Anvil Cooper Tour?- Duff McKagan Telling A Different Tale- Hanneman Plays Big 4 Show- Behemoth Live Return- Morrissey Finishes Memoir- Weird Alpocalypse- more

04/25/2011
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The Day in Rock Digest for 04/25/11: Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman, who was forced to miss all of the band's shows this year after undergoing emergency surgery on his right arm in January, made a surprise appearance during the Slayer's set at the Big 4 show on Saturday night, joining the group on stage for the two-song encore of "South Of Heaven" and "Angel Of Death" (Exodus guitarist Gary Holt filled in for Hanneman during Slayer's main set). more

Duff McKagan promises that "It's So Easy and Other Lies," his upcoming autobiography, is "not the same story" as former Guns N' Roses bandmates Slash and Steven Adler told in their memoirs. "Mine's not really a Guns N' Roses book, where I think Slash's ('Slash') really was...and I haven't read (Adler's 'My Appetite For Destruction')," McKagen, who plans to publish the book in October, tells Billboard.com. more

Behemoth will return to the road in October, following frontman Nergal's recover after his cancer battle. more

Morrissey has finished writing his 600-page memoir and will likely publish the book through Penguin Books' "Classics" series. more

Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian says that "Frankie (Bello; bass) and I were doing background vocals in Los Angeles. There's just a couple more things to do; a couple of rhythm tracks, a couple of leads. Joey (Belladonna; vocals) has a couple of songs left. It should be done mid-May." more

The "Big Four" bands of 1980s thrash metal Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax were presented with double-platinum plaques for the two-disc DVD release of "The Big Four: Live From Sofia, Bulgaria", containing footage of the June 22, 2010 Sonisphere cinecast from the Sofia, Bulgaria leg of the touring rock festival featuring all four groups. more

Motion City Soundtrack is currently in the studio at work on their fifth full-length more

John Oates says he's starting 'Part Three' of his life with the release of a new album that explores his old passion for the blues and roots music. more

Scared of Chaka will be performing at Awesome Fest 5 in San Diego, CA this September. The group, which broke up in 2001, reunited for a handful of shows in 2008 but has laid dormant since. more

"Weird Al" Yankovic will release Alpocalypse, his long-awaited new album, on June 21 Video announcement here

Take It Back! has announced the departure of drummer Josh Huskey. The band will be auditioning potential replacements in the near future. more

Canadian immigration has denied Pretty Boy Floyd entry into Canada, forcing the band to cancel two shows more

Alice Cooper will reportedly team up with Anvil for a North American tour. Find a large amount of reportedly leaked Alice Cooper dates here

Like Moths To Flames will hit the road with The Browning, Your Memorial, and Delusions in June more

In response to a recent post on Blabbermouth.net where members of Florida-based blackened death metal group Infernaeon claimed that they parted ways with singer Brian Werner and planned to carry on with a new lineup, Werner offered a very different version of the split, insisting that bass player Kevin Gibbons and keyboard player David Stein had been fired from the band. more

The man who masterminded the CD revolution has died aged 81. Norio Ohga was head of Sony when the format was devised and he was the man who decided its size: 12cm diameter in order to contain his favourite piece of music, Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. more

Rolling Stones rocker Keith Richards once used heavy duty household glue to fix his teeth when his veneers fell out, according to his bandmate Ronnie Wood. more

To celebrate our 13th anniversary, we decided to bring back the original antiMusic logo! (But don't worry; we won't be bringing back the old green, tan and black layout.).

On this day in 1977, Elvis Presley made his last recording during a concert at the Saginaw Civic Center, Michigan. Three songs from the show appeared on the posthumously released Presley album, Moody Blue.

On this day in 1981, Denny Laine left Wings, effectively ending Paul McCartney's post-Beatles band. Find out what else happened on this date in music history here

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