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Below is our complete Kittie news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Kittie Reschedules Detroit Date

As a result of the pending visa issues regarding the band, KITTIE has moved their October 15th show in Detroit, Michigan at Harpo's, to the 26th of November.

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Kittie Vocalist Explains Chicago Cancellation

KITTIE vocalist/guitarist Morgan Lander has posted the following message on their official website:

"Hey everyone,

I wanted to come on here and personally apologize to everyone who bought a ticket to the show and spent their hard earned money on travel arrangments to come out to see the show in Chicago. I would have said something yesterday, but truthfully, I was really too upset.

This was a devastating blow to all of us, both financially and personally, as we had a wonderful show the night before and were all excited to play in Chicago.

I was unfortunetly unable to cross the border because of a perceived visa complication, and nothing else. As a Canadian citizen, I need a work visa to be able to play shows and tour in the United States. It is the way the US government operates, and we must abide by the rules. Maybe they singled me out, who knows, but Mercedes, our crew and the other girls got across fine, and myself, who went with the equipment and not the rest of my band, was denied, and subsequently my visa was taken away and voided. I now have to re-petition to get a new visa in order to have the privledge to work in the United States.

You all need to know that this was in no way the fault of the band or managment, and I sincerly apologize for any trouble this has caused. It was merely a technicality and this sort of thing happens to bands all the time.

We would like to try to make this up to you somehow, and those of you who we personally know who have made sacrifices to come and see the show should be made up to in some way...I'll get in touch with you personally to see what we can do...

I feel horrible for what has happened and hope to see you all again soon... "

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Kittie Turned Away At US Border

"Dave and Morgan Lander were turned back at the US-Canadian border just a few moments ago. This makes the appearance at Chicago’s Windy City Invitational extremely unlikely to occur at this point. The problem that necessitated the turn around should be resolvable before the Detroit show on the 15th. The band expresses its deepest apologies and we will keep you posted with more information and details as we are made aware of them"

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Kittie Announce New Lineup, Photo Available

According to the London Free Press, Canadian metal band KITTIE have announced the details of their new lineup. Joining guitarist/vocalist Morgan Lander and drummer Mercedes Lander are two new members — guitarist Tara McLeod, formerly with Strathroy, Ontario area band SHERRY, and bassist Trish Doan, who played with London, Ontario rockers HER and is a Sheridan College student. The revamped group (view photo) will make its live debut at Call the Office in London, Ontario Thursday night (Sept. 29). The four rockers have been rehearsing daily at KITTIE's London base.

Doan and McLeod join a band that has sold hundreds of thousands of CDs, played hundreds of club gigs and been part of Ozzfest. None of those hits are recent, which is plenty of reason for KITTIE to start reconnecting with its fans. KITTIE fans follow the band online and soon will have a downloadable EP — "a new taster," the band said — to introduce new material.

KITTIE's other dates include a show at Chicago's Windy City Invitational metal fest on Saturday (Oct. 1). The band last played Call the Office in June 2003. Before that, it had opened for U.S. band SLIPKNOT at another London venue in April 2000.

"Every time we do play here, we want it to be special," Morgan Lander said.

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Kittie's Lander Sisters Launch Clothing Line

Kittie sisters Mercedes and Morgan Lander have just launched their own clothes range called Poisoned Black. You can check it out at poisonedblack.com.

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Kittie To Do Hometown Show Before Chicago Festival

Canadian metal band KITTIE have added a London, Ontario date to their schedule as a warm-up concert before their Windy City Invitational appearance.

The show will take place at Call the Office on September 29, and will mark KITTIE's first hometown appearance in three years. Also performing on the bill will be UNEVER and NOTHING LEFT FOR TOMORROW.

As previously reported, KITTIE, ATROCITY, LEAVES' EYES, BURY YOUR DEAD and GOD DETHRONED have been confirmed for the Windy City Invitational festival, set to take place Saturday, October 1 at The Metro in Chicago, Illinois. The festival billing is shaping up as follows:

KITTIE
BURY YOUR DEAD
KATAKLYSM
GOD DETHRONED
MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD
LEAVES' EYES
ACUMEN NATION
ATROCITY
MANNTIS
EPOCH OF UNLIGHT
THINE EYES BLEED
LILITU
HURTLOCKER

Check out a poster for the festival at this location.

KITTIE frontwoman Morgan Lander recently shot down rumors that the group has broken following the departure of guitarist Lisa Marx and bassist Jennifer Arroyo and the band's split with longtime label Artemis Records.

KITTIE parted ways Artemis in March "due to a proposed amendment to the recording budget for the pending fourth KITTIE album," according to a post on the band's web site. The group have yet to announce replacemenets for Marx and Arroyo, who left the band earlier in the year. The band's most recent album, "Until the End", was released in July 2004.

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Suicide City To Support Mindless Self Indulgence

SUICIDE CITY, the new band featuring BIOHAZARD guitarist/vocalist Billy Graziadei and former KITTIE bassist Jennifer Arroyo, will be supporting MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE on the following dates:

Sep. 21 - The Masquerade - Atlanta, GA
Sep. 22 - The Masquerade - Tampa, FL
Sep. 23 - Revolution - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Sep. 24 - House Of Blues - Lake Buena Vista, FL
Sep. 27 - House of Rock - Corpus Christi, TX
Sep. 28 - Ridglea Theatre - Fort Worth, TX
Sep. 30 - T Lounge - El Paso, TX
Oct. 01 - Marquee Theatre - Tempe, AZ
Oct. 02 - Soma Sidestage - San Diego, CA
Oct. 06 - House Of Blues - Las Vegas, NV
Oct. 07 - The Boardwalk - Orangevale, CA
Oct. 09 - Loveland - Portland, OR
Oct. 10 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
Oct. 12 - Lo Fi Cafe - Salt Lake City, UT
Oct. 13 - Ogden Theater - Denver, CO
Oct. 18 - The Pearl Room - Mokena, IL
Oct. 21 - Starland Ballroom - Sayreville, NJ
Oct. 22 - Crazy Donkey - Farmingdale, NY

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Kittie, Into Eternity To Guest On Kataklysm Album

Kataklysm vocalist, Maurizio Iacono, has posted the following album update on the band's official website:

Hey guys -

Little update for you all regarding the new album... I received a call today from our producer/guitarist J-F, informing me that the drums are almost all done and they sound monstrous!! Max once again has done a killer job and put a lot of feel into the songs. We're going less mechanical and more organic on this album, brutality most be felt the right way.

Yes the rumors are true... next weekend we will have Morgan Lander from KITTIE doing a guest appearance on the new album. For some people this must feel like a weird combination, but rest assured that Iwill turn Morgan from an angel to demon and she will be spitting fire under our wings!!.. Other Canadian musicians, such as INTO ETERNITY's Rob and Tim are also schedualed to appear on the album as special guests, doing solos and guest appearances. More details to come...

Don't forget - next weekend's Xtreme Distortion Festival in Laval (QC) Canada... Last show for Kataklysm in awhile.

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Suicide City To Support Mindless Self Indulgence

SUICIDE CITY (formerly RODEK), the new band featuring BIOHAZARD guitarist/vocalist Billy Graziadei and former KITTIE bassist Jennifer Arroyo, will b supporting MINDLESS SELF INDULGENCE on an East Coast tour beginning on July 1. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:

Jul. 01 - Recher Theatre - Towson, MD
Jul. 02 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC
Jul. 03 - The NorVa - Norfolk, VA
Jul. 08 - Webster Hall – New York, NY

SUICIDE CITY formed in 2004 when five talented and experienced artists, sharing the same passion in music, crossed paths. For the past several years, Billy Graziadei of BIOHAZARD has been producing bands from many different parts of the world. While producing tracks for THE GROOVENICS, their singer, Karl Bernholtz, and Graziadei realized they had many common musical interests. Bernholtz and Graziadei quickly began writing material and soon hooked up with New York-based drummer Dan Lamagna and GROOVENICS/GHOST FIGHT guitarist AJ Marchetta. KITTIE bassist Jennifer Arroyo joined up with the band shortly after, solidifying the SUICIDE CITY lineup. Jennifer has recently left KITTIE to give 100 percent of her time and effort to SUICIDE CITY.

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Kittie Deny Breakup Rumors; Seek Guitarist, Bass

Canadian band Kittie have denied rumours of an imminent split. They are still looking for a bassist and guitarist - and are also without a current record deal - but have plans for a new album.

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Suicide City To Join Mouth of Madness Tour

SUICIDE CITY (formerly RODEK), the new band featuring BIOHAZARD guitarist/vocalist Billy Graziadei and former KITTIE bassist Jennifer Arroyo, will be joining the "Mouth of Madness" tour with OTEP, DEVILDRIVER, GIZMACHI and DAYSEND for several dates in early June. SUICIDE CITY will be featured as a special guest on the following shows:

Jun. 08 – Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
Jun. 10 - Knitting Factory - New York, NY
Jun. 11 - 2686/Club Ritual - Levitttown, NY
Jun. 12 - Webster Theatre - Hartford, CT
Jun. 14 – Chameleon - Lancaster, PA
Jun. 15 - Crocodile Rock - Allentown, PA
Jun. 18 – Jaxx - Springfield, VA

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Suicide City Announce Long Island Gig

SUICIDE CITY (formerly RODEK), the new band featuring BIOHAZARD guitarist/vocalist Billy Graziadei and former KITTIE bassist Jennifer Arroyo, will play two shows this Saturday, May 7, at the Club Ritual in Levittown, NY. The first performance is an all-ages show in the afternoon. Doors open at 4:00 p.m. Then SUICIDE CITY takes the stage again for a second 18+ show. Doors for the second show open at 10:00 p.m.

SUICIDE CITY formed in 2004 when five talented and experienced artists, sharing the same passion in music, crossed paths. For the past several years, Billy Graziadei of BIOHAZARD has been producing bands from many different parts of the world. While producing tracks for THE GROOVENICS, their singer, Karl Bernholtz, and Graziadei realized they had many common musical interests. Bernholtz and Graziadei quickly began writing material and soon hooked up with New York-based drummer Dan Lamagna and GROOVENICS/GHOST FIGHT guitarist AJ Marchetta. KITTIE bassist Jennifer Arroyo joined up with the band shortly after, solidifying the SUICIDE CITY lineup. Jennifer has recently left KITTIE to give 100 percent of her time and effort to SUICIDE CITY.

SUICIDE CITY's new EP, "Not My Year", will be available at the show.

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Jennifer Arroyo Explains Departure From Kittie

Former Kittie bassist Jennifer Arroyo has also weighed in on the announcement she and Lisa Marx quit the band.

"Yes, I left Kittie," Arroyo wrote in an online posting. "It was one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make in my life, but sometimes in life you have to make decisions for yourself. This was one of them. I love Morgan [Lander, guitar/vocals] and Mercedes [Lander, drums] with all my heart and they know that. There is no bad blood WHAT-SO-EVER. In fact, I hope Artemis finally decides to drop the band so THEY can move on with their lives. They truly deserve it after all the wrongs that have been done to the band Kittie."

"I'm not going ANYWHERE… no no no!!!! I'm devoting all my efforts into Suicide City and can't wait to see ALL OF YOU with my boys in tow. It's my heart and I couldn't be more excited about the future!!!

"Thank you for all the support and love... the three years with Kittie was some of the best times of my life… thank you all for the memories... I had an awesome time!!!

"See you with Suicide City!"

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Kittie Lose Two Members At Once

Kittie have parted ways with both their guitarist Lisa Marx and their bassist Jennifer Arroyo. Frontwoman Morgan Lander posted a statement on the band's message board that reads as follows:

Alright, I know that what has happened with Lisa comes as a shock to all of you. It was a shock to all of us too. Things haven't been said in a press release up until this point with good reason however. Not only has Lisa decided to leave the band, but Jennifer has decided to leave too. I figured we should get this all out into the open while we still can. More...

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Suicide City Songs Posted Online

Suicide City (previously reportedly named "Rodek" back in January 2004), a five-piece featuring Biohazad pair Bill Graziadei and Danny Schuler and Kittie's Jennifer Arroyo, have posted two new tracks at their Myspace site. The songs, taken from their upcoming EP, are 'Undone' and 'Diluted'.

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Lasting Effect On Heavy Metal Scene Expected

For David Draiman, his safe place has now become a hazardous zone.

Draiman is one of several heavy metal artists who say their lives and careers will be dramatically altered by the death of Arlington-raised guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, who was fatally shot onstage at a Columbus, Ohio, nightclub Wednesday night.

"The stage is an environment where you tend to feel safe," said Draiman, lead singer for Chicago-based metal band Disturbed, whose last album, "Believe," sold 1.5 million copies.

"There are always guys jumping on and off of it, stage-diving, and prior to this incident, I welcomed it," he said. "But I don't know who might be running up there with a gun now. I'm sure there are people who hate me, too. Everyone's at risk now."

Until Wednesday, rock bands had not been affected by this type of violence. Even fans of Pantera, Abbott's former group, rioted at a 1995 show at Dallas' Fair Park Coliseum, ripping up parts of the floor, setting the boards on fire and then tossing them at the stage.

But Abbott's death shows how vulnerable a band member can be.

"To be honest, we're completely scared to go on stage now," says Mercedes Lander, a member of Canadian metal band Kittie. "That's all that people we know have been talking about -- just how frightening it is that something like this can happen, especially in the metal community, which is so tight-knit.

"How do you get back onstage knowing in the back of your mind that something like this happened -- and can happen again?"

Mercedes' sister, Morgan, a guitarist in Kittie, said the band played about a month ago at Alrosa Villa, the Columbus club where Abbott's latest group, Damageplan, was on stage Wednesday night.

"We've been playing that place for years," she said. "And, even though it didn't cross our minds at the time, it's scary because a lot of places are like that, where people can just jump onstage. It's not that uncommon for someone to just jump up there -- but they've always jumped off."

Read the full article at Star-Telegram.

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Kittie's New York City Appearance Cancelled

Despite last week's announcement to the contrary, Canadian metal band Kittie will NOT be performing at the Machine party at the Snitch nightclub in New York City on Tuesday, December 7, according to a posting on the group's web site.

Kittie recently completed several months' worth of touring in support of their latest album, "Until the End", which released in July through Artemis Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Oracle" was recorded during the month of March at Longview Farm Studios in Massachusetts and was produced by Steve Thompson (Korn, Anthrax).

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Kittie: Live Videos Posted Online

Canadian metal band Kittie have uploaded four video clips from their "Metal Movement Tour" to their official web site.

The files are Apple Quicktime Movies, and you will need a Quicktime player to view the files. To save the movies to your hard drive, you must put your mouse over the link to the file, right-click the link and select "Save Target As..." from the menu. It will then download the file to your computer for you to keep and watch when you please. Download them at the links below:

01. Career Suicide (Quicktime)
02. Oracle (Quicktime)
03. Daughters Down (Quicktime)
04. End of Set (Quicktime)

Kittie are currently touring in support of their latest album, "Until the End", which released in July through Artemis Records. The follow-up to 2001's "Oracle" was recorded during the month of March at Longview Farm Studios in Massachusetts and was produced by Steve Thompson (Korn, Anthrax).

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Kittie's Morgan: "Our Albums Speak For Themselves"

The Western Courier's "The Edge" recently spoke with Kittie frontwoman Morgan Lander about the band's "Metal Movement Tour", its origins, and the current state of heavy metal. Several excerpts from the interview follow:

Edge: You guys are on the "Metal Movement" tour right now with Otep and Crisis. How did the idea for this tour come about?

Morgan Lander: "It was an idea we had to put together a package tour with two other female-fronted heavy metal bands. It's not really to make a statement or anything like that, it's just something that I don't think has ever been done before. I don't think there's been a tour that has had all female-fronted heavy metal bands. Most of the local bands on the bill are (female-fronted) as well.

"It seems to be working out really, really well. It's a great opportunity to come out and see some bands that you haven't seen before. If you're curious about women in heavy metal bands, you might be pleasantly surprised. It's not so much a statement as it is just to make people realize that there's so much equality in what we do."
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Read the full article at Western Courier.

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Kittie, Otep, Crisis Philly Show Report

I recently attended the Kittie, Otep and Crisis show in Philadelphia on October 10th, 2004. I was supposed to have a photo pass but due to circumstances out of my control that didn't happen, so I apologize to all for not having any pictures to share with you. Anyway, here's my report of the night: More...

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