Stone Temple Pilots Almost Done With New Album- Kings of Leon On Hold- Rage Against Simon Cowell Plan Working?- Free Metal Christmas Album and more

Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland tells Spinner.com that the band is "almost finished" recording its Don Was-produced new studio album. "There will probably be 11 songs on the record and we have nine completed already," he says. more

Kings Of Leon are set to take six months off. "I'm going to sit on my couch and cry tears of joy sitting in my pants with a tub of chocolate chip cookie ice cream." Nathan Followill told Q Magazine. "Then it's onto the golf course, a bit of fishing and some camping in the wild." He added. Despite the break, the drummer revealed that the band had begun writing material for their fifth album. more

The fan plan to Rage Against the Simon Cowell Machine a.k.a. his TV talent show in the UK appears to be working. BBC reports that "Rage Against The Machine is ahead of X Factor winner Joe McElderry in the race for the Christmas number one, early sales figures suggest." A Facebook group aiming to get the RATM's 1992 hit Killing In The Name to beat the X Factor winner to the top of the UK charts has attracted more than 750,000 members. But before you get your hopes up, read more

Concert for missing Metallica fan announced: A hard rock and heavy metal concert will be held to raise money to help in the search for missing Virginia Tech student, Morgan Harrington. The concert will be held on Saturday, December 19th at the Canal Club in Richmond - more than two months after Morgan Harrington was last seen at a Metallica concert in Charlottesville. more

Metallica.com had this update on Tuesday: It's been well over ten years, so we are really looking forward to heading back to Lyon, France for our first show at Halle Tony Garnier since 1996! We will be there May 23, 2010 with tickets on sale December 23, 2009. more

As a thank you to their fans, Manchester Orchestra is posting a new song on their website each day until Christmas. They will be bringing Mean Everything To Nothing in it's entirety (Recorded Live for KBZT in San Diego) followed by a surprise song on Christmas Day! more

The release date of the album made by Danger Mouse and The Shins' James Mercer, has been announced. Released on March 8 under the name Broken Bells, the self-titled album will feature 10-tracks more

A date in Seattle has been added to Muse's forthcoming US tour. The band will play Key Arena on April 2nd 2010 more

Bleeding Through In Studio Video Part 2 is up now on MySpace Metal. Check it out here

The tracklisting for the concept album by Fatboy Slim and former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne has been announced. Called 'Here Lies Love', the album documents the life of Imelda Marcos, the former First Lady of the Philippines. You can check more info and the tracklisting here but we were sad to see that not one song title contained the word "shoe." So we're not sure just how true to life this album will be but it should be a shoe in for a Grammy, maybe even the Nobel Peace Prize.

Drag the River and Cheap Girls have announced a ten day tour together in early 2010. dates

Merry Metal Christmas "FREE MP3 Album" This Christmas get the gift of music from Nightmare Records, 25 tracks and over 2 hours of music FREE to enjoy the holidays with some beautiful and yet seriously rockin' tunes. Not all of these were written as Christmas songs, but they all fit the feel and intent of the album" Grab it here

The Black Dahlia Murder, Augury, Hatesphere, and Obscura will tour the U.S. together in late-February and March. dates

Rufus Wainwright's sixth studio full-length album entitled, All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu is due out in Spring 2010. New tour dates are here

Alesana will headline a U.S. tour in February and March. Support will be provided by A Skylit Drive, The Word Alive, Of Mice And Men, and We Came As Romans. dates

Between The Buried And Me will be donating 20% of their merch sales during the entire month of December to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. more

Prong was recently tabbed to remix 'Bait & Switch' for KMFDM's remix album titled Krieg. more

In Episode 23 of Parlour to Parlour, Michael Fortes uncovers a power pop goldmine in Seattle when he finally meets The Tripwires' John Ramberg (The Minus Five, The Model Rockets). here

Nominations for the 67th annual Golden Globes were announced early this morning, with U2 and Paul McCartney among the nominees. more

Motley Crue front man Vince Neil owes his lawyers $62,000, the Costa Mesa-based law firm Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton claims in Superior Court. more

Buckcherry's singer states the obvious: he isn't the one to replace Steven Tyler in Aerosmith. Read what he had to say here. They'll need someone with a lot more dynamic voice to fill that void. -

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