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ALICE IN CHAINS: U.S. Club Tour Kick-Off Date Announced – Apr. 7, 2006

ALICE IN CHAINS have confirmed that they will be playing a series of U.S. club dates starting on May 18. Exact cities and dates will be announced soon.

As previously reported, ALICE IN CHAINS have selected William DuVall to sing lead vocals with the group on their upcoming U.S. club tour and subsequent European trek.

DuVall performed two songs with the reunited ALICE IN CHAINS last month in New Jersey at a taping of the VH1 Classic series "Decades Rock Live!".

Guitarist Jerry Cantrell told Launch that he'd also like to see other musicians perform with the reactivated group, who are touring in honor of late singer Layne Staley. "The door's open to invite anybody," he said. We'd like anybody to be a part of it. There's tons of guys that we love and that Layne loved, you know, that we'd love to be a part of this on a part-time basis."

DuVall, who sings and plays guitar in COMES WITH THE FALL, has also sung ALICE IN CHAINS material as part of Cantrell's solo touring band.

Guest singers who have jammed with the members of ALICE IN CHAINS during the past year include TOOL's Maynard James Keenan and former PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo.

The band will begin its European tour on May 26 in Lisbon, Portugal. A full list of dates can be seen at AliceInChains.com.

April 8, 2006 Posted by | Blogroll, ROCK | 1 Comment

GODSMACK To Keep Tour On Ice Until September

Launch Radio Networks reports: GODSMACK's new album, titled "IV" (Four), comes out on April 25, but the band won't hit U.S. stages until September. GODSMACK hasn't toured the States since supporting METALLICA in 2004, and lead singer Sully Erna told Launch why the group is going to keep America waiting just a little longer. "We love this record so much, we want people to live with it for a few months before we hit the States, because when we come to the States, we want to bring it bigger and badder than we did when we left the METALLICA tour," he said. "And in order to do that, we have to move into arenas. I want to give people a little bit of time to learn this record because it's so good we want to play more of it. But when it comes, it's gonna be on."

The new GODSMACK effort follows up the band's 2003 disc, "Faceless", and 2004's acoustic EP, "The Other Side".

GODSMACK will be the featured guests on the nationally syndicated radio show "Rockline" airing Monday, May 1. The live show begins at 8:30 p.m. PT / 11:30 p.m. ET, and fans are encouraged to call in with questions during the program at (800) 344-ROCK (7625). To find a station near you, check out www.rocklineradio.com.

As previously reported, GODSMACK will perform on NBC-TV's "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Wednesday, April 26 and on ABC-TV's "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" on Thursday, April 27.

GODSMACK's video for their new single, "Speak" (audio: Windows Media), has been posted online at this location.

April 8, 2006 Posted by | ROCK | Leave a comment

DANKO JONES, FLESHGORE Confirmed For Germany’s WACKEN OPEN AIR Festival –

Wacken Open Air festival, set to take place August 3-5 in Wacken, Germany. The festival billing is now shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):

ABORTED
AMON AMARTH
ARCH ENEMY
ATHEIST
BATTLELORE
BLOODTHORN
BORN FROM PAIN
CALIBAN
CELTIC FROST
CHILDREN OF BODOM
DANKO JONES
D'ESPAIRSRAY
DIE APOKALYPTISCHEN REITER
EKTOMORF
EMPEROR
END OF GREEN
FEAR FACTORY
FINNTROLL
FLESHGORE
GAMMA RAY
HERMAN RAREBELL
IN EXTREMO
KORPIKLAANI
KRIEGER
LAKE OF TEARS
MAMBO KURT
METAL INQUISITOR
MINISTRY
MOTÖRHEAD
MSG
MYSTIC CIRCLE
NEVERMORE
NOCTURNAL RITES
OPETH
ORPHANED LAND
PRIMAL FEAR
ROSE TATTOO
SCORPIONS
SIX FEET UNDER
SOILWORK
SUBWAY TO SALLY
THE DOGMA
ULI JON ROTH
VICTORY
VREID
WE
WHITESNAKE
WINTERSUN

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