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Superjoint Ritual Is No More

In a recent interview with Live-Metal.net, SUPERJOINT RITUAL bassist Hank III discussed his new solo album, "Straight to Hell", and revealed that he is working on a new project with SUPERJOINT RITUAL/ex-PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo called ARSON ANTHEM. A couple of excerpts from the interview follow:

Live-Metal.net: What is going on with SUPERJOINT RITUAL?

Hank III: "SUPERJOINT is in the grave right now, because someone tried bossing the boss and you NEVER boss the boss. Now he had to learn the hard way, so Philip has laid that band to rest. It might come back. I seriously doubt it. But in the meantime, DOWN is working on their new record and getting ready to be touring here soon. I've got another side project with Philip. I'm playing drums and Philip's is playing guitar. Mike Williams from EYEHATEGOD is screamin' and it's called ARSON ANTHEM. So far we've got eight songs of it recorded. So we're still having fun and making music, just getting in there and jammin', man."

Read the full article at live-metal.

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A Dozen Furies Call It Quits

Texas metal/rock band A Dozen Furies have announced their break-up. Winner of MTV's "Battle for Ozzfest" two years ago, the group released an album with Sanctuary Records in 2005. The following statement has been issued:

"There really is no point in drawing this out longer than it needs to be, so I'll try and be quick and to the point. After two amazing short years, A Dozen Furies has called it a day. We could go on and on about all of the reasons why, but when it comes down to it, it's because we've grown apart. I guess a lot of the 'wrong' things fell into place at the 'right' time. I'm sure some might think we were a flash in the pan and now that our 15 seconds is over, we are quitting. Well, most of us have been doing this for close to 10 years and it's just time for some of us to move on. With that said, we would like to express our more sincere thanks to everyone who was with us at any point along the way. All of the fans we've made, friends we've met, bands we toured with, and industry people we've befriended amongst our travels, we'd like to say THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts. All of you have helped us achieve in just 2 years something that most bands never get to experience in their entire careers. This will be something that none of us will ever forget, and we hope most of you who did run across our path won't forget as well.

Who knows what will happen with us after the split. Some of us will continue pursuing music, some will move on with the rest of our lives... To end it off, we are holding a farewell show at The Ridglea Metal & Hardcore Fest on Saturday, May 6th at The Ridglea Theatre in Ft. Worth, Texas. There are 3,000 bands playing, only the best of the best of course, so this will be a show you shant miss."

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XM Liquid Metal Is Back On Satellite Radio

On April 17th at midnight EDT, XM Liquid Metal resumed broadcasting on channel 42. This was part of 10 new channels by XM in a push to be the satellite radio provider with the highest amount of commercial-free music channels, since they are no longer able to claim 100% commercial free music. XMLM re-launched by playing a montage of angry callers and the first song was Slayer-Payback. Ward Cleaver returned to XMLM along with Boneyard DJs Manny and Coolguy.

The current line-up is as follows:

Ward Cleaver (Noon)
Manny (3-7 PM)
Coolguy (7 PM-Midnight)

You can read the official press release about all of the programming changes here.

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Crimson Glory Reunite

After 16 years, CRIMSON GLORY members Jon Drenning, Jeff Lords and Ben Jackson have reunited with their original singer Midnight. The band has plans to release remasters of their old albums as well as a DVD to celebrate their 20th anniversary.

The debut album of CRIMSON GLORY will be expanded, remastered and have a new title. Crimson Glory's "Lost Reflections," will not only feature new artwork, new and previously unseen band photos, lyrics and new liner notes, but also the added bonus of the previously unreleased songs "Love me - kill me" and "Dream Dancer," (originally only found on the Par cassette release of the album and some hard to find singles), a new video for the song "Lost Refection" and a band interview about the first CD.

Apart from the debut, an upgraded version of the band's defining masterpiece "Transcendence" will be released. Subtitled "Transcendence : Renovatio," the album will feature new cover art, unpublished band photos, lyrics and new liner notes, new mastering, demo versions of two songs as bonuses, a new video for the song "Painted Skies" and a band interview about the second CD.

There are plans for a DVD with the tentative title "Phantoms of the Opera." Also planned are "Astronomica" redux - newly recorded - with Midnight at the helm, a collection with many rare and previously unreleased songs and finally the band's brand new album in mid 2007.

You can visit Crimson Glory's MySpace page to hear some of their material.

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Winter Solstice Call It Quits

Winter Solstice, who have been plagued by line-up instability in recent months, have officially announced their break-up. The group has released the following statement:

"For those of you who have yet to hear, we at the Winter Solstice camp have decided to call it quits. Each of our members was feeling pulled in different directions and it seemed that it was time for us to go the way of the band and pursue other things. Several members, along with members of Everything Falls Together, have already formed a new band called Ghost of a Fallen Age. You can check out a demo track here. We are grateful for the time we had and are even more grateful to the people that made it possible. Thanks very much to everyone at Metal Blade for working so hard with us. We'd also like to thank Scott and Ian for working with us every step of the way. We are forever grateful to our friends in Twelve Tribes, As I Lay Dying, Throwdown, The Showdown, Evergreen Terrace, As Cities Burn, and Bloodlined Calligraphy for the memories we have with them. More than any of these, we want to thank anyone who came to the shows and gave us the opportunity to share our music with them. We can not thank all of you enough for your support. Be prepared for the brutalness of Ghost of a Fallen Age."

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SOTU 2006 Tour Dates Announced

Sounds of the Underground is rapidly taking shape. Tickets will be available through a pre-sale via Artist Arena on April 11 at noon local times. Tickets go on sale to the public April 15th (some exceptions), check local listings.

This year, the extravaganza will begin on July 8th in Cleveland, Ohio and run for the better part of the summer.

As was previously announced this years powerhouse lineup consists of; As I Lay Dying, In Flames, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, GWAR, Terror, The Black Dahlia Murder, Behemoth, The Chariot and Through the Eyes of the Dead. SOTU is excited to have some special guests join the tour in select cities. Killswitch Engage will join in Mansfield, MA on July 14. Joining SOTU for the Phoenix and San Diego shows only are new American metal pioneers Shadows Fall, modern metalcore band It Dies Today, and Still Remains. Starting in Orlando, FL on July 19, Jacksonville 's own true hardcore champions Evergreen Terrace have been added to the majority of the tour.

Now on board; Tour Sponsor Jagermeister (for the 2nd year), and Online Sponsors: Digital Metal, Lambgoat and Download Punk have been added as event sponsors, joining the rest of the entrepreneurial powers that be who view Sounds of the Underground as the new definitive voice for independent metal festivals.

The organizers for this year's Sounds of the Underground Tour; Paul Conroy and Carl Severson of Ferret Music, Tim Borror, Larry Mazer of Entertainment Services, with National Promoter House of Blues along with partners Metal Blade, Trustkill and Prosthetic Records, The Syndicate, Music Choice, and tour sponsors Hot Topic, Revolver Magazine, Eulogy Recordings.

Dates of THE 2006 Sounds Of The Underground Festival are as follows (subject to change):

July 28 SAN DIEGO, CA Venue TBA *****


PLAIN DEALER PAVILLION in Cleveland, OH was formally Scene Pavilion

July 14 KILLSWITCH ENGAGE special guest appearance


***** SHADOWS FALL, IT DIES TODAY & STILL REMAINS special guest appearance ( Mesa, AZ and San Diego, CA )

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Centinex Disband

Swedish Death metallers CENTINEX have posted the following message:

"We hereby announce that after 16 years in the business the swedish death metal act Centinex call it quits. This might come as a surprise to many of you, especially after releasing such a strong and critcally acclaimed album as “World Declension”. However, things came to such a point where the only solution was to call it a day. Without going too deep into all the details I can tell you that there are many reasons (personal, musical etc) for this decision and believe me, everything is well thought out.

Hereby we stop all band activities and our farewell show will be the already booked appearance in Eskilstuna, Sweden, on May 13th.

We wanna thank and salute each and everyone out there who have supported us in some way during all these years. Of course all the members will go on with metal, jointly and individually, in various bands and projects. So you will sure hear from us in the near future.

Thanx for your attention in Centinex and remember to keep the flame burning!!

Martin Schulman & Centinex, Avesta, Sweden, April 2nd 2006."

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Zao Singer Injured, Band Drops Off Tour

Zao have been forced to drop off of the remaining dates of Ferret Music's "Under The Gun Tour" due to an injury sustained by frontman Daniel Weyandt. Co-Headliners Madball and Remembering Never, in addition to support acts The Banner and Scarlet, will continue the tour as scheduled.

Weyandt broke four bones in his left-hand as a result of a "back-stage mishap." The accident resulted in a sizeable cut that apparently exposed one bone for over 12 hours and became ultimately infected. Three different doctors have ordered the singer to return home immediately and visit a specialist. Fortunately, Weyandt is expected to make a full recovery.

Zao guitarist Scott Mellinger issued the following statement:

"We can't apologize more strongly to the other bands and especially our fans who were planning on seeing us on the remaining dates. We want nothing more than for Dan to get better and we fully intend to crush once again with Dan on the Demon Hunter tour this summer."

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Losa Part w/ Metal Blade, Two Members, Cancel Tour

Losa have apparently been dropped by Metal Blade Records. Details haven't been revealed, but the group states the following: "Working with them was an enlightening experience, one [we] will not soon forget. You will be happy to know that they wish us 'good luck in our future endeavors,' which they hope are extremely successful. Other labels are already interested, so no worries."

Meanwhile, both drummer Dave Hall and guitarist Kory Koch have left the band for undisclosed reasons. The Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX outfit is now in search of replacements. Send an email to urista@losa.nu for more information. Losa has cancelled their April tours with Deadbird and Yakuza and their scheduled appearance at the New England Metal and Hardcore Fest is currently "up in the air." Regarding the future, the band has issued the statement:

"So what next? Well, for now it's back to the practice room to begin writing the next album. Tentative plans are to have the writing process done by early fall with recording to follow shortly thereafter. Once a drummer is secured Losa will return to the road, hopefully in about two months time. In the meantime, be on the lookout for a new site by Devastating Designs."

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Stone Sour Part Ways With Drummer

STONE SOUR, featuring SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor, have posted the following announcement at their MySpace page:

"Things are going really well in the studio and we'll have a more in-depth update next week, but for now, we wanted to let you know about a change in the band. Sadly Joel Ekman, Stone Sour’s original drummer, is no longer going to be part of the band. This is something that we all discussed and feel is best for the five of us and for the future of Stone Sour. This has been the most intense recording process of our career and the next year of touring will be equally, if not more, intense. Our world tour kicks off June 2 in Germany and our goal is to play as many cities and countries as possible. We're in discussions with a few drummers now and will let you know who that person will be as soon as we come to a decision.

We wish the best to Joel and to his family."

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Bodies In The Gears Of The Apparatus Break Up

Florida's Bodies In The Gears Of The Apparatus have reportedly called it quits. Formed in 2002, the band has released material with The Spew Records in addition to a split with Despised Icon through Relapse Records. Vocalist Josh Vitale commented on the split:

"We're all very upset to see this band go, but for now, this is the best decision we could decide on. We will all be in other bands, most likely not with each other. We had a lot of critics both positive and negative - both of which made us stronger people and we'd like to send out our thanks to those many who angered and inspired us enough to work harder, moreover, we want to thank everyone who supported this musical project for the past three years. Finally, thank you so much for making this a wonderful and unforgettable experience."

Bodies In The Gears Of The Apparatus were reportedly writing material for their debut full-length and had completed two songs thus far and had planned to play some shows in April, followed by summer touring. In December of last year, Bodies In The Gears Of The Apparatus was rejoined by former drummer Dom Lizzio, who left the band in October.

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Apostasy Guitarist Stabbed To Death

Guitarist Henrik Johansson of the Swedish black metal band APOSTASY was murdered in his home Wednesday night/Thursday morning (March 8/9). "According to the police, his girlfriend stabbed him without known reason in his heart area and he bled to death before the ambulance showed up!" Edin said.

Added Fredric: "Rest in peace, dear brother and friend." More...

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Official Ozzfest 2006 Lineup Revealed

Here is the lineup for Ozzfest 2006 according to a posting on Ozzfest.com, a few hours prior to the previously announced 9 p.m. EST:

Main Stage:
Ozzy Osbourne
System of A Down
Lacuna Coil

Second Stage:
Black Label Society
Bleeding Through
Norma Jean
A Life Once Lost
Strapping Young Lad
The Red Chord
Full Blown Chaos
Walls of Jericho
All That Remains
Between The Buried and Me

A major mainstage act is also said to be announced on May 23rd. There's much speculation of this being Metallica, although their record label and the band have denied those rumors. The full press release posted on Ozzfest.com follows. More...

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Emperor Frontman's Peccatum Project Is No More

PECCATUM, the Norwegian band featuring EMPEROR frontman Ihsahn and his wife Ihriel, have issued the following statement:

"After eight years of creating within the borders of PECCATUM, Ihsahn and Ihriel have decided to go elsewhere with their music. Ihsahn is going solo and Ihriel will continue her work in STAR OF ASH. They both still run Mnemosyne Productions and Symphonique Studio, and will definitely continue to explore the outer boundaries of dark music in many years to come — 'To boldly go where no man has gone before.' Ihriel and Ihsahn would like to take the opportunity to thank all PECCATUM fans and listeners, and hope they will find equal pains and pleasures in their new musical endeavours."

As previously reported, Ihsahn has set "The Adversary" as the title of his upcoming solo album, tentatively due later in the year via a collaboration between Mnemosyne Productions and Candlelight Records worldwide. Owned/operated by partners Ihsahn and Ihriel since 2003, Mnemosyne Productions was established as an outlet for duo's musical collaborations as well a place for new talent and innovative artists. The recordings for the album took place last year at Symphonique Studios in Norway with the final mix planned for early 2006. A video is in the works for the song "Invocation", though specific details as to director and concept are still in development.

"The music is a continuation of my work within the metal genre," said Ihsahn. "It incorporates influential elements from all periods/stages of my background since I first picked up the guitar 20 years ago. Powerful, epic, extreme and straight from the heart."

All music and lyrics for "The Adversary" have been written and performed by Ihsahn with exception of drums, performed by Asgeir Mickelson (BORKNAGAR, SPIRAL ARCHITECT). "He has been the perfect drummer for this album," noted Ihsahn. "He has really brought to live the patterns I programmed in pre-production.

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Police Battle Punk Fans At California Concert

The Associated Press has issued the following report:

Rioting broke out Saturday night (March 4) at British punk band concert in San Bernardino, California, injuring several people and destroying two police cars, officials said.

Some in the crowd of about 1,500 at the "British Invasion 2K6" show pelted police with rocks and bottles, forcing the officers to withdraw, police spokesman Sgt. Rick Lindsey said.

Two concertgoers were hospitalized with serious injuries, and two officers suffered minor injuries, he said.

The rioting began when police responded to a report of a stabbing at the National Orange Show Events Center concert. When officers arrived, the crowd became agitated and several fights broke out, forcing the officers to back off, Lindsey said.

After backup arrived, the officers went in again and extracted the stabbing victim and another person who was beaten, Lindsey said. But the violent crowd forced officers to withdraw again.

With additional backup, including Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies and Fontana police, officers lined up in phalanx formation to clear the streets and they fired pepper balls and tear gas to move the crowd, Lindsey said.

As the crowd dispersed they destroyed two police cars and vandalized area businesses, Lindsey said. A trash bin was set on fire (photo) and storefront windows were smashed.

The all-day concert was scheduled to feature 22 punk rock bands, including G.B.H. and THE ADICTS.

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Monster Magnet Mainman ODs, Euro Tour Cancelled

MONSTER MAGNET have cancelled their European tour after the group's mainman, Dave Wyndorf, was hospitalized following a drug overdose.

"The battle with one's inner demons is the most personal fight any of us can undertake," said MONSTER MAGNET's manager, Steve Davis of Davis Entertainment Group. "The fight is at times a lonely, confusing journey. On the evening of February 27, Dave Wyndorf suffered a setback in his own fight and was hospitalized due to a drug overdose. His full recovery is expected. We ask that all those he has encountered over the years or simply affected by his music to take a moment to think good thoughts of and for him. With the grace of God and those who love him we are all confident that Dave will rebound from this set back and continue to play and make great rock and roll."

MONSTER MAGNET recently spent time at Sound City and Paramount recording studios in Los Angeles recording the follow-up to 2004's "Monolithic Baby", tentatively due this summer via SPV. The CD is being produced by friend and veteran MAGNET producer/mixer Matt Hyde ("Powertrip" and "God Says No"). Also planned for release are reissues of the band's classic albums "Tab" and "Spine of God", featuring new artwork and liner notes, as well as bonus tracks, as part of SPV's SuPerValue reissue series. A DVD is also in the planning for late 2006.

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Cancer Call It A Day Again

CANCER drummer Carl Stokes has posted this announcement on the band's official website:

"Due to the lack of commitment to the band from John Walker (vocals, guitar), CANCER is no more. Carl Stokes wishes to thank every one who has supported the band with its return, and say sorry to anyone who is disappointed with this decision. However Carl is working on another band called HAIL OF FIRE .

The band will feature ex-CANCER members Dave Leitch (lead guitar), Barry Savage (lead guitar), Ian Buchanan (bass), myself on the skins and newcomer Rob Lucas on vocals.

This band is more brutal than the last CANCER albums, although I am very proud of them. It's time to get back to the straight ahead ferocity.

More news as it develops."

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Vehemence Are Back Together

Vehemence, who broke up in October, have decided to get back together following their "reunion" show this past weekend. The group has released the following statement:

"Well, we had our 'reunion' show last night, and it went over extremely well. Thanks to all that showed up. Nathan (vocals) also announced on stage that we are back together, and working on new material. This is true, however Vehemence is coming back on our own terms, without any label pressures. We will be doing very little touring if any, since we are pretty tied into our lives here in Phoenix. We also have other projects going on...

Mark, Andy, and Bjorn are currently working on a new band with Connor Woods (ex-Abigail Williams vocalist) and KC Bradham (guitar, ex-Brides of Chirst) - myspace.com/thesymmetryinchaos

Nathan also has his other project in the vein of extremely brutal death metal - myspace.com/hewhobindshimself

and John's band that will soon take over the world - myspace.com/cursedinblack

So to whoever gives a shit, thanks for supporting Vehemence. We hope to get some new tunes up for you to check out soon."

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Scooter Ward Announces Cold's Demise

COLD have called it a day after the disappointing sales performance of the band's fourth album, "A Different Kind of Pain". Frontman Scooter Ward's official statement on the matter (as it appears on the band's message board) reads as follows:

"This is one of the hardest things I've ever had to write, but I've always been straight-up with y'all [the fans] and kept you informed.

"The week before our record was released, Jason Flom and Lee Trink (the two presidents of Lava and Atlantic) were fired. Those were the two people that we had faith would deliver this record like it should of been delivered.

"I'm not blaming Atlantic for what happened, because they did give us a chance to put these songs out and see what was to come. And a few people that tried to work it, COLD thanks them for their time and help.

"When you put a song out on the radio, it is what it is. It's a gamble on your life and your career and your hope. People just didn't react the way we had hoped they would.

"We appreciate all your hard work on trying to promote the record and we love all of you guys, but now I ask you to lay down your arms! The battle is over.

"Since we've gotten off tour in December, we haven't even talked to the label. Hell, I wouldn't even know who to call. But instead of having someone tell us that it's over, we choose to tell them instead. We bled on those tracks and the label just didn't see what they had. The industry today is too jaded and fake.

"Instead of being upset and bitter about this, we reflect on what we did do. We got to touch people's lives for the better part of a decade. We got to experience things we only dreamed about all our lives and for that we are grateful. God, I love you guys so much! And I'm more worried about y'all than I am myself.

"I know that some of you need our music like we do too. And I'll never quit writing songs for y'all. Sam [McCandless, drums] and I are going to start a new project. If God allows us to do this (which I have confidence that he will), you will hear songs again from us some day.

"We made it through a lot of hard times and a lot of bands dream of having a career that lasted as long as ours. We have never made a DVD, and that's the first thing I'm gonna work on. We have footage from the making of the first record until now.

"Thank you all so much from the bottom of my heart for what you have given me and COLD. It's too hard to express in words how I feel about y'all, so I'm not even attempting that.

"I know a lot of people are gonna be mad and say that I gave up on them. But I didn't. This is just another bump in the road called life.

"Music has been the important thing to me since i was a lil' kid. I chose to make records instead of being with my family and my two lil' girls, so don't ever say that we gave up, please.

"Some might say we gave up becuase of the money. For some reason, people think we're rich rock stars who live in mansions and all that, but that is far away from the truth. We made enough to survive and we have no regrets.

"I hope that you understand our decision to bow out gracefully instead of being told that we can't do this anymore. I wanted to disappear and shut myself off from the world of music, but I can't do that. My world is music. All I have in my life now are these songs that we created and memories of our life as COLD.

"Thank you guys for being our family for the last 10 years. We love you all and please try to understand our decision."

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Alice In Chains Reuniting For Summer Shows

MTV.com reports that the surviving members of Alice In Chains will be reuniting for a number of gigs this summer, and a possible North American tour, and are seeking a vocalist for those gigs and possibly for recording future material with the band either under their name or a new band name.

In the words of Jerry Cantrell, "There will be some Alice in Chains shows this year — that's a fact." There may even be a new record from the grunge rockers, who've been idle for close to 10 years. At this point, the guitarist said, all he can really say is that the band is active, and that the remaining members of Alice — himself, bassist Mike Inez and drummer Sean Kinney — will be taking the stage this summer to perform songs from the band's catalog.

"We're making it up as we go along," Cantrell explained. "It's what we always did in the past. We're writing the book as we live it. We feel confident that we will have a good time and that it's something that will live up to the same level. It's an exploratory thing, and we're just having fun with it. We'd like to go out and play for the people that supported us and love the music as much as we have all these years. We want to celebrate what we did and the memory of our friend."

Cantrell of course refers to Layne Staley, the late Alice In Chains frontman, who died in April 2002 from a mixture of heroin and cocaine at 34 years old.

"We have played with some [singers] who can actually bring it and add their own thing to it without being a Layne clone," Cantrell explained, adding that the three remaining Alice In Chains members will be meeting with several would-be Staley proxies in the coming months, to front the group at European festival gigs. Alice in Chains have been listed as one of the acts performing at Austria's NovaRock Festival in June, but the guitarist said nothing's been confirmed yet.

Kinney said the band hopes to play several North American dates this summer. Cantrell, Kinney and Inez started jamming together late last year, and the reunion will get into full swing March 10, when the reunited Alice in Chains perform at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey, as part of VH1 Classic's "Decades Rock Live" homage to Heart. Former Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro, Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan, "American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood, Rufus Wainwright and Gretchen Wilson are also set to appear. Cantrell promised a host of other special guests during the show, but he wouldn't give names.

The band will perform with Comes With the Fall frontman William DuVall — a member of Cantrell's touring band. DuVall could, theoretically, be part of the Alice in Chains fold come this summer. "We've done some rehearsing with Will and we're having a lot of fun with him," Cantrell said. "But we're still in the beginning stages where we're trying to figure out what we want to do. He could cut it, without a doubt — but we haven't made a final decision on that yet."

Kinney continued, "I don't see continuing as Alice and replacing somebody. ... We're not trying to replace Layne. We want to play these songs one more time, and if it seems like the right thing to do, it'll happen. I don't know how long it will go or where it will take us. It's kind of a tribute to Layne and our fans, the people who love these songs. It's not some 'I'm broke and I need the money' situation. We love playing together."

Kinney said Alice in Chains had been approached by the producers of "Rock Star" for the reality show's second season. They turned the offer down.

Read the full article at MTV.com.

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