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Metallica Announce Lineup for 2013 Orion Music Festival

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Metallica has announced the lineup for the second annual Orion Music + More Festival, which will take place June 8-9 at Belle Isle in Detroit. The metal legends, in addition to Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against, the Deftones and Bassnectar will headline the event.

More than 30 bands on five stages will perform at Orion. As with last year, the undercard leans towards indie and punk...

Ace Frehley May Lose New York Home

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A bank is looking to foreclose on former Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley's home in Yorktown, N.Y. In the filing, the bank claims Frehley has not paid his mortgage since March 1, 2011.

According to lohud.com, Frehley owes a principal of $703,581.48, plus interest, late charges and fees from a $735,000 mortgage he took out in 2006. U.S. Bank National Association is asking the local court to...

35 Years Ago: Whitesnake Play Their First Show

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On Feb. 23, 1978, Whitesnake, led by former Deep Purple singer David Coverdale, performed their first concert at the Sky Bird Club in Nottingham, U.K.

The dramatic and embarrassing collapse of Deep Purple surely made for one of the most spectacular rock and roll debacles of the mid-1970s; and while it was another British mega-band of the period that made of habit of placing zeppelins...

Slayer Slam Dave Lombardo Claims

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Lombardo this week said he'd been told by the thrash giants' lawyers that his services wouldn't be required. He reported the move had been made after he queried Slayer's business model, which, he claimed, meant that only 10% of their touring income went to the members.

He explained he'd tried to rectify the situation, but guitarist Kerry King had "made it clear he wasn't interested in...

Def Leppard's Phil Collen Making the Most of the Death of the LP

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The LP is becoming such an antiquated term that it seems unlikely most music lovers born after 1990 will know what the letters stand for soon. Def Leppard's Phil Collen says most people don't want to buy a full "long playing" album any longer, and he's enjoying what that means.

"Sometimes you can have songs on the LP that get watered down because you put more effort into other ones,"

KISS Announce 2013 Canada Tour

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Kiss have been called many things throughout their storied career, positive and negative. But even their biggest detractors could never call them lazy. The band has booked a summer tour of Canada.

Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles is reporting that Kiss will spend a month in Canada, playing not just its biggest cities, but also smaller towns, some of which they have never played...

Adler Announces 'Back From The Dead' 2013 Tour Dates

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Adler, the new band led by former Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler, announced today the first leg of their 'Back From The Dead' tour. The first string of shows kicks off March 2nd at Ramona Mainstage in Ramona, California and continues through late July. The band are currently finalizing the European leg of the tour, which is slated to start in mid-September. The European tour will include...

Wolfgang Van Halen on Life in the Spotlight: 'There Will Always be Haters'

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Growing up in one of rock's preeminent musical families with a classical composer's first name, Wolfgang Van Halen was probably destined to be a musician before he was big enough to pick up a bass — but as he pointed out during a recent interview, he says that was still able to find his own path.

"My dad introduced me to AC/DC before I could even talk," Van Halen recalled to...

KISS, Motley Crue to Headline 2013 Rock Fest

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It seems Kiss and Motley Crue will be teaming up again as the two bands are set to headline this year's 'Rock Fest.' The four-day festival will be held from July 18 – 21 at the Venue in Cadott, Wis. and feature a variety of hard rocking veterans as well as newer acts.

Kiss tops off Day Three along with Megadeth, Warrant and others, while Motley Crue will headline the closing day with...

31 Years Ago: Ozzy Osbourne Arrested for Urinating at Alamo

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Let's see: you're a rock star, stumbling around an unfamiliar city while wearing your girlfriend/manager's dress. You feel the call of nature and, not knowing where the nearest gas station or hotel is, relieving yourself on a nearby statue seems like a good idea in your drunken state. But in the middle of the afternoon, with all sorts of people around, it's a good way to get yourself in...

Metallica Says They Did Not Ask the Military to Stop Using Their Music

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As it turns out, Metallica had not asked the U.S. Navy to not use their music on detainees in preparation for what some called "torture" and others called "enhanced interrogation techniques." The band categorically denied that they had any contact with the military on such matters.

In a post called 'Clearing the Air' that appeared on the group's website on Feb. 18, Metallica wrote...

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