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IRON MAIDEN To Issue Box Set

IRON MAIDEN will issue Eddie's Archive — a three double-CD set containing the band's earliest live recordings from 1979 through to their headlining performance at Donington in 1988 — on November 5th through Columbia Records. In addition to this, the compilation The Best Of The B'sides will be made available for the first time as ...

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IRON MAIDEN Trio Join DEEP PURPLE During London Gig

Three members of IRON MAIDEN — drummer Nicko McBrain, guitarist Janick Gers, and vocalist Bruce Dickinson — joined DEEP PURPLE on stage during the latter's concert at London's Hammersmith Apollo on Saturday, September 7th for a rendition of the DP classic "Smoke On The Water" (with McBrain handling congas and DP drummer Ian Paice's cymbals, ...

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IRON MAIDEN Singer Enjoys Second Career As Pilot

IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson is hitting new heights in his second career as a commercial airline pilot, according to the Associated Press. "It's a great job," Dickinson told The Daily Telegraph. "Nothing else compares." Charter airline Astraeus confirmed that Dickinson, 44, serves as first officer on Boeing 737s flying between Britain and holiday destinations ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE, IRON MAIDEN, TESTAMENT Vocalists Among Frontmen Spotlighted In Singer Book

QUEENSRŸCHE's Geoff Tate, IRON MAIDEN's Bruce Dickinson, TESTAMENT's Chuck Billy and JUDAS PRIEST's Tim "Ripper" Owens are some of the vocalists featured in the new book entitled Pro Secrets Of Heavy Rock Singing, which is being described in an official press release as "the first instructional singing book to address exclusively rock singing in the ...

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YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Denies Tour Rumors

Malmsteen Management, who represent Swedish guitar legend YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, have issued the following statement via the guitarist's official web site: "There have been numerous rumors that Yngwie Malmsteen will be playing and taking part in various concert tours [including a possible tour called Ultimate Guitar Experience with Yngwie, Uli Jon Roth, and Al Di Meola ...

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QUEENSRŸCHE's GEOFF TATE: 'I Was Never A Metalhead'

QUEENSRŸCHE frontman Geoff Tate has admitted in a recent interview that he was never into metal music and he cited ULTRAVOX and THOMPSON TWINS as two of his primary influences during the band's formative years — a far cry from the traditional metal movement that QUEENSRŸCHE was instrumental in launching in the years that followed. ...

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LEGENDS OF ROCK: The Classic Rock Extravaganza

Legends Of Rock is the name of a unique three-hour classic rock extravaganza, hosted by ex-SCORPIONS guitar legend Uli Jon Roth. Due to the phenomenal success of his Legends of Rock headlining appearance at the Castle Donington festival in 2001, the decision was made to take the Legends format out on the road. With an ...

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Former RAINBOW Keyboardist Takes SPRINGSTEEN Gig

Former RAINBOW keyboardist David Rosenthal is reportedly programming synthesizers for BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN's current tour with the E STREET BAND. As previously reported, Rosenthal recently spent time working on a new musical called Movin' Out. Conceived, choreographed and directed by Twyla Tharp and based on the songs of Billy Joel, the musical will open on Broadway ...

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PAUL SAMSON: 1953-2002

Guitarist Paul Samson, leader and founder of the seminal NWOBHM act SAMSON, passed away at his Norfolk, England home during the afternoon of Friday, August 9th following a lengthy battle with cancer. Paul was 49 years old. Anyone wishing to express his/her sympathies can do so by signing Samson's official guestbook/book of condolences at

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SAMSON Guitarist Suffering From Cancer, Has Weeks To Live

Guitarist Paul Samson, leader and founder of the seminal NWOBHM act SAMSON, is suffering from cancer and is said to have "only weeks to live," according to vocalist Nicky Moore, who sang on several of the group's albums during the '80s. Most recently, Paul and Moore had reportedly completed work on a new SAMSON album, ...

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MOTOGRATER Select MUDVAYNE Producer For Upcoming Debut

Santa Barbara, California-based quintet MOTOGRATER will shortly enter a Vancouver, British Columbia studio with producer GGGarth Richardson (i.e. MUDVAYNE, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, SPINESHANK) to begin work on their debut effort for No Name/Elektra Records. A fall release is expected. As previously reported, the much-talked-about group had originally signed with COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara's ...

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CAGE To Begin Recording "Darker Than Black"

San Diego, California-based power metallers CAGE will begin recording their third full-length album, entitled Darker Than Black, on July 12th at Silver Cloud studios (i.e. BRUCE DICKINSON, HALFORD, ROB ROCK) in Burbank, California with producer Joe Floyd (WARRIOR guitarist). The tentative track listing for Darker Than Black is as follows: 01. Kill The Devil 02. ...

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IMMORTAL Cancel TUSKA 2002 Appearance

Norwegian black metallers IMMORTAL were forced to cancel their appearance at Finland's Tuska 2002 festival due to undisclosed "delicate family matters," according to an official statement from the group. "The band deeply feel bad about this, but promise to come back later in the year for another gig instead," continues the statement. As previously reported, ...

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THE PROJECT HATE, 2 TON PREDATOR To Play TUSKA 2002 Club Gig

THE PROJECT HATE, featuring Jörgen Sandström of ENTOMBED/GRAVE fame, and fellow Swedes 2 TON PREDATOR will play at Tavastia Club in Helsinki, Finland on July 12th as part of the Tuska 2002 festival. In its fifth installment, Tuska 2002 festival (which is scheduled to take place on July 12-14 in the Kaisaniemi park in the ...

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DOWNTHESUN Officially Sign With ROADRUNNER RECORDS

Roadrunner Records have officially announced the signing of Kansas City's DOWNTHESUN. "Roadrunner has always signed the greatest bands," commented bassist Lance "Kuk" Collier. "Stuff that we grew up on, to some of the more recent bands." It was SLIPKNOT percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan that first caught wind of DOWNTHESUN, and he didn't have to look ...

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DRAGONLORD Confirmed For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

San Francisco Bay Area's DRAGONLORD, featuring current and former members of TESTAMENT, are the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's Wacken Open Air festival, which is scheduled to take place on August 2-3 in Wacken, Germany. The full list of artists currently scheduled to appear at the event is as follows: ALABAMA ...

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MOTOGRATER To Record Debut CD

Santa Barbara, California-based quintet MOTOGRATER will reportedly enter the studio next month to begin work on their debut effort for No Name/Elektra Records. A fall release is expected. As previously reported, the much-talked-about group had originally signed with COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara's Sever imprint through Beyond/BMG Records, but had since become free agents, thereby ...

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BRUCE DICKINSON: The SWEDEN ROCK Set List

The following was BRUCE DICKINSON's set list for his performance at Sweden Rock Festival in in Sölvesborg, Sweden on Saturday, June 8th: 01. Silver Wings 02. Back From The Edge 03. Broken 04. Revelations 05. Accident Of Birth 06. Dark Side Of Aquarius 07. The Tower 08. Tears Of The Dragon 09. Laughing In The ...

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IRON MAIDEN, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN Vocalists To Appear On SACK TRICK CD

IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson and former RAINBOW/current YNGWIE MALMSTEEN frontman Doogie White are among the guests appearing on the upcoming album from Britain's SACK TRICK album, entitled Sheep in KISS Makeup, which is tentatively due for release in September/October. Other musicians set to appear on the effort—which is set to contain nothing but KISS ...

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Crucible - HALFORD

Unlike 2000's Resurrection, which was widely hailed as the album JUDAS PRIEST should have made after Painkiller, HALFORD's Crucible is a decidedly more diverse effort, featuring plenty of traditional metal moments while occasionally following a more experimental approach, thereby preventing this album from sounding like a carbon copy of its predecessor. From the classic PRIEST-style ...

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Former ALIEN Singer Bounces Back With Solo Release

Former ALIEN singer Jim Jidhed, one of the greatest voices of AOR, is coming back with his first solo album in 12 years. Containing material written largely by Jidhed himself, the singer's first solo album since 1990 is being produced by Tommy Denander and will also include songs penned by Steve Perry (JOURNEY), Cliff Magness ...

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