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The Rock Show

The Loud Hailer

Catch up on the latest releases, gig news and scandal from the turbulent world of rock.

Volbeat announce new album and tour

Volbeat will release their seventh studio album Rewind, Replay, Rebound in August, followed by a UK tour.

The Danish band have already unveiled the track Parasite and premiered a video for their punky, rockabilly track Leviathan, which we'll play in a second.

Rewind, Replay, Rebound features two guest appearances, Clutch vocalist Neil Fallon and Slayer guitarist Gary Holt

Vocalist Michael Poulsen said: "The whole point for us going into the studio, is because you still have something to prove - not just for the fans, but mostly for yourself".

When the Volbeat tour the UK, the nearest gig to us is on October the first at the Manchester Apollo.

Izzy back or isn't he?

Guns and Roses bassist Duff McKagen as refused to confirm if the band are making a new album but says they tried, and failed, to get original rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin to perform with them again.

In a recent interview Duff said the mood in the GNR camp was very positive but he refused to say if a new album was on the cards.

However, he did let it slip that the band had approached Izzy about re-joining as part of their recent reunion tour but both sides couldn't quite reach an agreement.

Last year, Izzy blamed his non-involvement with the tour on the fact that he and the other guys in the band were unable "to reach a happy middle ground through the negotiation process."

Frontman Axl Rose said Izzy hadn't made up his mind, but the guitarist says otherwise, claiming the band didn't want to split the money made from the tour equally.

Bon bons

Scotland's oldest sweet shop has created a tasty treat for AC/DC fans attending Bonfest.

The Star Rock Shop is located in Kirriemuir, the town where AC/DC legend Bon Scott spent his formative years. And they've decided to sell Hells Balls sweets to celebrate this weekend's festival and to mark Highway To Hell's 40th anniversary.

Hells Balls are red, orange and black sweets which have a very unique flavour of sour blackcurrant.

The annual festival in the town will feature various AC/DC-themed bands along with other artists who are once again coming together to honour the late vocalist.

Black hole, son?

Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave's Tom Morello has backed an online petition to name the recently photographed black hole after the late Chris Cornell.

The very first image of the cosmic phenomenon was broadcast around the world recently, and a Chris Cornell fan wanted to mark the occasion to pay tribute to Soundgarden's classic track Black Hole Sun.

Tens of thousands of people have now signed the petition with Tom, who played guitar with Chris in Audioslave, saying he would be happy to add his name to it.

While the black hole is currently named M87, it's also been given the slightly friendlier Hawaiian name. However, this isn't official, so there's still hope that it could eventually be named after the late vocalist.

The Darkness to drop new album

Suffolk's finest, The Darkness, will release their sixth album later this year before heading out on tour.

The album's called Easter Is Cancelled and is set to be released in October. It'll be the band's first release since 2017's Pinewood Smile.

Local fans can see the band when they support the ginger busker Ed Shearan at two sell-out summer shows at Leeds Roundhay Park.

And the band will also head out on a full tour in support of the new album during November and December, including dates in Nottingham, Manchester and York.

Never Mind the Baftas

Following the recent, high-profile Queen and Motley Crue biopics, a movie about The Sex Pistols is set to hit the big screen.

It's been reported that Starlight Films has been working on the early stages of the film for the past 18 months and casting will begin soon.

The as-yet-untitled film will apparently actually focus on the band's late manager Malcolm McLaren, who died in 2010, and how he helped instigate the UK punk movement alongside his girlfriend, fashion designer Vivienne Westwood.

Although McClaren and Westwood will form the main part of the film, it will also chronicle the Sex Pistol's rapid rise and fall from 1975 to 1978.

Late Sex Pistols star Sid Vicious was previously played by Gary Oldman in the 1986 biopic 'Sid and Nancy' and the band's rise and fall was also chronicled in the Great Rock N Roll Swindle.

'Tallica get classical once more

Metallica will mark the 20th anniversary of their 1999 live album 'S&M' with a very special concert with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.

Billed as S&M Squared, the one-off concert in September will also celebrate the grand opening of a new venue in San Francisco.

Alongside hosting concerts, the eighteen thousand capacity multipurpose arena will be a new basketball venue.

Metallica's original S&M concert was recorded in April 1999 and features classic Metallica songs with additional symphonic accompaniment composed by conductor Michael Kamen.

The band's bassist Robert Trujillo has also revealed that the band have been working on new album ideas while they've been out on the road.