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DOUG ALDRICH Says He's 'Not Sure' About His Future With DIO

During an AOL chat conducted last night (Feb. 17),WHITESNAKE/DIO guitarist Doug Aldrich alluded to a possible scheduling conflict between his upcoming WHITESNAKE touring activities and the songwriting sessions for the next DIO album, potentially jeopardizing his status in the latter band. "Ronnie [...
February 18, 2003
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ANGEL WITCH Members Embroiled In War Of Words Over Band's Current Status

A war of words has erupted between former members of the legendary NWOBHM band ANGEL WITCH and the group's founder, Kevin Heybourne, who recently announced plans to carry on in an all-new version of the band. In a brief message posted on the official web site for the group's previous incarnation, ww...
February 16, 2003
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DAVE ELLEFSON Speaks Out On Life After MEGADETH

Former MEGADETH bassist Dave Ellefson recently spoke to Guitar.com about his past accomplishments, his instruments of choice, and his decision to take a full-time day-gig in Artist Relations with Peavey. The following are some of the highlights from that interview: On MEGADETH's current status: "Wel...
February 15, 2003
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HALFORD Suspend Bassist Search

HALFORD have suspended their bassist search pending the outcome of current four-stringer Ray Riendeau's ongoing discussions with the band's management regarding his status in the group. Says HALFORD manager John Baxter: "Ray and I have had numerous conversations since late December 2002 regarding hi...
February 11, 2003
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MARCH METAL MELTDOWN 5 Expands To Three Days

For the first time in its five years, March Metal Meltdown will expand to three days of metal mayhem, as the festival takes over the Cricket Club Complex in Irvington, N.J., the weekend of March 7-9. "We wanted to get closer to the Big Apple," said promoter Jack Koshick. "As soon as we heard Convent...
February 10, 2003
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MEDICATION's BLUNT Speaks Out On Tour Cancellation, Future Plans

MEDICATION guitarist Blunt (ex-ADAYINTHELIFE) has addressed the reasons for the cancellation of the group's European tour and the band's current status in the following message posted on the group's official web site: "Hello everyone, "I feel I should say something about what is going on. I must say...
February 7, 2003
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METALLICA And LIMP BIZKIT Speak Out On Vacancies, Upcoming Tour

MTV.com has posted a report from yesterday's press conference in Los Angeles at which members of METALLICA, LIMP BIZKIT and LINKIN PARK announced their upcoming tour, dubbed Summer Sanitarium. The following are some of the more interesting statements made at the conference: On who will play guitar f...
February 6, 2003
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MEDICATION's MADER Speaks Out On Tour Cancellation, Future Plans

MEDICATION guitarist Logan Mader (formerly of MACHINE HEAD/SOULFLY) has addressed the reasons for the cancellation of the group's European tour and the band's current status in the following message posted on the semi-official Logan Mader web site www.loganmader.com: "Hi Everyone, "I wanted to take...
February 3, 2003
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ROB HALFORD: More Visa Delays Put This Weekend's Shows In Jeopardy

With only a couple of days to go before the first of the rescheduled HALFORD West Coast dates is due to take place, former JUDAS PRIEST frontman Rob Halford has yet to receive the required paperwork needed in order to enable him to re-enter the country from his native U.K., where he has been since ....
January 29, 2003
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KROKUS Debut At Swiss #1!

Veteran hard rockers KROKUS have debuted at #1 on the Swiss album chart with their latest effort, "Rock The Block". The CD, which was recorded at Soundlake Studio in Lausanne, Switzerland, is the group's first since being rejoined by vocalist Marc Storace. KROKUS still stand as the only Swiss rock b...
January 28, 2003
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NICKELBACK Singing Record Label's Praises

NICKELBACK have boosted Roadrunner Records to a status to compete with the major labels of the record business. Thanks to NICKLEBACK's Grammy nomination for "How You Remind Me" and "Silver Side Up" selling several million copies, the band and the label are both gaining notoriety. It hasn't all been...
January 28, 2003
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Updated: PANTERA, Ex-HALFORD Members Join Forces In NEW FOUND POWER

PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell and drummer Vinnie Paul have teamed up with DIESEL MACHINE/ex-HALFORD guitarist Patrick Lachman (on vocals!) and ex-JERRY-CANTRELL guitarist Shawn Matthews (on bass) in a brand new band called NEW FOUND POWER. The group are said to be in the process of writing mater...
January 21, 2003
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MARCH METAL MELTDOWN 5: More Confirmations Announced

More artists have been confirmed for the upcoming March Metal Meltdown 5 festival, set to take place Mar. 7-8 at The Cricket Club in Irvington, New Jersey. The following is a list of bands (in alphabetical order) that have so far been "confirmed" to appear at March Metal Meltdown 5: 7 WITCHES ALL TH...
January 20, 2003
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ICED EARTH Sign With SPV/STEAMHAMMER!

Veteran Florida metal act ICED EARTH have inked a new worldwide deal with SPV/Steamhammer Records. The band are presently working on their new studio album, "Glorious Burden", due in late summer/early fall. ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer had the following to say regarding the signing: "Well people,...
January 16, 2003
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IRON MAIDEN: The CLIVE BURR TRUST FUND Update

IRON MAIDEN's official web site, www.ironmaiden.com, has posted an update on the status of the Clive Burr Multiple Sclerosis Trust Fund, created in early 2002 to benefit former MAIDEN drummer Clive Burr. Burr is suffering from multiple sclerosis — a disease of unknown cause. The disorder is causing...
January 16, 2003