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Queensryche has begun working on the follow-up to last year's Operation: Mindcrime II in Seattle. Frontman Geoff Tate told Billboard.com he hopes the as-yet-untitled set will arrive next summer or fall. "We're just into the first couple months of writing for it, and it's a theme record. It's based on modern American life, sort of a social commentary," Tate says. "Musically it's very adventurous for us. It's something we haven't done before. It's going to take a lot of people by surprise, and at the same time I think they're going to be very intrigued by the concept of it."
The 2007 Zappa Plays Zappa tour under the direction of Dweezil Zappa, continues on it's quest to bring the music of Frank Zappa to the masses once again. Check out the link below to see clips from the upcoming Zappa Plays Zappa DVD including "Zombie Woof" featuring Steve Vai and the Mothers of Invention classic "Call Any Vegetable." Click here to see a series of video clips from the tour.
Polish extreme metal outfit Behemoth made an impressive Billboard 200 debut. Their new album, The Apostasy, debuted at #149 on the chart. This entry also marks Century Media's fifth highest Billboard Top 200 debut.
Sony BMG has issued Anthrax -Extended Versions. Recorded live at the Metro in Chicago on December 5th, 2003 it features the following ten songs: 'What Doesn't Die', 'Got The Time', 'Caught In A Mosh', 'Safe Home', 'Room For One More', 'Antisocial', 'Nobody Knows Anything', 'Fueled', 'I Am The Law' and 'Only'. Anthrax's lineup that evening consisted of Scott Ian and Rob Caggiano on guitars, Charlie Benante on drums, Frank Bello on bass and John Bush on vocals.
Canadian news outlets are reporting dozens of concertgoers were arrested for public drunkenness at the Blast at the Beach Canadian music festival at the Charlottetown Driving Park featuring Aerosmith as the headliner. More than 30,000 fans were in attendence. Police made 54 arrests and issued two dozen tickets for possession of alcohol.
Destruction have posted the following message on their website: "The show in Wacken this year will feature some special surprise performances: Beside the "Mad Butcher & his pleasureslaves", all the original and former members will join the band for the finale of the performance. Although the band will perform "The Alliance of Hellhoundz" with different guest singers! You can enjoy the 75 minutes "Best of Destruction" set at 6.45PM on the Wacken BLACKSTAGE. The event will be filmed for the 25th anniversary DVD, that will be released in 2007!"
Chimaira bassist Jim LaMarca has been forced to miss a few shows on the current Sounds Of The Underground tour due to a death in his family. Filling in on bass for the affected dates are Beefcake (Gwar), Paul Romanko (Shadows Fall), Andy Williams (Every Time I Die) and Chimaira frontman Mark Hunter.
Agent Steel has been leaking tracks from their upcoming album Alienigma, due out in September. The latest track is entitled 'Fashioned From Dust' is available on the band's official MySpace page.