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MICHAEL SCHENKER Teams Up With Ex-Members Of SABBATH, PRIEST, MAIDEN On 'Heavy Hitters' CD

Legendary rock producer and musician Bob Kulick (KISS, MEATLOAF) has almost finished producing "Michael Schenker and Heavy Hitters", an all-star lineup of musicians based around guitar virtuoso Michael Schenker (MSG, UFO, SCORPIONS) paying homage to their contemporaries. This 10-track powerhouse collection features an impressive lineup of artists showcasing their renditions of such classic songs as ...

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FLESHMOULD To Enter Studio This Week

Belgian death metal outfit FLESHMOULD will enter the studio on January 14 to record a new EP — the group's first to feature guitarist Dave Vanlokeren and singer Sven Houfflijn (ex-ANESTHESY, IMPEDIGON), who joined the band in August. The EP will contain three brand-new tracks, a re-recording of an old song and various extras. New ...

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DIO Members To Appear At NAMM

The members of DIO will be making several appearances at the NAMM convention held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA this year. The entire band will be appearing on Friday, January 21 at the Dean Markley booth from 1-2pm, and then at Peavey from 2-3pm. On Saturday, January 22, guitarist Craig Goldy will ...

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FLESHMOULD: New Guitarist Announced

Belgian death metal outfit FLESHMOULD have announced the addition of guitarist Dave Vanlokeren to the group's ranks. As previously reported, FLESHMOULD have finished writing 10 new songs for their sophomore album. The group are tentatively planning on entering the studio in March 2005 to begin recording their first full-length CD with Vanlokeren and new singer ...

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FLESHMOULD Launch Guitarist Search

Belgian death metal outfit FLESHMOULD are currently seeking a guitarist. All applicants for the position must satisfy the following criteria: * Must be: at least a decent rhythm guitar player, the more skilled the better * Must have: gear, humor, motivation, car and a nice smell * Extra points for: composing/writing-talent, having a pretty girlfriend ...

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FLESHMOULD To Enter Studio In March

Belgian death metal outfit FLESHMOULD have finished writing 10 new songs for their sophomore album. The group are tentatively planning on entering the studio in March 2005 to begin recording their first CD with new singer Sven Houfflijn (ex-ANESTHESY, IMPEDIGON), who joined the band in August. An EP will precede the album before the end ...

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DAMAGEPLAN's DIMEBAG DARRELL Parts Ways With WASHBURN GUITARS

After a successful 10-year partnership, Washburn Guitars and Randall Amplifiers are parting ways with DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell. U.S. Music Corp. is shifting its focus toward new product development that will appeal to a wider variety of musicians. "We've had a great working relationship with Dimebag over the past 10 years," said Rudy Schlacher, President ...

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QUIET RIOT Return With New Lineup, Live CD

QUIET RIOT, the band who introduced the world to their chart-topping album "Metal Health", are back after an eighteen month absence. Driven by vocalist Kevin DuBrow and powered by drummer Frankie Banali, both QUIET RIOT founding members, the band is now fueled by longtime QUIET RIOT contributing bassist Chuck Wright and energized with BEAUTIFUL CREATURES ...

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RUDY SARZO, BOBBY ROCK Among Guest Musicians On Upcoming MICHAEL ANGELO CD

Rudy Sarzo (DIO, ex-QUIET RIOT, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, WHITESNAKE, OZZY OSBOURNE), Bobby Rock (SLAUGHTER), Mark Tremonti (ALTER BRIDGE, ex-CREED), Jim Gillette (ex-NITRO) and Doug Marks ("Metal Method" founder) are among the musicians scheduled to appear on the new solo CD from former NITRO guitarist Michael Angelo Batio, tentatively due in early 2005. In other news, Michael ...

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BLACK SABBATH: 'The Complete Recording History' Book Due Next Year

Rockdetector.com executive editor Garry Sharpe-Young has been working on a leviathan account of BLACK SABBATH's complete recording history, from the earliest demos through to the "Reunion" album and, possibly, beyond. Already having two highly praised SABBATH-related titles under his belt, "The Story of the Ozzy Osbourne Band" and "Black Sabbath – Never Say Die", Garry ...

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DIO Bassist RUDY SARZO Updates Tour Diary

DIO bassist Rudy Sarzo (ex-QUIET RIOT, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, WHITESNAKE) has uploaded a bunch of photos from the group's recent European tour. Check them out here. As previously reported, DIO's latest album, "Master of the Moon", is scheduled for release in the U.S. on September 7 through Sanctuary Records. SPV are planning on issuing ...

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Belgian Death Metallers FLESHMOULD Expand Lineup

After three years of operating as a four-piece, Belgian death metal outfit FLESHMOULD have decided to add a "real" frontman to the band. The new vocalist is longtime friend Sven Houfflijn (ex-ANESTHESY, IMPEDIGON). ReinieR will step back and focus on his guitar work, backing up on the main vocalist when necessary. Dirk will quit his ...

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Bassist RUDY SARZO Explains How He Landed The DIO Gig

Former QUIET RIOT bassist Rudy Sarzo has spoken to ElectricBasement.com about his recent experience as the touring bassist for YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and his current gig with DIO. Asked how he hooked up with Ronnie James Dio, Sarzo replied, "What happened was someone gave me the heads-up that Ronnie was looking for a bass player early ...

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DOOGIE WHITE Comments On YNGWIE Tour, CORNERSTONE And Other Projects

CORNERSTONE, the project featuring ROYAL HUNT bassist Steen Mogensen and ex-RAINBOW/current YNGWIE MALMSTEEN vocalist Doogie White, have signed a Japanese record deal with Yamaha Communications. The group's recently completed third album, "Once Upon Our Yesterdays", will get a Japanese release on May 19. "They have a very strong marketing programme for us and we are ...

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OMISSA EP Produced By Former SYSTEMATIC Guitarist: Audio Available

Oakland, California-based quintet OMISSA (formerly HAPPY ENDING) have uploaded two new tracks which were recorded and produced at Pro View studios by former SYSTEMATIC guitarist Adam Ruppel. The songs "In Your Eyes" and "Peace and Balance", which will appear on the band's new EP (due this summer), are available for download at the group's official ...

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DIO: New Album Title Revealed

DIO have set "Master of the Moon" as the title of their new album, according to www.gryphonmetal.ch. The follow-up to 2002's "Killing the Dragon" is currently being recorded at a Los Angeles studio for a tentative July release through Sanctuary Records in the U.S. and SPV in Europe. The U.S. tour is expected ...

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JEFF PILSON: New DIO Album Is 'Phenomenal'

Bassist Jeff Pilson has issued the following update regarding the forthcoming DIO album, tentatively due in July through Sanctuary Records in the U.S. and SPV Records in Europe: "The DIO record went extremely well — Simon [Wright] and I finished our parts last week. What kick-ass bass and drum sounds — I'm so pleased. Can't ...

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Bassist RUDY SARZO Joins DIO

Bassist Rudy Sarzo has officially joined DIO as the group's new bassist. Rudy is known for his work in QUIET RIOT, WHITESNAKE and OZZY OSBOURNE, and most recently, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN. Rudy joins the band in time for DIO's European tour, which begins July 16 in Moscow. "Thanks to Jeff Pilson [ex-DOKKEN] for stepping in to ...

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RANDY RHOADS' HOLLYWOOD ROCKWALK Induction Ceremony: More Photos Posted Online

Frankie Banali's (ex-QUIET RIOT, W.A.S.P.) official web site has posted a photo of some of the artists that attended the Randy Rhoads Hollywood's RockWalk induction ceremony on Thursday, March 18. Posing for the group shot were Banali, Yngwie Malmsteen, John5 (MARILYN MANSON), Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Zakk Wylde (OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY), Nuno Bettencourt ...

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UPDATED: RANDY RHOADS' ROCKWALK Induction Marred By Misspelling Shocker

Legendary OZZY OSBOURNE guitarist Randy Rhoads' induction into Hollywood's RockWalk earlier today turned downright embarrassing when the bronze bust unveiled during the ceremony and later installed along the RockWalk posthumous inductee wall displayed the guitarist's often-misspelled last name as "Rhodes" (an error that has since apparently been corrected). Check out photos from Getty Images:

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OZZY Wants To Spend His Final Days In England

Ozzy Osbourne has has told KFTY Santa Rosa that he eventually wants to move his family back to Britain. "Sharon and I have been debating about where we want to live at the end of the day," he said. "When I've done all my bits and pieces in America, I want to finish my days ...

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