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SEVENDUST: Former SNOT/AMEN Guitarist Joins The Fold

Former SNOT/AMEN guitarist Sonny Mayo has joined SEVENDUST as the replacement for Clint Lowery, according to Mayo's former SNOT/AMEN bandmate John "Tumor" Fahnestock (bass). Lowery left SEVENDUST mid-tour in December, citing "personal issues." He has since become a full-time member of DARK NEW DAY, the new "supergroup" also featuring Brett Hestla (ex-CREED, VIRGOS MERLOT) on ...

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MUSHROOMHEAD Perform As 'SLIPKNOT' In Front Of Home State Crowd

The following was sent to us by a BLABBERMOUTH.NET visitor from Ohio: "At MUSHROOMHEAD's three recent Northeast Ohio shows, the band reportedly wore SLIPKNOT costumes/masks for their entire set. The band also did an interview on WMMS this past Sunday night (Jan. 30) and talked about the SLIPKNOT outfits. They said they did it solely ...

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DARK NEW DAY Will Not Make Their Live Debut Next Month

Contrary to an earlier announcement, DARK NEW DAY, the new "supergroup" featuring Brett Hestla (ex-CREED, VIRGOS MERLOT) on vocals, Will Hunt (ex-SKRAPE, TOMMY LEE) on drums, Clint Lowery (ex-SEVENDUST) on guitar, Clint's brother Corey Lowery (ex-STEREOMUD, STUCK MOJO) on bass, and Troy McLawhorn (ex-DOUBLE DRIVE) on guitar, will NOT be making their live debut on ...

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New Supergroup Featuring Ex-Members Of SEVENDUST, SKRAPE Changes Name

The new "supergroup" featuring Brett Hestla (ex-CREED, VIRGOS MERLOT) on vocals, Will Hunt (ex-SKRAPE, TOMMY LEE) on drums, Clint Lowery (ex-SEVENDUST) on guitar, Clint's brother Corey Lowery (ex-STEREOMUD, STUCK MOJO) on bass, and Troy McLawhorn (ex-DOUBLE DRIVE) on guitar has changed its name to DARK NEW DAY from the previously announced DARK BLUE. No reason ...

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New GUNS N' ROSES Tribute Album To Feature Members Of MÖTLEY CRÜE, RATT, SCORPIONS

Versailles Records is presently completing work on a forthcoming millennium tribute to GUNS N' ROSES, which will feature current and former members of MÖTLEY CRÜE, GUNS N' ROSES, FASTER PUSSYCAT, RATT, SCORPIONS, LOVE/HATE, L.A. GUNS, BRIDES OF DESTRUCTION, THE SCREAM, UNION, ADLER'S APPETITE and THRILLS FOR KILLS, as well as Jasy Andrews, Richard Kendrick, THE ...

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DARK BLUE 'Supergroup' To Make Live Debut Next Month

DARK BLUE, the new band featuring Brett Hestla (ex-CREED, VIRGOS MERLOT) on vocals, Will Hunt (ex-SKRAPE, TOMMY LEE) on drums, Clint Lowery (ex-SEVENDUST) on guitar, Clint's brother Corey Lowery (ex-STEREOMUD, STUCK MOJO) on bass, and Troy McLawhorn (ex-DOUBLE DRIVE) on guitar, will make their live debut on Saturday, February 19 at Wills Pub in Orlando, ...

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SLIPKNOT Frontman: 'We Refuse To Die'

SLIPKNOT are set to play the Big Day Out festival at the Gold Coast Parklands in Australia later this month. Frontman Corey Taylor outlined to Time Off magazine exactly what the "maggots" (fans) can expect from the band's upcoming concerts. "I can sum it up in five words: all the legends are true! ...

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DARK BLUE: Former SEVENDUST, SKRAPE, VIRGOS Members Sign With WARNER BROS. RECORDS

DARK BLUE, the new band featuring Brett Hestla (ex-CREED, VIRGOS MERLOT) on vocals, Will Hunt (ex-SKRAPE, TOMMY LEE) on drums, Clint Lowery (ex-SEVENDUST) on guitar, Clint's brother Corey Lowery (ex-STEREOMUD, STUCK MOJO) on bass, and Troy McLawhorn (ex-DOUBLE DRIVE) on guitar, have officially inked a deal with Warner Bros. Records. The group are currently mixing ...

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OZZY OSBOURNE: Box Set Title Changed, Release Date Pushed Back

OZZY OSBOURNE's upcoming box set has undergone a name change to "Prince of Darkness" from the previously announced "Bible of Ozz". In addition, the set's projected release date has been pushed back to Tuesday, March 22. No reason was given for the delay. The 52-song set chronicles Ozzy's career via his biggest hits and most ...

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VINCE NEIL's 'Remaking' To Premiere On VH1 This Weekend

VH1 unveils the first "New Year, New You" transformation on New Year's Day with the premiere of "Remaking", a series of specials that is dedicated to improving the careers and lives of artists through various forms of transformation. MÖTLEY CRÜE frontman Vince Neil is the first artist to "face the music" on VH1's "Remaking: Vince ...

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SANCTUARY GROUP Reorganizes

According to Hits Daily Double, intenational music group Sanctuary — who represent some of the world's leading heavy metal/hard rock artists, including IRON MAIDEN, GUNS N' ROSES, SLAYER and SLIPKNOT — has reorganized its management team, rewarding Merck Mercuriadis for growing the American business to 50 percent of global revenues by naming him ...

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QUEEN Drummer Excited About Tour With PAUL RODGERS

Launch Radio Networks is reporting that QUEEN drummer Roger Taylor is really looking forward to the band's upcoming tour with Paul Rodgers on vocals. They're planning to go out in the spring, with a setlist made up of QUEEN music as well as FREE and BAD COMPANY songs. Taylor told Germany's ZDF, "We're enjoying playing, ...

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SEVENDUST Guitarist Quits, Pursues Other Projects

Although SEVENDUST's statement earlier this week had implied that guitarist Clint Lowery would be rejoining the group after leaving their current tour due to "personal issues," BLABBERMOUTH.NET has learned that Lowery has in fact quit the band and is planning on pursuing other projects. SEVENDUST are currently completing their touring obligations with the help of ...

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SHADOWS FALL Drummer Reports From DIMEBAG's Funeral

SHADOWS FALL drummer Jason Bittner has issued the following report from the funeral services and public memorial for slain DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, which were held on Tuesday (Dec. 14) in Arlington, Texas: "I have just gotten to my computer today after returning home from Dimebag Darrell Abbott's funeral and I wanted to share ...

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'Reflections Of A SAMMY HAGAR Fan' Book Available Now

"Summer of Sammy: Reflections of a Sammy Hagar Fan" is a tribute book by a Michigan business man who has become a total "redhead." He conversion starts with his first Sammy concert in 2002 (Sam and Dave Tour), and is confirmed when attending Hagar concerts through 2003, as well as several VAN HALEN shows during ...

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Spokesperson: No New BLACK SABBATH Album Planned

A spokesperson for Ozzy Osbourne has rejected a British newspaper report that producer Rick Rubin recently spent time in the U.K. working on a new BLACK SABBATH studio album. Sunday Herald Associate Editor Alan Taylor reported over the weekend that he ran into Rubin in Worcestershire, U.K. where Rubin was apparently in the ...

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Update: PHILIP ANSELMO Barred From DIMEBAG's Funeral; JERRY CANTRELL Performs Acoustically

BLABBERMOUTH.NET has confirmed that former PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo did NOT attend the the funeral of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott — apparently because he was told that he was "not welcome" at any of the events honoring the late musician who was slain last week at a nightclub in Columbus, Ohio. Anselmo's former PANTERA/DOWN ...

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Are There Plans For A New BLACK SABBATH Studio Album?

Producer Rick Rubin (SLAYER, AUDIOSLAVE, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, SYSTEM OF A DOWN) recently told Sunday Herald Associate Editor Alan Taylor that he was in Worcestershire, U.K. to work on a new BLACK SABBATH album. No further information is currently available. As previously reported, BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tomy Iommi is currently working with ...

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SLIPKNOT's COREY TAYLOR Talks GRAMMYS

SLIPKNOT are nominated for two Grammy awards this year: Best Hard Rock Performance and Best Metal Performance. In the Hard Rock category, they're competing against INCUBUS, METALLICA, NICKELBACK, and VELVET REVOLVER, while in the Metal category they're up against CRADLE OF FILTH, HATEBREED, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, and MOTÖRHEAD. After five previous losses with SLIPKNOT and STONE ...

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SLIPKNOT's SHAWN CRAHAN: DIMEBAG Was 'A Rock 'N' Roll Icon'

SLIPKNOT percussionist Shawn Crahan (a.k.a. Clown) spoke to the Des Moines Register about the death of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott. Crahan attended a DAMAGEPLAN concert just last week, at Irving Plaza in New York. He called Abbott a friend and "rock 'n' roll icon." "It's just upsetting how the world is — the need ...

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FOZZY/STUCK MOJO Guitarist Says He Wants To Celebrate DIMEBAG's Life, Not Talk About His Death

Guitarist Rich Ward (FOZZY, STUCK MOJO) has issued the following statement regarding the death of DAMAGEPLAN/ex-PANTERA guitarist Dimebag Darrell: "I feel that we should all be hesitant to make any assumptions or to repeat Internet rumors, at least until they are substantiated. Even then, what would our motivation be to talk about his death? All ...

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UPDATED: Tributes From Metal Musicians Pour In For DIMEBAG DARRELL

A number of heavy metal musicians have paid tribute to Dimebag Darrell (DAMAGEPLAN, ex-PANTERA) who was tragically murdered last night. ------------------------------------------------- Ozzy Osbourne: "Dimebag was a dear friend of mine. I'm absolutely beside myself with grief. I can't for the life of me understand why someone would do this. PANTERA toured with me many, many ...

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TRIVIUM: New Album To Surface In March

Roadrunner Records has set a March 1, 2005 relase date for TRIVIUM's "Ascendancy". Featuring the talents of Matt Heafy on guitars/vocals, Travis Smith on drums, Corey Beaulieu on guitar and Paolo Gregoletto on bass, TRIVIUM is a band whose youth (Heafy is 18, the oldest member is 22) belies their sound. Currently, TRIVIUM are on ...

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