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Hate with a beat: White power musicupdated: Wed Aug 08 2012 17:05:00

Picture a field full of heavy-set men sporting shaved heads and covered with tattoos. They pump their fists in the air and dance raucously in front of a stage festooned with Nazi flags and racist skinhead symbols. Others, including a few women, watch around the perimeter.

Singer with Nazi tattoo cancels Germany appearanceupdated: Sun Jul 22 2012 20:38:00

Russian singer Evgeny Nikitin has pulled out of one of the world's best-known opera events, the Bayreuth Festival in Germany, because he has a Nazi tattoo, organizers said Sunday.

Jon Lord, keyboard player with seminal hard rock act Deep Purple, diesupdated: Tue Jul 17 2012 07:28:00

Keyboard player Jon Lord, who fused classical and heavy metal to make Deep Purple one of the biggest rock bands in the world, died Monday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 71.

Black Sabbath's Bill Ward officially pulls out of reunion gigsupdated: Wed May 16 2012 10:36:00

Bad news for Black Sabbath fans: Bill Ward will not be playing drums at any of the group's three gigs scheduled this year.

Burton, Depp redo gothic-lite in 'Dark Shadows'updated: Fri May 11 2012 10:07:00

"Balls. That's how a family shows its power," declares Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins in "Dark Shadows" to the bemused descendants gathered around the dinner table.

Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch's musical legacy: Changing all games, all the timeupdated: Mon May 07 2012 10:26:00

Adam "MCA" Yauch's death leaves a Beastie-size hole in pop music. Though the trio were not the most prolific legends on the landscape (over the course of 25 years, they released only seven proper albums), their impact has been gigantic. Starting with 1986?s "Licensed to Ill," the Beastie Boys rewrote the rules for commercial hip-hop, the mainstreaming of hardcore punk, the state of sampling, and the treatment of the old school.

Legendary Beastie Boy dies at 47updated: Mon May 07 2012 10:26:00

Erin Burnett honors a man that was creative, energetic, passionate and OutFront.

Lindsay Lohan will attend the White House Correspondents' Dinnerupdated: Thu Apr 26 2012 09:56:00

This Saturday night, while you're watching John Cusack brood in "The Raven" or catching up on "Game of Thrones" -- or doing something besides staring at a glowing rectangle -- a certain flame-haired actress will be dining with America's commander-in-chief.

Metallica, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young and Crazy Horse to headline Outside Landsupdated: Tue Apr 17 2012 17:55:00

Metallica, Stevie Wonder and Neil Young and Crazy Horse will anchor the 2012 edition of Outside Lands, to be held in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park on August 10-12.

Axl Rose says 'no' to hall of fameupdated: Thu Apr 12 2012 16:56:00

Axl Rose sent a "thanks, but no thanks" letter to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for its induction of Guns N' Roses.

Axl Rose refuses Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honorupdated: Thu Apr 12 2012 16:56:00

Axl Rose sent a "Thanks, but no thanks" letter to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for its induction of Guns N' Roses in Cleveland next weekend.

Motorhead: Don't buy our new box setupdated: Tue Feb 21 2012 06:02:00

Call it "Overkill" if you must, but the iron-fisted metal band Motörhead doesn't want its fans to buy their extravagant new 15-disc box set that comes out Tuesday.

Motley Crue go above and beyond for Vegas residencyupdated: Tue Feb 07 2012 10:00:00

When Mötley Crüe announced late last year they'd be taking up temporary residency in Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel's Joint, it was one of those ideas that seemed so perfect the only question was, "What took so long?"

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has cancerupdated: Wed Jan 11 2012 05:00:00

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has been diagnosed with cancer, a statement from the English heavy metal band said.

James Durbin ties the knot on New Year's Eve updated: Mon Jan 02 2012 10:04:00

James Durbin sure knows how to kick off a new year.

Black Sabbath announce new album produced by Rick Rubinupdated: Mon Nov 14 2011 10:37:00

As expected, the four original members of Black Sabbath -- Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward -- announced recently they will reunite and tour in 2012, including a headlining set at the Download Festival in June. The surprise news was that the reunion will include a new album, produced by Rick Rubin, due next fall.

Commentary: The roots of grunge run deepupdated: Fri Sep 23 2011 12:19:00

During the days leading up to the 20th anniversary of the release of Nirvana's landmark album "Nevermind" on Saturday and the grunge album's deluxe reissue the following Tuesday, you're going to hear a lot about how "Nevermind" changed everything:

People.com: Ozzy Osbourne Shells Out $10,000 for a Yorkieupdated: Mon Jul 25 2011 17:51:00

The rocker wages an all-out bidding war for a rescue pup at a charity auction

Azerbaijan wins Eurovision Song Contestupdated: Sun May 15 2011 00:02:00

Azerbaijan took top prize in the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday, snagging the country's first-ever win.

CNNMoney: Gold and silver keep shining. Thanks, S&P!updated: Mon Apr 18 2011 13:16:00

Metalheads (and I don't mean fans of Metallica, Megadeth and their ilk) got a nice little gift from Standard & Poor's Monday morning.

Movie uncovers South Africa's underground youth cultureupdated: Mon Apr 04 2011 06:27:00

Arcade game-inspired fashionistas mixing with heavy metal bands grinding out tunes on street corners sounds like a scene you might find in New York's trendier locales.

Stocktown X: South Africa (trailer)updated: Mon Apr 04 2011 06:27:00

Directors Teddy Goitom and Benjamin Taft go beyond media stereotypes of violence and AIDS to the creative streets of South Africa.

People.com: Sammy Hagar: I Really Think I Was Contacted by Aliensupdated: Tue Mar 22 2011 09:09:00

A dream about a UFO encounter in the Southern California foothills "really friggin' happened," says the rocker

People.com: Mike Starr Found Deadupdated: Wed Mar 09 2011 13:13:00

Mike Starr, a bassist who had appeared on VH1's Celebrity Rehab, was 44

2009: Alice in Chains rocks againupdated: Wed Mar 09 2011 10:36:00

Alice in Chains is rocking again with its first studio album since the death of Layne Staley. CNN's Denise Quan reports.

Former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr diesupdated: Wed Mar 09 2011 10:36:00

Mike Starr, the former Alice in Chains bassist whose battle with drugs was chronicled on the reality TV show "Celebrity Rehab," was found dead in Salt Lake City, officials said.

Fortune: From Guns N' Roses bassist to money managerupdated: Fri Mar 04 2011 15:57:00

In 1994, Duff McKagan's pancreas exploded.

People.com: Justin Bieber Confuses Ozzy Osbourneupdated: Mon Feb 07 2011 11:51:00

The pop sensation and Ozzy Osbourne do a futuristic spoof for Best Buy

Illness sidetracks Ozzy's 'Crazy Train'updated: Mon Jan 31 2011 02:28:00

Heavy metal madman and reality TV star Ozzy Osbourne canceled a show in Reno, Nevada, Sunday night due to a "sudden illness," the concert promoter said.

People.com: Justin Bieber & Ozzy Osbourne Team Up for Super Bowl Adupdated: Fri Jan 28 2011 17:13:00

The teen star and shock rocker go back to the future - Tron-style

65-year-old man's body parts strewn across 3 Florida countiesupdated: Thu Dec 16 2010 15:18:00

A 65-year-old man's remains were stashed in containers across South Florida, police said Thursday, releasing the victim's identity one day after charging another man in his murder.

People.com: Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper Inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fameupdated: Wed Dec 15 2010 14:50:00

The rockers will join Darlene Love, Dr. John and Tom Waits in 2011's class

SI.com: Jeff Wagenheim: St-Pierre silences Koscheck to delight of Montreal at UFC 124updated: Mon Dec 13 2010 15:57:00

Who knew? It turns out there is actual reality in reality television.

SI.com: Jon Wertheim: Looking ahead to Saturday's UFC 124 in Montrealupdated: Fri Dec 10 2010 16:38:00

SI.com caught up with Sports Illustrated senior writer Jon Wertheim to talk about Saturday's UFC 124 card at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec.

Fortune: Mötley Crüe, brought to you by BPupdated: Tue Oct 26 2010 12:00:00

It's hard to believe that hiring Mötley Crüe to headline a three-day concert in Mobile was the best use of $600,000 of the $65 million BP paid the state of Alabama for the gulf oil spill. But Lee Sentell, Alabama's director of tourism and travel, says it went "where it would have the biggest impact" -- which he felt was Mobile's nonprofit BayFest concert on Oct. 1-3.

'Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock' unleashes the nerdupdated: Wed Sep 29 2010 13:41:00

In an otherworldly landscape, with controllers in hand, players must conquer the Beast in order to release a powerful demigod.

Alice in Chains rock Madison Square Gardenupdated: Wed Sep 29 2010 12:30:00

One question loomed large before Friday's Alice in Chains concert at Madison Square Garden: How would new singer William Duvall measure up to Layne Staley, the band's original front man, who died in 2002?

From astronauts to ABBAupdated: Mon Sep 20 2010 12:05:00

In the latest Global Connections, Connect the World viewers find some surprising links between Sweden and Malaysia.

Your connections between Sweden and Malaysiaupdated: Mon Sep 20 2010 12:05:00

Every week, Global Connections chooses two countries and asks you to find connections between them.

Slash: The real guitar heroupdated: Thu Aug 26 2010 12:20:00

The bands, the break-ups, sex, drugs and rock 'n roll. Guitarist Slash tells all to CNN Talk Asia.

Slash: 'I was a productive junkie'updated: Thu Aug 26 2010 12:20:00

He's the rock demigod who lives and breathes music, but whose heart beats thanks in part to a pacemaker.

Leak shows Apple's spin on iPhone 4 flawsupdated: Thu Jul 01 2010 11:08:00

According to documents leaked to Boy Genius Report, AppleCare representatives are being given a strong company line to deliver to unhappy iPhone 4 owners who complain about reception issues.

People.com: Motley Crue's Vince Neil Arrested for DUIupdated: Mon Jun 28 2010 18:11:00

Police reportedly pulled the rocker over early Monday morning in Las Vegas

Motley Crue singer arrested for DUIupdated: Mon Jun 28 2010 14:14:00

Vince Neil, the former lead singer of the heavy metal band Motley Crue, has been arrested in Las Vegas for allegedly driving under the influence, police said Monday.

Apple on iPhone complaints: You're holding it wrongupdated: Fri Jun 25 2010 17:32:00

Hours after its iPhone 4 went on sale to excited crowds Thursday, Apple found itself responding to complaints that holding the phone by its metal edge causes mobile reception to suffer.

Autopsy showed morphine overdose killed Slipknot bassistupdated: Mon Jun 21 2010 18:17:00

Slipknot bassist Paul Gray's death two months ago was from an accidental morphine overdose, the Polk County, Iowa, medical examiner said Monday.

People.com: Meet Justin Bieber's Rockin' Dadupdated: Mon Jun 21 2010 11:52:00

The pop star's father, Jeremy, introduced his son to rock music and likes playing cards and camping

Church plans to picket rocker Dio's memorial serviceupdated: Sun May 30 2010 17:34:00

A public memorial service for heavy metal rocker Ronnie James Dio is planned for Sunday, with members of the Westboro Baptist Church saying they will picket the ceremony.

Eurovision winnerupdated: Sun May 30 2010 08:43:00

German singer Lena has won the Eurovision Song Contest, the continent's biggest musical competition.

German singer wins Europe's biggest song competitionupdated: Sun May 30 2010 08:43:00

German singer Lena has won the Eurovision Song Contest, the continent's biggest musical competition, which allowed musicians from 25 countries to shrug off the economic gloom shrouding Europe, at least for a day.

Economic gloom clouds Eurovision Song Contestupdated: Sat May 29 2010 10:37:00

Like it or loathe it, musicians from 25 countries will shrug off the economic gloom shrouding Europe on Saturday, to perform in the Eurovision Song Contest -- the continent's biggest musical competition.

People.com: VIDEO: Ozzy Osbourne Scares the S#@%! out of His Fansupdated: Fri May 28 2010 17:11:00

The rocker hides in plain sight at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in the name of a good prank

Autopsy shows no foul play in Slipknot bassist's deathupdated: Wed May 26 2010 13:25:00

No signs of foul play or significant trauma were found during the autopsy of Paul Gray, the bassist for the Grammy-winning metal band Slipknot, the medical examiner said Tuesday.

KISS promises 'hottest' summer tourupdated: Tue May 25 2010 18:35:00

When KISS tours the United States this summer, it will not be for nostalgia, the band said.

Autopsy to be conducted on Slipknot bassistupdated: Tue May 25 2010 02:34:00

The autopsy of Paul Gray, the bassist for the Grammy-winning metal band Slipknot, will be conducted Tuesday, authorities said.

Slipknot bassist found dead in Iowa hotel roomupdated: Mon May 24 2010 19:09:00

Paul Gray, the bassist for the Grammy-winning metal band Slipknot, was found dead Monday morning in his Des Moines, Iowa, hotel room, according to police. He was 38.

10 odd celebrity endorsementsupdated: Fri May 21 2010 09:40:00

Sometimes, I suppose, even celebrities need a few extra bucks. Maybe they want to buy a new Benz or a house in the south of France or add a bowling alley to the basement of their mansion? Whatever their motive, many turn to advertising when singing, acting or modeling gigs start to dry up.

Condolences pour in for heavy metal rocker Ronnie James Dioupdated: Mon May 17 2010 01:55:00

Condolences continued to pour in late Sunday night following the death of heavy metal rocker Ronnie James Dio, who lost his battle with stomach cancer earlier in the day.

Exiled Iranian highlights Persian rock and roll in filmupdated: Fri Mar 19 2010 09:26:00

The movie "No One Knows About Persian Cats" has no sex or drugs, just lots of Iranian rock and roll.

Death metal rockers raise eyebrows in sedate Bahrainupdated: Fri Mar 12 2010 09:50:00

He's an airline worker by day, and unknown to most of his colleagues, a death metal rocker by night.

Death metal in Bahrainupdated: Fri Mar 12 2010 09:50:00

In Bahrain, rocking out to riffs does more than just raise eyebrows.

YouTube gives Bahraini youth window to worldupdated: Fri Mar 12 2010 08:12:00

Esra'a al Shafei is a 23-year-old Bahraini dedicated to providing young people in the region with the opportunity of free expression.

Iraqi rockers 'alive and well'updated: Tue Mar 09 2010 21:11:00

VBS.TV documents the struggles of an Iraqi heavy metal band following the 2003 fall of Hussein. For more, go to VBS.TV.

Heavy metal in Baghdadupdated: Tue Mar 09 2010 21:11:00

Several events converged recently that conspired to take me back to the summer of 2006, the summer I snuck into Iraq. The first event was the Iraqi elections. The second was the Oscars. The third was a concert at a little bar tucked into a hip corner of the hippest neighborhood in the world -- Williamsburg, Brooklyn. These events all brought me a little closer to that time, a little closer to recalling the way things were back then. And I realized how much I had forgotten.

Connector of the Day: Ozzy Osbourneupdated: Fri Jan 29 2010 10:43:00

Ozzy Osbourne talks sex, drugs, rock and roll and what inspired him to write his book.

Ozzy Osbourne: I'm living on borrowed timeupdated: Fri Jan 29 2010 10:43:00

Ozzy Osbourne, the former front man of rock group Black Sabbath, says that after decades of living a life of drugs and sex, he's lucky to be alive today.

People.com: Confirmed: Remains Are Metallica Fan Morgan Harringtonupdated: Thu Jan 28 2010 13:48:00

"We will not stop until that person is brought to justice," says father Daniel Harrington

Police 'fairly certain' remains are student missing from Metallica concertupdated: Wed Jan 27 2010 12:27:00

Police tentatively identified remains found on a remote farm as the Virginia Tech student who disappeared in October during a Metallica concert.

People.com: Remains Believed to Be Missing Metallica Fanupdated: Wed Jan 27 2010 12:11:00

An autopsy is being performed to see if the body belongs to Morgan Harrington, who vanished in October

Metallica drummer struggles with ringing in earsupdated: Tue Dec 29 2009 10:46:00

The noise in the concert hall is loud, throbbing. The crowd chants, "Metallica ... Metallica!"

Are you abusing your ears?updated: Tue Dec 29 2009 10:46:00

Listening to loud sounds without ear protection can do serious damage to your ears, as CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta Reports.

Singer Dilana rocks new album and movieupdated: Fri Nov 27 2009 15:02:00

It's funny that rocker Dilana is not a fan of "American Idol."

People.com: Slipknot Singer Weds In Vegasupdated: Mon Nov 16 2009 07:09:00

Corey Taylor and Stephanie Luby tie the knot in a ceremony-turned-concert at the Palms Hotel

Chili Pepper's music school has kids hoppin', learningupdated: Tue Nov 10 2009 07:52:00

The Silverlake Conservatory of Music is a quaint storefront nestled in a hipster block of Los Angeles called Sunset Junction. Just before 3:30 p.m. on weekdays, kids stream through the front door toting drumsticks, violins and guitar cases, the latter taller than they are.

Flea's Music Conservatoryupdated: Tue Nov 10 2009 07:52:00

Red Hot Chili Peppers' Bassist Flea opens a nonprofit music conservatory for kids in Silverlake, Los Angeles.

Missing student seen on bridgeupdated: Wed Nov 04 2009 18:30:00

Missing Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington was last seen Oct. 17 on a Charlottesville area bridge.

Student's mom: 'We are trying to find you'updated: Wed Nov 04 2009 18:30:00

The parents of a Virginia Tech student who disappeared last month during a Metallica concert asked Wednesday for volunteers to help conduct a community search this weekend.

Review: Rock on with 'Brutal Legend'updated: Tue Nov 03 2009 16:39:00

From the ingenious mind of game designer Tim Schafer ("Day of the Tentacle," "Psychonauts") comes an uber-fun fantasy adventure starring funny man Jack Black as Eddie Riggs, an aging roadie who longs for the glory days of heavy metal music.

People.com: Metallica Still Has Hope for Missing Fanupdated: Sat Oct 31 2009 15:07:00

Two weeks after a Virginia Tech student vanished from their concert, the band is keeping positive

People.com: Metallica Joins in Hunt for Missing Fanupdated: Tue Oct 27 2009 13:46:00

Morgan Harrington, 20, was last seen at the band's Oct. 17 concert in Virginia

Mom says missing daughter had been excited about concertupdated: Wed Oct 21 2009 17:05:00

The mother of a Virginia Tech junior who disappeared Saturday night during a Metallica concert says she helped her daughter choose an outfit for the show that same morning.

Student vanishes from concertupdated: Wed Oct 21 2009 17:05:00

A female college studen vanishes from a concert, and her parents say it is out of her character; they talk daily.

Alice in Chains returns after death of singerupdated: Tue Oct 06 2009 17:55:00

The four members of Alice in Chains are always amazed every time someone says, "Wow, you guys sound like Alice in Chains!"

People.com: Kelly Osbourne Was Ashamed of Her Drug Useupdated: Fri Sep 18 2009 16:52:00

The DWTS contestant opens up to Ellen DeGeneres about trying to get sober

SI.com: The Limey: Sven a day late, several million short as City flaunts cashupdated: Fri Jul 24 2009 16:12:00

Sven-Göran Eriksson must be kicking himself for not surviving the sack at Manchester City. After being given a top-10 target after he took the job in July 2007, the former England manager steered the club to ninth place in the Premier League that season, his first in charge. Notorious City fan and Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher told the BBC that Eriksson "gave us a bit of style and dignity and grace. He bought some great players." It was "the best season I can remember."

Hookers for Jesus founder, Christian rocker wed in Vegasupdated: Fri Jun 05 2009 23:53:00

She was a call girl working the streets of Sin City. He's a guitarist in a heavy metal band. They found commonality in their Christian faith and Friday evening, the two were married in a Las Vegas, Nevada, ceremony broadcast live via the Web.

Metal band Anvil finds unexpected successupdated: Wed May 27 2009 10:33:00

Ask Steve "Lips" Kudlow how his band, Anvil, overcame bad management, a dead colleague, cruddy jobs, unpaid tour bills, raging arguments and now mockery as a Spinal Tap clone, and he has one word: "kismet."

'Anvil! The Story of Anvil'updated: Wed May 27 2009 10:33:00

CNN.com's Melissa Long talks to Steve 'Lips' Kudlow and Robb Reiner about the Canadian headbangers' new documentary.

SI.com: Allan Muir: 'Canes' stars better step up ... and fastupdated: Sat May 23 2009 11:24:00

I'm not sure who controls the music in the Hurricanes' dressing room, but if they're looking to make a point before tonight's Eastern Conference final game, might I suggest a mash-up of Bonnie Tyler's Holding Out For A Hero and Olivia Newton-John's Let's Get Physical?

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