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Weezer & Jane's Addiction to perform classic albums in full at Riot Fest

May 15th, 2014 9:30pm EDT
Jane's Addiction
Weezer and Jane'S Addiction will be among 10 bands performing classic albums in their entirety at this year's (14) 10th anniversary Riot Fest in Chicago, Illinois.

The Offspring, NOFX and Slayer will also hit the stage to revamp hit albums like Smash, Punk in Drublic and Reign in Blood, respectively.

Chicago's Riot Fest & Carnival takes place in September (14), and will feature rock act Gwar's first performance since the death of frontman Dave Brockie in March (14).

Pussy Riot stars Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina will also take part in an interactive panel with other Russian ...

You Won't Believe How This Youtuber Sings Jason Derulo's Hit 'Talk Dirty To Me'

May 7th, 2014 12:24pm EDT
You Won't Believe How This Youtuber Sings Jason Derulo's Hit 'Ta
Youtuber 'Ten Second Songs' covers popular songs in a way that's maybe a little different than what you're used to. He takes a song as sings it in the style of different artists - sometimes artists whose styles varies greatly from that of the original singer. His most recent project takes Jason Derulo's 'Talk Dirty To Me' which he sings in styles that run from 'Slayer' and 'White Zombie' to 'Hootie and the Blowfish' and 'Cab Calloway.' Needless to say, he nails it on pretty much every rendition.

For more of Ten Second Songs really awesome renditions, you can check out his channel HERE. G...

Rock legends honoured at 20th Kerrang! Awards

June 13th, 2013 8:52pm EDT
Iron Maiden
Rock legends Iron Maiden, Slayer, Pantera and Queen were feted at this year's (13) Kerrang! Awards in London on Thursday (13Jun13).

Iron Maiden picked up the Inspiration Award for their pioneering role in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, while Slayer's Kerry King and Tom Araya made their first appearance in the U.K. since the loss of bandmate Jeff Hanneman last month (02May13) to pick up the Kerrang! Legend Award.

Pantera frontman Phil Anselmo took to the stage to accept the band's Hall of Fame Award, while Brian May and Roger Taylor accepted the Service to Rock Award on behalf of Que...

Protesters to greet mourners at Jeff Hanneman memorial

May 16th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Slayer's Jeff Hanneman
Friends and fans of late Slayer star Jeff Hanneman will have a few unwelcome guests waiting for them at his memorial service next week (23May13) as members of the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church have announced they will picket the Los Angeles event.

Over 4,000 people are expected to attend the celebration of the bass player's life at the Hollywood Palladium and they'll be treated to a parody of Ozzy Osbourne's Crazy Train, which will be performed by the WBC choir.

Church members have courted controversy in the past with their anti-gay and anti-God protests and have previously pickete...

Slayer's Jeff Hanneman died of alcohol-related liver scarring

May 10th, 2013 9:06pm EDT
Jeff Hanneman
Slayer rocker Jeff Hanneman's official cause of death has been listed as alcohol-related liver scarring.

The guitarist passed away in a Los Angeles hospital on 2 May (13) aged 49, and (09May13) now it has emerged he succumbed to alcohol-related cirrhosis, or an irreversible scarring of the liver.

In a post on Slayer's official website, Hanneman's devastated bandmates admit they were unaware of "the true extent" of his liver problems until their pal was facing death.

The statement reads, "We've just learned that the official cause of Jeff's death was alcohol related cirrhosis. While he ha...

Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman Died Of Alcohol-Related Cirrhosis

May 10th, 2013 10:16am EDT
Jeff Hanneman
Officials have released the cause of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman's death -- alcohol-related liver cirrhosis. The rocker, 49, died on May 2, and his death was due to an irreversible scarring of the liver.

Bandmates were shocked by the finding, writing on their official website they were were unaware of "the true extent" of his liver problems.
They issued the statement: "We've just learned that the official cause of Jeff's death was alcohol related cirrhosis. While he had his health struggles over the years, including the recent Necrotizing fasciitis infection that devastated his well-b...

Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman Dies At 49

May 2nd, 2013 9:46pm EDT
Jeff Hanneman, co-founder and guitarist for thrash metal band Slayer, died of liver failure at a southern California hospital on Thursday. He was 49.

The news was confirmed in a message on the band's website.

"Slayer is devastated to inform that their bandmate and brother, Jeff Hanneman, passed away at about 11AM this morning near his Southern California home. Hanneman was in an area hospital when he suffered liver failure. He is survived by his wife Kathy, his sister Kathy and his brothers Michael and Larry, and will be sorely missed."

The guitarist had been on hiatus from the band sinc...

10 Inappropriate Songs To Play At The Pope's Inauguration

March 17th, 2013 1:00pm EDT
10 Inappropriate Songs To Play at the Pope's Inaguration
Pope Francis I will be inaugurated as Pope on March 19, and ultimately it will be a very important and serious occasion. So, in order to prevent any really awkward moments, here are 10 songs that should not be played at any cost.

10. "Running with the Devil" Van Halen

One would hope that the new Pope doesn't " there's no tomorrow." That would lead to some awkward thoughts on the afterlife.

9. "Dear God" XTC

This song is about questioning faith in religion, and features lyrics like "Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are just somebody's unholy hoax."

8. "God's Away on Busi...

Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman Pulls Out Of Summer Tour Over Spider Bite

May 1st, 2012 8:10pm EDT
Jeff Hanneman
Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman has been forced to sit out the group's upcoming tour to properly treat a spider bite.

The rocker almost lost his arm and was placed in a medically-induced coma following the creepy encounter last year, and has since undergone several operations to remove the dead and dying tissue from his arm.

In an open letter to fans announcing his decision to sit out the tour, the band states, "It's been about a year since he got out of the hospital, and since then, he had to learn to walk again, he's had several painful skin grafts, he's been in rehab doing exercises to ...

Danzig Upsets Fun Fun Fun Festival Fans With Late Set

November 8th, 2011 8:48am EST
Rocker Glenn Danzig angered fans at a Texas music festival after he arrived late, ranted onstage and cut short his set.

The former Misfits frontman was due to headline Austin's Fun Fun Fun festival on Friday but upon arrival, he told promoters he was too unwell to play.

According to, Danzig demanded French onion soup, a fast food chicken sandwich and onstage electrical heaters in order to perform. The star finally took the stage more than 45 minutes past his scheduled time and ranted at organizers after he was told to cut his set short due to a mandatory curfew.

He to...

Slipknot To Stream Sonisphere Performance

July 8th, 2011 1:28pm EDT
Rockers Slipknot will share their upcoming set at Britain's Sonisphere festival with fans all over the world by streaming the gig over the internet.

The band will take to the stage at the rock event at England's Knebworth House on Sunday and the gig will mark the band's first U.K. show since the death of bassist Paul Gray last year.

They have asked fans to observe a two-minute silence prior to their set in memory of the late rocker, and they have now revealed they will be streaming their performance live on the internet so fans across the globe can see the show.

A statement from the b...

Slayer Frontman Tom Araya To Be Honored In Chilean Hometown

May 31st, 2011 11:38pm EDT
Slayer star Tom Araya is to be honored with the key to the Chilean city where he was born.

The singer/bassist was born in Vina del Mar, but left with his parents when he was five.

Araya will accept the key from Mayor Virginia Reginato on Friday prior to Slayer's first ever concert in the city.

The rocker plans to spend the weekend showing his wife and children around the city he once called home - and spend his 50th birthday on June 6 there, according to reports.

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Slayer Guitarist Jeff Hanneman Hospitalized With Flesh-Eating Disease

February 15th, 2011 8:44am EST
Jeff Hanneman
Heavy rocker Jeff Hanneman has been forced to pull out of Slayer's upcoming tour after he was hospitalized with a nasty flesh-eating disease.

The metal guitarist is suffering from necrotizing fasciitis, a rare bacterial virus which attacks skin, fat and body tissue.

Reports suggest Hanneman became ill after being bitten by a spider, and he is due to undergo surgery on his right arm in a bid to treat the disease.

In a statement issued to, Slayer frontman Tom Araya says, "Jeff is our brother, we've all been friends and together as a band for almost 30 years. We just want him ...

Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth & Anthrax Regrouping For Coachella

January 26th, 2011 1:20am EST
Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax are teaming up again for one U.S. Big Four date on the site of the Coachella Festival.

The heavy metal groups will come together on April 23 for an outdoor supergig at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California.

The four acts first banded together last year for seven acclaimed shows across Europe.

No other North American dates are scheduled as WENN goes to press.

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System Of A Down Plan 2011 Reunion

December 21st, 2010 11:28pm EST
System Of A Down
Armenian-Americans System Of A Down are to reunite for a series of shows in Europe next year.

The acclaimed quartet announced an indefinite hiatus in 2006 and haven't worked together as a band since.

But, in a post online, the group reveals it has booked 10 European shows in 2011.

The statement on the band's website reads, "We have no master plan. We are playing these shows simply because we want to play together again."

Bassist Shavo Odadjian recently told Hustler magazine the bandmates agreed to an indefinite hiatus to stave off a permanent split after success started to get the bette...

Metallica's 'Master Of Puppets' Named Top Metal Album

April 29th, 2010 9:49pm EDT
Metallica Master of Puppets
Metallica's "Master Of Puppets" has topped a new list of heavy metal albums. The group's 1986 release beat Iron Maiden's "Number of the Beast" and "Appetite For Destruction" by Guns N' Roses on the joint and Metal Hammer magazine poll.

Ironically, the results have been released on International Noise Awareness Day.

More than 6,000 heavy rock fans took part in the vote, with 20 per cent of them picking "Master of Puppets" as the top album.

Also making the top 10 were Metallica's "Ride The Lightning," AC/DC's "Back in Black," "Rust in Peace" by Megadeth and Black Sabbath's "...

Lemmy & Rob Halford Named 'Golden Gods' Top Honorees

February 18th, 2010 10:08am EST
Lemmy & Rob Halford Named
Motorhead star Lemmy and Judas Priest's Rob Halford are to be honored with top prizes at the second annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards in April. Ace of Spades singer Lemmy will be the 2010 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, while fellow Brit Halford will take home the event's Golden God Award.

Rob Zombie, Fear Factory and Zakk Wylde will provide the performances at this year's show, which will be held at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, while Andrew WK and professional wrestler-turned-musician Chris Jericho will co-host.

Nominees for awards were announced on Wednesday and Heaven...

Stars Join Deftones For Benefit Concert

November 22nd, 2009 11:03am EST
Motley Crue rocker Tommy Lee, Linkin Park frontman Mike Shinoda and rap group Cypress Hill were among the stars who joined the Deftones at a benefit concert in Los Angeles on Thursday night.

The musicians all took to the stage with the band in Hollywood to help raise funds for seriously ill bassist Chi Cheng, who was left in a coma following a car crash last year.

Cheng's bandmates promised to raise funds to help pay for the star's medical treatment and all their famous friends were on hand to help the cause.

Lee, Shinoda and Cypress Hill all took to the stage to perform with th...

James Hetfield Loves Idea Of Big Four Metal Tour

October 8th, 2009 11:19pm EDT
Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax, Megadeth, big four tour
Metallica front man James Hetfield has added weight to a proposed world tour with Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth by insisting the 'Big Four' show is a good idea. Bandmates Lars Ulrich and Robert Trujillo have already dismissed reports the supertour of thrash metal's godfathers is something that is being planned, with the bass player stating "a lot of egos" would get in the way of the project.

But Slayer star Kerry King has revealed negotiations have begun and Hetfield thinks the dream tour is possible, despite logistical and personality issues.

He tells, "I think it...

Lars Ulrich Planning Metal Mega-Tour

September 3rd, 2009 10:31pm EDT
Metallica, Lars Ulrich, Slayer, Anthrax, Megadeth
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich is secretly plotting a heavy rock super-tour, which will include his band, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax. Slayer guitarist Kerry King has let it slip that negotiations have started during an interview with Britain's Metal Hammer magazine.

Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax toured with Alice In Chains on the Clash Of The Titans tour in 1991, while Metallica and Megadeth played a one-off show in Britain in 1993 - but the four acts have never performed on the same bill.

King says, "I don't know Lars that well and I haven't heard it from Lars, but apparently he's ta...

Record Store Day Is Saturday, April 18

March 8th, 2009 7:00am EDT
The organizers of Record Store Day have been happily overwhelmed by a steady flurry of support and activity from artists, record labels and retailers wishing to participate in the annual event in salutation of the independent music store. This year Record Store Day is set to feature a number of exciting new products made especially for the event from such well-known artists as Radiohead, Wilco, Tom Waits and Lucinda Williams and the Flight of the Conchords, just to name a few.

Wilco plan to release their upcoming DVD as an exclusive release to indie stores and on the band's website on...

Slayer Readies New Material For Summer '09 Release

October 29th, 2008 6:30pm EDT
The UK's Metal Hammer magazine just posted a brand new video clip of the mighty Slayer in the studio recording a track for their brand new album, due out Summer 2009. You can watch it here.

The members of Slayer - Tom Araya/bass & vocals, Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman/guitars, and Dave Lombardo/drums - spent a couple of weeks in a Southern California recording studio earlier this month tracking three new songs, including the one featured in the Metal Hammer clip - "Psychopathy Red," a Hanneman-penned track that gives a chilling look into the twisted mind of Andrei Chikatilo, a notori...

Slayer Star Brings Hate To Manson Show

February 27th, 2008 9:30pm EST
Slayer guitarist Kerry King joined Marilyn Manson onstage in Los Angeles on Saturday for a rendition of "Irresponsible Hate Anthem." Manson was performing at the Wiltern Theater when his 2007 touring pal took to the stage.

Manson and Slayer performed a co-headlining North American tour last year. It marked the latest reunion for Manson, who has been joined on tour by former bassist Twiggy Ramirez. The former pals fell out in 2002, prompting Ramirez to quit Manson's band.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Q & A With Riggs of 'Scum of the Earth'

January 17th, 2008 7:01pm EST
After dropping out of high school at seventeen, Riggs left his small town and began a career as a guitar player, eventually joining Rob Zombie and later forming his own band Scum of the Earth. Riggs probably never expected to end up back in the small town he grew up in, but that's exactly where he's living now. As Starpulse learned, the party hard, dark image that Riggs cultivated for himself over the years didn't mesh well with the local churches, but that also didn't stop them from starting a bidding war to get him to join their congregations. The irony isn't lost on us!

I read that ...

Shadows Fall Garners Grammy Nom For 'Best Metal Performance'

December 10th, 2007 9:00pm EST
Shadows Fall
Atlantic recording artist Shadows Fall has received a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance for the song "Redemption" off their critically acclaimed label debut, Threads Of Life.

Clearly a leader in their genre, this marks the band's second Grammy nomination in the category, following their nod at the 2006 awards for "What Drives The Weak" off of their Century Media release, The War Within.

Shadows Fall frontman Brian Fair said the following, "We walked off stage in Milan Italy last night after a killer set on the Black Crusade tour and my phone started buzzing. After cr...

Slayer Ready To Call It Quits?

August 15th, 2007 12:08pm EDT
Slayer will reportedly split after their next album, because frontman Tom Araya is getting too old to headbang. After months of rumors about the heavy rockers' future - Araya, 46, confesses he is ready to call time on the band.

He says, "Well, there have been remarks made about seeing an old man headbang, and I have to agree. It's actually pretty strenuous. That's why I don't see it going any further than a certain point in time.

"We have one more record to do, which is our deal with Rick Rubin, and we'll have to sit down and discuss the future. But I can't really see myself doing...

EA Games To Release 'Skate,' The Ultimate Boarding Game, In September

July 25th, 2007 11:18am EDT
Skate is the closest thing to skateboarding without actually putting your feet on a board. With innovative controls that take advantage of the dual analog sticks, the power of the next gen hardware, and the ability to sculpt tricks that define your own style, skate delivers an authentic boarding mecca like no other video game.

Individual style combined with physics-driven animations promise that no two tricks will ever be the same. And there's plenty of room to pull off those tricks – San Vanelona challenges you to explore, find, and own the best spots. You can even capture footage to...

Fan Dies After Leaping From Bridge At Slayer Concert

July 2nd, 2007 3:49pm EDT
The 22-year-old Slayer fan who plummeted from a bridge at the band's headline show at the Metaldown festival in Gothenburg, Sweden on Saturday, has died. According to reports, the devotee leapt from the Gota-Alv bridge opposite the event's main stage an hour into Slayer's set at the festival, and was rushed to Sahlgrenska University Hospital in the city after being found unconscious in the water below.

Doctors fought to save the as yet unnamed man, but he failed to regain consciousness.

The incident started as a prank when two friends stripped to their underwear and counted down...

Marilyn Manson Will Close Every Tour Stop With Slayer

June 19th, 2007 4:40pm EDT
Rockers Slayer had no problem bowing down to Marilyn Manson's demand he ends every show on their upcoming co-headlining tour, because it'll give them time "to chill for a change". Slayer guitarist Kerry King admits he doesn't care if his band headlines some of the gigs or not.

He tells, "It is completely co-headlining, except that he wanted to close every day, and we're like, 'Hey, knock yourself out.'

"We've been in so many situations like that, and sometimes, it's better not to be the last band on. So, we're just kind of happy about it. I don't have the ego that makes me...

Machine Head Big Winners At Metal Hammer Awards

June 12th, 2007 4:06pm EDT
Machine Head
Machine Head were the big winners at last night's Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in London, claiming two major honors and performing the night's live highlight. The California rockers claimed the Best Album award for the critically-acclaimed Blackening and front man Robb Flynn picked up the night's Golden God honor.

Lamb of God were the night's big losers - they only picked up one award, despite getting nominated for five.

The full list of winners is:

Best U.K. Band: Bullet For My Valentine

Best Live Band: Lamb of God

Best International Band: Killswitch Engage

Best Unde...

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