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Meet A Man Who Shares OZZY OSBOURNE's Name

Brett Johnson of Scripps Howard News Service reports that "Ozzie Osborn and Ozzy Osbourne both grew up poor and became rich. Ozzie Osborn can think of one other thing he and the namesake famous rock star have in common. " 'I sang quite a bit, but not like him,' said Osborn, who lives near Santa ...

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THIN LIZZY: More Tour Dates Announced

THIN LIZZY have announced more dates as part of their "Global Chaos 2003" World Tour. Upcoming THIN LIZZY tour dates, according to their management: Oct. 10 - The Chance – Poughkeepsie, NY Oct. 11 - Steel Music Hall – Rochester, NY Oct. 12 - The Downtown - Farmingdale, NY Oct. 13 - TBA Oct. 14 ...

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KING DIAMOND Set Release Date For 'The Puppet Master'

KING DIAMOND have set an October 21 release date through Metal Blade Records for their new album, "The Puppet Master". The CD will contain a bonus disc of King telling the story of "The Puppet Master" in full make-up. Massacre Records (King's European label) will also release "The Puppet Master" on regular vinyl and as ...

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SYMPHONY X Sign With WORLD MANAGEMENT

Prog-metallers SYMPHONY X have inked a management deal with World Management (MORBID ANGEL, NILE, UNLEASHED). The group, who will be performing at ProgPower USA IV in Atlanta in early September, are scheduled to embark on a three-week European tour beginning in mid-October, to be followed by a North American headline run with THE DEVIN TOWNSEND ...

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ENTOMBED: 'Inferno' Vinyl Edition To Include Bonus Track

The vinyl version of ENTOMBED's latest album, "Inferno", will include a special bonus cut called "When Humanity Is Gone". The 2-LP set is due on August 18 through the band's own Threeman Recordings. Also scheduled to be released on the same day are vinyl version of "Uprising" and "Morning Star". "Inferno" will receive a U.S. ...

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SYMPHONY X To Tour With THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND

SYMPHONY X and THE DEVIN TOWNSEND BAND will be teaming up for a North American tour beginning in early November. Confirmed dates so far are as follows: Nov. 12/2003 - Downtown - Farmingdale, NY Nov. 13/2003 - The Palladium - Worcester, MA Nov. 14/ 2003 - Paramount Theatre - Asbury Park, NJ (New Jersey Metal ...

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist Conquers Japan

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman recently played two songs from his latest solo CD, "Music For Speeding" ("Lust For Life" and "It's The Unreal Thing"), live in the broadcast center for Japan's Sky Perfect TV's "Party Dude!" program. This nationwide hard rock show will broadcast the two songs plus interviews on two separate programs over ...

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DEVILDRIVER No Longer Going 'Straight To Hell'

DEVILDRIVER (formerly DEATHRIDE), the new Santa Barbara, California-based project featuring ex-COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara, have changed the title of their upcoming debut album to simply "DevilDriver" from the originally planned "Straight To Hell". Says Fafara: "[The title change was made] for so many reasons that I can't even go into." The group are currently ...

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KING'S X To Open For SAMMY HAGAR In Texas

Due to a last minute cancellation by LYNYRD SKYNYRD, KING'S X will be opening for SAMMY HAGAR this Friday and Saturday. Upcoming KING'S X tour dates: Aug. 08 - Houston, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (w/ SAMMY HAGAR) Aug. 09 - Dallas, TX @ Smirnoff Music Centre (w/ SAMMY HAGAR) Sep. 07 - Zoetermeer, ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN To Be Joined By Ex-MEGADETH Drummer, WATCHTOWER Guitarist On Upcoming Tour

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman has announced his backing band for the upcoming Guitarevolution tour, the month-long trek featuring Friedman, Alex Skolnick's (ex-TESTAMENT, SAVATAGE) jazz combo THE ALEX SKOLNICK TRIO and original MEGADETH guitarist Chris Poland's (ex-DAMN THE MACHINE) prog-rock outfit OHM. Joining Marty on the tour will be guitarist Ron Jarzombek (WATCHTOWER, SPASTIC INK), ...

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KING DIAMOND/ENTOMBED: More Tour Dates Announced!

More dates have been announced for the forthcoming North American tour featuring KING DIAMOND and ENTOMBED. As exclusively reported here yesterday, the Metal Maniacs magazine-sponsored trek will kick off on October 18 in Los Angeles and will feature KING DIAMOND presenting one of their most elaborate stage performances to date. The veteran Danish metal combo ...

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KING DIAMOND/ENTOMBED: First Tour Dates Announced!

The first dates have been announced for the forthcoming North American tour featuring KING DIAMOND and ENTOMBED. The Metal Maniacs magazine-sponsored trek will kick off on October 18 in Los Angeles and will feature KING DIAMOND presenting one of their most elaborate stage performances to date. The veteran Danish metal combo will be touring in ...

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DEVILDRIVER Begin Mixing Debut Album

DEVILDRIVER (formerly DEATHRIDE), the new Santa Barbara, California-based project featuring ex-COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara, have tapped Greg Reeley (FEAR FACTORY, MACHINE HEAD) to mix their debut album, "Straight To Hell", due later in the year through Roadrunner Records. "We should be starting to mix the album before Wednesday of this week," Fafara writes on ...

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FU MANCHU Frontman: 25 New Songs Ready To Be Recorded

FU MANCHU singer/guitarist Scott Hill has posted the following message to the band's official web site: "We are playing three shows in California this August. San Jose August 8th at The Usual, August 9th [in] San Francisco at Slims, August 10th [in] Santa Monica at the Santa Monica Civic. This should be a wild show. ...

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QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE To Enter The Studio In February

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE are expected to enter the studio in February to begin recording the follow-up to 2002's "Songs for the Deaf". The band have extended their touring plans with a series of North American club dates, which will take the band through the end of October. Afterward, bassist Nick Oliveri told Billboard.com ...

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CATHEDRAL Sign With NUCLEAR BLAST RECORDS

U.K.-based cult doom rockers CATHEDRAL have signed a deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The group's follow-up to last year's "The VIIth Coming" is tentatively due in early 2004. CATHEDRAL were previously signed to Dream Catcher Records in Europe and Spitfire Records in the U.S. CATHEDRAL will be teaming up with STRAPPING YOUNG LAD and SAMAEL ...

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DEVILDRIVER: Swinging The Dead

DEVILDRIVER (formerly DEATHRIDE), the new Santa Barbara, California-based project featuring ex-COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara, are tentatively set to release their much-anticipated debut album, "Straight To Hell", in October through Roadrunner Records. "Now that the DEVILDRIVER album is complete, we will be receiving mixes from numerous individuals to determine who will be mixing the album," ...

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JAG PANZER Drummer Welcomes Addition To Family

Congratulations are in order for JAG PANZER drummer Rikard, wife Barbra, and son Gunnar, who welcomed Sophia Karin Siri Stjernquist into their family three months ago. As previously reported, JAG PANZER will be supporting HELLOWEEN on their two-week tour of North America in early October. Also set to appear on the bill are BEYOND THE ...

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DEVILDRIVER Going 'Straight To Hell'

DEVILDRIVER (formerly DEATHRIDE), the new Santa Barbara, California-based project featuring ex-COAL CHAMBER frontman Dez Fafara, have set "Straight To Hell" as the title for their much-anticipated debut album, due this fall through Roadrunner Records. The band, whose sound is being described as "much heavier" than that of COAL CHAMBER and featuring "more technical" musicianship than ...

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GENOCIDE, NAUSEA L.A. To Team Up For California Concert

GENOCIDE, the Michigan–based death metal/grindcore band featuring members of the recently reunited REPULSION, will be teaming up with the influential Los Angeles deathcore merchants NAUSEA L.A. (featuring TERRORIZER vocalist Oscar Garcia) for a one-off gig at The Garage in Los Angeles, California on Tuesday, July 22. The Garage is located at 4519 Santa Monica Blvd. ...

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JETHRO TULL Leader To Embark On Solo Tour

JETHRO TULL leader Ian Anderson will embark on a two-month solo tour in the fall in support of his forthcoming disc, "Rupi's Dance". The solo tour — dubbed "Rubbing Elbows with Ian Anderson" — is described on JETHRO TULL's web site as "an intimate evening of acoustic songs, music and bawdy tales." "Rupi's Dance", due ...

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VADER Set Release Date For New Mini-CD

Polish death metallers VADER have set an October 20 European release date through Metal Blade Records for their new mini-CD, entitled "Blood". The seven-song effort will reportedly contain two new songs, "We Wait" and "Shape-shifting", which will be recorded over a one-week period beginning on July 10 at Red Studio with engineer Piotr Lukaszewski ("Reign ...

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STRAPPING YOUNG LAD Guitarist Offers Update From The Road

In his latest update from the road, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD guitarist Jed Simon sheds a little light on the hazards of being on the road, some great new & vintage music to listen to, the virtues of dual rectifiers, and pointy guitars: "SYL has been writing and compiling video footage lately... except our video camera ...

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