Here is the pick of 2010 news stories as chosen by UG users. The list includes the sad death of two rock legends, a couple of controversial band departures, some exciting reunions and releases for 2011 and the music industry slowly eating itself as always.
Ronnie James Dio Dies
After a long and horrible battle with stomach cancer, rock legend Ronnie James Dio passed away in May this year.
Ultimate-Guitar's Robert Gray summed it up, "The world of music has truly lost a giant. Let's all give Ronnie's music a spin, and raise a glass. Ronnie James Dio." Read more
Slipknot's Paul Gray Dies
Bass play and founding member of Slipknot, Paul Gray, was found dead as the result of an accidental overdose in May this year. What followed was months of contradictory statements from the band.
"Slipknot will never record new material again." "Slipknot back in the studio." "Slipknot deny studio rumours." Recently the band has confirmed some live European dates in the summer of 2011. Until next week's statement from Corey Taylor. Read more
Mike Portnoy Leaves Dream Theater
Drummer and founding member of Dream Theater, Mike Portnoy left the band this year stating that "I have sadly come to the conclusion that I have recently had more fun and better personal relations with other projects than I have for a while now in Dream Theater."
In a news cycle that seems to have run every day for the last two months, Portnoy has publically claimed that he was devastated that the band continued without him and has tried to reach out to apologise only to be rejected. Next week’s news: Mike Portnoy rejoins Dream Theater. Read more
System Of A Down To Reform In 2011
System Of A Down has been on hiatus since 2006 while its members have pursued various personal projects.
Last month however, the band confirmed a string of European festival dates during 2011.
They stated that there was no big plan, they just missed playing together. We look forward to it! Read more
James Hetfield And David Mustaine Feud Over And Big Four Announce 2011 Dates
The "Big Four," Megadeth, Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax will all share a stage at the UK's Sonisphere festival next year.
Which proves that Megadeth's David Mustaine has put the past behind him this year and the long standing feud between him and Metallica’s James Hetfield is finally over.
You can read more on the topic here
Limewire Shut Down
One of the biggest music industry news stories of the year was the "huge victory" for the RIAA with the closing down of Limewire. In fact it was a massive fail, wasting millions of dollars to close down a stone-age file sharing service that no-one used anyway.
The file-sharing debate raged on this year as figures revealed that 3/4 of all downloaded music in the UK was acquired illegally. Read more
New Tool Album On The Way
Yes! Finally! Writing new material to follow up 2007's 10,000 Days the band said "it shouldn't be long before the dry-erase board is filled with a bewildering array of color-coded intros, progressions, agitatos, con sordinos, crescendos, diatonics, inversions, resolutions, transitions, variations, obbligatos, consonance, and endings."
Probably my favourite list of words in a long time. I'm excited. Read more
John Frusciante Leaves The Red Hot Chili Peppers
This actually happened at the end of December 2009 but I'm going to squeeze it anyway because it ties in with RHCP writing a new album with new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. On leaving the band John said "my musical interests have led me in a different direction. There was no drama or anger involved, and the other guys were very understanding.
They are supportive of my doing whatever makes me happy and that goes both ways." With a new release planned in 2011, we'll see if the Chilli Peppers can be the Chilli Peppers without John. Again. Read more
Rock N' Roll Hall Of Fame
This year's Rock n Roll Hall of Fame nominations raised some eyebrows, especially on Ultimate-Guitar, as Beastie Boys and LL Cool J are included in the mix (though neither eventually made it in).
Alice Cooper looked a dead cert from the start and strolled in with Neil Diamond and Tom Waits.
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Jonas Brothers Melody Maker
Gibson also shook up the definition of rock n roll by introducing a Jonas Brothers signature Melody Maker. Debate raged about whether Gibson was destroying itself by associating with the Disney stars. Turns out if you can play three open chords in a row, then make 10 identical songs with those three chords, you qualify for a signature guitar.
Keep your eyes peeled for "cloud music" services in 2011. New streaming platforms are being developed to allow us to store music on internet databases rather than clogging up our hard-drives with music. We will then be able to stream our music library to just about anywhere (cars, phones, multiple computers) and on any device with an internet connection.
If 2010 has taught us anything it's that bands are harnessing social media more than ever, so we're likely to see even more inventive uses of Youtube and Facebook in 2011 and the further slow, painful death of Myspace. Don't be surprised to see bands selling material direct from Facebook in 2011.
Here's looking forward to the new year with these awesome new releases lined up!
So, what were your favourite stories from 2010 and what are you looking forward to in 2011?
By Ben Brown
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