— Dennis Miles, 45, the rhythm guitarist with Body Count, has died after a battle with lymphoma. Stage name D-Roc, and known for wearing a hockey-masked, Miles died August 17 in California, joining drummer Deatmaster V (leukemia, 1996) and bassist Mooseman (drive-by shooting, 2000) as one of three members of Ice-T’s hard rock band that has died in the past eight years. In a recent story in Billboard, Ice-T was quoted as saying, “D-Roc was the backbone of the Body Count sound … Words cannot explain how much we will miss D-Roc more as a friend than as a band member.”
— Bon Jovi is planning a boxed set, called “100 Million Bon Jovi Fans Can’t Be Wrong,” due out November 16 on Island Records. The band has raiding its vaults for three discs of previously unreleased material, a disc of previously released rare tracks and a DVD of unseen film and video footage.
— Meanwhile, Metallica is preparing to launch a vinyl boxed set later this year. Called “Vinyl Box” and being released October 26, the set will include vinyl versions of the band’s first four studio albums as well as the “Garage Days Re-Revisited” EP and the “Creeping Death” picture disc, which is currently only available via import.
[Credit: Billboard and Reuters]