Column from June 19th, 2000 issue

Thought that this week. I'd give you a little round-up of various bits of news....

Guitarist Jeff Kollman (most noticed of late playing in the Mogg/UFO pick-up band) seems to be very, very busy. He's now formed another new project with Phil Mogg and the duo have already written two dozen songs which will become Mogg's solo album. It;'ll be recorded at Kollman's home studio in LA. Shane Gaalaas (MSG, Uli Jon Roth, Artension), bassist Jimmy Curtain as well as a number of special guests. A new Mogg/Way disc has also been discussed and is likely to see the light of day sometime next year. Other than collaborating with Mogg, Kollman has also been writing and recording a new album with excellent fusion outfit Cosmosquad, the group's sophomore effort is scheduled for release later this summer. On a related note, Kollman, Gaalaas, and Sparks are also nearing completion of the TRUTH record, a progressive hard rock project with L.A. vocal find, Robbie Wycoff. Currently unsigned, the band are hoping to have the album out before the end of the year.

New Hampshire's 8084 are lying low and spending most of the summer and autumn in the studio, writing and recording material for a new album, tentatively titled "Shoot from the Hip". Brand new 8084 songs for this project currently being recorded include the titles "Catch My Breath, Seven More Days, It's Only Love, Without You, and Do you ever feel the Rain? ". A winter 2000/001 release date is scheduled. Watch the Audio Clips page for Real Audio demos of these new tunes as the album progresses at http://www.8084.com/.

Florida hardrock band Rainlord have a couple of new MP3 format songs available from their website. They are: Don't Walk Away - http://www.fortunecity.com/tinpan/fluke/1032/dontwalkaway.mp3 and By My Side - http://www.fortunecity.com/tinpan/fluke/1032/bymyside.mp3.

Metal Mayhem is a new UK label that's been formed recently. Within the next week the label will be releasing Keel's well remember "The right to rock" on CD with a bonus track. Check out their site at www.metalmayhem.com.