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Geoff Tate Accuses Former Queensryche Bandmates of 'Madness'

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Given that Geoff Tate responded to being fired from Queensryche by simply going off and starting his own Queensryche, most of us expected the two camps to spend the next several years sniping at each other in the press — and that's pretty much the way it's still going down.

If anything, the animosity seems to have gone up a notch since both Queensryches announced plans to release new...

Van Halen Announce First U.S. Concert of 2013

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In a move that's sure to silence persistent doubters and reasonable cynics everywhere, Van Halen appears committed to prolonging its latest reunion with long-estranged frontman David Lee Roth well into the summer of 2013.

Today, the band completed by brothers Edward and Alex Van Halen, plus Eddie's son Wolfgang, confirmed its intention to headline this year's Rock USA at Ford Festival...

Queensryche Annonce New Album

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The members of Queensryche that split with vocalist Geoff Tate last summer have signed a new record deal with Century Media Records, and announced their first album with vocalist Todd La Torreis on the way. Century Media is a company whose A&R representative officially supported Tate's injunction to prevent anyone from using the name Queensryche until legal issues were settled. That...

Journey Documentary Set to Open in U.S. this Friday

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It's hard to deny that Journey singer Arnel Pineda's rise to success is a unique and moving story. The frontman was discovered by Journey guitarist Neal Schon, who caught a video of Pineda performing with his former cover band Zoo on YouTube, and the rest is as they say, history.

Now, in a new documentary titled 'Don't Stop Believin': Everyman's Journey,' Pineda's personal tale is...

Online Petition Urges Knighthood for Ozzy Osbourne

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From the Prince of F—ing Darkness to a royal knight? If a growing number of fans have their way, that could be the next step in the long, strange journey of Ozzy Osbourne.

The Birmingham Mail (via Bravewords) reports that an Australian woman named Helen Maidiotis started the campaign to have Ozzy knighted via the online petition host Causes, whose founders probably didn't have...

Tommy Lee No Longer Participating in Motley Crue Meet and Greets

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Motley Crue's Tommy Lee has always been one to walk to the beat of his own drum, sometimes quite literally, so this latest news should come as no surprise. Yesterday (March 3), Lee personally let his fans know that he'll no longer be taking part in the meet-and-greet sessions offered up for purchase during their current Australian tour run.

"For those of you that are asking why I am...

Former KISS Drummer Peter Criss to Receive Cancer Society's Humanitarian of the Year Award

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Founding Kiss drummer Peter Criss has been admirably up front about his struggle with breast cancer, working steadily over the last several years to help educate men about the risks and warning signs associated with the disease, and his efforts have not gone unnoticed; in fact, Criss is the recipient of this year's Humanitarian of the Year Award from the American Cancer Society.

Criss...

Tommy Lee of Motley Crue Sued for Assault

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A Florida resident has filed a civil suit against Tommy Lee of Motley Crue. The man is claiming that the drummer, who is no stranger to controversy, assaulted him on a Florida beach last summer.

The Broward Palm Beach County New Times has discovered a press release filed by the attorney of the plaintiff, Freddy Hernandez. According to the statement, Hernandez was patronizing a public...

Axl Rose Turned Down $50k to Leave Pre-Fame Guns N' Roses

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It seems Axl Rose was well aware of the splash that Guns N' Roses would someday make, even before anyone else. In fact, legendary producer/manager Kim Fowley says Rose turned down an offer to leave his then-unsigned group — though this proposal came complete with $50,000 in cold hard cash.

Speaking to Antimusic, Fowley says he was at work on a separate recording project when the...

Don Dokken Added to KISS Tribute Project

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Don Dokken and Accept's Mark Tornillo are the latest artists to sign up for the KISS tribute album 'A World With Heroes'. Dokken will be covering the '70s KISS classic "Cold Gin" while Tornillo will venture into KISS' heavier '90s sound with his cover of "Spit" from the 'Revenge' album.

Rock journalist Mitch Lafon is assembling some of the greatest rock musicians for an 'A World With...

Skid Row Ink Deal with Megaforce Records for New Album

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Legendary rockers Skid Row have signed a deal for North America with famed metal label Megaforce Records. They will join the ranks with label mates Anthrax, Bad Brains, and Lit amongst others. Armed with a new EP entitled 'United World Rebellion - Chapter One', the band has scheduled an April 16th release in North America with an international release date to be announced...

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