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Lacuna Coil off Opeth/Paradise Lost Tour

Italian gothic metal combo Lacuna Coil are reportedly on the verge of dropping off the upcoming Opeth/Paradise Lost North American tour.

"I don't know if they are off the whole tour or not," a spokesperson for the group's label, Century Media Records, told Blabbermouth Monday night. "I do know that there was a major immigration problem. Century Media stepped in on Friday to try and fix it. We got Immigration everything they needed and had them put a rush on things to try and make it happen. We're hoping it can get done in time so the band can either do the whole tour or at least some of it, but this late in the game, I will say it doesn't look good."

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Halford Postpones West Coast Shows

the band was recently forced to postpone a series of West Coast dates when Rob Halford was denied entry into the United States because his work visa was not thoroughly processed by The United States Immigration and Naturalization Service. Tempering the bad news, the Metal God has announced that an extensive tour is being planned that will see as many as six bands from various metal genres supporting Halford on a full-scale US tour to begin in March.

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Primer 55 Split

PRIMER 55 have announced their decision to disband "due to creative and personal issues." The band, who recently completed the Jagermeister $12 Riot U.S. tour with DOPE, had previously issued two full-length albums through the Island/Def Jam label.

The following is guitarist Bobby Burns' statement on the split: More...

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Doro In Crash, Cancels German Dates

Doro Pesch was forced to cancel three German dates in late December after being involved in a road accident. Fortunately, she escaped serious injury.

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Pyrexia Reformed And Writing New Material

Long Island, New York-based death metallers PYREXIA have reformed and are in the process of writing new material for a tentative late 2003 release.

The band, several members of which were most recently in CATASTROPHIC with ex-OBITUARY guitarist Trevor Peres, are said to be planning on re-releasing their old albums (1993's "Sermon Of Mockery", 1995's "Hatredangeranddigust", and 1997's "System Of The Animal") through an as-yet-undetermined label.

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End of the Triads

Revenge Of The Triads, the band featuring Snake River Conspiracy’s Jason Slater, A Perfect Circle’s Troy Van Leeuwen and Charlie Clouser of Nine Inch Nails, have split up. This is apparently due to problems with their record company, LMC.

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Stuck Mojo Reform For New Year's Show

Stuck Mojo have reformed for a one-night show. The band will play a special New Year’s Eve show in Atlanta. The line-up will be vocalist Bonz, guitarist Rich Ward, bassist Keith Watson and drummer Bud Fontsere.

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Emperor's Final Release

Defunct yet influential black metallers Emperor are to release what they term their final album through Candlelight on March 10, called ‘Scattered Ashes – A Decade Of Emperial Wrath’ and is a double CD compilation that will include both rare and previously unreleased material. The full track listing is: More...

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Guns N' Roses Pull Out of American Tour?

Guns N’ Roses have apparently pulled their American tour. This follows fans rioting at the First Union Center in Philadelphia after a show by the band was cancelled at 11.15pm, more than two hours after GNR should have been onstage. The reason given was that one of the band had been taken ill.

I am practically of the opinion that these guys should not be ALLOWED to tour, because they are simply unable to fulfill their obligations. Even when I saw them years ago with Metallica, they kept the fans waiting for over an hour and a half, nearly causing a riot. Maybe they wouldn't have so many problems if they weren't getting so fucked up and drinking themselves "ill" before every show...

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Korn Cancel Last 5 Shows in America

Korn have been forced to cancel the last five shows of their ‘Pop Sux!’ tour of America, because of fears it would put too much stress on Jonathan Davies, who’s suffering from strained vocal chords. The dates were due to run from December 7-12.

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Ozzy Is a Grandfather

Posting this more for the fun than being real metal news. Ozzy is a granddad, as his daughter Jessica, from his first marriage, has given birth to a daughter, Isabelle. The man is a legend and still a great performer, but last Ozzfest I saw, he LOOKED like a grandpa on stage when he was walking around...

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Billboard Award Nominations (Rock)

Here are the nominations in the rock categories for the Billboard Magazine awards (some of these bands are borderline metal or metal-influenced, which is why I'm posting this):

Rock Artist Of The Year:
Creed, Nickelback, Puddle Of Mudd, Staind

Rock Track Of The Year:
‘Wasting My Time’ – Default
‘I Stand Alone’ – Godsmack
‘Blurry’ – Puddle Of Mudd
‘For You’ – Staind

Modern Rock Artists Of The Year:
Hoobastank, Incubus, Puddle Of Mudd, System Of A Down

Modern Rock Track Of The Year
‘The Middle’ – Jimmy Eat World
‘In The End’ – Linkin Park
‘Blurry’ – Puddle Of Mudd
‘By The Way’ – Red Hot Chili Peppers

The awards will also feature a special tribute to Run DMC, who recently split up after the murder of Jam Master Jay. Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry will be among those taking part.

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Blind Guardian Explain Houston Cancellation

Blind Guardian's tour manager has issued a statement in an attempt to clarify the reasons behind the cancellation of the group's scheduled Houston show on Nov. 29 as part of their ongoing U.S. tour with Symphony X. It reads as follows:

"This is Roger Smith, the road manager for the Blind Guardian tour. The real reason for the show not happening is that Bobby, the Houston promoter, did not do his job. I tried to call, e-mail and even call his house. What really sucks is that I live in that city, and I wanted the show to happen..." More...

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International Noise Conspiracy Cancel UK Shows

Swedish band the (International) Noise Conspiracy have cancelled their planned UK shows, because singer Dennis Lyxzén has suffered a back injury.

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Stoned Wizards Festival Postponed

The Stoned Wizards Festival, which was scheduled to take place in Paris, France on Dec. 8 has been postponed until the spring of 2003. A new date will be announced soon. Among the artists that were scheduled to appear at the event were Cathedral, Hermano, Nebula, The Mushroom River Band, Orange Goblin, Solarized, Lowrider, Misdemeanor, Blackstone, Loading Date and Eon Megaherts.

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The Real End Of Napster

The patents and brand name of failed Internet music-swapping application NAPSTER have been sold to a company who build CD-burning software.

The firm, Roxio, paid $5million cash plus $300,000 in shares for Napster. They have also been protected from any future litigation Napster might face.

At one time, Napster looked set to completely alter the music industry. It claimed some 70 million worldwide users and had every major label quaking. It was shut down in July 2000 after the labels obtained a preliminary injunction against it over copyright infringement. It never recovered, going through a series of bruising trials. The company ceased trading in September.

In a final ignominious blow, the remaining assets of Napster are being sold off in what amounts to a high-grade car-boot sale to meet creditors debts. A load of computer hardware such as servers, routers, and computers, will be auctioned off on 11 December.

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First Annual Online Metal Awards

The folks over at UltimateMetal.com have put together the first online metal awards, in which YOU vote for the winners. Here's the dirt: More...

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Neurotica Split Up

In a surprise move, Florida’s Neurotica have split up. No reason has actually been given as yet, but vocalist Kelly Schaeffer is already working on another project.

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The Apex Theory Lose Vocalist

The Apex Theory are currently auditioning potential vocalists, after Andy Khachaturian left the band for reasons that have so far not been explained.

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Control Denied to Soldier On

Control Denied, started by late guitarist and death metal pioneer Chuck Schuldiner (also of Death), have apparently soldiered on, and will complete the group's long-awaited second album, tentatively titled When Machine and Man Collide.

Much of Schuldiner's music and vision will remain intact on When Machine and Man Collide, with members Steve DiGiorgio (bass), Tim Aymar (vocals), Shannon Hamm (guitars), and Richard Christy (drums) polishing the material sometime in early 2003.

Information on the album is scarce, but it's believed the drums and guitars have already been recorded while the bass and vocals haven't. Once DiGiorgio and Aymar have finished recording their respective parts, When Machine and Man Collide will then go in for mixing. A reflective DiGiorgio said this about the project: "it's sad beyond belief that [Chuck] never saw [the album] to its completion. We will try our best to finish it in his honor, but will never know if it lives up to his standards. That's the least we can do for someone who gave so much and cared so much about what he did and how it affected those who believed as well." More...

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