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The Day in Rock Digest for 12/24/10: We have a shorter than normal edition today due to the holiday. We'll kick off with this: Metallica had this bit of news for fans this week: Two firsts for this one . . . the first Sonisphere Festival in France and the first time the Big 4 will be on the same stage in France! Amneville, France to be exact, on Saturday July 9 for night number two of the weekend festival. You know the line-up, Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer and 'Tallica for one more round of fun and games.

Wendy Dio, the wife/manager of late metal legend Ronnie James Dio (Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, Rainbow, Elf) says, "We're going to do a tribute record, tribute shows" more

In a newsletter out to fans earlier this week, former Live front man Ed Kowalczyk announced dates for the 2011 Open Wings Broken Strings Tour with Tonic lead singer Emerson Hart and Sixpense None the Richer singer Leigh Nash. more

Flaming Lips plan to return to the studio soon with producer Dave Fridmann and release new songs every month, with the first batch of new music due in January. more

BulletBoys frontman Marq Torien has joined American rock band Vicious Licks and his debut with the band during a December 4th show at Hollywood's Three Clubs more

Happy Mondays dancer Bez isn't looking too healthy in the papers this morning, he's been involved in what appears to be an organised bare knuckle fight. more

Farrod Gorbel (The Honorary Title / Solo) has a Christmas song thatís, well, not a Christmas song. Written while The Honorary Title were still together, itís a beautiful song about love and loss and spending Christmas alone in New York City. more

After a number of years inside the auspices of media giant Viacom, Rock Band series developer Harmonix have split off and returned to independence. more

Former Dimmu Borgir bassist and clean vocalist I.C.S. Vortex will be releasing a solo album in 2011. The debut album from I.C.S. Vortex, titled 'Storm Seeker,' is set to feature 11 songs as well as guitars performed by Jens F. Ryland of Borknagar and Steinar Gundersen on bass. more

Tygers Of Pan Tang are to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the classic 1981 Spellbound album by re-recording six tracks from it for release next year. more

Drugs of Faith is set to release the debut full-length album 'Corroded' in February, 2011 through Selfmadegod Records. more

Have a rockin' Christmas! (Or Saturday for those that do not celebrate the holiday)

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