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Rock Musicians Speak Out On Possible War With Iraq

An increasing number of rock artists are speaking their minds about a possible war with Iraq, with many of them seeing the potential military operation to oust Saddam Hussein as an issue that affects more than just enlisted soldiers and their families. Others, on the other hand, argue that even if S...
January 23, 2003

DEEP PURPLE Drummer To Perform With Tribute Band

DEEP PURPLE drummer Ian Paice will be taking a break from the songwriting sessions for the new DP album to play a couple of Italian shows in February with the DEEP PURPLE tribute band GIANLUCA TAGLIAVINI. The group, who feature in their ranks guitarist Max Magagni (Ian makes an appearance on Magagni...
January 21, 2003

DEEP PURPLE Hard At Work On New Studio Album

DEEP PURPLE are working on a new album with KID ROCK producer Michael Bradford. Currently in the writing stage, the album is tentatively due out on Aug. 1. The lineup includes Ian Gillan (vocals),Roger Glover (bass),Ian Paice (drums),Steve Morse (guitar) and Don Airey (keyboards). ...
January 14, 2003

LIMP BIZKIT's DURST Gets Defensive Over BRITNEY Friendship

LIMP BIZKIT frontman Fred Durst has posted the following message at "So I have to correct something from my last news post. I meant to say 'Ian' from MTV News by the way. And all this stuff about Britney and me is everywhere. It's like WHOA!! Anybody out there who has a ...
January 12, 2003


Ex-HELMET/ORANGE 9MM guitarist Chris Traynor has left his spot in BUSH to join RIVAL SCHOOLS as a replacement for Ian Love, according to Buddyhead. An official confirmation of Traynor's departure from the BUSH camp has yet to be made. ...
January 9, 2003

Winning Air-Guitar Ace Salutes AC/DC's ANGUS YOUNG

A 27-year-old Australian man beat 10 other finalists to win the Hobart Summer Festival air-guitar showdown with his impression of AC/DC "mad axeman" Angus Young, according to Australia's The Mercury. David Lithgow's carefully choreographed and well-rehearsed piece won the West Hobart carpet salesman...
January 8, 2003

Canada's TODD KERNS Among Candidates For Singer Slot In Ex-GNR Project

A Vancouver, Canada-based vocalist by the name of Todd Kerns (THE AGE OF ELECTRIC, STATIC IN STEREO) has reportedly been auditioning for the vacant singer slot in the new band formed by ex-GUNS N' ROSES members Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan and Matt Sorum. Kerns, who possesses a voice that has...
December 31, 2002

MOTÖRHEAD's LEMMY On Relationships: 'I Like To Be Surprised'

A lifelong bachelor, MOTÖRHEAD legend Ian "Lemmy" Kilmister revealed during a recent interview with Britain's Observer that he has been involved in a serious relationship with a Los Angeles-based woman for the past several years. However, don't expect the singer to tie the knot anytime soon. "I've b...
December 29, 2002

EUROPE To Issue CD+DVD Box Set Next Year

'80s hard rockers EUROPE will release a joint CD & DVD box next year containing the group's biggest hits as well as demos, live recordings and previously-unreleased material, frontman Joey Tempest told Sweden's biggest daily newspaper Aftonbladet. The band — Tempest, John Norum (guitar),Kee Mar...
December 28, 2002

Ex-HELMET Mainman Hooks Up With ROB ZOMBIE Members, Defends LIMP BIZKIT Collaboration

Former HELMET and current GANDHI guitarist/vocalist Page Hamilton has teamed up with ROB ZOMBIE members Johnny Tempesta (drums) and Blasko (a.k.a. Rob Nicholson) in an as-yet-unnamed new project. The group, which is based in Los Angeles, will not affect Hamilton's involvement with GANDHI, which play...
December 27, 2002

EUROPE To Make A Comeback In 2003?

'80s hard rockers EUROPE may embark on a full-fledged reunion next year, according to frontman Joey Tempest. Tempest (real name: Joakim Larsson),who issued his third solo album in October, told Sweden's Aftonbladet newspaper that the group will celebrate their 20th anniversary as recording artists...
December 26, 2002

Partial EUROPE Reunion Brings House Down At Stockholm Club

Three-fifths of the most celebrated EUROPE lineup — guitarist John Norum, bassist John Levén, and drummer Ian Haugland — reunited on stage last night (Dec. 13) at the Hard Rock Café in Stockholm, Sweden to perform the EUROPE classic "Rock The Night" and a version of LED ZEPPELIN's "Rock And Roll". T...
December 14, 2002

ANTHRAX Sign North American Deal

ANTHRAX have inked a North American deal with ArtistDirect/BMG Records. The group's long-awaited new CD, "We've Come For You All", is slated for release on Apr. 1, 2003 in all territories outside Japan and Europe, where it is scheduled to surface on Feb. 4 and Feb. 24, respectively. Guitarist Scott...
December 13, 2002

ELEGY To Tour In 2003

ELEGY frontman Ian Parry has posted the following update regarding the group's toruing plans and the next installment of his CONSORTIUM project: "Dear ELEGY fans, it has come to the attention of the band that there has been advertisements published in German press stating that ELEGY are playing a to...
December 11, 2002

DEEP PURPLE Drummer, Guitarist Line Up Outside Appearances

DEEP PURPLE drummer Ian Paice makes a "special guest" appearance on Italian guitarist Tolo Marton's new double live CD, "Dal Vero". The album, which was recorded in 2001/2002, features Paice on live renditions of the JIMI HENDRIX classics "Stone Free" and "Hey Joe". In related news, DEEP PURPLE guit...
December 2, 2002