Pure Rock Newswire 04/25/03

By Sefany Jones, Contributing Editor
Friday, April 25, 2003 @ 4:48 AM

A Summary Of News, Rumors And

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Queensryche’s latest studio effort, Tribe, will be released on July 1st through Sanctuary.

The Murderdolls will be in Japan for a few shows:

05/25/03 Tokyo, JAP Shibuya AX
05/26/03 Nagoya, JAP Club Quattro
05/27/2003 Osaka, JAP Big Cat

Nevermore’s forthcoming album, Enemies of Reality, has been pushed back to a July 28th release date through Century Media.

Jane’ s Addiction will finally release their long-awaited studio album, Hypersonic, on July 15th, just shortly after the kick off of Lollapalooza. The album is being produced by Bob Ezrin (KISS, Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd), who also produced Jane’s Ritual De Lo Habitual in 1990.

Metallica’s forthcoming studio album, St. Anger, is set for release through Elektra on June 10th.

Blind Guardian’s live double-disc CD will simply be titled Live, and will be released on May 26th.

Shadows Fall are touring machines! They are currently in Europe with Soilwork and Children of Bodom until May 14th, then they will be at the New England Metal Fest on May 16th, onto a few gigs with Sworn Enemy and Nothingface into a 2-month run on Ozzfest in the US. For all their tour dates, check out ShadowsFall.com.

Perris Records just reissued Pretty Boy Floyd’s Electric Boyz With Electric Toyz on April 18th. The album will include bonus tracks and new artwork.

2003 marks the 30th anniversary for Lynyrd Skynyrd. They will release their latest studio effort, Vicious Cycle, on May 20th through Sanctuary.

Apparently Slayer’s DVD, War at the Warfield, which was supposed to be released in February, will now be released on June 3rd through American.

The ‘Jailhouse Rock 2’ tour will include Hatebreed, Agnostic Front, Biohazard and Throwdown. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

06/05/03 Elizabethtown, NJ Rexplex
06/08/03 Wilmington, NC Hammerjacks
06/09/03 Jacksonville, FL Freebird Cafe
06/10/03 Orlando, FL House Of Blues
06/11/03 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Ovation
06/12/03 Tampa, FL Masquerade
06/13/03 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
06/14/03 Myrtle Beach, SC House Of Blues
06/15/03 Winston-Salem, NC Ziggy's
06/18/03 Albany, NY Valentines (w/ Suffocation & Wasteform)
06/20/03 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance (w/ Shadows Fall & Sworn Enemy)

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Glenn Danzig will sign advance copies of Danzig’s DVD, Archive De La Morte, on May 1st at Tower Records in Hollywood.

Check out The Decline Of Western Civilization -- The Metal Years on the Independent Film Channel (US) on April 25th.

Brand New Sin will be playing The Downtown (Fingers Metal Shop Concert Series) in Farmingdale, NY on April 27th.

Anthrax will be at the launch of MTV 2’s Headbanger’s ball at the Agora Theater in Cleveland, OH on May 1st. Check out Anthrax.com for details on how to win one of 50 tickets to the show. In other Anthrax news, their gig with Motorhead on May 10th has been moved from The Roseland in NYC to The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. All NYC tickets will be honored.

Soulfly were forced to cancel their shows in Sparks, NV (04/14) and Salt lake City (04/15) due to weather conditions. These dates will be rescheduled.

Aerosmith vocalist Steven Tyler will an honorary Doctor Of Music degree from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA on May 10th.

Halford’s ‘Metal Gods’ tour has added even more dates. Check out RobHalford.com for the full ininerary.

Also, Behemoth has been added to the ‘Metal Gods’ tour for the Chicago, Cleveland and Detroit shows -- (The gigs that Amon Amarth will not be performing.)

Machine Head announce Phil Demmel (ex-Vio-lence) as their new guitarist, replacing Ahrue Luster who left the band nearly a year ago.

Killswitch Engage will appear at the Skate & Surf Fest and then the New England Metal Fest, respectively, before heading out on the road with Ozzfest, which kicks off on June 28th. The two prior gigs are as follows:

04/25/03 Asbury Park, NJ Convention hall
05/16/03 Worcester, MA The Palladium

Check out ZakkWylde.com to see Black Label Society’s video for “Stillborn” off their forthcoming album, The Blessed Hellride, (due out on April 22nd). The video was directed by Rob Zombie.

Mudvayne has a few headlining gigs coming up:

04/27/03 Fargo, ND Playmaker's Pavilion
04/28/03 Lincoln, NE Royal Grove
04/30/03 Fort Wayne, IN Pierre's Entertainment Center
05/01/03 Perrysburgh, OH The Mission

Soilent Green will be at the Relapse Records’ Contamination Festival, with a second guitarist, Tony White and a new bassist, Scott Crochet. They will appear at the following festival dates:

05/02/03 Memphis, TN Hi Tone
05/06/03 Metairie, LA Zeppelin’s

TheHighwayStar.com reports the following: “April 20, 2003 marks the 35th anniversary of Deep Purple's very first live appearance. At the Brøndby Pop Club in Copenhagen, Denmark Rod Evans, Ritchie Blackmore, Jon Lord, Nick Simper and Ian Paice took the stage as Roundabout. When they returned to the UK a few weeks later they changed the name to Deep Purple.

Systematic and RA will open the dates for Stone Sour and Powerman 5000 (Systematic is playing instead of Outspoken.) For the complete itinerary, check out StoneSour.com.


Circle-2-Circle -- featuring vocalist Zak Stevens (ex-Savatage) – are preparing to release Watching In Silence on April 28th through AFM Records. There will also be a Limited Edition double-CD package to include a bonus multi-media CD with interviews, the video for the single "Watching in Silence," pictures, screen saver, and much more. The European Summer Festivals begin with C2C appearing at the Rock Hard Magazine Anniversary Party in Dusseldorf, Germany on June 7th – 8th, and then back to Europe in late July/Aug to perform at the Wacken Open Air, Metal Dayz, Sziget Festival and a special club performance in the Netherlands. C2C will also be performing at the Prog-Metal Festival in Altanta, GA in early September. Look for C2C to hit the road in the fall 2003 for an extensive tour throughout Europe. Visit the band at www.Circle2Circle.net.

Anthrax will headline the House of Blues in Hollywood on May 29th, 2003 after wrapping up their tour with Motorhead.

Cannibal Corpse will begin recording their next effort in September. Additionally, they are working on a box set for a fall release, which will contain 3 CD's, and 1 DVD including covers, rare recordings, and rare videos. More information to come soon.

King Diamond’s latest effort, The Puppet Master, is slated for release in late October, and will have a bonus DVD or CDR of King Diamond telling the story of The Puppet Master. As King describes it, this album is going to make the hairs stand up on the back of listeners neck. "The rules of censorship are being thrown out the window... this is going to be the rawest story/album we have ever done. If you are into horror, you're definitely going to get it with this album!"

In Flames have just finished shooting a new video for the track “Trigger.” It appears that the video was shot at the same time as Soilwork’s upcoming clip in a “battle of the bands” type live performance. Members of Soilwork can be seen in the In Flames video and vice versa. In addition, prior to departing for their US tour in support of Mudvayne, the band spent some time back in the studio recording a new song! The yet untitled track will appear on an EP also featuring “Trigger,” 2 cover songs and 2 remixes of “Cloud Connected.” The EP will be released on Nuclear Blast this summer.

The Crown plan on entering the studios on May 5th to begin recording their next effort, Possessed 13. A release date has yet to be determined.

Project: Failing Flesh, the new band comprised of Eric Forrest (E-Force/ex-Voivod), Kevin 131 and Tim Gutierrez posted song samples from their new CD, A Beautiful Sickness, at their official site: www.projectfailingflesh.com. Also, look for the debut of E-Force, the full-time band of Eric Forrest, on Season of Mist records later this year.

Kreator will release their double CD/DVD, Live Kreation (Revisioned Glory), on July 1st (US).

Loco just lensed a video for “Inside” off their Dead World CD, and have a few Canadian gigs lined up:

04/23/03 Saskatoon SK, The Wash 'n Slosh
04/24/03 Red Deer AB, The Vat
04/26/03 Calgary AB, The Metro

The third and possibly the last season of The Osbournes will begin airing on MTV on June 10th, and will include Sharon Osbourne’s colon cancer recovery.

Napalm Death and Earache Records kiss and make up, and begin to prepare a double-disc CD set that will contain tracks from Napalm’s 10-year career, as well as rarities, “lost” recordings and liner notes by bassist Shane Embury. A release date has yet to be secured.


Fu Manchu have inked June 2nd, 2003 (Europe) and July 22nd, 2003 (North America) to release their forthcoming album, Go For It… Live! through SPV records.

The release date of Gamma Ray's double live album, Skeletons In the Closet, has been put back from the end of May to August 25th.

The Queensryche/Dream Theater tour adds another date to their itinerary:

07/22/03 Denver, CO Universal Lending Pavilion

Germany’s Skew Siskin have a new drummer in “Damien.” Vocalist Nina C. Alice says, “He's a real crazy bird and we feel that we made an excellent choice. His drum skills match what Skew Siskin's rhythms are about: Keith Moon meets Phil Rudd! A steady 4/4 rhythm with a hard punch or an explosive attitude with a lot of breaks - especially important for Skew Siskin's well-known rides into fields of psychedelic landscape grooves like 'Metamorphosis' or the impressive 12-minute masterpiece 'In Another World'.”

Slayer have begun writing new material for their next album, which will feature drummer Dave Lombardo. Lombardo has also completed the percussion work on two different Fantomas records (which will be released at separate times).

Zakk Wylde has been confirmed to do an in store appearance:

04/09/03 Fountain Valley, CA Guitar Center

In other Zakk news, Black Label Society has lined up a few gigs in Japan:

04/17/03 Tokyo, JAP Club Quattro
04/18/03 Tokyo, JAP Club Quattro
04/19/03 Nagoya, JAP Club Quattro

Halford’s ‘Metal Gods’ tour keeps adding more dates – all confirmed dates so far are as follows:

04/25/03 Chicago, IL House of Blues
04/26/03 Cleveland, OH Agora Theater
04/27/03 Detroit, MI Clutch Cargos
05/02/03 NYC, NY B.B. Kings
05/03/03 NYC, NY B.B. Kings
05/04/03 Worcester, MA The Palladium
05/06/03 Montreal, CAN Metropolis
05/08/03 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
05/11/03 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero
05/24/03 Dallas, TX Deep Ellum
05/31/03 Seattle, WA, The Northgate Theatre

Get pre-sale tickets at Lollapalooza.com for the following cities: Detroit, Columbus, Milwaukee, Washington DC, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Minneapolis and Chicago. And for those of you who haven’t already heard, The Donnas have been added to this years festival, as has A Perfect Circle, who will replace Queens of the Stone Age from August 15th through August 23rd (six shows).

The ‘420 Musik Conspiracy Festival’ on April 19th in San Francisco has the following bands slated for the event (among many others): Vio-lence, Skinlab, Pissing Razors, 40 Grit, Luxt and Society 1. For more info, check out Skinlab1.com.

Stone Sour’s self-titled debut album has just been certified ‘gold’ (500,000).


Queensryche begins to cement their touring plans:

06/04/03 Amsterdam, NET Heineken Music Hall
06/05/03 London, UK Astoria Theater
06/07/03 Solvesborg, Sweden Sweden Rock Festival
06/08/03 Milan, IT Milan Rock Festival
06/10/03 Athens, GR Lyoabettus Theater

With Dream Theater and Fates Warning:
07/17/03 Detroit, MI DTE
07/24/03 Los Angeles, CA Universal Amp
07/25/03 San Diego, CA Humphry’s
07/26/03 Concord, CA Pavilion
07/27/03 Sacrament, CA Cove

Fates Warning drummer Mark Zonder will be unable to tour with the band during their dates with Dream Theater and Queensryche. A replacement has yet to be announced. However, the good news is that former Fates guitarist Frank Aresti will rejoin the band for the tour.

On Saturday, May 24th, The Scorpions will play a free concert at Neues Schloß in Stuttgart, Germany at the General Automobile Club’s 100th anniversary party.

California’s largest outdoor venue, Glen Helen Blockbuster Pavilion, (capacity 65,000) has officially changed it’s name to Hyundai Pavilion of Glen Helen. The Devore, CA venue typically hosts large festivals such as the annual Ozzfest.

This year, MTV will honor Metallica in their annual tribute show, MTVicon, which will air on May 6th. (Last year’s “icon” was Aerosmith.) Included on the show will be coverage of performers honoring the band, such as: Avril Lavigne, Korn, Limp Bizkit, and Sum 41, all of whom will perform live.

Halford’s ‘Metal Gods 2003 North American Tour’ has confirmed more dates in addition to the one’s previously reported:

04/25/03 Chicago, IL House of Blues
04/26/03 Cleveland, OH Agora Theater
05/04/03 Worcester, MA The Palladium
05/06/03 Montreal, CAN Metropolis
05/08/03 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
05/11/03 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero
05/31/03 Seattle, WA, The Northgate Theatre

Seven Witches and Cage have a few gigs lined up:

04/16/03 Santa Ana, CA The Galaxy
04/18/03 San Diego, CA Brick By Brick
04/19/03 Reseda, CA Paladino’s

Overkill vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth will be on the Eddie Trunk show – you can check out the KNAC.COM feed on April 10th and 12th, starting at 7AM (PST).

Twisted Sister has lined up a string of gigs:

04/04/03 L'Amour, Brooklyn, NY (appearing as Bent Brother)
04/11/03 The Downtown, Farmingdale, NY (appearing as Bent Brother)
04/12/03 The Chance, Poughkeepsie, NY (appearing as Bent Brother)
05/01 – 05/05/03 Tour of Army Bases in Korea for the USO
06/08/03 Solvesborg, SWE Sweden Rock Festival
06/27/03 Pratteln, SWI Z7
06/28/03 Balingen, GER Bang Your Head Festival
07/19/03 Chicago, IL TBA

Steamhammer/SPV will re-issue Yngwie Malmsteen albums The Seventh Sign, Magnum Opus and Inspiration on April 28th. The re-issues will contain new artwork, new booklet, additional liner notes and a previously unreleased bonus track.


It seems as though MTV is readying to resurrect the classic metal show, Headbanger’s Ball, although this time it will be on MTV2, and hosted by Juliya of Much Music USA. More details as it becomes confirmed.

And the pink slips keep coming! First, Sony just laid off about 1,000 employees worldwide, which is approximately 10% of their staff. The cuts include staff at Epic and Columbia Records. And now BMG dumped about 350 Zomba employees, which makes up about 17% of their total staff. The 2002 acquisition of Zomba is cited as the reason parent company Bertelsman announced a 25% drop in net profits.

Halford’s ‘Metal Gods North American Tour’ – which includes Halford, Testament, Immortal, Primal Fear, Carnal Forge, Pain Museum and Amon Amarth -- announces several dates so far:

04/25/03 Chicago, IL House of Blues (No Amon Amarth)
04/26/03 Cleveland, OH TBA (No Amon Amarth)
05/04/03 Worcester, MA TBA
05/11/03 Philadelphia, PA TBA

Bon Jovi will appear and perform live on QVC (a home shopping television program) from the group's concert at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA, on April 12th. The show will air on QVC from 8 – 9PM (EST).

God Forbid have penciled in studio time this May to begin recording their next effort for Century Media Records.

Suicidal Tendencies are also slated to begin recording their next effort. However, they do have a couple of gigs lined up with Cypress Hill:

04/18/03 San Bernardino, CA Gothams/La Luna
04/19/03 Los Angeles, CA Shrine Expo Hall

Zakk Wylde will be making an online chat appearance at the http://www.guitar-guitar.com/ chat room on April 8th, 2003 from 12:00PM to 12:30PM (PST). Zakk and Black Label Society will be doing an autogragph signing at Guitar Trader of San Diego on that same day from 12:30pm to 2:00pm to support their show that evening at 4th and B.

Shadows Fall have some dates lined up with Shai Hulud, Unearth, and Cephalic Carnage:

04/01/03 Detroit, MI Shelter
04/02/03 London, ON The Embassy
04/03/03 Toronto, ON Opera House
04/04/03 Montreal, QU Rainbow
05/17/03 Worcester, MA Palladium New England Metal & Hardcore Fest

Cold have pushed back the release of their album, Year of the Spider from April 29th to May 13th.

Anthrax’s much-anticipated album, We’ve Come For You All is set for release in the US on May 6th, in which they will perform a one-off show with Ministry in Philadelphia, PA at the Electric Factory. Then they will kick off their tour with Motorhead on the 7th in Norfolk, VA.

Mondo Generator -- which features Nick Oliveri (Queens of the Stone Age) – are preparing to release their sophomore effort, A Drug Problem That Never Existed, in June/July through Ipecac Recordings. In the meantime, the will hook up with Tomahawk and The Melvins for a few gigs:

04/28/03 San Diego, CA Cane’s
04/29/03 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
04/30/03 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues

Hate Eternal has a handful of shows lined up:

05/14/03 Passaic, NJ Connections
05/16/03 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance
05/17/03 Worcester, MA The Palladium - New England Metalfest
05/18/03 Philadelphia, PA. Trocadero
05/19/03 W. Springfield, VA Jaxx

Faster Pussycat has a bunch of Euro gigs coming up:

05/10/03 Dudley, UK JB's
05/11/03 Glasgow, UK Renfrew Ferry
05/13/03 Northampton, UK Roadmenders
05/14/03 London, UK The Underworld
05/15/03 Cardiff, UK MS1
05/16/03 Bradford, UK Bradford Rio
05/17/03 Nottingham, UK Rock City
05/18/03 Manchester, UK Manchester University
05/20/03 Madrid, SP Aqualung
05/21/03 Victoria, SP Azkena
05/23/03 Milan, IT Indian's Saloon
05/24/03 Bassano Del Grappa, IT La Gabbia
05/25/03 Rome, IT Alpheus

Guitarist John Norum (ex-Europe) is the latest addition to UFO.

Fu Manchu are in the mastering stages of their next effort, Go For It: Live, which should be ready for release in May.

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