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JOHN NORUM Passes On UFO Gig, Continues Work On Solo Album

Despite previous reports to the contrary — including an official statement from UFO themselves — former EUROPE/DOKKEN axeman John Norum will NOT be joining UFO as a replacement for Michael Schenker, according to Norum's web site (www.johnnorum.com). John is currently recording a new solo album in Ca...
June 17, 2003
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MOTHRA Change Name, Announce Los Angeles Gig

MOTHRA, the new project featuring guitarist Mikey Doling (ex-SNOT, SOULFLY),bassist Jon "Tumor" Fahnestock (ex-SNOT, AMEN),drummer Roy Mayorga (SOULFLY),guitarist Levon Sultanian (ONESIDEZERO),and vocalist Jason Radford (ONESIDEZERO),have officially changed their name to ABLOOM, according to a...
June 16, 2003
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NEVERMORE: ROCK HARD FESTIVAL Photos Posted Online

NEVERMORE have posted several photos taken during their appearance at last weekend's Rock Hard Festival at this location. The two-day event, which took place June 7-8 at Amphitheater in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, featured additional performances from such acts as SAXON, IN FLAMES, ARCH ENEMY, BLIND GUA...
June 14, 2003
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LYNCH MOB To Return To The Road In August

Former DOKKEN and current LYNCH MOB guitarist George Lynch has posted the following message to his official web site, www.georgelynch.com: "I just want to give a sincere thanks to everyone who came out to the east coast [LYNCH MOB] shows in May. The band had a blast playing the shows and meeting eve...
June 12, 2003
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PANTERA To Issue 'Best Of' CD Through RHINO

Veteran metallers PANTERA, who have been the subject of breakup rumors for the past couple of years, will be issuing a "Best Of" CD on September 9 through Rhino Records, a subsidiary of Warner Music Group. The tentative track listing for the album, titled "The Best Of Pantera: Far Beyond The Great S...
June 9, 2003
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REDEMPTION TOUR 2003: More Dates Announced

More dates have been announced for "Redemption Tour 2003", featuring SAMAEL, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD and CATHEDRAL. SAMAEL and STRAPPING YOUNG LAD will co-headline the trek, with SAMAEL closing the show every night. Confirmed and tentative dates so far are as follows: Sep. 04 – Downtown - Farmingdale, N...
June 4, 2003
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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, SAMAEL, CATHEDRAL To Team Up For U.S. Tour

STRAPPING YOUNG LAD, SAMAEL and CATHEDRAL will bee teaming up for a five-week U.S. tour beginning in late August. Confirmed dates so far (according to Pollstar) are as follows: Aug. 23 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven Sep. 04 - Farmingdale, NY @ Downtown Sep. 05 - Cleveland, OH @ Agora Theatre Sep. 06 -...
June 3, 2003
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Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival: Complete Schedule Announced

The complete schedule for this year's installment of Bang Your Head festival, set to take place Jun. 27-28 in Balingen, Germany, has been announced. It is as follows: Friday, June 27 DESTRUCTOR (opener) BITCH ROBROCK AMON AMARTH AXXIS T.N.T. ANNIHILATOR DOKKEN SODOM HAMMERFALL DIO (headliner) Saturd...
June 2, 2003
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ANTHRAX Singer Says Americans Don't Have To Be Arrogant

ANTHRAX singer John Bush recently spoke to Transcending the Mundane regarding his views on the war on terrorism. "I have so many mixed emotions about that," he admitted. "I mean, having just been in Europe my rap onstage was like, 'We're entertainers. That's what we do. We're here to make you forget...
May 30, 2003
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PHILIP ANSELMO Speaks Out On The Future Of PANTERA, DOWN And Collaboration With TONY IOMMI

PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo stopped by the studios of Sirius Radio in New York City on Tuesday, May 20 and spoke to "Hard Attack" host Don Kaye about the current status of all of his musical projects, including PANTERA, DOWN, SUPERJOINT RITUAL and his much-rumored collaboration with BLACK SABBAT...
May 27, 2003
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KELLY KEELING To Tour Europe With ERIK NORLANDER

Vocalist/guitarist Kelly Keeling (BATON ROUGE, BLUE MURDER, MSG, GUITAR ZEUS, JOHN NORUM) will be joining Erik Norlander and Lana Lane in Europe in support of Erik's CD release "Music Machine". Kelly was the main vocalist on Erik's album and "feels privileged to support Erik on his European tour," a...
May 27, 2003
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METALLICA's ULRICH Recalls The Group's First-Ever Outdoor Performances

Rolling Stone magazine recently asked METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich which band was the most fun to party with on the road. "GUNS N' ROSES," the drummer replied. "Everything you've heard is true. Use your imagination. That summer we toured with them, '92, it was the most fun in terms of the girls and...
May 24, 2003
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METALLICA's HETFIELD Reveals His Most Memorable Festival Experience

METALLICA frontman James Hetfield, a veteran of the summer festival circuit, recently spoke to Rolling Stone magazine about his most memorable festival experience from the pre-METALLICA days. "Probably the most memorable was the California World Music Festival," Hetfield said. "It was one of those t...
May 22, 2003
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DEEP PURPLE Keyboardist Recounts His Most Embarrassing Onstage Moment

DEEP PURPLE keyboardist Don Airey recently spoke to BBC Wear about his most embarrassing moment onstage. "[It was] playing with Ozzy at Madison Square Gardens in 1984 to 17,000 people," he said. "The keyboards were on a hydraulic lift complete with fake organ pipes. I used to appear for the second s...
May 22, 2003
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NEVERMORE Finalize Track Listing For 'Enemies Of Reality'

NEVERMORE have finalized the track listing for their new album, "Enemies Of Reality", due on July 29 through Century Media Records. The follow-up to 2000's "Dead Heart in a Dead World" was recorded at a Seattle studio with producer Kelly Gray (QUEENSRŸCHE, SLAVE TO THE SYSTEM, DOKKEN) and was master...
May 21, 2003