Arts and Entertainment Iron Maiden will headline next summer's Sonisphere festival alongside Metallica

The rock monsters will headline together for the first time in the UK

Kurt Cobain's family home in Washington state

Kurt Cobain's childhood home up for sale

Cobain's family have increased the asking price due to the house's legacy

Plans for a fan-based campaign to demand Government action to combat the £1bn 'secondary ticketing' market are being hatched by MPs, performers and promoters

Campaign to ban ticketing rip-off wins MPs’ support

Government told to tackle online touts who are making £1bn from fans of sport and music events

Former Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr photographed in 1984

Former Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr dies aged 56

Former Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr has died at the age of 56.

Former Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr photographed in 1984

Former Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr dies aged 56

Former Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr has died at the age of 56.

John Mayall, Leicester Square Theatre, London


"Well I don't feel like sleeping/ But I sure feel like lying down," the 79-year-old bluesman pleads on his lascivious "Help Me".

Ewan McGregor (centre) in the 1996 film Trainspotting

'Best of British' poll topped by devil and drugs

A heavy metal tribute to Satan and a film about heroin addicts have been named the very best that Britain has produced, in a Diamond Jubilee poll.

Queen's legacy: sex and drugs and rock'n'roll

They may not be the cultural highlights Her Majesty would have chosen to encapsulate her reign but a metallic tribute to Satan and a film about heroin addiction have been named the very best that Britain has produced, in a Diamond Jubilee poll.

Ronnie Montrose: Hard-rocking and influential guitarist

The American rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose was an influential, highly-rated player whose crunchy riffs, fluid licks and mesmerising solos lit up FM radio during the 1970s. Briefly a member of the Edgar Winter Group, he appeared on They Only Come Out At Night, the 1972 album which contained the barnstorming, chart-topping instrumental "Frankenstein" and the equally infectious "Free Ride", two tracks that have become staples of classic rock stations and the video game Rock Band 3.

Jill Abramson at a New York Times 'Page 1' editorial meeting

The Times of her life: Jill Abramson on power, pop culture and puppies

Abramson, the first female editor of The New York Times, has already made history.

Jimmy Savile in 1974 with children who took part in his series of 'Jim'll Fix It'

Jimmy Savile: He fixed it for them – the guys and gals (and grandma) whose dreams came true

For 19 years, Jimmy Savile dominated Saturday afternoon television with 'Jim'll Fix It' in which he enabled a select number of children to fulfil their dreams, no matter how bizarre they were. To celebrate his life, James Waterson tracks down those who had their wishes realised and revisits some of the show's most memorable moments

Glenn Wool: No Lands Man, Assembly George Square

Returning to the Fringe after furthering his career in the US, Glenn Wool presents a triptych show built around Americans, with a routine on their customs officers, a story about missing an Iron Maiden gig in Belgium and musings on life as a beaver.

Iron Maiden, O2 Arena, London

It is often said that heavy metal and pop have much more in common than either would like to admit, and there isn't a band for whom the blurring of the lines is more evident than Iron Maiden. They have always played their shows like heavier versions of the Moulin Rouge: heroically ridiculous, such gigs are as much a spectacle as anything offered by Lady GaGa.

Sonisphere: Rocking all over Europe

Seven countries in 10 days. "Exhausting" sums up following the world's only touring music festival, Sonisphere. So far I've travelled with it from Turkey, up through Eastern Europe, into Croatia and Slovenia, Italy and Switzerland. I've clocked up 5,000km on the car, passed through four countries in one day and slept in a Swiss barn. I am on first name terms with border guards and a reluctant expert on Euro motorway cuisine.

For those about to rock, we salute you

As 40 years of heavy metal are celebrated in Birmingham, the genre's spiritual birthplace, James McMahon picks out its top players

Music & Me: Bibio

Bibio aka producer Stephen Wilkinson creates the kind of lush, heart-tugging melodies you’re sure you’ve heard somewhere before. Indeed, the gorgeous “Lovers’ Carvings” from his last album is that catchy hum-along summer -drenched song that lights up the Kindle TV advert.

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