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Les Paul Inducted Into Inventor's Hall of Fame

Electric guitar pioneer Les Paul was one of 14 people inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame this year. Guy Gugliotta has done a nice writeup of the history, so do yourself a favor and read the whole article. Here's some random excerpts:

On Saturday, Les Paul, less than a month shy of his 90th birthday, was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, in Akron, Ohio, as the creator of the solid-body electric guitar, arguably the most important musical innovation of the past half-century.

The electric guitar brought Paul international renown as a musician, won him five Grammys, put him on television for eight years with his wife, Mary Ford, and made Gibson Guitar Corp.'s signature Les Paul Standard a guitar of choice for garage bands and virtuosos on five continents.

"In my wildest dreams, I never thought I would see so many people using them," Paul said in a telephone interview last week from his New Jersey home. "I owe it to the rock-and-roll players, especially the Jeff Becks, the Paul McCartneys and Jimi Hendrix. All of them were playing a Les Paul guitar." More...

Read the full article at Washingtonpost.com.

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The Hostage Heart Call It Quits

Massachusetts' The Hostage Heart have decided to call it quits. No official reason for the move has been released, however a member of the band recently quit due to "personal problems," apparently precipitating the dissolution of the band. The group is expected to play the remainder of their booked shows (see below). Formed in 2002, the band signed a two-album deal with United Edge Records in December. The Hostage Heart's final shows include:

5/14 Nashua NH @ Drifters w/ Mercury Switch, Too Pure To Die, more
5/15 Middletown NY @ Club NY w/ Nora, 25 Ta Life, Mercury Switch, more
5/27 Mount Laurel NJ @ Grand Slam USA w/ Stray From The Path, more
5/28 Sturbridge MA @ Hamilton Rod And Gun Club

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Former Metal Church Vocalist David Wayne Dies

The following press release has been posted at the David Wayne's Metal Church web site:

"On behalf of David Wayne's Metal Church, we would like to express our deepest sorrow in the passing of our metal brother, David Wayne. This is not only a loss for us as a band and his family, but also millions of metalheads throughout the world. David died due to complications from injuries he sustained in a head-on automobile accident several months ago.

"David Wayne was the patented scratchy vocals of several METAL CHURCH albums and was in the process of returning to the metal scene with his new band lineup. His goal was to return to the sounds of METAL CHURCH's albums released in 1984 and 1986. We will always remember the burning words and vocals in 'Gods of Wrath', 'Watch the Children Pray', and 'Start the Fire'. David and his current band had just completed several new songs and were ready to head to the recording studio after their European tour dates this summer.

"Along with David's family and friends, we would ask that cards, letters, and flowers be sent to the below address. Additionally, donations are being accepted to help David's family with funeral expenses.

David Wayne's Memorial Fund
C/O Verna Schielling
1217 North 57th Court
Ridgefield, WA 98642

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Rage Frontman Hit By Car

Rage frontman Peter "Peavey" Wagner was hit by a car on Wednesday (May 4) while he was riding his bicycle. The driver of the car reportedly didn't give Peavy right of way, resulting in injuries to Peavy's arm. Peavy is presently in the hospital, where he underwent surgery. No further information is currently available.

Rage recently signed a long-term deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The group's follow-up to 2003's "Soundchaser" is expected in early 2006.

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Brutality Split Up Again

Tampa death metallers BRUTALITY have apparently once again disbanded after Poland's Still Dead Productions "completely backed out of their end of the deal" to release the band's next album, according to a post on the group's web site. The band's final recording lineup was as follows:

Scott Reigel - Lead Vocals
Jeff Acres - Bass/Vocals
Mausolus Arguelles Von Kiszka - Vocals/Guitars
Demian Heftel - Lead Guitars
Jim Coker – Drums

A three-song demo was completed in June 2003 with the above lineup containing the songs "As Darkness Falls", "I Deny", and "Ashes and Snow". All three cuts, along with "Brutality" and "Gates of Thorn", were expected to be re-recorded for the album.

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Pessimist Founder Rejoins, Leaving Unholy Ghost

PESSIMIST founder/lead guitarist Kelly McLauchlin has parted ways with UNHOLY GHOST, in order to continue full-time with PESSIMIST.

The newly re-formed lineup for the upcoming PESSIMIST release has been finalized and will include guitarist Bill Hayden and bassist/vocalist Ralph "Reaper" Runyan from their latest CD "Slaughtering the Faithful". In addition, the band will be working once again with original drummer Chris Pernia from the first two PESSIMIST CDs, "Cult of the Initiated" and "Blood For the Gods".

The band is currently writing new material for the next release, a Demo/EP tentatively called "For Stronger than Death is Hate". Song titles include "Exit Wounds", "Unclean Spirit", and "Punishing Those Despised". The band plans to record the demo at Nightsky Studios in Maryland with producer/guitarist Ron Vento of Aurora Boraealis.

In other news, check out this new PESSIMIST interview with SupremeBrutality.net (Denmark).

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AHC Guitarist Died of Prescription Drug Overdose

MTV.com is reporting that the cause of AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE guitarist Bryan Ottoson's death has been determined to be the result of a prescription-drug overdose, according to North Charleston, South Carolina police records. The 27-year-old musician's body was discovered Tuesday (April 19) in a sleeping bunk on the band's tour bus in North Charleston, where the group was set to play at the Plex club. Police found a pill bottle containing "numerous amounts of prescription medicine" in Ottoson's bed.

Members of AMERICAN HEAD CHARGE told police they last saw Ottoson alive at around 4 a.m. on the morning of April 18, just as the band was departing Jessup, Maryland, for North Charleston. Ottoson had consumed "a large amount of alcohol at a bar" in Jessup that evening, according to police documents.

Police were called to the scene at around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday evening; by that time, Ottoson was dead. Bassist Chad Hanks (known to fans by his stage name, Mr. H.C. Banks III) and guitarist Karma Cheema told police that Ottoson was a "heavy sleeper, and it was not uncommon for him to sleep late before a concert."

The report also claims police were told that Ottoson had been "consuming unknown prescription medications."

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Response Negative Call It Quits

RESPONSE NEGATIVE, the Florida-based death/thrash metal act featuring former OVERKILL/GRIP INC. guitarist Bobby Gustafson, have officially called it a day. "Lack of professionalism and drive from within the band and a lack of label interest prompted the split," according to Gustafson. Look for Bobby and former RESPONSE NEGATIVE frontman Nick Barlow to launch a new project during the coming months.

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Martyr AD Break Up, Leave The Agnostic Front Tour

MARTYR AD has broken up, according to a post on the official AGNOSTIC FRONT site. The band says MARTYR AD dropped off their tour with Agnostic Front and broke up due to "band indifferences." Local bands will be added to the remaining AGNOSTIC FRONT dates to make up for MARTYR AD's cancelation of the tour.

In other news, AGNOSTIC FRONT has issued the following tour report:

"Two days ago on Wednesday, we headed out on the road again. the first show was a makeup show with MADBALL, MURDERERS ROW, and AFTER THE FALL in albany. We had a lot of friends come out to support us. Seeing so many familiar faces was a good way to start everything off. Both opening bands were really good, and MADBALL played great as usual. During our set, my brother Freddy came up to sing "so pure to me" with me. Yesterday was the first show of the actual tour in Lancaster, PA. Needless to say, everything got off to a chaotic start. We received news that our main support band for the tour, MARTYR AD, just broke up. Then on the way to the show we had van problems and [had to] stop to get it fixed [which] making us very late. We got to the venue only to hear that DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR's van had broken down and that they probably couldn't make it. But FIVE ACROSS THE EYES and ALL SHALL PERISH played and both had really good sets. The crowd was great for us and despite all the complications, it turned out to be a really great show."

Here are the remaining dates for AGNOSTIC FRONT's tour with DEATH BEFORE DISHONOR and ALL SHALL PERISH:

April 15 - Harrisonburg, VA @ Captain Tee's
April 16 - Carboro, NC @ Catts Cradle
April 17 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
April 18 - West Columbia, SC @ New Brookland Tavern
April 19 - Jacksonville, FL @ Thee Imperial
April 20 - Orlando, FL @ Backbooth
April 21 - Fort Lauderdale, FL @ The Factory
April 22 - St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theater
April 23 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
April 24 - Tallahassee, FL @ Beta Bar
April 25 - Houston, TX @ Engine Room
April 26 - Austin, TX @ Emo's
April 27 - Corpus Christi, TX @ Equal Eyes Live
April 28 - San Antonio, TX @ Sanctuary
April 29 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
April 30 - Alburquerque, NM @ Launch Pad
May 1 - Tempe, AZ @ The Clubhouse
May 2 - Corona, CA @ Showcase
May 3 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater
May 4 - San Francisco, CA @ The Pound
May 5 - Orangevale, CA @ Boardwalk
May 6 - Portland, OR @ Loveland
May 7 - Sseattle, WA @ El Corazon
May 8 - Vancouver, BC @ Mesa Luna
May 10 - Calgary, AB @ Warehouse Night Club
May 11 - Edmonton, AB @ Starlite
May 12 - Regina, SA @ Riddell Center
May 13 - Winnipeg, MB @ Pyramid Cabaret

For a listing of AGNOSTIC FRONT's other upcoming dates, click here.

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Former Trouble, Zoetrope Drummer Passes Away

Barry Stern, who drummed for doom-metal legends Trouble and '80s thrashers Zoetrope, died April 1 in his hometown of Chicago shortly after undergoing hip-replacement surgery. A chapel service was held Tuesday. Stern sang and played drums on Zoetrope's 1985 debut, "Amnesty," and 1987's "A Life of Crime." He left to join Trouble for that band's 1990 self-titled record and also performed on 1992's "Manic Frustration."

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The Promise Call It Quits

Syracuse hardcore band The Promise have now broken up. Originally formed in 2000, the group has released material with Deathwish Inc. and Indecision Records. Here's a portion of a statement from bassist Jonathan Buske:

"Life's priorities have been placed on hold or back-burnered so that we could spread what the band had to offer to as many people and places that cared. It's gotten to a point where we need to get a second record written, recorded, and released. With that, touring must be done immediately afterwards and we've all come to a crossroad. Do we do this record and sacrifice all that we need in our lives, or do we end the band because we can no longer afford to make those sacrifices?

Unfortunately, we don't live at home with our parents paying our rent while we are on tour. Unfortunately, the gas and electric bill doesn't stop coming because we left for tour for 6 weeks. Unfortunately, the businesses that we own/operate can't self-exist so that we can go play to a bunch of punks in Japan, Europe, Canada, or the States. Life can't shut down and wait for The Promise to come home from tour and it's all gotten to be too much for some of us. Therefore, we have decided to stop doing the band... Thanks to everybody who cares across the globe. You've all affected us the same as we've hopefully affected you."

The band may or may not play a final show. They will however be playing Turmoil's official reunion show in Philadelphia on April 15th, so you might want to go in case this is the last time they perform together.

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Suicidal Tendencies Cancel Euro Tour

SUICIDAL TENDENCIES have cancelled their previously announced European tour. A statement from the band's booking agency, M.A.D. Tourbooking (web site) reads as follows:

"Unfortunately we have to cancel the SUICIDAL TENDENCIES tour 2005, scheduled for this summer. Due to serious health problems of singer Mike Muir the band is not able to come over to Europe. As soon as we have news regarding a new timeperiod, we'll let you know."

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The Wage Of Sin Breaks Up

Earlier this month The Wage Of Sin announced intentions to break up after 4 1/2 years together. During that time, the group released two albums with Immigrant Sun Records. Here's an excerpt of a statement by the band:

"After 4 1/2 years of being in The Wage of Sin, I can honestly say I have made some truly great and unforgettable memories and friends. And while I wouldn't give up the time I spent in this band for anything, at this point it does not make sense for us to keep the band going any longer. The girls have become very busy with their other bands: Rachel full time w/ Most Precious Blood, Vanessa w/ Infidel (formerly Rebel Alliance), and Laura w/ All for Nothing. Laura is also currently getting her Masters and working part-time, Vanessa is working, and I am currently working and traveling as a TV producer. Needless to say this has left us with very little time to dedicate to The Wage of Sin... We have been lucky to have shared some wonderful experiences and are happy about the things we have accomplished together- releasing two CDs, touring the US and Europe, having a video on Headbangers Ball and Much Music, and most importantly having built friendships with the people we have met along the way. But being that we have all committed to touring with other bands or working for the rest of the year, we feel we would just be dragging on if we continued to go out this rate of trying to squeeze in shows on those rare occasions when our four worlds happen to collide and allow us to do so... There are no bad feelings between us- we just all have our hearts in different places and support each other in each of our endeavors. Since we cannot give this band our full attention any longer, it's time to end it while we are still smiling."

The group will be three final shows in May:

5/13 Harrisonburg VA @ Captain Tees w/ Hoods, Donnybrook, more
5/14 Lexington KY @ Beaumont YMCA w/ Sink Of Swim, more
5/21 New York NY @ ABC No Rio w/ Locked In A Vacancy

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Lamont Break Up

Boston’s Lamont have called it a day. The band issued the following statement:

“We were going to finish the new album and do a short tour with Roadsaw beginning with Emissions 7 but its just not in the cards.

All we can say is THANK YOU EVERYONE who came to the shows, dug the tunes and let us sleep on your floor.”

The band had been in the process of recording their follow up to Thunder Boogie.

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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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Official Ozzfest 2005 Dates And Lineup Revealed

It's big. It's bad. And it's back for more. Got a problem with that?

Ozzfest — the king of festivals — triumphantly returns this summer to celebrate its hard-earned 10th anniversary with the staggering line-up of BLACK SABBATH, IRON MAIDEN, ROB ZOMBIE, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, SHADOWS FALL and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY. The summer's premier concert festival — which has propelled many of today’s rock bands to superstardom while paying close attention to its discerning fans — will roll out July 15 in Boston and visit 26 cities by the time it reaches West Palm Beach on September 4. The Hot Topic Second Stage will be headlined by ZOMBIE and feature a preview of rock's rising stars, including AS I LAY DYING, MASTODON, THE HAUNTED, IN FLAMES, ARCH ENEMY, THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, BURY YOUR DEAD, SOILWORK, TRIVIUM, IT DIES TODAY, A DOZEN FURIES and more.

"I'm most proud of the success of Ozzfest," says founder Sharon Osbourne. "Everyone said it would never happen and 10 years later we are still in business." In fact, 125 bands, 238 shows and over 4 million fans later, the all-day extravaganza of music and deranged merriment is roaring louder than ever. History in the making, 2005 marks the first time metal legends BLACK SABBATH and IRON MAIDEN have toured together and also represents IRON MAIDEN's first Ozzfest appearance.

IRON MAIDEN singer Bruce Dickinson said, "This summer's MAIDEN touring is based on the recent 'Early Days' DVD and all the songs we do at Ozzfest will be from our first four albums — 'Iron Maiden', 'Killers', 'Number of the Beast' and 'Piece of Mind'. We will be bringing over our full European show, naturally including as special guest Eddie in various appropriate guises!! The stage sets, production and backdrops will recreate aspects of the shows on the tours around those albums — only bigger… much bigger!!! We don’t know if anyone has done anything like this before but we think it’s something the fans will really appreciate both in the choice of songs and in the production values."

Here are the Ozzfest tour dates: More...

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NME Guitarist Dead At 39

When Kurt Struebing died this week after his car fell through the open draw span of a bridge, it ended a life that friends said seemed to have been lived by two different people.

Nearly 20 years ago, he killed his mother and was sent to prison. Years later, he became a leading figure in heavy-metal music, a trusted friend and a doting father.

On Wednesday, Struebing, 39, drove his Volkswagen Jetta through two barriers on the Spokane Street Bridge as it opened to let a tug pass on the Duwamish Waterway. The Jetta plunged off the bridge and landed on the ground more than 50 feet below.

Police investigators and motorists who saw the crash were puzzled over why Struebing drove off the bridge.

Friends believe it was simply a horrible accident.

Struebing was involved in music for the past two decades, forming a band with some high school buddies in the mid-1980s. By 1986, their band, NME, had released three albums.

But in April of that year, Struebing, then 20, was accused of killing his adoptive mother, Darlee Struebing, with a hatchet and a pair of scissors. At the time, friends said, Struebing had been abusing drugs, and even prosecutors believed he was mentally unstable. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 12 years in prison, although prosecutors sought a shorter sentence.

Released early from prison in 1994, it wasn't long before Struebing, a guitarist, began playing music again and the band, NME, reformed.

Critics call their music "black metal." Some music of that genre includes satanic imagery and mentions of the occult. Struebing's band, whose name is pronounced "enemy," had its own Web site at www.nme666.com.

But friends said the music was tongue-in-cheek. "It was just music," said Stephen Austin, who is producer for a heavy-metal program on a cable-access channel.

Bonner, who managed the band in recent years, said Struebing never liked to talk about his past. And for most of his friends, his past didn't matter.

Kriss Blazina, a bassist in the metal band End Theory, said whenever anyone who knew Struebing found out about his criminal record, they usually reacted in disbelief. The man most knew, Blazina said, was kind, generous and funny.

"At the drop of a hat, he'd help anyone out," he said.

Through his job at Reprographics, Struebing was always willing to produce fliers promoting other bands, particularly the ones just starting out.

"He was a very good graphic artist," Bonner said. "One of the best."

Though he practiced with his band every Monday, helped organize benefit concerts and played often himself, Struebing spent his spare time with his wife and son in their Federal Way home.

A photo of the wreckage can be viewed here.

Read the full article at Seattle PI.

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Lemming Project Guitarist Dies

Michael Schmale, guitarist and main songwriter of the German death metal band Lemming Project, died on Thursday, February 17th at the age of 33. Lemming Project initially formed in 1986 and eventually signed to Noise Records for the release of the two albums "Extinction" and "Hate And Despise", the latter of which was licensed and released by Century Media in the USA. For messages to the ex-band members, you can contact former Lemming Project bassist Thomas Jäschke at: tom-bianca@t-online.de.

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Caligula Call It Quits

Cleveland's Caligula have now broken up. The group released an album with United Edge Records last year, but were never able to get back on track following the departure of singer Ryan Kennedy last September. Kennedy and Caligula drummer Mike Burrows are currently working on a new project.

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Gorgoroth's Gaahl Sentenced To 14 Months In Appeal

GORGOROTH frontman Gaahl was sentenced to 14 months in prison for beating a 41-year-old man and threatening to drink his blood. The 29-year-old, whose real name has not been revealed by the Norwegian media, was charged with a crime that carries a maximum penalty of nine years in prison.

The black metal vocalist was sentenced to one year and two months in jail by the Gulating court of appeals on Tuesday (Feb. 22), according to TV2. The original 18-month sentence, which was handed down last May, was reduced by four months while the amount in damages Gaahl is required to pay to the victim was increased from 100,000 NOK (approximately $16,000) to 190,000 NOK (approximately $30,400).

Last year, the district court concluded that Gaahl's use of violence was severe enough for him to be charged with aggravated assault. The court of appeals agreed with the disctrict court's findings, but still chose to reduce the 29-year-old's sentence. The victim, whose identity has not been revealed by the Norwegian media, explained that he went to an after-hours party in February 2002 at the invitation of Gaahl's brother and ended up engaging in a verbal disagreement with Gaahl. However, he denied that he physically attacked Gaahl, as has been claimed by the defendant. More...

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