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Black Sabbath/ Heaven & Hell guitarist Tony Iommi spoke with Andy Coleman from Birminghampost.net recently about a number of topics. On singer Ronnie James Dio (who has been diagnosed with the early stages of stomach cancer): "Ronnie's doing better, he's been responding well to treatment. He's very positive and has been in the studio in LA this week doing a bit of singing. He has to fly to Dallas (from his Los Angeles home) for chemotherapy every two weeks and has injections daily in his stomach.'' more

British rock band Pink Floyd won its court battle with EMI on Thursday with a ruling that prevents the record company from selling single downloads on the Internet from the group's concept albums. Judge Andrew Morritt accepted arguments by the group that EMI was bound by a contract forbidding it from selling records other than as complete albums without written consent. more

Don't hold your breath for a reunion performance by Abba at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony next Monday, reports Billboard. Two of the members of the Swedish pop quartet are skipping the event, and country singer Faith Hill is slated to sing some Abba songs instead. more

Slash (Velvet Revolver, ex-Guns N' Roses) gave CMW delegates what they wanted during his keyote address at Canadian Music Week on Thursday morning in Toronto: Sex, drugs, rock'n'roll ... and Axl Rose. On Axl he said, "You have to attempt to understand him as a human being and where he's coming from," said Slash. "I see things very black and white. That's just me. And that doesn't necessarily mean that that's right. And he sees things in a very colourful kind of way, and I can't really knock it, 'cause that's just him. So I try not to sit there and say derogatory things about his personality, because it's his personality that makes him so f---ing great, and just difficult to deal with." more

Micky Jones, one of the founders of Welsh rockers Man, has died aged 63, reports Classic Rock. Jones, who had been fighting a brain tumour, passed away at a care home in Swansea. more

Scott Reeder of Fu Manchu has joined Social Distortion as their new drummer, replacing the recently departed Atom Willard. more

Linkin Park are suing an insurance company after its officers refused to compensate the rockers for a string of gigs canceled because of frontman Chester Bennington's back injury. The band pulled out of six concerts in 2008 after Bennington hurt his back while putting together a toy for his son. Now the group has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit in a bid to recoup the cash more

Death metal legends Pentagram have completed their first studio recording in over 20 years. more

Val Kilmer may play another music great in a biopic about Crimson & Clover hitmaker Tommy James. The actor, who played Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone's The Doors, is in talks to portray James in a new film based on the singer's autobiography, Me, The Mob And The Music. more

Planet Rock owner Malcolm Bluemel wants to hire outgoing BBC 6 Music DJ Bruce Dickinson � and hopes his loss-making digital station will break even by the end of this year. He has held talks with the Iron Maiden frontman, who will present his last 6 Music show in April after eight years on the BBC digital station. more

This summer, The Offspring and 311 will join forces for Unity Tour 2010, a 19 date run of US amphitheaters. The bands will tour together for the first time ever, along with special guests to be announced soon. Exact dates and on sale info to come

Rush - The Documentary will indeed receive a red carpet premier at the Tribeca Film Festival in Lower Manhattan on Saturday, April 24th and that all three members - singer/bassist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart - will be on hand. more

Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody has been singing with a dislocated jaw for the past eight years. The frontman revealed that he got the ailment after he fell down a flight of stairs during a night out in Glasgow in 2002 more

Babyshambles singer Pete Doherty was handed a 12-month driving ban and fined 500 pounds ($750) on Thursday after admitting he allowed his manager to use his car without insurance. more

Members of The New York Dolls and Dead Boys have teamed up in a new band called Batusis. Sylvain Sylvain and Cheetah Chrome, the pair in question, will release a four-track EP on May 4. more

Masterplan's new album Time To Be King previously announced release date on April 16th has been pushed to May 21st. more

Kataklysm have completed the song writing process for their new album entitled Heaven's Venom! Currently the album is tentatively scheduled for a Fall of 2010 release via Nuclear Blast Records. more

Paramore will headline this summer's Honda Civic Tour, with Tegan and Sara opening all dates. More opening acts will be announced in the future. more

Vocalist Eric "AK" Knutson of the legendary Flotsam And Jetsam has joined Arizona's The Human Condition. more

Through The Ashes have officially called it a day and disbanded. The various members of the band have stated they will still be continuing on with other musical projects. more

Earth have joined up with label mates Wolves In The Throne Room for a week-and-a-half long West Coast tour this April. more

Killing Joke have announced rescheduled dates for their forthcoming UK shows, as well as the release date of their new album. They'll perform in Edinburgh on October 15 and London on October 16. Their new album 'XIII: Feast Of Fools', will come out on September 6. more

This was sent over to us: On Sunday, March 14th Idiot Pilot will be the guests on 107.7 The End's "Locals Only" program to debut a brand new song in conjunction with their appearance at SXSW on March 17th. The song, which will be self-released, is going to be available for download starting Monday, March 15th on their website and will also be streaming on their Myspace page and the 107.7 The End website -

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