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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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GREAT WHITE Concert Death Toll Reduced By One

The death toll in last week's nightclub fire in Rhode Island was reduced by one to 96, and all the victims have been identified, the governor said Thursday. Gov. Don Carcieri said the final toll was determined after the medical examiner finished examining all the remains. It wasn't immediately clear what caused the discrepancy. The ...

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GREAT WHITE Called Before Rhode Island Grand Jury

The surviving members of GREAT WHITE have been subpoenaed to appear for questioning before a Rhode Island grand jury, according to CNN. Criminal charges may be filed in connection with the band's pyrotechnic fire disaster that killed 97 people, including guitarist Ty Longley, during a performance last Thursday at the Station club in West Warwick, ...

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BLAZE Announce U.K. Dates

Britain's BLAZE, the band led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE frontman Blaze Bayley, have lined up the following U.K. dates during April/May: Apr. 25 - London, UK @ Garage Apr. 26 - Bradford, UK @ Rios Apr. 27 - Cardiff, UK @ MS1 May 02 - Plymouth, UK @ Cooperage May 03 - Stoke, UK @ ...

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GREAT WHITE Death Toll At 95

The death toll has risen to at least 95 and may climb to more than 100 in a fire that swept through a Rhode Island nightclub after GREAT WHITE's pyrotechnics display, Gov. Donald Carcieri said on Friday. "It would not surprise me to see a fatality number of over 100," Carcieri told reporters, adding that ...

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BLAZE Frontman Speaks Out On Upcoming Live CD

BLAZE frontman Blaze Bayley (ex-IRON MAIDEN) recently commented on the group's upcoming double live CD, "As Live As It Gets", due on March 24 through SPV/Steamhammer Records. "We are live at our best, so we used the opportunity and recorded our 'Tenth Dimension Tour' in England and Switzerland," he said. "We thought that the set ...

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MASTERPLAN Confirmed For Britain's BLOODSTOCK 2003

MASTERPLAN, the new band featuring ex-HELLOWEEN guitarist Roland Grapow, ex-HELLOWEEN drummer Uli Kusch and former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ARK singer Jorn Lande, 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. Also scheduled to appear at ...

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HAMMERFALL Confirmed For Britain's BLOODSTOCK 2003 Festival

HAMMERFALL 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. Also scheduled to appear at the event are NIGHTWISH, PARADISE LOST, BLAZE, DRAGONFORCE, POWER QUEST, and WAYLANDER. A total of 18 bands will perform ...

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PARADISE LOST Confirmed For England's BLOODSTOCK FESTIVAL 2003

PARADISE LOST are the latest British 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. The Yorkshire group, who recently issued their ninth studio album, "Symbol Of Life", will occupy the "special guest" slot on Saturday, Aug. ...

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MARCH METAL MELTDOWN 5: More Confirmations Announced

More artists have been confirmed for the upcoming March Metal Meltdown 5 festival, set to take place Mar. 7-8 at The Cricket Club in Irvington, New Jersey. The following is a list of bands (in alphabetical order) that have so far been "confirmed" to appear at March Metal Meltdown 5: 7 WITCHES ALL THAT REMAINS ...

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BLAZE Confirmed For Britain's BLOODSTOCK FESTIVAL 2003

Britain's BLAZE, the band led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE frontman Blaze Bayley, are the second major act to be announced 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. Also scheduled to appear at the festival are Finland's NIGHTWISH, who will be ...

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Ex-BLAZE Drummer Explains Departure

Former BLAZE drummer Jeff Singer has issued the following statement regarding his departure from the group: "As you will know by now, I have made the decision to part company with the band BLAZE. I have been mulling over the decision for some time and feel that the time is right to do so now. ...

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BLAZE Split With Drummer

Britain's BLAZE, the band led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE frontman Blaze Bayley, have parted ways with drummer Jeff Singer. The group have already invited several candidates to audition for the position and will make their next live appearance as the headliners of Total Fest 5 Festival at the Kings Head, Fulham, London on Saturday, Jan. ...

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BLAZE To Headline TOTALFEST 5

Britain's BLAZE, the band led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE frontman Blaze Bayley, will headline Totalfest 5 on Saturday Jan. 18, 2003 at the King's Head Live in Fulham, U.K. Also set to appear at the event are ORANGE GOBLIN, AREA 54 and REACTOR. BLAZE will release a double live album, "As Live As It Gets", ...

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JONES'S LOUNGE To Make Live Debut

Louisiana-based JONES'S LOUNGE, featuring Kyle Thomas (EXHORDER, FLOODGATE), Dax Thieler (GREEN LEAF CULT), Jason Portera (PITS VS. PREPS), and Tommy Buckley (SOILENT GREEN), will make their live debut on Thursday, Dec. 19 at The Howlin' Wolf in New Orleans. Joining them on the bill will be the BLACK SABBATH tribute band BLACK EARTH (featuring Kyle, ...

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BLAZE Name Live Album

Britain's BLAZE, the band led by former IRON MAIDEN/WOLFSBANE frontman Blaze Bayley, have set "As Live As It Gets" as the title for their forthcoming double live album, due on Mar. 24, 2003 via SPV Records. The CD will feature material from the band's first two studio albums as well as songs from WOLFSBANE and ...

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