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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.

Downing to dish the dirt

Former Judas Priest guitarist KK Downing is to release a book chronicling his days in the band.

Heavy Duty: Days And Nights In Judas Priest, will come out in September and has promised to delve backstage into the decades of shocking, hilarious, and haunting stories that surround the heavy metal institution that is Judas Priest.

The guitarist is set to talk about the personalities in the band as well as his role in cementing their trademark black leather and studs image that would become synonymous with heavy metal music.

He'll also reveal more about the events which led him to quit the band back in 2011.

Queen get crowned as lifetime achievers

Queen are among a list of artists who will receive the Lifetime Achievement award at the Grammys later this year.

They've been named alongside Tina Turner and Neil Diamond, who will all be given the Recording Academy's Special Merit Award.

The award is given to diverse and influential creators who have crafted or contributed to some of the most distinctive recordings in music history.

Past recipients include The Beatles, David Bowie, Cream and The Ramones.

Grave concerns over Chris' resting place

Officials at the Hollywood Forever cemetery have asked fans to stop filming at the grave of late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell.

The cemetery has a strict no filming policy in place to protect the privacy of the families of loved ones.

The cemetery's director enlisted the help of Chris' widow Vicky and his management team help spread the word.

Fans caught filming the grave will simply be politely asked to stop.

Guitar giant plays pop over copyright

Gibson guitars is taking legal action against Funko, the company that produces the bobble-headed Pop figures for what it claims is 'repeated' unauthorised use of its trademarks

Some of the figures which have been cited in the case are of Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash, ex-KISS member Ace Frehley and Metallica.

All feature a Gibson guitar depicted in some form which the company says is an unauthorised use of its trademarks.

Gibson also says the company has spent millions promoting its 'distinctive designs' for more than 50 years and that applications were pending for toy figures and toy model guitars.

No hologram for Linkin Park

Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda says there's absolutely no way that he would take part in a hologram tour which are currently bringing dead rock stars back to the stage.

Chester died in July this year at the age of 41, and Mike was asked if he would consider heading out on a tour similar to the current Dio Returns shows which see a hologram of Ronnie James Dio back as frontman.

Mike said it would be an awful idea adding: "I don't know what we're going to do, but we'll figure it out eventually."

He also revealed that he's been working on a new song called Looking For An Answer which he began writing following Chester's death.

He performed an early version of the track at the Chester Bennington tribute show at the Hollywood Bowl in October.