Slipknot name Gray’s replacement, Ian to miss Anthrax shows, Darkness reunion seems real, Phil Collins, Metallica, Pantera, U2, Hendrix, Paramore

Donnie Steele

Grateful: Slipknot stand-in Steele

Slipknot will replace bassist Paul Gray with ex-guitarist Donnie Steele on their upcoming festival tour. The band say: “Donnie was there at the very beginning, and rather than get an outsider we thought it would be a fitting tribute to Paul to play with someone from within the family. Donnie was great friends with Paul and we can’t think of a better way to celebrate his memory. The right of us are looking forward to being onstage again, honouring Paul’s legacy with our families in Europe and Brazil this summer.” The mood on Steele’s MySpace page is listed as “grateful”.

Scott Ian of Anthrax will miss eight of the thrash outfit’s shows in July while his wife Pearl gives birth to their first child. He’ll be replaced by Andreas Kisser of Sepultura. The specific shows affected have not been announced.

Another Darkness reunion rumour has surfaced – although this time it seems to have a little more substance than the previous incidents. Holding pages have appeared at TheDarknessAreBack.com and TheActualDarkness.com while an apparently official Facebook page has also appeared. Former frontman Justin Hawkins tweets: “In the studio with Foxy Shazam. @darknessactual actual news coming soon!”

Phil Collins has confirmed he has definitely retired from music after a publicity agent confused the issue by saying he hadn’t. But the ex-Genesis drummer explains it’s not for the reasons some news outlets have stated. Collins says: “I’m stopping so I can be a full-time father to my two young sons on a daily basis. Not because of dodgy reviews, because I don’t feel loved, because i don’t fit in, or so I can dive into my interest in the Alamo. Some of those things have been said by me in various interviews, but said as asides with a smile on my face. That doesn’t come over in print and I should know better. I’ve ended up sounding like a tormented weirdo – but there’s no need for a straitjacket!”

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich is set to appear in a TV movie starring Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen. He’ll play a Dutch filmmaker in Hemingway and Gellhorn, the story of Ernest Hemingway and wife Martha Gellhorn.

Vinnie Paul’s interest in a one-off Pantera reunion is genuine, insists the website which originally published the story. The band’s manager has said there’s no chance of the band getting together and The Metal Den “fabricated” the quotes suggesting that drummer Paul would support the event. TMD says: “We stick by our sources and we offer the best story integrity and journalist’s truth as possible.”

U2 members Bono and The Edge remain committed to their troubled Spider-Man musical, which this week put back its official opening yet again to some time in the summer, and also lost director Julie Tamor. The musicians say: “We’re listening and learning, and as a result we have a couple of new songs we’re very excited about putting into the mix. We’re confident Spider-Man will reach its full potential, and when it does, it will open.”

The only known film footage of Jimi Hendrix‘s Band of Gypsys will be released on April 12 on DVD. Live at Fillmore East was shot in January 1970 and the sound has been upgraded to 5.1 surround by Hendrix’s studio engineer Eddie Kramer. The disc includes interviews with Hendrix and bandmates Mitch Mitchell, Noel Redding, Billy Cox and Buddy Miles. Two related titles also appear next month – a new edition of Power of Soul: A Tribute to Jimi Hendrix, first released in 2004, and a 15-track compilation called South Saturn Delta.

Ex-Paramore guitarist Josh Farro denies he told Kerrang that he doesn’t miss the band. He reports: “The words ‘I don’t miss Paramore one bit’ never came out of my mouth’. But Kerrang say they did, and they have the interview recording to prove it. Farro’s brief reply is: “Psalm 9″. The psalm, on the topic of righteousness, includes the lines: “The wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands. Strike them with terror, Lord; let the nations know they are only mortal.”

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