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RONNIE JAMES DIO: No Chance Of Reunion With RITCHIE BLACKMORE

Ronnie James Dio has shot down the possibility of a RAINBOW reunion with him at the microphone. Back in April 2000 the singer confirmed to Classic Rock magazine that the idea had been discussed, with a British record company rep flying to guitarist Ritchie Blackmore's Connecticut base to discuss mak...
February 7, 2004
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DEEP PURPLE Singer Explains JON LORD's Departure

DEEP PURPLE vocalist Ian Gillan recently spoke to Canada's Chart Attack about the departure of founding member Jon Lord and the addition his replacement, Don Airey (ex-RAINBOW, MSG, WHITESNAKE). "Now, how can I say this without in any way undermining the fact that we all adore Jon Lord?" Gillan offe...
February 6, 2004
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BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION Guitarist: 'It's Time To Start This Bastard Rollin!'

BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION guitarist Tracii Guns (L.A. GUNS) has issued the following update on the band's activities: "We had our European press day today, All the band members were present, we covered seven European territories. We just basically talked about everything from our past to our future and...
February 3, 2004
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SKYLARK To Release New Album In May

After a break of more than two years, Italian symphonic power metalers SKYLARK are finally ready to publish their new album. The group have inked a deal with the Italian label Scarlet Records and will release their new CD, "Wings", in May. The new record was mastered at the Sterling Sound studios in...
February 1, 2004
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UPDATED: Heavy Metal Stars Pick Their Favorite Albums Of 2003

Brazilian hard rock magazine Whiplash has compiled an **updated** list of more than 140 hard rock/heavy metal stars' favorite albums of 2003 and has posted it online at this location (scroll down the page). Some albums from 2002 were allowed, and the artists were asked to list anywhere from one to t...
January 31, 2004
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BLACKMORE'S NIGHT Singer Is 'Disappointed' The Group's DVD Hasn't Been Released

BLACKMORE'S NIGHT singer Candice Night (wife of former DEEP PURPLE/RAINBOW and current BLACKMORE'S NIGHT guitarist Ritchie Blackmore) has posted the following update regarding the group's long-delayed DVD: "We did record a DVD in two different German castles. We were told by our record company in Ge...
January 29, 2004
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Ex-KISS Guitarist On Being Shot: I Was Thinking About Selling My Pants On EBAY

Former KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick spoke to Australia's Beat magazine about being shot in the leg and grazed by a bullet to the head outside the Rainbow Bar and Grill nightclub on Los Angeles' famed Sunset Strip last October. "Well, considering what happened, I guess you can say I'm doing pretty wel...
January 28, 2004
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TAD MOROSE, NOCTURNAL RITES To Support EDGUY In Scandinavia

TAD MOROSE will join fellow Swedes NOCTURNAL RITES as special guests on the Scandinavian part of EDGUY's European tour in May. The band, whose latest album, "Modus Vivendi", was released in Europe in November, will also appear at the Decibel 2000 festival in Sweden in late May. "We are really lookin...
January 24, 2004
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GUITAR WORLD's 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists Of All Time

The March 2004 issue of Guitar World magazine includes a list of the 100 greatest heavy metal guitarists as selected by the magazine's staff. "This is not a list that ranks who can play the fastest or with the most taste, feeling or technique (although many players on our list have all of those arro...
January 23, 2004
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GRAHAM BONNET: Paladino's Gig Cancelled

Legendary vocalist Graham Bonnet (RAINBOW, MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, ALCATRAZZ, IMPELLITTERI, BLACKTHORNE) has been forced to cancel tonight's (Jan. 23) gig at Paladino's in Tarzana, California. According to a posting on his web site, "Graham has serious sinus infection and will be on antibiotics for...
January 23, 2004
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FORCE OF EVIL Announce Hometown Gig

FORCE OF EVIL, the new Danish all-star band featuring guitarist Michael Denner (ex-MERCYFUL FATE),guitarist Hank Shermann (MERCYFUL FATE),bassist Hal Patino (KING DIAMOND),drummer Bjarne Holm (MERCYFUL FATE),and vocalist Martin Steene (IRONFIRE),will be performing at the Vega concert hall in Co...
January 22, 2004
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JOE LYNN TURNER To Guest On VH1 CLASSIC

Singer Joe Lynn Turner (DEEP PURPLE, RAINBOW, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN) will be sharing compelling anecdotes and introducing classic pop and rock videos on cable channel, VH1 Classic, starting at 6:00 a.m. January 31. Turner's guest VJ shift will appear in segments throughout the weekend. He'll be joined by...
January 21, 2004
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APPICE/BAIN/CAVAZO Supergroup To Collaborate With BONHAM Singer

The new band featuring drummer Vinny Appice (ex-BLACK SABBATH, DIO),bassist Jimmy Bain (ex-DIO, RAINBOW) and guitarist Carlos Cavazo (ex-QUIET RIOT) are scheduled to do some writing with vocalist Chas West (BONHAM) this week, an informed source has told BLABBERMOUTH.NET. It is not presently clear i...
January 20, 2004
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DEEP PURPLE Keyboardist To Perform With Italian Tribute Band

DEEP PURPLE keyboardist Don Airey is due to play a show in Italy on January 23 at the Cinema Moderno, Montecosaro Scalo. He'll be joining the PERFECT STRANGERS band for a "tribute to his career," featuring music from his time with DEEP PURPLE, RAINBOW, WHITESNAKE and others. Click here to view the g...
January 4, 2004
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HAMERFALL Guitarist Reports From The ROCKFABRIK 20-Year-Anniversary Jam

HAMMERFALL guitarist Oscar Dronjak has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Happy holidays, Templars! As you might have gathered from the Forum, some of us were at the Rockfabrik in Ludwigsburg, Gemany, last weekend. The legendary club celebrated its 20-year anniversary, an...
January 4, 2004