World news roundup: Judas Priest still bewildered; Chilis track listing; Clemons suffers stroke; Disturbed to take break; Seth Putnam dies

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Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford says the band are still bewildered as to why guitarist KK Downing decided to quit the band ahead of their final large-scale world tour. He comments: “I don’t think any of us will really know. You probably read about him saying he felt standing on stage for the wrong reasons was the wrong thing to do. That’s a really sincere thing to say. But none of us understand the true reasons – and we’ve all got different theories.” The band will release a new album later this year then plan to start work on another one with new guitarist Richie Faulkner fully involved.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers have revealed the 14-song tracklisting for upcoming new record I’m With You: Monarchy of Roses; Factory of Faith; Brendan’s Death Song; Ethiopia; Annie Wants a Baby; Look Around; The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie; Did I Let You Know; Goodbye Hooray; Happiness Loves Company; Police Station; Even You Brutus?; Meet Me at the Corner; Dance, Dance, Dance.

E Street Band sax player Clarence Clemons is seriously ill after suffering a stroke at home in Florida. Affectionately known as ‘the Big Man,’ the 69-year old has spent the last few years dealing with a series of health problems. He had spinal surgery last year and also had both knees replaced, and is still attending physical therapy. Clemons was set to perform at the NBA basketball finals last week but a hand injury sidelined him.

Disturbed frontman David Draiman says the band will take a break after completing their current run of tour dates. “We’re touring the States then a short South American run, but that’s it after that,” he states. They aim to use the downtime to write material for their sixth album. Draiman explains: “We’ve not done anything yet. I know Dan Donegan has some riffs but we need to get in the right headspace and we can’t do that while we’re on the road.”

Outspoken grindcore icon Seth Putnam has died of a heart attack at the age of 43. The Anal C••t frontman was celebrated for his aggressive musical style and controversial lyrics, and contributed to albums by Pantera, Corrosion of Conformity and Napalm Death.

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