Over 700 New Metallica Riffs- Roger Daltrey Sought American Idol Gig?- Danzig Let Singer To Hit Him?- Descendents Disappoint- Def Leppard- Converge Dropdead- more

The Day in Rock Digest for 05/02/11: Metallica's Lars Ulrich says of plans a new album, "James [Hetfield, guitar/vocals] told me in Australia that he had over 700 [new] riffs. That was slightly overwhelming. When I spoke to him yesterday, he told me that he'd been playing guitar again in the last couple of weeks. And listen, when James tunes his guitar, he comes up with three to five usable guitar riffs. It's kind of frightening. James is not allowed to play guitar without being recorded. Literally! There are also hours and hours of jams and tuning-room shindigs. After the ['Big Four'] gig [in Indio], we're gonna sit down and wade through two and half years' worth of riffs and jams and hopefully a lot of the seeds for the next Metallica record will be in that." more

NME reports that The Who's Roger Daltrey applied to replace Simon Cowell on 'American Idol' Singer had previously criticized the show - and was rejected in favour of Steven Tyler more

Def Leppard will be guests on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on Tuesday, May 10th. The Tonight Show airs on NBC TV at 11:35 EST more

In the May 2011 issue of U.K.'s Metal Hammer magazine, Glenn Danzig was asked about the widely circulated video clip from 2004 (see below) where North Side Kings singer and frequent Soulfly collaborator Danny Marianinho confronts Glenn backstage because Danny's band didn't get to play at one of Danzig's gigs before Glenn shoves him and ends up getting punched out by Marianinho. To this day, there are those who are surprised that someone with Danzig's martial-arts training should have been so easily knocked down. "I allowed it to happen," Glenn told Metal Hammer. "Why? Because there are always those looking to goad you into hitting them so they can sue you. It happens to public figures all the time. It's a way of life." more

Deeds of Flesh has issued a statement regarding recent line-up changes: "Due to personal reasons Sean Southern has parted ways with Deeds of Flesh. He did a great job with us and we wish him the best in his future endeavors. We are very pleased to announce that Craig Peters (Arkaik) will be taking over as our lead guitarist." more

Descendents have posted a statement addressing their less than well-received performance from last week. Frontman Milo Aukerman's voice gave out in the beginning of the set leading to many disappointed fans of the beloved punk/hardcore outfit. more

The New Regime will be touring with Taking Back Sunday, Thursday and the Colour Revolt this summer.

Guns N' Roses guitarist Ron "Bumblefoot" Thal will be a special guest of Salem, at the band's May 6th show at Reading 3 in Tel Aviv.more

Deathwish Inc. and Converge have just announced details on the upcoming split release with Dropdead. Simply title Split, the recording, available as a 7″ EP and digital, will be brand new songs from Converge and Dropdead. more

Yob has been in the studio as-of-late tracking material for their next album. Recording is taking place at Dogwood Studios (where Yob has recorded all of their albums) in Elmira, OR with producer Jeff Olsen at the helm. more

This week's stop in Bochum, Germany (April 28th at the famous Zeche club) saw former Helloween singer Michael Kiske reunite with Gamma Ray mainman Kai Hansen for a rendition of 'Future World' and 'A While In Dreamland'. See it here

Withdrawal, Venia, Xibalba will be touring in Canada this spring. more

On this day in 1957, Elvis Presley recorded the Leiber and Stoller song "Jailhouse Rock," which would be featured in his third film Jailhouse Rock.

On this day in 2005, 36 years after breaking up, Eric Clapton joined former Cream members, drummer Ginger Baker and bass player Jack Bruce, for the first of four nights at London's Royal Albert Hall. Tickets were being sold for nearly $1,000 on eBay, while fans from all over the globe flew in to catch the performances.

On this day in 2006, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards was released from a hospital in New Zealand after suffering a mild concussion when he fell out of a coconut tree while on holiday in Fiji. He was airlifted to Auckland's Ascot Hospital for observation, where he underwent a brain scan. Find out what else happened on this date in music history here

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