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STEVE VAI To Perform Live With NELLY FURTADO At Grammy Awards

Legendary axeman Steve Vai (i.e. DAVE LEE ROTH, WHITESNAKE) will perform with NELLY FURTADO at the 44th Annual Grammy Awards, which are scheduled to air live at 8:00 PM via CBS on Wednesday, February 27th from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Other performers include U2, ALICIA KEYS, THE DAVE MATT...
February 26, 2002

MASTERPLAN In Final Recording Stage For Upcoming Debut

MASTERPLAN, featuring former HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN singer Jorn Lande, will start tracking the vocals to their full-length debut today, February 25th, with producer Andy Sneap for a tentative summer release through an as-yet-unde...
February 25, 2002

Former TESTAMENT Duo Rejoin Forces In PUSHED

Former TESTAMENT/SLAYER drummer Jon Dette and ex-TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian have rejoined forces in PUSHED, a Southern California-based five-piece whose current two-song demo CD is an aggressive-yet-melodic affair that showcases the group's excellent musicianship without relying on speed to ge...
February 23, 2002

TESTAMENT/SADUS Bassist Confirms Brazilian THRASH OF THE TITANS Appearance

TESTAMENT/SADUS bassist Steve DiGiorgio has confirmed the two bands' involvement in the upcoming South American installment of the Thrash Of The Titans festival, which is presently scheduled to take place on April 20th in Sao Paulo, Brazil. According to DiGiorgio, we just signed the performance agre...
February 22, 2002

DAVE LEE ROTH Switches Guitarists (Again)

DAVE LEE ROTH has been rejoined by guitarist Bart Walsh two weeks after the guitarist quit the group for undisclosed reasons. It is not presently clear what the future plans of Bart's replacement, Toshi Hiketa, are. ROTH has been reportedly been shopping his latest project to prospective labels, but...
February 20, 2002

BILLY, DIGIORGIO, TRAVIS To Begin Tracking Debut CD Shortly For Fall Release

The new as-yet-unnamed project featuring TESTAMENT/SADUS bassist Steve DiGiorgio, SADUS frontman Darren Travis and TESTAMENT vocalist Chuck Billy are still in the songwriting stage and expect to enter the studio in the next couple of months to begin laying down their debut album for a fall release t...
February 16, 2002

NILE To Enter Studio In Early March, July Release Expected

Acclaimed death metallers NILE will enter Soundlab Studios in Columbia, South Carolina on March 4th to record their third full-length CD, tentatively titled In Their Darkened Shrines. Eight tracks have been written so far for the album, which is set to feature nearly an hour's worth of music. Among...
February 13, 2002

Former LOVE/HATE Frontman Makes Rarities Available Online

Former LOVE/HATE and current RATT frontman Jizzy Pearl has made available for download via his official web site LOVE/HATE's entire fourth album, I'm Not Happy, as well as a host of LOVE/HATE demos recorded at various points during the band's career. According to Pearl, “I have included the fourth L...
February 12, 2002

ICED EARTH Busted "Smuggling" Merchandise Into Hungary, Cancel Budapest Gig

ICED EARTH were forced to cancel their planned appearance in Budapest, Hungary on Friday, February 8th after the band were caught “smuggling” merchandise and pyrotechnic material into Hungary by the border officials, who held the entire group in custody for a 36-hour period before letting them proce...
February 11, 2002

MASTERPLAN Continue Work On Debut CD

MASTERPLAN, the new project formed by former HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow and drummer Uli Kusch, are preparing to return to the studio on February 25th to complete the vocals and solo parts for their upcoming debut CD, which is tentatively scheduled to be released in early summer. The group are...
February 9, 2002

DAVID LEE ROTH Announces New Guitarist

Japanese guitarist Toshinori Toshi Hiketa is the new guitarist for DAVID LEE ROTH, according to an official statement by DAVID LEE ROTH drummer Ray Luzier. Toshi and I have been bros and have played together in various projects for a few years now, Luzier commented. He was asked to join last year as...
February 7, 2002

VAN HALEN: "Weighing All Options" Following Split With Warner Bros.

VAN HALEN are "currently weighing all the options and seeing what the future brings, [but] it's still premature to say where the band will go [following their split with longtime label Warner Bros. Records]," the group's attorney, Alan Mintz, told Billboard magazine. According to Mintz, VAN HALEN wi...
February 2, 2002

HELLOWEEN Announce Compilation Details

HELLOWEEN have confirmed that their upcoming Best Of double-CD set will be called Treasure Chest and it will have a lot of special packaging, making it a nice collector's item for any HELLOWEEN fan new or old. All of the songs have been remixed and remastered to modern standards. The full track list...
January 30, 2002

Ex-SKUNK ANANSIE Drummer Rumored To Have Joined FEEDER

Former SKUNK ANANSIE drummer Mark Richardson is strongly rumored to have joined FEEDER as a replacement for the late Jon Lee, who tragically committed suicide earlier this month. No official announcement has yet been made on the matter. ...
January 30, 2002

ANDY "Undie" SNEAP Shoots From The Hip!

It's been quite some time since we last got an official update from former SABBAT guitarist and acclaimed producer Andy Undie Sneap, so in the interest of making up for lost time, we will let this English fool fill us in what he's been up to. And while at it, we'll even let him have ...
January 29, 2002