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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.

I bless the rains....again, and again, and again..

An artist has unveiled a sound installation which will play Toto's classic track 'Africa' on an endless loop in the Namib Desert.

He's set up a solar-powered MP3 player and six speakers somewhere in the desert promising that the famous song will now play 'for all eternity'.

The artist says he hopes Africa will continue playing for 55 million years as he's chosen materials which will be particularly durable in the harsh climate.

Toto will return to the UK this summer for a headline set at London's Live At Chelsea in aid of the Chelsea Pensioners.

Guns and er....Bugs Bunny?

While the world waits for new Guns N Roses music, following the return of Slash and Duff, Axl Rose has surprised everyone with some new music - but it's not what you think.

His first material since the 2008 GNR album Chinese Democracy is a track called Rock The Rock and it's been recorded for The New Looney Tunes cartoon series which will air on the Boomerang TV channel later this year.

Axl will star in one of the episodes, and to mark the news, a video of the new single has been released.

It also stars Bugs Bunny and a host of other characters as they attempt to save the Earth from an angry, social media-loving asteroid through the power of music. Whatevs!

Still got the blues for Gary

The late Gary Moore will be honoured at a tribute concert in his native Belfast later this spring.

The first Gig For Gary concert is being held to raise funds for a memorial statue immortalising the blues rock legend.

Artists performing on the night include Eric Bell Trio, featuring the founding Thin Lizzy guitarist and his band and the Irish blues band Taste.

Gary Moore sadly died of a heart attack in February 2011 while on holiday in Spain.

Last October, Gary was honoured by his friends, peers and family with the tribute album 'Moore Blues for Gary'.

Rock stars that contributed to the record include Danny Bowes from Thunder, Ricky Warwick of Thin Lizzy, Black Star Riders and The Almighty and Steve Lukather from Toto.

Brian celebrates Pluto probe

Queen guitarist Brian May will premiere his first solo song in more than two decades on Tuesday with a little help from NASA.

The song called New Horizons will get its global premier at NASA control headquarters before it's available to download digitally.

Brian is a doctor of astrophysics and New Horizons is his personal homage to NASA's New Horizons mission, which on New Year's Day will achieve the most distant spacecraft flyby in history far out beyond Pluto on the edges of the solar system.

New Horizons celebrates the entire 12-year voyage of the probe, and includes a message from the late-great Stephen Hawking congratulating NASA on their successful rendezvous with Pluto back in 2015.

Robert finally comes out of the dark

The Cure have revealed that they're planning on releasing a new studio album in the near future.

Their last record came out ten years ago, but now Robert Smith has been inspired to return to the studio after curating the music for a London-based festival earlier this year.

Robert confirmed the band will start recording in about six weeks' time.

They're also set to be inducted in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame with past and present members confirmed for the ceremony.

We finally get a date to dish The Dirt

The long-awaited Motley Crue film based on their 2002 book The Dirt: Confessions Of The World's Most Notorious Rock Band finally has a release date.

The film entered pre-production back in January after it was originally slated to premiere in the summer of 2016. But now it will come out next March.

Vocalist Vince Neil confirmed the news on Twitter. Back in September the band recorded four new songs for The Dirt soundtrack.

The Dirt stars Australian actor Daniel Webber as Vince Neil and rapper Machine Gun Kelly as Tommy Lee.

The smell of the glove is back!

The band that single-handedly changed the face of rock music forever have announced they are reforming in 2019.

A decade on from their last triumphant live shows, which included Glastonbury and a headline show at Wembley Arena, Spinal Tap will reunite at a 35th anniversary screening of their documentary at a film festival and have promised a special musical performance.

This Is Spinal Tap first graced our cinema screens in 1984 and has gone on to become a cult film among rock fans, even to the point of being preserved in America's film archives.

The mock band released three studio albums in their glittering career, including most recently 2009's Back from the Dead.