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Metallica's Lars Ulrich, Ginger Baker and Ozzy Osbourne
Metallica's Lars Ulrich, Ginger Baker and Ozzy Osbourne
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Cream drummer Ginger Baker dead at 80
After he was admitted to hospital in a critical condition late last month, Cream drummer Ginger Baker died at the age of 80 on Sunday. The world of music gathered to pay tribute to Baker, with then family of Jack Bruce calling him “one of the greatest drummers of all time.” 

Saxon’s Biff Byford gives health update after heart surgery
After Saxon were forced to cancel the remaining dates on their 40th anniversary Castles & Eagles tour due to Biff Byford’s heart surgery, the vocalist checked in this week to give fans an update on his health… and on the progress of their new studio album.

Ozzy Osbourne postpones UK and European tour for a second time
Ozzy Osbourne released a video message for fans to say that his recuperation after his fall and subsequent surgery was taking longer than anticipated, and, as a result, his early 2020 tour dates with Judas Priest would be pushed back again.

Slayer share brand new trailer for The Repentless Killogy
As it prepares to hit cinemas across the world for one night only in November, Slayer unveiled a new trailer for The Repentless Killogy, which combines live footage with a short film directed by BJ McDonnell.

Yes announce the 2020 Relayer UK tour
Yes revealed that they would head out on tour across the UK in 2020 - a run of show that’ll see them perform their 1974 album Relayer in full, along with other choice cuts from the band’s back catalogue.

Steve Perry says new music is coming this year
To mark the first anniversary of his solo album Traces, former Journey frontman Steve Perry reported that more material is on the way – including some Christmas music.

Son of Metallica’s Robert Trujillo hits the stage with Suicidal Tendencies
After his famous stint with Korn in South America back in 2017, Tye Trujillo – the son of Metallica bassist  Robert Trujillo – played with his dad’s old band Suicidal Tendencies onstage in Southern California… and got knocked to the floor in the process.

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Metallica

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Metallica plot two headline sets at five 2020 festivals
On Thursday night, it was confirmed that Metallica would play at five US festivals in 2020. And as if that wasn’t enough, it was also revealed that rather than playing just one headline set at each event, the thrash giants would perform twice!

Lynyrd Skynyrd and .38 Special bassist Larry Junstrom dies at 70
Larry Junstrom, who co-founded souther rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd and was .38 Special’s longtime bassist, died at the age of 70 earlier this week. Both bands united to pay tribute to the bassist.

Abbey Road breaks chart record as it hits no.1 once again
The deluxe box set reissue of the Beatles 1969 album Abbey Road hit the top of the charts again, breaking a Guinness World Record in the process. And that’s not all. In Wales, long lost footage of The Fab Four was discovered in an old bread bin of all places!

Nickelback enjoy huge spike in sales and streams following Trump tweet
After US president Donald Trump took aim at Democrat Joe Biden using a clip of their track Photograph, Nickelback saw sales and streams of the single going through the roof as a result. Not bad for a song which was first released in 2005.

Behemoth’s Nergal sparks controversy with “black metal against Antifa” t-shirt
The Behemoth frontman caused a stir when he uploaded two pictures of a “black metal against Antifa” t-shirt on Instagram. He later posted a statement explaining why he had sone so.

Nightwish announce new live package 
Nightwish revealed this week that they’d celebrate their 2018 Decades tour with a new live package. It was filmed and recorded in Buenos Aires and will feature a total of 21 tracks that span the band’s history.

Below, find all the biggest news stories from September 20 - October 5

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Tony Iommi sends message of support to Metallica’s James Hetfield After it was revealed that James Hetfield had re-entered rehab resulting in the postponement of Metallica's planned tours of Australia and New Zealand, Black Sabbath icon Tony Iommi sent Hetfield a message of support. Slipknot, who were due to support the thrash giants, later issued a statement of their own

Suzi Quatro and Lzzy Hale to be honoured at the 2020 She Rocks Awards It was revealed this week that Suzi Quatro and Halestorm vocalist and guitarist Lzzy Hale would be honoured at the 2020 She Rocks Awards. Taking place during January’s NAMM Show in Anaheim, the event will also see other women recognised for their contributions and leadership in the music industry.

Marillion to release orchestral album After collaborating with string quartet In Praise Of Folly for their live shows, Marillion revealed they would release the studio album With Friends From The Orchestra in November. And to mark the news, H and co. shared a video for a reworked version of their 1997 track Estonia.

Former Foreigner frontman Lou Gramm hospitalised in New York Lou Gramm was forced to withdraw from his planned appearance on Foreigner’s Double Vision: Then & Now tour due to “severe respiratory infection, dehydration and fatigue.”

Slayer’s The Repentless Killogy set for cinema release As the clock ticks down to Slayer taking their final bow, it was announced that their motion picture The Repentless Killogy would hit cinema screens around the world for one night only later this year ahead of its home release.

Ray Davies checks in with update on how “Project Kinks” is progressing After Dave Davies reported back in the summer that he and brother Ray Davies were working on new Kinks demos, Ray checked in this week to let fans know the state of play. 

David Lee Roth: Van Halen is finished Strong words from Diamond Dave, with his latest comments about Van Halen coming after he previously admitted he was unsure about their status.

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Sharon Osbourne blasts rumours regarding Ozzy’s health
After a US tabloid suggested Ozzy Osbourne was close to death, his wife and manager Sharon hit back, saying: “Ozzy ain’t going nowhere.” She added: “I'm not lost for words a lot, as you all know, but why do people just say this was true?”

Ginger Baker "holding his own" in hospital
After he was admitted to hospital late last month with his condition described as critical, the family of Cream drummer Ginger Baker checked in to inform fans that the musician was “holding his own” as they thanked fans for their support.

Debbie Harry talks David Bowie’s "notorious" penis
Blondie singer Debbie Harry revealed the unusual David Bowie story in an excerpt from her new autobiography Face It: A Memoir by Debbie Harry. The incident in question occurred after David Bowie and Iggy Pop had taken a “vast quantity of cocaine" apparently.

Robert Plant to release Digging Deep singles box set
Earlier this week, former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant revealed the Digging Deep box set. The limited edition 7-inch vinyl collection will feature 16 singles from his solo back catalogue and come with a bespoke hardback book.

Mott The Hoople '74 cancel US tour after Ian Hunter diagnosed with tinnitus
Doctors ordered Ian Hunter to stop touring with Mott The Hoople ’74 until his severe case of tinnitus subsided. Hunter said: "It happened out of the blue three weeks ago – I got hit heavily by tinnitus. It’s unrelenting and on doctors orders, I’ve had to cancel everything for the time being.”

Greta Thunberg's emotional UN speech is now a death metal single
After YouTuber John Mollusk dubbed over the Swedish environmental activist's UN speech turning her words into death metal vocals, it was revealed that he and Despotz Records had teamed up to release it as a single. All the record company’s proceeds from sales will go straight to Greenpeace.

Kiss set to conquer the ocean with live show for great white sharks
Not content with playing on every imaginable place on Earth, this week Kiss announced plans to take their music deep into the big blue when they hit Australia next month. While the band perform on top of the waves, speakers will be lowered underwater to entertain the local great white shark population.

Below, find all the biggest news stories from September 22 - 29

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Metallica cancel tour as James Hetfield returns to rehab
Metallica singer James Hetfield has gone into rehab. The news was confirmed in a statement on the band's website, which read "our brother James has been struggling with addiction on and off for many years. He has now, unfortunately, had to re-enter a treatment program to work on his recovery again."

Nirvana announce MTV Unplugged In New York reissue
Nirvana have announced they'll celebrate the 25th anniversary of their iconic MTV Unplugged Live In New York album with a reissue on November 1. A limited edition coloured vinyl edition will be available.

David Ellefson announces one-off show with K.K. Downing, Les Binks and Ripper Owens
Megadeth bassist David Ellefson has announced a European solo tour, which will include a special one-off show featuring three former Judas Priest members: guitarist K.K. Downing, drummer Les Binks, and singer Tim "Ripper" Owens. 

Def Leppard want another Las Vegas residency
They might have only recently wrapped up a 12-night stint in Las Vegas, but Def Leppard are ready for more, according to frontman Joe Elliott. He also revealed that the final two shows on the run were recorded for a future release.

Jeff Lynne’s ELO return with new album and single
Jeff Lynne’s ELO announced this week that they’d release their new studio album From Out Of Nowhere later this year. And along with revealing the tracklist and cover art, Lynne also shared the title track – the first taste material since 2015’s Alone In The Universe.

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Cream drummer Ginger Baker “critically ill” in hospital
The family of Ginger Baker issued a statement this week saying that the Cream drummer and co-founder was critically ill in hospital and asked fans to keep him in their prayers.

Eight-year-old son of Anthrax guitarist joins Foo Fighters
Foo Fighters headlined the Bourbon And Beyond festival at the Highland Festival Grounds in Louisville, Kentucky last weekend. While the band treated the crowd to a collection of classics, they saved the best for last by inviting Revel Young Ian – the eight-year-old son of Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian – to play Everlong with them.

King Crimson’s Robert Fripp in dispute with David Bowie’s estate
King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp issued a statement this week to say that he’s in dispute with David Bowie’s estate and music licensing company PPL over their refusal to recognise his work on Heroes and Scary Monsters as a featured player.

Adam Lambert: I wish Freddie Mercury was alive so I didn’t even have the gig
Vocalist Adam Lambert talked about Freddie Mercury’s legacy and said that he’d love to have met the late Queen frontman – and added that he wished the vocalist was still alive. It was later announced that Lambert and Queen would play shows in the UK and Europe in 2020 on the latest leg of their Rhapsody tour.

Sammy Hagar would say yes to one more show with Van Halen
Despite the squabbling between the two camps in the past, Sammy Hagar revealed that he’d play one more show with Van Halen if he was given the chance. “It was the peak of my life, musical life and career,” he said.

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Babymetal launch video for new track Shanti Shanti Shanti
Babymetal have released a video for their new single Shanti Shanti Shanti. It’s the latest track taken from upcoming studio album Metal Galaxy, and follows the release of PA PA YA!! and Elevator Girl .

No-Man return with two-track Love You To Bits
No-Man, the collaboration between Steven Wilson and Tim Bowness, will release their new album, Love You To Bits, through Caroline International on November 22.

The Who: Closer to prog than Led Zeppelin
Well, that’s what The Who guitarist Pete Townshend said. Asked what the biggest misconception about his band was, he replied: “That we are, in any way, a heavy rock band. We're closer to prog rock than, say, Led Zeppelin.”

Van der Graaf Generator announce 2020 UK tour
Van der Graaf Generator announced that they’ll tour across the UK in 2020. They’ve lined up a total of five shows for May - 50 years after the release of their second album The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other.

Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven case returns to court
A group of 11 judges gathered at the 9th US Circuit Court Of Appeals in the city to determine whether a new trial involving the Led Zeppelin classic Stairway To Heaven would be needed.

Below, find all the biggest news stories from September 16 - August 20

Ozzy’s Post Malone collaboration was the catalyst for new solo album
Ozzy Osbourne recently hooked up with US rapper Post Malone for the track Take What You Want. The collaboration led Ozzy to begin work with producer Andrew Watt on a new solo album – and The Prince Of Darkness has revealed the record was recorded in just four weeks.

Jim Root knocked back the chance to play in Slipknot… twice
Guitarist Jim Root reflected on his early days in a new interview this week and revealed he actually turned down the chance to join Slipknot twice before finally taking the band up on their offer in 1999.

The Cars’ Ric Ocasek dies at the age of 75
The Cars’ vocalist and guitarist Ric Ocasek died at his Manhattan home on Sunday, with his family later confirming that he passed away peacefully after recuperating at home following surgery.

Tool have “tons of material” for Fear Inoculum follow-up
That’s according to Tool drummer Danny Carey who made the revelation when speaking exclusively with Metal Hammer magazine. He added: “It’s not going to take 12 years, or if it does, I’ll probably be so old I probably can’t pick up my sticks any more!”

Opeth scrapped "30 or 40 minutes" of death metal material
Opeth vocalist and guitarist Mikael Akerfeldt said that after releasing the Watershed album in 2008, he had begun to write material in a similar vein – but ended up deleting everything and concentrating on their new sound which emerged on 2011’s Heritage.

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine checks in with cancer update
Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine reported that he’s almost through his last round of throat cancer treatment and thanked fans for their support. “My doctors are feeling very positive regarding my progress,” he says.

Metallica are now arguably the biggest metal band on the planet
After new figures showed that Metallica had sold a whopping 22 million tickets since 1982, the case was made that the thrash giants are now the biggest band in metal.

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Marilyn Manson lands role as Viking death metal vocalist in American Gods
After roles in shows including Sons Of Anarchy and Salem, Marilyn Manson has been confirmed for the third season of the American Gods TV series. The shock rocker will play Johan Wengren, the lead singer of Viking death metal band Blood Death.

System Of A Down are planning a 2020 European tour
The long wait for the follow-up to 2005’s Hypnotize goes on, but that hasn’t stopped System Of A Down from revealing that they’ll play live shows in Europe next year – including an appearance at Finland’s Provinssi festival.

David Lee Roth admits he doesn’t know what’s next for Van Halen
The status of Van Halen remains unknown - even for frontman David Lee Roth who is currently preparing for his upcoming Las Vegas residency. “I don’t know what’s coming up with Van Halen,” he admitted.

Rod Stewart is cancer free after secret two year battle
Rod Stewart revealed earlier this week while playing at a charity event that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer during a routine check up a couple of years ago, but allayed fans’ fears by telling them: “I’m in the clear now.”

Former Shy and TNT vocalist Tony Mills dead at 57
Tony Mills, who fronted bands including Shy and TNT, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer earlier this week, with his wife confirming the news on social media.

US Navy confirms UFOs are real thanks to Tom DeLonge
Yes, you read that correctly. After former Blink-182 man Tom DeLonge’s To the Stars Academy released a series of videos showing UFOs – the US Navy, for the very first time, officially admitted they can't identify the flying objects in the footage. The truth is out there!

Rammstein’s Deutschland sparks uproar with Budapest residents
Why? Well, apparently the Rammstein track was left on repeat deep into the night at the under construction Puskas Arena in the Hungarian city. Stadium owners issued a statement apologising for the “unpleasant noise.”

Motorhead’s original guitarist Larry Wallis dead at 70
Larry Wallace, who played with artists including Motorhead, Pink FairiesBlodwyn Pig and UFO, died at the age of 70. He appeared on Motorhead’s On Parole album and co-wrote the track Vibrator.

Below, find all the biggest news stories from September 9 - September 15

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Slash and Slayer's Kerry King

Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, Slash and Slayer's Kerry King

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Post Malone: Ozzy said collaboration was the best thing he’s done since Sabbath
Ozzy Osbourne took everyone by surprise when it was revealed he was to guest on Post Malone track Take What You Want, and in a new interview, the rap artist talked about the experience and what it meant to him and the former Black Sabbath frontman.

Green Day, Weezer and Fall Out Boy announce The Hella Mega Tour
The rumours had been swirling for days, but earlier this week Green DayWeezer and Fall Out Boy finally revealed they’d head out on tour together across the UK, Europe and North America in 2020. And as if that wasn’t enough, all three bands released new singles!

The Who detail new album, launch single and announce tour dates
The Who ended the week by announcing they would release their new studio album titled Who later this year. And as if that wasn’t enough, the band released the new single Ball And Chain AND revealed a run of UK and Ireland tour dates for next year!

Slash pours cold water on rumoured Guns N’ Roses Terminator track
The rumour mill went into overdrive last week when claims appeared online that Guns N’ Roses were working on a new track for upcoming action flick Terminator: Dark Fate. However, Slash dashed fans’ hopes this week when he dismissed the rumours.

Producer Nick Raskulinecz still can’t believe he got the chance to work with Rush
Raskulinecz was behind the desk for Rush’s last two studio albums 2007’s Snakes & Arrows and 2012’s Clockwork Angels and in a new interview, he reflected on the experience and how he even managed to get Alex Lifeson’s 2112 amp in on the action.

Slayer announce The Repentless Killogy motion picture
Slayer will bring the curtain down on their legendary career later this year – and they’ll be going out with a bang after it was revealed they would launch The Repentless Killogy film and live album in November.

Ghost go back to the 60s in video for new track Kiss The Go-Goat
Episode 8 of Ghost’s ongoing video series started with appearances from Papa Nihil and Sister Imperator before segueing into a brand new promo for the band’s new single Kiss The Go-Goat which carried a distinctly 60s vibe. They then followed that with another new track Mary On A Cross.

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Su-metal: Yuimetal is still a member of the Babymetal family
Babymetal spoke about their former member Yuimetal who quit the band in October last year in an exclusive interview in the new issue of Metal Hammer magazine. And despite the split, there's clearly no animosity between the two camps.

Cult indie songwriter, musician and artist Daniel Johnston dead at 58
The influential underground artist who was championed by artists including Kurt Cobain, Tom Waits and The Flaming Lips died after suffering a suspected heart attack at his home just outside of Houston, Texas. Tributes to Johnston were paid from then world of music, TV and film.

The world of prog celebrated at annual awards bash
On Thursday evening, the great and the good from the world of prog gathered at The Underglobe in London for the 2019 Progressive Music Awards. Not only was Nick Mason there to be named this year’s Prog God, but another 14 awards were handed out.

Kiss drummer Eric Singer is made an honorary cop
Kiss stickman Eric Singer was sworn in as an Honorary Corporal of the Wharton Police Department this week… while wearing his stage gear and makeup. The police reported that they were “humbled” to have the Kiss star join their ranks.

Montana police blast bison with AC/DC to herd them off the highway
AC/DC classic Hells Bells has kept fans headbanging for 39 years and can be routinely heard at sports events to keep fans entertained. But for police in Montana, the Back In Black track is being used, not to keep deputies rocking during their shifts, but to help clear bison from busy highways in West Yellowstone.

Slipknot’s Jay Weinberg meets teenager whose blistering cover of Unsainted went viral
After blowing up the internet with her drum cover of Slipknot’s Unsainted, 14-year-old Maren Alford got the chance to meet drummer Jay Weinberg in Dallas when the Knotfest Roadshow rolled into town.

Tool’s Fear Inoculum dislodges Taylor Swift from top of the charts
The release of Tool’s new album Fear Inoculum turned this week’s charts on its head and managed to knock Taylor Swift from the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart… and Maynard James Keenan wasn’t slow to react.

Five Finger Death Punch detail European headline tour with Megadeth
Last month, Five Finger Death PunchMegadeth and Bad Wolves launched a website announcing their intentions to tour together… and this week, all the details will be revealed. Ivan Moody and co later teased fans with a clip of new material.

Below, find all the biggest news stories from September 2 - September 7

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Could Guns N’ Roses be working on a track for Terminator: Dark Fate?
Well, according to online sources, that’s exactly what Guns N’ Roses have been doing – although there’s been no official word from the band. The film will see Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton reprise their roles as The Terminator and Sarah Connor, with the movie set for release on October 23.

Metallica donate €1.5 million to charity on European leg of WorldWired tour
Metallica recently wrapped up the latest leg of their European WorldWired tour, with the band revealing this week that €1.5 million was raised for charity during the 25-date run. James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujillo issued a statement thanking fans for their support.

Freddie Mercury solo box set detailed
On Thursday, on what would have been Queen frontman Freddie Mercury’s 73rd birthday, it was revealed that a collection of his solo work would be released later this year. Never Boring brings together his albums, a new compilation and much more.

Kiss star Paul Stanley reacts to latest mass shooting in the US
Kiss vocalist and guitarist Paul Stanley said that “prayers and sympathy are not enough” after a gunman killed seven people and injured 22 more in Odessa, Texas, last weekend.

Roger Waters performs a Pink Floyd classic at pro-Julian Assange rally
On Monday, Roger Waters appeared at a rally in support of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and performed an acoustic version of Pink Floyd classic Wish You Were Here. Assange is facing extradition to the US over his alleged role in the release of classified military material in 2010, with a five day extradition hearing set for February 2020.

Korn launch new single and announce The Nothing podcast series
Not only are Korn about to release their new album The Nothing next week, but the band also announced that a six-part podcast series would launch to tie in with the album. And that’s not all – they also unveiled their new single Can You Hear Me.

Jay Weinberg recreates the moment he first met Slipknot as a youngster
After a video appeared earlier this year showing Jay Weinberg meeting his Slipknot idols when he was a youngster, the drummer recreated the moment with his father Max before their recent show in New Jersey.

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Fred Durst’s new film The Fanatic bombs at the box office
Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst released his new movie starring John Travolta in the US last week. But despite the draw of the big-name actor, The Fanatic failed to spark interest in its opening weekend – grossing just over $3000.

Motley Crue announce Dr. Feelgood 30th anniversary reissue
Motley Crue announced that they would celebrate the 30th anniversary of their fifth studio album Dr. Feelgood with a reissue. It’ll feature the full album along with studio demos, with the deluxe edition containing the album on ‘coke bottle green’ vinyl, CD, three 7-inch picture discs and more.

Marillion detail Afraid Of Sunlight deluxe edition
After Marillion announced plans to reissue their 1995 album Afraid Of Sunlight, the band revealed what’s in store for fans when it drops in November. There’s a 2019 remix, live cuts, a documentary, studio jams and more.

Bring Me The Horizon to support Babymetal in Japan
Babymetal have lined up two shows at Saitama Super Arena on November 16 & 17 and at the Osaka Jo Hall on November 20 & 21 in support of their new studio album Metal Galaxy, which will be released on October 11 – and Bring Me The Horizon will be their special guests.

Lamb Of God announce first UK headline tour in 6 years
Lamb Of God announced this week that they were coming back to the UK in 2020 – six years after their last headline tour. And that’s not all as they’ll be bringing Kreator and Power Trip along for the ride.

Tool’s Maynard James Keenan: Justin Bieber is probably a good kid
After causing a bit of an uproar on social media earlier this year after finding out pop star Justin Bieber was a Tool fan, Maynard James Keenan explained exactly why he used the hashtag #bummer when he discovered the news.

Sabaton injured in car crash in Tunisia
Sabaton reported they were left “broken, badly beaten, bleeding and stitched up” after they were involved in a car crash after filming a video in the Sahara desert earlier this week. As a result, the Swedish outfit cancelled their planned show in Gdansk, Poland.

Judas Priest’s Rob Halford announces new Christmas album
We might only be in the beginning of September, but that hasn’t stopped Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford from announcing a new Christmas album. The Metal God marked the news of the Celestial record by releasing a video for Donner And Blitzen.

Below, find all the biggest news stories from August 26 - August 31

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Ozzy Osbourne: 2019 has been one of the most f*****-up years of my life
It’s been a tough year for Ozzy Osbourne. The Prince Of Darkness has battled pneumonia, blood clots and had a nasty fall at home which forced him to postpone all of his 2019 tour dates. And he was pulling no punches when he spoke about what the last eight months have been like for him.

Brian Johnson on the tropical storm that inspired AC/DC classic Hells Bells
Brian Johnson will be a guest on the new series of AXS TV’s The Big Interview, with the vocalist telling host Dan Rather about the tropical storm that inspired AC/DC’s classic Back In Black track Hells Bells. The full episode will be broadcast on October 1.

Jon Bon Jovi reveals title of band’s new album
Jon Bon Jovi has been sailing around the Mediterranean on the Runaway To Paradise music cruise – and this week the vocalist gave the 2500 fans onboard a treat when he revealed the name of Bon Jovi’s upcoming studio album.

Pink Floyd: The Later Years box set detailed
A deluxe box set focusing on Pink Floyd’s material from 1987 onwards was announced this week – and it’s quite a collection. It's spread across 16 discs and features remixed studio albums, live records and a host of other bonus material

Roger Waters reveals another clip from Us + Them
Roger Waters’ Us + Them concert will premiere at the Venice International Film Festival on September 6 and go on general release on October 2 and 6 – and this week, Waters shared footage of Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon classic Us And Them from the performance.

Guitarist Neal Casal dies at the age of 50
The musician who played with Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Blackfoot, Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, along with dozens of other artists, died at the age of 50 earlier this week.

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Tool announce North American tour
Tool launched their long-awaited new album Fear Inoculum on Friday along with videos to some of their best-loved tracks. And as if that wasn’t enough, the band revealed details of a 26-date North American tour that’ll take place later this year.

Leprous return with new single and album
Leprous revealed they would release their new studio album titled Pitfalls later this year – a record vocalist and keyboardist Einar Solberg says is “not only by far the biggest production and musical departure we've done, but the also most personal and honest.” And to mark the announcement, the band also launched a video for the track Below.

Godsmack’s Sully Erna helps land a knockout blow
Godsmack frontman Sully Erna was a corner coach for David Tubbs in a recent boxing match, which also helped raise money for The Scars Foundation. And Erna’s coaching career got off to a flying start when Tubbs knocked out Ranieri Souza in just 18 seconds!

Corey Taylor talks Slipknot’s unreleased material from 2008
When Slipknot were recording their 2008 album All Hope Is Gone, Corey Taylor, Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan, Jim Root and Sid Wilson set up in a separate studio and began to record. The results have still to be released, with Taylor revealing that the tracks carried “a Radiohead vibe.”

Peter Murphy gives health update after suffering heart attack
Bauhaus frontman Peter Murphy checked in this week to give fans a health update after he suffered a heart attack before a show in New York City earlier this month. Murphy reported that he’s made a full recovery and was now “up and running again.”

Foo Fighters and Rick Astley rickrolled the Reading Festival
Foo Fighters thrilled the crowds at the Reading and Leeds festivals last weekend, but it was their set on Sunday night which had people talking. Foos leader Dave Grohl teased fans into thinking the band were about to launch into an old Nirvana classic, only for 80s pop star Rick Astley to hit the stage and give the crowd something a little different!

Below, find all the biggest news stories from August 19 - August 24

Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy and Slipknot's Corey Taylor

Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy and Slipknot's Corey Taylor

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Ozzy: “I was in agony beyond anything I ever experienced before in my life”
Ozzy Osbourne spoke this week about his fall at home which resulted in the vocalist having to shelve his entire 2019 touring schedule.

The Price Of Darkness is working with occupational therapists to get him back to his old self, with the rocker hoping to be fully fit in time for his UK and European tour in early 2020.

Ozzy Osbourne reveals solo career-spanning vinyl box set
Ozzy will also release the See You On The Other Side vinyl box side in November. Not only does the limited edition package cram in his solo albums, it’ll come with a host of extras, including a disc of non-LP tracks.

Lemmy’s long-lost duet with Lynda Kay surfaces
Late Motorhead icon Lemmy began writing The Mask back in 1979 and hooked up with Americana Star Lynda Kay in 2009 to finish the recording process – and it’ll appear on Kay’s brand new album Black & Gold.

Plague concerns disrupt Phish fans’ plans
While Phish are gearing ups for three shows near Denver at the end of August, it was revealed that fans planning on camping overnight would have to find other arrangements after cases of plague in prairie dogs in the area was reported.

Die Antwoord dropped from festivals amid claims of homophobic abuse
Chicago’s Riot Fest became the latest festival to drop Die Antwoord after a video from 2012 surfaces showing an altercation between the band's Ninja and Hercules and Love Affair’s Andy Butler.

Slipknot reveal their 2020 touring plans for the UK and Europe
Earlier this summer, Slipknot announced their intentions to tour across the UK and Europe in 2020 in support of their new album We Are Not Your Kind – and this week the Iowa heroes divulged all the information, including dates, cities and venues. Next year can’t come soon enough!

Have Slipknot fans finally unmasked the mysterious Tortilla Man?
Well, it appears they might well have done after Reddit users did some more digging after Slipknot guitarist Jim Root gave up some interesting information about their new percussionist in a recent interview. 

Roger Waters

Roger Waters

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Roger Waters shares live clip of Pigs from Us + Them concert film
Roger WatersUs + Them film will have its premiere at the Venice International Film Festival and be screened around the world in October.

This week, in a Prog exclusive, Waters shared a live clip from the concert film showing him playing 1977 Pink Floyd track Pigs (Three Different Ones).

Canned Heat bassist Larry Taylor dies at 77
It was revealed earlier this week that Larry ‘The Mole’ Taylor had died at his home in California following a 12-year battle with cancer.

Along with his work with Canned Heat, Taylor was an accomplished session musician, lending his talents to artists including The Monkees, Albert King, Buddy Guy, Charlie Musselwhite, JJ Cale, Ry Cooder, Harvey Mandel, John Mayall, John Lee Hooker and Tom Waits.

Killswitch Engage hook up with Howard Jones in The Signal Fire video
Killswitch Engage fans have been waiting for this video with baited breath ever since the collaboration was first announced in April 2018.

The video for The Signal Fire sees former Killswitch frontman Howard Jones trade vocals with current vocalist Jesse Leach - and the result is something very special.

Rush’s Clockwork Angels Tour set for 5LP vinyl set
Rush might have brought the curtain down on their career back in 2015, but there’s still plenty of reasons for fans of the trio to get excited about.

This week, it was revealed that their live 2013 album documenting their Clockwork Angels tour would be reissued across five heavyweight vinyl discs – a collection that features a total of 33 tracks.

Five-year-old Foo Fighters fans steals the show in Belfast
When it comes to inviting fans on to the stage, nobody does it quite like Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters. And this week at their show in Belfast, they gave five-year-old Taylor the opportunity to join them – and the youngster made the most of it by dancing his way through All My Life, much to the delight of the crowd.

David Hasselhoff recruits Todd Rundgren, Ministry and Tracii Guns
After reporting in April that he’d like his new album to have more of a metal edge, actor and singer David Hasselhoff came through on his promise by inviting a host of artists – including Ministry – to play on his Open Your Eyes record.

US Justice Department backs Led Zeppelin in Stairway To Heaven trial
With the Stairway To Heaven legal battle set to return to court in September, Led Zeppelin were given the backing by the Trump administration’s US Justice Department. The news came after more than 100 artists pledged their support for Zeppelin earlier in the month.

Rocketman star Taron Egerton to narrate Elton John audiobook
Fresh from his portrayal of Elton John in the hit film Rocketman, it was revealed that actor and singer Taron Egerton will narrate the audiobook version of Elton’s upcoming autobiography Me.