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Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden to Headline Ozzfest '05

Blabbermouth is reporting that "informed sources" (read: still unconfirmed) tell them that BLACK SABBATH and IRON MAIDEN will headline the 10th anniversary edition of Ozzfest. In addition, ANTHRAX's "Among the Living" lineup — featuring vocalist Joey Belladonna, guitarist Dan Spitz and bassist Frank Bello — is said to have secured a slot on the main stage at the festival, which is expected to kick off in mid-July.

According to unconfirmed reports, the Ozzfest 2005 shows will start later than the previous 9:00 a.m. kick-off time and will include more non-rotating slots on the second stage.

Prior to headlining the 2005 edition of Ozzfest, BLACK SABBATH will embark on a short European tour, which will include an appearance at the U.K.'s Download festival (where they will headline the "Ozzfest" day on June 11).

No further mention was made of Megadeth who are also highly rumored to play the main stage this year.

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Anthrax Signature Guitar For Sale

Anthrax bearded guitarist Scott Ian postet the following on the band's official website:

It's alive!! My Washburn has arrived. This is #1 of 100 limited edition Urban Camo models.
Check it out my friends.
Cheers,
Scott

You can bid on this guitar at this location. The auction ends Feb. 17.

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Belladonna's Anthrax Reunion Is Not a Done Deal

Joey Belladonna has told TotalRock about those rumours that he's re-joining Anthrax for a special anniversary show at the Dynamo Festival in Holland on May 7. "Right now I don't kn ow anything" he says, squashing reports that this is a done deal.

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Anthrax Guitarist Says Vinnie Paul Will Play Drums

ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian has confirmed to MTV.com that he has spoken to PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN drummer Vinnie Paul about the possibility of Vinnie playing with ANTHRAX at a February 23 benefit in Chicago at the Aragon Ballroom. "We're just hoping it happens," Ian said. "There would be nothing better than getting Vinnie up on the drum kit and jamming with us. That would just be incredible."

Following PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott's murder in December, some wondered whether his brother Paul would ever be able to perform in concert again. However, Ian told MTV.com that's not likely to happen. "I don't think that would be possible with him. It's in his blood. The last thing in the world he would do, or that Dime would ever want, would be for him to not drum anymore. That would be insane." More...

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"Armageddon Over Wacken Live 2004" Details

Armageddon Music have announced a March 21 release date for the "Armageddon Over Wacken Live 2004" 3-CD set. The package will feature more than 220 minutes and 38 bands, along with liner notes, photos and information about the annual German metal festival. Here is the complete track listing:

Disc 1:

01. ANTHRAX - "Indians"
02. ANTHRAX - "Only"
03. DESTRUCTION - "Nailed To The Cross"
04. CHILDREN OF BODOM - "Sixpounder"
05. CANNIBAL CORPSE - "Dormant Bodies Bursting"
06. MAYHEM - "Pargans Fears"
07. DEATH ANGEL - "Thicker Than Blood"
08. UNLEASHED - "To Asgaard We Fly"
09. ORPHANAGE - "Five Crystals"
10. EKTOMORF - "I Know Them"
11. EKTOMORF - "Destroy"
12. BAL-SAGOTH - "The Emperial Lexicon"
13. MNEMIC - "Ghost"
14. CATHEDRAL - "Stained Glass Horizon"
15. NEVERMORE - "Enemies Of Reality"

Disc 2: More...

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Anthrax Frontman On Maximum Rock 2000 Tour Pullout

Anthrax vocalist John Bush spoke with KNAC.com about what exactly happened at the end of the Motley Crue and Megadeth Maximum Rock 2000 tour which Anthrax pulled out of and if he thought it ended badly. "It ended badly in the sense that the tour wasn't doing very well," Bush responded. "At the time there was a lot of competition during the summer of 2000. It was really busy. We were probably playing bigger venues than the bands at that time should have played. Ticket sales were struggling, and Motley wanted to cut everybody's pay. We couldn't afford to do that because then we would have been losing money. I mean, that was one of the reasons we did the tour was to make a little money?not sh**loads ? just some. Now, to take a loss to do that tour would have been an error, so three weeks in when they came to us wanting to cut our pay in half we couldn't do it. We weren't going to take tour support to do that tour. It would have been the stupidest thing we could ever do."

Read the full article at KNAC.

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Joey Belladonna To Play With Anthrax At Dynamo

Former vocalist Joey Belladonna will play with Anthrax when they play the Dynamo Festival in Hellendoom, Holland on May 7. Both he and current singer John Bush will perform with the band at this special show.

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Classic Anthrax Lineup To Reform, Play Ozzfest?

What many people regard as the classic Anthrax line-up is rumoured to be re-forming to play on the bill for the US Ozzfest tour this Summer. This would see the return of vocalist Joey Belladonna, bassist Frank Bello and guitarist Dan Spitz.

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Disturbed Frontman Compelled To Do Dimebag Benefit

Within an hour of the shooting at the Alrosa Villa that left "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott and four others dead, Disturbed frontman David Draiman's phone began ringing off the hook. And it didn't stop for almost 24 hours. Right then and there, he knew "Instead of dwelling on the facts of his death, we're trying to focus on the way he lived." — Disturbed's David Draiman that something had to be done to pay tribute to his slain friend.

"I started making phone calls the day after I got the news. I knew that something had to be done to honor his memory. But then I was watching TV, and I saw that his family was auctioning off a bunch of his possessions on eBay," Draiman said. "I was like 'Damn, is the situation that dire?' If it had come to that, then I also knew that we had to do something to help his loved ones out."

So Draiman decided to organize a benefit concert for the Dimebag Darrell Memorial Fund, which helps Abbott's family pay funeral expenses. More...

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"Alone In The Dark" Tracklisting Revealed

Nuclear Blast has announced the tracklisting of "Alone in the Dark," the original motion picture soundtrack inspired and from the movie. "Alone in the Dark" is based on the best-selling Atari video game series of the same name. The soundtrack will feature some of today’s best Metal bands such as Dimmu Borgir, Shadows Fall, Fear Factory, Machine Head amongst others, and it will be featured on a double disc format. This is the first time a Hollywood production receives an all Extreme Metal soundtrack. The release date for the soundtrack has been set for January 25, 2005.

Edward Carnby (Christian Slater) is a private investigator specializing in unexplainable supernatural phenomena. His cases delve into the dark corners of the world, searching for truth in the occult remnants of the ancient civilizations. Now, the greatest mystery of his past is about to become the most dangerous case he has ever faced. With the help of his ex-flame, archeologist Aline Cedrac (Tara Reid), and his bitter rival, government agent Richard Burke (Stephen Dorff), Edward Carnby is about to learn that just because you don’t believe in something, that doesn’t mean it can’t kill you. More info can be found here.

There will be two different version of the soundtrack, one for European territories and the American version. Here are both tracklists: More...

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More Info On Damageplan Nightclub Shooting

Scoop of the Columbus, Ohio radio station The Blitz 99.7 FM has confirmed to Blabbermouth.net that Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul was uninjured in the shooting incident at a Columbus nightclub which resulted in the death of Paul's brother, Dimebag Darrell. According to Scoop, who attended the concert and briefly saw Vinnie following the incident, Paul was in a complete state of shock and expressed his desire to be with his brother right after the shooting occurred.

A friend of Scoop's, Kevin Minerd, who also attended the concert, told Blabbermouth.net that the gunman entered the stage from the left side and walked over to the right side where Dimebag was standing before grabbing the guitarist and pumping several bullets into him. Additional shots were fired, although it's presently unclear which other member of Damageplan, if any, was killed in the incident.

"A Columbus police officer, when he arrived, engaged the shooter, and the shooter is also dead, and if the officer hadn't acted when he did and how he did, we'd probably be looking at more dead, because this guy was actively shooting," Sergeant Brent Mull, public information officer, told MTV News.

"We have 200-plus patrons that we have sequestered inside three city buses," Sergeant Mull explained. "We are interviewing them one by one. The ones that were inside and witnessed this, ran for their lives and were in fear for their lives. They are victims too, and we want to take care of them."

As news of Dimebag's (born Darrell Lance Abbott in Dallas, Texas on August 20, 1966) bizarre and tragic demise rippled through the metal community, the news was met with shock and sadness.

"I'm speechless," friend and Rob Zombie/Ozzy Osbourne bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson told MTV. "This is totally unreal. Dimebag is a fucking legend and this is total bullshit."

"This is insane and this is beyond travesty," Killswitch Engage frontman, and former Damageplan tour partner, Howard Jones said. "This is beyond anything I've ever heard. This shouldn't happen in or outside of the rock and metal community. He will be missed and mourned as a person, as a musician, and as a friend."

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, whose band has toured with Pantera and has featured Dimebag guest appearances on their albums, stated in a posting on Anthrax's web site, "I am devastated as I'm sure we all are. All I can convey at this moment are my condolences to Rita and Vinnie and the whole family. My heart is with you."

Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx offered the following: "Dime, I will never forget all the times you made us laugh. I'm so happy we got to spend the day together in London recently… We should all live our lives as full as you have. I will miss you, as will all of us... This is a sad day."

Rich Ward (Fozzy, Stuck Mojo): "Darrell was as nice as they come. During the times that I spent with him, I wondered why he played in such a heavy band. Not that he didn't have the ability to school all of us that dared to share a stage with him, but because he seemed like such a gentle and kind man. He had a great sense of humor and was someone that everyone in the room gravitated toward. He never carried himself like the big rock star that he really was, instead he came across humble and appreciative. I consider it a privilege to have known him, as he was one of the 'real' guys in the business and as Zakk [Wylde] would say, 'one of the boys'!"

Shaun Glass (Soil): "Today I am saddened to say I lost my friend and hero it sickens me that someone would take away a person that brought so much joy to so many people. Love ya, Double D."

Jon Dette (ex-Slayer, Testament): "My brother just called to tell me that Dimebag Darrell was shot and killed on stage tonight. Words cannot express the sadness I'm feeling right now and my condolences go out to Vinnie Paul and the Abbott family for their loss. This is a huge tragedy for the music world."

Orange County, California-based sextet Bleed The Sky (recently signed to Nuclear Blast Records): "It's a sad day in heavy metal, Dimebag Darrell formerly of Pantera, was shot and killed while performing with Damageplan in Ohio. We would more than likely not be a band if it wasn't for him, and can't possibly imagine the pain that his brother and his family must be in. RIP, brother, heavy music will never be the same without you."

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Iron Maiden Tribute CD Lineup Revealed

Legendary rock producer and musician Bob Kulick (Kiss, Meatloaf) has finished producing an all-star tribute to Iron Maiden in honor of their 25th anniversary. Culling from his extensive contacts in the musician world, Kulick has assembled major hard rock and metal players to come together and put this tribute album together.

All of the tracks have been completed except for two key signature vocalists to come in and finish the job. Kulick has been using the rest of the finished material to shop around for a label to license the masters and put out the hottest Iron Maiden tribute of all time.

The album will feature the following track listing/musicians: More...

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Metallica Sets Beat At First Metal Auction

Metallica fans paid higher than expected prices for the band's handwritten lyrics and original album cover artwork at the first major public auction of heavy metal music memorabilia. The sale was conducted by Julien Entertainment Saturday, November 6, at the Hard Rock Cafe on West 57th Street in New York City.

"Lyrics to the group's first album in 1983, 'Kill 'Em All', handwritten by Metallica founder Lars Ulrich and early band member Cliff Burton, sold for $2,400 to more than $4,900 each. The pre-sale estimates ranged from $1,000 to $3,000 each," said auctioneer Darren Julien, President of Julien Entertainment of West Hollywood, California.

"There were a total of 16 different handwritten Metallica lyrics, and they sold for a combined total of $48,600. Obviously, some fans were determined to buy historic keepsakes from the band," said Julien. More...

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Anthrax Wants You In Their New Video

In celebration of their 20th Anniversary of representing American heavy metal music, Anthrax is offering up an open invitation to their fans (and headbangers in general) around the country to participate in the filming of their new video in New York City.

The video, which is for an updated version of the classic cut "Deathrider," taken from their upcoming November 23rd release "The Greater Of Two Evils," is being filmed at the new Snitch Night Club, located at 59 West 21st Street; between 5th and 6th Avenues.

The video shoot is taking place on Thursday October 28th between 10pm - 2am. Plans have been made to include a wide variety of people in the video ranging from 'average joes and janes' cherry picked off the streets, to porn stars, the Naked Cowboy in Times Square, the hot strippers from TENs down the street, special celebrity guest appearances, and more.

The fan participation for the video ties into the group's longtime fan appreciation, as well as the new album, which features 14 tracks of Anthrax classics, re-recorded and updated by the band. Additionally, the entire track listing for the album was culled from an extensive fan fueled Internet voting campaign that took place on www.anthrax.com.

If you wish to have yourself immortalized on video with Anthrax, call The Snitch at 212-675-8007 or log onto www.anthrax.com for more details.

In other news, taken from the official Anthrax website:

"John and his wife Tori welcomed their first child in the world yesterday (Oct. 26). The baby girl, born a week early, has been named Jezebel November Silvera Bush. Congrats and best wishes to John and and their family on the little headbanger! AND JOHN TAKE NOTE: You can never have enough bibs and burp clothes. :0)"

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Anthrax To Appear On Rockline

Anthrax will be guest appearing on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" on Monday, November 1 at 8:30 P.M. PST (11:30 P.M. EST), and fans are encouraged to call in with questions during the program at (800) 344-ROCK (7625).

Find a station near you at RocklineRadio.com.

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Anthrax Announce S. American & Mexican Tour Dates

Anthrax will set off for a tour through South America and Mexico in February/March next year, check out the dates:

Feb. 25 Rio de Janeiro, BRA @ Claro Hall
Feb. 26 São Paulo, BRA @ Credicard Hall
Feb. 27 Buenos Aires, ARG @ Estádio Obras
Mar. 01 Santiago, CHL @ Estádio Victor Jara
Mar. 02 Bogotá, COL @ Palácio de los Deportes
Mar. 04 San José, COS @ Planet Mall
Mar. 05 Mexico City, MEX @ Circo Volador
Mar. 06 Chihuahua, MEX @ Herradura
Mar. 08 Monterrey, MEX @ Iguana Café

Anthrax classics album "The Greater Of Two Evils", featuring 14 newly recorded hits of the band (including songs from "Fistful Of Metal," "Spreading The Disease," "Among The Living," "State Of Euphoria" and "Persistence Of Time") with the great vocals of John Bush, will be released on November 29th.

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Heavy Metal Memorabilia To Be Auctioned Off

The first major public auction ever conducted of heavy metal music memorabilia will be held November 6 at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City and online in conjunction with Julien Entertainment.

"The sale includes original album cover artwork, handwritten lyrics and musical instruments from Metallica, Anthrax and other heavy metal groups. Many of the Metallica items are from the collection of Jon Zazula, founder of Megaforce Records," said Darren Julien, President of Julien Entertainment of West Hollywood, California.

The sale contains over 100 auction lots of awards, instruments, lyrics, artwork and documents from artists such as Alice Cooper, Anthrax, Guns N' Roses, Ozzy Osbourne, Van Halen, Motley Crue, Kiss and many others. This historic offering gives fans an opportunity to obtain a piece of heavy metal music history from one of their favorite bands.

"Hard Rock Cafe was built on ground-breaking music, and we are thrilled to host the first-ever heavy metal memorabilia auction," said Don Bernstine, Hard Rock Cafe Manager of Acquisitions/Artist Relations. "The Hard Rock has the world's greatest collection of rock 'n' roll memorabilia, so we are a natural venue for this historic event that gives music fans the chance to own these artifacts that helped develop a new genre of music."

Auction highlights include: More...

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Anthrax: 'The Greater Of Two Evils' Cover Art Post

The cover art for Anthrax's upcoming collection of Joey Belladonna/Neil Turbin-era songs performed by the band's current lineup, entitled "The Greater of Two Evils", has been posted online at this location.

All the artwork for "The Greater Of Two Evils" was done by Shepard Fairey, the subterranean legend best known for his Andre The Giant-inspired OBEY graphics. "We wanted something different this time out," says Benante who serves not only as drummer and songwriter but as the resident art director as well. "Our last two releases we used famed painter Alex Ross who did two unbelievable covers for us (2003's critically acclaimed 'We've Come For You All' and their live DVD/CD 'Music Of Mass Destruction' which was released earlier this year.), and we wanted to go in a slightly different direction. The cover is very 'flat,' in a good way, and the colors are striking. It will work great as the cover, in posters, t-shirts, whatever, it's just a cool image."

Recorded "live" in the studio over the course of two days, "The Greater Of Two Evils" is made up of 14 classic Anthrax songs the fans demanded by way of the thousands of votes from all over the world received on the band's official web site, Anthrax.com. Based on those votes, the band entered Avatar studios in New York City one cold and snowy weekend last winter and took a trip back in time to revisit songs from their formative releases "Fistful Of Metal" (1984), "Spreading The Disease" (1985), "Among The Living" (1987), "State Of Euphoria" (1988), and "Persistence Of Time" (1990).

"The Greater of Two Evils" is scheduled for release in the U.S. on November 23 via Sanctuary. The complete track listing for the effort is as follows:

01. Deathrider
02. Metal Thrashing Mad
03. Caught In A Mosh
04. A.I.R.
05. Among The Living
06. Keep It In The Family
07. Indians
08. Madhouse
09. Panic
10. I Am The Law
11. Belly Of The Beast
12. N.F.L.
13. Be All End All
14. Gung-Ho

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Anthrax Change Title Of Upcoming CD

Anthrax have changed the title of their upcoming collection of Joey Belladonna/Neil Turbin-era songs performed by the band's current lineup to "The Greater of Two Evils" from the previously announced "Metallum Maximum Aeturnum". "What, no one speaks Latin any more?" Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian joked in a posting on the band's official web site.

With regards to the upcoming CD, Scott wrote, "I heard the first ten mixes over the weekend and I am excited. These songs sound great. There's so much energy on this record. Busting the tracks out live in two days was definitely the way to do it. What's crazy is when I listen to it it's like I'm listening to it from outside the band because it's all these old songs that we haven't played so much over the years and I really only know the studio versions so when I hear John [Bush] singing them, it's like I get to here it from your point of view, if that makes any sense. And let me tell ya, John is killing on this. It's being mastered on Wednesday [Sept. 15] and the release dates are November 8 in Europe and November 23 in the U.S. Japan is a week before Europe. I'll find out when Australia gets it. I haven't forgotten how great Australia was this year. The cover art is by Obey, www.obeygiant.com, and it's really sharp. Very striking."

Anthrax will be teaming up with Dio and Fireball Ministry for a U.S. tour beginning on September 29 in Hartford, CT. "This will be the last run of dates for a while," Ian revealed. "John's wife Tori is due first week of November and we'll be working on new material so we can get a new record out next year. I know it's disappointing that we still have not gotten to the Northwest. It's lame and I apologize but it's been out of our hands. These dates coming up end in Ft. Lauderdale. I wish we were doing the whole tour but we can't because John's gonna be a dad. You have to respect that. We still might get to San Francisco. There's a chance we will do the last three shows in S.F., L.A. and Vegas over Halloween weekend. I hope we do. Get your ass down to what is sire to be the most metal night of the year. I want to see Anthrax fans representing. No excuse, get up and get out to the shows. The first gig at the Northern Lights in Clifton Park NY is a headline warm-up show. Last time there was killer so let's top it. I'm really excited about playing the Beacon in NYC, The last time we played there was in 1987 on the 'Among the Living' tour. It's a great place to see shows and it feels good to be playing a big venue in NYC. I think these shows will be sick. Chicago, Milwaukee and Detroit, you know what’s up!!!!"

Anthrax w/ Dio, Fireball Ministry:

Sep. 28 - Clifton Park, NY – Northern Lights (ANTHRAX only)
Sep. 29 - Webster Theatre - Hartford, CT (21 and over)
Oct. 01 - The Palladium - Boston, MA
Oct. 02 - Beacon Theatre - NYC, NY
Oct. 04 - Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
Oct. 05 - The Odeon - Cleveland, OH
Oct. 06 - Eagles Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI
Oct. 08 - Harpo's Concert Theater - Detroit, MI
Oct. 09 - House Of Blues - Chicago, IL (18 and over)
Oct. 10 - The Surf Ballroom - Clear Lake, IA
Oct. 12 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
Oct. 14 - House of Blues - Lake Buena Vista, FL
Oct. 15 - Jannus Landing - Saint Petersburg, FL
Oct. 16 - Revolution - Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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Anthrax Comments On Passing Of Ramones Legend

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has commented on the passing of Johnny Ramone, guitarist and co-founder of the seminal punk band The Ramones. Writing to the Anthrax's official web site, Ian said, "The world is a lesser place with the passing of Johnny Ramone. My heart goes out to his wife Linda and to all the family, friends and fans around the world who share in the love for this giant among men. I will always treasure my time with Johnny. Meeting and becoming friends with the man responsible for my guitar playing was a dream come true. We'll miss you Johnny."

Ramone, who had been fighting a five-year battle with prostate cancer, died in his sleep Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 15) at his Los Angeles home surrounded by friends and family. He was 55.

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