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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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