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DREAM THEATER: New Batch Of 'Official Bootlegs' Now Available

Ytsejam Records is now accepting pre-orders for the second installment of the DREAM THEATER "official bootlegs", which include: "When Day and Dream Unite Demos 1987-1989" (Demo Series),"Tokyo, Japan 10/28/95" (Live Series),and "Master of Puppets" (Covers Series). Pre-orders are expected to begin s...
March 8, 2004

LIVE AID Concert Featuring SABBATH, PRIEST, ZEPPELIN To Be Released On DVD

The historic Live Aid concert, featuring performances by BLACK SABBATH, JUDAS PRIEST, QUEEN, THE WHO and LED ZEPPELIN, will be released on DVD after chief organizer Bob Geldof discovered pirate copies were being sold on the Internet, according to the Scotsman. The 1985 event, which was held in Londo...
March 8, 2004

Former NIRVANA Bassist To Tie The Knot?

According to an article in the Tacoma News Tribune, former NIRVANA bassist Krist Novoselic has applied for a marriage license through the Pierce County Auditor's office on Feb. 23. The female applicant is listed as 41-year-old artist Darbury Ayn Stenderu. The couple could not be reached for comment,...
March 8, 2004

Review: VELVET REVOLVER Meet The Challenge On Much-Anticipated 'Contraband'

Jon Wiederhorn of has posted a review of VELVET REVOLVER's much-anticipated debut album, "Contraband", due on May 18 through RCA Records. "In some ways 'Contraband' is the sum of its parts," he writes. "Slash fires off an arsenal of bluesy metal riffs and serpentine solos, [Duff] McKagan and...
March 1, 2004


METALLICA have made it to No. 5 on Rolling Stone magazine's "2004 Rock Rich List", with an estimated income last year of $39.1 million. "METALLICA rank with THE BEATLES in the top five catalog sellers of the year, with 1.6 million copies of their old albums moving in the U.S.," the magazine writes....
February 26, 2004

Updated: Top-Selling Hard Rock Artists According To NIELSEN SOUNDSCAN

Metal Sludge has posted an updated list of total sales figures for a variety of their favorite artists, according to Nielsen SoundScan (13 more bands have been added since the original list was published). Although the SoundScan numbers are generally indicative of the bands' overall popularity, they...
January 30, 2004

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

METALLICA Drummer Says He Has No Opinion On RIAA Crackdown On Music File Swappers

METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich was recently asked by Live Daily for his opinion abut the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) crackdown against Internet users it says are illegally sharing songs. "I was talking to my manager Cliff Bernstein about it yesterday on the phone," Ulrich said. "...
December 30, 2003


DISINCARNATE and NAILBOMB's classic debuts will be issued in new "remastered" editions, featuring bonus material, including rare b-sides and demo tracks, as well as brand new artwork and liner notes. Due in late February through Roadrunner Records, DISINCARNATE's "Dreams Of The Carrion Kind" (featur...
December 19, 2003

ROLLING STONE Magazine Publishes 'Greatest Albums Of All Time' List

The editors at Rolling Stone magazine recently polled an array of musicians, critics, and influential industry figures to come up with these 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time. Nearly 300 such music experts (including METALLICA's James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, BLACK SABBATH's Geezer Butler and Bill Wa...
December 2, 2003

CORETEZ Reveal Band Lineup For Long Island Gig

CORETEZ, the new group featuring former ILL NINO members Roger Vasquez (vocals) and Marc Rizzo (guitar, also in SOULFLY),have announced their band lineup for the group's live debut, which is scheduled to take place on November 13 at The Downtown Farmingdale, New York. Also performing on the bill wi...
November 8, 2003

KISS/AEROSMITH Concert Grosses Revealed

The following are some of the latest concert grosses for the KISS/AEROSMITH tour, as reported by Billboard magazine: Artist/Event: AEROSMITH & KISS, SALIVA Venue: Hyundai Pavilion at Glen Helen City/State: Devore, Calif. Event Dates: Oct. 18, 2003 Gross Sales: $1,405,752 Attendance/Capacity: 20,...
November 6, 2003


Winnipeg-based BURNTHE8TRACK have inked a deal with Abacus Recordings. The four-piece, whose members include brothers Derek and Jason Kun, Sam Osland and Mike Goreski, formed in the summer of 2001. In the last two years they have opened for a number of high-profile artists, including PROPAGHANDI, TH...
October 14, 2003

TOMMY LEE Is 'An Illustrated Man'

Former MÖTLEY CRÜE drummer Tommy Lee has reportedly set "An Illustrated Man" as the title for his upcoming autobiography, now due in the spring through Atria Books, the hardcover imprint of Simon & Schuster. As previously reported, the book, which was originally rumored to have been titled "Ragz...
October 10, 2003

MACHINE HEAD To Issue Limited-Edition Two-Disc Version Of New Album

MACHINE HEAD's fifth studio album, "Through The Ashes Of Empires", will be released as a standard as well as a limited-edition double CD. Due in Europe on October 27 through Roadrunner Records, the follow-up to 2001's "Supercharger" was recorded at Sharkbite studios in Oakland, California, and featu...
October 2, 2003