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GEORGE LYNCH: Touring Lineup Revealed

Former DOKKEN guitarist George Lynch's touring band for his dates in October will reportedly consist of the following: George Lynch (DOKKEN, LYNCH MOB) - Guitar Rob DeLuca (SPREAD EAGLE, JOAN JETT, OURS) - Bass Ronen Barak (BLOCKK 16) - Drums Andrew Freeman (CHRIS CAFFERY BAND, BLOCKK 16, THIRTY STO...
August 26, 2004

Former HANOI ROCKS Bassist Sues NYC Venue, MTV Over Injury

Former HANOI ROCKS and current JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS bassist Sam Yaffa (real name Sami Takamaki) has filed an $85 million lawsuit against Roseland Ballroom, MTV Corp. and others, saying his hands and career were hurt when ballroom bouncers jumped him while he was fending off a purse snatcher...
May 15, 2004


Los Angeles tough-core unit TERROR have inked a deal with Trustkill Records. The group's debut full-length CD, "One With The Underdogs", was produced by DEATH BY STEREO's Paul Miner (ATREYU, THRICE) and is scheduled for release in August. The follow-up to the group's nine song EP "Lowest Of The Low"...
May 3, 2004

Report: Polish Heavy Metal Underground Makes Its Presence Felt

The U.K.'s The Observer reports: "It can't get much more heavy metal than this: the all-day Mega Metal Mania festival in Katowice, Poland, kernel of central Europe's heavy industrial core. All around is the charismatic, perverse beauty of pit-heads - turning cogwheels and slag heaps — the dancing fl...
April 25, 2004

Trial Of Man Charged In Murder Of THE GITS Singer Begins In Washington

The trial of the Miami man charged with the 1993 murder of Seattle punk-rock singer Mia Zapata of THE GITS began this past Monday (March 1),according to a post on the band's web site. Jesus C. Mezquia, a 49-year-old fisherman and laborer with a history of assaults on women and only a passing connec...
March 3, 2004

METALLICA's HETFIELD And ULRICH To Make Their Animation Debut Tonight

The new animated comedy series "Disney's Dave the Barbarian", featuring the animation debut of METALLICA's James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, is scheduled to premiere Friday, January 23 at 5:30 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel. Produced by Walt Disney Television Animation, the series follows the title char...
January 23, 2004

GUNS N' ROSES Bassist Inks Solo Deal With SANCTUARY

GUNS N' ROSES bassist Tommy Stinson has inked a solo deal with Sanctuary Records. The following is Tommy's official update on his web site regarding the making of his first solo album: "I have finally completed all of the recording for my first solo record. It has taken longer than anticipated, but...
January 15, 2004

ZAKK WYLDE Weighs In On ROLLING STONE's 'Top Guitarists' List

OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Zakk Wylde recently spoke to Sleaze Grinder about Rolling Stone magazine's much-criticized list of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time. "Put it this way," Wylde began. "When Eddie Van Halen is number 70 and Randy Rhoads is number 85, I mean, bottom line is I have to play...
January 9, 2004


Italy's THY MAJESTIE have parted ways with Scarlet Records and are currently looking for a new record deal. The band are working on the last two songs for their fourth full-length album, which will be an historical concept based on Joan of Arc. A mid-2004 release is expected. THY MAJESTIE's last stu...
September 9, 2003


Jimi Hendrix has been named the greatest guitar player by Rolling Stone magazine in a poll to discover the greatest guitarists of all time. Hendrix received a glowing tribute from WHO guitarist Pete Townshend, who wrote that he "made the electric guitar beautiful," according to Reuters. Townshend re...
August 27, 2003

VELVET REVOLVER Bassist Says They Are Hoping To Release Full-Length Debut In January

Former GUNS N' ROSES and current VELVET REVOLVER bassist Duff McKagan has posted the following message to VELVET REVOLVER's forum: "Hey everyone, I just wanted to write in to say that I am extremely flattered and lucky to have fans that are as loyal and passionate as you all have shown to be ...
August 13, 2003

KISS/AEROSMITH Tour To Be Extended Into Next Year?

The upcoming KISS/AEROSMITH co-headlining tour, currently scheduled to run between August 2 and October 18, could very well last into the middle of next year, according to KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley. "Should the AEROSMITH/KISS tour go as smoothly as we're all hoping, this could go on indef...
June 20, 2003

Police Make Arrest In 1993 MIA ZAPATA Slaying

The 1993 killing of Seattle punk-rock singer Mia Zapata of THE GITS, which baffled police and her fans for nearly a decade, appears to have been solved with the arrest of a man in Miami, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Jesus C. Mezquia, a 48-year-old fisherman and laborer with a history...
January 12, 2003

SLASH Speaks Out On AXL ROSE, New Project With Ex-GN'R Bandmates

Former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash has spoken to about the new project he has formed with ex-GN'R bandmates Duff McKagan, Izzy Stradlin and Matt Sorum and the as-yet-unnamed group's ongoing vocalist search. Here are some of the more interesting quotes from the interview: On how the new ban...
November 18, 2002

KELLY OSBOURNE Celebrates Birthday In Style

The following item was posted at What a weekend! C-R-A-Z-Y from the word "Go". Here's how it all went down....Everyone — the Osbournes, Kelly and Jack's friends, MTV crew, Ozzy's band and crew, and a couple other stragglers (like me) — meets at the airport to board probably th...
October 29, 2002