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SLASH Denies Supergroup Involvement

Former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash has NOT contributed to the two-song demo tape recently recorded by the superstar line-up of Neal Schon (guitar—JOURNEY),Sammy Hagar (vocals—ex-VAN HALEN),Deen Castronovo (drums—JOURNEY) and Michael Anthony (bass—VAN HALEN),despite a statement to the contrary p...
February 23, 2002

NEVERMORE Drummer Forms Side Project, Main Band Remains Involved In Label Dispute

NEVERMORE drummer Van Williams has formed a side project called PURE SWEET HELL, a two-man metal band with “different influences” that also features in its ranks Christ Eichhorn, who plays guitar, bass and keyboards on the group's most recent six-song demo/CD (with Van handling the drums and vocals)...
February 22, 2002

THE GATHERING Split With Century Media, Announce ULVER Collaboration

Holland's THE GATHERING have split with longtime label Century Media Records and are currently negotiating with several labels and distributors for their next studio album, which will be released at the end of the year. The band have also announced plans to collaborate with ULVER mastermind Trickste...
February 21, 2002

SAMMY HAGAR Confirms Supergroup Line-Up, Announces Studio Plans

Former VAN HALEN frontman Sammy Hagar's official web site at has confirmed reports that Sammy, VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony, JOURNEY axeman Neal Schon, JOURNEY drummer Deen Castronovo and former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash have teamed up in a new project which recently spent...
February 21, 2002

URIAH HEEP: New Studio, Live Albums On The Way

URIAH HEEP will perform a one-off show at London's Astoria on March 23rd prior to entering the studio to begin work on a new album, due later in the year. In other news, URIAH HEEP will release a CD/DVD entitled The Magician's Birthday Party at the end of the month. Filmed and recorded at the ...
February 20, 2002

DARK FUNERAL Scale Down European Tour Due To Financial Constraints

Sweden's DARK FUNERAL were forced to send home three of the four support acts on their ongoing European tour in support of the Diabolus Interium CD after financial constraints reportedly jeopardized the remainder of the trek. According to reports, ANOREXIA NERVOSA, OCCULT and RAGNAROK performed thei...
February 12, 2002

ENDO Van And Gear Stolen

Misfortune struck ENDO, one of the rising stars of the contemporary metal scene, over this past weekend. The band were prepared to leave their home base of Miami, Florida this morning (Monday, February 11th) for regional concert dates, but found that their van, already loaded with all the group's eq...
February 11, 2002

Quote Of The Day: NEVERMORE Frontman Warrel Dane

NEVERMORE frontman Warrel Dane on making a living by playing music: Truth be told, with the label problems we're having at the moment [with Century Media Records] it's not possible to support ourselves from just music. I am currently cooking at The Swedish Cultural Center of Seattle...I feel very mu...
February 10, 2002

JASON NEWSTED: The Exclusive Interview!!

During a candid January 28th interview with journalist Martin Carlsson, portions of which appeared in the Swedish newspaper Expressen, former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted revealed interesting facts about his departure from METALLICA, James Hetfield's battle with addictions, the infamous Playboy f...
February 9, 2002

Former GUNS N' ROSES Axeman Confirms Supergroup Offer

Former GUNS N' ROSES axeman Slash has confirmed to that he has been approached to join a Los Angeles-based supergroup consisting of former VAN HALEN frontman Sammy Hagar, JOURNEY guitarist Neal Schon, and current JOURNEY (and former HARDLINE) drummer Deen Castronovo. While Slash mad...
February 5, 2002

SINISTER Fill Guitarist Slot

Dutch death metallers SINISTER have recruited ex-CANTARA and GOD DETHRONED stand-in guitarist Pascal to replace the recently-departed longtime axeman Bart van Wallenberg. SINISTER are presently on the lookout for a serious tour. ...
February 3, 2002

VAN HALEN: "Weighing All Options" Following Split With Warner Bros.

VAN HALEN are "currently weighing all the options and seeing what the future brings, [but] it's still premature to say where the band will go [following their split with longtime label Warner Bros. Records]," the group's attorney, Alan Mintz, told Billboard magazine. According to Mintz, VAN HALEN wi...
February 2, 2002

Fact Or Fiction: HAGAR, SCHON and SLASH Join Forces In New Band

According to, a new supergroup is being formed in Los Angeles consisting of former VAN HALEN frontman Sammy Hagar, JOURNEY guitarist Neal Schon, and current JOURNEY (and former HARDLINE) drummer Deen Castronovo. Other names being linked with the project include VAN HALEN bassist...
February 1, 2002

AYREON Mastermind To Perform At Dutch Music Event

AYREON mastermind Arjen Lucassen (ex-BODINE, VENGEANCE) will be performing live at the Dutch music event Vrienden van Amstel between February 2nd and 6th at the Ahoy in Rotterdam, Holland. Vrienden van Amstel Live is a Dutch festival where lots of homegrown artists perform, either individually or to...
January 31, 2002

VAN HALEN Drop Label, Manager Amid Reunion Talks

VAN HALEN have parted ways with Warner Bros. Records after a 14-year run that stretches back to the group's 1978 debut, acording to Hits Daily Double. The band have also changed attorneys, hiring Alan Mintz to take over for Don Engel, who was with them for 15 years. VAN HALEN, who are presently with...
January 24, 2002