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News Of The Week: July 3,2020
David Gilmour, Evanescence's Amy Lee and Slash (Image credit: Brian Rasic/WireImage, Michael Loccisano, Jason Kempin )

David Gilmour returns with new single Yes, I Have Ghosts
David Gilmour has released his first new music since his 2015 album Rattle That Lock with the single Yes, I Have Ghosts. The song features Gilmour’s daughter Romany on backing vocals and harp, with the track appearing on Polly Samson’s new audiobook A Theatre For Dreamers.

Joey Jordison reflects on Slipknot’s debut album
Slipknot’s self-titled debut album celebrated its 21st anniversary on Monday, and their former drummer Joey Jordison reflected on its impact. “That album was and will always be some of the absolute best memories of my life,” he said.

Suzi Quatro: I'm tough because I walked through the fire and survived
The new Suzi Quatro documentary Suzi Q has gone on general release – and the pioneering musician spoke about what it was like looking back through her career, while also revealing her future plans.

Take a look around James Hetfield’s customised classic car collection
Metallica vocalist and guitarist James Hetfield held his popular Reclaimed Rust exhibition at the Petersen Automative Museum in Los Angeles. Now, thanks to a new video, the whole world can get up close and personal with his amazing collection of cars.

Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda has created a new solo album… on Twitch
Linkin Park multi-instrumentalist and singer Mike Shinoda revealed he had created a new solo album titled Dropped Frames Vol. 1. with the help of the Twitch community. And as if that wasn’t enough, Shinoda shared three new tracks. OsirisOpen Door and Super Galaxtica.

Slash has been focusing on new Guns N’ Roses material during lockdown
While the latest leg of Guns N’ RosesNot In This Lifetime tour has been postponed due the pandemic, Slash has been keeping busy and has reported he’s working on new “guitar stuff” for GNR.

Queen would still be making music if Freddie Mercury was alive
Drummer Roger Taylor said he believed that Queen would still be creating new music if Freddie Mercury was alive - but said he didn’t think estranged bassist John Deacon would be involved.

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Artists demand immediate action to save the UK’s live music scene
More than 1400 artists signed an open letter to Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, calling on the government to take immediate action to save the UK’s ailing live music scene. The entertainment sector is facing collapse due to the coronavirus pandemic unless financial measures are put in place. As a result, the #LetTheMusicPlay campaign has been launched, with bands, fans and promoters urged to help.

Neal Morse announces new solo album Sola Gratia
Neal Morse announced this week that he would be releasing a new solo album titled Sola Gratia in September after signing a new record deal with InsideOut Music. Fans will be able to experience the album live at his annual Morsefest convention on September 18 and 19.

Rolling Stones threaten to sue Donald Trump for using their songs at rallies
After You Can't Always Get What You Want was used at Donald Trump's rally in Tulsa, the Rolling Stones called in the lawyers. The Stones said in a statement: "If Donald Trump disregards the exclusion and persists, then he would face a lawsuit for breaking the embargo and playing music that has not been licensed.”

Evanescence share new single The Game Is Over
At the start of the week, Evanescence dropped their new single The Game Is Over and followed that with a video for the track. It’s the second single taken from the band’s upcoming studio album The Bitter Truth and followed Wasted On You which was released back in April.

Elton John introduces online classic concert series
With the music world on lockdown, artists are keeping fans entertained with various online events – and Elton John revealed one of his own: the Classic Concert Series. The first is an archive set from Edinburgh from 1976 – and that’ll be followed with five more shows over the coming weeks. Money raised from the streams will go to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Lemmy talks his first AC/DC experience in previously unheard interview 
The AC/DC Beyond The Thunder podcast uploaded a 2015 interview with Motorhead legend Lemmy earlier this week, where the late vocalist and bassist spoke about all things AC/DC, while also touching on some other memorable moments from his career.

Dream Theater’s John Petrucci reunites with Mike Portnoy
John Petrucci recently announced he was planning on releasing a new solo album titled Terminal Velocity later this year – and now he’s revealed that his old Dream Theater bandmate Mike Portnoy will play drums on the record.

Lzzy Hale: The rock show won’t die but it will be a little different
As Halestorm continue to put the pieces in place for their next studio album, vocalist and guitarist Lzzy Hale checked in to say that while people will be excited to experience live music again, it wouldn’t be the same as before.

Find all the big news stories from June 22-27 below

Geddy Lee, Metallica's Robert Trujillo & Kirk Hammett and Chris Slade

Geddy Lee, Metallica's Robert Trujillo & Kirk Hammett and Chris Slade (Image credit: Gary Miller, Per Ole Hagen/Redferns, Robert Marquardt/Redferns - Getty)

Deftones reflect on the making of White Pony
The brand new issue of Metal Hammer magazine is out right now, with Deftones this month’s cover stars. In the mag, the band look back at the making of their 2000 album White Pony. Here’s what frontman Chino Moreno has to say.

Guns N’ Roses relive 2018 Download set
We’re all missing live music at the moment, but this week Guns N’ Roses cheered us all up with some of the highlights from their 2018 Download headline set. The 30 minute video captured their performances of Rocket Queen, You Could Be Mine and Sweet Child O’ Mine, alongside covers of Velvet Revolver’s Slither and Attitude by Misfits.

Metallica’s WorldWired ‘doodles’ explained
While Metallica’s WorldWired tour has been crammed full of highlights, the ‘doodles’ created  by Robert Trujillo and Kirk Hammett have been especially good. Now, Trujillo has explained who the idea came to fruition.

Lamb Of God ex Chris Adler: I left my drum throne in good hands with Art Cruz
Former Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler has spoken about leaving the band – and was also full of praise for his replacement Art Cruz. "I left my drum throne in good hands with Art, who has been a friend,” he said.

Ozzy and Foo Fighters among names supporting independent music venues
Earlier this week, more than 700 artists added their signatures to a letter urging US lawmakers to support independent music venues across the country as they launched the #SaveOurStages campaign. Some of the artists to sign the document were Ozzy  Osbourne, Foo Fighters, Robert Plant, Alice Cooper and Neil Young.

Bring Me The Horizon drop new single
On Thursday evening, Bring Me The Horizon released their brand new “survival horror” track Parasite Eve. It was written by singer Oli Sykes and keyboard player Jordan Fish just as the world entered lockdown. Here's what we thought about it.

Chris Slade: I’m ready to go if AC/DC need me
Chris Slade has enjoyed two stints with AC/DC over the years – and this week he revealed that if Angus Young is ever in need of his services in the future, he’s “ready to go.”

The Royal Mail's Queen stamp collection

The Royal Mail's Queen stamp collection (Image credit: Royal Mail)

Royal Mail give their stamp of approval to Queen
Queen have become only the third UK group to be honoured by the Royal Mail after it was revealed 13 brand new stamps were released in their honour. The band join the Beatles and Pink Floyd as the only music groups to have a dedicated stamp issue.

Suzi Quatro film Suzi Q will have its premiere online
With cinemas across North America closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Liam Firmager’s Suzi Quatro documentary Suzi Q will have its premiere online. On the night, Quatro will take part in a Q&A with Cherie Currie from The Runaways and Kathy Valentine from The Go Go’s.

Sevendust pay tribute to Soundgarden
Sevendust have released a cover of Soundgarden classic The Day I Tried To Live. It’s Sevendust’s first material since their 2018 album All I See Is War. The band’s Lajon Witherspoon said: “Soundgarden is such an important band to all of us in Sevendust and this love for them goes all the way back to when we were starting.”

Tom Petty’s family slap Donald Trump with cease and desist notice
Tom Petty’s family sent a cease and desist notice to US president Donald Trump’s campaign after I Won’t Back Down was used at the US president’s rally in Tulsa. “We believe in America and we believe in democracy, but Donald Trump is not representing the noble ideals of either,” they said.

Marillion announce free 2020 Couch Convention
With no Marillion Weekends taking place this year - the band have revealed plans to stream three days of entertainment in September for free. Included in the weekend event will be Marbles In The Park, All One Tonight and Brave Live 2013.

Rush’s Geddy Lee shares picture from his teenage garage band days
Rush’s Geddy Lee posted a picture from his teenage garage band days earlier this week over on Instagram – and revealed he searched high and low for the bass he used in the shot when he was compiling his Big Beautiful Book Of Bass “to no avail.”

Ayreon detail sprawling new double album Transitus
Ayreon mastermind Arjen Lucassen has announced details of his band’s new double album called Transitus. Arjen has recruited a number of guests to appear on the record – including Doctor Who favourite Tom Baker.

Trivium will live-stream an arena show next month
The world of live music might still be on hold, but that hasn’t stopped Trivium from announcing a Florida show next month. While fans won’t be able to be there in person, the performance will be broadcast around the world.

Find all the big news stories from June 15-20 below

Chino Moreno, James Hetfield and Dave Mustaine

Chino Moreno, James Hetfield and Dave Mustaine (Image credit: Miikka Skaffari/FilmMagic, Samir Hussein/WireImage, Chiaki Nozu/WireImage - Getty )

Neil Peart’s short film Growth Rings is released
Rush legend Neil Peart co-wrote the film Growth Rings with Edge Factor founder and president Jeremy Bout in partnership with DW Drums, and it examines how music marks the key moments in our lives. Earlier this week, the short film was released for the world to see.

Rammstein have been working on new material
It might have taken Rammstein 10 years to release their latest album, but there are signs that something new from the band might be coming our way a little sooner, after drummer Christoph Schneider confirmed the band had been working on new songs during lockdown.

New Megadeth album is up there with Rust In Peace and Peace Sells
That’s according to Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine who checked in with a studio update. “It's up there with Countdown To Extinction, Rust In Peace and probably Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?,” he said. “The other one I would say is Dystopia.”

Doro performs her first ever drive-in concert
While the majority of the live music scene is still in lockdown, Doro Pesch took to the stage at the CARantena-Arena in Worms, Germany – a site more used to cinema screenings than rock concerts for a gig with a difference.

Quiet Riot’s Frankie Banali admitted to hospital in California
Quiet Riot drummer Frankie Banali, who is battling stage four pancreatic cancer, was admitted to hospital earlier this week. His wife Regina later gave fans an update saying he wasn’t “on his death bed.”

Matt Heafy and Ihsahn making “great progress” on Mrityu black metal project
Ihsahn checked in to say that Matt Heafy has been laying down some “killer vocals” on the Trivium frontman's long-awaited black metal project. Ihsahn added: “Matt is absolutely killing it and we’re making great progress every session.”

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Deftones plan White Pony reissue with additional Black Stallion remix
Deftones revealed they’ll celebrate the 20th anniversary of their landmark album White Pony later this year and said it’ll be joined by a DJ Shadow remix of the record titled Black Stallion. The band will also host a global listening party of the record next week.

Ozzy Osbourne: "I’m getting better – it’s a slow process"
Ozzy Osbourne appeared on US TV earlier this week with his wife and manager Sharon and daughter Kelly, where the Black Sabbath icon spoke about life in lockdown and his recuperation after his 2019 surgery.

Black Sabbath reveal Masters Of Reality-inspired Black Lives Matter t-shirt
Ozzy and Sabbath also showed their support for the Black Lives Matter movement this week by revealing a t-shirt design based on the cover on their 1971 album Masters Of Reality. All proceeds from sales will go to the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation. Ozzy, meanwhile, is selling a range of items that will benefit the NAACP Legal Defense Fund – an American organisation fighting for racial justice.

Austin Carlile responds to sexual assault allegations
Former Of Mice & Men vocalist Austin Carlile issued a statement after sexual assault allegations were made against him last week. “These accusations are false and defamatory,” he said. 

Doves release their first new music since 2009
We’ve been waiting 11 years for new music from Doves - and after teasing an announcement on social media at the start of the week, Doves revealed their new single Carousels on Thursday. They’ve also been working on a new studio album.

Disturbed have started work on new songs 
As they revealed their rescheduled tour dates celebrating the 20th anniversary of The Sickness, Disturbed frontman David Draiman said that the band had been working on new material during the lockdown.

Metallica’s James Hetfield to release Reclaimed Rust book
Away from the stage and recording studio, Metallica frontman James Hetfield’s passion is customising classic cars – and his collection will be documented in a lavish new coffee table book.

Find all the big news stories from June 8-13 below

David Gilmour, Phil Lynott and Brian May

David Gilmour, Phil Lynott and Brian May (Image credit: Gus Stewart/Redferns, Michael Putland, Noam Galai - Getty)

Slipknot's Clown wants to see your unique mask designs
Slipknot fans are being given the chance of a lifetime by the band’s Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan. As part of Knofest online’s Electric Theater event, the Slipknot co-founder and percussionist is asking fans to create their own unique mask and share it with him. “I’ll be highlighting my favourite ones, and some of you will be chosen to participate in a live chat with me while wearing your mask in front of the world,” he said.

Queen’s Brian May voted the greatest rock guitarist of all time
The new issue of Total Guitar magazine features the cream of the crop of the world’s best guitarists – and this week it was revealed that readers had voted Queen’s Brian May as the very best in the rock genre.

Anthrax to celebrate 30 years of Persistence Of Time
It’s hard to believe, but this year marks the 30th anniversary of Anthrax’s fifth studio album Persistence Of Time – and this week, the band revealed that they’ll be re-issuing the album on 2CD/DVD and 4LP in August.

Bill & Ted Face The Music in bodacious new trailer
Mastodon have written a song for it, and as if that wasn’t good enough, this week, Bill & Ted Face The Music received its first trailer. The film will once again see Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter join forces in a bid to crank out a hit song and fulfil their destiny.

David Gilmour to release first new music in five years
Former Pink Floyd vocalist and guitarist David Gilmour hasn’t released new music since his 2015 album Rattle That Lock - but this week it was revealed he’s recorded a new song titled Yes, I Have Ghosts. It’ll feature on the audiobook version of Polly Samson’s A Theatre for Dreamers, with further new music also set to feature throughout.

Former UFO guitarist Paul Chapman dead at 66
Earlier this week it was announced that former UFO, Lone Star and Waysted guitarist Paul 'Tonka' Chapman had died on what was his 66th birthday. Tributes from the music world included one from Motorhead ex Phil Campbell who said: "He was my main influence on guitar for many years and a brilliant bloke.”


Rush (Image credit: Rush/Fantoons)

Watch Rush’s new animated video for The Spirit Of Radio
A new animated video for Rush's classic Permanent Waves track The Spirit Of Radio was released this week – and for eagle-eyed fans of the Canadian trio, there's plenty of Easter Eggs to discover.

70% of UK music venues are at risk of permanent closure
UK ministers were told this week that as many as 70% of music venues and theatres could permanently close their doors before the turn of the year unless the government takes immediate action. There were also calls from the Musicians’ Union to help support artists who are struggling financially during the coronavirus pandemic.

Phil Lynott documentary set for cinema release
It was revealed this week that Thin Lizzy fans in Ireland would be the first to see Emer Reynolds’ Phil Lynott: Songs For While I’m Away. The documentary is set to hit the silver screen later this year.

Steve Howe shares his new solo single The Headlands
Yes guitarist Steve Howe gave fans the first taste of what they can expect to hear on his new solo album Love Is when he released the track The Headlands. The record, out next month, will feature five instrumentals and five vocal pieces. 

Metallica reveal S&M2 box set release
Metallica’s Lars Ulrich was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday evening – and the drummer surprised everyone by revealing that the band would be releasing a S&M2 box set later this year.

Petition to replace Robert E. Lee statue with one of Gwar’s Oderus Urungus
The future of the statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee in Richmond is currently the subject of a legal tug of war. However, one Gwar fan decided to start a petition to replace the statue with one of late Gwar frontman Oderus Urungus.

Of Mice & Men respond to Austin Carlile sexual assault allegations
After allegations were made against Austin Carlile, his former band Of Mice & Men, along with their guitarist Alan Ashby, issued statements earlier this week.