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Planetrock_large Simple Minds To Play Free London Show: Simple Minds will play a free show in London in July.

The Scots rockers will play at the Roundhouse in London as part of the iTunes Festival that will see a different show played at the venue by a range of bands every night during the month.

Simple Minds play on 16 July, and tickets can be obtained solely through the iTunes Festival Facebook page. Other acts to play free gigs during the month include Oasis, Blur’s Graham Coxon, and a host of other acts. Click Here For iTunes Festival Page

Metallica Unveils First Cliff Burton Biog: Metallica have revealed the first biography of their much missed bassist Cliff Burton.

‘To Live Is To Die: The Life And Death Of Metallica's Cliff Burton’ is being sold by the band’s official store, and is written by Classic Rock Magazine contributor Joel McIver.

The book contains interviews with many of the bassist’s closest friends and colleagues, including Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett, who also contributes the Foreword.

Burton played on the band’s first three albums before he was tragically killed in a bus crash while Metallica were touring in Sweden in 1986.

“I’m deeply honoured that Kirk spoke to me for the Cliff Burton biography,” McIver told “We talked about the rollercoaster ride of Metallica’s early career which he and Cliff experienced, from the time that both men joined the band in early 1983 until Cliff’s death three and a half years later. The impact that Burton had on the rest of Metallica, both musically and as an example of how to stick to your principles in the music industry, was profound — and Kirk provided a perspective on that impact which couldn’t have come from anywhere else.”

Kiss Four Days From Finishing New Album: Kiss are just four days away from finishing their brand new studio album, according to Paul Stanley.

In a post on the band’s official website guitarist Paul Stanley, who is also producing the record, says that the album looks set to be something special.

“We're about four days from finishing the new KISS album. Eleven tracks, and it IS everything I've told you. It IS classic. It IS all written within the band. And IT ROCKS BIG TIME! Tommy and Eric both handle lead vocals. The songs, sound and playing will knock your socks off. You will all be as proud and excited as we all are. Oh…and WAIT till you see the cover!”

Details of the album have been scarce, with no title or song names being revealed but the band hope to have the record out this year as they head out on a huge US tour.

Bon Jovi Duo Join CSN In Songwriting Elite: Crosby, Stills and Nash and Bon Jovi’s Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora have been inducted into the prestigious US Songwriters Hall Of Fame.

The Bon Jovi duo were presented with their award by US rocker Chris Daughtry before they performed an acoustic rendition of their classic ‘Wanted (Dead Or Alive)’. Collecting the award, Jon Bon Jovi commented "It's the closest thing to immortality that we're ever going to see here."

James Taylor presented Crosby, Stills & Nash with their award and performed their hits ‘Love The One You’re With,’ ‘Long Time Gone’ and ‘Teach Your Children’.

They join an elite list that includes legends from across the genres, including rockers such as Eric Clapton, Glenn Frey & Don Henley, Bob Dylan, Keith Richards & Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen and Queen.

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