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Paul Gray: Bassist and songwriter with controversial nu-metal band Slipknot

The bass guitarist Paul Gray was a founder member of Slipknot, one of the scariest-looking, most brutal sounding bands to come out of the US in recent years.

Fans mourn Slipknot bassist Paul Gray

Fans of heavy metal band Slipknot were mourning bassist Paul Gray, who was found dead in a hotel room.

Ronnie James Dio: Singer who worked with Ritchie Blackmore in Rainbow and replaced Ozzie Osbourne in Black Sabbath

As lead vocalist with some of the biggest heavy metal bands of the 1970s and '80s, and fronting his own group, Ronnie James Dio bestrode festival stages and delighted millions of rock fans around the world. He also popularised the "devil's horns" gesture beloved of metal fans of all ages, and made it his trademark. "The 'sign'" is a superstitious symbol used by many older cultures," he remarked of the gesture he picked up from his Italian grandmother. "It's meant to intercept the evil eye and other curses, and what better place to use it than at a metal show?"

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At 60, the former Black Sabbath frontman is finally sober enough to take his driving test – and write his memoirs.

Outside the Box: Dan's already on his bike so England had better make it

As England attempt to wrap up World Cup qualification on Wednesday, one supporter is so sure they will make it he has already left London to cycle to South Africa. Dan Harrison, 29, is pedalling 14,000 miles over nine months to raise £100,000 for African orphanages. A communications officer from Wimbledon, he is currently in Italy as he covers 30 countries and three continents on the way. "The idea is to raise money and see England win the World Cup," said Mr Harrison, who patriotically paraded in a GB jockstrap to raise funds during Wimbledon in June. He can be sponsored at betterlifecycle.com.

'Brutal Legend' game to include Black Sabbath and Megadeth

Forthcoming video game Brutal Legend will rock out with a lengthy list of metal legends.

Everybody Loves a Winner, Royal Exchange, Manchester<br>It Felt Like a Kiss, Quay House, Quay Street, Manchester<br>Death of Long Pig, Finborough, London

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It Felt Like A Kiss, Hardman Square, Manchester

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Ozzy Osbourne sues former bandmate

Heavy metal legend Ozzy Osbourne was embroiled in a bitter public dispute with a former bandmate today over royalties payments.

Album: Slipknot, All Hope Is Gone (Roadrunner)

Slipknot are guiltier than anyone else for the current spam-brained obviousness of American alternative rock.

The Unusual Osbourne: Aimee forsakes the family business to find her own way

Along with drugs, dogs and dramatic screaming fits, they love Absolutely Fabulous in the Osbourne household. "My nickname is Saffy," admitted Aimee Osbourne in a rare interview. "Sometimes... I can't believe what mum says or does when she's being really dramatic. And then I think, 'No, she's definitely out of her mind'."

Gothic, but glam: Liberty's design director's home is divinely decadent

When we moved here 12 years ago this house was a crumbling Victorian terrace with no plumbing, electricity or even a bathroom. It was a real project, but I loved the view overlooking an old lorry depot and Islington Council dump because it was so urban and decaying.

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