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DEF LEPPARD, ALICE COOPER, MINISTRY Concert Attendance Figures Revealed

The following are a few select recent heavy metal/hard rock concert attendance figures, as reported by Billboard magazine. : Artist/Event: DEF LEPPARD/JOURNEY City/State: Bristow, VA Venue: Nissan Pavilion At Stone Ridge Date: 7/7/06 Attendance: 22,433 Capacity: 22,433 Artist/Event: DEF LEPPARD/JOURNEY City/State: Woodlands, TX Venue: Cynthia Mitchell Woods Pavilion Date: 7/30/06 Attendance: 16,310 Capacity: 16,310 Artist/Event: ...

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THE BLACK CROWES: 'The Lost Crowes' Pushed Back To September

The new double album of unreleased material by THE BLACK CROWES, titled "The Lost Crowes", was originally scheduled to be in stores August 29 (Rhino). However, due to a recently discovered manufacturing error, the release date has been moved to September 26. "The Lost Crowes" contains two previously recorded albums that THE BLACK CROWES never ...

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VAINGLORY Complete Work On New CD

The long-awaited new VAINGLORY CD is in the final mastering stages. Along with guitarist and founding member Corbin King, VAINGLORY's new lineup includes vocalist Kate French (CHASTAIN), guitarist John Michael Youngblood, bassist Chris Banja, and drummer Dan Lynch. VAINGLORY is also finishing up their first video shoot for the track "Burdened", which is to be ...

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DEF LEPPARD: North American Tour Dates Announced

DEF LEPPARD will kick off their 2006 summer North American tour on June 23 at the Tweeter Center in Camden, New Jersey. After last year's success of co-headlining with BRYAN ADAMS, the 2006 trek will see DEF LEPPARD co-headline with JOURNEY (plus other guests will appear at selected shows). Tickets for some shows will go ...

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DEF LEPPARD: London Date Announced

DEF LEPPARD have added a London date to thier following European tour. The group's schedule is now shaping up as follows: Jun. 03 - Milan, ITA @ Gods Of Metal Jun. 07 - Oberhausen, GER @ Rock The Nation Jun. 09 - Sölvesborg, SWE @ Sweden Rock Jun. 12 - Zürich, SWI @ Hallenstadion Jun. ...

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DEF LEPPARD: 'Rock Of Ages' Certified Platinum

DEF LEPPARD's "Rock of Ages: The Definitive Collection" two-CD compilation of hits, was certified platinum on February 7, 2006 by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for shipments in excess of 500,000 copies (NOTE: multi-disc albums get counted once for each disc within the album; regular platinum certification occurs at 1 million copies). The ...

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DEF LEPPARD: European Dates Announced

DEF LEPPARD have lined up the following European dates in June: Jun. 03 - Milan, ITA @ Gods Of Metal Jun. 07 - Oberhausen, GER @ Rock The Nation Jun. 09 - Sölvesborg, SWE @ Sweden Rock Jun. 12 - Zürich, SWI @ Hallenstadion Jun. 17 - Sheffield, UK @ Hallam FM Arena More dates ...

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DEF LEPPARD Guitarist Looks Back On Last Year

DEF LEPPARD guitarist Vivian Campbell has posted the following message on the band's official web site: "The last year was busy enough; The 'Rock of Ages' release and tour and (big excitement for me!) the release of my first ever solo album, 'Two Sides of If'. In addition to releasing the record, I also started ...

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ALICE COOPER, CHEAP TRICK Tour Dates Announced

ALICE COOPER and CHEAP TRICK will be embarking on a joint U.S. tour beginning in late August. Confirmed tour dates so far are as follows: Aug. 20 - Cincinnati, OH @ US Bank Arena Aug. 21 - Detroit, MI @ State Fair Aug. 25 - Vienna, VA @ Wolf Trap Aug. 26 - Atlanta, GA ...

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ROBERT PLANT: North American Tour Dates Announced

Billboard.com is reporting that former LED ZEPPELIN singer Robert Plant has confirmed dates for a North American summer tour in support of his upcoming album with the band STRANGE SENSATION, "Mighty Rearranger". Plant will open the run June 15 in Providence, Rhode Island, and has shows scheduled through July 24 in Los Angeles, playing mostly ...

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KINRICK To Release Debut Album In March

KINRICK, the new band featuring former FIREWIND/KENZINER vocalist Stephen Fredrick and guitarist Corbin King (VAINGLORY), will release their debut album, "Sense Your Darkness", in Europe on March 28 via Majestic Rock (Japan will receive the album on March 30). Adding their considerable weight to proceedings are PAGAN'S MIND/FIREWIND drummer Stian Kristofferson and ZANISTER bassist James ...

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FIREWIND To Headlne Norway's RJUKAN FESTIVAL

Greek melodic power metal band FIREWIND have been confirmed to headline Rjukan Festival in Norway on December 26. More information is available at this location. As previously reported, FIREWIND recently signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records. The group's third album, "Forged By Fire", is scheduled for release in Europe on January ...

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FIREWIND Signs With CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS

Greek melodic power metal band FIREWIND have signed a worldwide deal with Century Media Records. FIREWIND's third album, "Forged By Fire", is scheduled for release in Europe on January 24, 2005. The band's previous two albums, "Between Heaven And Hell" (2002) and "Burning Earth" (2003), were recorded for guitarist David T. Chastain's Leviathan label and ...

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MARTY FRIEDMAN, JAMES MURPHY To Guest On New FIREWIND Album

Former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman and ex-TESTAMENT/DEATH axeman James Murphy have contributed guest solos to the upcoming FIREWIND CD, tentatively titled "Forged By Fire". The disc, due before the end of the year through Leviathan Records, features lead vocals by Chity Somapala (ex-AVALON, FARO), who replaced Stephen Fredrick in February. Band leader/guitarist Gus G. is ...

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FIREWIND Set Tentative Title For New Album

FIREWIND have set "Forged By Fire" as the tentative title of their new CD, due before the end of the year through Leviathan Records. Handling lead vocals on the album is Chity Somapala (ex-AVALON, FARO), who replaced Stephen Fredrick in February. Band leader/guitarist Gus G. is acting as producer and the CD will once again ...

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Former FIREWIND Singer Joins Forces With VAINGLORY Guitarist

Former FIREWIND/KENZINER vocalist Stephen Fredrick has completed work on new CD with guitarist Corbin King (VAINGLORY, CORBIN KING), drummer Stian Kristoffersen (PAGAN'S MIND, FIREWIND) and bassist James Martin (ZANISTER). Producer David T. Chastain comments: "Corbin and Stephen basically live in the same part of Atlanta and I had to get them into a band together ...

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Heavy Metal's Premier Guitarists Pick Their Dream G3 Lineups

Norway's Imhotep zine recently asked more than 100 guitarists to choose their own dream G3 lineups. "The respect that the guitar players have for Joe Satriani and Steve Vai is a proven fact," writes the magazine's Thiago Pinto Corrêa Sarkis (also of Brazil's Whiplash). "Anyway, talking with some musicians, I could realize that the G3 ...

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FIREWIND Begin Work On New Album

FIREWIND, the Greek/American melodic metal band led by DREAM EVIL guitarist Gus G., are currently in the studio writing and recording their third, as-yet-untitled album, tentatively due before the end of the year. "So far we got 6 or 7 songs down and they sound very good," Gus writes on the group's web site. "As ...

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CHASTAIN Secure Japanese Major Label Deal For New Album

CHASTAIN have secured a major-label deal in Japan with EMI/Toshiba for the release of their eighth studio album, entitled "In An Outrage". A June release is expected. The group's first CD since 1997's "In Dementia" will receive a U.S. release through Leviathan Records. CHASTAIN's latest album features vocalist Kate French, guitarist David T. Chastain, and ...

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CHASTAIN: New Album Due In June

CHASTAIN's first CD since 1997's "In Dementia", entitled "In An Outrage", will be released in June through Leviathan Records. The band's eighth release features vocalist Kate French, guitarist David T. Chastain, and original VICIOUS RUMORS members Larry Howe (drums) and Dave Starr (bass). Among the songtitles set to appear on the effort are the following: ...

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CHASTAIN Complete Work On New Album

CHASTAIN have set "In An Outrage" as the title for their first CD since 1997's "In Dementia". Due in early 2004 through Leviathan Records, the band's eighth release features vocalist Kate French, guitarist David T. Chastain, and original VICIOUS RUMORS members Larry Howe (drums) and Dave Starr (bass). Among the songtitles set to appear on ...

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EQUIMANTHORN Reform, Announce New Album

EQUIMANTHORN, the acclaimed Sumerian and ambient "supergroup" led by Equitant (ABSU, EQUITANT) and Proscriptor (ABSU, MELECHESH), have reformed. Joining Equitant and Proscriptor in the group are Mark Riddick, Michael Riddick (both of THE SOIL BLEEDS BLACK), and David Harbour (DAVID HARBOUR, ex-KING DIAMOND, CHASTAIN). The band's third opus, "Second Sephira Cella", is currently being recorded ...

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DAVID LEE ROTH Announces Solo Dates

Former VAN HALEN frontman DAVID LEE ROTH has announced the following U.S. dates during the coming months: May 24 - Charlotte, NC @ Nascar Coca-Cola 600 May 25 - Anderson, SC @ Anderson Sports Center May 28 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club May 29 - Verona, NY @ Turning Stone Casino May 31 - ...

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