Earliest Metallica Recording Discovered- 10 Unheard Rolling Stones Songs Coming- Down Under Appeal- Ozzy Gets Key To City- INXS All-star Guests and more

The Metal Den reports that they have received the earliest Metallica demo ever unearthed. It is a recording of a rough 'work in progress' version of the classic song "Hit The Lights" off the groundbreaking heavy metal album Kill 'Em All from 1983. The song features Dave Mustaine on guitar, Ron McGovney on bass, Lars Ulrich on drums and James Hetfield on vocals. Hetfield still had not fully learned to play guitar yet and was only handling singing chores. more including the song

The Rolling Stones, who have long resisted releasing archival material, will include 10 previously unheard songs in an upcoming reissue of "Exile on Main Street," the group's representatives said on Thursday. more

Bosses at record label EMI have lodged an appeal against a court decision which ruled Australian rockers Men At Work illegally sampled a popular children's tune in their 1980s hit Down Under more

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke on Thursday revealed the name of his new band: Atoms for Peace, the group also features Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, drummer Joey Waronker of R.E.M. Mauro Refosco of Forro in the Dark, and Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich. He also announced a series of U.S. tour dates. more

Ozzy Osbourne is set to be honored by the City of West Palm Beach on Friday (February 26th) at 5 PM at Centennial Square. West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel will give Osbourne the key to the city in recognition for his many years of bringing both his shows and Ozzfest to South Florida.more

The Killers' Brandon Flowers, Tricky, Ben Harper and Rob Thomas are among the singers who will appear on INXS' first album since 2005's Switch. It worked well for Santana. more

New York hardcore veterans Madball have officially signed a European deal with Nuclear Blast Records. The group's debut for the label will be released later this year. more

Actor Hugh Laurie is continuing his foray into the music world - he appears on Meat Loaf's forthcoming album. The "House M.D." actor became friends with the singer after Meat Loaf played a patient on the hit medical drama last year. more

Machine Head mainman Robb Flynn says the band have "fired" the US city of San Diego, and will never play there again. "They don't come to a show and rage and go crazy. They come to a show and say, 'Okay... this is cool. Oh, I like this song.' We're not into that. I don't know why they come to a rock show with that kind of attitude." more

B.B. King has mapped a round of solo dates that rounds out the winter and runs into late 2010. more

In what might be the strangest lawsuit of this young year, a drummer and self-professed sex addict who spent four years with the band Skid Row is claiming his former bandmates are talking trash about him and preventing him from using the Skid Row name to promote himself. Here's the first paragraph of Phil Varone's complaint against former Skid-mates David Sabo and James Southworth (aka Rachel Bolan), filed Friday in L.A. Superior Court: "Plaintiff Varone is, first and foremost, a rock star. One can see that just by looking at him. He has the black hair, extensive tattoos and good looks of the world's most popular rock and rollers." A check of the calendar.... no, it is not April 1st. Head to SleazeRoxx for more

Korn's bassist Reginald Arvizu aka Fieldy is planning to shock fans with his second solo album - the heavy metal rocker has abandoned the genre in favor of jazz fusion. The "Freak on a Leash" rocker is putting the finishing touches on "Bassically", a follow-up to his 2002 rap record "Rock'n Roll Gangster". more

The lead single from Slash's eponymous solo record is "By The Sword." Wolfmother's Andrew Stockdale sings on the track. It will touch down at radio this Monday, March 1 more

Echo And The Bunnymen have announced details of their forthcoming tour of North America that kicks off with an appearance at Coachella Festival on April 16 more

Several Spanish online sources are reporting that Airbourne have cancelled their shows in Bilbao, Spain (February 26th), and Barcelona (February 27th). more

George Lynch says he jumped the gun when he was recently reported saying the classic lineup of Dokken were getting back together. more -

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