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Marilyn Manson: 'I Will Never Play Glastonbury'

Manson, who performed at Download Festival in n, England on Saturday (13June15), insisted he would never follow in the footsteps of metal legends Metallica, who headlined Glastonbury last year (14). He tells...

Matt Bellamy Takes A Tumble During Muse's Download Debut

The band headlined the event at Donington Park in England for the first time, but the show nearly ended in disaster when the singer slipped over on the stage's catwalk. However, Bellamy...

Slipknot Set To Raise The Proverbial Roof At Download Festival 2015

Download festival sponsored by Zippo is now approaching its twelfth year and it keeps on going from strength to strength, and this year is looking to be the biggest and best to date. The festival...

Win Tickets For Download Festival 2014 With Contactmusic And Zippo!

Download Festival at Donington Park is one of the UK's most eagerly anticipated rock events so if you want to win a pair of tickets for this year, look no further!We've partnered with one of...

Download Festival In Touching Tribute: The Stephen Sutton Stage

Stephen Sutton’s story touched the hearts of many, raising not just money, but awareness for cancer. Although the £4 million he did manage was truly staggering. And in an act of remembrance for Sutton, the...

Download 2014 Lineup Taking Shape: Linkin Park To Headline, 'Hybrid Theory' Played In Full

It won’t kick off until June 13th next year, but metal rock fans heading to 2014’s Download already have an idea how their weekend will sound: Linkin Park will be headlining, and will play their...

Zippo Brings Festival Goers Closer To The Rock Stars At Download Festival 2013!

Zippo is giving fans the chance to get up close and personal with rock legends playing at Download Festival 2013. The festival is one of the highlights of the rock calendar and the iconic American...

Download Festival Confirm Seven New Acts

Queens of the Stone Age and 30 Seconds to Mars have been confirmed for next year's Download Festival.Seven new acts have been announced at the annual event - which this year celebrated its 10th anniversary...

Soundgarden Headline Hard Rock Calling

Soundgarden closed the first day of Hard Rock Calling last night (13.07.12).The 'Superunknown' group - who reunited in 2010 after a 12-year hiatus - braved the rain in London's Hyde Park to deliver a hit-packed,...

Latitude Festival Cancelled? No Chance, Insists Organiser

The likes of the Isle Of Wight and Download Festivals have been decimated by the awful British summer weather, but Latitude Festival organiser Melvin Benn is convinced that this weekend the 35,000 capacity event taking...

Friendly Fires Close Beach Break Live

Friendly Fires brought Beach Break Live festival to a close yesterday evening (17.06.12). The 'Jump in the Pool' group concluded the music event by blasting out hits including 'Hawaiian Air', 'Live Those Days Tonight' and...

Rammstein Win Best Live Band At Golden Gods

Rammstein won Best Live Band at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards last night (11.06.12). The German metal group beat off competition from Iron Maiden, Metallica, Skindred and Watain to take home the accolade, while...

Metallica Headline Download

Metallica closed the second day of Download festival last night (09.06.12).The iconic 'Master of Puppets' group played a two-hour set which incorporated a performance of their entire iconic self titled album - known to fans...

Sharon And Ozzy Osbourne In Extension Row

Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne are being sued for illegally extending their Los Angeles garden. The rock singer and his wife have reportedly annexed land neighbouring their home, which is governed by The Mountain View Estate...

Metallica Have Plenty Of Riffs For Next Album

Metallica have ''846 riffs'' ready for their next album. The ''Enter Sandman' group have been in the studio looking to record the follow up to 2008's 'Death Magnetic' album, and frontman James Hetfield was surprised...

Soundgarden Didn't Plan Reunion

Soundgarden never intended to reunite.The group recently got back together after splitting 16 years ago and frontman Chris Cornell admits the reunion only came about when they held meetings to discuss ways of reconnecting with...

Black Sabbath Make Live Return

Black Sabbath played their first show since reforming in Birmingham this Saturday (19.05.12).The reformed heavy metal group - vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bass player Geezer Butler - played in Birmingham, middle England,...

Black Sabbath Drummer Quits Reunion Shows

Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward will not take part in the bands reunion shows.The original line up of the group - Bill, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler - came together last year to...

Black Sabbath Announce Homecoming Gig

Black Sabbath will play a one-off UK homecoming gig in Birmingham next month. The 'Paranoid' rockers will perform at the O2 Academy in the city - home to singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist...

Metallica Want To Headline Glastonbury

Metallica want to headline Glastonbury. The 'Enter Sandman' heavy metal group would love to headline the British festival - one of the biggest in Europe - but have never been invited by organisers Michael and...

Corey Taylor To Debut Solo Acoustic Set At Download Festival

Download Festival has announced a further 22 acts to its line-up; including Cancer Bats, Rise To Remain and Saxon, who will join the headliners The Prodigy, Metallica and Black Sabbath on 8-10 June 2012, which...

Metallica To Perform Black Album In Full At Download Festival 2012

Download Festival is now in its tenth year and to celebrate the milestone, the festival has announced that they are adding a further fourteen acts to the line-up. Joining the headliners Metallica; Black Sabbath and...

Black Sabbath Given 'Kick Up The Rump' By Cancer Scare

Black Sabbath have been given a "kick up the rump" by Tony Iommi's cancer diagnosis. The guitarist with the reformed 'Iron Man' group announced he has been diagnosed with lymphoma earlier this month, and the...

The Prodigy Voted Best Dance Act Of All Time

The Prodigy have been voted the best dance act of all time. The 'Firestarter' group beat Daft Punk to claim the top spot in the poll, by dance music publication Mixmag, although they only won...

Tony Iommi 'Overwhelmed' By Fans' Support

Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi has been "overwhelmed" by the support he's received following his diagnosis with cancer. The 63-year-old guitarist has been diagnosed with lymphoma and, following a statement from the band asking fans to...

The Prodigy Won't Do Dubstep

The Prodigy will not change their sound to embrace dubstep on their new album. The 'Omen' group acknowledge the shift in dance music with the rise of the bass heavy genre in recent years, but...

The Darkness' Dire Influence

The Darkness' new album is influenced by Dire Straits.The recently reformed 'Cannonball' group are putting the finishing touches to their comeback album, and have a surprising musical influence to add to "AC/DC, Queen and Aerosmith"...

Linkin Park Back In The Studio

Linkin Park have started on the follow up to 'A Thousand Suns' with Rick Rubin. The 'Shadow of the Day' group have "been in the studio writing" with the legendary producer, coming up with new...

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