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Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi Receives Replicas of His Classic Guitar From Shop in England

Hard-core Black Sabbath fans know the significance of Tony Iommi‘s retired red 1965 Gibson SG guitar — easily identifiable by its cartoon monkey sticker — to the band’s catalog and touring history.

As the reunited Sabbath moves forward with a new album and tour, Iommi will be armed with two new replicas of the trusty guitar made specifically for him by a craftsman in the band’s hometown of Birmingham, England.

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George Harrison Guitar iPad App on the Way

Throughout his career, George Harrison played a variety of guitars, among them a psychedelic-looking Fender Stratocaster, a “fireglo” Rickenbacker 360 12-string and a black Gretsch Duo Jet (which he considered to be his first real decent guitar).

Those particular instruments — and many more — are part of a new Harrison guitar app for the iPad that will be available via the Apple iTunes store starting Feb. 23.

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Star-Studded Experience Hendrix Tour Adds More Dates

As the lineup for the 2012 Experience Hendrix tribute tour has expanded, so has the number of dates for the annual concert trek honoring the late, great Jimi Hendrix.

This year’s edition is now up to 21 dates, including recently added concert stops in Florida and Colorado, plus a second show in Austin, Texas.

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Dio Tribute Album Will Feature Judas Priest, Deep Purple Stars

Since early 2011, there’s been plenty of talk about a star-studded Ronnie James Dio tribute album.

Well, it looks like 2012 will be the year it finally arrives. And the list of artists lined up to honor the late solo singer and onetime Black Sabbath and Rainbow frontman is quite impressive: Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Ian Gillan (Deep Purple), Lemmy Kilmister (Motorhead) and Dave Grohl (Nirvana and Foo Fighters), among others.

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Scorpions Cover the Beatles, Rolling Stones and Kinks on Forthcoming ‘Comeblack’ Album

When guitarist Rudolf Schenker formed the Scorpions in 1965, British Invasion rock ’n’ roll bands were riding a commercial high and leaving their mark on fans and aspiring musicians around the world.

They included Schenker and his fellow German band mates, who honor such British rock royalty as the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Kinks on ‘Comeblack,’ the forthcoming Scorpions studio album.

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Black Sabbath Turns Up in Metallica’s Latest 30th Anniversary Show Video Recap

James Hetfield wasn’t joking when he said Metallica had some “awesome, different surprises” in store for the fourth night of his band’s 30th anniversary celebration last month in San Francisco.

The guests on Dec. 10 at the Fillmore included Black Sabbath‘s Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler, and their performance of “Paranoid” with Metallica is part of an authorized 44-minute video that recently hit the Internet.

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Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx Seeks Unknowns for ‘Dirt’ Film Cast

A final album and one last big tour are standard moves for a band mapping out an acrimony-free farewell.

Those appear to be part of Motley Crue‘s agenda over the next few years — but something much more definitive-sounding is a feature film based on the group’s best-selling autobiography, ‘The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band.’ And while Nikki Sixx claims he’s not at liberty to discuss the project at the present time, the Crue bassist has actually been very chatty lately about the forthcoming movie.

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Guns N’ Roses Bassist Tommy Stinson Says Record Label Contributed to Delay of ‘Chinese Democracy’

It’s a fact that Guns N’ Roses spent an extraordinary amount of time recording ‘Chinese Democracy.’

But according to GNR bassist Tommy Stinson, the bulk of the blame for the drawn-out process really falls on the band’s label for failing to understand what the musicians needed.

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Paul Rodgers, Nils Lofgren Cover Bob Dylan’s ‘Abandoned Love’ for Amnesty International

Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers can belt it out with the best of them. And given the opportunity, E Street Band guitarist Nils Lofgren certainly has the chops to play a lengthy, everybody-look-at-me solo if Bruce Springsteen really needed one.

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The Killers, Depeche Mode and Others Cover U2′s Entire ‘Achtung Baby’ Album

To mark the 20th anniversary of U2‘s ‘Achtung Baby,’ The Killers, Depeche Mode, The Fray and other notable artists have contributed to a start-to-finish reinterpretation of the classic album.

‘AHK-toong BAY-bi Covered,’ also featuring a remix of U2′s original version of ‘Even Better Than the Real Thing,’ will be included in Q magazine‘s 25th anniversary issue, which hits newsstands October 26.

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