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    QUEENSRŸCHE Speak Out On New Album, Dysfunctional Relationships - Aug. 3, 2002

    QUEENSRŸCHE drummer Scott Rockenfield has been busy working on the group's forthcoming studio CD with bandmates Michael Wilton (guitar) and Eddie Jackson (bass) and "everything is going very well," according to a posting from Rockenfield on his official web site. "Michael, Eddie and myself have been working extremely hard, and things are sounding great!!!! [Vocalist] Geoff [Tate] will be stepping in to add his vocals anytime now. We are hoping very strongly for a release sometime in the fall."

    In other news, Tate recently spoke to Roughedge.com about QUEENSRŸCHE's current status and his ongoing solo tour, which has kept him away from his bandmates during the recording process for the new album.

    According to the singer, "the QUEENSRŸCHE camp, since [guitarist Chris] DeGarmo departed, is a very volatile bunch of people who are like a dysfunctional family. So, it's a very stressful sort of relationship. And so, in contrast, this [solo] tour, this situation that I'm doing solo-wise, is a vacation in comparison. So, it's good that you have a vacation, so that when you go back to work, you approach it with recharged batteries, or renewed vigor — whatever you want to call it, you know? (laughs)"

    Tate also addressed the interview conducted with the singer by Cleveland, Ohio's WMMS 100.7 FM back in late June in which Geoff indicated that all communication between the individual band members was being done strictly through business managers and lawyers,

    Said the vocalist: "I was doing an interview with them…and they took some comments I made... Well, I was talking about the dysfunctionality of the band, and making a few sarcastic remarks, like the band only communicates through their lawyers and managers, you know, because we're so dysfunctional. For some reason, Rockenfield [drummer Scott] got it in his head that I was putting the band down or something, so he got upset about what I said, and went online and made some comments to the opposite of that. And so, it prompted me to have to call him and the rest of the band, and get on the conference call while I was in Detroit, and say, 'Look, I wasn't trying to hurt your feelings or anything I'm just talking about my perspective, which is we don't talk, we don't communicate, and this is a very dysfunctional group -- you know, that's my truth. I don't want to argue about this online.' I said, 'Do you guys want to do that?' And they said, 'No — we don't want you to talk about the band.' I said, 'Oh, okay — peace. I won't talk about it.' It wasn't meant to hurt anyone's feelings. It wasn't meant to be a mean comment to hurt somebody that's just the way I see it. I was just being honest, you know? I don't think there's anything wrong with being a bunch of dysfunctional people in a band. Some people, some bands, work well that way. Look at THE WHO — they used to get in fistfights every day! That's just the way they work they're a volatile bunch of personalities. I mean, it's not all candy and roses in every group....

    "So, I didn't see anything wrong with it. But, I made an agreement that I would watch what I say to people and the press, so as not to cause a problem within the band. So, I went on www.queensryche.com, and apologized to them, I think — I can't remember exactly what I said.

    "And at least we were all talking, and that was the first time we had all talked in about a year, I think.

    "There were all these rumors, everybody kept asking me last week: 'Is the band breaking up?' And I'd say, 'No, dude, we're not we're making a record right now!' I was just explaining something about the chemistry of the group, and it got taken out of context by my own band members! (laughs)"
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    SYSTEMATIC On Former Label: METALLICA's LARS ULRICH Did The Best He Could For Us - Aug. 3, 2002

    SYSTEMATIC guitarist/singer Tim Narducci recently commented on the group's experience as part of the label roster of METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich's The Music Company (since folded) and whether or not the group got a "fair shake" as a result of their affiliation with Ulrich. Said Nurducci: "I feel that Lars sought out the band and gave us a great opportunity. He opened the door for us and now we have a new home at Elektra and the future is ours for the taking. As far as working the record it's hard to say. A lot of factors play on an albums success, the label, the band, the tours, radio play, video play, and so and so on. Every thing needs to click together. As far as Lars' involvement, he has his own band and that's really where his heart is. I think he had great intentions for us and did what he could with his issues he was dealing with at the same time, but he needed to put all of his attention into METALLICA and I believe that is why he chose to close up shop. As far as overshadowing goes, there we're a few questions from the media, like 'So tell us how Lars found you?' That got a bit old at times, but it comes with the territory. Lars actually stepped back and made us earn it. Like touring in a van for 3 months, and RV for 7, a bus for 2 months, and not coming home for a year. There we're really no special favors [done for us because we were signed Lars' label]."

    In other news, SYSTEMATIC have posted the group's first official photo with new drummer Paul Bostaph (ex-SLAYER) at this location.
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    TOMMY LEE Guitarist Stagedives…And Lands On The Barricade - Aug. 3, 2002

    TOMMY LEE guitarist J3 took a leap from the stage following the band's performance at The World in New York City on Tuesday, July 30th and "whacked his leg on the barricade," according to bassist Marty O'Brien, who took this photo of the guitarist nursing his injury. Said O'Brien: "J3 is from the [New York] area, so he had tons of friends / fans chanting '3' in between songs. NYC crowds tend to be pretty mellow compared to cities out in the middle of nowhere.... but [this] show was amazing.... the place just went nuts. Definitely one of the best shows of the tour."
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    KISS' GENE SIMMONS To Fans: I Will Tell You What I Want When I Want - Aug. 3, 2002

    KISS bassist/vocalist Gene Simmons says that he "hates" the Internet, but when recently pressed by a fan to stop being a "hypocrite" and take a few minutes to clear the air on the band's activities and start posting "facts" about the group's status, Simmons responded flatly in an e-mail that "I will tell you what I want to tell you, WHEN I want to tell you. Not when YOU want me to tell you. How's that?"

    Fans wishing to send questions to Simmons (which he may or may no reply to personally) can do so via Gene's official web site at www.genesimmons.com.
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