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MASTERS OF REALITY mainman Chris Goss will be playing guitar with QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE at next week's Coachella Music Festival in the Palm Springs desert. FOO FIGHTERS leader Dave Grohl will be sitting behind the kit for the performance, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 27th, i...
April 23, 2002

KID ROCK Sued For Copyright Infringement

A lawsuit has been filed against KID ROCK by Microhits Music Corp. accusing the singer of copyright infringement over his song "Cowboy". According to the suit, which was filed in United States District Court, Central District of California on Wednesday, April 17th, "Cowboy" – which appeared on ROCK'...
April 20, 2002

DORO PESCH: New Album Is Heaviest In 10 Years

German singer DORO PESCH and her band—Joe Taylor (guitar),Nick Douglas (bass),Johnny Dee (drums) and Oliver Palotai (guitar/keyboards)—have been hard at work at Soundmine studios in Pennsylvania putting the finishing touches on her new album, tentatively entitled Fight. According to DORO, “It's ou...
April 16, 2002

NICK MENZA: I Was Not Surprised By Announcement Of MEGADETH's Split

Former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza had spoken to former MEGADETH leader Dave Mustaine about a week prior to the release of Mustaine's statement announcing the band's break-up and was not surprised by the group's split, Menza told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. It is hard to really explain [how I feel about the b...
April 14, 2002

Former MEGADETH Drummer Lines Up Musicians For Touring Band

Former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza has recruited ex-SUICIDAL TENDENCIES guitarist Anthony Gallo, former SAMANTHA 7/GREAT WHITE axeman Ty Longley and bassist Jason Levin for his touring band, which is still searching for a suitable frontman. That is still in the works, explains Menza. I have to find...
April 12, 2002

AMEN Announce Hollywood Live Appearance

AMEN have announced a one-off show at the Troubadour in Hollywood, California on April 24th. Support will come from MONDO GENERATOR, featuring QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE bassist Nick Oliveri. ...
April 4, 2002

THE HELLACOPTERS Confirmed For KALAS 2002, Scandinavian OZZFEST Dates

Sweden's THE HELLACOPTERS, featuring former ENTOMBED drummer Nicke Andersson (now going by the name Nick Royale) on guitar/vocals, have been added to the upcoming Kalas 2002 tour, which is also scheduled to include appearances by KENT, THÅSTRÖM and VARANTEATERN, among others. The confirmed dates are...
April 4, 2002

DAVE MUSTAINE Leaves MEGADETH, Group Disbands After 20 Years Together

A statement from Dave Mustaine: During the first week of January 2002, while MEGADETH was on hiatus, in Texas, I suffered an injury that caused severe nerve damage to my left arm and hand. It was diagnosed as Radial Neuropathy - specifically, a "compressed radial nerve." My doctors tell me it will t...
April 3, 2002

SOULDIVIDER Complete Work On "Supersound City"

Sweden's SOULDIVIDER have completed work on their new full-length album, entitled Supersound City, for a late spring/early summer release through 12th Planet Music. The album was recorded at HairyBones studio in Karlstad, Sweden and it will be mastered in Toronto By Nick Blagona and Eric Kuthe withi...
March 29, 2002


Sweden's THE HELLACOPTERS, featuring former ENTOMBED drummer Nicke Andersson (now going by the name Nick Royale) on guitar/vocals, have announced the dates for their forthcoming US tour. They are as follows: Mar. 29 - San Diego, CA @ Canes Mar. 30 - Los Angeles CA @ Troubadour Apr. 01 - San Francisc...
March 18, 2002

Former MEGADETH Drummer To Appear At L.A. METAL HELLFEST

Former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza will appear as a presenter at the second annual L.A. Metal Hellfest festival, which is scheduled to be held on March 23rd at Ibiza Restaurant in Whittier, California. Menza will reportedly introduce the band CAGE and will conduct a meet-and-greet session with the f...
March 15, 2002

Former SLAYER Drummer Officially Joins SYSTEMATIC!

Former SLAYER drummer Paul Bostaph has officially joined San Francisco Bay Area's SYSTEMATIC. As exclusively reported here on January 4th, Bostaph (who had also played with FORBIDDEN and TESTAMENT) has joined SYSTEMATIC as a replacement for Shaun Bannon, who was forced to leave the group last summer...
March 4, 2002

NICK MENZA: "I Was Fired From MEGADETH Two Days After Surgery"

Former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza has spoken out for the first time about the circumstances that led to his departure from the group back in 1998. In an interview published online by RockRage, Menza stated that [MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine] fired me on the phone two days after I had surgery on m...
February 19, 2002

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE Get NIRVANA Assistance, Pursue AMEN Side Project

Former NIRVANA drummer and FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl will sit behind the kit for QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE's comeback appearance at the West Hollywood club The Troubadour on March 7th. Dubbed An Evening of Communion and Fellowship, the show will be the group's first opportunity to perform a num...
February 18, 2002

SYSTEMATIC Confirm Bassist Departure, Prepare To Record Second CD

SYSTEMATIC manager Nick John of Rick Sales Management has confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET that the group have parted ways with bassist Nick St. Denis. No details have yet been divulged regarding St. Denis' departure, but an official press release will be issued shortly that should be more forthcoming...
January 28, 2002