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Robert Plant would be up for a Led Zeppelin reunion in 2014

Back when the surviving members of Led Zeppelin unveiled their concert film Celebration Day a few months ago, they were peppered with so many questions about getting back together that they were pushed to the point of cattiness. But perhaps all those requests to dust those Houses of the Holy tracks off one more time has weakened singer Robert Plant, who intimated that he wouldn’t oppose another run in Led Zeppelin.

“You need to speak to the Capricorns,” Plant told the Australian television show 60 Minutes in reference to his bandmates Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones. “I’ve got nothing to do in 2014.” READ FULL STORY

Black Sabbath to release new album '13' in June

Evil never dies, and neither does Black Sabbath.

In the wake of a handful of kinda-sorta-reunion dates last summer (drummer Bill Ward remains on the sidelines), the reconvened Black Sabbath announced more details about their upcoming album. Titled 13, the Rick Rubin-produced batch of songs will hit stores in June. Rage Against the Machine skinsman Brad Wilk will be sitting in for Ward, and the album represents the first under the Black Sabbath name since 1995′s Forbidden (which only featured one original band member, and was also super-terrible), and the first Ozzy-led Sabbath collection since 1978′s Never Say Die! (which was also pretty underwhelming).

The band also announced a handful of new tour dates that will take them to Australia, New Zealand, and Japan starting in April. READ FULL STORY

Best and Worst 2012: The six best metal albums of the year

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A peek at EW’s top 10 albums of the year highlights a vaguely disturbing trend: In 2012, most of the best music of the year was pretty mellow.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing; relatively low-key albums by the likes of Kendrick Lamar and Frank Ocean handily proved that un-blustery does not equal boring.

That being said, 2012 was a particularly remarkable year for metal. Perhaps because they currently have no place on the pop landscape at the moment, heavy musicians made a concerted effort to push personal boundaries on their new releases.

In some cases, that meant exploring the limit of how much noise the human ear can endure; for others it was a bold step toward something resembling pop music. It’s that second step that made it such a weird, wonderful year. READ FULL STORY

AC/DC, longtime iTunes holdouts, finally join the party

Anybody who has ever been to an AC/DC concert knows that they are pretty much permanently anchored in 1980, the year singer Brian Johnson replaced the late Bon Scott and the band released their iconic Back in Black. And that’s OK, because Back in Black rules and AC/DC rock really hard.

It also might explain why it took so long for the band to show up on iTunes. AC/DC has never made any of its music available for digital purchase—until today. The group’s entire back catalog is now available on the premiere digital music retailer as of this morning, which means that the seven digital music enthusiasts who don’t own Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap can now complete their collections.

The rollout not only includes the entirety of the band’s studio albums, but also their live albums (including Live at River Plate, which just came out today), soundtracks, box sets (including the excellent Bon Scott compendium Bonfire), and a series of official AC/DC ringtones. AC/DC’s catalog has always sold extremely well (Back in Black regularly outsells new albums on the Billboard 200), which is mostly because the band has never released a greatest hits album and at least partially because they’ve never been available digitally.

The gambit has paid off: When the band released their last studio album Black Ice in 2008, it sold 784,000 copies in its opening week, even though it was only available at Wal-Mart and also contained 12 variations on “Hell’s Bells” (which, to be fair, has described every AC/DC album since 1980).

As of this writing, AC/DC had yet to have any real impact on the iTunes charts (Back in Black is number 65 on the albums chart, and there aren’t any singles in the iTunes Top Singles), but it will be interesting to track what sort of impact this move has on one of the most lucrative back catalogs in rock.

Read More on EW.com:
With Beatles now on iTunes, who are the last holdouts—and why?
‘Iron Man 2′ pairs up with AC/DC for full soundtrack album
Review: AC/DC, Black Ice

Deadmau5 continues feud with Madonna, attacks David Guetta

In today’s media universe, there are two ways to get big. The first is to put your heart into your craft, work tirelessly toward promoting that art, and associate yourself with like-minded individuals who will help push and challenge you as you move forward.

Or you can just talk to a magazine and say some terrible things about people more famous than you.

In a not-at-all-surprising turn of events, international superstar and electronic head piece enthusiast deadmau5 (real, less silly name: Joel Zimmerman) spent part of his interview in the new issue of Rolling Stone talking smack about Madonna and David Guetta.

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KISS and Motley Crue will launch joint summer tour in 2012

Legendary rock bands KISS and Motley Crue — who haven’t shared a stage since 1982 — are uniting to launch The Tour of 2012, a joint spectacle that will hit over 40 cities nationwide starting July 20, according to a Live Nation announcement.

Tickets for the tour, which is being lauded as “the spectacle of spectacles” and “summer’s biggest, baddest rock tour,” will go on sale beginning Friday, March 23 at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com. But if you’re a fan club member for either band, you can purchase your pre-sale ticket beginning Wednesday, March 21 at 10 am.

Headbangers, is this the best rock and roll news you’ve heard this decade? Will you be lining up (digitally, of course) to get your tickets? Are you a bigger fan of KISS or of Motley Crue? Let us know in the comments!

Read more:
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Motley Crue launch Las Vegas residency, appear in Super Bowl ad
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The Death Set cram Spider-Man, Super Mario, Godzilla, and 'Troll 2' into hyperactive 'They Come For Us' video: Watch it here!

Music videos are a tough game — it’s impossible to get anyone but the core fan base to watch them, and just about all the ideas have already been done.

(In that sense, making a video is a lot like running for president, though slightly less expensive and way less embarrassing.)

So when Australian hardcore combo the Death Set decided to put together a video for their song “They Come For Us,” they went all in: “They Come For Us” includes just about everything in a jumbled pop-culture junkie’s skull — appropriate, since the song will run over the closing credits to the upcoming found-footage horror anthology film V/H/S, which screens at South By Southwest next week and will be on demand in August.

It begins as a simple homage to a famous scene from Back to the Future, but then quickly ups the ante, trotting out nods to The Simpsons, Batman, Troll 2, and a bevy of other ephemera. Give the clip a spin below, and see how many references you can pick up. READ FULL STORY

This week in ridiculous tour riders: Kanye West and M.I.A.

Whatever you thought of M.I.A.’s Super Bowl outing, one thing is for certain: it could’ve gotten weirder.

The web’s premier celebrity-shamer The Smoking Gun has dug up a copy of what it claims is M.I.A.’s tour rider, and it’s a bit of a doozy, even by M.I.A.’s high-doozy standards.

On the list? Let’s see, we’ve got some bottles of Vitamin Water, a few trays of European cheese and “quality chocolates,” a high-speed internet connection.

Hmm, anything else? Oh yeah, we almost forgot about the three women between the ages of 20 and 25 to dance on stage wearing full-body burkas. And the burkas should be provided by the venue, naturally.

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Motley Crue launch Las Vegas residency, appear in Super Bowl ad

Madonna will most likely be presenting the biggest musical spectacle of Super Bowl weekend. But if there’s any band out there who would be willing to challenge the Material Girl for sheer theatrics, it’s Mötley Crüe.

The glam metal legends kick off a month-long, 12 show residency at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas this weekend. In fact, Sin City is so excited about the boys’ stay that today has been declared Mötley Crüe Day by Las Vegas mayor Carolyn Goodman.

Honestly, it’s a little bit odd that it has taken Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars, and Tommy Lee this long to play an extended run in Vegas, especially considering how many of their songs have become Spearmint Rhino staples.

It’s an uphill battle competing with the likes of Cirque Du Soleil and Criss Angel, but the Crüe have always been as much about riding onstage motorcycles and great pillars of flame as they have been about grinding out “Shout at the Devil.”

According to Sixx, they’re bringing the thunder. READ FULL STORY

Guns N' Roses announce club-tour dates

The lasting images from the peak of Guns N’ Roses’ reign are all epic: The massive stadium crowds, the white leather suits, the entirety of the “November Rain” video.

It’s difficult to consider them as a club band, and yet just like all big bands before them, they had to start somewhere.

In an effort to remind the world that Axl & Co. used to be, uh, smaller, Guns N’ Roses announced that they will play a series of shows at small venues in February. The centerpiece of the run will be a stop at New York’s Webster Hall, which only holds about 1,200 people for rock shows and was the site of a notorious GNR show taped by MTV in 1988.

Back then, the club was called the Ritz, which is what it will be re-christened when Axl and his band of merry men take the stage on Wednesday, Feb. 15.

The rest of the run shakes out like this: Two other New York shows (Roseland Ballroom on Feb. 10 and Terminal 5 on Feb. 12), then shows at the House of Blues in Chicago (Feb. 19), the Fillmore in Silver Spring, Md. (Feb. 23), and the House of Blues in Atlantic City (February 24). Presale tickets go live on Tuesday, Jan. 31, for the New York shows, with the rest of the lot on sale this Wednesday, February 1.

Axl is hardly the first rock giant to book a back-to-the-start run in smaller venues:

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