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HAZEN ST. To Record Full-Length Debut In The Summer

HAZEN ST., the new band featuring H2O frontman Toby Morse, NEW FOUND GLORY guitarist Chad Gilbert, MADBALL singer Freddy Cricien, BOX CAR RACER guitarist Dave Kennedy, MADBALL bassist Hoya Roc, and ex-CRO-MAGS/BAD BRAINS drummer Mackie Jayson, will record their debut album in June/July for a late 2003 release through Drive Thru Records. In addition, the ...

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IRON MAIDEN: New Album Mastered

IRON MAIDEN have finished mastering the much-anticipated follow-up to 2000's "Brave New World", due later in the year through Sony/Columbia Records. The following is producer Kevin Shirley's latest posting to his official web site: "Woah - New York is such a fun city and now I'm in 'clear air chop' on a very bumpy teeth-rattling ...

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DREAM THEATER Drummer Forms BEATLES Tribute Band

For his May 17 appearance at the Modern Drummer Festival, DREAM THEATER drummer Mike Portnoy has assembled a one-off lineup of musicians to fulfill one of his dreams of playing in a BEATLES tribute band. The project will be called YELLOW MATTER CUSTARD and will feature Mike Portnoy, Matt Bissonette and Neal Morse. Due to ...

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JACK BLADES Signs Solo Deal With FRONTIERS RECORDS

Jack Blades, frontman, bassist, lead singer and songwriter for such million-selling rock bands as NIGHT RANGER and DAMN YANKEES, has secured a home for his highly anticipated solo debut with Frontiers Records, signing a deal for European and Asian territories. "I am so excited about having this opportunity to do my own record after 20 ...

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DEEP PURPLE, LYNYRD SKYNYRD To Tour Europe

DEEP PURPLE and LYNYRD SKYNYRD will be teaming up for a European tour in May/June. Confirmed dates are as follows: May 29 – Schwung Hallen - Roeselare, BEL May 31 - Filaforum - Milan, ITA Jun. 01 – Campo Fiera - Conegliano Veneto (Treviso), ITA Jun. 03 – Palaghiaccio - Roma, ITA Jun. 04 – ...

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SAMMY HAGAR Confirms Live Album, PLANET US Delay

Former VAN HALEN frontman Sammy Hagar has sent out a message to his mailing list updating fans on his upcoming plans. It reads as follows: "Hey REDheads, The Internet moves quicker than me so I'll give you a half-ass version, lol, of what's going on. The tour this year is still being put together. That ...

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LIZZY BORDEN Bassist Teams Up With SILVER MOUNTAIN Guitarist In LEGACY

LEGACY, the Hollywood, California-based quartet featuring bassist Marten Andersson (LIZZY BORDEN), guitarist Jonas Hansson (SILVER MOUNTAIN), vocalist Chris Roseberry and drummer Stephan Emig, have just issued their self-titled debut via Chavis Records. Previously available in Japan, the 11-song CD was recorded at Master Groove Studios with the help of studio owner Dave Morse (AEROSMITH, GUNS ...

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H2O, MADBALL, NEW FOUND GLORY Collaboration Finds New Name

H2O frontman Toby Morse, NEW FOUND GLORY guitarist Chad Gilbert, MADBALL singer Freddy Cricien, BOX CAR RACER guitarist Dave Kennedy and MADBALL bassist Hoya Roc have set F.T.W. as the name for their brand new collaboration (the previously-announced ALL AGES has now apparently been scrapped), which is expected to release a debut album later in ...

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KRITICKILL Turn Down NICKELBACK Offer

Killeen, Texas-based act KRITICKILL have reportedly turned down a record deal offer from 604 Records, the label venture headed by NICKELBACK frontman Chad Kroeger and his longtime attorney Jonathan Simkin. Although no specific reason was given for their decision, the group are said to have ended contract negotiations with the label on the advice of ...

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DEEP PURPLE Hard At Work On New Studio Album

DEEP PURPLE are working on a new album with KID ROCK producer Michael Bradford. Currently in the writing stage, the album is tentatively due out on Aug. 1. The lineup includes Ian Gillan (vocals), Roger Glover (bass), Ian Paice (drums), Steve Morse (guitar) and Don Airey (keyboards). ...

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PLANET US To Begin Recording Debut

PLANET US — the new rock supergroup featuring Neal Schon (guitar, JOURNEY), Sammy Hagar (vocals, ex-VAN HALEN), Deen Castronovo (drums, JOURNEY) and Michael Anthony (bass, VAN HALEN) — are scheduled to enter a San Francisco Bay Area studio this week to begin recording their debut album for a late 2003 release. "We are supposed to ...

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H20, NEW FOUND GLORY, MADBALL Members Name New Band

H20 frontman Toby Morse, NEW FOUND GLORY guitarist Chad Gilbert, MADBALL singer Freddy Cricien and MADBALL bassist Hoya Roc have set ALL AGES as the name for their brand new collaboration, which is expected to release a debut album later in the year. No further information is available at this time. ...

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PLANET US Begin Recording Debut CD

PLANET US — the new rock supergroup featuring Neal Schon (guitar, JOURNEY), Sammy Hagar (vocals, ex-VAN HALEN), Deen Castronovo (drums, JOURNEY) and Michael Anthony (bass, VAN HALEN) — entered a San Francisco Bay Area studio this week to begin recording an album the band are hoping to release in 2003. Schon told Launch that after ...

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DEEP PURPLE Drummer, Guitarist Line Up Outside Appearances

DEEP PURPLE drummer Ian Paice makes a "special guest" appearance on Italian guitarist Tolo Marton's new double live CD, "Dal Vero". The album, which was recorded in 2001/2002, features Paice on live renditions of the JIMI HENDRIX classics "Stone Free" and "Hey Joe". In related news, DEEP PURPLE guitarist Steve Morse will embark on a ...

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MICHAEL ANTHONY: 'I Haven't Quit VAN HALEN!'

Despite rampant rumors to the contrary, VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony has not left the group to focus on PLANET US, the project he formed with former VAN HALEN frontman Sammy Hagar, JOURNEY guitarist Neal Schon, and JOURNEY drummer Deen Castronovo. "There's a rumor floating around over on the VH1 message boards that I've left ...

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TESTAMENT's PETERSON Joins Guitar Legends For All-Star Jam

TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson joined Joe Satriani, Dave Meniketti (Y&T), Neal Schon and the rest of JOURNEY for an "all-star" jam at the conclusion of Bone Bash III, a one-day rock festival that took place Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Chronicle Pavilion in Concord, California. The following is an eyewitness account sent to us by ...

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PLANET US To Release Concept Album

The forthcoming debut album from PLANET US — the new rock supergroup featuring Neal Schon (guitar, JOURNEY), Sammy Hagar (vocals, ex-VAN HALEN), Deen Castronovo (drums, JOURNEY) and Michael Anthony (bass, VAN HALEN) — will be a concept record rivaling PINK FLOYD's "Dark Side of the Moon", Hagar told Contra Costa Times' music critic Tony Hicks ...

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KRITICKILL In Talks With 604 RECORDS

Killeen, Texas-based act KRITICKILL are reportedly negotiating a record deal with 604 Records, the label venture headed by NICKELBACK frontman Chad Kroeger and his longtime attorney Jonathan Simkin. Consisting of Dave Irons (vocals), Todd Gardner (drums), Donny Morse (guitars), and Bryan Koestens (bass), KRITICKILL have been together since 1997 and have opened for such national ...

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Guitar Heroes Line Up To Pay Tribute To Ailing Axeman

Swedish guitarist Tommy Denander has written a special song called "Jason" for inclusion on the second tribute album for former David Lee Roth axeman Jason Becker, who is suffering from ALS (Lou Gehrigs). As an added bonus, Denander has invited a very impressive list of friends to jam on the track, which will be featured ...

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DEEP PURPLE Compile Footage For Upcoming Documentary

DEEP PURPLE frontman Ian Gillan has reportedly been compiling video footage for an upcoming documentary. In addition, several concerts on the last tour with Jon Lord were recorded, including the second show at London's Hammersmith Apollo (with members of IRON MAIDEN making a guest appearance during "Smoke On The Water"), the gig at Birmingham's NEC ...

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LED ZEPPELIN Photo Book To Be Published

A new LED ZEPPELIN photo book by photographer Neal Preston is scheduled for release on October 24th. Over 100 previously-unpublished shots are featured in the book, which will be available in two editions: A standard soft-cover edition and a collector's edition (hardback) with a signed Neal Preston print in a luxury foil-blocked black velvet slip ...

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Boston backdrop missing in VH1's portrayal of AEROSMITH

Despite the fact that AEROSMITH is a Boston-based band, references to the city are largely absent from VH1's much-hyped Behind the Music segment on the group, which premiered in a two-hour special this past Sunday. The producers of the show "interviewed almost no one in Boston (no one even at WBCN-FM 104.1, which supported the ...

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DEEP PURPLE Guitarist Jams With THE SCORPIONS

DEEP PURPLE guitarist Steve Morse joined THE SCORPIONS for their encore "Rock You Like A Hurricane" on the closing night of the DEEP PURPLE/SCORPIONS/DIO tour at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, this past Sunday, August 4th. DEEP PURPLE and DIO will resume their collective touring in Gelsenkirchen, Germany on August 27th, followed by the ...

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JOURNEY To Perform First-Ever Club Show

Legendary rockers JOURNEY will perform their first-ever club show on Wednesday, July 17th at Minneapolis' club Quest. In this one-night-only exclusive performance, the band will debut songs from their yet-to-be released EP Red 13 as well as perform all of their hit songs in an intimate club setting. Tickets for this exclusive one night only ...

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DEEP PURPLE's IAN GILLAN: JON LORD To Return For UK Tour

DEEP PURPLE frontman Ian Gillan has confirmed plans for former keyboardist Jon Lord to join the group for the upcoming UK tour. "I have it on good authority, i.e. from Jon Lord, that he will be joining us for the UK dates in September," stated Gillan. "Given the circumstances then and now, we've all decided ...

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PLANET US Hit Las Vegas Stage For Two Impromptu Performances

PLANET US—the new rock supergroup featuring Neal Schon (guitar, JOURNEY), Sammy Hagar (vocals, ex-VAN HALEN), Deen Castronovo (drums, JOURNEY) and Michael Anthony (bass, VAN HALEN)—made two more live appearances when they performed the tracks "Vertigo" and "Peeping Through a Hole" at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas on Friday, May 17th ...

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