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Sunday, October 08, 2006

Drummer Uli Kusch (ex-HELLOWEEN) has left MASTERPLAN, the he formed with guitarist Roland Grapow. An official announcement on the matter is expected shortly.
MASTERPLAN recently began recording its third album — the group's first without singer Jorn Lande, who announced his departure in early May. The band's final
show with Lande took place on August 8 at Lokersefeesten in Belgium.
MASTERPLAN has now announced the addition of singer Mike DiMeo (RIOT, THE LIZARDS) and drummer Mike Terrana (YNGWIE MALMSTEEN, AXEL RUDI PELL, METALIUM, RAGE) to the group's ranks.

U.D.O. has entered the studio to begin recording its new album for an April 2007 release via AFM Records.

WIDESPREAD PANIC ANNOUNCE DOUBLE DVD RELEASE EARTH TO ATLANTA DUE IN STORES ON NOVEMBER 14, 2006
2 Disc Set Features Entire Performance of Their Groundbreaking Nationwide Theater Simulcast From Fox Theatre in Atlanta on May 9, 2006

Legendary live performers Widespread Panic announce the release of Earth to Atlanta November 14, 2006 on Sanctuary/ Widespread Records. The two DVD set was filmed at the kick off of this year’s Widespread Panic tour, set at the historical Fox Theatre in Atlanta. In a groundbreaking move, Widespread Panic simulcast the concert live to 115 Regal/Edwards/United Artists cinemas nationwide. For the first time ever, over 60,000 ticket holding fans across the country were given the ability to experience the evening live with Panic without actually having to travel to Atlanta.

A companion piece to Widespread Panic’s critically acclaimed 2006 CD release Earth to America, the set offers a unique visual counterpart to the recent studio album. Known for their prodigious live shows, the DVD’s were filmed in stunning High Definition/ 5.1 surround sound in order to capture every nuance of the Widespread Panic live performance. Overall the collection features 26 songs, including classic live versions of “Tall Boy,” “Travelin’ Man,” “Pigeons,” “Time Zones” and “Second Skin.”

Currently in the midst of their fall tour, Widespread Panic has also brought in legendary guitarist Jimmy Herring to join their line-up. Capping off their tour, Panic will headline the second night of the Vegoose Festival in Las Vegas on October 29th. They will also play their infamous Halloween show on October 30th at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas. Fans are known to travel from afar to attend the annual Panic Halloween show where every year the band surprises the audience with a elaborate stage theme, costumes, and new cover songs that cleverly tie-in. Past themes have included Mars Attacks, Moon Walk, and Bourbon Street to name a few. The tour will commence with three nights at The Backyard in Austin on November 2- 4th.

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