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Rock of Love Tour Bus Recap: Bret Chooses Big John

In an unprecedented move, VH1 has stepped in and named Bret’s security guard and go to man, Big John, the winner of the latest installment of Rock of Love.

Watching each season as Bret Michaels sleeps with gorgeous strippers, assorted white trash, and ex-porn stars, Big John patiently waited his turn. Secretly taking notes and gathering dirt on all the girls, knowing he was Bret’s soul mate. He prayed each night this day would come. More...

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Paul Di'anno Forms Worlds First Cockney Metal Band

It seems to be a crazy day for Iron Maiden with the announcement earlier today that Bruce Dickinson will be retiring from the band and that Maiden will be re-recording their classic songs with legendary heavy metal vocalists. However, the latest news from the Iron Maiden is one that many wouldn't have seen coming in a million years. Former Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Di'Anno has announced that he will be launching a new band that blends heavy metal music with traditional British pub music.

"It's a dying art form." states Di'Anno, "Pubs in Britain are being closed at an alarming rate and at this rate there won't be a traditional British pub left! The old pub sing-a-longs are almost a thing of the past too and that's no good. So I put my mind to work and came to the conclusion that I really needed to do something to help out. I've called up a few mates of mine and we're gonna be forming a band to save the pint! Think Iron Maiden meets Chas and Dave, something totally new! We'll be recording our debut album, 'All Hail To The Ale' later this year, probably around the summer time and then we'll be doing a tour of the UK in, where else? The pub circuit! Oh and one more thing I should probably mention is the name of the band! We're called Blind Beggar and anyone familiar with the history of London will be able to tell you why we chose that!

"See you all soon then

"Your new landlord, Paul Di'Anno"

Blind Beggar mainly features musicians from the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement such as former Iron Maiden and Samson drummer Barry "Thunder Stick" Graham and former Angel Witch bass player Kevin Riddles in addition to guitarist Captain Sensible, of legendary punk rock band The Damned. Rumour has it that legendary Deep Purple vocalist Ian Gillan will be joining in the fun on the album too. You can have a look at what to expect from the band in the video below. More...

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Lars Ulrich Gets Settlement Letter From RIAA

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, who recently revealed that he illegally downloaded “Death Magnetic” after it leaked ahead of the official release date last year, has been served with a settlement letter by the RIAA. The settlement amount was reportedly $20,000 per song, which comes out to a total of $200,000.

Ulrich commented on the unlikely, yet unwinnable situation:

“I guess I'll just pay it. I mean, I know it's completely absurd, but after calling for the heads of all those who downloaded Metallica songs on Napster, I have no choice but to pay the settlement or appear to be a complete hypocrite despite my current feelings about downloading.”

He elaborated, “On the flip side, I realized that the band, who are the 'victims' here, will not see a penny of this fine, and therefore Metallica and our lawyers will be filing a class action law suit against the RIAA for fair distribution of said settlement monies to the artists they claim to be standing up for.”

In related surprising news, a source close to the drummer has come forward and commented that the version of “Death Magnetic” that Lars downloaded was in fact the Guitar Hero version, to which he admitted it “sounds a shitload better [than the CD version of 'Death Magnetic'].”

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Infernus Disbands Gorgoroth

Just weeks after winning his court case against former band mates Gaahl and King Ov Hell over the rights to the name Gorgoroth, guitarist Infernus has announced that he will be retiring the band. "For me, it was never about making another Gorgoroth album or doing another Gorgoroth tour," he says "I just wanted something to do to be completely honest with you. I guess it was also to prove a point but really, I was just extremely bored and decided a court case would be a good idea because it would take up quite a bit of time. There's not going to be another Gorgoroth album. It's that simple."

Infernus continued to shock fans by adding, "I will be doing a new record under a new moniker and I'll explain that in a minute, but what I really want to do right now is follow my life long ambition of becoming a Home Economics teacher at my local high school. Kids need to learn how to feed themselves and repair their clothes and I want to make it the most metal class available to all students."

Regarding his new band and subsequent record, Infernus claims, "It will be with all the same people that I had previously announced as part of the Gorgoroth lineup, but as I said, we won't be called Gorgoroth. We won't strictly be a metal band. I'm pretty sick of black metal to be honest. We're going to create our own take on America's southern rap music and from now on we're called Souljaroth."

Souljaroth's debut album, "Drop It Like It's Hot Flesh" will be released in September of this year.

When asked about what he thought of Infernus's decision, Gaahl simply replied, "He did WHAT?!"

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"The Osbournes: Reloaded" Canned After One Episode

A Fox "higher up," who was reportedly a fan of Ozzy's in his twenties, has succeeded in his his goal of getting “The Osbournes: Reloaded,” which primiered last night (March 31), taken off the air. "With the fairly poor ratings, it really wasn't hard to accomplish," stated the executive who wished to remain anonymous. "'The Osbournes' caused millions of Ozzy's fans to lose faith in him, but this was purely disgraceful selling out. It's as if Sharon has Ozzy on a leash and just pulls him around and makes him do what she wants. Every time I see the broken rock idol on one of these shows, part of me dies."

The show's debut rated #25th in shows during the same time block, according to the Nielsen ratings, which placed it just after the Hallmark channel's landmark 250th re-airing of “Ghost.”

"Fortunately those viewers are not at all in our target demographic," said another anonymous Fox employee in defense of the ratings.

There were reportedly two more epidodes of the show shot after the pilot, which will likely surface on the Internet in the coming days. Don't bother downloading them.

You can read our recap of the first episode here.

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Deicide Frontman Converts To Christianity

Hundreds of hardcore Deicide fans are expressing their outrage today after band leader Glen Benton revealed that he has decided to convert to Christianity. Fans have stated everything from acceptance to disgust over Benton's decision. A posting from the frontman on the bands official website reads as follows: "Yes it's true. I have accepted Jesus Christ into my life as my Lord and Saviour. Obviously I looked into the Bible for previous lyrical inspiration but I never looked into the uplifting, positive messages it gives. I see now just how closed minded I had been. Don't worry, Deicide will continue and our new album will be released later this year as scheduled. The name Deicide know has a new meaning to me though. It now represents the killing of false idols. The removal of the obstructions people face that stops them from finding Christ.

"I hope you enjoy what will be the most brutal Christian death metal album ever released. God bless you all!


Deicide are expected to begin a headlining tour of America along with Living Sacrifice and Demon Hunter later this year.

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Metallica Corners Video Game Market

After the crushing success of Guitar Hero: Metallica, released just three days ago March 29 for Wii, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 aboard a tidal wave of rave reviews, the thrash band has signed on to write and produce the entire score for the July 23 Wii release “Little King's Story.”

While some critics are calling the soundtrack just another money scheme, the legendary Bay-area quartet beg to differ.

“I think Guitar Hero is a great gateway drug,” frontman James Hetfield told a Rolling Stone reporter at the recent SXSW conference when discussing Metallica's video game future. “Technology’s always been a way for us to get our music out there and this is another prime example,” he said of the new venture.

Few other details have yet been released, so it remains uncertain if “Little King's Story” is a wholly independent and imaginary creation by video game developers, or if it's actually a reflection on the alternate reality that drummer Lars Ulrich's pocketbook lives in. More...

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Motorhead To Release Children's Album

LOS ANGELES -- Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister sets the felt tip pen down beside the Jack and Coke on the table in front of him and takes a moment to admire his own autograph — signed on a female fan's left breast.

"It's all in the line of rock 'n' roll," the 63-year-old rocker says with a shrug and a smile as he lights his third cigarette of the past 20 minutes. "It's who I've been since I first heard Buddy Holly and Eddie Cochran at a tender young age."

Maybe it's that reminiscence of youth that prompted Lemmy and the rest of Motorhead, guitarist Phil Campbell and drummer Mikkey Dee, to come up with their most unexpected album, "Motorkids," which will be released by SPV later this year.

"It isn't totally unexpected," Campbell says, noting that the band had a song on the "SpongeBob Squarepants Movie" soundtrack.

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Bruce Dickinson Quits Iron Maiden

Heavy metal fans far and wide will be saddened to hear that Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson has decided to once again leave Iron Maiden. The singer claims that he has become tired of performing so much and needs to focus on other projects. A statement from Dickinson reads as follows:

"Hello everyone, I'm sorry to confirm this but yes I have left Iron Maiden. There are a fair few reasons for my decision and I hope after hearing a few you'll support my decision. As many fans who follow the music industry know, life on the road isn't all it's cracked up to be and I'm bloody knackered to be quite honest with you! In my time with Iron Maiden I've got to visit the whole world and play heavy metal, living the dream as it were and I wouldn't trade those memories for anything, but it's an exhausting process. I also feel that at my age, I may be getting a little old to be running around the stage and dressing up. It's alot of fun but I don't want people to find it embarassing or to be considered a joke by the heavy metal community which I know takes things very seriously.

"However, retirement is not something I have planned for quite some time! I will be flying a little more now and I'm also opening a fencing school in Britain, though it could well prove to be quite expensive I'm afraid! I've also got a couple of books planned which I hope will please you all. Iffy Boatrace will be returning for a third adventure in "Iffy Boatrace: Two Pints Of Larger And A Packet Of Problems" which will hit book shelves late next year. Before that however, I'll be writing a detailed autobiography chronicling everything from my days at university, my time in Samson and of course, the time I spent in Iron Maiden. There's a few titles I'm considering right now like, "The Trooper" and "Rime Of The Ancient Vocalist" but I'll decide nearer the time of the completion. I'm going no-holds barred on this one so expect some frankly shocking facts to be revealed! I'm also kicking around the idea of doing another solo album. Myself and Roy Z have a few unreleased songs that we recorded back in 2007 so we may go back to those and see how we do. If I do release another album then I want to make sure it really is the best one I've ever done. So it may take some time.

"So that about wraps it up from me. I hope you'll look forward to my new projects as much as I do." More...

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Decibel Asks "What If Bands Were Beers?"

Decibel Magazine's site has an entry that poses the question "What If Bands Were Beers?" where they mesh band names and logos/album artwork with beers and beer labels. It's nothing amazing but is pretty well done.

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Krist Novoselic Needs Rock Band Practice

On a recent trip to the mall, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic spotted a Rock Band demo and decided to give it a whirl. He chose the Nirvana tune “In Bloom”, a song he’s played hundreds of times in the studio and on stage. But Rock Band’s controller and format stumped the bassist.

As Novoselic put it, “I knew the bass line to the song, of course, but I couldn’t quite master this new, different way of playing it. The game reminded me of Space Invaders. I tried to hit the notes cascading down the screen, but could barely keep up.”

The funniest part is that a kid was watching him, obviously unaware who was giving the song a go. Novoselic admitted to becoming self-conscious and handed the controller to the kid, who proceeded to nail the song.

Novoselic said he really does love Rock Band and adds, “instead of file sharing, people are actually buying music again! HA!!!”

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A Chart of Heavy Metal Band Names

Someone has spent some serious time putting together this extensive chart, which fits names of heavy metal bands into five main categories of death, deadly things, animals, religion, and badass misspellings, and further breaks them down and combines them from there. You can take a look at the chart here.

The author definitely has a sense of humor too. See "triple umlat," the animals track leading to "party animals" and "adolescent poetry" for examples (among others).

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Ace Frehley May Finally Be Headed To Outer Space

KISS member Ace Frehley, known as the "Spaceman," has launched a project to actually head into outer space to record music. The Ace To Space website has issued the following statement:

"To put the biggest question to rest, YES this is a real venture and we are going to do everything we can to be sure Ace is given the opportunity to take a journey into outer space.

During the last 10 months since we started this venture, our priority has been to establish our mission and do the due diligence to make sure it was even possible. Now that we know it is, our next objective is to make sure Ace is given the opportunity.

We have chosen VH1 to document this mission from the ground up and yesterday, Jeff Olde, VH1 Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Production, was given the latest top secret details regarding this mission."

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Scott Ian Turns 30...ish

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian is celebrating a birthday today. According to the band's website, it's his 30th. "Yeah...30," the news pokes at the founding Anthrax member. More...

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Enter Kazoo Man

"Mister Tim" has posted a hilarious video of Metallica's "Enter Sandman" performed on kazoos. You can watch the video below (after the jump). More...

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Metal Medical Alert!

A new study has just revealed something that might make you doublethink before head banging at the next concert you mosh into.

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Oceano Singer Discusses Backyard Wrestling Past

Chicago Deathcore heavyweights Oceano's reputation proceeds them, even before the release of their first album "Depths" (out on Earache records in March next year) the band are known as "The heaviest band on the planet" and have a reputation to "Bring the beef". Although both of these references are musical, it seems that in terms of Oceano front man Adam Warren these epithets could also refer to Adam's wrestling experiences.

"I got into backyard wrestling basically from watching wrestling on TV, and I was hanging out in the neighborhood and ran into other people into wrestling - and started trying out the moves - goofing off, messing around - then we kind of got serious about it, putting on shows and stuff, we were called the Chicago wrestling alliance - and it was violence, with a lot of weapons and pretty dangerous."

Backyard wrestling has always been controversial as its usually performed by untrained fans in an unsanctioned, non-professional environment. Described in the news as a "dangerous trend sweeping suburbia" Backyard wrestling has developed into an underground scene where films of antics and crazy stunts appear on youtube.

There are times however, when things can go wrong:
"Well we were having a match called a "death match" in someone's backyard in Chicago, and we had all these weapons like thumb tacks, scissors, fluorescent light bulb, mouse traps - over sized ones for rats - we had all this stuff on a tarp in the yard...We were just going on with the match and my opponent picked up the scissors and then cut me in the head, it meant to be choreographed, but it got a little out of hand and I ended up with the scissors stuck in my head - I was a good sport about it - I was told to get stitches but I didn't, I still have the scar - It was a crazy match hahaha"

In another incident: "I jumped off of a light tower once - like the ones they have for Baseball - I climbed up one of them in mid winter and jumped and twisted and landed on a pile of compacted ice - that was part of another match - it was like a dare - we planned it into the match - I was gonna flip off it but changed my mind and landed on my back - which messed my back up for a good while."

Adam started wrestling at school: "I basically wrestled at school doing the real thing through high school and a little bit of college, I was quite good I guess, I guess I'm quite an aggressive person in nature"

Adam no longer does Backyard wrestling and says that "A lot of wrestling is pretty predictable these days, I really like UFC now especially Brock Lesnar" When asked if he uses his wrestling moves in the pit at Oceano shows (which are known for being violent) he says "I don't use any of my moves in the pit, only if I get in a fight...although you never know"

Oceano's new album "Depths" is on on Earache records on 10th March 2009 in USA and 20th April 2009 UK and Europe. 2 songs from Oceano's upcoming CD "Depths" are available for streaming at the bands Myspace.

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KFC Black Metal Commercial Posted Online

MetalInjection.net has posted up a KFC commercial featuring a segment with a black metal band. You can check out the video here.

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AC/DC Singer Talks About Meeting Chuck Berry

AC/DC frontman recently spoke on camera to a fan about meeting rock and roll legend Chuck Berry in 1975. Judging from his description, the legendary singer/guitarist wasn't the most fan-friendly person in the world! Check out the video below. More...

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USC Marching Band Plays A7X's "Almost Easy"

I'm not sure when this took place, but Avenged Sevenfold blogged about and posted a video of USC's marching band playing "Almost Easy" at a halftime show. Here's what the band posted:

"We have gotten some pretty cool shit over the years, but thanks for our fans for sending this to us! Check out the USC Marching Band doing our song 'Almost Easy' during their halftime show!"

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