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Here are the 12 biggest news stories of the week

Chris Cornell, Axl Rose and Corey Taylor
Chris Cornell, Axl Rose and Corey Taylor (Image credit: Kevin Winter, Kevin Mazur, Katja Ogrin/Redferns - Getty)

New AC/DC album will feature tracks recorded by Malcolm Young
We’ve still not had any official word from within the AC/DC camp regarding their future plans, but Dee Snider might have heard a thing or two. The former Twisted Sister frontman said that a new album was coming – and it’ll feature tracks recorded by the late Malcolm Young.

Ghost are planning a new 2020 song for mystery project
Work on the new Ghost album is still some way off, but according to vocalist Tobias Forge, at least one new song should arrive in 2020. Forge says he’s heading into the studio in January to work on a song for a mystery project.

Metallica, Eagles and Guns N’ Roses among 2019's top earners
Forbes released their annual list of the top earners in the music world - and it was no surprise to find quite a few familiar names in the top 40. But who was no.1?

Chris Cornell’s widow Vicky sues Soundgarden
Vicky Cornell has filed legal papers claiming that Soundgarden are withholding hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties from the late vocalist’s family. The dispute also centres around seven tracks that were recorded by Chris Cornell prior to his death in 2017.

Guns N’ Roses are coming back to Europe
It was revealed that Guns N’ Roses would be bringing their Not In This Lifetime tour back to the UK and Europe in 2020. Will we have some new material from the band by then? Let’s hope so

Metal Hammer magazine name their album of the year
It’s been an amazing year for metal – and this week, the Metal Hammer magazine crew put their heads together to decide what was the best album of 2019.

Eagles press shot

Eagles (Image credit: Ron Koch)

Eagles announce two massive London Hotel California shows
Eagles previously revealed they would play a series of special Hotel California shows across the US in 2020 – and this week they delighted their legions of fans in the UK by announcing two very special shows.

Roxette singer Marie Fredriksson dies at 61
The vocalist known for smash hit Roxette singles including It Must Have Been Love and Listen To Your Heart died after long cancer battle. Roxette guitarist Per Gessle was the first to pay tribute.

Ozzy Osbourne offers $25,000 reward after Randy Rhoads’ guitars are stolen
Ozzy Osbourne said he was “heartbroken” after the Musonia School Of Music was robbed on Thanksgiving, with thieves taking instruments and memorabilia relating to guitarist Randy Rhoads. The vocalist has offered a reward, and although some items have been found, not all everything has been recovered.

Slipknot’s Knotfest is coming to the UK
Just a few weeks after Slipknot revealed the first details of Knotfest At Sea, came word that the Iowa heavyweights were bringing the festival to the UK in 2020, which will see the band play a headline set. 

David Gilmour reflects on working with Storm Thorgerson
In the latest episode of his podcast The Lost Art Of Conversation, David Gilmour spoke about working with the late Storm Thorgerson on Pink Floyd’s striking cover art - including the beach scene for A Momentary Lapse Of Reason.

Five Finger Death Punch call off show due to “medical emergency”
Five Finger Death Punch were forced to postpone their show in Duluth, Minnesota, on Thursday evening. due to what they described as a “medical emergency” affecting guitarist Jason Hook.

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

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx and Slayer's Tom Araya

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler, Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx and Slayer's Tom Araya (Image credit: Noam Galai/WireImage, Kevin Winter, Ethan Miller - Getty)

Slayer bring the curtain down on their legendary career
Slayer bowed out in style last weekend with what can only be described as an epic set at The Forum in Los Angeles. They brought the house down with a blistering performance of Angel Of Death before thanking fans for their support over the years.

Megadeth could preview new tracks ahead of European tour
Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine checked in to report that new material from the band could be released ahead of their European tour next month - and hinted at a David Ellefson ballad!

Duff McKagan supports homeless charity with Cold Outside video
Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan released a video for his solo single Cold Outside in support of the Propeller campaign that benefits Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission. McKagan also donated memorabilia to the project, with all proceeds going towards the Seattle charity which helps the city’s homeless.

Queen’s Brian May recuperating after leg surgery
Queen’s Brian May checked in to let fans know that he was recovering well after undergoing surgery on his left leg. He reported he'd been struggling with some discomfort during Queen’s US Rhapsody tour, with the guitarist deciding to move forward with the operation ahead of their 2020 shows.

The Tortilla Man mystery continues… or does it?
We still don’t officially know the identity of Slipknot’s new percussionist, aka Tortilla Man, but a Slipknot fan site posted a video this week which seemed to bolster the case that he is Michael Pfaff. Or is he?

Adrian Belew teams up with Jerry Harrison to tour Remain In Light
Talking Heads guitarist Jerry Harrison announced he’ll hook up with former King Crimson guitarist Adrian Belew and Brooklyn-based funk band Turkuaz, to take Talking Heads' 1980 album Remain In Light on the road to celebrate the album's 40th anniversary.

Motley Crue, Def Leppard and Poison at their tour announcement press conference

Motley Crue, Def Leppard and Poison at their tour announcement press conference (Image credit: Kevin Winter - Getty)

Motley Crue, Def Leppard and Poison confirm summer tour
It was finally confirmed on Wednesday evening that the much speculated tour involving Motley CrueDef Leppard and Poison would indeed take place across the US next summer. It was also announced that Joan Jett & The Blackhearts would join the trio on the 22-date stadium tour.

Stone Temple Pilots return with new acoustic album Perdida
Stone Temple Pilots announced their return this week by releasing new single Fare Thee Well - the first taste of material from their upcoming acoustic album titled Perdida.

Faith No More announce 2020 UK tour dates
After previously reactivating their website and social media channels to announce a European tour last week, Faith No More added a run of UK dates to their schedule this week for next summer. Could we have new material from them by then? Let’s hope so.

Pearl Jam confirmed for massive Hyde Park show
And in other live news, it was confirmed that Pearl Jam would be returning to the UK next year to headline British Summer Time at London’s Hyde Park. They’ll be supported by Pixies and White Reaper with more artists to be announced in due course.

Deep Purple confirm new album
Deep Purple’s Ian Gillan revealed that a new album is on the way from the rock legends – and as if that wasn’t enough, they’ll also embark on a UK tour with Blue Oyster Cult next year.

Aerosmith announce 2020 European tour
Aerosmith revealed plans to tour in the UK and Europe in 2020 to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary. The news came hot on the heels of Aerosmith’s successful Deuces Are Wild Las Vegas residency, with the shows lined up for next summer.

Below, find all the biggest news stories from November 25 - 30

Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden's Steve Harris and Motley Crue's Mick Mars

Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden's Steve Harris and Motley Crue's Mick Mars (Image credit: Kevin Winter, Gonzales Photo/Terje Dokken/PYMCA/Avalon/Universal Images Group - Getty)

Hollywood Vampires are coming back to the UK in 2020
After previously revealing 11 shows in Europe next year, Alice CooperJoe Perry and Johnny Depp announced that they’d be bringing Hollywood Vampires back to the UK in support of their latest album, Rise.

Steve Hackett announces UK leg of the Seconds Out tour
Steve Hackett announced his intentions to tour in 2020 and 2021 – a run of shows that will see the guitarist perform the 977 Genesis album Seconds Out in full along with a selection of other tracks from his back catalogue

Mick Mars: I was only joking about free Motley Crue tickets
After a video clip from 2014 surfaced online last week showing Mick Mars saying the world could come and watch Motley Crue for free should they ever tour again, the Crue guitarist issued a statement to say he was “clearly joking.”

Lindemann launch short film for new single Frau & Mann
Rammstein's Till Lindemann and Hypocrisy and Pain's Peter Tagtgren joined forces with director Sergey Minadze for the video for the title track for their F & M album. It features Fargo actor Peter Stormare and and Ukrainian singer and composer Svetlana Loboda.

That time Slipknot stunned a jazz crowd in their early days
Corey Taylor spoke about about the time Slipknot supported a jazz band in Des Moines, Iowa – and revealed the reception they got wasn’t exactly warm. “They all stared at us like we had shit in our hands and had thrown it at them,” he said.

Abbath

Abbath (Image credit: Miikka Skaffari/FilmMagic - Getty)

Abbath enters rehab: “It’s time to pick a fight with this demon"
After being forced to cancel his recent South American tour after a disastrous Argentinian show, Abbath, aka aka Olve Eikemo, announced that he’s taking steps to “get clean once and for all.”

Faith No More to tour Europe in 2020
After teasing an announcement earlier in the week, Faith No More confirmed that they would play a series of dates across Europe next year – their first across the continent in five years.

Ozzy shares video for Take What You Want from the AMAs
Ozzy Osbourne hooked up with Post Malone, Travis Scott and Andrew Watt at The Forum in Los Angeles for Take What You Want, with The Prince Of Darkness later sharing a video of the epic, fiery performance.

Iron Maiden and West Ham announce kit collaboration
It was a dream come true for  Iron Maiden bassist Steve Harris this week, when the band hooked up with Premier League outfit West Ham – his favourite team – for an eye-catching new football shirt.

Clutch’s Neil Fallon organises rock auction
The Clutch frontman is behind an auction to raise cash for the Innocent Lives Foundation – and he drafted in some of his friends to donate items, including SlipknotMy Chemical Romance, No Doubt, Zakk Wylde, Thursday.

Eric Clapton announces Ginger Baker tribute show
Eric Clapton and friends will pay tribute to Ginger Baker with a special show in London. The evening will raise funds for the charity Leonard Cheshire, which Baker was a supporter of, with tickets now on sale.

Below, find all the biggest news stories from November 18 - 23

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It’s official: Motley Crue are back
After weeks of speculation surrounding a possible return to the stage, Motley Crue announced their return in style - by blowing up their cessation of touring contract they signed back in 2014.

And speaking of Motley Crue…
A 2014 video interview with guitarist Mick Mars was unearthed and posted on Twitter, with Mars telling That Metal Show that if the band ever toured again, he would invite “the world to come for free.”

Kiss shark show goes ahead without Paul Stanley
While Kiss had to pull the plug on their planned tour of Australia and New Zealand due to a flu bug affecting Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Eric Singer and Tommy Thayer decided the show must go on - and the trio played a special set for great white sharks.

Watain’s Pelle Forsberg barred from entering the US
Guitarist Pelle Forsberg flew into Atlanta prior to Watain’s US tour - however, upon arrival, he was locked in a cell and interrogated by authorities before being refused entry into the country. He's been banned for five years. Watain laid the blame squarely at the feel of President Donald Trump. 

Jason Momoa trained with a death metal vocalist
The Game Of Thrones and Aquaman star worked with Archspire frontman Oli Peters to perfect his guttural growl in new Apple TV+ series See. “He’s just a fun metal dude,” said Peters.

Six more dates added to the Ian Anderson On Jethro Tull Tour
Initially, only three Ian Anderson On Jethro Tull 2020 shows were announced – but this week, Anderson added a further six dates which will see the Jethro Tull leader explore the band's rich history.

The Who's Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey

The Who's Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey (Image credit: Rick Guest)

The Who are the first artist to be honoured on London’s Music Walk Of Fame
Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey were on hand as The Who became the first artist to be enshrined on London’s new Music Hall Of Fame this week. The landmark is situated in Camden and will celebrate the artists who have shaped the musical landscape.

Slipknot’s Corey Taylor has 26 songs written for his solo album
Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor checked into say that he’s written 26 songs for his upcoming solo album – and insisted he’s “not done yet.” As for the musical direction of the as-yet-untitled record, the vocalist says it’ll feature a range of styles. We can’t wait.

Rock and metal represented in Grammy 2020 nominations
The nominees for the 62nd Grammy Awards were revealed earlier this week, with rock and metal well represented with artists including Tool, Bring Me The Horizon, Killswitch Engage and Rival Sons all in with a shout of taking home a prize. 

Slayer’s Kerry King messes up song intro... four times
The Slayer guitarist couldn’t quite get his fingers around the fretboard for the intro to When The Stillness Comes at Slayer’s recent show in New York – but he made up for it by delivering a riff-frenzy at Madison Square Garden.

Ozzy Osbourne and Slash unite for Straight To Hell
Ozzy Osbourne released his new brand new single Straight To Hell on Friday, with The Prince Of Darkness surprising everyone when it was revealed that the track features none other than Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash. The song will be included alongside Under The Graveyard on Ozzy’s new album Ordinary Man, which is expected to arrive in January.

David Lee Roth: I structured the guitar solos on Van Halen’s debut album
That’s right. David Lee Roth said he “wrote every word you heard, every syllable, every melody” on Van Halen’s debut album – as he chatted about his 2020 Las Vegas residency.