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Keith Richards Slams Pretty Much Everyone

'Rolling Stones' guitarist has words for rock and roll, metal, rap...

(Newser) - Keith Richards, tell us what you really think. The Rolling Stones guitarist didn't hold back during a recent interview with the New York Daily News :
  • On rock and roll (presumably, rock and roll not played by the Rolling Stones): "It sounds like a dull thud to me. For
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5 Concert Tours That Went Tragically Wrong

All of them ended with a band member's death

(Newser) - A couple canceled shows are nothing compared to the tragedies that befell these concert tours rounded up by Listverse . A sampling:
  • Blind Melon: Frontman Shannon Hoon checked into rehab for drugs after the band's second album was recorded, and doctors warned he wasn't ready to tour. But the
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8 Musicians Kicked Out of Bands They Founded

The latest: Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots

(Newser) - Scott Weiland was confused when Stone Temple Pilots announced he'd been fired. "Not sure how I can be 'terminated' from a band I founded" was his response, according to the Week . But these seven other musicians experienced the same thing:
  • After just a year in Metallica, guitarist
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Brit MP Quits to Be With Metallica Manager

Louise Mensch stepping down to move to US with family

(Newser) - Britain's Conservative Party is losing one of its rising stars to New York City and heavy metal. Louise Mensch has decided to step down as a member of parliament to move to the US with her three children, reports the Daily Mail . She married Metallica manager Peter Mensch—whom... More »

Metallica Makes PSA Video in Hunt for Fan's Killer

Band asks for police tips after 2009 Virginia killing

(Newser) - Metallica has made a public service video as part of a publicity blitz to try to catch a man wanted in the death of a Virginia Tech student who disappeared after one of the band's concerts. Composite sketches of the suspect will be featured at bus shelters and on... More »

Megadeth Frontman Hails Santorum

But it's not an endorsement, Dave Mustaine says

(Newser) - Rick Santorum and heavy metal—together at last? Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine took a look at the GOP field in an interview with Music Radar and picked Santorum over too-rich Mitt Romney, too out-there Ron Paul, and "angry little man" Newt Gingrich. Mustaine, who founded Megadeth after getting kicked... More »

Heavy Metal Speaks the Truth

And in a world of fiction, it's due for a resurgence

(Newser) - Heavy metal is outlandish, it’s ridiculous, it’s frightening—and it relates fundamental truths about the dark side of human nature, writes James Parker in the Atlantic . Indeed, its dark lyrics echo the writings of mythographer Sir James George Frazier: “We seem to move on a thin crust... More »

Sex on First Date? Not for Coldplay Fans

Nirvana fans most likely to jump in the sack

(Newser) - If your idea of a good first date involves a roll in the hay, you’re probably not a Coldplay fan. You might be into Nirvana, though, a survey finds. The dating site polled users on their willingness to have sex on the first date and compared it... More »

10 Gigs Canceled for Odd Reasons

Well, would you want a cup thrown at your head?

(Newser) - Kings of Leon had to stop playing mid-gig Friday thanks to a hail of pigeon poop raining down on them, but they’re not the only musical act that’s been forced to cancel a show for an odd reason. The Daily Mirror rounds up 10 more:
  1. David Bowie: A
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Is Sarah Palin a Bigger Diva Than Mariah?

Or JLo? Or Jay-Z?

(Newser) - Amid all the uproar over how Sarah Palin's contract with a Cal State school was acquired (theft? harmless dumpster diving?), let's not lose sight of the real question: Is she a bigger diva than Mariah Carey...or JLo, Barbra Streisand, and other celebs with big demands? The Week investigates.
  • Mariah
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Bogota Tanks Move on Rioting Metallica Fans

160 busted after ticketless fans swarm concert

(Newser) - It took four tanks and 1,500 riot police armed with water cannons and tear gas to quell rioting heavy metal fans outside a Metallica concert in the Colombian capital. Somne 160 people were busted and 8 injured after hundreds of ticketless fans tried to crash the concert, the Herald ... More »

Top Earners U2 Brought in $109M in 2009

Bruce Springsteen finishes 2nd to Irish superstars, and it's not even close

(Newser) - The news that U2 was the top moneymaker in music in 2009 is no surprise, but what may come as a bit of a shock is the gap between No. 1 and No. 2. The Irish rockers brought in $108.6 million lat year, nearly twice as much as runner-up... More »

Virginia Student's Body Found

Skeletal remains discovered in field

(Newser) - Virginia police believe skeletal remains discovered by a farmer in a Charlottesville field are those of a Virginia Tech student who disappeared last October after attending a Metallica concert. Education major Morgan Harrington, 20, was the subject of repeated fruitless searches. "I looked down and saw what looked like... More »

100 Defining Moments of the '00s

The iPod, Guitar Hero, Twitter—and some serious moments, too

(Newser) - From the tragic (World Trade Center attacks, Hurricane Katrina) to the seemingly trivial (Stephen Fry's first Tweet), the Telegraph lists the top 100 defining cultural moments of the decade so far:
  • April 2000: Metallica sues music-sharing service Napster.
  • October 2001: The iPod is released.
  • February 2003: Sacha Baron Cohen hits
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Metallica Singer 'Proud' of Music's Role in Torture

Tunes represented something detainees didn't like: Hetfield

(Newser) - Metallica frontman James Hetfield is rather proud his band's music was played at top volume to break down the resistance of Guantanamo detainees under interrogation. "It’s strong, it’s music that’s powerful,” he told an interviewer from a German TV network. “It represents something that... More »

Enter Tapman: Metallica Debuts iPhone App

Rockers seek to stay relevant with finger-tapping game

(Newser) - Metallica aims to turn a generation of finger-tappers into headbangers with a new iPhone application. Tap Tap Revenge: Metallica, a variant of the top-selling Tap Tap Revenge game, lets players tap their screens in time to hits like Enter Sandman. The game, priced at $4.99, is expected to make... More »

Stars Demand Bush 'Music Torture' Files

Time for torturers to face the music, say celebs

(Newser) - A coalition of celebrity musicians is demanding the release of Bush administration documents revealing how music was used to torture Guantanamo Bay inmates. Songs from Metallica, The Real Slim Shady, and the Star Spangled Banner, among many others, were blasted all day for days on end to rattle prisoners, inmates... More »

Monkeys Only Like Monkey Music—and Metallica

Heavy metal had calming effect on monkeys who ignored classic rock and jazz

(Newser) - Monkeys subjected to a range of human music ignored Bach, Nine Inch Nails, and jazz, but found Metallica soothing, the Daily Telegraph reports. The experiment on a group of cottontop tamarins, carried out by a psychologist and a cellist, found that while the monkeys showed no response to human music,... More »

'Beckham of Classical Music' Is Hit on Charts, With Ladies

David Garrett loves Metallica, sets world records

(Newser) - He covers Michael Jackson songs, and considers Mozart and Metallica equally influential—David Garrett is not your average classically trained violinist, but perhaps that’s why his self-titled debut has sat atop the classical crossover charts for three weeks. The German-born 28-year-old—who modeled on the side during his time... More »

Coldplay Tops World Chart for '08

Viva la Vida the year's bestselling album

(Newser) - Coldplay’s Viva La Vida was the best-selling album in the world last year, the BBC reports, selling 6.8 million copies. Coldplay was one of four British acts to crack the top 10. Here’s the rest of the list:
  1. AC/DC: Black Ice
  2. The Mama Mia! soundtrack
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