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KELLY KEELING Talks About GEORGE LYNCH, DOKKEN And Upcoming Solo Album

Powerhouse rock vocalist and former Atlantic recording artist Kelly Keeling (BATON ROUGE, BLUE MURDER, MSG, JOHN NORUM),who recently toured the U.S. as part of guitarist George Lynch's (ex-DOKKEN) solo band, has posted the following message on his official web site: "I've been in Georgia for a few...
May 11, 2004

Former DIO Members TRACY G, VINNY APPICE Collaborating On New Project

Former DIO members Tracy G (guitar) and Vinny Appice (ex-BLACK SABBATH) are currently working on Vinny's new project, according to a posting on Tracy's web site. "We are getting together and writing songs," Tracy says. "It's at a very early stage." In other news, Tracy's DRIVEN project, also featuri...
April 29, 2004

Spin The Bottle: A Tribute To Kiss

Does the world really need another tribute to KISS? Absolutely not. Does that mean that the newest one, "Spin The Bottle: A Tribute To Kiss", is bad? Not at all. But as it plods through the familiar paces, with eleven KISS classics sung by a mix of two or three authentic legends and a larger ...
March 27, 2004

VANILLA FUDGE Keyboardist Comments On ROBERT PLANT Jam

VANILLA FUDGE keyboardist Bill Pascali gave a first-hand account of the mind-blowing moment when LED ZEPPELIN frontman Robert Plant showed up at the FUDGE's last show in the U.K. "Tim Bogert (bassist) fell ill from some dinner earlier and almost miraculously Robert showed up onstage and offered to j...
March 25, 2004

DIO To Release 'Sacred Heart' On DVD Through RHINO HOME VIDEO

DIO will release "Sacred Heart", a live performance from the sold-out Philadelphia Spectrum on DVD format Tuesday, March 23, 2004 through Rhino Home Video. The performance, first released on VHS, features 60 minutes of DIO classics in all their live glory with Ronnie James Dio, Vinny Appice, Jimmy B...
March 22, 2004

JEFF PILSON To Rejoin DIO? is reporting that bassist Jeff Pilson (ex-DOKKEN) will be reuniting with former bandmates in DIO to record the group's as-yet-untitled new album. Pilson replaces Jimmy Bain, who recently exited the band. Frontman Ronnie James Dio, guitarist Craig Goldy, drummer Simon Wright and Pilson will...
March 19, 2004

TRAVERS/APPICE Collaboration Changes Name

Because of another band with the same name, the forthcoming project featuring legendary rock drummer Carmine Appice (OZZY OSBOURNE, VANILLA FUDGE, BLUE MURDER) and guitarist Pat Travers will now be called TRAVERS & APPICE. Their forthcoming CD, to be released on the German-based SPV label, has b...
March 4, 2004

It's Official: JIMMY BAIN Exits DIO

DIO bassist Jimmy Bain has officially left the band, according to (originally reported here in January). No replacement has been named at the present time. Ronnie James Dio commented, "Jimmy has chosen to follow his own career path, and we wish him well." Ronnie, guitarist Craig Goldy and d...
March 4, 2004

TRAVERS/APPICE Collaboration Due In The Spring

Legendary rock drummer Carmine Appice (OZZY OSBOURNE, VANILLA FUDGE, BLUE MURDER) has announced the completion of his collaboration with guitarist Pat Travers, to be titled "TNA". The disc will initially be released on the German-based label SPV. According to Appice, who kicks off a month-and-half E...
March 2, 2004

UPDATED: Heavy Metal Stars Pick Their Favorite Albums Of 2003

Brazilian hard rock magazine Whiplash has compiled an **updated** list of more than 140 hard rock/heavy metal stars' favorite albums of 2003 and has posted it online at this location (scroll down the page). Some albums from 2002 were allowed, and the artists were asked to list anywhere from one to t...
January 31, 2004

BLUE MURDER To Tour Japan In April?

Guitarist John Sykes (WHITESNAKE, THIN LIZZY) will reportedly play a few dates in Japan as BLUE MURDER in April. It is not presently clear which musicians will make up the rest of Sykes' touring band. According to the Japanese promoter Creativeman, BLUE MURDER will play the following shows: Apr. 16...
January 27, 2004

APPICE/BAIN/CAVAZO Supergroup To Collaborate With BONHAM Singer

The new band featuring drummer Vinny Appice (ex-BLACK SABBATH, DIO),bassist Jimmy Bain (ex-DIO, RAINBOW) and guitarist Carlos Cavazo (ex-QUIET RIOT) are scheduled to do some writing with vocalist Chas West (BONHAM) this week, an informed source has told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. It is not presently clear i...
January 20, 2004


According to Germany's Rock Hard magazine, bassist Jimmy Bain is rumored to have left DIO and hooked up with drummer Vinny Appice (BLACK SABBATH, DIO) and guitarist Carlos Cavazo (QUIET RIOT) in a new, as-yet-singerless project. Cavazo was previously reported to be writing songs with former LYNCH MO...
January 19, 2004


Legendary rock drummer Carmine Appice (VANILLA FUDGE, OZZY OSBOURNE, ROD STEWART) has signed on as an exclusive-spokesperson for the U.S.-made Gibson/Slingerland Drums, effective immediately. "Slingerland has always been the premier drum company and I couldn't be happier with this new arrangement. I...
January 16, 2004

Former DOKKEN, BLACK SABBATH Members To Partake In Special New Year's Eve Jam

A special "all-star" jam is scheduled to take place New Year's Eve at Paladino's in Tarzana, California featuring the following musicians: Chas West (BONHAM, LYNCH MOB) - vocals Jeff Pilson (DOKKEN, DIO) - bass Vinny Appice (BLACK SABBATH, DIO) - drums Alan Krigger (GIUFFRIA, HOUSE OF LORDS) - drums...
December 20, 2003