News Hanging Rock is under threat

Protest meetings – and even a protest picnic - held at the site as petition with 5,000 signatures urges council to reconsider

Fearne Cotton has given birth to a baby boy.

Fearne Cotton gives birth to baby boy called Rex

Fearne Cotton has become a mum, the Radio 1 DJ announced.

Huxley, left, with the Dave Clark Five in January 1964; within two months they were on 'Ed Sullivan'

Rick Huxley: Bassist with the Dave Clark Five

Although critically dismissed today, the Dave Clark Five was one of the most successful groups of the 1960s, having several UK hits and a following not far behind the Beatles' in America. Rick Huxley was part of the Dave Clark Five throughout their career and played bass on all their records, adding backing vocals when required.

Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards perform a selection of classic hits

Ronnie Wood to persuade Rolling Stones to headline Glastonbury

Rolling Stones star Ronnie Wood has revealed he is planning to persuade the rest of the band to headline Glastonbury this year.

Sting, Rihanna and Bruno Mars will perform together at the Grammys on Sunday night

Bruno Mars, Rihanna and Sting to perform together at the Grammy Awards

Darlings of the Grammy Awards Bruno Mars, Rihanna and Sting will perform together at the ceremony on Sunday night.

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The voice of Aaron Neville is one of the most beautiful sounds in the world, but he's always going to be more comfortable on ballads than on swingers.

Poll: Is Lady Gaga wrong to use guns as a fashion accessory?

She's had some bizarre outfits in her time (remember the meat dress?), but Lady Gaga may have finally taken it too far with this machine gun bra.

DVD & Blu-ray review: The Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane (E) Brett Morgan (142mins)

Brett Morgan's efficient documentary, sanctioned by the Stones, ticks off the main events – Keith Richards's incarceration and pardon in 1967, Brian Jones's demise, Hyde Park, Altamont and the heroin-fuelled recording of Exile on Main St in the French countryside – without delving too deeply into any of them.

David Bowie released the single on his 66th birthday

David Bowie 'won't be touring' his producer Tony Visconti confirms

The producer of David Bowie's new album has ended hopes that the pop superstar will be returning to the stage or festival circuit.

The demise of blue plaques: it's not about just bricks and mortar

As budget cuts look set to bring an end to London’s Blue Plaques, Jerome Taylor laments the demise of a cultural landmark

Northern Ireland: Third arrest over PC car bomb

Detectives investigating the attempted murder of a police officer in Northern Ireland have made a third arrest.

Pipe bomb found near Armagh police station

Elderly residents were evacuated from their homes in a village in Northern Ireland today after a viable pipe bomb was found near a police station.

Black Sabbath top the vintage t-shirt charts

Veteran rockers Black Sabbath have topped the charts thanks to sales of their best-selling vintage T-shirt.

The Pretty Things, The Borderline, London

"Back in 1963 we were at art school with Keith Richards," the 68-year-old frontman Phil May gruffly informs us. The Pretty Things are one of the most notorious "nearly men" of British R&B.

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The best music of 2012: Rock, folk & Americana

For me, there was no single outstanding album this year – but that doesn't mean there weren't several very good ones.

Petrol bombs thrown at police in continued North Ireland protests

Two petrol bombs were thrown at police in Northern Ireland last night but protests over the flying of the Union flag were largely peaceful.

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