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PAUL SAMSON: 1953-2002

Guitarist Paul Samson, leader and founder of the seminal NWOBHM act SAMSON, passed away at his Norfolk, England home during the afternoon of Friday, August 9th following a lengthy battle with cancer. Paul was 49 years old. Anyone wishing to express his/her sympathies can do so by signing Samson's official guestbook/book of condolences at

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Bassist BILLY MORRISON Quits THE CULT

Bassist Billy Morrison has officially left THE CULT. "It's official," Morrison stated via his web site. "I will not be playing in THE CULT anymore. I had a great time last year, and feel privileged to have had the opportunity to be a part of that band's long history. I move on now, and plan ...

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SAMSON Guitarist Suffering From Cancer, Has Weeks To Live

Guitarist Paul Samson, leader and founder of the seminal NWOBHM act SAMSON, is suffering from cancer and is said to have "only weeks to live," according to vocalist Nicky Moore, who sang on several of the group's albums during the '80s. Most recently, Paul and Moore had reportedly completed work on a new SAMSON album, ...

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RAG MEN: A Hardcore/Metal Supergroup

MERAUDER/GOD IS I frontman Jorge Rosado, SKARHEAD/CROWN OF THORNZ guitarist Mitts, NEMESIS/ex-EARTH CRISIS bassist Ian "Bulldog" Edwards, and SKARHEAD/ex-HATEBREED drummer Rigg Ross have joined forces in a new band called RAG MEN. The group are presently scheduled to record original material during August for a late 2002 release through an as-yet-undisclosed label. For more information, ...

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ANTHRAX Part With SANCTUARY RECORDS, Pursue Other Options

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET that the band have ended their brief association with Sanctuary Records before they'd released even a single album through the label. However, the group are currently involved in negotiations with another record company and things are "working out just fine", said Ian. Although speculation has run rampant ...

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Former MSG Frontman Announces New CD, Live Appearances

SILVER, the new British/German all-star project featuring Gary Barden (ex-MSG, vocals), Bernie Torme (ex-OZZY OSBOURNE/GILLAN/DESPERADO, guitars), Don Airey (ex-MSG/ TEN), Michael Voss (ex-CASANOVA/currently in DEMON DRIVE, bass) and Marco Minnemann (ex-H-BLOCKX drums), will issue their new album, entitled Dreammachines, in September through Point Music Records. In other news, Voss and Barden will accompany CROWN OF ...

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THE CULT's IAN ASTBURY To Perform With THE DOORS

THE CULT's Ian Astbury will perform with the surviving members of THE DOORSRay Manzerek, Robby Krieger and John Densmore—on September 7th at the California Motor Speedway, just outside L.A. County, according to Undercover. At this stage it is planned that Densmore will be part of the show although THE DOORS have advised fans he is ...

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BRAZEN ABBOT: Line-Up For New CD Revealed

BRAZEN ABBOT, led by guitarist Nikolo Kotzev, have commenced the recording process for the band's new studio album, due at the end of the year. The full line-up of musicians appearing on the 11-song CD is as follows: Joe Lynn Turner (ex-RAINBOW/DEEP PURPLE): vocals Göran Edman (ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN): vocals Jørn Lande (MASTERPLAN/ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN): vocals Mic ...

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ANTHRAX's SCOTT IAN Reacts To JOHN ENTWISTLE's Death

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has posted the following message in response to the news of the recent passing of THE WHO bassist John Entwistle: "I was completely shocked today when Lonn Friend called to tell me that The Ox, John Entwistle had died in Vegas. Absolutely stunned. The man was a giant among men. The ...

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DEEP PURPLE's IAN GILLAN: JON LORD To Return For UK Tour

DEEP PURPLE frontman Ian Gillan has confirmed plans for former keyboardist Jon Lord to join the group for the upcoming UK tour. "I have it on good authority, i.e. from Jon Lord, that he will be joining us for the UK dates in September," stated Gillan. "Given the circumstances then and now, we've all decided ...

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S.O.D. Dies Again: By SCOTT IAN

S.O.D./ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has posted the following message on the official ANTHRAX web site at www.anthraxtheband.com: "Sergeant D, Icon of Race Relations, Zombie, Raconteur, Dies Again "Sergeant D, one of the most controversial figures of the last two decades, died again yesterday in Bayside, New York. Cause of death was given as ...

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S.O.D. Bassist DANNY LILKER: The Band Is Over

Despite S.O.D. frontman Billy Milano's well-publicized attempts to resurrect the group with an all-new line-up following the "firing" of guitarist Scott Ian and drummer Charlie Benante, there will be no further recordings or live appearances from the band, according to bassist Danny Lilker. "I spoke with Bill, and he is no longer going to attempt ...

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S.O.D.'s BILLY MILANO: "CHARLIE BENANTE And SCOTT IAN Are Fired!"

S.O.D. frontman Billy Milano has issued a follow-up statement in response to the growing criticism over his decision to seek out replacements for guitarist Scott Ian and drummer Charlie Benante, both of whom are widely viewed as integral members of the group. "First off, as far as [former FEAR FACTORY drummer] Ray [Herrera] is concerned, ...

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S.O.D. Frontman Confirms Approaching FEAR FACTORY Duo

S.O.D. frontman Billy Milano has confirmed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET that he has spoken to former FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares and drummer Raymond Herrera about the possibility of having them replace Scott Ian and Charlie Benante (both of ANTHRAX), respectively, in the current S.O.D. line-up. "I approached Ray and Dino four weeks ago [about joining S.O.D.]," ...

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Former FEAR FACTORY Duo Approached To Join S.O.D.

Former FEAR FACTORY guitarist Dino Cazares and drummer Raymond Herrera have been contacted by S.O.D. frontman Billy Milano about the possibility of replacing Scott Ian and Charlie Benante (both of ANTHRAX), respectively, in the current S.O.D. line-up, Herrera has revealed to BLABBERMOUTH.NET. Although initial discussions between Milano and the ex-FEAR FACTORY pair had taken place, ...

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VANDEN PLAS Line Up Guest Appearances, Reschedule Dates

VANDEN PLAS drummer Andreas Lill has recorded drums for Danish guitarist Torben Enevoldsen's project SECTOR A. Derek Sherinian (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/ex-DREAM THEATER) will play keyboards, and Andy Engberg (ex-LION'S SHARE) will handle the vocals on the upcoming CD. In related news, Lill and VANDEN PLAS singer Andy Kuntz have teamed up with ELEGY frontman Ian Parry, ...

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ROYAL HUNT Mainman Sets Solo CD Release Date

The second solo album from ROYAL HUNT main composer and keyboardist Andre Anderson, entitled Black On Black, will be released on in Europe on June 17th through Frontiers Records. Handling all lead vocals on the CD is ELEGY singer Ian Parry, while other musician featured include Rene Realand (ex-WITCH CROSS) on guitar and Kaj Laege ...

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GLENN HUGHES Makes Guest Appearance On THE ALCHEMIST's "Westside"

Former DEEP PURPLE/BLACK SABBATH singer Glenn Hughes makes an appearance on a new release by a band called THE ALCHEMIST, entitled Westside, which is due to be issued via the LedSled label on May 21st. According to an official press release from LedSled, “THE ALCHEMIST is the brainchild of composer/ producer/multi-instrumentalist Carl Kennedy, who most ...

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MARILYN MANSON Slapped With Wrongful Death Lawsuit

A wrongful death suit has been filed against MARILYN MANSON by the mother of actor Keanu Reeves' late girlfriend Jennifer Syme accusing the frontman of supplying her daughter with cocaine and encouraging her to drive while inebriated. Maria St. John reportedly claims that MANSON supplied 28-year-old Syme with various quantities of an illegal controlled substance ...

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