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From Brian May on Buckingham Palace's roof to Lady Gaga's plans to play in space

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

Sonisphere 2014: Iron Maiden and Metallica to perform their only UK shows next summer

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

All that Jazz: Renee Zellwegger in Kander and Ebb's musical 'Chicago'

John Kander returns to theatre for first time since death of Fred Ebb with 'The Landing'

Kander returns with a triptych of one-act musicals called 'The Landing'

Musician Lou Reed is 'bigger and stronger' after a liver transplant

Transformer: Lou Reed 'bigger and stronger than ever' after liver transplant

Lou Reed has described himself as “bigger and stronger than ever” just weeks after undergoing a liver transplant. The former Velvet Underground frontman, whose wife Laurie Anderson said last week was  “dying” of liver failure, credits a mixture of tai chi and modern medicine with his recovery.

Ginger Baker in ‘Beware of Mr Baker’

Film review: Beware of Mr Baker (15)

Drummers are axiomatically the madmen of rock, but there's never been a mad drummer quite like Ginger Baker, subject of this hugely enjoyable documentary profile. It gets off to a magnificent start, with a scene of the 73-year-old Baker attacking the film's director, Jay Bulger, with his walking stick – and just gets better.

Hanneman: much admired by other heavy metal guitarists

Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman died of alcohol-related cirrhosis - not flesh eating disease caused by spider bite

Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman's cause of death has been established by a coroner as alcohol-related cirrhosis of the liver – and not as a result of flesh-eating disease Necrotizing fasciitis as previously reported.

Monopoly boards: Metallica

Monopoly: You won’t be board with these versions

Monopoly has a special place in my heart.

Music students dazzled by the Louise and Peter Mensch show at the Albert Hall

The former MP's music manager husband has influenced the careers of major acts such as Madonna, Foals and Snow Patrol

Corby by-election: 'Weathervane' seat is key to the parties' hopes of an outright victory in 2015

Although voters in every part of  England and Wales outside London have the chance to go to the polls tomorrow to elect 41 police and crime commissioners, Labour and Conservative strategists will privately be more interested in the parliamentary by-election in Corby.

Album: Macy Gray, Covered (Island)

The problem with having a languid style is that it's easily taken for sheer laziness, especially when the results lack a certain spark.

Festival Guide 2012: Download - 'Booking festival bands is pure politics'

Andy Copping, 51, senior vice-president of music at Live Nation, has been promoting Download Festival since its rebirth in 2003

Business Diary: O'Leary hoodwinks the EC

We wouldn't want to suggest no one at the European Commission does any work, but we are a little suspicious about the biography of Ryanair's Michael O'Leary, posted on its website ahead of his appearance at a conference. Is it the introduction – "Born in a stable in 1961, he was a boy genius, who excelled both academically and at sports" – that makes us think the EC has simply cut and paste O'Leary's submission to them, or the conclusion, "It is widely known that women find him irresistible"?

Kings of Leon's costly tour cancellation

Kings of Leon's cancelled US tour could cost up to $15 million.

Slipknot close Sonisphere UK

Slipknot closed Sonisphere festival in the UK with a "f***ing celebration" last night.

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.

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Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia - will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi?

Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia...

But will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi, asks Robert Fisk
Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Humanity must be at the heart of politics, says Jeremy Corbyn
Joe Biden's 'tease tour': Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?

Joe Biden's 'tease tour'

Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?
Britain's 24-hour culture: With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever

Britain's 24-hour culture

With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

The addictive nature of Diplomacy

Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
8 best children's clocks

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Whether you’re teaching them to tell the time or putting the finishing touches to a nursery, there’s a ticker for that
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones
Theme parks continue to draw in thrill-seekers despite the risks - so why are we so addicted?

Why are we addicted to theme parks?

Now that Banksy has unveiled his own dystopian version, Christopher Beanland considers the ups and downs of our endless quest for amusement
Tourism in Iran: The country will soon be opening up again after years of isolation

Iran is opening up again to tourists

After years of isolation, Iran is reopening its embassies abroad. Soon, there'll be the chance for the adventurous to holiday there