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  • Backstage at Ke$ha's Wild Pop Circus

    Backstage at Ke$ha's Wild Pop Circus | ARTICLE

    The full-body penis costumes are the first order of business for the straight-faced roadies unpacking Ke$ha's wardrobe cases on the loading dock at the Palace of Auburn Hills outside Detroit. It's just before noon, nearly eight hours...

    June 21, 2013 2:05 PM ET
  • Metallica Dig Deep for Orion Fest Setlist

    Metallica Dig Deep for Orion Fest Setlist | ARTICLE

    When conducting a postmortem on a Metallica set, it's all about the outliers. It's a given that they will perform "For Whom the Bell Tolls," "Master of Puppets," "Enter Sandman" and so forth, often in the same...

    June 10, 2013 5:45 PM ET
  • Metallica Surprise Orion Fest With 'Kill 'Em All' Set

    Metallica Surprise Orion Fest With 'Kill 'Em All' Set | ARTICLE

    It was 4:45 on Saturday afternoon when everyone’s day at the Orion Music + More Fest basically imploded. No matter where you were, either across the field watching Dropkick Murphys or in a...

    June 9, 2013 10:10 AM ET
  • Metallica Seeking Long-Term Home for Orion Fest

    Metallica Seeking Long-Term Home for Orion Fest | ARTICLE

    Metallica are doing some expensive house-hunting in Detroit this weekend. After Atlantic City proved a suboptimal host for last year's Orion Music + More Fest, the bandmembers are still on the search for a location to...

    June 7, 2013 11:55 AM ET
  • Metallica Gear Up for Second Orion Festival

    Metallica Gear Up for Second Orion Festival | ARTICLE

    A few minutes after 9:00 A.M. on a Tuesday morning, flip-flop-clad guitarist Kirk Hammett dashes into Metallica's Bay Area rehearsal room. The rest of the band started closer to 8:30; barefoot frontman James Hetfield has...

    June 5, 2013 10:50 AM ET
  • Jeff Hanneman of Slayer Dead at 49

    Jeff Hanneman of Slayer Dead at 49 | ARTICLE

    Jeff Hanneman, one of the founding guitarists of the pioneering thrash metal band Slayer, died today in Southern California of liver failure. He was 49. Hanneman had been on hiatus from Slayer since early 2011, when he...

    May 2, 2013 7:55 PM ET
  • Metallica Wrap Orion Festival With Heavy-Duty Black Album Set

    Metallica Wrap Orion Festival With Heavy-Duty Black Album Set | ARTICLE

    The crowds were a little redder and a little more hoarse on Sunday at Orion Fest in Atlantic City, with a fair amount smelling as if they’d spent the night under the boardwalk. What they lacked in...

    June 25, 2012 11:10 AM ET
  • Metallica Bring Thrash and Power to Opening Day at Orion

    Metallica Bring Thrash and Power to Opening Day at Orion | ARTICLE

    The Arctic Monkeys deserve a medal for taking the pre-Metallica bullet on the first day of the Orion Music + More festival. While their set time immediately before the headlining hosts’ may have looked good on...

    June 24, 2012 9:24 AM ET
  • Metallica Feel Confident on Eve of Orion Festival

    Metallica Feel Confident on Eve of Orion Festival | ARTICLE

    The terrain at Bader Field in Atlantic City reached sodden levels on Friday as Metallica made their final preparations for their Orion Music + More festival. The strains of the band sound-checking to "Creeping Death" blasted...

    June 23, 2012 10:29 AM ET
  • Alice in Chains Rock Madison Square Garden

    Alice in Chains Rock Madison Square Garden | ARTICLE

    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? On Black...

    September 27, 2010 6:45 PM ET
  • Santana Unveils New Covers Disc in Vegas

    Santana Unveils New Covers Disc in Vegas | ARTICLE

    Carlos Santana knows the power of a good guest vocalist: His 1999 album Supernatural, which paired the guitarist with a youthful cast of star singers, sold 28 million copies. His forthcoming Guitar Heaven (out September 21st) tweaks...

    August 30, 2010 11:30 AM ET
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Megadeth, Slayer Rip Through Vintage Albums Live

    Megadeth, Slayer Rip Through Vintage Albums Live | ARTICLE

    At last night's American Carnage gig at New Jersey's Izod Center, thrash-metal mainstays Slayer and Megadeth tore through complete versions of some of their most beloved albums: Seasons in the Abyss and Rust in Peace, respectively. Unlike...

    August 13, 2010 4:55 PM ET
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Soundgarden Revisit Rarities at Reunion Show

    Soundgarden Revisit Rarities at Reunion Show | ARTICLE

    The Soundgarden fans who packed out the 1,400-capacity Vic Theatre in Chicago last night for the band's second reunion gig were not treated to the same, classic material-driven set the band performed in Seattle in April,...

    August 6, 2010 1:07 PM ET
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Faith No More Rock First New York Show in 12 Years

    Faith No More Rock First New York Show in 12 Years | ARTICLE

    Halfway through Faith No More's performance in Brooklyn on Friday, frontman Mike Patton implored the audience to turn around to watch the sun setting over the Manhattan skyline. He was met with a wave of disinterest, with...

    July 5, 2010 4:14 PM ET
  • Chuck Berry Rocks His 149th Monthly Show at St. Louis Restaurant Blueberry Hill

    Chuck Berry Rocks His 149th Monthly Show at St. Louis Restaurant Blueberry Hill | ARTICLE

    On Sunday, rock & roll pioneer Chuck Berry will turn 83. It's a respectable enough age for kicking up one's heels and taking it easy, but Berry's got a still-active touring schedule, and the duck-walking octogenarian still...

    October 15, 2009 3:26 PM ET
  • Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Cannibal Corpse Whip Mayhem Fest Into Frenzy at St. Louis Stop

    Slayer, Marilyn Manson, Cannibal Corpse Whip Mayhem Fest Into Frenzy at St. Louis Stop | ARTICLE

    "What is the name of this place?" demands Nergal, frontman of Polish blackened death metal band Behemoth, as he walks onstage. "St. Louis," Rolling Stone informs him. "What's up, St. Louis?" Nergal asks the crowd. We're curious...

    July 23, 2009 3:35 PM ET
  • Michael Jackson Pepsi Ad Footage Raises Questions About Director's Role in Accident

    Michael Jackson Pepsi Ad Footage Raises Questions About Director's Role in Accident | ARTICLE

    Following the release of footage of Michael Jackson's hair catching fire during an infamous 1984 Pepsi commercial shoot, new questions have been raised about assigning culpability in the 25-year-old incident. TMZ spoke with a Los Angeles...

    July 17, 2009 12:12 PM ET
  • Pepsi Responds to Emergence of 1984 Jackson Ad Mishap Footage

    Pepsi Responds to Emergence of 1984 Jackson Ad Mishap Footage | ARTICLE

    Yesterday, Us Weekly unearthed footage of Michael Jackson being severely burned while filming a 1984 Pepsi commercial in Los Angeles. Today, a representative for Pepsi told EW's Music Mix that the company had no...

    July 16, 2009 4:04 PM ET
  • Alice in Chains "Add to a Legacy" on "Black Gives Way To Blue"

    Alice in Chains "Add to a Legacy" on "Black Gives Way To Blue" | ARTICLE

    The members of Alice in Chains aren't afraid to use the L-word. When examining the band's past and explaining where it's...

    July 13, 2009 2:18 PM ET
  • Incubus Cover Prince, Collect Their Hits on "Monuments and Melodies"

    Incubus Cover Prince, Collect Their Hits on "Monuments and Melodies" | ARTICLE

    Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd isn't scared of releasing a greatest hits album, even if it shows his age. After all, he got into some of his favorite artists, like Elvis Costello and Leonard Cohen, through their greatest...

    July 9, 2009 10:12 AM ET
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