Here are the 11 biggest news stories of the week

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Rob Halford confirms a new Judas Priest album will happen
The Priest vocalist says the reaction from fans to their latest album Firepower stands them in good stead for a new studio release.

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Watain slam Singapore’s “tragic excuse for a government” after ban
Watain issued a statement after their show in Singapore was cancelled at the last minute following an online petition calling for them to be banned.

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Drumming legend Hal Blaine dies at the age of 90
Blaine was a member of the famous Wrecking Crew group of session musicians.

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Rush will celebrate their touring career with new book
Wandering The Face Of The Earth will be published later this year - and will feature every setlist, previously unpublished photos and a whole lot more.

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Could we see Bohemian Rhapsody 2?
Well, according to Queen video director Rudi Doleful, a follow-up to the smash hit biopic is “being heavily discussed in the Queen family.”

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David Gilmour shares Jimi Hendrix connection
The former Pink Floyd man told Prog that he mixed the sound for Jimi Hendrix’s 1970 Isle Of Wight set: “Not a lot of people know that,” said Gilmour.

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Motley Crue launch version of Madonna's Like A Virgin
Nikki Sixx says Vince Neil is "the least virgin guy I know" as the band release a cover of Madonna's Like A Virgin, taken from the soundtrack to the long-awaited Netflix release of The Dirt.

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Megadeth will launch a graphic novel to mark their 35th anniversary
A new 350-page graphic novel is on its way - with each chapter based on tracks from Megadeth’s career.

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Metallica have begun “jamming” through new ideas
Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo says the band have been working on new ideas while they’ve been out on their WorldWired tour – and vowed to “get this one going sooner than later.”

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Steven Wilson takes aim at Greta Van Fleet
Steven Wilson didn’t hold back when discussing rising Michigan stars Greta Van Fleet in a recent interview, calling their music “absolutely abysmal” and a “piss-poor, third-rate impersonation of Led Zeppelin.”

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Brian May to induct Def Leppard into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
Queen guitarist will induct Def Leppard into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame later this month - as other special guests are revealed.

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Below, find all the biggest news stories from March 4 - March 9.

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The Prodigy’s Keith Flint dies aged 49
The Prodigy frontman was found dead at his home in Essex - with his bandmate Liam Howlett reporting that the singer took his own life.

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Bring Me The Horizon’s Oli Sykes checked in with a health update
Bring Me The Horizon singer Oli Sykes recently ruptured his right vocal cord and this week checked in to give an update on how he’s feeling.

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Dave Mustaine recalls his Megadeth offer to Dimebag Darrell
Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine looked back at the moment he offered Dimebag a job in Megadeth: “It would have been pretty cool,” he said.

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Leprous confirm studio return
Leprous confirmed this week that they had returned to the studio to put the pieces in place for their sixth album – the follow-up to 2017’s Malina.

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Pete Townshend announces debut novel The Age Of Anxiety
The Who guitarist revealed details on his debut novel, which is said to capture “the craziness of the music business”.

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Nikki Sixx apologises for rape story in Motley Crue’s book The Dirt
The Motley Crue bassist issued a statement referring to the alleged sexual assault documented in the The Dirt book and said it was “possibly greatly embellished”

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Kate Bush releases rare video for The Man I Love
Kate Bush shared the video for her take on the George and Ira Gershwin song The Man I Love - which was directed by Kevin Godley and had been unseen since 1994.

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Limp Bizkit hook up with Marilyn Manson and Billy Corgan at special show
Limp Bizkit played an intimate set at Hollywood’s Troubadour this week – and there were a few familiar faces in the crowd.

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Slipknot announce the Knotfest Roadshow - and reveal new album release date
Slipknot said they’d head out on tour this summer with Gojira, Behemoth and Volbeat - and revealed the release date for album no.6.

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And talking of Slipknot…
Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan gave his thoughts on the as-yet-untitled record, saying it was their album for a new generation of fans.

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Below, find all the biggest news stories from February 25 - March1.

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Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody wins big at the Oscars
There was more success for the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody on Sunday night when it scooped a handful of Oscars.

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Duff McKagan says the new Guns N’ Roses album is a real thing
Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan also praised the work by frontman Axl Rose on the new material, and called it “magnificent”.

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Elton John and Rocketman star Taron Egerton perform Tiny Dancer live
During Elton John’s annual Oscars party, the musician invited the actor who portrays him in the new film Rocketman to sing Tiny Dancer with him – and the results were something special.

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Will Motley Crue’s reunion be permanent? Nikki Sixx weighs in
They recorded four new tracks for the upcoming biopic The Dirt – but will their brief time in the studio turn into something more permanent? Nikki Sixx has his say.

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John Mitchell’s Lonely Robot announce new album
Lonely Robot announced details of the third and final part of their trilogy which includes 2016’s Please Come Home and 2017’s The Big Dream.

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Phil Anselmo talks the darkest and heaviest album of his career
Phil Anselmo revealed that his his goth project En Minor have recorded one of the bleakest albums of his career – but he’s still not sure he’ll ever release it.

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Former drummer for The Cure Andy Anderson dead at 68
Andy Anderson who played with artists including The Cure, Steve Hillage, Hawkwind and Iggy Pop died shortly after revealing he had terminal cancer.

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Slipknot launch new website - tease Monday announcement
As we patiently wait for the new Slipknot album, the band decided to turn the hype levels up to 10 this week by teasing a mysterious Monday announcement.

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The wait for a new System Of A Down album goes on
We’ve been waiting for a new System Of A Down record since 2005 – and according to guitarist Daron Malakian, we’re going to have to wait a while longer.

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Former Survivor bassist Stephan Ellis dies
It was confirmed this week that bassist Stephan Ellis – who played on a number of Survivor's best-loved tracks – had died.

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Below, find all the biggest news stories from February 18th - 22nd.

Motley Crue are back!
Not only did the Crue return with their first new song since 2015’s All Bad Things Must End in the shape of The Dirt (Est. 1981), but a trailer for their long-awaited biopic The Dirt was released, they detailed the soundtrack to the film along with a new video, AND Nikki Sixx accused Kiss of stealing Motley Crue’s stage production!

Bring Me The Horizon’s Oli Sykes ruptures vocal cord
Bring Me The Horizon were forced to cancel shows in Phoenix and Las Vegas after frontman Oli Sykes was told to rest his voice after injury.

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Robert Plant performs with his new band Saving Grace
Robert Plant has been performing some low-key shows with Fairport Convention in the UK - but this week, footage of the former Led Zep singer and his new band Saving Grace emerged online.

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Mike & The Mechanics reveal new album
Mike & The Mechanics announced that their new album titled Out Of The Blue would arrive soon, featuring re-workings of some old favourites along with three brand new songs.

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Dee Snider didn’t think Metallica would make the big time
That’s right! The former Twisted Sister frontman admitted to thinking James Hetfield and co wouldn’t cut it after he saw them live in their early days. Whoops!

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Mike Shinoda ponders the future of Linkin Park
Mike Shinoda revealed that for Linkin Park to move forward, the process would have to happen naturally – and said they weren’t actively seeking a new vocalist.

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The Elton john biopic Rocketman gets its first trailer
The new Elton John film Rocketman will be released in May – and this week we got the first taste of what we can expect when it hits the silver screen.

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AC/DC’s Angus Young donates cash to Canadian skater’s charity fund
After hearing about postman and AC/DC fan Steve McNeil’s marathon skating challenge to raise money for an Alzheimer’s charity, Angus Young donated thousands of dollars to the cause.

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Corey Taylor says Imagine Dragons are now more hated than Nickelback
After his spat with Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger, Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor turned his ire towards Imagine Dragons, and called them “awful.”

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Discover how Iron Maiden’s Legacy Of The Beast became a live touring spectacle
A new video showed how Maiden’s Legacy Of The Beast game was turned into elaborate stage sets for their spectacular tour.

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Below, find all the biggest news stories from February 11th - 16th.

Is bassist Cliff Williams out of retirement and back in AC/DC?

More AC/DC speculation this week, after a picture of Cliff Williams and Brian Johnson taken in Vancouver surfaces online.

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Kiss make their Whisky A Go Go debut
They might be on their End Of The Road tour after enjoying a lengthy career, but surprisingly, Kiss had never played the famous Whisky A Go Go on the Sunset Strip… until this week.

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Dream Theater’s Jordan Rudess announces solo album
Jordan Rudess taps up his Dream Theater bandmates James LaBrie and John Petrucci for his solo album Wired For Madness - and reveals the title track.

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Megadeth’s new album is going to be “heavy as hell”
Dave Mustaine reports that the follow-up to 2016’s Dystopia is shaping up nicely… and reveals what his son think about the material.

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Heart break off their hiatus and announce the Love Alive tour
Heart had been inactive since 2016 – but all that changed this week when Ann and Nancy Wilson revealed a 39-date tour.

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Rammstein share more pictures from their new video shoot
The new Rammstein album can’t come soon enough - and it seems that new material will be with us soon, with the band releasing more stills from the set of their new video.

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Hellyeah need your help
As they prepare to release their new album, Hellyeah call on fans to send them their pics with late drummer Vinnie Paul for inclusion in the artwork.

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Robert Plant’s new band Saving Grace line up live shows
The former Led Zeppelin frontman has kept details of his new band Saving Grace under wraps. But the secret is out and they’ve been playing in the UK.

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Slash confirms that new Guns N’ Roses material is in the works
The guitar icon revealed that there’s “stuff going on already for a new record.” We can’t wait to hear what they’ve been up to!

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Greta Van Fleet and Chris Cornell among winners at the Grammy awards
Rock and metal didn’t get much of a look in at this year’s Grammy Awards, but there was some success – although organisers faced the wrath of Lzzy Hale for failing to mention some key artists who have died over the past 12 months.

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Chester Bennington’s son joins his dad’s first band to revisit classic tracks
Jaime Bennington has hooked up with Grey Daze to re-record some of the band’s old material - Korn, Bush and P.O.D. members are also involved with the project.

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Guitarist’s hair catches fire during Kiss classic… but he keeps on playing
Hairball’s Bobby Jensen was the coolest man on the planet last weekend – despite the fact that pyros set fire to his hair while performing Kiss classic Detroit Rock City.

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