Metal News for February 28, 2003
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Voivod are the latest name to be confirmed for the US Ozzfest tour, which kicks off in June. The band, of course, now feature former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted.
The author of the previously published interview with The Haunted frontman Marco Aro in which the singer slams label Earache Records over their business practices has provided to BLABBERMOUTH.NET Finnish-language MP3s of Aro making the alleged statements as proof that the singer was not misquoted.
Aro, who conducted the interview with Timo Isoaho of Kaista in Finnish, allegedly accused Earache Records of "lying" to the band with regards to their record sales and placed the blame squarely on the shoulders of the label for the group's recently-released DVD, "Caught On Tape", not having come out as well as the band had hoped for.
Since Aro's original comments were published on BLABBERMOUTH.NET, Earache Records has issued a statement on behalf of the singer challenging the authenticity of the quotes attributed to the frontman and has vowed to follow it up with an official press release, due in the next few days. Blabbermouth actually MP3 files of the conversations in Finnish.
Chuck sounds in good spirits by the sound of this note posted on Testament's official site:
"What's up everyone? Just wanted to let you know that on 'Valentine's Day' I had my FINAL two operations to remove a port from my chest and both surgeries were a complete success. Yesterday I had seen my surgeon Dr. Sweezer, the coolest cat out there, and he said "Get out there and enjoy life, YOUR DONE!" We said "Thanks and hope we never have to see you again." He laughed and said "Only at your concerts." So we are in full swing ahead. Practicing for our show in March in S.F. and our European tour in April. There are great offers out there for touring and we are in the process of working out schedules, so hang tight and we'll see you in the next coming months. Thanks for hanging in there with me and see ya soon."
The surviving members of Great White have been subpoenaed to appear before a Grand Jury in Rhode Island as investigations continue into the cause of the fire at The Station club on February 20, Altogether, 97 people were killed, including Great White guitarist Ty Longley. It is possible that criminal charges will be pressed as a result of the investigation.
In related news, the first victim hospitalized after last week's tragic nightclub fire in Rhode Island has died at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, the hospital said this morning. Linda Suffoletto was pronounced dead at 5:17 a.m. Friday (Feb. 28) at Massachusetts General Hospital, according to a hospital spokesperson. The specific cause of death was not released at press time. Mrs. Suffoletto's husband, Benjamin Joseph Suffoletto Jr., 43, was killed in the fire. He was buried yesterday.
Suffoletto's passing brings the death toll back up to 97, after it had been lowered by one on Thursday due to a miscalculation. About 50 people remain hospitalized, 34 in critical condition.