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THE OFFSPRING Drummer Exits, FREESE Takes Over

THE OFFSPRING drummer Ron Welty has announced that he has quit the band. In a statement on the band's web site, the drummer explained: "After more than 15 great years with THE OFFSPRING, I've decided to leave to devote all my energies to a new project called STEADY GROUND. I wish Dexter, Noodles and Greg ...

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JEFF SCOTT SOTO Hits The Road

Former YNGWIE MALMSTEEN and current TALISMAN guitarist Jeff Scott Soto has posted the following message to his official web site, www.jeffscottsoto.com: "Hey all, Jeff here...I wish 2 send u all a message of thanks 4 all the support & positive feedback from the 'Prism' [solo] album. It has been the most enthusiasm I've ...

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P.O.D. Record New Track For 'The Matrix: Reloaded' Soundtrack

P.O.D. have recorded the lead-off single for "The Matrix: Reloaded", the sequel to the hit Keanu Reeves movie. Also set to appear on the soundtrack, due in May, are ROB ZOMBIE, DEFTONES, DISTURBED, SYSTEM OF A DOWN, LINKIN PARK, former RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE frontman Zack De La Rocha with DJ Shadow, and PAPA ROACH, ...

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MEMENTO: Video Posted Online

Australia's MEMENTO have posted the video for the track "Coming" at this location. "Coming" comes off the group's upcoming debut album, "Beginnings", due on Feb. 25 through Columbia Records. "Beginnings" was produced by Toby Wright (ALICE IN CHAINS, SOULFLY, TAPROOT) and mixed by Brendan O'Brien (STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, KORN, PAPA ROACH). ...

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MEMENTO Set Release Date For 'Beginnings'

Australia's MEMENTO have set a Feb. 25 release date through Columbia Records for their debut album, "Beginnings". "Beginnings" was produced by Toby Wright (ALICE IN CHAINS, SOULFLY, TAPROOT) and mixed by Brendan O'Brien (STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, KORN, PAPA ROACH). ...

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Germany's Top-Selling Hard Rock Albums Of 2002

The following is a list of Germany's top-selling hard rock/metal albums of 2002 (as reported by Rock Hard magazine): 07. DIE TOTEN HOSEN - Auswärtsspiel 08. RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS - By The Way 13. NICKELBACK - Silver Side Up 15. BÖHSE ONKELZ - Dopamin 17. LENNY KRAVITZ - Lenny 21. P.O.D. - Satellite 31. ...

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PAGE HAMILTON: I Never Wanted HELMET To Break Up

Despite previous reports to the contrary, ex-HELMET and current GANDHI mainman Page Hamilton has not completely ruled out a reunion with his former bandmates. "[The reunion has] never been discussed with us, actually," Hamilton told Modern Fix recently. "People around us talk about it, though. [Ex-HELMET guitarist] Chris Trainer plays with BUSH now, and keeps ...

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BLINDSIDE To Support PAPA ROACH

Swedish emo/rock/hardcore/nu-metal heads BLINDSIDE will be supporting PAPA ROACH on their upcoming U.S. tour. Confirmed dates are as follows: Jan. 14 - Showbox Theatre – Seattle, WA Jan. 15 - Roseland Theater – Portland, OR Jan. 17 - Big Easy – Boise, ID Jan. 18 - New Oasis – Sparks, NV Jan. 19 - Warfield ...

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PAPA ROACH Team Up With THE NEPTUNES On 'Biker Boys' Soundtrack

PAPA ROACH have recorded a new song with hip-hop producers the Neptunes for the soundtrack to upcoming movie "Biker Boyz". The new track is tentatively titled "Don't Look Back". Jacoby Shaddix's band hooked up with the Neptunes, a.k.a. Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, in Los Angeles. The Neptunes are best known to rock fans as ...

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Former AMEN Guitarist Launches FIVE-O-CLOCK

Former AMEN guitarist Sonny Mayo has teamed up with former WHITE ZOMBIE drummer Ivan Dr Prume, vocalist Jason "Gong" Jones (ex-BUILT XL, last seen jamming with ex-FEAR FACTORY axeman Dino Cazares in his new project) and bassist Stevo Bruno in a new band called FIVE-O-CLOCK. The band, who are currently seeking a record deal, have ...

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PAPA ROACH Lose Copyright Battle Over Label Name

PAPA ROACH have been forced to change the name of their record label from New Noize to El Tonal. "We had a little copyright battle and lost," PAPA ROACH guitarist Jerry Horton told Undercover News. "We have changed the name to El Tonal. It is not called New Noize anymore." The group, who use their ...

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SLIPKNOT Drummer Joins PAPA ROACH (Sort Of)

SLIPKNOT drummer Joey Jordison joined PAPA ROACH for an impromptu jam session during the latter group's sold-out show at London's Brixton Academy last night (Nov. 7) Jordison, whose other band, MURDERDOLLS, had supported PAPA ROACH earlier in the evening, came on stage during the headliners' encore and took his place behind the drum stool, much ...

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JUDAS PRIEST Frontman Hits Cover Circuit

JUDAS PRIEST frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens has been passing time recently by making several live appearances with an Ohio-based cover band THE SICKNESS, whose lineup includes two of Owens' former bandmates, bassist Dennis Hayes (formerly of Tim's pre-PRIEST band WINTERS BANE) and drummer Tim Semelsberger (from an early Ripper-fronted cover band, U.S. METAL). THE SICKNESS, ...

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PAPA WHEELIE To Issue Sophomore Release

PAPA WHEELIE, the "stoner punk metal" crew consisting of former METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted (a.k.a. Jaylor) on guitar/vocals, Steven Wiig (a.k.a. Swiiglor) on drums and Joe Ledesma (a.k.a. Joefus) on bass, are preparing to unleash the follow-up release to their debut album, Unipsycho, just in time for Halloween. Live Lycanthropy features updated versions of Unipsycho ...

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PAPA ROACH Undergo Management 'Adjustment'

PAPA ROACH have undergone a management "adjustment," parting ways with Big Time Management's Bret Bair and upping road manager Dennis Sanders to full-time management duties, according to Hits Daily Double. Sanders previously co-managed the band with Bair. ...

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