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Dio's Holy Diver Enters Top 10- Avenged Sevenfold Plan July Nightmare- Thrash Pioneer Dies- AC/DC Almost Tops US Chart- STP- Twin Daughtrys- more

05/18/2010
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Less than twenty-four hours after the death of singer Ronnie James Dio, his twenty-seven year old album "Holy Diver" which he made with his band Dio has climbed into the top ten on the iTunes rock album chart according to Beatweek Magazine. more

In other Dio related news, organizers of the Download festival announced "As our tribute to the great man, we've revealed that the 2nd Stage at this year's Download will official be called the Ronnie James Dio Stage." more On this side of the pond, on July 7th, the US nationally syndicated radio show Rockline will be featuring a Tribute To Ronnie James Dio featuring shows from 1981 until 2009. more

AC/DC's Iron Man 2 Soundtrack has landed at No. 2 on the album charts after selling 40,455 copies last week according to Hits Double Daily. Last week's no. 1, "The Oracle," from Godsmack dropped down to No. 6, while the Deftones nosed dived from No. 6 to 32. full chart

Avenged Sevenfold have announced the title and release date for their upcoming fifth studio album: Nightmare will be released by Warner Bros. Records on July 17th, 2010.

Debbie Abono, affectionately known as the Thrash Metal Grandmother,who was heavily involved with the early days of the Bay Area thrash metal scene, has died at the age of 80, from cancer. She was an active supporter of the scene, managing the likes of Exodus, Possessed and Vio-lence . Says Exodus guitarist Gary Holt: "She was extremely instrumental to Exodus, both in our early years and again during our reunion with (vocalist) Paul Baloff in 97" more

Stone Temple Pilots have added a little more promise to their upcoming self-titled return album with Take a Load Off, the latest new track to surface. Come have a listen. here

The Eagles, Muse, Phish, and the Strokes will lead the bill at the 9th annual Austin City Limits Music Festival, to be held Oct. 8-9 at Zilker Park in Austin. more

Tool's summer tour plans now spans two months, kicking off on June 19th. Grab the latest dates here

Without quality, there is not quantity: Of the 98,000 albums released last year, only 2.1% crossed the 5,000 sales mark. more

As Silverstein prepares for the release of their ten year anniversary live CD/DVD, they also plan for the world debut of their music video for "American Dream". This Tuesday, May18th, "American Dream" will debut on FUSE.tv at 10:00 AM EST. Directed by Robby Starbuck, "American Dream" is the second video from Silverstein's latest album, A Shipwreck in the Sand

Jimi Hendrix's former London home is to open up to the public to commemorate the 40th anniversary of his death. NME reports, part of an exhibition called Hendrix in Britain, the Mayfair flat, which had been previously occupied by the composer George Handle until 1759, can be viewed between September 15-26. more

Chris Daughtry and his wife Deanna are proud to announce that they are expecting twins this November. Due to Deanna's partial hysterectomy in 2006 the couple used IVF and had their embryos transferred to a gestational surrogate, the babies will join the couples' other children Hannah and Griffin. "Deanna and I are overjoyed about this double blessing," says Chris. "Thank you for your expressions of love and support and for respecting for our privacy during this special time."

Kid Rock will perform at the 4th annual Isle Of MTV Malta Special in Europe on Wednesday, June 30, 2010. The show will broadcast across MTV's pan-European network in September more

Isis and Tombs will briefly tour the West Coast together in late-May and early-June: more

Director Martin Scorsese, during an appearance at the Cannes Film Festival, has revealed details of the George Harrison documentary he's been working on and is planning to release in 2011. more

Mat Kearney will embark on a solo acoustic road trip this summer behind last year's "City of Black & White." more

My Epic will spend the majority of June on the road with A Hope For Home and So Long Forgotten more

Return To Earth, featuring the talents of Ron Scalzo, Brett Aveni, and Chris Pennie (Coheed and Cambria, ex-Dillinger Escape Plan), are pleased to announce the release date of their sophomore release titled Automata which will be hitting streets this summer on August 17 more

Who has sillier names, Rappers or Emo bands? While you ponder that, a Bismarck man was charged with aggravated assault on Friday after allegedly stabbing a bar owner over the volume of his juke box. more -

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