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Russell Marsden

My Fantasy Band: Russell Marsden, Band of Skulls

Drums - John Bonham
For the fact that he was such a musical badass, inventive, intense and our drummer, Matt, will have a real problem with me if I pick another drummer that's not Bonham.

Gene Simmons proud of KISS empire

The veteran musician can't understand why some bands refuse to endorse products and with his own group putting their name to over 3,000 different ventures, he believes they have properly embraced the spirit of the "music business". 

Everybody Loves Our Town: A History of Grunge, By Mark Yarm

How Seattle conquered the lamestains

Tommy Lee thinks albums make no sense

Motley Crue's Tommy Lee thinks creating albums "makes no sense".

Video: Johnny Depp & Alice Cooper jam

Johnny Depp surprised fans at an intimate Alice Cooper gig in London, when he appeared on stage to play guitar with the legend.

Kings of Leon 'are Spinal Tap'

Kings of Leon say their band is exactly like being in 'Spinal Tap'.

Greg Upchurch of 3 Doors Down on his sport addiction

ESPN America’s Michael Kim speaks to, Greg Upchurch the drummer of US band 3 Doors Down about his sport obsession.

Queens of the Stone Age, Roundhouse, London

Tonight is Queens of the Stone Age founder Josh Homme's birthday, causing a display of rare celebratory behaviour from the usually distant frontman. "I am 12 years old," he deadpans, as if remembering the age of the little-heard album he is revisiting on this tour.

Thin Lizzy guitarist Gary Moore found dead in holiday hotel

The rock guitarist Gary Moore, famed for his fretwork with the legendary Irish band Thin Lizzy, died yesterday while on holiday on the Costa del Sol.

KISS recording 20th album

KISS will release their 20th studio album this year.

Queens Of The Stone Age's bluesy album

Queens Of The Stone Age's new album is inspired by the blues.

'Kiss and tell' policy dumped

Cherry Ghost, Hard Rock Café, London

"You can shout abuse if you want," offers Cherry Ghost's Simon Aldred. "It's kind of what we're used to." Predictably, his 2008 Ivor Novello Best Contemporary Song award has not gone to the head of a man who looks ready to flinch reflectively from praise. The self-deprecation keeps coming: on learning that the audience for this intimate showcase gig are competition-winners, he sympathises: "And we're the prize!"

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