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BLAZE Guitarist Discusses Upcoming CD

BLAZE guitarist Steve Wray has posted the following message to the band's official discussion forum: " [BLAZE's forthcoming third album] 'Blood & Belief' is a 10-track album which at this point certainly seems to have a theme or feel if you like. It's not a concept album. If anything this album is all about honesty ...

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BLAZE Name New Album

BLAZE, the British band led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE singer Blaze Bayley, have set "Blood and Belief" as the title of their third studio album, tentatively due in March 2004 through SPV Records. The group, who finished recording the CD on December 20, performed the album's projected title track Saturday night (December 27) at the ...

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TO MY SURPRISE: Audio Interview Posted Online

TO MY SURPRISE, the new band featuring SLIPKNOT percussionist Shawn Crahan (a.k.a. The Clown), were interviewed by Steve Robinson of "That One Show" on Arizona's KASC The Blaze 1260 AM radio station on December 3. Listen to the interview in two parts in Real Media format at this location. TO MY SURPRISE's self-titled ...

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ALICE COOPER Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

ALICE COOPER has been confirmed as the first headlining act of the 2004 edition of the Bang Your Head festival, set to take place June 25-26 in Balingen, Germany. The list of bands currently scheduled to perform at the event looks as follows: ALICE COOPER WHITE LION QUEENSRYCHE MAGNUM CHILDREN OF BODOM U.F.O. GOTTHARD ANTHRAX ...

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BLAZE: Video Diary Posted Online

BLAZE, the British band led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE singer Blaze Bayley, have posted a three-minute video update from the recording sessions for the group's third full-length album, tentatively due in March 2004 through SPV Records. Check it out here (Windows Media). As previously reported, BLAZE are utilizing the services of former PITCHSHIFTER ...

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EPICA To Support DORO, BLAZE In Germany

Holland's EPICA (formerly SAHARA DUST), the new group formed by ex-AFTER FOREVER guitarist Mark Jansen, ex-CASSIOPEIA guitarist Ad Sluijter and keyboardist Coen Janssen, will be supporting DORO and BLAZE at three German dates at the end of the year. In other news, EPICA will be playing a show with AFTER FOREVER on March 21 at ...

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Former PITCHSHIFTER Drummer To Appear On New BLAZE CD

BLAZE, the British band led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE singer Blaze Bayley, are utilizing the services of former PITCHSHIFTER drummer Jason Bowld during the recording sessions for their third full-length album, which are taking place at Backstage Studios in Derbyshire together with producer Andy Sneap. Also recording with the group is bassist Wayne Banks (SABBAT, ...

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BLAZE To Begin Recording Third Album

BLAZE, the British band led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE singer Blaze Bayley, will enter Backstage Studios in Ripley, England on Monday (Dec. 8) to begin recording their third album, tentatively due in early 2004 through SPV Records. According to producer Andy Sneap, who worked with the band on their previous two offerings, the tracking for ...

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DORO: DVD Trailer Available Online

A trailer for DORO's first-ever DVD, "Für Immer", has been posted online at this location. Released on December 1, the two-disc set (view cover here) contains a complete show recorded in October 2002 in Balve, Germany and loads of extra special highlights and bonus material: backstage footage, a 35-minute documentary, bootleg ...

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BLAZE Announce Third Annual BIG BASH

On December 27, former IRON MAIDEN frontman Blaze Bayley and his band return to JB's Dudley for the third annual BLAZE Big Bash. In its first year the band played songs from their sophomore effort, "Tenth Dimension", for the first time. Last year, the band recorded their first live album, "As Live As It Gets", ...

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ANTHRAX Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

ANTHRAX are the latest act to be confirmed for the 2004 edition of the Bang Your Head festival, set to take place June 25-26 in Balingen, Germany. The list of bands currently scheduled to perform at the event looks as follows: WHITE LION QUEENSRŸCHE MAGNUM CHILDREN OF BODOM U.F.O. GOTTHARD ANTHRAX PRIMAL FEAR LILLIAN AXE ...

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Emergency Transmissions From GREAT WHITE Concert Fire Released

Emergency transmissions from February's deadly nightclub fire in Rhode Island during a GREAT WHITE concert have been released by State Attorney General Patrick Lynch after a judge ordered them to be made public, according to the Associated Press. The three-and-a-half hours worth of recordings include conversations between police, firefighters and other emergency workers. Rescuers found ...

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SEX PISTOLS: SID VICIOUS' Death To Be Commemorated

The 25th anniversary of the death of SEX PISTOLS bassist Sid Vicious — February 2, 2004 — will be commemorated by a number of projects, collectively titled "Vicious - Too Fast To Live". These will be as follows: The book "Vicious - Too Fast To Live" by Alan Parker (Creation Books) promises to reveal "for ...

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DORO's First-Ever DVD To Be Released In December

DORO's (full name: Doro Pesch) first-ever DVD, entitled "Für Immer", is scheduled for release on December 1. A two-disc set, "Für Immer" (view cover here) contains a complete show recorded in October 2002 in Balve, Germany and loads of extra special highlights and bonus material: backstage footage, a 35-minute documentary, bootleg stuff and ...

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MÖRK GRYNING: KIMERA To Handle The Axe During Upcoming Tour

Swedish black metallers MÖRK GRYNING have announced that Kimera (real name Peter Nagy) will once again the handle the guitar during the band's upcoming tour. It will mark his first time playing the axe since the group's appearance at the Dragon's Blaze festival in Belgium last May. MÖRK GRYNING will be teaming up with GREEN ...

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SHOK PARIS Announce Lineup For BANG YOUR HEAD Appearance

Ohio-based metallers SHOK PARIS have announced the lineup for their upcoming reunion show at the 2004 edition of the Bang Your Head festival, set to take place June 25-26 in Balingen, Germany. Confirmed to appear at the event are Vic Hix (vocals), Ken Erb (guitar), Kel Berkshire (bass), Jan Roll (drums) and George Mihalovich (guitar). ...

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BALLISTIC Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

BALLISTIC, the new band featuring former DEUCE / TENSION / WARDOG mainman Tom Gattis, along with JAG PANZER members Rikard Stjernquist (drums) and Chris Broderick (guitar), are the latest band confirmed for the 2004 edition of the Bang Your Head festival, set to take place June 25-26 in Balingen, Germany. The list of acts currently ...

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LEMMY, JON OLIVA, BLAZE BAYLEY To Perform With DORO PESCH At 20-Year Anniversary Concert

MOTÖRHEAD's Lemmy, SAVATAGE's Jon Oliva, and Blaze Bayley (ex-IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE) are among the special guests confirmed to appear with Doro Pesch at the veteran German metal singer's 20-year anniversary show on December 13 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Pesch is expected to perform material spanning her entire career, including a couple of early WARLOCK numbers featuring a ...

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No Hope For GREAT WHITE Gig In Massachusetts

Jeanne M. Rideout of the Holbrook Sun reports that "mounting criticism from the enraged relatives of victims killed in The Station inferno — and a request from Mayor David Madden — caused [GREAT WHITE] to cancel a controversial gig in a Route 18 club in South Weymouth [Massachusetts] on Sept. 26. "The event at the ...

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Rhode Island Nightclub Fire Survivor On Brink After Disaster

Richard C. Lewis of the Associated Press reports that "Michelle Spence, burned and left debilitated in a Rhode Island nightclub fire that killed 100 people, finally felt good enough to see the rock band POISON recently. "Her 10-year-old daughter, Hailey, however, was hysterical. She was terrified that her mother would get hurt again. Maybe she'd ...

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A Tearful GREAT WHITE, Playing Only With Fog

Sean Daly of The Washington Post reports that "when hair-metal band GREAT WHITE stormed the stage at Springfield's Jaxx concert hall Friday night [September 5], Todd King did not bang his head or pump his fist like the rest of the 200-strong crowd. Instead, the linebacker-size rock fan from Framingham, Mass., stood motionless, his eyes ...

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IRON MAIDEN Singer Wants To Avoid Being Labeled a Nostalgia Act

IRON MAIDEN frontman Bruce Dickinson recently admitted to The Arizona Republic that the band skirt dangerously close to the nostalgia circuit. "In the States, most of the audience comes to the show expecting nostalgia," said Dickinson, 45. "Only about half of the crowd is familiar with our newest work. We have a difficult balancing act ...

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