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The surprising commercial success of SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor's STONE SOUR project has led to much speculation with regards to his status in SLIPKNOT and the possibility that he may leave the group to focus on STONE SOUR full-time (which Taylor has thus far denied). When recently asked by Aust...
December 20, 2002

NICKELBACK Pass Two-Million Mark In Europe

NICKELBACK's "Silver Side Up" CD has passed the two-million mark in albums shipped in Europe, according to the band's label, Roadrunner Records. Meanwhile, the album is said to be approaching five-million copies sold in the U.S., where the group's previous album, "The State", was awarded gold status...
December 19, 2002

SLIPKNOT's 'Disasterpieces' Nearing Platinum Status

SLIPKNOT's "Disasterpieces" DVD debuted last month at No. 3 on Billboard's Top Video Chart and is rapidly approaching platinum-shipment status (100,000 copies),according to the band's label, Roadrunner Records. The Des Moines, Iowa-based nine-piece, whose last album, "Iowa", came out in August 2001...
December 16, 2002

ACE FREHLEY: No Plans To Rejoin KISS

Despite widespread rumors to the contrary, guitarist Ace Frehley has no plans to rejoin KISS in time for their appearance at the Kiss Symphony concert in late February. Frehley, who is believed to be working on a solo album for a late 2003 release, told Eddie Trunk, host of a New York hard rock radi...
December 11, 2002

FINNTROLL Announce New Singer

Finland's FINNTROLL have enlisted singer Tapio Wilska as the permanent replacement for Katla, who was forced to step down as vocalist earlier in the year due to problems with his vocal cords. Wilska had previously fronted a number of acts, including SETHIAN and WIZZARD, and had done session work wit...
December 10, 2002

ELVENKING Announce New Singer, Prepare To Record CD

Italian "pagan metal" act ELVENKING have announced the addition of singer Kleid and violinist/keyboardist Elyghen to the group's ranks. Kleid replaces Damnagoras, who left the band in August due to health reasons, while Elyghen had previously worked with the group in a session musician capacity and...
November 28, 2002

TED NUGENT For Governor?

TED NUGENT is reportedly considering a bid for the governor of Michigan in 2006. Following the recent election of Jennifer Granholm as Michigan governor, radio station WOOD-AM in Grand Rapids asked its listeners who they'd like to see oppose her in four years. The survey is still going on, but Nugen...
November 16, 2002

WATCHTOWER Singer: It Might Take Years To Complete New Album

WATCHTOWER frontman Jason McMaster has posted the following update on the status of the band's long-awaited new CD, "Mathematics". "Attention... Since we have released the information about WATCHTOWER releasing an ALL NEW CD... 'Mathematics' .. people will not leave it alone. They won't let WATCHTOW...
November 7, 2002


Former DEATH/CONTROL DENIED and current TESTAMENT/SADUS bassist Steve DiGiorgio has released an update on his official web site on the status of the much-anticipated SUICIDE SHIFT project (featuring DiGiorgio, SADUS guitarist Darren Travis, and TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy) and the possibility of...
November 6, 2002

BLACK SABBATH Drummer Speaks Out On Upcoming Solo Album

BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward has released a lengthy update via his official web site on the status of his upcoming solo album, "Beyond Aston", his Internet-only single, "Straws", his health and the possibility of future live appearances. "My company, Aston Cross Music, Inc., is making 2,000 copie...
November 5, 2002

A New QUEEN On Hollywood Boulevard

Legendary rock group QUEEN — John Deacon, Brian May, Roger Taylor and the late Freddie Mercury — will be honored with their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday, October 18th. The star will recognize the unparalleled achievements of the band which dominated three generations of music his...
October 17, 2002

PAUL STANLEY On Playing KISS Songs With Orchestra: 'It Would Be Stunning'

KISS frontman Paul Stanley has all but confirmed the rumors of a special KISS concert to be performed with an orchestra in Australia (possibly Melbourne) next March. Speaking to Undercover, Stanley said that if the concert does happen, "it would be an event to remember and it would be stunning. What...
October 7, 2002

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Get Offered KROKUS Tour, Seek New Vocalist

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM have been offered a west coast tour with veteran Swiss rockers KROKUS, according to drummer Craig Nielsen. However, seeing as the Arizona-based metallers have yet to find a permanent replacement for frontman Eric A.K., it is unlikely that they will accept the offer. "We actually w...
October 6, 2002

TYPE O NEGATIVE Skip Halloween Show, Prepare To Enter Studio

TYPE O NEGATIVE will enter Systems II Studios in Brooklyn, New York at the end of the month to commence recording the long-awaited follow-up to 1999's World Coming Down CD. As a result, the band will not be doing their traditional shows to celebrate Halloween and will instead focus all their attenti...
October 3, 2002

MÖTLEY CRÜE To Say Farewell At OZZFEST 2003?

MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx is hoping to launch the group's farewell tour at next year's Ozzfest, according to NEUROTICA frontman Kelly Shaefer, who spoke to Sixx at the San Bernardino stop of this year's traveling festival. The following account is taken from Shaefer's online diary, as posted at...
September 17, 2002