Scott Weiland Raped- Metal Singer Dies- Slipknot A Constant Battle- Ozzy Nightrage- Hurricane Reunite- Aerosmith Will Play American Idol...Next Year- more

(Classic Rock) Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland makes some interesting claims in his autobiography Not Dead & Not For Sale. He says he was raped by a "Big, muscular guy" when he was 12 years old. more

(NME) Sid Wilson says of the state and future of Slipknot "It's a complicated thing," Wilson stated in a radio interview. "I wish I could candy-coat it and say that everything's cool and everything is gonna be great, but it's a constant battle out there. We've been doing this thing for a while now so there's a been a lot of changes in a lot of people. I guess it's just gonna depend on how we get along together when we're out on the road." more

(Metalrage) Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind) and Tomas Englund (Evergrey) have been added to the list of musicians who will make guest appearances on the new album from Nightrage, tentatively due late September via Lifeforce Records more

According to Metal Zone, Brian Petrowsky, former vocalist/guitarist of the long-defunct Danish death metal band Iniquity, passed away at the age of 37. more

(Metal Underground) Deep Purple keyboardist Don Airey has revealed the details behind his forthcoming solo album. The new full length, titled 'All Out,' is set to be released on August 22 through Provogue Records. The tracklisting for the effort can be viewed here

Joe Perry tells his Facebook friends and fans, "Aerosmith's looking forward to playing 'American Idol' next season when our new CD is out and we can prepare [for] a kick-ass show if they ask us." Turns out Steven jumped the gun and the band was never actually asked by the producers to play the finale this year. oops. more

(Rock News Desk) Whitesnake mainman David Coverdale says his passion for Jimi Hendrix got him into violent scrapes when he was young. "Hendrix was huge for me," recalls the singer. "But no one else liked him in my area I remember having to fight people to play Are You Experienced? more

(Blabbermouth) Reformed '80s rockers Hurricane will play their first show on Saturday, July 2 at the House Of Blues in West Hollywood, California with Alcatrazz. more

(Lambgoat) Doomriders will be touring New Zealand and Australia in July with I Exist. more

(FMQB) Queens of the Stone Age have added a handful of west coast dates to their upcoming tour schedule. more

(Rock News Desk) Bassist Billy Gould is working on a number of musical projects and also running his record label but he still calls himself a member of Faith No More. more

(FMQB) The sophomore album from young Miami rockers Black Tide, dubbed Post Mortem, is due on August 23 more

(Lambgoat) The "first half" of dates for this summer's Animals As Leaders, Intronaut, Dead Letter Circus, Last Chance To Reason, and Evan Brewer tour have been announced here

(Lambgoat) Lionheart, Molotov Solution, and Stand United will be touring Canada this summer. more

(FMQB) The reunited Big Audio Dynamite has extended their North America tour more

On this day in 1960, American DJ Alan Freed was indicted along with seven others for accepting $30,650 in payola from six record companies. Two years later, he was convicted and given a suspended sentence and a $300 fine.

On this day in 1979, Eric Clapton held a party at his Surrey house celebrating his recent marriage to Pattie Boyd. Clapton had set up a small stage in the garden and, as the evening progressed, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr ended up jamming together along with Clapton, Ginger Baker and Mick Jagger. The all-star band ran through old Little Richard and Eddie Cochran songs. Find out what else happened on this date in music history here

Happy Birthday: Pete Townshend, Joey Ramone, Dusty Hill (ZZ Top) and Phil Rudd (AC/DC)

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