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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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PLANET US: Hard Rock Supergroup Make Unnannounced Appearance At CALIFORNIA MUSIC AWARDS

PLANET US, the side project band featuring Michael Anthony (bassVAN HALEN), Neal Schon (guitarJOURNEY), Sammy Hagar (vocalsex-VAN HALEN), and Deen Castronovo (drumsJOURNEY), performed two songs at the 2002 California Music Awards this Saturday, April 27th at the Henry J. Kaiser Arena in Oakland, California. The tracks were described as very heavy and different to anything ...

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PLANET US To Perform At CALIFORNIA MUSIC AWARDS?

PLANET US, the side project band featuring Michael Anthony (bass—VAN HALEN), Neal Schon (guitar—JOURNEY), Sammy Hagar (vocals—ex-VAN HALEN), and Deen Castronovo (drums—JOURNEY), may get up on stage and perform a song or two at the 2002 California Music Awards this Saturday, April 27th at the Henry J. Kaiser Arena in Oakland, California, according to Anthony's ...

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PLANET US: The Michael Anthony Perspective

VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony has posted the following message via his official web site regarding the two songs recently recorded by PLANET US, the new rock supergroup featuring Anthony, Neal Schon (guitar—JOURNEY), Sammy Hagar (vocals—ex-VAN HALEN), and Deen Castronovo (drums—JOURNEY): “ 'Vertigo' has a slow, heavy groove and has Sammy's killer pipes all over ...

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California Supergroup Pick Working Name, Plot Recording/Gigging Schedule

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) have set PLANET US as the “working” name of the project, which recently laid down two original numbers with plans to track a full-length album later in the year. The quartet recorded the tracks "Vertigo" ...

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VAN HALEN's MICHAEL ANTHONY: "I'm Not Leaving The Band"

VAN HALEN bassist Michael Anthony has issued a statement reassuring his fans that his current involvement in a new project with Neal Schon (guitar—JOURNEY), Sammy Hagar (vocals—ex-VAN HALEN), and Deen Castronovo (drums—JOURNEY) does not mean the end of his run with his main group. According to Anthony, “I'm involved in a side project band with ...

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SLASH Denies Supergroup Involvement

Former GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash has NOT contributed to the two-song demo tape recently recorded by the superstar line-up of Neal Schon (guitar—JOURNEY), Sammy Hagar (vocals—ex-VAN HALEN), Deen Castronovo (drums—JOURNEY) and Michael Anthony (bass—VAN HALEN), despite a statement to the contrary posted at Hagar's official web site at www.redrocker.com. The yet-to-be-named band ...

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Former TESTAMENT Duo Rejoin Forces In PUSHED

Former TESTAMENT/SLAYER drummer Jon Dette and ex-TESTAMENT bassist Greg Christian have rejoined forces in PUSHED, a Southern California-based five-piece whose current two-song demo CD is an aggressive-yet-melodic affair that showcases the group's excellent musicianship without relying on speed to get its point across. Whereas Surface is a moody, dynamic number that utilizes vocalist Travis Neal's ...

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