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Paul Samson Dies of Cancer

Paul Samson (49), guitarist/founder of the NWOBHM band SAMSON, passed away from cancer on Friday, August 9th. News stories spread this week about his battle, expecting him to have weeks left on his life. The band Samson featured Bruce Dickinson on vocals prior to Dickinon's exodus to IRON MAIDEN. Paul Samson was reportedly working on a new album, due out later this year.

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Vince Neil Issued Warrant on Assault Charges

Police in Beverly Hills have issued a warrant for the arrest of Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil, who allegedly attacked a record producer in a nightclub parking lot, according to MTV.com.

The warrant, issued Wednesday, stems from an April 28th incident involving Michael Schuman, who accuses Neil of taunting him outside of a club and then punching him numerous times in the face, knocking him to the ground. Neil faces misdemeanor battery charges, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. More...

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Halford Suffering From Exhaustion

Former Judas Priest and current Halford frontman Rob Halford is suffering from exhaustion and has asked for time off to recharge his batteries, according to a posting by Rob's longtime personal manager John Baxter on Halford's official web site.

Says Baxter: "After recently crisscrossing the planet twice within a three-month period, conducting promotional interviews, in-store appearances, 'live' show engagements, etc., Rob has asked for time off to recover from exhaustion." More...

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Helmet to Reform in 2003?

With no reason given for their speculation, Total Rock say that it seems highly likely that Helmet will reform in 2003. Right now, frontman Page Hamilton is trying to get a deal for his new band Gandhi, drummer John Stainer is with Tomahawk and guitarist Chris Treyner is with Bush.

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The Obsournes One of Ten Worst Shows?

A TV watchdog group denounced The Osbournes as one of the ten "worst" shows on cable television in a new report released yesterday, according to Billboard.

MTV programs like The Osbournes and The Real World comprise half of the Parents Television Council's (PTC) "Worst" list, which is rounded out by offerings on FX, TNN, and Comedy Central.

L. Brent Bozell III, founder and president of the PTC, feels that MTV's plethora of salacious programming targeted at teen viewers can no longer be ignored. "One of the things we're looking at is making a much bigger deal about MTV," he said. "Parents don't watch MTV, and I suspect they don't know what's on it."

Other MTV shows on the PTC's list are Undressed, Celebrity Deathmatch and The Andy Dick Show. The other spots are filled by FX's The Shield, which topped the list, TNT's Witchblade, TNN's WWE Raw Is War, and two series from Comedy Central: South Park and The Man Show. MTV declined comment on the PTC report until it could be reviewed.

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Ozzy Returns to Ozzfest Lineup Aug 7

Ozzy Osbourne will return to his post as the headliner of Ozzfest 2002 sooner than expected, according to MTV.com. Ozzy will resume his headlining slot on August 7th in Clarkston, Michigan, an Osbournes spokesperson has told MTV.

Last week when Ozzy Osbourne first announced his departure from the trek to be with wife/manager Sharon during her first chemotherapy session in her battle with cancer, he said he planned to rejoin the tour on August 22nd in Denver. However, it now appears that watching his wife undergo the often grueling treatment was so overwhelming that he almost passed out and had to be taken to a recovery room, the family's spokesperson said. It was after that incident Sharon thought it best that he return to the road

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Last Godflesh Recording Posted Online

The last-ever studio recording by Godflesh, a song entitled "If I Could Only Be What You Want", can be downloaded in MP3 format from this location. According to the group's official web site, the song "was recorded during the Hymns session but didn't make it to the record," and has previously appeared on the Music for Nations Records compilation Loud Music for Loud People alongside tracks from such artists as Opeth, Anathema, and Entombed.

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Ozzy Leaves Ozzfest

Ozzy Osbourne will leave his post as the headliner of his annual Ozzfest for three weeks to be with his wife Sharon as she battles cancer, according to MTV.com.

Osbourne plans to leave the tour after Sunday's show in Atlanta to join his wife as she begins chemotherapy treatment. He hopes to return for the tour's August 22nd stop in Denver. "This is one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make in my life, but I'm sure that everyone out there will understand," Ozzy told an MTV film crew on Thursday. More...

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The Osbournes Nominated for an Emmy

‘The Osbournes’ has been nominated for an Emmy in the ‘Outstanding Non-Fiction Reality’ category. The Emmys are America’s most prestigious TV awards, and the ceremony will be held on September 22 in Los Angeles.

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Nevermore Puts Blame on Century Media

Nevermore frontman Warrel Dane posted the following at the band’s website, www.nevermore.tv, regarding the cancellation of their Warped Tour appearances: “We regretfully have to cancel the Warped dates due to the fact that Century Media will not give us the tour support to do the tour. Our A&R at CM was VERY helpul, but eventually higher ups decided to play power games that we feel are not appropriate treatment for a band that they expect to resign to their label. All this after they got us on this tour and already have done a lot of promotion for it. We would have to pay for this tour from our own pockets at this point and unfortunately this will not work because of our financial situation. For any Nevermore fans that had planned to attend please know that the band did all we could do to avoid this cancellation.”

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Anthrax Set Backs

Anthrax's recently-completed We've Come For You All CD will likely be issued in the US via Beyond Records following a breakdown in negotiations between the latter and Sanctuary Records over a buy-out of the band's contract, informed sources have told Blabbermouth.net. No official word has yet come down on the matter, but it is believed that Beyond Records was in the process of selling their entire catalog to Sanctuary, an arrangement that is said to have fallen through once Beyond had gotten their operation up and running again.

Anthrax, who are signed directly to Beyond, were to be included in failed deal, and are said to be less than pleased with the company's decision to pull the plug on the negotiations so close to the album's projected release date. As a result of this most recent setback, Nuclear Blast Records have announced that the European release date of We've Come For You All has been pushed back to early 2003. A US release through Beyond is now expected around the same time.

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Anthrax Break With Sanctuary

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has confirmed to Blabbermouth.net that the band have ended their brief association with Sanctuary Records before they'd released even a single album through the label. However, the group are currently involved in negotiations with another record company and things are "working out just fine", said Ian.

Although speculation has run rampant that the release date of the band's already-completed new album We've Come For You All will be pushed back to early 2003 as a result of this most setback, the guitarist appears confident that the CD will surface in October, as previously planned. A European release through Nuclear Blast Records is expected around the same time.

In other news, Anthrax are tentatively scheduled to support Motörhead on their European tour from October 13th through November 8th. Exact dates and venues will be announced shortly.

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Widespread Panic Guitarist Has Terminal Cancer

Widespread Panic guitarist Michael Houser has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Houser has been forced to take a break from touring with the band, who’ve drafted in old friend George McConnell to help them out.

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HIM Becomes HER

Finnish rockers H.I.M. (His Infernal Majesty) have been forced to change their name if the group plans on releasing albums in North America, according to the band's official website, www.heartagram.com

In fact, H.I.M. has literally become HER, when the Finns were threatened with legal action from a Chicago-based outfit of similar name. The incident was prompted by the band's first single to U.S. radio, "Join Me," which as of now is under the name, HER.

"I'm about to get embattled with the evil HIM — from Finland," exclaimed frontman Doug Sharin of the Chicago act. "They're sort of a death metal band, but it's a little more glam — they have songs like "Love Affair 666" and "Join Me In Death" and all this shit. And they're apparently really big in Germany. Their HIM stands for His Infernal Majesty. I'm seriously opposed to it, man, and as far as I can make out, we had the name first." It's unclear at this moment if HER will revert back to H.I.M., as Sharin appears aggressive about keeping the band's name in their court. However, the members of H.I.M. have shot back at Sharin and company by saying this: "The 'evil HIM' have registered the name in Europe and Sharin & co won't be able to tour or release records here unless they change their attitude." More...

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Cornell, Rage Back Again

The collaboration between Chris Cornell and Rage Against The Machine looks to be back on the agenda. The foursome had apparently finished an album earlier this year, only for the project to be scrapped. But now it looks like they have regrouped and plan not only to release the album, but also to tour. Whether they’re still called Civilian, as previously expected, remains to be seen. Too bad they cancelled on Ozzfest, as that would have been cool to see them there.

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Johan To Help Out The Crown for Two Dates

The Crown will be playing the Tuska festival in Finland next week and also the Party. San Open Air (August 8-10) in Bad Berka, Germany, both with their original singer Johan Lindstrand. After the split with Tomas the band was not sure if they would find a replacement in time, but luckily Johan offered his services for these two shows - for these two shows only! So don't miss The Crown in their old line-up for the last two times!

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Anthrax Hits Obstacles

Anthrax are "once again experiencing some obstacles in getting the new record out," drummer Charlie Benante revealed in his latest posting on the band's official web site. "We are dealing with these 'obstacles' as quickly as we can. It's all very frustrating. We would've loved to have this record out by now and possibly be on Ozzfest, but it just didn't happen. Please be patient, we will deliver a great Anthrax record to you... I promise!"

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Ozzfest Changes

The July 24 Raleigh date has been cancelled, with the rescheduled Pittsburgh date will take place then. The August 15 Cincinnati date has been cancelled, with the Bristow, Va. show being rescheduled then. Ozzfest.com has also posted the full day's schedule by city (times are approximate and subject to change without notice).

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Drowningman Calls It Quits, New Band Formed

Those of you who were at Monsterfest this past weekend and were surprised to find that event organizer Simon Brody and his band Drowningman never made it to the stage now know why as Drowningman has broken up. Yesterday evening we were sent this statement from Andrew of Drowningman. We delayed posting it in order to verify its authenticity (you wouldn't believe some of the stuff we get), which we have now done, so here goes:

Unfortunately, after almost 7 years we have decided to part ways with our vocalist Simon Brody. Our working relationship with Simon deteriorated greatly in the past few weeks and we decided with haste, but with great relief and assurance, that we have made the right decision to separate. Our two paths were quickly dividing and the motives not anywhere near the same in the sense of the goals of the band. We wish Simon only the best of luck in the future and may he find happiness in his future endeavors. The remaining four members will be forming a new band under a different name that has yet to be decided on. Currently we are working on new material and might release the new demo in the next few months. Anyone who is interested in trying out for vocals is encouraged to do so and should contact Davejoyaldm@aol.com. We might be posting a song on the web for anyone who would like to download it and add their vocals to send to us. We are looking for serious inquiries only and they must be ready to tour. The new material we are working on is centered more on aggressive singing and less on full on screaming. Drowningman would like to say thanks to anyone who has helped us in any way and to all the kids for coming out and supporting us. More info to come and please contact Andrew for any interviews at Sorrowsage6@aol.com

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Lemmy To Release Autobiography

According to Kerrang!, Motörhead’s legendary frontman Lemmy will release his memoirs, White Line Fever - Lemmy: The Autobiography, on November 4th through Simon & Schuster. The hardback version will be priced $16.99.

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