Sharon Osbourne explains Ozzy’s Grammy Award no-show
Ozzy’s wife and manager Sharon Osbourne explained why The Prince Of Darkness didn’t attend Black Sabbath’s recent Lifetime Achievement Grammy ceremony in Los Angeles.
Rob Zombie releases official full-length trailer for 3 From Hell
After teasing fans on Instagram with a short clip last month, Rob Zombie shared the first full-length trailer for his new horror flick 3 From Hell... and we can't wait to see the film when it launches later this year.
Slipknot plan immersive exhibition on the Knotfest Roadshow
Slipknot revealed what fans can expect once their Knotfest Roadshow gets underway later this month with Volbeat, Gojira and Behemoth – and they also detailed a range of special VIP packages.
AC/DC break social media silence to mark 40 years of Highway To Hell
AC/DC’s social media accounts lit up for the first time since 2017 earlier this week when they asked fans to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Highway To Hell with them - and the next post was a rare clip of the title track.
Roger Waters shares trailer for Us + Them
Roger Waters will release his concert film US + Them on cinema screens around the world in October - and this week he released the first trailer of what fans can expect.
Paul McCartney is writing something Wonderful
Fresh from the release of his latest studio album Egypt Station, Paul McCartney announced this week that he’s working on a musical stage adaptation of Frank Capra’s It’s A Wonderful Life.
Ray and Dave Davies are recording together for possible new Kinks album
Dave Davies confirmed that he and Ray have been in the studio recording new material and have been going back through the Kinks archives.
Maynard James Keenan vs Justin and Hailey Bieber
After Justin Bieber proclaimed the love of prog metallers Tool last week, Maynard James Keenan tweeted exactly what he though – a comment which drew their ire of Bieber’s wife Hailey.
Iron Maiden kick off their North American tour in style
Iron Maiden began their North American Legacy Of The Beast tour in Florida this week – and they did it style by delivering an epic set full of classic cuts!
Metallica thrill fans with Rammstein cover in Berlin
Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo and guitarist Kirk Hammett gave fans attending their recent Berlin show a treat when they broke into a jam of Rammstein classic Engel.
Slipknot announce UK and European tour
Slipknot might be about to embark on their Knotfest Roadshow across North America, but they took the time to announce that they’d return to the UK and Europe in 2020.
Below, find all the biggest news stories from July 8 - July 13
Aerosmith’s original tour van restored to its former glory for US TV show
Aerosmith's banged-up tour van that was discovered abandoned in woods last year and was recently returned to the band by TV show American Pickers… much to the band’s surprise.
Metal duo Confess sentenced to 14 years in prison and 74 lashes in Iran
Nikan Khosravi and Arash Ilkhani, who have now been granted asylum in Norway, had severe sentences handed down by authorities in Tehran earlier this week – and they responded by releasing a new track.
They previously revealed a string of North American shows which run throughout September and October, with the new performances set for November and December.
Roger Waters’ Us + Them concert film set for global cinema release
The former Pink Floyd man toured across North America, the UK and Europe throughout 2017 and 2018 – with the film captured during his four-night stop at Amsterdam's Ziggo Dome on June 18, 19, 22 and 23 last year.
It’ll hit cinemas across the world in October.
Eyehategod drummer Aaron Hill attacked and robbed in Mexico
Eyehategod’s Aaron Hill was attacked in Guadalajara ahead of the band’s scheduled show in the city earlier this week.
He suffered a 5cm wound on his left side, but is on the road to recovery.
Bill Ward would like to reunite with his old Black Sabbath bandmates
Bill Ward recorded a video message saying he was “open-minded” about playing with his former Black Sabbath bandmates again at some point in the future, with his comments coming after Geezer Butler refused to rule out a reunion.
Rush’s Geddy Lee announces further book signing dates
Fresh from his successful Big Beautiful Book Of Bass UK and European singing tour, Geddy Lee announced a run of dates across the US.
The Rush vocalist, bassist and keyboardist has lined up six dates, which will see him visit Nashville, St Louis, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia and Atlanta later this month.
Slayer announce the final leg of their farewell tour
Slayer will play their last-ever shows throughout November where they’ll be joined by Primus, Ministry and Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals – and they’ll bring the curtain down in Los Angeles.
Slipknot’s Corey Taylor slams Holocaust deniers
Earlier this week, Slipknot vocalist Corey Taylor said that denying the Holocaust “is a travesty to the memory of the survivors and disrespectful to the people who fought for them.”
Sebastian Bach says Skid Row f****** hate him
But despite their differences, the vocalist says he’s still holding out hope that he’ll be joined on the road later this year by some of his former Skid Row bandmates.
Fan who tried to swim back into Slayer show appears on Budweiser can
In May last year, metal fan Chris LaRocque was ejected from Slayer’s headline show at Toronto’s Budweiser Stage.
But the metalhead refused to go quietly and decided to try and swim back into the open air venue, which is located on the city’s East Island.
Now, Budweiser have put his face on a special edition can of beer, which has been created to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the venue.
The ABCs Of Metallica will feature rhymes and illustrations and will detail the history of the band, and has been co-written by Howie Abrams with illustrations by Michael ‘Kaves’ McLeer, who took part in Metallica's Obey Your Master exhibition back in 2012.
Are AC/DC about to announce a world tour?
There’s been speculation online this week that AC/DC will announce a world tour next Wednesday – with Brian Johnson back on lead vocals. Let’s hope this turns out to be true!
Below, find all the biggest news stories from July 1 - July 6
Metallica shared footage of themselves playing Master Of Puppets through torrential rain at a show in Manchester. The heavens opened during their set at the Etihad Stadium, drenching band and fans alike in biblical rain.
Ex-Guns N’ Roses Steven Adler says he is “alive and well” after being hospitalised for a self-inflicted stab wound. Adler posted a Facebook video message blaming “media confusion” for reports that he had tried to kill himself.
Tool vocalist Maynard James appeared on the Rock & Roll Road Trip With Sammy Hagar TV show, telling Sammy Hagar about how a teenage love for cross-country running shaped his music. The bands he listened to to get him through these runs included Pink Floyd, King Crimson, and Joni Mitchell. “You’re kind of following some of that,” Keenan said. “So, just naturally it’s easier for me to write to things that are outside four-four."
Miley Cyrus covered Nine Inch Nails’ Head Like A Hole and Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters at Glastonbury this weekend. The US singer dropped the surprise covers into her performance on the festival’s Main Stage on Sunday June 30.
Korn guitarist Brian ‘Head’ Welch has paid tribute to the drummer of a Korn tribute band who carried on playing onstage despite having a stroke. “Wow, this guy is strong,” wrote Head on Instagram, after Korn Again drummer Alex Headen, who suffered the stroke while playing Helmet In The Bush onstage at a gig in the UK.
Quicksilver Messenger Service guitarist and singer Gary Duncan has died at the age of 72. The news was broken by San Francisco scenester Professor Poster, who wrote "It is with much sadness that I share the passing of one of San Francisco's fine guitarists and notable musicians that go back to the beginnings, Gary Duncan.”
A host of metal, hardcore and punk bands appear on a new compilation to raise money for reproductive rights organisations. Svalbard, Ithaca, Emma Ruth Rundle, Jucifer, Thou, Racetraitor and more appear on Riffs For Reproductive Justice, a 33-track compilation put together by activist group Black Flags Over Brooklyn and released to raise money for the National Network Of Abortion Funds and the Yellowhammer Fund.
Babymetal will release their third album, Metal Galaxy, in October. It's the first Babymetal album since the departure of vocalist Yuimetal in October 2018. The Japanese trio also released a brand new single, PA PA YA!!
Phil Anselmo has said that stoner rock supergroup Down could reunite for anniversary shows in 2020. The former Pantera frontman said that he would “expect” Down to play some shows to mark the 25th anniversary of their debut album, NOLA – and that original guitarist Kirk Windstein should be involved.
Sabaton’s Joakim Brodén has said that he wants the band to play a special gig on the Normandy beaches on the anniversary of D-Day. “I want to play on Normandy Beach on the 6th of June one day,” Brodén told Metal Hammer. “The crowd isn’t coming in like a crowd normally would through a gate, they’re arriving on boats, like soldiers. The doors come down, and they run on the beach like the soldiers would have, and there’s pyros going off, and we start playing up on one of the bunkers.”
Disturbed frontman David Draiman has blasted Roger Waters for his continued support of a cultural boycott of Israel. Draiman called the former Pink Floyd singer “delusional” over his support for a campaign, which aims to pressure Israel to end the occupation of Palestine, among other things.
Metallica and Kiss are among the 30 highest-grossing touring bands of 2019. According to live music industry magazine Pollstar, the thrash icons and the shock rock legends have earned $69.7 and $58.1 million worldwide respectively between November 22, 2018 and May 22, 2019.
Randy Blythe has blasted metal fans “sitting behind a computer screen and judging people”. The Lamb Of God singer took aim at “the lynch mob mentality” of the internet generation. “If you're sitting behind a computer screen and judging people, that goes against everything this music stands for,” he said.
Below, find all the biggest news stories from June 22 - June 28.
Scorpions guitarist Rudolf Schenker has clarified the situation regarding Michael Schenker's earnings from the band, saying, "I still love my brother but he has always hated business matters and the only person that’s to blame here is himself."
Officials were called to the home of former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler shortly after 6:30pm on Thursday, following reports that someone had stabbed themselves at the property.
Brian May joins forces with Steve Vai, Rick Wakeman and Hans Zimmer for moon-inspired cover of Queen's We Are The Champions at Starmus festival in Switzerland, where he also performed an orchestral version of '39.
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne have slammed Donald Trump for using Crazy Trainin a recent Twitter video. The US President used Ozzy’s classic 1980 song as part of a video mocking his Democratic rivals. The song plays over footage of the recent Democratic primary, which was plagued by technical difficulties.
Geezer Butler isn’t ruling out a one-off Black Sabbath reunion. Speaking in the brand new issue of Classic Rock, the bassist said: “If it came up I wouldn’t say never. I can’t imagine it ever happening, but then I said that about the Sabbath tour, and it happened, so who am I to know?”
The Aristocrats have announced an extensive European tour beginning in Nov 2019 and running through until Feb 2020. The prog supergroup, featuring guitarist Guthrie Govan, bassist Bryan Beller and drummer Marco Minnemann, kick off the dates on Nov 10 in Hungary. They hit the UK in Jan 2020.
Nature Ganganbaigal, frontman and multi-instrumentalist with Mongolian folk-metal heroes Tengger Cavalry, has died. “It is with deep sadness and shock that we must share the news that Nature has passed away,” said the band in a statement.
Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh has revealed that he has been working with AC/DCsinger Brian Johnson. Walsh posted an picture of the pair on Instagram the day after the Eagles’ show at London’s Wembley Stadium.
Speaking to Classic Rock, former Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar revealed that he has been reticent to contact his former bandmates Eddie and Alex Van Halen in case they thought he was trying to engineer a reunion.
Russian duo iamthemorning will release their fifth album The Bell on August 2 via Kscope. The video for the album’s first single Ghost Of A Story was filmed by the band’s long-time collaborator Eggor Kree at Lendok studios in St Petersburg.