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DOWNSET Complete Work On New Album

DOWNSET have completed work on their new album, "Universal", tentatively due before the end of the year through an as-yet-undisclosed label. The 11-song CD was produced by guitarist Brian "Ares" Schwager and features the band lineup of Ares, Rey Orepeza (vocals), Chris Lee (drums) and Rico Villasenor (bass). The tentative track listing for "Universal" is ...

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Former NIRVANA Bassist Quits The Music Business

Former NIRVANA bassist Krist Novoselic, who never managed to come close to matching his NIRVANA success with any of his subsequent musical offerings (SWEET 75, EYES ADRIFT), has announced his retirement from the music industry. The following is Novoselic's official statement on the matter as it appears on EYES ADRIFT's web site: "So what's up ...

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AC/DC Toast Of The Town Following Benefit Concert Performance

Canadian Press reports that Australian rockers AC/DC were the toast of the town Thursday following their blistering and much-lauded performance at Toronto's massive SARS benefit concert headlined by the legendary ROLLING STONES, with many reviewers calling them the true stars of the show. "We'll put that one in the back pocket," guitarist Angus Young, arguably ...

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RUSH: Busy, Not Hurried

The Toronto Sun spoke to RUSH guitarist Alex Lifeson about the group's upcoming two-DVD set, "Rush In Rio", due in September. "I've been in the studio with the mixing portion of it for the last seven weeks," he said. "We still have another couple of weeks to go on it. [Bassist/vocalist] Geddy [Lee] has been ...

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RUSH Reveal 'Rio' CD/DVD Details, Dispel Breakup Rumors

Veteran Canadian rock trio RUSH will release the triple-disc live album and double-disc DVD, titled "Rush in Rio", in September via Anthem/Atlantic Records, according to Billboard.com. The DVD version of"Rush in Rio" includes all 28 songs from the CD (recorded last Nov. 23 on the last show of the band's "Vapor Trails" tour), augmented with ...

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NARCISSUS To Release 'Crave and Collapse' In October

Cleveland, Ohio natives NARCISSUS have set "Crave and Collapse" as the title for their forthcoming Abacus Recordings album, due on October 7. The effort was produced by Bill Korecky (MUSHROOMHEAD, KEELHAUL) at Mars Studio and features artwork from Niklas Sundin (IN FLAMES, ARCH ENEMY, DARK TRANQUILLITY). A song from the upcoming album, "Pride/Politics", is available ...

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Edgy Police Saddle Up For INSANE CLOWN POSSE

April McClellan-Copeland of Cleveland's The Plain Dealer is reporting that "police officers from Portage, Trumbull and Geauga counties were the unofficial welcoming committee [Friday, July 18] for loyal fans of the Detroit-based [cartoonish metal/rap band] INSANE CLOWN POSSE. The face-painted duo is the headliner for a three-day outdoor music festival at the private Nelson Ledges ...

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475,000 tickets sold for SARS concert in Toronto

Toronto Star reports that as of the weekend, 475,000 tickets for the star-studded concert to help the SARS-stricken Canadian city have been sold, J.P. Pampena, a spokesman for the event, said Monday. Of those, 50,000 were sold to U.S. consumers. Organizers say sales will likely be capped at 600,000 tickets although Pampena said the facility, ...

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150,000 Tickets Sold For Toronto's SARS Benefit

The Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto concert — featuring AC/DC and RUSH, among others — sold a record 150,000 tickets in its first day of sales, according to Billboard.com. The event's main sponsor, Molson Canadian, also said that sales to U.S. fans for the July 30 concert at Downsview Park were "well ahead of expectations." ...

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RUSH Added To Toronto STONES Gig

Canadian rock legends RUSH have been confirmed for the ROLLING STONES concert in Toronto on July 30 at Downsview Park. The announcement was made on the band's official website, where in a one-sentence blurb they confirmed they will be joining the ever-growing list of artists for the special gig to help Toronto's SARS-scarred economy. The ...

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MESHUGGAH: Off NUCLEAR BLAST, Weighing Their Options

Swedish experimental extreme metal band MESHUGGAH have fulfilled their contractual obligations to Nuclear Blast Records and are currently weighing their label options before recording their next studio album. "We've got like three or four offers right now, one of which is from Nuclear Blast, because they want to keep us," guitarist Mårten Hagström told KNAC.com. ...

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Former DEATH Guitarist Brings Out The Funk With JUNKIE RUSH

Former DEATH guitarist Bobby Koelble, whose virtuoso playing can be heard on the bands 1995 Roadrunner release "Symbolic", is now the vocalist/guitarist/songwriter for the Orlando-based JUNKIE RUSH. The band combine modern rock with elements of funk, reggae, Latin and world music, punctuated by world-class musicianship. Consisting of Koelble, Aaron O'Riley (bass), Abdias Garcia (drums) and ...

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GODSMACK To Tour Europe, Film Video For 'Serenity'

GODSMACK will launch a European outing July 13 in Manchester, England and plan to return to the States for a headlining tour in the fall, which like the band's current outing, will offer $10 tickets to U.S. soldiers. "We've always been supportive of our country and our president and stuff like that, whereas a lot ...

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GODSMACK Set 'Serenity' As Next Single

GODSMACK have set "Serenity" as the next single from the band's latest CD, "Faceless". "Serenity" goes for official adds at radio on June 17, but many stations are already playing the tune. A video will be shot in the coming weeks with a yet-to-be-named director. The song was written by GODSMACK frontman Sully Erna in ...

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MOTOGRATER Debut Delayed

Santa Barbara, California-based quintet MOTOGRATER have pushed back the projected release date for their self-titled debut to June 24 through No Name/Elektra Records. The album, which was mixed by producer James "Jimbo" Barton (METALLICA, RUSH, MARILYN MANSON, STONE SOUR) at Track Records studio in Los Angeles, will contain the following cuts: 01. Suffocate 02. Down ...

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MOTOGRATER Finalize Track Listing For Full-Length Debut

Santa Barbara, California-based quintet MOTOGRATER have finalized the track listing for their self-titled debut, due on May 27 through No Name/Elektra Records. The album, which was mixed by producer James "Jimbo" Barton (METALLICA, RUSH, MARILYN MANSON, STONE SOUR) at Track Records studio in Los Angeles, will contain the following cuts: 01. Suffocate 02. Down 03. ...

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GAMMA RAY: Live Album Delayed

GAMMA RAY have pushed back the release date of their double live album, "Skeletons In the Closet", from the end of May to August 25. The mixing of the album is not yet complete owing to the late delivery of the unmixed audio masters from the mobile studio in Spain. The initial problems occurred during ...

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RUSH To Take A Permanent Break?

RUSH will make their first, and likely only, public appearance of 2003 tomorrow when the legendary rock trio is inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame. The presentation takes place during a closed gala ceremony during the Canadian Music Industry Awards at Toronto's Westin Harbour Castle hotel. Guitarist Alex Lifeson suggested to Karen ...

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SLIPKNOT Percussionist To Guest On BILL WARD Solo CD

SLIPKNOT percussionist Chris Fehn (#3) is set to make a guest appearance on the long-awaited third solo album from BLACK SABBATH drummer Bill Ward, entitled "Beyond Aston". Ward, who has been working on the album for much of the last couple of years, says that the musical direction of the upcoming CD will be slightly ...

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MOTOGRATER: New Music Available Online

Santa Barbara, California-based quintet MOTOGRATER have posted two tracks in streaming audio on their official web site. The two cuts — "Suffocate" and "Down" — can be heard by following these links: Hi-Speed, Lo-Speed. MOTOGRATER are currently mixing their debut album with producer James "Jimbo" Barton (METALLICA, RUSH, MARILYN MANSON, STONE ...

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