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Is Rock Dead?

Jim Farber of the New York Daily News has issued the following report: "Is rock dead? Not quite. But judging from its performance on the charts — and compared to its biggest bands and trends from a few years ago — it's wheezing. Cast your eye down 2004's Top 10-selling album list and you won't ...

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Record Executive Who Launched OZZY OSBOURNE Dies At 73

The Associated Press is reporting that Donald Dempsey Sr., a recording industry executive who is credited with having helped launch OZZY OSBOURNE's solo career, died Thursday (Jan. 27). He was 73. Dempsey died at home of what was believed to be a stroke, said his son, Don Dempsey Jr. of New York. Dempsey Sr., a ...

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NEW YORK DOLLS Tribute Album Due Later This Month

FastLane Records will release "Jetboys of Babylon", a tribute to the NEW YORK DOLLS on January 25. Pre-orders can be taken at nydtrib@fastlanerecords.com . The long-awaited tribute will feature David Johansen (NEW YORK DOLLS), Steve Jones (SEX PISTOLS), THE ALARM and many more. Digital downloads and more information are available at this location. ...

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DAVE MUSTAINE Signature Guitar Goes Up For Auction On EBAY

A limited-edition, collectible 2004 ESP Dave Mustaine Signature Series Electric Guitar signed by more than 30 music superstars was put up for auction on eBay today to benefit The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports music education in schools across the country. The guitar was signed by each music superstar live on ...

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KILLSWITCH ENGAGE Singer Forced To Sit Out Toronto Concert

KILLSWITCH ENGAGE frontman Howard Jones was forced to sit out the band's performance in Toronto on Sunday (Jan. 9) due to a "blown-out" throat (as guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz put it in a public announcement before their set). Trevor Phipps from support act UNEARTH joined KILLSWITCH ENGAGE on stage for a few songs, despite having little ...

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DEF LEPPARD Members Perform Live On L.A. Radio Station

Guitarist Vivian Campbell's (DEF LEPPARD, ex-WHITESNAKE) web site has been updated with the following message: "On January 5, 2005, [DEF LEPPARD members] Joe [Elliott], Phil [Collen] and Vivian were on 'Jonesy's Jukebox', an L.A. radio show with the SEX PISTOLS' Steve Jones. The two-hour program featured songs from THE CYBERNAUTS, Phil's new band ...

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MARILYN MANSON DVD Used As Evidence In Murder Trial

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that excerpts from the bonus DVD included in MARILYN MANSON's 2003 album, "The Golden Age Of Grotesque", were played at a Scottish murder trial on Thursday (Dec. 23). Prosecutor Alan Turnbull asked for the first ten minutes of the disc to be played in the trial of 16-year-old Luke Mitchell, ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Confirmed For NEW ENGLAND METAL AND HARDCORE FESTIVAL

Maniacal Canadian extremists STRAPPING YOUNG LAD have been confirmed for next year's edition of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, a three-day metal and hardcore extravaganza set to be held Friday-Sunday, April 22-24, 2005 at The Palladium in Worcester. Also scheduled to perform at the festival are CRYPTOPSY, NIGHTWISH, BEHEMOTH, KING DIAMOND, NILE, MNEMIC, ...

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UPDATED: Tributes From Metal Musicians Pour In For DIMEBAG DARRELL

A number of heavy metal musicians have paid tribute to Dimebag Darrell (DAMAGEPLAN, ex-PANTERA) who was tragically murdered last night. ------------------------------------------------- Ozzy Osbourne: "Dimebag was a dear friend of mine. I'm absolutely beside myself with grief. I can't for the life of me understand why someone would do this. PANTERA toured with me many, many ...

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DAMAGEPLAN Shooting Update: VINNIE PAUL Uninjured; Metal Musicians Mourn DIMEBAG's Passing

Scoop of the Columbus, Ohio radio station The Blitz 99.7 FM has confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET that DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul was uninjured in the shooting incident at a Columbus nightclub which resulted in the death of Paul's brother, Dimebag Darrell. According to Scoop, who attended the concert and briefly saw Vinnie following the incident, Paul ...

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MÖTLEY CRÜE Bassist Clears Up 'Bullshit' Session Musician Rumors

MÖTLEY CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx has rejected Internet reports that the group's reunion single, "If I Die Tomorrow", features guest appearances by session musicians DJ Ashba (ex-BEAUTIFUL CREATURES) and Josh Freese (A PERFECT CIRCLE) on guitar and drums, respectively, in place of regular members Mick Mars and Tommy Lee. The song, which was co-written by ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Finalize Track Listing For 'Alien'

Maniacal Canadian extremists STRAPPING YOUNG LAD have finalized the track listing for their new album, "Alien", tentatively due on March 22, 2005 via Century Media Records. The follow-up to the group's critically acclaimed 2002 release, "SYL", was recorded at the Armoury and Greenhouse Studios (both in Vancouver) as well as in SYL mainman Devin Townsend's ...

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MSG Bassist And Singer Exchanged Blows: Support Act

Swiss rockers PURE INC. have issued the following report from their recently completed European tour with MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP (MSG): "It's over now! Almost four weeks of touring Europe with MSG brought ups and downs. "The first two gigs worked out as planned, then the first problems occurred. The tour seemed to be over. Michael ...

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DROWNING POOL: Starting All Over

DROWNING POOL guitarist C.J. Pierce recently spoke to Carolyn Lamberson of The Register-Guard about rebuilding the band following the death of lead singer Dave Williams in August 2002 due to an undiagnosed heart condition. Regarding Williams' replacement, Jason "Gong" Jones, Pierce said, "He's a super nice guy, he's got a big heart. But ...

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