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VELVET REVOLVER: 'Contraband' Certified Platinum

VELVET REVOLVER's "Contraband" has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), signifying shipments of more than 1,000,000 units (with 707,832 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan). The album's first single, "Slither" has held the No. 1 spot on all rock formats for four weeks straight. "Contraband" debuted at No. 1 on ...

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EXTREME To Play Reunion Show In Portugal

The original lineup of EXTREME, minus bassist Pat Badger, will reportedly reunite to perform at the 20th Maré de Agosto Internacional Music Festival (web site) on the Portuguese island of Santa Maria on August 22. EXTREME guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, who was born on the Portugese archipelago of the Azores, is scheduled to perform ...

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GOATWHORE Sign With METAL BLADE RECORDS

GOATWHORE, the New Orleans-based band featuring vocalist L. Ben Falgoust II (SOILENT GREEN) and guitarist Sammy Duet (ACID BATH, CROWBAR), have signed a deal with Metal Blade Records. "We are all very excited about this and will be doing a new album with Metal Blade Records in mid-2005," the band said in a statement. "This ...

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GUNS N' ROSES Bassist To Embark On Solo Tour

GUNS N' ROSES bassist Tommy Stinson will be embarking on a solo tour in August/September. Stinson will be touring in support of his solo debut, "Village Gorilla Head", due on July 27 through Sanctuary Records. The founding REPLACEMENTS member told Billboard.com last summer that he recorded the material for the set in a Los Angeles ...

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KISS Fan Pays $7,000 For PAUL STANLEY Guitar Lesson

KISS frontman Paul Stanley auctioned off a guitar lesson to raise money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation. The lesson went for $7,100, according to KissFanShop.de. All proceeds will benefit the nonprofit foundation, based in Santa Monica, which provides funds for prostate cancer research. ...

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D.R.I., STRONG INTENTION To Team Up For U.S. Tour

Crossover legends D.R.I. will be touring this summer with direct support from Baltimore's thrash terror squad STRONG INTENTION. The "If It Aint Fast, It Aint Shit" tour will start on July 6 and run through August 13. Here are all the dates: Jul. 06 - South Lake Tahoe, CA @ Whiskey Dick's Jul. 07 - ...

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KING'S X Music Featured In Upcoming Movie

The KING'S X track "Static", off their "Manic Moonlight" release (2001), appears on the trailer (and in the flick) for the movie "GhostWatcher" (web site). The movie is slated to be released by Artisan/Lion's Gate in October. The trailer should hit world theaters in August. In other news, KING'S X are planning on ...

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DEF LEPPARD's 'Photograph' Topping Country Music Charts

California country trio MALIBU STORM's remake of DEF LEPPARD's 1983 hit "Photograph" has landed at No. 10 on the Billboard Country Singles Sales chart in its first week of release. Top sales markets for the single reportedly include Los Angeles, Louisville, KY, Nashville and Charleston, WV. The video for the track is available for viewing ...

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DEVILDRIVER To Film New Video

DEVILDRIVER, the new band fronted by former COAL CHAMBER singer Dez Fafara, will be filming a video for "Nothing's Wrong?" on June 27. The video will be shot in the group's rehearsal space in Santa Barbara, "so people can get a feel of what the band does on a daily basis," according to a posting ...

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Former TWO HIT CREEPER Members Launch THE UNHEARD OF

Former TWO HIT CREEPER members Jim (guitar) and Mike (vocals) have formed a new band called THE UNHEARD OF. "Like we said a year and a half ago when we ended TWO HIT CREEPER, this band is pure unadulterated rock with influences stemming from LED ZEPPELIN, GN'R, STP, ALICE IN CHAINS, BLACK SABBATH and RAINBOW," ...

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DEF LEPPARD Guitarist Lines Up Acoustic Shows

DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell has taken up residency at the Finn McCool's bar in Santa Monica, Ca., where he regularly plays acoustic shows with P.J. Smith to jam and try out new material. Vivian and P.J. usually play there every Thursday evening, but it's possible they skip a week every now and then, according ...

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DEATH ANGEL To Perform At San Francisco In-Store

DEATH ANGEL will perform live at Tower Records (corner of Bay and Columbus Street) in San Francisco on Sunday, June 6 at 3:00 p.m. This will be a free event for the fans. The band will then have an autograph signing session following the performance. More than 100 live photos of DEATH ANGEL, taken at ...

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EVEN VAST Sign With CRUZ DEL SUR MUSIC

Long-running Italian doom melodic band EVEN VAST have inked a deal with Cruz Del Sur Music. The group are in the process of completing their recording studio (H-Sound Studio), and will start recording the new album in August. Mastering duties will be handled at Mastersound Studio in Fellbach, Germany. The as-yet-untitled follow-up to "Outsleeping" will ...

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OMISSA EP Produced By Former SYSTEMATIC Guitarist: Audio Available

Oakland, California-based quintet OMISSA (formerly HAPPY ENDING) have uploaded two new tracks which were recorded and produced at Pro View studios by former SYSTEMATIC guitarist Adam Ruppel. The songs "In Your Eyes" and "Peace and Balance", which will appear on the band's new EP (due this summer), are available for download at the group's official ...

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LOW AS I To Support PISSING RAZORS

LOW AS I have been confirmed as the opening band for PISSING RAZORS on their tour of the Midwest, which is scheduled to kick off Tuesday (May 11) in Bozeman, MT. Formerly known as MINDFOLD, LOW AS I recently completed work on their debut album, "Shot Heard Around The World", with producer Tom Tatman (STONE ...

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MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP: West Coast Dates Announced

MSG (MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP) have lined up the following dates during June: Jun. 03 - Santa Barbara, CA @ Coach House Nort Jun. 04 - Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre Jun. 05 - San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick According to a posting on Michael Schenker's official web site, "the next MSG studio ...

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DEATH ANGEL To Guest On 92.3 KSJO's 'Hardcore Hell'

Reunited San Francisco Bay Area metallers DEATH ANGEL will be appearing on Nikki Blakk's "Hardcore Hell" show on 92.3 KSJO this Friday and Saturday (April 23 and 24) at 12 midnight. Listen in to hear songs off the group's new album, "The Art Of Dying", and to win tickets for their record-release show at the ...

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KING'S X To Film West Hollywood Show For Upcoming DVD

KING'S X will be filming their May 23 performance at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, California for an upcoming DVD. In addition, the group will be recording various shows on the upcoming North American tour for a live album — a double-CD affair containing "lots of songs," according to an online posting from ...

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