Rockers Slipknot, SLASH, Soundgarden and Faith No More are set to headline Australia's Soundwave Festival. The two-day music event will take place in different cities over two consecutive weekends beginning on 21 February (15). Fall Out Boy, Marilyn Manson and Judas Priest are also on the bill.
Judas Priest singer Rob Halford insists there will never be a group tell-all - because he and his bandmates have too much respect for each other to open up about dark days and embarrassing moments. The Breaking the Law rocker is often asked to bare all in book form, but he admits he couldn't run the risk of upsetting his pals.
He tells Esquire magazine, "It's basically (about) trust and respect for each other. I would never say anything about Glenn (Tipton), even about the music to a certain respect.
"As far as the dirty laundry that some bands are very, very open about displaying, the most important thing for Priest is the music. We really treasure it. And I'm only speaking for myself, but once you get beyond that and you get deeper, digging in the dirt, it can really dilute what you're about and what you're trying to be with your music.
"So, we're very, very protective of that. We've also been fortunate in that we're surrounded by people outside of the band who are very protective of us as well.
"You get these tell-all book from agents and managers that don't really know the truth. We've been lucky. We're constantly asked if we're going to do a book. Well, it seems the only way you can get a book to be successful is to dig up the dirt, and I don't want to do that, personally. I think it's also part of the magic and mystery of the band, isn't it?"
Former Marilyn Manson guitarist John 5 and Van Halen's David Lee Roth have teamed up to record a new album. The heavy rocker, real name John William Lowery, landed his big break when Lee Roth hired him for his 1998 album DLR Band and now the two old friends have reunited in the studio to work on a new California Sessions project.
John 5 tells Canadian blogger Mitch Lafon, "It's 11 of the greatest songs you'll ever hear, and it's just me and Dave, and we had Gregg Bissonette play drums on it. And it's unbelievable.
"There's a song called Somewhere Over The Rainbow Bar & Grill and just great, great songs. And hopefully sometime it'll see the light of day. But he's (Lee Roth) busy with Van Halen, all that stuff. But it's an incredible record.
"I would just go over to his house during the day and write this music and then he would book the studio at night. So we would go into A&M Studios... and we'd record. It sounds like just Dave from that Van Halen I or II or Women And Children First era."
And Lee Roth isn't the only rock god John 5 has been working with - he has collaborated with Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford on the 2WO project. The guitarist is also currently working with Rob Zombie.
Australian singer/songwriter Sia has scored her first number one album in the U.S. The star's new release 1000 Forms of Fear has shot to the top of the Billboard 200, despite the fact Sia promoted it by performing with her back to the camera on a series of U.S. chat shows as dancers interpreted her hit single Chandelier.
The album is Sia's first U.S. top 10 - her previous releases have failed to break the top 20.
The Frozen soundtrack is on the rise again at two, while Sam Smith's In the Lonely Hour holds at three and fellow Brit Ed Sheeran falls to four with X.
Last week's number one, Trey Songz's Trigga, drops to five and veteran rockers Judas Priest score their highest-charting album ever, as Redeemer of Souls debuts at number six.
Meanwhile, on the singles chart, Canadian pop/reggae group MAGIC! have ended Iggy Azalea's seven-week reign atop the Hot 100.
The group's Rude topples rapper Azalea's Fancy, making MAGIC! the first all-Canadian act to top the U.S. charts in over a decade.
MAGIC! frontman Nasri Atweh is not new to the top 10 - he co-wrote Justin Bieber's As Long as You Love Me, Pitbull's Feel This Moment and New Kids on the Block's Summertime.
Azalea's Fancy falls to number two on the new chart, while her Problem collaboration with Ariana Grande stays put at three. Nico & Vinz's Am I Wrong and Sam Smith's Stay With me are also unmoved at four and five.
"I love Bruce. He's a great friend of mine. And he's very outspoken.... These things are said in many ways, and I'm sure he didn't mean it in any other way than Bruce sometimes goes off in one of his rants... I use a teleprompter now because I do so many things. I can't remember." Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford refuses to get upset about Iron Maiden star Bruce Dickinson's criticisms of the bald rocker's use of a teleprompter during gigs.
Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford is holding out hope for a collaboration with Lady Gaga after meeting the pop superstar backstage at a recent gig. The Breaking the Law rocker met Gaga for the first time when he was a guest at a recent concert in San Diego, California - and now the odd couple is making plans to hit the studio together.
Halford says, "I've been a huge fan of Gaga since she first burst on the scene. I just love everything that lady represents. First and foremost, her voice is extraordinary. I love her voice. She's an accomplished musician, she plays piano really well, she's just a great songwriter. And she's a beacon of hope for a lot of people in the world.
"(Meeting her) was a real moment come true. We didn't really have much time to talk. She's busy. I'm busy, but we've agreed to get together at some point and just hang out and maybe do something. I don't know if that will ever happen, but I love her to death."
Iron Maiden star Bruce Dickinson has accused other singers of cheating fans by using Autocue technology onstage. The frontman has criticised stars who can't remember the words to their own songs and insists he is proud not to rely on a teleprompter to get through a gig.
He tells Britain's The Guardian, "We still don't have an Autocue. Yay! I never realised that people were using Autocues. What the f**k is that all about? People pay good money and you can't even remember the s**ding words. The daftest one I ever saw was (Judas Priest) hit Breaking the Law. It's on the f**king Autocue. 'Breaking the law, breaking the law/Breaking the law, breaking the law/Breaking the law, breaking the law/Breaking the law' - guess what? - 'breaking the law.' It's ludicrous."
Pharrell Williams' Happy and songs by Beyonce, Foo Fighters and Radiohead have been turned into lullabies for the first compilation album in the Rockabye Baby series. Good Baby, Bad Baby will also featured reworked tracks by U2, Pink, Maroon 5, Judas Priest and Amy Winehouse.
Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford is to undergo hernia surgery before the group's upcoming world tour. The rocker is keen to get himself fixed and healthy before the band hits the road to promote new album Redeemer of Souls.
He tells ABC News Radio, "It looks like the alien just burst forth! My doctors always said, 'We can take care of it', and I said, 'I’ll get around to it'... It’s not very appealing to look at."
Halford, who underwent back surgery last year (13), insists he isn't experiencing any pain, adding, "That’s life. The wonderful thing about heavy metal music is that it’s immortal. The music is immortal, but the creators are not bestowed with that attribute.”
Heavy rock heavyweights Corey Taylor, Duff Mckagan and Rob Halford paid tribute to late peer Ronnie James Dio at an album listening party in Los Angeles on Monday night (17Mar14). The VIP bash at the Avalon offered those with golden tickets the chance to hear Dio's new all-star tribute album, This Is Your Life, two weeks before the project is released.
Anthrax's Scott Ian, Tim 'Ripper' Owens and former Dio stars Jimmy Bain and Rowan Robertson also joined in the festivities by performing, while Judas Priest star Halford was honoured with a Metal God award.
Dio lost his battle with stomach cancer in 2010.