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Mr Big

Charting: Mr Big

A collection of Bon Scott’s pre-AC/DC recordings will be released on February 22. It’s called Round And Round after a single he recorded in 1973 and also features material from his band Fraternity.

Joan Bonham, mother of Led Zeppelin drummer John, has died at the age of 81 after being ill since Christmas. She was a big-band style singer and most recently a member of the 40-piece outfit the Zimmers, made up of elderly artists.

Stats continue prove Steven Tyler’s appearance on American Idol is good for Aerosmith: each of their catalogue albums had been selling an average of 1000 copies per week until last month, when the average doubled.

Mr Big‘s new album What If… has charted in the top 100 across Europe: Switzerland No.36; Germany No.50; Austria No.71; Italy No.71; Sweden No.75.

Disturbed have had to cancel their appearance in San Antonio, Texas, tonight due to a band member falling ill. Tourmates Korn will play an extended set to cover the shortfall. Refunds will be available at the venue before the show.

System of a Down have completed their first rehearsal since announcing their reunion. Bassist Shavo Odadjian reports: “It was amazing – I love my band.”

Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler and band manager Larry Mazer have launched a new record label, ReThink Records, and signed their first act, Too Late the Hero.

Soundgarden are offering a bonus soundcheck CD to those who pre-order Live on I5, their first-ever live release. The bonus includes No Attention, Never the Machine Forever, Waiting for the Sun, Room A Thousand Years Wide and Somewhere.

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