Worthy Video Music Awards Wednesday night (April 21) in Nashville, Tennessee. Check out pictures from Wire Image: Arrivals, Backstage & Audience. According to, Michaels hosted a late-n...
April 25, 2004

KISS And POISON To Embark On 'Rock The Nation' U.S. Tour

KISS and POISON will be teaming for the "Rock The Nation" two-month U.S. tour beginning on June 10 in San Antonio, Texas. Commented POISON lead singer Bret Michaels: "Throughout our entire career, we have been headlining, but I look at the opportunity to go on the road with KISS as a complete honor....
April 15, 2004

EDDIE VAN HALEN: Third New VH Song In The Mixing Stage

A brand-new two-minute interview with Eddie Van Halen, conducted over the phone this morning (April 9) by Greg Dwyer and Bill Michaels of the Davenport, Iowa radio station KCQQ Q106.5 FM, has been posted online at this location (file size: 2 MB). Commented Dwyer and Michaels: "We got Eddie on the ph...
April 9, 2004

POISON Frontman To Record Country Solo Album?

POISON lead singer Bret Michaels is close to signing a "country" deal on new indie label Lofton Creek Records, according to The Tennessean. Bret, who lived in Nashville for a few years in the late '90s, met Lofton Creek label chief, Mike Borchetta, through singer-songwriter Jeffrey "Buns of" Steele....
March 24, 2004