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PRIMAL FEAR Comment On European Tour Postponement, Confirm WACKEN Appearance

German power metallers PRIMAL FEAR, who were scheduled to support ICED EARTH on a European tour beginning next month, have issued the following statement regarding the tour's postponement: "Life could be tough, but this situation is not funny. Health has first priority and [ICED EARTH guitarist] Jon...
February 4, 2004
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ICED EARTH: European Tour Postponed

ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "Hello All, "As some of you may have heard I recently had lower back surgery. It seemed early on that things were going well with my recovery, however in recent weeks a new problem has developed. I will...
February 4, 2004
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M.O.D. Announce New Guitarist

M.O.D., the band led by former S.O.D. frontman Billy Milano, have announced the addition of guitarist Jon Aaron to the group's ranks. "Basically, I sent a demo to Billy Milano for his production ad that was on his website www.BillyMilano.com," the 22-year-old said of the circumstances that led to hi...
February 4, 2004
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THE JON OLIVA PROJECT To Release Debut CD In May

THE JON OLIVA PROJECT, consisting of SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva and former members of CIRCLE II CIRCLE, will issue their debut album in May. An extensive tour throughout Europe and the U.S. will follow the release. The group's live performances will cover material from Oliva's solo CD as well as...
February 4, 2004
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BILLY SHEEHAN Schedules Bass Clinics

Legendary bassist Billy Sheehan (DAVE LEE ROTH, MR. BIG, TALAS) has lined up a bunch of bass clinics (instructional seminars) in Southeast Asia in February. "I'm taking a break from my recording to do these, but I'll be right back to finishing my second solo CD, a new NIACIN CD, and much more when I...
February 4, 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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MASTERPLAN Honored With European Border Breakers Award

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande, were honored with a European Border Breakers Award at this year's MIDEM convention in Cannes, France. The European Border Breakers Awards are a E...
January 30, 2004
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LO-PRO On The Road With STAIND: Video Available

Geffen Records is currently hosting a short video clip of LO-PRO on the road with STAIND. Check out the two-minute, 20-second clip at the following locations: Real Media: High-Speed, Low-Speed Windows Media: High-Speed, Low-Speed LO-PRO is the new project featuring former ULTRASPANK members Pete Mur...
January 30, 2004
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THE JON OLIVA PROJECT To Participate In Online Chat

SAVATAGE mastermind Jon Oliva and the rest of THE JON OLIVA PROJECT (featuring former members of CIRCLE II CIRCLE) will be participating in an online chat from the Audio Lab Studios in Tampa, FL on Monday, February 2 at 7:30 p.m. EST. The chatroom is located at Jon's official web site, www.jonoliva....
January 29, 2004
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ICED EARTH's SCHAFFER: MATT BARLOW Wasn't Comfortable Playing The Rock-Star Role

ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer recently spoke to Russia's Darkside e-Zine about the group's split with vocalist Matt Barlow during the recording sessions for their new album, "The Glorious Burden". Asked about Matt's official statement announcing his departure band — in which he cited the tragic ev...
January 28, 2004
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Report: KELLY OSBOURNE 'Doing It' for ABC Pilot

Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Kelly Osbourne is making her first foray into scripted series with ABC's drama pilot "Doing It". Based on British author Melvin Burgess' controversial young-adult novel, "Doing It" centers on the sexual antics of three 16-year-old Seattle boys: Dino (Sean Farris)...
January 27, 2004
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PROFESSIONAL MURDER MUSIC, CROOKED To Tour Together

PROFESSIONAL MURDER MUSIC and CROOKED will be teaming up for the "All Things Lost Tour 2004" beginning in early February. CROOKED will be playing without drummer Gerry Sayong, who recently left the group to focus on his family. Angel from GENITORTURERS will be filling in for the tour, but CROOKED wi...
January 27, 2004
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Former RADAKKA Members Launch New Project

SLICK, the Illinois-based band featuring former members of RADAKKA and REBELS WITHOUT APPLAUSE, have launched their official web site at www.slickband.com. Consisting of Dean Maltese (lead vocals, bass),Jon Dobbs (guitar, backing vocals),Mark Alano (guitar) and Frank Alongi (drums, backing vocals)...
January 27, 2004
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ICED EARTH's SCHAFFER Explains Guitarist's Departure

ICED EARTH mainman Jon Schaffer recently spoke to Guitar World magazine about the departure of guitarist Larry Tarnowski prior to the recording of the group's latest CD, "The Glorious Burden". According to Schaffer, Tarnowski, an ICED EARTH member for five years, left before the recording sessions a...
January 25, 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