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Hardcore 'Supergroup' HAZEN STREET Recording Debut For Spring Release

HAZEN STREET, the new hardcore "supergroup" featuring Chad Gilbert (NEW FOUND GLORY) and David Kennedy (BOX CAR RACER) on guitar, bassist Hoya (MADBALL), drummer Mackie Jayson (CRO-MAGS, BAD BRAINS, SHELTER), and Toby Morse (H20) and Freddy Cricien (MADBALL) on vocals, are tracking their debut album with producer Howard Benson (P.O.D., PAPA ROACH, SEPULTURA) for a ...

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DEEP PURPLE's Tribute To Victims Of SPACE SHUTTLE COLUMBIA Tragedy

The instrumental song "Contact Lost", the bittersweet finale of DEEP PURPLE's new album "Bananas", was inspired by the tragic loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia. It was written by guitarist Steve Morse. Columbia broke up over Texas upon re-entry on February 1, 2003, after a successful 16-day scientific research mission. The accident claimed the lives ...

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DREAM THEATER's JORDAN RUDESS To Release New Solo Album

DREAM THEATER keyboardist Jordan Rudess has posted the following message on his web site: "Hello everyone. It's my birthday today and it's a great day to announce lots of big JR news. "As a lot of you know, on November the 11th, DREAM THEATER's 'Train of Thought' is coming out. The tour will begin in ...

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URIAH HEEP/DEEP PURPLE Supergroup: Album Track Listing Revealed

The new "supergroup" featuring members of URIAH HEEP, DEEP PURPLE and OZZY OSBOURNE's former bass player Bob Daisley have reportedly scrapped THE RAGE as the name for their new project and are currently going by the working title THE MEEK. The band, which consists of Daisley, Lee Kerslake (URIAH HEEP, OZZY OSBOURNE) on drums, Jon ...

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URIAH HEEP/DEEP PURPLE Supergroup To Call Themselves THE RAGE

The new "supergroup" featuring members of URIAH HEEP, DEEP PURPLE and OZZY OSBOURNE's former bass player Bob Daisley has reportedly been christened THE RAGE. The band, which consists of Daisley, Lee Kerslake (URIAH HEEP, OZZY OSBOURNE) on drums, Jon Lord (DEEP PURPLE) and Don Airey (OZZY OSBOURNE, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW) on keyboards, Steve Morse (DEEP ...

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URIAH HEEP/DEEP PURPLE Supergroup To Release Album In Early 2004

The as-yet-unnamed new "supergroup" featuring members of URIAH HEEP, DEEP PURPLE and OZZY OSBOURNE's former bass player Bob Daisley will release their debut album early next year on Melbourne record producer Michael Gudinski's Liberation label, according to Australia's Sunday Mail. The idea for the band, which consists of Daisley, Lee Kerslake (URIAH HEEP, OZZY OSBOURNE) ...

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JOURNEY's NEAL SCHON To Make G3 Appearance

According to the official JOURNEY web site, Neal Schon will be making two special guest appearances on the G3 '03 tour with Joe Satriani, Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai. He will perform on Friday, October 17 at the Chronicle Pavilion in Concord, California and Monday, October 27 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. (Thanks: ...

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All-Star BEATLES Cover Band Appear On 'Modern Drummer' DVD

YELLOW MATTER CUSTARD, the BEATLES cover band consisting of Paul Gilbert (RACER X/ex-MR. BIG) on guitar, Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER) on drums, Neal Morse (ex-SPOCK'S BEARD) on guitar and keyboards, and Matt Bissonette (DAVID LEE ROTH) on bass, have contributed three tracks ("While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "I Am The Walrus" and "A Day In ...

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SKINLAB's ESQUIVEL To Collaborate With Ex-PUSHED Singer

SKINLAB frontman Steev Esquivel has posted the following message to the band's official web site: "Hey what's up everyone. I wanted to give you the low down on DEF IGNITION. I entered the recording stages of the project. As of last week, I started collaborating with production team Marc Pattison and Luke Shedd of Bay ...

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Money Talks - CRYPTIC SLAUGHTER

Following the reissue of the Californian speedcore merchants benchmark debut album "Convicted", there is some debate over whether that or follow-up "Money Talks" is the better of the two. Beyond the sonic rage factor to be taken into consideration, the artwork is certainly superior on 1987's "Money Talks". Drawn by Jeff Harp from the equally ...

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Review: AEROSMITH's Power Leaves KISS Behind

Steve Morse of The Boston Globe reports that KISS had the gimmicky, arena-style pyrotechnics, but AEROSMITH had the true heat at this entertaining matchup of so-called rock superpowers Monday night (August 25) at the Tweeter Center. "As KISS singer Paul Stanley told the sold-out crowd, 'We got two major superpowers — the Aerosmith Aeroforce and ...

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DEEP PURPLE/URIAH HEEP Supergroup To Begin Mixing Debut Album

The new supergroup featuring members of URIAH HEEP, DEEP PURPLE and OZZY OSBOURNE's former bass player Bob Daisley is putting the finishing touches on its debut album, tentatively due in late 2003/early 2004 through an as-yet-undisclosed label. The as-yet-unnamed band, which consists of Daisley, Lee Kerslake (URIAH HEEP) on drums, Jon Lord (DEEP PURPLE) and ...

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DREAM THEATER Drummer Guests On NEAL MORSE Solo CD

DREAM THEATER's Mike Portnoy is the featured drummer on the forthcoming solo CD, entitled "Testimony", from former SPOCK'S BEARD frontman and Portnoy's TRANSLATLANTIC bandmate Neal Morse, due on September 23 through Radiant Records. "I guess now that the cat is out of the bag, it is safe for me to report that I do indeed ...

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DEEP PURPLE/URIAH HEEP Supergroup Has Yet To Begin Recording

The new supergroup featuring members of URIAH HEEP, DEEP PURPLE and OZZY OSBOURNE's former bass player Bob Daisley has yet to do any recording, despite previous reports to the contrary, according to Undercover News. COLD CHISEL singer Jimmy Barnes, fresh from finishing up the COLD CHISEL "Ringside" shows, is expected to make his way to ...

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A DEEP PURPLE/URIAH HEEP Collaboration?

According to URIAH HEEP guitarist Mick Box, a new CD is currently being recorded in Florida by the following lineup of musicians: Lee Kerslake (URIAH HEEP, OZZY OSBOURNE) – drums Bob Daisley (OZZY OSBOURNE) – bass Jimmy Barnes (COLD CHISEL) - vocals Jon Lord (DEEP PURPLE) – keyboards Steve Morse (DEEP PURPLE) – guitars No ...

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DEEP PURPLE: 'Bananas' Cover Posted Online

The cover artwork for DEEP PURPLE's forthcoming album, "Bananas", has been posted online at this location. The group are performing two songs from the album during their current European tour: "I Got Your Number" (a partially rewritten version of "Up The Wall", which was played on last year's February U.K. tour) and a ...

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PAPA ROACH Singer Gets Behind DIE TRYING

PAPA ROACH frontman Jacoby Shaddix is reportedly teaming up with label Island Def Jam to promote Sacramento, California's DIE TRYING, who released their self-titled debut album on Tuesday (June 10). The band's first single "Oxygen's Gone" is currently at Number 33 on the Radio & Records singles chart. Shaddix heard the band's music early on, ...

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GODSMACK: Stronger Than Them All

Steve Morse of the Boston Globe reviewed GODSMACK's homecoming concert at the Tweeter Center on Thursday (May 22) before a crowd of 13,000. A large part of that crowd — 2,000 to be exact — were members of the military who had bought $10 tickets in the reserved section on the lawn. GODSMACK have taken ...

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All-Star BEATLES Tribute Band To Issue Live DVD

YELLOW MATTER CUSTARD, the BEATLES cover band consisting of Paul Gilbert (RACER X/ex-MR. BIG) on guitar, Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER) on drums, Neal Morse (ex-SPOCK'S BEARD) on guitar and keyboards, and Matt Bissonette (DAVID LEE ROTH) on bass, recorded their one-off headlining gig at B.B. King's in New York City Sunday night (May 18) for ...

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SPOCK'S BEARD To Release 'Feel Euphoria' In July

SPOCK'S BEARD have set a July 8 North American release date for their new album, "Feel Euphoria". The CD, the group's first to feature drummer Nick D'Virgilio as lead vocalist, will contain the following tracks: 01. Onomatopoeia 02. The Bottom Line 03. Feel Euphoria 04. Shining Star 05. East of Eden, West of Memphis 06. ...

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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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