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VOIVOD To Kick Off Tour In Early April

Canadian metallers VOIVOD, now featuring in their ranks former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted, are set to kick off a North American tour in support of their self-titled new album on April 10, according to Newsted's latest online posting. "Voivod" is due on March 4 through Jason's Chophouse Records in association with Surfdog Records. The following ...

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AC/DC Road Movie: Casting Has Begun

The Herald Sun reports that casting has begun for the AC/DC road movie "Thunderstruck". The most prominent actor to be cast is Stephen Curry ("The Castle"). Newcomer Jason Gann, star of the short film "Wilfred", has also won a part. The film is about five friends who make a pact during AC/DC's Australian Tour in ...

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AKERCOCKE Complete Recordings For 'Choronzon'

The U.K. Satanic black/death metal band AKERCOCKE have finalized the track listing for their third album, "Choronzon", tentatively due in late spring. The band completed the recordings for the CD in late December and currently are in discussions with "numerous producers" about mixing the effort, which is being described as "faster, heavier, more disturbing and ...

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SLAVES ON DOPE Set Release Date For 'Metafour'

Montreal's SLAVES ON DOPE have set a May 6 release date through Bieler Bros./ MCA Records for their sophomore album, "Metafour". The follow-up to 2000's "Inches From The Mainline" was recorded in Boca Raton, Florida with producer Jason Slater (SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY, EARSHOT). ...

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JASON NEWSTED And METALLICA Settle Legal Issues

Despite the fact that it's already been two years since bassist Jason Newsted announced he was leaving METALLICA, the legal aspects of the separation have just now been fully resolved. "We're just now actually coming to a resolution on all of our agreements for our business things and stuff," Newsted told Launch. "It took awhile ...

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VOIVOD Shoot Video On Location In San Francisco

VOIVOD are hard at work producing the first music video for their new self-titled album, due on March 4 through Chophouse Records in partnership with Surfdog Records. Filming for the video for the album's first single, "We Carry On", was shot on location in San Francisco January 24-25 by directors Keith McCabe and Jeff Ertl. ...

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JONES'S LOUNGE Announce New Orleans Date

Louisiana-based JONES'S LOUNGE, featuring Kyle Thomas (EXHORDER, FLOODGATE), Dax Thieler (GREEN LEAF CULT), Jason Portera (PITS VS. PREPS), and Tommy Buckley (SOILENT GREEN), have announced a show at The Howlin' Wolf in New Orleans on Saturday, Feb. 8. Also set to appear on the bill are 4 MAG NITROUS and SLAVES OF FREEDOM. ...

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DEADSETT Announce Upcoming Dates

DEADSETT, the new band featuring former PISSING RAZORS frontman Jason Bragg, have announced the following dates during the coming weeks: Feb. 27 – Downey, CA @ The Stardust Mar. 06 – Hollywood, CA @ Coconut Teaszer ...

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VOIVOD Work With GEORGE LUCAS Team On New Video

VOIVOD shot their parts for the "We Carry On" video in the San Francisco Bay Area last weekend, and have since handed the footage over to the workers at George Lucas's Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) for editing and post-production. ILM, who are said to be longtime VOIVOD fans and have also worked on special ...

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SLAVES ON DOPE Name New CD

Montreal's SLAVES ON DOPE have set "Metafour" as the title for their sophomore CD, due in late April early May through Bieler Bros/MCA Records. The follow-up to 2000's "Inches From The Mainline" was recorded in Boca Raton, Florida with producer Jason Slater (SNAKE RIVER CONSPIRACY, EARSHOT). "Finishing touches are being added to the record and ...

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U.K. Road To Be Named After Late LED ZEPPELIN Drummer

A town road named after late LED ZEPPELIN drummer John Bonham is reportedly under consideration by the city officials in Bonham's former hometown, Redditch, U.K. At a recent executive meeting, Councillor Phil Mould said "John Bonham" should be included in the list of possible names for future roads. ...

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MISERY INDEX Outline Recording Plans

Baltimore, Maryland-based MISERY INDEX — featuring Jason Netherton (bass/vocals, ex-DYING FETUS), Bruce Greig (guitar, ex-DYING FETUS, TOGETHER WE FALL, NEXT STEP UP), Sparky Voyles (guitar, ex-DYING FETUS, M.O.D.) and Matt Byers (drums) — will enter Wild Studio in St-Zenon, Quebec with producer Jean-Francois Dagenais (KATAKLYSM, MALEVOLENT CREATION) to begin recording their debut album, entitled "Retaliate". ...

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VOIVOD Scrap Album Title, Prepare To Film Video

Montreal metallers VOIVOD have scrapped "The Multiverse" as the title for their forthcoming studio effort and have now opted to make the CD a self-titled affair, according to a spokesperson for the band's label, Chophouse Records. The group, who feature in their ranks former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted, are set to film a video for ...

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LED ZEPPELIN 'As Close As Ever' To Reuniting: JEFF PILSON

LED ZEPPELIN are "as close as they have ever been" to reuniting, according to former DOKKEN bassist Jeff Pilson, a close friend of Jason Bonham — son of late ZEPPELIN drummer John Bonham — who jammed with Jason briefly in an early incarnation of Jeff's current group L/P (also featuring ex-DOKKEN guitarist George Lynch). "[George ...

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METALLICA Bassist Search: Rumors Abound

Former SUICIDAL TENDENCIES and current OZZY OSBOURNE bassist Robert Trujillo is rumored to have made three trips to METALLICA's Bay Area headquarters in the recent weeks to audition for the vacant bassist slot in the group. Also said to have tried out for the band is former MARILYN MANSON bassist Twiggy Ramirez, a close friend ...

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Former METALLICA Bassist Announces TV, Radio Appearances

For all of you in the San Francisco Bay Area who receive KRON Channel 4 on television, former METALLICA and current VOIVOD bassist Jason Newsted will be interviewed on the "Morning Show" today (Jan. 16) between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. PST. At the same time, Jason will be visiting the "Lamont and Tonelli" morning ...

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MISERY INDEX Prepare To Record Debut

Baltimore, Maryland-based MISERY INDEX — featuring Jason Netherton (bass/vocals, ex-DYING FETUS), Bruce Greig (guitar, ex-DYING FETUS, TOGETHER WE FALL, NEXT STEP UP), Sparky Voyles (guitar, ex-DYING FETUS, M.O.D.) and Matt Byers (drums) — will begin recording their full-length debut at an undisclosed Canadian studio in late March with producer Jean-Francois Dagenais (KATAKLYSM guitarist). The band ...

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist Pays Tribute To JASON BECKER

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman has issued the following statement regarding his recent tribute to ex-DAVE LEE ROTH axeman Jason Becker via a performance of Becker's "End Of The Beginning" concerto with the San Francisco Community Center Orchestra And Chorus: "Thanks to everyone who showed up at the two New Years shows in San Francisco. ...

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HALFORD's RAY RIENDEAU: I Haven't Left The Band

HALFORD bassist Ray Riendeau has dismissed as false rumors that he has left the band and has been replaced by FLOTSAM AND JETSAM bassist Jason Ward. As previously reported, Ward was set to fill in for HALFORD's Ray Riendeau during the group's West Coast mini-tour this week after Riendeau's family suffered a tragic loss that ...

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FLOTSAM AND JETSAM Bassist Steps In For HALFORD's RIENDEAU

FLOTSAM AND JETSAM bassist Jason Ward was set to fill in for HALFORD's Ray Riendeau during the group's West Coast mini-tour this week after Riendeau's family suffered a tragic loss that prevented the bassist from appearing at the dates (which have since been cancelled). It is not presently clear if Ward will join HALFORD during ...

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PRIMER 55 Split Up!

PRIMER 55 have announced their decision to disband "due to creative and personal issues." The band, who recently completed the Jagermeister $12 Riot U.S. tour with DOPE, had previously issued two full-length albums through the Island/Def Jam label. The following is guitarist Bobby Burns' statement on the split: "Hey everyone... What I'm about to tell ...

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VOIVOD Finalize Track Listing For 'The Multiverse'

VOIVOD, the Montreal-based metallers that feature in their ranks former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted, have finalized the track listing for their new album, "The Multiverse", due out on Mar. 4, 2003 through Newsted's Chophouse Records (in association with Surfdog). The track listing is as follows: 01. Gasmask Revival 02. Facing Up 03. Blame Us 04. ...

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JASON NEWSTED: 'New VOIVOD Is Best Album I've Ever Been Part Of'

Former METALLICA and current VOIVOD bassist Jason Newsted (a.k.a. Jasonic) has posted the following message via the Chophouse Records web site: "Howdy Friends - OK - WHEW!! We have been super busy...the whirlwind has begun. Since I last posted here in the last week of November, tons of great things have transpired. I'll bring you ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE To Duet With KYLIE MINOGUE

Ozzy Osbourne is set to duet with Australian pop singer Kylie Minogue on an upcoming episode of "The Osbournes". The pop princess and rock wildman plan to sing "Especially For You" — which Kylie first sang with Jason Donovan in 1989. The appearance is the brainchild of Osbourne's daughter Kelly, who became friends with the ...

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JASON NEWSTED: 'VOIVOD Can Kick METALLICA's Ass'

Despite his previous statements to the contrary, ex-METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted — currently a full-time member of VOIVOD — is no longer available to return to his former group. "It would only happen if [METALLICA frontman] James [Hetfield] called me and asked me, or came to the house and asked me, looked me in the ...

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