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Industrial rockers have another stab

Industrial rock band Stabbing Westward have come out of recording retirement and announced a new EP which will be available to fans in the new year.

The band produced four albums during their original career, but split in 2002 after poor sales of their fourth album and a lack of a new record deal.

But frontman Chris Hall later recruited former Stabbing Westward members for his new band The Dreaming, which has led to a string of live dates in the US and the re-released of their first EP, originally recorded in 1992.

The new Dead and Gone EP will be available to dowload or buy on CD from the band's website in early 2020.

Faith Yes More

Faith No More are back on the live circuit after teasing fans with a countdown clock on their reactivated website.

The band announced they were taking an extended break following the release of their comeback album Sol Invictus is 2015 - their first new material in 14 years.

But they've announced a series of festival dates across Europe and South America, as well as a four date UK tour.

Mike Patton and the guys will take in shows in Glasgow, London, Birmingham and our nearest gig - Manchester Apollo on the 10th of June.

There's still no news on a follow-up album but keyboardist Roddy Bottum has said he's been travelling to San Francisco to make music with drummer Mike Bordin and bassist Billy Gould.

Crue come back

Motley Crue have officially announced they are back together and will tour again.

The band famously signed a contract in 2014 to say they wouldn't tour again, but rumours of a proposed return to the stage have been building over the last few weeks.

The band has released a video showing them blowing up that contract. Although it's not been confirmed, it's been reported that they could head out on a US stadium tour next summer with Def Leppard and Poison.

The band are asking fans to sign up for further information on their comeback through their website.

While Motley Crue originally called time on their live career on December 31, 2015, they reconvened in the studio in 2018 with producer Bob Rock to lay down the new songs for the biopic film: The Dirt.

UK metal's 'big two' may hit the road

Iron Maiden's Steve Harris has reacted postively to a suggestion by Judas Priest's Rob Halford that the two bands should tour together.

Rob proposed the pairing during an interview, in which he said that he'd originally wanted the so-called "Big Four" of UK metal to tour together, which would have also included Motorhead and Black Sabbath.

Now Maiden's bassist Steve Harris has responded saying he's up for the idea and the band's management teams need to work together to try and make it happen.

A month ago Judas Priest were nominated once again for entry into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame along with Motorhead, Soundgarden and Thin Lizzy. The results of who will be inducted will be announced soon.

Welcome (back) to the Black Parade

My Chemical Romance have called the fan reaction to their reunion as 'truly unbelievable.'

The band announced that they had reformed for a show in Los Angeles on the 20th of December – with the concert selling out almost immediately.

My Chemical Romance announced their return in a poster with the caption 'Like Phantoms Forever,' with frontman Gerard Way also sharing the news on Instagram.

There's no word yet if the reunion will be just for the Los Angeles show, if it will be permanent, or if there are any future gigs planned.

The band split in 2013, with band members going on to work on a variety of other projects.

Gerard Way and guitarist Frank Iero continued high-profile solo careers, with Gerard releasing his solo album Hesitant Alien in 2014. His comic book series The Umbrella Academy was also transformed into a Netflix series.

Ozzy rides again!

Ozzy Osbourne's wife and manager Sharon Osbourne has confirmed that his new studio album will be released in January.

Sharon made the comment when asked how Ozzy's recuperation was going after his fall at home, which resulted in him injuring his back, neck and shoulders.

As well as revealing the album release, she described him as 'doing good' and was excited about the duet he's recorded with Post Malone and Travis Scott.

Ozzy previously said that the single helped spark the creative process behind his new album, calling it the greatest album he's ever done.

Earlier this month, Ozzy was forced to postpone his UK and European tour for a second time due to his fall, while his dates in North America in May will go ahead as planned.

He also recently launched a Halloween costume contest when he asked fans to dress up in their favourite Ozzy guise and upload the image to his website.

Could they Crowe again?

Rumours suggesting The Black Crowes could reunite and tour in 2020 have surfaced due to an article in American newspaper The Wall Street Journal.

Next year will see the 30th anniversary of the band's debut album Shake Your Money Maker, and in the interview, the band's former manager says he's aware of a deal that brothers Chris Robinson and Rich Robinson for a 2020 tour.

The Black Crowes last toured in 2013, with guitarist Rich reporting that the band split after frontman and his brother Chris demanded the band's ownership be handed over to him.

However drummer Steve Gorman has been the first member of the Black Crowes to reveal that he's not been approached to be part of any planned reunion and claims it just won't happen.

In recent years, Rich Robinson has formed The Magpie Salute with former Crowes members, while his brother went on to found the Chris Robinson Brotherhood.

Yes...oh, no!

Self confessed grumpy old man and former Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman has said the Yes band name should've been retired when founding member Chris Squire died in 2015.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, Rick says he was against adding the Yes name to his current outfit of himself, Jon Anderson and Trevor Rabin.

He said he felt that Chris was the driving force behind the band and that the name shouldn't be used by its many former members.

As well as the trio featuring Rick, there's also another Yes, spearheaded by Steve Howe. Rick added that there was nothing to stop others performing Yes songs, but without using the name.

He also revealed that arthritis in both his hands will eventually put an end to his live work and that he'd love to do a farewell tour with Jon and Trevor before that happens.