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Pure Rock Newswire 02/06/03

By Sefany Jones, Contributing Editor
Thursday, February 6, 2003 @ 12:36 AM


A Summary Of News, Rumors And

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02/06/03

Mega music producer Phil Spector (Ramones, Beatles) had apparently met murder victim Lana Clarkson on Sunday, February 1st at the House of Blues in Hollywood, where Halford and Testament were performing. If you happened to have been in the Foundations Room (upstairs VIP lounge) that evening and saw Spector, please email the Editor.

Lollapalooza rumors! Artists such as Jane's Addiction, Queens Of The Stone Age, Audioslave, and Incubus are being tossed around as possible billing for the long-hiatused summer festival.

And the Ozzfest lineup rumors begin! Unconfirmed reports allege that this year’s festivities will include Black Sabbath, Korn, Marilyn Manson, Disturbed, Chevelle and Systematic.

Slayer’s forthcoming DVD, War At The Warfield, has been postponed for release from February 11th to February 25th.

Ted Nugent’s forthcoming live DVD, Full Bluntal Nugity Live, is slated for release on March 25th.

L/P -- the project of ex-Dokken mates Jeff Pilson and George Lynch -- are eyeing an April 22nd release for their album through Spitfire.

Dew-Scented will begin recording their next effort this Spring, with a tentative schedule to release the album in September through Nuclear Blast.

gODHEAD anticipate a May release for their next CD, to be released through Reality/Sony.

Dying Fetus are busy at work on their next album, Stop At Nothing, which will release sometime in late Spring through Relapse.

Cradle Of Filth are ready to release their CD, Damnation and a Day, on March 10th. The album features a 40-piece orchestra and a 32-piece choir from Budapest, Hungary.

Lita Ford will release her Greatest Hits Live on February 17th through SPV. The “hits” include: Nobody´s Child * Larger Than Life * What Do You Know About Love * Black Widow * Holy Man * Can’t Catch me * Falling In And Out Of Love * Bad Love * The Ripper * Close My Eyes Forever * Shot Of Poison * Hungry * Kiss Me Deadly * Rock Candy

Nikki Sixx and the Mrs., Donna D'Errico, will appear together on Hollywood Squares Monday, February 10th. Check your local CBS listings for times.

Chevelle will perform live on The Late Show With David Letterman on CBS, March 31st.

Coal Chamber will begin work on a “b-sides” album for Roadrunner Records that will consist of material from the 1st three CC albums, unreleased material, as well as some live material. More details to come soon.

Powerman 5000 might actually release an album this year! (Their 2001 effort, Anyone For Doomsday?, was yanked before it’s release.) The new CD, Transform, is scheduled for release on May 20th through Dreamworks.

Victory Records will be releasing a DVD, XdoaneX on February 11th, which will consist of the work of underground video director Darren Doane and will feature a number of interviews and such with Doane along with videos he directed for bands such as Shadows Fall, Poison the Well, Sick of It All, Atreyu and Project 86, among many others.

Producer Kevin Shirley (currently working with Iron Maiden) has been posting daily journals of the band’s progress on their forthcoming album. This particular session produced some interesting material which may turn up in the future: "We started the day [Tuesday, February 4th] trying to recut this tune of Steve [Harris] and Dave [Murray]’s which we were busy with on Monday, but Bruce [Dickinson] wasn't in, and the guys found it difficult to play without hearing the vocals. So... we took a break and they had a jam, a very rare occurrence for the band, and they got way funky too!!!!!! MAIDEN!!!!!! Yes sirree Bob!! And I recorded them, 4 jams in total, so look for them as B-sides somewhere down the track, and if you think they just throw-away tracks, you are mistaken - they may not be 'songs' as such, but you'll get a rare insight into their musicianship. Things got even sillier when Nicko [McBrain] (whilst doing some voices for a video-thingy) sang over a take of the previous day's song, without knowing the melody, and it is a riot!”

Okay, seriously, this time… Rob Zombie's long, long, long-awaited film, House of 1,000 Corpses, is finally slated to open April 11th in the U.S., with the accompanying soundtrack available March 18th, of which the latter will consist of 5 new Rob Zombie songs, and a “zombified” version of the disco song “Brickhouse” with Lionel Ritchie.

The new release date for the Queensryche re-releases of the EP, The Warning, Rage for Order and Operation: Mindcrime have been pushed out until April 22nd of this year. Additionally, vocalist Geoff Tate relays the following message: “So here is the lowdown -- studio, studio, studio, we're in recording mode right now, expecting to wrap in April/May for a June release and tour. We have dates booked in Europe for June and are planning on tour dates for the U.S. following in July.” More info on that as it becomes available.

Biohazard is counting on the health progress of vocalist Evan Seinfeld, who was recently hospitalized, as they ramp up to tour with Most Precious Blood and E-Town Concrete on selected dates:

03/19/03 Providence, RI Lupo's
03/20/03 New Haven, CT Toads Place
03/22/03 Towson, MD The Recher Theatre
03/27/03 Columbus, OH Al Rosa Villa
03/28/03 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection
03/29/03 Detroit, MI Harpo's
04/09/03 Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock
04/11/03 Pittsburgh, PA Club Laga

Killswitch Engage have the following UK gigs lined up:

04/04/03 Leeds, UK Cockpit
04/05/03 Glasgow, UK Garage
04/06/03 Manchester, UK University
04/07/03 Birmingham, UK Academy 2
04/09/03 London, UK Mean Fiddler
04/10/03 Brighton, UK Concorde 2

02/05/03

Spain's Serie Z Festival will be held at Jerez De La Frontera in Cádiz on Aug. 28-30. The promoters have announced a few of the confirmed acts, including Reverend Horton Heat, Jason and the Scorchers, The Streetwalkin' Cheetahs, C.O.C. side-project Leadfoot, and the reunited Rock City Angels. Other acts to be announced soon. Last year's lineup included Hanoi Rocks, Nashville Pussy, Raging Slab, Supersuckers, The Dictators, and many others. The Streetwalkin' Cheetahs, who have been on touring hiatus since last Spring, will likely play some surrounding Spain dates as well to support their upcoming album Gainesville.

Texas Terri and the Stiff Ones appear in the upcoming Gina Gershon flick Prey for Rock & Roll, which premiered at Sundance last week to rave reviews. Former Guns N' Ross members Slash, Duff and Matt Sorum joined Gershon onstage at the premier party for a short set of cover tunes.

The new Michael Monroe album, Whatcha Want, is out in Japan and features guest guitarist Adam Bomb. he is currently touring with the reformed Hanoi Rocks in Europe.

02/04/03

In Flames are set to join Mudvayne and Ministry on an upcoming US tour -- starting early March! More news and details to follow soon.

Vocalist Courtney Love was arrested today at London's Heathrow Airport after arriving on a Virgin trans-Atlantic flight because she had been “verbally abusive” to crew members.

Mega-produce Phil Spector, who had been charged with the murder of actress Lana Clarkson (Three’s Company, Happy Days, Fast Times at Ridgemont High), 42, has been released on bail of $1M. He will be defended by infamous attorney Robert Shapiro (OJ Simpson trial).

Ex-US president Bill Clinton will be on hand at the Rolling Stones gig this Friday in Los Angeles at the Staples Center to make a speech urging for firmer action against global warming.

Halford have sold out their February 28th gig at L’amour in Brooklyn, NY, and therefore have added a second show on March 1st!

It’s been strongly rumored that Metallica will join Linkin Park and Limp Bizkit for a round of stadium gigs in the US this summer. More info to come if that is confirmed.

Deicide, Amon Amarth, Behemoth (plus local support) have lined up a bunch of European gigs:

04/14/03 Hamburg, GER Markthalle
04/15/03 Kassel, GER Musiktheater
04/16/03 Ludwigsburg, GER Rockfabrik
04/17/03 Pratteln, SWI Z7
04/18/03 Innsbruck, AUT Hafen
04/19/03 Vienna, AUT Planet Music
04/20/03 Salzburg, AUT Rockhaus
04/21/03 Munich, GER Metropolis
04/22/03 Nuremberg, GER Hirsch
04/23/03 Bochum, GER Zeche
04/24/03 Hannover, GER Faust
04/25/03 Osnabruck, GER Works

Hate Eternal are currently in their hometown of Tampa, FL working on a video for “Powers That Be,” off their new album, King of All Kings.

Earache is preparing to unleash The Haunted’s new album, One Kill Wonder -- numerous Special Editions will be available on its release. Collectors everywhere should snap up the limited edition (10,000) 'Casebox' edition which contains the CD wrapped in 'Police Line' tape, as well as 6 'suspect cards' featuring the members of the band, all housed in a box set. Is unfortunately only available in UK and German stores and also via Earache’s webstore.

Crash Music has signed a four-album deal with Pennsylvania's Single Bullet Theory. The band hit the studio in Haverstraw New York, with James Murphy (Testament, Obituary, Death) and Freddy Ordine producing. “The end result is 10 of some of the heaviest metal to come out in a long time. Sort of a blend between Nevermore, In Flames, Hades and Soilwork.” The new CD will be called Route 666 and is scheduled to be in stores this spring. The band will support the release with a full US tour.

Nevermore are confirmed to play the first annual Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles' 6-Pack Weekend festival at The Odeon in Cleveland, Ohio the weekend of June 13th & 14th.

Slipknot are slated to be back in the studios recording in March. The new album will be more ‘tongue-in-cheek” and satirical, as opposed to the darker predecessor, Iowa.

The Doors (now being called “The Doors 21st Century”) will appear on NBC's Last Call with Carson Daly on February 12th. But just before that, The Doors will perform live in Los Angeles on February 7th at the Universal Amphitheater. Those of you in the mid-west and east coast can expect to see the band hitting major venues in Late April through mid May. In June, the band plans on touring Europe for a few weeks. Also look for the band to travel to Japan towards the end of July, and then hitting the U.S. again in the early fall. Exact dates will be posted once they are confirmed.

Nile will do a meet & greet at the Relapse Retail Store in Philadelphia, PA on February 9th @ 5PM (EST). They will also perform at The Trocadero later that night.

Chevelle will perform on the The Late Show With David Letterman on March 31st.

Marshall Kilpatric, former drummer of Today Is the Day, is now the official Crisis drummer. The band has been writing songs for the new Crisis album.

Gene Simmons (KISS) has re-activated his own label imprint, aptly titled Simmons Records. He is seeking new talent of several genres: "If you know of local talent in your area and want me to hear it, send [it to] me,” Simmons says. "I'm looking for talent in their teens or early twenties [in the pop genre]. You don't have to write songs, but you better have the talent. It can be almost anything." For rockers, "You should be able to write songs. If you're the coolest local band in your area, but you think you've got something different, send me your stuff.” “Don't send me the 'MC Criminal' routine," Simmons says about rappers. And as for country musicians, "If you're Shania [Twain] in her teens, send me your stuff." "I know there is talent out there that can't be put into a genre," Simmons acknowledges. "[But] if you're the next Moby or Prince, send me your stuff." Submissions can be sent to: Simmons Records, P.O. Box 15097, Beverly Hills, CA, 90210.

As many of you may have heard, the AOL Time Warner merger has been plummeting. Ted Turner is stepping down from his role as vice chairman, as some of the top executives who assembled the merger are gone, including America Online co-founder Steve Case, who announced his resignation as AOL-Time Warner chairman this month. Interestingly though, one of the few profitable divisions has been Warner Music.

Independents unite! The independent record trade associations of Australia (AIR), Canada (CIRPA) and the UK (AIM) have joined forces in a global partnership to create the World Independent Network (WIN), which will jointly represent music sales of up to $7.5B. The US and European associations, AFIM and IMPALA, have already committed to join the network, and other independent trade associations are being contacted to join. WIN exists to improve business networking opportunities between its members, enabling independents around the world to communicate and deal with each other. WIN's first initiative is to create a worldwide network of market resources which member labels can access, enabling them to better identify and contact partners in the territories represented. This will include a searchable database of member labels, industry statistics and information on charts, magazines, directories, web sites and events. David Williams, AIR's Chairman says, "Over the last three years we've seen AIR grow from 20 labels to 200 labels. That growth has been mirrored by the development of AIM in the UK and Impala in Europe. The formation of WIN extends those national networks to the world. Of course it's great for independent labels, but its also fantastic for anybody who likes music. It opens up the world for independent music."

Bon Jovi is slated to headline golf superstar Tiger Woods’ annual children’s charity event, Tiger Jam VI on April 19th at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, NV.

Motley Crue vocalist Vince Neil is offering $25,000 for America’s sexiest woman! Neil will be releasing his solo album, More Girls, Girls, Girls just before Valentine’s Day… in conjunction with that, Neil will host a talent search on February 13th at Jaguar’s Gentleman’s Club in Las Vegas, NV. Says Neil, “[It will be the] wildest, most erotic topless competition ever held" and he is looking for "the classiest, most beautiful, most talented and of course the sexiest girls." The contestants will be judged on four categories: original costume, lingerie, poise and personality and “The Lap Dance!”

Ozzy Osbourne is set to release The Essential Ozzy Osbourne on February 11th through Legacy/Sony:

DISC ONE: Crazy Train, Mr. Crowley, I Don't Know, Suicide Solution, Goodbye To Romance, Over The Mountain, Flying High, Diary Of A Madman, Paranoid, Bark At The Moon, You're No Different, Rock 'N' Roll Rebel, Crazy Babies, Miracle Man, Fire In The Sky, Breaking All The Rules

DISC TWO: Mama, I'm Coming Home, Desire, No More Tears, Time After Time, Road To Nowhere, I Don't Want To Change The World, Perry Mason, I Just Want You, Thunder Underground, See You On The Other Side (Album Version), Gets Me Through, Dreamer, No Easy Way Out

Stephen Pearcy just re-recorded “Round and Round” as the B-side to the new Social Intercourse single, “In Like Pink,” which is set for March release to radio.

Fu Manchu report the following: “A good friend of ours, "Handsome" Joel, doorman at Emo’s, rock music fan and all around good guy was killed a few days ago. He was hit by a drunk driver. Joel worked at Emo's in Austin, Texas. He always treated Fu Manchu great. Made sure that we were fully taken care of. We will miss Joel -- especially when we play in Austin.” – Scott [Hill, vocalist] and Fu Manchu.

And Motorhead report their own tragic news: “We have some very sad news from the Motorhead family. Long time Motorhead crew member Wayne Cossins passed away today after a long battle with cancer. Wayne was one of the nicest people that one could ever meet and he loved the band, the music and the fans. His smiling face will be missed by all. Our deepest condolences go out to his friends and family. Good bye Wayne... you will be missed.”

02/03/03

Writer Mitch Lafon got the following scoop from Steelheart vocalist Michael Matijevic: “I am currently working on my new album. I have written about forty songs to choose from for the new album. The most important thing is I found my true direction in music. I have also worked with the new Guns project -- Slash, Izzy [Stradlin], Duff [McKagan] and Matt [Sorum]. I have written melodies, lyrics and sang on four songs. Where will that go we do not know, we will see what the future beholds.”

Ministry’s forthcoming album, Animositisomina, is scheduled for release on February 18th through Sanctuary. They are beginning to line up tour dates – confirmed gigs so far are as follows:

02/16/03 El Paso TX Club Xcape
02/24/03 Amsterdam NET Paradiso
02/25/03 Oberhausen GER Turbinehalle
02/26/03 Berlin GER Columbiahalle
02/28/03 Paris FRA Elysee Montmarte
03/02/03 London UK Astoria

Machine Head have slated March 11th for their forthcoming live album, HellaLive. The album will include: “Bulldozer,” “The Blood, The Sweat, The Tears,” “Ten Ton Hammer,” “Old,” “Crashing Around You,” “Take My Scars,” “I'm Your God Now,” “None But My Own,” “From This Day,” “American High,” “Nothing Left,” “The Burning Red,” “Davidian” and “Supercharger.”

Vocalist/guitarist Adrian Belew (King Crimson) is currently recording with bassist/vocalist Les Claypool (Primus, Frog Brigade) and Danny Carey (Tool) on the West Coast. While recordings are in the works for a new project, there are other reports that Les and Danny will also appear on Adrian's next electric solo release. Live shows are hopefully in their/our future. More on this as things progress.

The new Pissing Razors guitarist has been chosen -- Matt Difabio (Single Bullet Theory) – adding to the line-up of drummer Eddy Garcia, bassist Rick Valles and vocalist Andre Acosta. The band is currently in the studio writing new material for the next album due out in March 2003. The tour will start at the New Jersey Metalfest on March 7th. Tour dates will be announced shortly.

Stereomud have slated March 4th as the release date for their forthcoming album, Every Given Moment.

Slaves On Dope will release their next album, Metafour, through MCA tentatively in May, 2003.

December have chosen bassist Zac Hatjakes to replace Asa Dakin. They will being touring this month with The Haunted and Stampin’ Ground in the UK. December drummer Jason Thomas says, “Zac is a terrifying monster whom the world will learn to fear."

Ice T's Body Count will be releasing a new album this year, despite the deaths of drummer Beatmaster V to leukemia and bassist Mooseman, who was killed in South Central gunfight.

Master of the 'Heavy Metal Funk' T.M. Stevens (Steve Vai, James Brown) will release his fourth CD, Shocka Zooloo, on February 4th on United One Records.

Drummer Ringo Starr (The Beatles) will release his solo album, Ringo Rama, on March 25th, 2003 through Koch Records. Featured guest appearances include: Eric Clapton, David Gilmour (Pink Floyd), Willie Nelson and Timothy Schmit (The Eagles).

You can now download Vader’s new video of recorded last year at the Summer Breeze Festival at www.vader.pl. Nuclear Blast is going to release a DVD from the festival very soon (April). Beside Vader there are also recordings of Hypocrisy, Dimmu Borgir, Sentenced, Samael, Paradise Lost, Tiamat among others. The entire list has not been confirmed yet.

Britny Fox tentatively plan to release their latest effort, Heavy Elements in July, 2003. The album is being produced by bandmemeber Tommy Paris and Michael Kelly Smith.

All That Remains, Nuclear Assault, Crematorium and Scar Culture have the follwing gigs together lined up:

02/03/03 Portland, OR Ash Street Saloon
02/04/03 Seattle, WA Graceland
02/11/03 Hagerstown, MD Wilson Ruritan
02/13/03 Virginia Beach, VA Hoopla's
02/14/03 Springfield, VA Jaxx
02/15/03 Worchester, MA Lucky Dog
02/16/03 Springfield, MA Fat Cat Music Hall
03/07/03 Manchester, NH Chantilly's
03/08/03 Irvington, NJ Cricket Club
03/09/03 Farmingdale, NY Downtown

Despite their recently-announced “hiatus,” Pitchshifter will release their live album, Bootlegged, Distorted, Remixed & Uploaded in March through the group's own PSI Records. For their final tour dates, click here.

King's X will release their latest album, Black Like Sunday, soon. The band will be using fan art for the album cover. More details as they are available.

40 Grit will be supporting King's X at the following show:

02/27/03 San Francisco, CA The Pound

01/28/03

Killswitch Engage are ramping up for their next album, which will be produced by their guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz. They hope to release it by October. In the meantime, they have a few gigs lined up in Japan with Shadows Fall :

02/23/03 Osaka, JAP Club Quattro
02/24/03 Nagoya, JAP Club Quattro
02/26/03 Tokyo, JAP Club Quattro

Since Lacuna Coil was unable to trek with Opeth due to immigration problems, they have lined up some domestic shows in Italy:

02/15/03 Cesena, ITA Vidia
02/22/03 Bergamo, ITA Motion
02/28/03 Athens, GRE TBA
03/01/03 Thessaloniki, GRE TBA
03/06/03 Milano, ITA Transilvania Live
03/07/03 Bassano Del Grappa, ITA La Gabbia
03/08/03 Prato, ITA Siddartha

Black Label Society have slated their forthcoming album, The Blessed Hellride, for release on April 22nd through Spitfire. Rob Zombie has been tapped to direct the video for the first single off the album, “Stillborn,” which will feature a guest appearance by Mr. Ozzy Osbourne.

In other Zakk Wylde news, the shredder cleaned up on the 2003 Guitar World Reader’s Poll: #1 “Most Valuable Player,” #2 “Best Metal,” and 1919*Eternal came in at #3 for “Best Metal Guitar Album.” Rob Zombie will appear at the Los Angeles Comic Book And Pop Culture Convention to answer questions and sign autographs on Saturday, February 1st.

Blind Guardian begins planning their summer festival attack:

06/06/03 Rijssen, Holland Lucky
06/07/03 Gelsenkirchen, Germany Amphitheater Festival Rock Hard Festival
06/08/03 Sölvesborg, Sweden Sweden Rock Festival Sweden Rock Festival
06/13 – 06/14/03 Coburg/Bamberg, Germany BGS Open Air Arena Blind Guardian Festival 2003

Judas Priest’s Live In London double-disc CD won’t be released until April 8th in the US… It has already been released in Europe.

This year’s Inferno Festival in Oslo, Norway will be on April 17th – 19th at the Rockefeller Music Hall. Artists scheduled to perform are: Carnal Forge, Children Of Bodom, Entombed, Immortal, Necrophagia, Opeth, Soilwork and Vader.

Slipknot has the following message: “Here's the deal. We have not nor are we breaking up. We're going to be getting together in the next few weeks to start writing the third album and plan on hitting the studio this spring. Expect a release sometime late this summer. We've got a new web page almost done, so keep checking back, as we'll have it up in the next few weeks. The new page will have more info on what's going on with the band. Stay sic, and we'll be seeing ya soon on the road again.” – Slipknot.

L/P, the ex-Dokken duo of guitarist George Lynch and bassist/vocalist Jeff Pilson, will release their debut self-titled album on April 8th through Spitfire. For more info, check out this interview with Jeff Pilson by Jeff Fishman.

A Perfect Circle crooner Maynard James Keenan has the following report: "On Jan. 17, 2003, a Perfect Circle reconvened to begin the writing/recording process. When it's done, you all will be the first to know. Actually...the second to know."

The OSI project – featuring Jim Matheos (Fates Warning), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater) and Kevin Moore (Chroma Key) – are set to release a limited edition 2-CD package on February 18th. The first disc includes: “The New Math (What He Said),” “OSI,” “When You're Ready,” “Horseshoes And B-52's,” “Head,” “Hello, Helicopter!” “ShutDOWN,” “Dirt From A Holy Place,” “Memory Daydreams Lapses” and “Standby (Looks Like Rain).” The bonus/multimedia CD includes: "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun" (Pink Floyd cover performed by Kevin Moore and Mike Portnoy), "New Mama"(Neil Young cover performed by Kevin Moore) and "The Thing That Never Was" (the original "Looks Like Rain" demo performed by Jim Matheos and Mike Portnoy). It also includes a concept piece directed and edited by Kevin Moore for "Horsehoes and B-52’s" as well as two separate documentary style clips shot at Carriage House Studios during the recording of the album.

Nevermore will enter the studios in Seattle with producer Kelly Gray (Queensryche). More info as that’s available.

In Flames are scheduled to be in Denmark by the end of May to begin pre-production on their next album, to be released in 2004.

Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root will appear at the Virgin Megastore in Birmingham, UK at 4:00 p.m. on February 21st to sign autographs.

Danzig have completed their first-ever DVD, which hopes to see a release this Spring. It is scheduled to contain videos from '92 - '93, including unreleased items, such as videos for "Sistinas" and "Bodies,” as well as outtakes from the filming of the "Dirty Black Summer" and "How The Gods Kill" videos.

Skid Row have added more gigs to their forthcoming tour. The full itinerary so far is as follows:

03/27/03 Rochester, NY Penny Arcade
03/28/03 Morristown, NJ Double D's
03/29/03 West Springfield, VA Jaxx
03/30/03 Virginia Beach, VA Hoopla's
04/03/03 Scranton, PA Tinks
04/04/03 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
04/05/03 Wantagh, NY Mulcahy's
04/11/03 Leominster, MA Liquid
04/12/03 Attleboro, MA Jarrod's
04/16/03 Muskegon, MI Rush Street
04/17/03 Battle Creek, MI Planet Rock
04/18/03 Flint, MI The Machine Shop
04/24/03 Glendale Heights, IL Shark City
04/25/03 Lemont, IL Sean Kaley’s

Exodus guitarist Gary Holt is looking to replace the recently-departed vocalist Steve Souza, who had re-joined the band for a year before deciding to split again: "It's hard to say what I want in a singer, because I don't wanna pigeon-hole. I know what I don't want -- Geoff Tate wannabes need not apply, Ripper Owens clones need not apply. But I don't wanna exclude everybody but the Phil Anselmo worshippers or the black metal people. I want someone who is brave enough to take chances." Interested vocalists can send their demos to:

Exodus
10026 San Pablo
El Cerrito, CA 94530
USA

Philm -- which features drummer Dave Lombardo (Slayer) -- have announced a couple of gigs:

02/19/03 San Pedro, CA Sacred Grounds
02/20/03 Hollywood, CA Knitting Factory
02/21/03 Hollywood, CA Knitting Factory
02/22/03 Victorville, CA The New Reflections

Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger has been a busy guy – not only has he been writing with country princess Faith Hill, but apparently he’s recording Elton John’s “Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)” with Kid Rock and metal shredder Dimebag Darrell (Pantera). Yes, you read this right! The track may potentially end up on the next Charlie’s Angels soundtrack.

Ex-AC/DC bass player Mark Evans was scheduled to be included in AC/DC’s Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame induction, but was snubbed at the last minute. A press release on Evans’ behalf is as follows: “Sydney's Sunday Sun-Herald newspaper reported an unprecedented backflip by the U.S. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It was proudly announced by the Hall of Fame on November 7th, 2002 that all current members of seminal blues-rock outfit 'AC/DC' plus foundation members Mark Evans (bass) and Bon Scott (vocals) would be inducted in March 2003. It was revealed today by Sunday Sun-Herald journalist Peter Holmes that in an unprecedented move the Hall of Fame has now retracted the nomination of Mark Evans. Despite his work featured on four classic albums released by the band (TNT, Dirty Deeds, Let There be Rock and High Voltage US release) that have amassed an amazing 30 million sales worldwide, Mark was offered no explanation for this astonishing turn around. Suzan Evans, Executive Director of the Hall of Fame, stated just prior to Christmas that Mark's inclusion, and the fact that this was widely publicized by the Hall of Fame since early November, was 'an error'. Many requests for clarification of this statement and an explanation of the extraordinary actions by the Hall of Fame have met with no success. The extreme embarrassment and personal hurt that this has caused Mark is obvious. We urge any admirers of the band to implore industry and media contacts to lobby the Hall of Fame in an attempt to have this situation rectified. Further, anyone in direct contact with the band should make them aware of this erroneous decision. They should be encouraged to bring pressure to bare on the board of the Hall of Fame so that Mark's nomination can be reinstated and he can take his rightful position alongside Bon & the current members.”

Sammy Hagar has the following sketchy message: “Lookout! There's an exciting announcement coming soon! The message from Sammy is: Redheads, Don't think that the announcement that is coming soon has to do with Van Halen. Stay Tuned!” –Sammy

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CKY Debut "Head For A Breakdown" Video
BLACK WATER RISING Get Electrified With New Album
HELLOWEEN Offer New Song, "Pumpkins United", As Free Download
STAGMA Unveil "Pokerface" Single, Lyric Video
TRIVIUM Stream New Song "Betrayer"
GRANNY 4 BARREL Releases "Freak Flag" Single, Video
Inaugural DEFENDERS OF THE NORTH Festival Announced For Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
ANVIL Will Be Pounding The Pavement With New Album
TENGGER CAVALRY Sign With NAPALM RECORDS, Unveil New Track
POWERMAN 5000 Releases "Cult Leader" Music Video
HELLA HORROR NIGHT Announced For Los Angeles
OMNIUM GATHERUM Stream New Single, "Blade Reflections"
WEDNESDAY 13 Unleashes "Cadaverous" Video
THROUGH FIRE Announces The 2017 "Breakout Tour"
HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD Debut "We Own The Night" Video
BIG DUMB FACE, Featuring LIMP BIZKIT Guitarist WES BORLAND, Returns With New Album, New Song
GRAVEN IMAGE Reissue Classic EP People In Hell Want Ice Water
A NIGHT IN TEXAS Announce The Release Of Their New Album Global Slaughter
THE SISTERS OF MERCY Guitarist BEN CHRISTO Reveals New Project DIAMOND BLACK
MONTE PITTMAN Launches "New Blood Keeps Us Alive" Video
RAM Releases "On Wings Of No Return" Video
PRETTY BOY FLOYD Return To Become Public Enemies
CRUISE TO THE EDGE 2018 Final Public Sale Begins
THE ATOMIC BITCHWAX Set To Release New Album Force Field
RED FANG Share "Not For You" Animated Video
ROCKTOPIA Announces Six Week Broadway Run
TONY HARNELL Announces Departure From TNT (Again)
DRAGONHAMMER Are "Fighting The Beast" With New Song
Chicago Prog Metallers DISSONA Cover Blade Runner’s “One More Kiss, Dear”
THE FRIGHT Unleash New "Oblivion" Single, Video
Original FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE Vocalist FRANCESCO PAOLI Returns To Band
TARJA Premieres "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" Video
SNAKEYES Reveal Artwork, Tracklist, Trailer For New Album Metal Monster
BLACK LABEL SOCIETY Confirm 2018 Tour Dates
SKILLET To Release Unleashed Beyond In November
EXHUMED Announces US Headlining Dates
VOODOO SIX Return With Make Way For The King Album
AVENGED SEVENFOLD Launch PINK FLOYD Cover Video For "Wish You Were Here"
MORBID ANGEL Reveal New Album Kingdoms Disdained
JUNKYARD Release "Cut From The Same Cloth" Video
REIGN OF VENGEANCE Announce The Release Of Their New EP The Final Aeon For All Humans
DEFECTO Return With New Album Nemesis, Single, Video For "Savage"
DAYS OF THE DEAD FEST Offer FREE Digital Sampler The Moshing Dead Vol.1 For 2017 Line Up
FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL Presents The 2017 HOLIDAY BASH In Los Angeles
TERROR UNIVERSAL Make Them Bleed With New Album





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