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(Billboard) According to Travis Barker's Twitter page, Barker is working on song with Busta Rhymes for the soundtrack to Transformers 2.more

Bouncing Souls have Posted an update on their ongoing tour regarding an unusual delay which delayed their visit to Alaska: For the first time in 20 years (coincidence?) Mount Redoubt is erupting. Our flight from Honolulu to Anchorage was diverted to Seattle where we have been for 4 hours. Finally reboarded the plane but since the last eruption was 50,000 feet high of ash a couple hours ago we're not sure where we will land. more

The Pirate Bay is beta testing virtual private network (VPN) software, which would enable file-sharers to use the Swedish BitTorrent tracker without leaving a data trail. more

The Dead have announced plans to circumvent scalpers and raise money for charity with their upcoming tour, by auctioning off the first five center rows for the band's Rex Foundation and other charitiesmore

Coldplay, Tool and the Beastie Boys will headline the second annual All Points West Music & Arts Festival, to be held July 31- Aug. 2 at Liberty State Park in New Jersey, just across the Hudson River from lower Manhattan.more

Destruction have issued the following update: "[Thursday] night (March 26) some retard stole Mike's [Sifringer] Dean guitar [see image below] out of the backstage area at the Chain Reaction club in Anaheim, California!" they are offering a reward

KISS guitarist/vocalist Paul Stanley has told Brazil's O Dia Online that the band's new LP will be released in September. He also described it as "a classic KISS album" and a throwback to the "Destroyer" and "Love Gun" songwriting style bit with modern production. more

Speaking of KISS, original guitarist Ace Frehley will perform at the grand opening of the 7,000-square-foot Hard Rock Café in the new Yankee Stadium on Thursday, April 2. Frehley will be backed by guitarist Scott Ian (Anthrax), bassist Frank Bello (Anthrax) and drummer Anton Fig ("Late Show with David Letterman") for a performance of the classic song "New York Groove". more details

Nighwatcher's House of Rock has some fan footage taken when legendary ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons sat in with The Allman Brothers Band on a rendition of "Jesus Just Left Chicago", March 24th, 2009 at New York's historic Beacon Theatre. watch it here

Rancid will release its first album in six years on June 2, two days before it begins a North American tour with Rise Against in Vancouver, B.C.more

The Strokes have announced they are back in the studio working on a fourth album after a nearly three-year hiatus.more

Google Inc on Monday launched free downloads of licensed songs in China, while sharing advertising revenue with major music labels in a market rife with online piracy.more

Former Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek says he was inspired by the rock group AC/DC when he mocked Barack Obama's excessive deficit spending as a "road to hell."more

With sales this morning of more than 82,000 tickets sold in New York, 72,000 in Boston and 65,000 in Chicago, the U2 360 Tour will set the largest single-day attendance record in each city, according to tour producer Live Nation.more

Arctic Monkeys will make their live return by headlining the Reading and Leeds festivals this August. The Sheffield band are the first act announced for the eventmore

Sonic Syndicate (Nuclear Blast Records) has announced the departure of singer Roland Johansson. Here's a statement from the group: "Today, March 30th, Sonic Syndicate regrets to announce that Roland has decided to leave Sonic Syndicate due to personal reasons beyond our control. All of us in Sonic Syndicate wish Roland the best of luck in the future and we plan to continue our friendship/brotherhood outside the band." more

Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford has told Billboard.com that plans are still afoot to stage the band latest release, the 2008 rock opera "Nostradamus", in its entirely later this year. more

Oasis, The Stone Roses, Joy Division and The Smiths all feature in a new book charting the last thirty years of Manchester music. 'The North Will Rise Again: Manchester Music City 1978-2008', penned by journalist and Goldblade frontman John Robb, is published on April 28. more

The Number Twelve Looks Like You has reportedly parted ways with singer Justin Pedrick, one of the group's two vocalists.more

Tickets for this summer's Lollapalooza festival will go on sale today (March 31), with a limited number of early bird tickets to be made available.more

Taking Back Sunday will be releasing a vinyl single for the track "Carpathia" to coincide with Record Store Day on April 18, 2009. The two song single will feature the live recording of "Catholic Knees" on the b-side.more

Serenity has cancelled the remaining shows on its European tour with Kamelot and Delain after the group's lead singer, Georg Neuhauser, came down with "a bad flu with all infections you can imagine."more

Early recordings of a dozen Crosby, Stills & Nash tracks -- including favorites such as "Marrakesh Express," "Almost Cut My Hair," "Deja Vu," "Love the One You're With" and "Chicago" -- will be featured on an album of demos due in stores on June 2.more

Original drummer and founding member of Arsis Michael Van Dyne - who played on the band's 2004 highly praised debut album, A Celebration Of Guilt, 2005's A Diamond For Disease EP, and 2006's United In Regret - has officially returned to the band's line-up.more

A lawyer for Marilyn Manson says that trial of a lawsuit filed by a former band member seeking $20 million from the goth rocker should be delayed until next year because Manson is releasing a new CD and about to go on tour. more

Oscar-winning composer Maurice Jarre, who captured the majesty of the desert in his music for "Lawrence of Arabia" and wrote the haunting "Lara's Theme" in his score for "Doctor Zhivago," has died. He was 84.more

Scarecrow have recruited the talents of Ted Aguilar (Death Angel) on guitar and ex-Hatchet frontman Marcus Kirchen on vocals. The lineup is rounded out by original members Bud Burke (Exhumed) on lead guitar, Will Carroll (Old Grandad, Vicious RumorS) on drums, and Damien Sisson (Points North) on bass. more

The RIAA today filed an appeal to the Copyright Royalty Board's Final Determination on Royalty Rates in the U.S. Court of Appeals - more on this story

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