Plus latest from Suicidal Tendencies, Motley Crue vsersus Poison, Fleetwood Mac, Rob Zombie, Down, Queensryche, Megadeth, Dream Theater and Ozzy Osbourne

Ronnie James Dio

Dio: 1942 ~ 2010

Today marks the first anniversary of Ronnie James Dio’s death following a six-month battle against cancer. The Heaven and Hell, Black Sabbath and Dio singer passed away on the morning of May 16, 2010, surrounded by friends and family. He is remembered.

Twitter users are attempting to get the hashtag @RIPDio trending across the world to make the date.  If you want to join in just sent a tweet including the hashtag, and retweet others you see in your timeline.

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Suicidal Tendencies frontman Mike Muir says the band haven’t picked up any fans through former collaborator Robert Trujillo joining Metallica.

Muir says: “We’ve done shows and met younger people who have been like, ‘Oh dude, I brought my little cousin to check you guys out, and now he loves you.’ I’ve never heard someone say, ‘Dude, Metallica’s my favourite band so I’ve come to see you guys.’”

ST are planning to release a long-awaited album next year but Muir says they won’t be celebrating their 30th anniversary in any special way: “I’m not a ribbons and balloons kind of guy. I think my last birthday party was when I was eight years old.”

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Nikki Sixx has made a statement regarding an apology he’s said to have made to Poison frontman Bret Michaels about Motley Crue badmouthing the younger band.

Michaels last year announced on stage that he’d like to mark Poison’s 25th year by touring with Crue. His comments led to some derogatory remarks from the other band, but Michaels says Sixx told him: “I’m really sorry about some of the comments. I really want to do this tour.”

Now the bassist says: “Just to clarify, that isn’t what I said. What I did say was: ‘I personally never had anything against you guys as people, but Motley just sort of thought you sucked as a band. But let’s give the fans what they want and have a good time.”

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Stevie Nicks says Fleetwood Mac are set to tour next year, and may even record a new album, which would be their first since 2003′s Say You Will.

She’s currently working on the release of her new solo record In Your Dreams, while guitarist Lindsey Buckingham is preparing to put his own album out.

Nicks says: “When that comes to a stop then Fleetwood Mac will gather again. We’ll either make another record, or we won’t and we’ll just go on tour.”

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Rob Zombie says drummer Joey Jordison and Ginger Fish are two completely different types of musicians, but they both fit well into his band.

Fish recently left Marilyn Manson’s band to explore new options and was announced as the replacement for Jordison, who’s getting ready for Slipknot’s reunion shows.

Zombie says: “It’s hard to describe how they’re different. Joey’s more of a power drummer, more bombastic, and Ginger’s kind of a groove-style drummer.

“But either style seems to work really well with our music, so it’s good.”

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Rex Brown says he was not given an ultimatum by Down, and “only time will tell” whether he has a future with the supergroup.

Guitarist Pepper Keenan last week said they’d given the bassist an ultimatum, and he wasn’t currently touring with them. Brown himself said he was concentrating on new band Kill Devil Hill for the time being.

Now Brown says: “There’s been no ultimatum. For now I’m concentrating on this killer new project. Only time will tell.”

Down started work on material for a new album last week.

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Queensryche drummer Scott Rockenfield says the band didn’t come up with many alternatives when it came to naming themselves.

He explains: “We started as a covers band playing Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, all the fun stuff. But with Geoff Tate singing with us we were able to play the more challenging songs. We were called The Mob but that didn’t last long.

“We finished the four-song EP and realised we didn’t have a name. So someone suggested we combined the words from our tune Queen of the Ryche, and that was it.

“It sounded powerful and fitted with the direction we wanted to head.”

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Rise Against bassist Joe Principle says his band haven’t had any problems with calling their new album Endgame, even though Megadeth released a record with the same title in 2009 – and suggests it’s because no one has heard of the thrash band’s offering.

Principle comments: “This kind of goes to show you how many people know about the Megadeth record. One kid said, ‘Hey, isn’t that a Megadeth title?’ but other than that, no one knows.

“I grew up listening to them so I was kind of hoping they’d have a little bit more current fans these days.”

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John Petrucci has moved to silence Dream Theater fan suggestions that new drummer Mike Mangini is not a full-time member of the band.

The guitarist says: “He is a band member. We don’t want to be known as the temporary Dream Theater – we want a member. Like when we got keyboardist Jordan Ruddess: we wanted a new member.

“I would hope we’ll finish our career with the current lineup. That’s the way I like to live life and think about things. But I would have had the same answer before Mike Portnoy left. You never know what’s going to happen.

“But we have full intentions of moving forward this way.”

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Ozzy Osbourne has confirmed there will be no Ozzfest in 2011, after rumours began circulating last week following post deletions on the touring festival’s website.

The singer says: “No, not this year. I just finished a lengthy arena tour of the US, so I’ve decided to tour Europe this summer instead.”

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