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Tom Araya of Slayer

On the mend: Slayer's Tom Araya

Slayer frontman Tom Araya reports he’s on the mend after being rushed to hospital in Australia. His sudden illness caused the cancellation of one appearance at the travelling Soundwave festival down under, but Araya says there are unlikely to be further call-offs, commenting: “Sorry I couldn’t make the Sydney show, but I’m feeling much better and I’m looking forward to performing in Melbourne.” His wife explained his collapse was due to vertigo brought on by dehydration and lack of rest.

Hot Sauce Committee Part 2, the Beastie Boys album which has been on hold while Adam Yauch battled with cancer, will be released on May 3.

Mr Big bassist Billy Sheehan, who was a member of David Lee Roth’s solo band, says Van Halen are missing something without original member Michael Anthony. Sheehan explains: “I love them all, but to see Mike not there threw me a bit. I’m sure Wolfgang Van Halen is a fine player and a good kid. It all sounds good and Dave’s really killing it – but I’m a fan and I want to see the original lineup.”

Soundgarden will start recording their comeback album next week, singer Chris Cornell says. “We’re putting the music first,” he explains. “We don’t have a schedule. The process of writing, recording and being creative together is the most important thing, not meeting a deadline.”

Dragonforce have unveiled Marc Hudson as their new singer. Guitarist Herman Li says: “After almost a year of searching it’s great to have good news. Marc’s expressive and melodic vocals sound phenomenal on our new songs, adding a new dimension I’m sure the fans will love.”

Blues guitarist Eddie Kirkland died in a car accident at the weekend. He was 88. Kirkland, known as the Gypsy of the Blues, was bandleader for Otis Redding and worked with John Lee Hooker, among many others. His website says: “Cry a river of tears for the Lord has called the road warrior home.”

Deftones are releasing an album of covers on vinyl to mark Record Store Day on April 16. The eleven-track record included their versions of the Cars’ Drive, Sade’s No Ordinary Love, the Cardigans’ Do You Believe and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Simple Man.

Producer Pat Moran has died at the age of 63. He’d worked with many big names of the 70s and 80s including Queen, Hawkwind, Robert Plant and Big Country. Moran had been suffering from a form of dementia for several years.

A large-format book about Thin Lizzy will be published on March 28. The Boys are Back – The True Story features 116 pages and four DVDs containing rare interviews with band members and Phil Lynott’s mum Philomena. The unofficial title comes from Abstract Sounds Books.

Sepultura‘s upcoming album will include covers of The Prodigy’s Firestarter and Ministry’s Just One Fix, the band have announced.

Management of the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team have apologised for promoting an Ace Frehley concert with photos of Tommy Thayer, his replacement in Kiss. They say their in-house design department picked the wrong photo and have ordered replacement displays. A spokesman says: “We regret the mistake and proper banners will be in place soon.”

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