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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.

'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.

Mega-comic book for Megadeth

Megadeth will continue their 35th anniversary celebrations with a new graphic novel titled Death By Design.

The band have teamed up with Heavy Metal magazine for the 350-page book which is based around some of the band's best-loved tracks.

The news comes just as Megadeth are about to launch their greatest hits package Warheads On Foreheads, which is out on 22 March.

A host of writers and artists have been part of the comic book project, which will be released in early June.

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine said he's always loved graphic novels and wanted to band to do something like this during their career.

Wagons line up massive set of gigs

Lancaster rockers Massive Wagons have announced two major support tours - opening for both The Wildhearts and Lynyrd Skynard on their gigs later this year.

The band are special guests to The Wildhearts on their eight-date May 2019 Renaissance Tour. Following this, they will open proceedings at Lynyrd Skynyrd's Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour, which takes in arenas in Glasgow, Manchester, London and Birmingham in June.

Massive Wagons - who released their debut major label album last year - also play their own headline Back To The Stack Tour in April after a series of European dates with Thunder.

The Lynyrd Skynyrd dates also include Wagons' musical heroes Status Quo on the bill, with their song Back to The Stack being a tribute to the late Rick Parfett.

A celebration of Stevie

Stevie Nicks will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame for a second time at the end of March.

She was previously enshrined in the Rock Hall in 1998 with her Fleetwood Mac bandmates, and this year will go in as a solo artist. And to celebrate, it's been announced that career-spanning compilations will be released over the coming months.

The Stand Back collection will feature material from her studio albums, along with live performances and her soundtrack work, including her collaborations with artists.

The first release titled Stand Back will be an 18-track CD which will launch on March the 29th, while the 50-song collection will arrive in mid-April.

Stevie is currently on tour with her Fleetwood Mac colleagues which will come to the UK for three dates in June.

Cornell doc on the way

A documentary about the life and work of Chris Cornell is in the works, according to Variety magazine.

They report that Brad Pitt's production company Film 45 are behind the project, while Chris's widow Vicky will is lined up to produce the film.

No other details have been announced at the present time.

The Soundgarden and Audioslave frontman died at the age of 52 in 2017.

A tribute concert in his honour was held in Los Angeles in January, which featured appearances from artists including Metallica, Foo Fighters, Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler and Chris' Soundgarden bandmates.

Chris was posthumously awarded a Grammy in the Best Rock Performance category at this year's awards.

Foos for free

Foo Fighters have joined forced with Europe's biggest rock school to offer the chance for children across the UK to learn how to play their music for free.

Rocksteady: Just PLAY gives kids the chance to play their favourite Foo Fighters' song regardless of whether they have past experience on an instrument or not and it's happening in places like Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham and Leeds.

Instruments and teachers will be provided at the 30-minute lessons and children taking part will be entered into a prize draw to win exclusive merchandise including t-shirts, vinyl albums and signed drumsticks.

Last year Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl challenged himself to play several musical instruments non-stop for 23 minutes straight. This challenge then formed the basis of a two-part mini documentary called PLAY.

AC is he?

Brian Johnson has appeared to confirm that he's back in AC/DC and recording a new album with the band.

Brian was forced to sit out the remainder of the band's Rock or Bust tour as a result of voice problems and was replaced by Axl Rose.

But now he's fully recovered and rumours started circulating last year after several of the band members were seen around a Canadian recording studio.

AC/DC remained quiet about this, but it appears that Brian has got a bit fed up of having to deny everything.

But the band Terrorizer have let the cat out of the bag when they mentioned on social media that they'd bumped into Brian at an airport and when asked if he was recording a new AC/DC album

When contacted by heavy metal magazine Terrorizer and asked outright if he was recording new stuff with the band, he said he was and he was 'sick of denying it.