Killswitch Adam hails ex-frontman’s turnaround; Nergal back in action plus latest from Beasties, Def Lep, Maiden, Warner, Floyd and McCartney

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Killswitch Engage guitarist Adam Dutkiewicz says his collaboration with the band’s former singer Jesse Leach showed him a new side of his colleague.

The pair recently released Hymn of a Broken Man, their first album as Times of Grace, and Dutkiewicz says: “It was just so natural to work with Jesse again.

“Confidence was the biggest thing – He was this fragile man of a singer when he was in Killswitch. Now he’s more secure with his abilities and skills. It’s refreshing to see him come into his own.”

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Behemoth frontman Nergal has made his first stage appearance since his successful battle against leukaemia.

The Polish blackened metal icon guested with goth outfit Fields of the Nephilim in his home country and played the song Penetration with them.

Nergal says: “I don’t remember the last time I was that nervous. Firstly I had to join one of my favourite bands ever. Secondly I’m not 100% in shape – I would say I’m maybe 60%, but I’m progressing.

“I had a serious adrenaline rush and I was carried away by the energy. I’m counting the days till we come back with Behemoth full-time in five months.”

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Meanwhile, the Beastie Boys say Adam Yauch’s cancer treatment continues to go well, and they hope to be able to tour again soon.

Adam Horovitz reports: “He’s doing okay, but he’s still in treatment so it’s not all clear. We’re not making any plans until he’s better – which is definitely going to happen.”

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Def Leppard guitarists Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell have recorded lullaby versions of the band’s biggest hits for an album for children.

Dreamin’ With Def Leppard features full-band arrangements of tracks alongside the axemen’s contributions, and will be released on June 28. THe producers say: “Now the toddler set has a rockin’ way of going to sleep.”

Tracklisting: Pour Some Sugar On Me; Hysteria; Photograph; Love Bites; Foolin’; Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad; Bringin’ on the Heartbreak; Too Late for Love; Stand Up; Promises; Animal; Rock of Ages.

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Iron Maiden’s Ed Force One is currently being used as a passenger plane for tourists travelling between Edinburgh, complete with the band’s livery.

The aircraft is owned by Astreus, where singer Bruce Dickinson works as a commercial pilot when Maiden aren’t in action.

It would normally have its band logos removed before being used for other functions, but an Astreus spokesman explains: “Maiden just finished a leg of their tour and the plane went straight into use, because another one had mechanical problems. So we haven’t had the chance to take the logos off.”

Meanwhile, the band’s new best-of compilation, From Fear to Eternity, will be released on June 6. The double-disc set was originally set for publication on May 23.

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Warner Music has been bought by a Russian billionaire – putting an end to the speculation Metallica’s record label could be bought by the man who created Napster.

Industrialist Len Blavatnik has paid $3.3bn in cash for the company, currently the world’s third-largest music business. It’s now a private company owned through Blavatnik’s Access Industries, and will no longer be listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

A spokesman says: “Access supports Warner Music’s commitment to recording artists and songwriters, who are the foundation of our current and future success.”

It’s rumoured Blavatnik may go on to purchase EMI as well.

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Pink Floyd mainman David Gilmour’s son has been warned he could be jailed after pleading guilty to violent disorder.

Charlie Gilmour, 21, was taking part in the student fees protest in London last December when he threw a bin at a convoy of cars carrying Prince Charles and his wife Camilla.

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Paul McCartney has announced his engagement to New York socialite Nancy Shevell, his girlfriend of four years. The ex-Beatle, 68, has proposed for what will be his third marriage.

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