Quicks: Megadeth, Jason Newsted, Iron Maiden, Halford & N Sync
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Megadethís new double live CD is tentatively set for release on March 18th in the U.S. on Sanctuary Records. The live show was captured last November at a concert in Tucson, Arizona. The new 2-disc release has yet to be named, but we will update you as more information becomes available.
Halford Plan New Studio Album
Blabbermouth is also reporting the former Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford is currently working on the sophomore disc from his band Halford. The disc is set to hit stores in April but according to the Blabbermouth report, Rob Halford has yet to cut the final album vocals but will enter the studio for the remainder of the month to lay down his screams.
Iron Maiden comes to the aid of former drummer.
Iron Maiden have announced two benefit concerts at Londonís Brixton Academy on March 20th and 21st with proceeds going to a Trust Fund to aid their former drummer Clive Burr who suffers from multiple sclerosis.
In announcing the benefit shows Iron Maidenís Steve Harris said in the official statement, "We were gutted to hear of Clive's condition. It must be a very scary prospect for him to face. It seemed natural that we should tryand help Clive by trying to improve his future quality of life. We are setting up a special trust, The Clive Burr MS Trust Fund, and are keen to help him as much as we possibly can."
"Maiden has always been a family and, even after all these years, we still consider Clive to be part of that family and as such we feel we should help him in any way possible,Ē adds the groups manager Rod Smallwood. "We are sure the fans will agree and add their support to this."
Clive Burr left Iron Maiden in 1983 following
the groups ďNumber of the BeastĒ album. Fan club members can purchase tickets
before they go on sale to the general public on Jan 25th.
N Syncís Episode Two Cameo May Go Bye, Bye, Bye.
It appears that the controversy surrounding the inclusion of a cameo by popsters N Sync in the Star Wars Episode II has caused the filmís producers to think again about including the footage in the final film.
N Syncís Joey Fatone called a Florida radio station this week and told listeners, "I'm going to make it officially known that they dropped it because people made a big deal about it," said Fatone "We're not going to be in it, and I'm not going to comment on it any more."
However, When E! attempted to follow up Fatoneís claim with Lucasfilm, the production companyís spokesperson Lynn Hale told them, ď"it's just too early to make that decision."
"The 'N Sync guys were shot as extras, and whether they're in or out won't be determined until the final edit," said Hale.
Jason Newsted sets solo CD release date.
Jason Newsted is about ready to unleash his solo project Echobrain to the world. The debut from the group is set to hit stores on March 4th on Jasonís Surfdog Records imprint Chophouse.
Newsted shocked Metallica fans early last year when he announced he was leaving the group. Since his departure he was able to devote his full attention to Echobrain, a side project he formed in 1995.
Here is the tentative tracklist for Echobrainís
· 'Colder World'
· 'The Feeling Is Over'
· 'Keep Me Alive'
· 'We Are Ghosts'
· 'Hwy 44'
· 'I Dank You'
· 'Cryin' Shame'