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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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GREAT WHITE Unlikely To Be Indicted Over Rhode Island Concert Tragedy

Six months after the deadly West Warwick nightclub fire, state prosecutors are completing their investigation, according to a report published Sunday. Prosecutors are expected to seek involuntary manslaughter indictments against the nightclub's owners and a rock band's tour manager, the Boston Globe reported in its Sunday editions. The charges would be brought against Jeffrey and ...

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EDGUY Replace HAMMERFALL At England's BLOODSTOCK Festival

German melodic metallers EDGUY have replaced HAMMERFALL on the bill of this year's Bloodstock Festival, a two-day event set to take place Aug. 29-30, 2003 at the Assembly Rooms in Derby, U.K. As previously reported, HAMMERFALL were forced to cancel their appearance at the festival after guitarist Oscar Dronjak sustained a multiple fracture in his ...

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BLAZED: Demo Tracks Posted Online

BLAZED, the Long Island, New York-based band fronted by Jesse Blaze, son of '80s rocker Dee Snider of TWISTED SISTER fame and MTV VJ (click here for more info), have posted five songs from their recently completed demo at their official web site. The songs available for download are as follows: 01.

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Safety Concerns Delay Florida Metal Festival

Edward Fitzpatrick of the Providence Journal reports that a Florida heavy metal festival, which was going to raise money for The Station Family Fund, has been postponed because of fire-code issues raised by the local fire marshal. Metalfest 2003 — with a list of performers that included LYNCH MOB, FIREHOUSE, BANG TANGO and BULLET BOYS ...

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GREAT WHITE's Charitable U.S. Tour Is A No-Go

The proposed nationwide tour featuring GREAT WHITE, L.A. GUNS and XYZ to raise money for families of the victims of the Rhode Island tragedy has been canceled. The trek, which was to cover 55 cities, was called off due to the bands' inability to get proper insurance for the tour. Explained L.A. GUNS bassist Adam ...

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SUFFER To Release Debut Through NORTHERN BLAZE PRODUCTIONS

Southern Louisiana-based SUFFER, featuring former members of GOATWHORE, DISINCARNATE, and SHRUM, have signed with Northern Blaze Productions and will release their debut album, entitled "When Darkness Falls", later this summer. Two tracks from the CD — "Plague Of The Whore" and "Shell Of An Angel" — can be downloaded in MP3 format from

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SARACEN Confirmed For Britain's BLOODSTOCK 2003

SARACEN lead the final batch of British bands gearing up for this year's Bloodstock festival, a two-day event set to take place Aug. 29-30, 2003 at the Assembly Rooms in Derby, U.K. Little is known about SARACEN other than they released two albums in the early '80s as part of the NWOBHM (New Wave Of ...

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GREAT WHITE Form Legal Defense Fund

GREAT WHITE, the rock band whose pyrotechnics are believed to have sparked a deadly nightclub fire in West Warwick, have created a trust to help pay their legal bills, according to the Associated Press. "This is a fund that's just set up in response to the many, many fans and other bands that said, 'Hey, ...

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GREAT WHITE Fire Death Toll Rises To 100

A woman who clung to life for more than 10 weeks after being badly burned in the GREAT WHITE nightclub fire in Rhode Island died on Sunday night, raising the death toll from the blaze to 100. The woman, Pam Gruttadauria, 33, of Johnston, R.I., had been in critical condition since the fire, which was ...

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BLAZE Officially Confirm Bassist's Departure

BLAZE, the British band led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE singer Blaze Bayley, have finally officially confirmed the departure of bassist Rob Naylor (as first reported here on April 4). According to the group's official web site, "Rob informed the band he wanted to leave shortly after returning from the U.S. [following their appearance ...

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JESSE BLAZE To Open For SUKI JONES On Long Island

BLAZE, the Long Island, New York-based band fronted by Jesse Blaze, son of '80s rocker Dee Snider of TWISTED SISTER fame (not to be confused with the Blaze Bayley-fronted British band of the same name), have lined up the following dates during May: May 03 – New York, NMY @ Continental May 17 – Long ...

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BLAZE Announce New Bassist

BLAZE, the British band led by former IRON MAIDEN frontman Blaze Bayley, have enlisted Wayne Banks (SABBAT, GODSEND, THE NEWCRANES) as a replacement for departed bassist Rob Naylor, who quit the group last month following their appearance at New Jersey's March Metal Meltdown V festival. Banks, who will be taking over the bass-playing duties on ...

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DEE SNIDER's Son Launches Music Career With BLAZE

Jesse Blaze, son of '80s rocker Dee Snider of TWISTED SISTER fame, has launched a "melodic yet percussive heavy metal band" called BLAZE (not to be confused with the Blaze Bayley-fronted British band of the same name). The group, which is completed by Billy (bass), Chris (drums), and Omar (guitar), has posted a four-song demo ...

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Rhode Island Nightclub Owners Fined $1M For Insurance Shortage

State labor officials issued a fine of more than $1 million against owners of a nightclub where a fire during a GREAT WHITE concert killed 99 people because the company failed to get workers' compensation insurance, according to the Associated Press. The Department of Labor and Training also referred the case Wednesday to the attorney ...

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ROB NAYLOR Quits BLAZE, Plots New Band

Rob Naylor, bassist for BLAZE (the band featuring ex-IRON MAIDEN vocalist Blaze Bayley), has reportedly quit the band due to the old "musical/artistic differences" and is forming his own project. He is currently seeking a ballsy singer with a good range and attitude in spades, for a "heavy-as-fuck" band. Applicants should send tapes/CDs/biographies to: Lo-Res ...

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Toxic Smoke Suspected In Deaths Of GREAT WHITE Concert Fire Victims

Death certificates issued for some of the victims of the GREAT WHITE concert fire are leading lawyers to focus on whether the toxic fumes rendered the nightclub's patrons incapable of escaping the fast-moving blaze, according to The Providence Journal. The death certificates show that some of the victims died from inhaling "products of combustion" and ...

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Rules Set For Lawyers' Visit To GREAT WHITE Fire Site Tomorrow

Private lawyers and their fire experts are scheduled to converge at the site of The Station nightclub fire tomorrow morning to take photographs and measurements in preparation for civil lawsuits stemming from the blaze that killed 99 people, The Providence Journal has reported. According to an order issued by Superior Court Judge Alice B. Gibney ...

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SAXON Confirmed For Britain's BLOODSTOCK FESTIVAL

SAXON are the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's Bloodstock Festival, a two-day event set to take place Aug. 29-30, 2003 at the Assembly Rooms in Derby, U.K. SAXON will headline the "classic" night on Friday, Aug. 29 with BLAZE, POWER QUEST and one other band yet to be confirmed. Also scheduled ...

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USA Today: Those '80s Metal Bands Still Strike A Chord

USA Today published an article in its March 11 edition spotlighting the current popularity of '80s metal and the renewed media interest in a musical subculture many thought was extinct prior to the recent Rhode Island nightclub blaze in which nearly 100 people died. According to author Clara Frenk, "bands such as POISON, DEF LEPPARD ...

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Second Lawsuit Filed In GREAT WHITE Concert Tragedy

A second lawsuit was filed today in connection with the GREAT WHITE concert tragedy fire in Rhode Island — this one on behalf of a young girl who lost her 27-year-old mother in the blaze which took 99 lives, according to The Providence Journal. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Zoe Jean Kingsley, the 6-year-old ...

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GREAT WHITE Tour Manager: Pyro Documents Destroyed

GREAT WHITE's tour manager told Rhode Island investigators he has paperwork outlining the band's general use of pyrotechnics, but he said all the documents specific to the show that led to a deadly nightclub fire were destroyed in the blaze, according to the Associated Press. Dan Biechele told investigators the paperwork from the booking of ...

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GREAT WHITE Member Testifies Before Grand Jury

At least one member of GREAT WHITE testified Tuesday before a grand jury deciding whether criminal charges should be filed in the deadly nightclub fire sparked by the band's pyrotechnic display, according to the Associated Press. Also Tuesday, relatives of two of the 98 people killed in the Feb. 20 blaze filed what is believed ...

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BLAZE Confirm Pennsylvania In-Store Appearance

Britain's BLAZE, the band led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE frontman Blaze Bayley, will make an in-store appearance on Thursday, March 6 at Vyagra music store at 1619 West Washington Street in Allentown Pennsylvania. For more information, call (610) 433-7884. BLAZE will perform at the upcoming March Metal Meltdown V festival, set to take place Mar. ...

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GREAT WHITE Singer Hasn't Yet Testified in Club Blaze

GREAT WHITE singer Jack Russell has not formally requested immunity from prosecution in exchange for his testimony and hasn't testified before the grand jury, his lawyer said Saturday, according to the Associated Press. Russell, the lead singer of the band whose pyrotechnics sparked a deadly nightclub fire, reported Friday to the site in East Greenwich ...

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BLAZE Confirmed For Germany's BANG YOUR HEAD Festival

Britain's BLAZE, the band led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE frontman Blaze Bayley, are the latest act to have been confirmed for this year's installment of Bang Your Head festival, scheduled to take place Jun. 27-28 in Balingen, Germany. The list of artists currently set to perform at Bang Your Head 2003 looks like this: TWISTED ...

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