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THE DARKNESS Receive Inspiration From FREDDIE MERCURY

NME.com is reporting that THE DARKNESS have started work on the follow-up to "Permission to Land" with a little bit of inspiration from the late Freddie Mercury. The band are currently working in the same studio in which QUEEN recorded "Bohemian Rhapsody". Singer Justin Hawkins said: “Studio stuff is going well. It's about the biggest ...

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RUSH Drumline Style

According to a posting on the RUSH fan site Power Windows, The Placer Highschool Drumline, from Auburn California, will be performing a medley of RUSH at this Friday's (March 18) "Winter Drumline and Guard Spectacular". The piece, entitled "Red Star", opens with "YYZ", then goes into the intro of "The Spirit of Radio" ...

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SEBASTIAN BACH Talks About Upcoming RUSH Tribute Album

Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach is among the musicians appearing on the upcoming RUSH tribute album, "Subdivisions", due on March 15 via Magna Carta Records. The CD, which features pre-mix editing by longtime RUSH producer Terry Brown, contains artwork by Hugh Syme. A complete list of the musicians that perform on the album can ...

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BLOOD DUSTER: METALLICA Want Their Shirts, THE HAUNTED Don't Like Their Gay Humor

Infamous Australian act BLOOD DUSTER, described as blending lethal grindcore with traditional '70s-style Southern rock and rockabilly rhythms spiced up with a large dose of grossed-out humor, are set to release their debut DVD. The band, who regularly perform naked onstage, have already shocked the world with product such as "Fisting the Dead", the banned-cover ...

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THE PROJECT HATE Hard At Work On New Album

THE PROJECT HATE, the Swedish band featuring Jörgen Sandström of ENTOMBED/GRAVE fame on lead vocals, have issued the following update on the recording sessions for their fourth studio album, tentatively due later in the year via Threeman Recordings: "We have now started to put down guitars for the coming, fourth, studio album. We are not ...

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RUSH Post Tsunami Benefit Performance Online

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that RUSH have posted their performance from last month's Canada For Asia tsunami benefit online. The official Rush.com web site has a link to the new version of their 1977 hit "Closer To The Heart", which features fellow Canadians Ed Robertson of BARENAKED LADIES and actor Mike Smith, who's best ...

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DREAM THEATER Frontman Schedules European Solo Tour Dates

DREAM THEATER frontman James LaBrie has lined up the following tour dates in support of his upcoming solo album, "Elements of Persuasion": Apr. 24 - München, GER - Elser Zusatzhalle Apr. 27 - Hamburg, GER - Markthalle Apr. 28 - Düsseldorf, GER - Tor 3 May 02 - Aschaffenburg, GER - Colos-Saal As previously reported, ...

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DREAM THEATER Singer Names New Solo Album, Plans Live Dates

DREAM THEATER frontman James LaBrie has set "Elements of Persuasion" as the title of his third solo album, due on March 15 via InsideOut Music. Musicians appearing on the album include Matt Guillory (DALI'S DILEMMA) on keyboards, Mike Mangini (EXTREME, ANNIHILATOR) on drums, Bryan Beller (STEVE VAI) on bass, and a new guitar prodigy from ...

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BLOODBATH: Live Debut Planned For Germany's WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival

BLOODBATH, the Swedish death metal supergroup featuring Anders "Blakkheim" Nyström (KATATONIA, DIABOLICAL MASQUERADE, BEWITCHED), Peter Tägtgren (HYPOCRISY, PAIN), Jonas Renkse (KATATONIA, OCTOBER TIDE) and Dan Swanö (NIGHTINGALE, DAN SWANÖ, UNICORN, EDGE OF SANITY, INFESTDEAD, ODYSSEY, PAN-THY-MONIUM), have posted the following message on their official web site: "The time has finally come for BLOODBATH to invade ...

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RUSH: Charity Telethon Rebroadcast On Band's Official Web Site

RUSH's performance on the Canada for Asia three-hour live telecast in support of relief efforts for the tsunami victims of South Asia will be posted on Rush.com on February 1. This is exclusive to Rush.com and will only be available for viewing until March 2. The performance will not be available for download. As previously ...

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ANDREAS KISSER, ALEX SKOLNICK, SEBASTIAN BACH Among Musicians Featured On RUSH Tribute CD

SEPULTURA guitarist Andreas Kisser, former TESTAMENT axeman Alex Skolnick, ex-SKID ROW singer Sebastian Bach and former WARRANT frontman Jani Lane are among the musicians appearing on the upcoming RUSH tribute album, "Subdivisions", due on March 15 via Magna Carta Records. The CD, which features pre-mix editing by longtime RUSH producer Terry Brown, contains

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New RUSH Tribute Album 'Subdivisions' Due In March

Magna Carta Records, the label that released the 1996 RUSH tribute album "Working Man", has set a March 15 release date for a new RUSH tribute collection, entitled "Subdivisions". With pre-mix editing by Terry Brown and artwork by Hugh Syme, the album will feature Vinnie Moore on guitar, Stu Hamm on bass and Mike Mangini ...

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VELVET REVOLVER To Guest On 'Tears In Heaven' Cover

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne officially announced Monday (Jan. 17) their plans to record a cover of ERIC CLAPTON's "Tears in Heaven" to benefit storm recovery efforts, according to MTV.com. VELVET REVOLVER, AEROSMITH's Steven Tyler, Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne are among the artists lending their voices to the song, sales of which will benefit ...

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RUSH: Photos From CANADA FOR ASIA Benefit Event Posted Online

RUSH were among the Canadian artists that assembled at the CBC broadcasting center Thursday night (Jan. 13) to take part in Canada for Asia, a three-hour, history-making live telecast in support of relief efforts for the tsunami victims of South Asia. RUSH had recorded a new version of their 1977 hit "Closer To The Heart" ...

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DREAM THEATER Frontman To Release New Solo Album In March

InsideOut Music has set a March 15 release date for the third solo album from DREAM THEATER frontman James LaBrie. Musicians appearing on the album include Matt Guillory (DALI'S DILEMMA) on keyboards, Mike Mangini (EXTREME, ANNIHILATOR) on drums, Bryan Beller (STEVE VAI) on bass, and a new guitar prodigy from Italy named Marco Sfogli. The ...

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RUSH: New Tribute Album In The Works?

RUSH fan site Power Windows is reporting that there have been more rumblings of one or more RUSH tribute albums in the works. Over two years ago guitarist Vinnie Moore's (UFO) web site announced that "Vinnie is recording tracks in his studio for a RUSH tribute CD that will be released by Magna ...

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RUSH Drummer Shows His Appreciation To Whisky Producer

According to Scotsman.com, RUSH drummer Neil Peart recently sent the employees of The Edrington Group, producer of the number-one-selling brand of Scotch Whisky in Scotland, stocking-filling goodies as a sign of appreciation for his visit to Glasgow earlier this year. The band played a sell-out concert in Glasgow a few months ago and Edrington presented ...

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MEGADETH Drummer Offers Update On New EIDOLON Album

EIDOLON drummer Shawn Drover (MEGADETH) ahs posted the following message on the group's official web site: "Just thought I would drop a line here to wish all a great holiday season!!!! For obvious reasons (Glen [Drover, guitar] and myself joining MEGADETH) I haven't posted much new info in regards to EIDOLON, to which the news ...

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