Ripper Owens To Replace Dio?- God Dethroned Breaking Up- Queens of the Stone Age Full Album Tour- Thrice Robbed- KISS The Bucket- Thunder Reunion- Offspring- more

The Day in Rock Digest for 2/15/11: According to a new interview with guitarist Craig Goldy (DIO) conducted by Jeb Wright from Classic Rock Revisited, Tim "Ripper" Owens (Hail!, Yngwie Malmsteen, Beyond Fear, Ex-Judas Priest, Iced Earth) will be singing in place of Ronnie James Dio (Black Sabbath , Dio, Heaven & Hell, Rainbow, Elf) on some unreleased Dio material the Dio band is going to be recording. more

God Dethroned has revealed that they will disband following a final show in late-2011. Henri Sattler (vocals, guitar) issued the following: "2011 is God Dethroned's final year in existance. We could have spent another year in a tourbus because the amount of offers was endless, but I just don't feel like touring anymore." more

Queens of the Stone Age have confirmed they'll be performing their debut album in full when they tour later this year. more

Thrice are looking for some gear stolen when their lockup was broken into a few weeks ago. The thieves were caught and the band got some smaller items back, but more

Evil Weevil Records has announced plans to release three albums by The Offspring-1994's Smash, 1997's Ixnay on the Hombre and 1998's Americana-on vinyl in conjunction with Record Store Day 2011, more

You gotta hand it to Gene Simmons, he's figured out a way to still get money from KISS fans even after they die. The KISS Kasket is back on sale, offering diehard fans the chance to be deadhard with their heroes. more

Coheed and Cambria are heading out on the road to perform their first album, The Second Stage Turbine Blade, in its entirety. To coincide with the shows, the vinyl LP has been reissued after years of being out of print and unavailable. more

Thunder are re-forming to make a surprise return to the live stage at this summer's High Voltage festival, having split up in 2009. more

Against Me! has detailed their next release. Total Clarity will compile unreleased demos and other tracks (as well as some of the leaked/stolen demos) that were eventually recorded for the group's 2005 effort, Searching For A Former Clarity. more

This week, Judas Priest singer Rob Halford guests on In The Studio - The Stories Behind History's Greatest Rock Bands - discussing the 30th Anniversary of British Steel with professional radio broadcaster and rock musician interviewer Redbeard. more

Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad, Steve Vai, Lamb Of God, Darkest Hour, Gwar) has made a five-song live EP available for free download by spreading the word about this page at on Twitter and Facebook. The EP contains the tracks "Supercrush", "Kingdom", "Truth", "Om" and "By Your Command". more

Job For A Cowboy has entered Florida's Audio Hammer Studios with producer Jason Suecof to record an EP of all new material. The as-yet-untitled EP will feature the first new music from the band since 2009's Ruination LP more

Over at the Chaos In Tejas 2011 Facebook page, they just announced the addition of Converge and Touche Amore to the lineup. more

In the Midst of Lions will headline a March tour with support from This or the Apocalypse, Your Memorial, and No Bragging Rights. more

On this day in 1965, American singer and pianist Nat King Cole died of lung cancer. First hit was the 1943 "Straighten Up and Fly Right," had the 1955 U.S. #2 single "A Blossom Fell" and 1957 U.K. #2 single "When I Fall In Love" plus over 20 other U.S. & U.K. Top 40 singles.

On this day in 1981, American guitarist Mike Bloomfield was found dead in his car in San Francisco from an accidental heroin overdose. Member of the Paul Butterfield band and Electric Flag. Played on Bob Dylan's album Highway 61 Revisited.

On this day in 2002, Kerrang! Magazine overtook the New Musical Express for the first time to become the best selling U.K. weekly music publication. Find out what else happened on this date in music history here

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