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HAGAR/ROTH Summer Tour: It's On!

According to Hits Daily Double, the proposed summer outing featuring former VAN HALEN vocalists David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar is a done deal, with the initial dates due to be announced in the coming weeks. ...
March 20, 2002

DAVE LEE ROTH And SAMMY HAGAR To Embark On Co-Headlining US Tour

According to the official web site of former VAN HALEN frontman Sammy Hagar, he and another ex-VAN HALEN singer, Dave Lee Roth, are talking about doing a co-headlining tour this summer. “Sammy was blown away at how well they got along together,” states the message on Hagar's site. “Sammy says: 'If t...
March 16, 2002


Longtime DEEP PURPLE keyboardist Jon Lord has left the band. According to bassist Roger Glover, “Jon has told us he plans to retire from active participation in DEEP PURPLE. We wish him the best. The moment cannot pass without a personal comment. It is sad that Jon has come to this difficult decisio...
March 16, 2002

KORN Frontman To Auction Off Couch For Make A Wish Foundation

KORN frontman Jonathan Davis is offering his couch to the highest bidder on Startrader. A portion of the proceeds will be donated t to the Make A Wish foundation. To view a photo of Jon on the actual couch in his home in L.A., click here. To proceed to the auction, go to ...
March 12, 2002

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