Pure Rock Newswire 02/20/03

By Sefany Jones, Contributing Editor
Thursday, February 20, 2003 @ 12:12 AM

A Summary Of News, Rumors And

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Superjoint Ritual are slated to begin recording their follow up to 2002’s debut album, Use Once and Destroy in March.

Pantera’s official web site gives the following update: “Many of you have been asking what is happening with Pantera. Well the guys all have other stuff they are working on at the moment. Vinnie & Dime are hard at work on a New Found Power record. Philip & Rex are at home at the moment. When there is more to tell, I will post it here. There are a few things going on you should know about. “Riffer Madness” is finally going to hit the shelves. It's a book that has all of the lessons Dime did in Guitar World Magazine. I will post the release date as soon as we get it. Also, Dragonfly Clothing is doing a line of Pantera Merchandise!. That will be coming soon too. In the meantime check out all the other stuff that Dragonfly sells.”

Black Label Society will head out on tour with Nashville Pussy and Meldrum before BLS’s Zakk Wylde goes on tour with Ozzy Osbourne this summer. Ozzy’s bassist Robert Trujillo will fill in on bass with BLS on this tour. Confirmed dates so far are:

03/28/03 Sacramento, CA The Roadhouse
03/29/03 Ventura, CA Ventura Theatre
03/30/03 Palo Alto, CA The Edge Nightclub
04/01/03 Los Angeles, CA Key Club
04/03/03 Las Vegas, NV Huntridge Theatre
04/04/03 Tucson, AZ City Limits
04/05/03 Tempe, AZ Bash on Ash
04/06/03 Albuquerque, NM Midnight Rodeo
04/08/03 San Diego, CA 4th & B
04/09/03 Santa Ana, CA Galaxy Theatre

Helloween are getting ready to release their latest studio effort, Rabbit Don’t Come Easy, tentatively on April 6th. Here’s the catch: there are 3 different drummers on the album. Drummer Mark Cross recently announced his departure after recording on 2 tracks, so then Mikkey Dee (Motorhead) stepped in and completed the rest. However, Stefan Schwarzmann (ex-Accept, ex-UDO) was then tapped to officially replace Cross, and laid down percussion on the bonus/B-side tracks which may appear on the forthcoming album!

The initial tour dates for Ministry, In Flames and Mudvayne are beginning to filter in:

03/08/03 Pittsburgh, PA Metropol
03/10/03 Hartford, CT Webster Theater
03/11/03 Clifton Park, NY Northern Lights
03/12/03 Pittson, PA Staircase
03/14/03 Norfolk, VA Norva Theater
03/15/03 Orlando, FL House Of Blues

All Cold fans come to Minneapolis on Saturday, February 22nd to appear in the "Stupid Girl" video! Stay tuned to coldonline.com for more details.

Rage excpect to release their forthcoming studio album, Soundchaser, sometime in late summer. They are slated to begin recoding in April in Spain.

AC/DC will be inducted into the Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame on March 10th in New York City. Aerosmith’s Stephen Tyler will do the actual honors.

Although Halford announced they have replaced former guitarist Pat Lachman with Chad Tarrington, they have decided to keep their temporary fill-in, Roy Z. on permanently for the remainder of their early spring tour dates. Tarrington will join Halford in the summer to see how things work out, although they will continue to audition guitarists to be sure they’ve covered all potential candidates.

In other Halford news, they will be joining Testament and Death Angel, Vio-lence, Exhumed, Cattle Decapitation and Implaed at this year’s Bay Area Thrash Festival on March 29th in San Francisco, CA at the Avalon Ballroom.

Mushroomhead are currently in the studio working on their next album with producer Johnny K. (Machine Head). They anticipate a fall release date.

King’s X are scheduled to begin touring in May with Fishbone, and a possible European tour thereafter. Their latest effort, Black Like Sunday, is scheduled for release in mid-spring through Metal Blade. Also! Please not that King's X gig in Portland on February 26th has been CANCELLED, due to circumstances beyond their control.

Dio’s forthcoming live DVD, Dio’s Evil or Divine, is set to release on April 22nd through Eagle Vision.

Bassist Jason Newsted (Voivod) had some “words” regarding his former band, Metallica, in a recent interview with Britain’s Rock Sound Magazine: "It's a joke, I think Metallica are just a joke. I don't think they have any idea. I am fan of Metallica again, I did my thing in there and felt good and I'm proud of that shit and I am more proud than sour. But that's the integrity down the fucking tube! Why can't they take out Strapping Young Lad, why can't they take out In Flames? What they are doing now is such an obvious cash thing and has nothing to do with the music that we're supposed to be fighting for. [Guitarist] Kirk [Hammett got quoted about their new record sounding like Entombed. How can it sound like Entombed, how? Who is playing bass to make it sound like Entombed? James [Hetfield] is a good bass player, but c'mon, dude! Lars [Ulrich] — he hasn't practiced enough drums over the years — he let his art fall away from him, he doesn't have the same finesse as he used to have, so how is it going to sound like Entombed and have that energy? And anyway if they are speaking like that how come they are not talking Entombed out on tour? Or Meshuggah — how came they are not staying true to their words? That's what really bothers me."

And speaking of Metallica, the dates to their upcoming “Summer Sanitarium” tour (with Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Deftones and Mudvayne) have begun to come in. Gigs so far include:

07/04/03 Detroit, MI Pontiac Silverdome
07/06/03 Foxboro, MA Gillette Stadium
07/13/03 Orlando, FL Citrus Bowl
07/19/03 Columbus, OH Ohio Stadium
07/25/03 St. Louis, MO Edward Jones Dome
07/27/03 Minneapolis, MN Metrodome
08/01/03 Denver, CO Invesco Field
08/03/03 Irving TX Texas Stadium

Vocalist Paul Di'Anno and his band Killers will record an all-acoustic album of tunes from Di’anno’s former band, Iron Maiden. It is tentatively scheduled for release sometime late this year.

Dreams Of Damnation --which features guitarist Jim Durkin (ex-Dark Angel) – have a couple of gigs lined up:

03/01/03 Hollywood, CA The Garage (Metal For Cancer)
06/09/03 Santa Ana, CA The Galaxy

Cradle of Filth have had to pull out of their slot on this year’s New England Metal And Hardcore Festival in May as well as Germany’s Waken Open Air Festival in August due to committing to headline this year’s second stage on Ozzfest.

Deicide will head out on tour with Amon Amarth, Behemoth, Revenge and Vehemence. Scheduled dates so far include:

03/09/03 Irvington, NJ Cricket Club
03/10/03 Springfield, VA Jaxx
03/11/03 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
03/19/03 Phoenix, AZ Bash On Ash
03/21/03 Los Angeles, CA House Of Blues
03/22/03 San Francisco, CA The Avalon
03/25/03 Seattle, WA Graceland
03/27/03 Denver, CO Ogden Theater
03/29/03 Aurora, IL Rockhouse USA
04/03/03 Cleveland, OH The Agora
04/05/03 Brooklyn, NY L'Amour


Halford have found a replacement for Patrick Lachman in guitarist Chad Tarrington (ex-Forever The Pain). Guitarist Roy Z. was temporarily filling in, and will presumably do so for Halford’s forthcoming Japan gigs, but Tarrington should begin officially performing with the band on February 28th, at L’amours in Brooklyn, NY.

The Doors are scheduled to appear tonight, February 12th, on NBC’s Last Call With Carson Daly. At a recent performance in Los Angeles, Doors vocalist Ian Astbury (The Cult) bore an eerie physical resemblance to the late Doors vocalist, Jim Morrison.

Norway's Emperor will end their decade-long career with a double-disc CD retrospect, Scattered Ashes: A Decade of Emperial Wrath, which will contain 27 selections, including rare and previously unavailable material recorded live or remixed specifically for this recording, and will be available on March 25th.

Brooklyn-based band Dust To Dust are seeking a new guitarist. The band's sophomore release Sick is due to be released this spring, and they have announced a need for replacement in the guitar department. Dust To Dust's visionary music is both abrasive and emotionally potent, so the guitarist must be versatile and energetic. Those interested must be willing to tour throughout this spring and summer. Tri-State area resident preferred (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut). All interested applicants, please send demo and photo to:

Dust To Dust
2928 West 5th Street, #5P
Brooklyn NY 11224

Pissing Razors will soon announce tour dates in support of their latest album, Live in the Devil's Triangle. The band continues to work in the studio on their next full-length album.

Jimi Hendrix's body has been yet again exhumed and relocated under a giant marble dome, which will nearly complete a very lavish memorial in Renton, WA. Hendrix's father Al and his step-mother Ayako “June” have also been placed in the vault under the dome in the center of the memorial, and his grandmother Nora’s cremated remains will join them later.

Relapse Records will have an artists’ showcase at this year’s SXSW (South By Southwest) in Austin, TX. It will be held at Emo’s Annex on Friday, March 14th. The showcase will include: Dysrhythmia (8PM), Bongzilla (9PM), Cephalic Carnage (10PM), Alabama Thunderpussy (11PM), Mastodon (12PM) and Burnt By The Sun (1AM).

Sweden’s Fatal Smile will be in the US performing at the New Jersey Metal Meltdown in March. If you haven’t heard of them yet, check out their MP3 of “Bad Kharma” here in our Downloads section.

Kerry King (Slayer) and Mick “Seven” Thompson (Slipknot) will make an in-store appearance at the Guitar Center in Hollywood, CA on Thursday, February 27th at the Guitar Center (on Sunset Blvd. between Fairfax and La Brea) as part of a BC Rich guitars promotion. For more information, call the store at: (323) 874-1060.

Canadian metal magazine Brave Words And Bloody Knuckles announces their first-ever “Six Pack Weekend” festival to be held on June 13th –14th, 2003 in Cleveland, OH. Confirmed bands on the festival line-up are: Trouble, Nevermore, Jag Panzer, Hypocrisy, Elegy, Wolf, Kataklysm, Beyond The Embrace, Evergrey and Cage. More bands are to be confirmed...

Jane's Addiction still haven’t announced an exact release date for their forthcoming studio album, Hypersonic, but vocalist Perry Farrell guarantees “it will be out before Lollapalooza [begins].”

Cannibal Corpse have lined up a bunch of European dates:

04/17/03 Münster (Breitenfeld), GER Live Arena
04/18/03 Vienna, AUT Arena
04/19/03 Budapest, HUN Mega Club
04/20/03 Ljubljana, SLO Metalkova
04/21/03 Zlin, CZ RC Golem
04/22/03 Warszawa, POL Proxima
04/23/03 Hamburg, GER Markthalle
04/24/03 Osnabruck, GER Hyde Park
04/25/03 Groningen, NETH Vera
04/26/03 Gothenburg, SWE Kreta
04/27/03 SWE - T.B.A.
04/29/03 Helsinki, FIN Tavastia
04/30/03 Saatamo, FIN Turku

Get ready to bust into your piggy banks: If you want to see Ozzy Osbourne perform his one-off gig at The Joint at the Hard Rock Café in Las Vegas on Friday, March 14th, be prepared to fork over $150+ for general admission, and $300+ for balcony seats…

Sammy Hagar plans to tour with Lynyrd Skynyrd this year. Also, Hagar plans to complete and release his personal “documentary,” The Long Road To Cabo, by the end of summer. Also, Sammy and the Waboritas hope to release their Live Hallelujah CD sometime around Cinco De Mayo (that’s May 5th, folks). Due to Hagar’s currently hectic schedule, side project Planet US -- featuring Sammy on vocals, guitarist Neal Schon, (who is also tied up currently with Journey), bassist Michael Anthony (Van Halen) and drummer Deen Castronovo (Journey, ex-Ozzy) – has been temporarily put on hold. Hagar says, “I don’t know when, but this project is too good not to finish!”

Bassist Jeordie White (aka Twiggy Ramirez, ex-Marilyn Manson) is officially replacing Paz Lenchantin in A Perfect Circle. At the same time, guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen has left the band, in order to perform full-time with Queens of the Stone Age, and has been replaced by Danny Lohner (Nine Inch Nails).

Bassist Marty O’Brien has formed a new band, Population-1 with guitarist Nuno Bettencourt (ex-Extreme), who will be the band’s vocalist. Population-1 has a handful of gigs lined up in Japan:

02/25/03 Nagoya, JAP Club Quattro
02/26/03 Osaka, JAP On Air Osaka
02/27/03 Hiroshima, JAP Club Quattro
03/01/03 Tokyo, JAP Asasaka Blitz
03/02/03 Kawasaki, JAP Club Citta

Tomahawk, featuring vocalist Mike Patton (ex-Faith No More, Mr. Bungle), will tour with The Melvins late April/early May.

Ministry will be joined by In Flames and Mudvayne on their upcoming "Fornicatour Tour.” Dates are to be announced shortly.

Lizzy Borden have a couple of gigs coming up:

03/28/03 Santa Ana, CA The Galaxy Theatre
03/29/03 W. Hollywood, CA The Foxx Club (at Johnny Foxx’s)

Def Leppard have begun lining up US tour dates. The following are confirmed so far, with more dates to be announced:

03/21/03 Pittsburgh, PA Petersen Events Center
03/22/03 Indianapolis, IN Conseco Fieldhouse
03/24/03 Cleveland, OH Gund Arena
03/25/03 Dayton, OH Nutter Center
03/27/03 Detroit, MI Palace Of Auburn Hills
03/28/03 Chicago, IL UIC
03/29/03 Milwaukee, WI US Cellular Arena
04/01/03 Grand Rapids, MI Van Andel Arena
04/02/03 Green Bay, WI Resch Center
04/04/03 St. Paul, MN Excel Energy Center
04/05/03 Madison, WI Alliant Energy Center
04/07/03 Erie, PA Erie Civic Center
04/08/03 Philadelphia, PA Spectrum
04/10/03 New York, NY Beacon Theatre
04/11/03 New York, NY Beacon Theatre
04/12/03 New York, NY Beacon Theatre
04/14/03 Fairfax, VA Patriot Center
05/04/03 Atlanta, GA Music Midtown

Legacy's self-titled debut album is being issued in the States by Chavis Records and is now available. The album was originally issued in Japan. The Hollywood based quartet is comprised of bassist Marten Andersson (Lizzy Borden), guitarist Jonas Hansson (Silver Mountain), vocalist Chris Roseberry and drummer Stephan Emig. The band formed in 1998 when Marten Andersson decided to start a side project utilizing his original songs. For more info, check out www.legacylive.com or www.chavisrecords.com.

Danzig are preparing for their “Blackest of the Black” tour, which is slated to kick off in May. It is scheduled to feature "the darkest, most extreme bands all on one stage."

Savatage plan to be back in the studios soon in anticipation of releasing a new album in the fall.

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