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DEF LEPPARD's ELLIOTT: KURT COBAIN Got Rid Of The Hair Metal Rubbish

DEF LEPPARD vocalist Joe Elliott spoke frankly with Robert Cherry of the Cleveland Plain Dealer about the heyday of hair metal bands, an era the veteran group has managed to survive. "In the late '80s, every band sounded like us," Elliott said. "That was the reason grunge started. I think NIRVANA co...
March 23, 2003

SCOTT REEDER Confirms METALLICA Audition, Explains UNIDA Departure

Former KYUSS bassist Scott Reeder has denied that his recently-announced departure from UNIDA had anything to do with his failed bid to land the bassist position in METALLICA. In a posting to the message board, Reeder writes, "[I] wasn't gonna say anything, but people are getting' som...
March 21, 2003


Former KYUSS bassist Scott Reeder has officially left UNIDA, according to Reeder's replacement, presently known only as "Jerry", made his live debut with the group this past Saturday, March 15 at the P'Nut Gallery in Palm Springs, California. UNIDA have yet to secure a release fo...
March 18, 2003

USA Today: Those '80s Metal Bands Still Strike A Chord

USA Today published an article in its March 11 edition spotlighting the current popularity of '80s metal and the renewed media interest in a musical subculture many thought was extinct prior to the recent Rhode Island nightclub blaze in which nearly 100 people died. According to author Clara Frenk,...
March 13, 2003

DEF LEPPARD Fan Pays $8,000 For Chance To Sing With Band

Mark Zack from San Jose, California paid £5,007 (more than $8,000) to sing and play "Pour Some Sugar On Me" with DEF LEPPARD during the band's soundcheck in their home town of Sheffield, U.K. All proceeds of the auction will go to Help A Hallam Child, helping sick and needy children from South Yorks...
March 11, 2003

DEF:IGNITION: More Details Revealed

More information has surfaced about DEF:IGNITION, the new San Francisco Bay Area band fronted by SKINLAB singer Steev Esquivel. Joining Steev in the new group are ex-UNDER/VICE guitarist Jack Cargile, former DEFIANCE/UNDER bassist Mike Kaufmann and ex-UNDER drummer Hugo. According to Esquivel, the b...
March 11, 2003

DEF LEPPARD Drummer Organizes Benefit In L.A.

DEF LEPPARD drummer Rick Allen and the staff of his Raven Drum Foundation have organized a special event called "Soul Of The Drum" on Saturday, March 15 in North Hollywood, California. According to LEPPARD's official web site, "Soul Of The Drum" is a workshop, ceremony, benefit show and celebration,...
March 6, 2003

MARDUK: New MP3 Posted Online

Sweden's MARDUK have posted a full-length MP3 of the track "Night Of The Long Knives" at this location. "Night Of The Long Knives" comes off the group's forthcoming "World Funeral" CD, due in Europe on Feb. 24 through the group's own Blooddawn Productions. A U.S. release date has yet to be determine...
February 16, 2003

Ex-THE ALMIGHTY Frontman To Play Solo Date

Ex-THE ALMIGHTY frontman Ricky Warwick will play a solo gig at The Peel, Kingston Upon Thames on Feb. 28 (supported by PIG IRON). You can also catch Ricky currently supporting DEF LEPPARD on tour in the U.K. (he previously supported the LEPPs in Japan and North America in 2002). The full tour dates...
February 14, 2003

DEF LEPPARD Push Back Single Release, Announce U.S. Dates

DEF LEPPARD have once again pushed back the release date of their new single "Long Long Way To Go". According to the band's official web site, "This time, the main reason for the delay is the (absence of a) promo video. According to the original schedule, the band was supposed to shoot the video thi...
February 9, 2003

SEVEN WITCHES Set American Release Date For 'Passage To The Other Side'

SEVEN WITCHES, the band featuring former SAVATAGE guitarist Jack Frost, ARMORED SAINT/FATES WARNING bassist Joey Vera, and HELSTAR singer James Rivera, have set an April 9 American release date through Sanctuary Records for their fourth album, "Passage To The Other Side". The CD will surface in Euro...
February 6, 2003

DEF LEPPARD Re-Launch 'Guest Singer' Auction

Due to unspecified "technical and logistical problems beyond [the band's] control" with the first auction, DEF LEPPARD have been forced to re-list their auction offering one lucky fan a chance to join the band on stage at an upcoming show. Once again, the details are as follows: "So you always dream...
January 30, 2003

AEROSMITH To Pay Tribute To The Blues At Special NY Gig

AEROSMITH will team up with other music biz stars and legends B.B. King, Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt, Lyle Lovett, Aaron Neville, Macy Gray, and Buddy Guy for a special performance at New York's famous Radio City Music Hall on Friday, Feb. 7. This once-in-a-lifetime lineup of music greats will benefit...
January 28, 2003

DEF LEPPARD Fan Bids $12,000 To Sing With The Group

An anonymous bidder has ended up paying the unbelievable amount of £7,625 (approx. $12,367) for the privilege of joining DEF LEPPARD for one song at soundcheck at the Hallam FM Arena in the group's hometown of Sheffield, England, on Feb. 20. All proceeds of the auction will go to Help A Hallam Child...
January 25, 2003

METAL BABIES: Metal Merchandise For The Little Ones

Mark DeVito, a die-hard heavy-metal buff and graphic artist, has launched Metal Babies, a new line of baby garb that parodies the concert T-shirts of the giants in metal including AC/DC, METALLICA, and even BLACK SABBATH. The clothes range from $12-$18, and are available online at
January 20, 2003