Users' Choice: Top 10 News Stories In 2010

Here is the pick of 2010 news stories as chosen by UG users.

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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. Check out more information at this location

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.

The Future?

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 Ultimate-Guitar.Com 2010

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    rokkit
    jonas brothers signature guitar? i have officialy lost what little respect i had left for gibson
    piggins411
    crazy8rgood wrote: piggins411 wrote: Still wish Fruciante would have stayed Everything he's made outside of the Chili Peppers has been better than the Chili Peppers (Ataxia, John Frusciante+Josh Klinghoffer, John Frusciante+Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, even him just helping with the guitar work on Mars Volta records) imo, so I'm happy he left and can focus on, at least what I believe to be, better things.
    Just listened to some of the stuff he did with Omar. It was pretty awesome
    devin_g94
    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. Angus Young?
    EpiExplorer
    vultures?OMG wrote: jrandmb wrote: Peter Steele? Sadly, this. Seems odd not including him in the list.
    That kind of got my interest too. Then I realised, making fun of the Jonas Brothers is somehow a happier and more forward-looking idea rather than dwelling on all these unfortunate dead people.
    AlterEdge
    Woffelz wrote: Will never buy a Gibson guitar in my life.
    Agreed. Best of all now I have a legitimate reason.
    crazy8rgood
    piggins411 wrote: Still wish Fruciante would have stayed
    Everything he's made outside of the Chili Peppers has been better than the Chili Peppers (Ataxia, John Frusciante+Josh Klinghoffer, John Frusciante+Omar Rodriguez-Lopez, even him just helping with the guitar work on Mars Volta records) imo, so I'm happy he left and can focus on, at least what I believe to be, better things.
    Apples on Cacti
    Oh. My. Gawd. Tell me it's not true, Gibson. And... NO! IT'S A LP!!! Someone shoot me, quick. (But hey, Gibson, if you're gonna throw out guitars for every loser in the world.... can I get one?)
    Eifler121
    Apejack Cuba wrote: Drg23 wrote: the lack of Soundgarden's reunion disturbs me :/ Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that was actually the very end of 2009.
    No, the original announcement wasn't until New Years' to begin with, and that turned out to just be about the fan club. The band's announcement wasn't til later. If SOAD is up there, Soundgarden sure as hell better be.
    rain-man
    devin_g94 wrote: 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. Angus Young?
    You clearly haven't listened to more than 10 of their songs. Or even 5 for that matter
    Koreanflow
    What the heck...if you're still talking about 2009 news, WHAT ABOUT MR. LESTER POLFUS AKA LES PAUL?!?
    Jadena
    sweeney1994 wrote: Drg23 wrote: the lack of Soundgarden's reunion disturbs me :/ This is too true. Wouldn't have Nirvana or any of the grunge bands without Soundgarden. They started it all.
    .. What?
    Jadena
    Exscuse my last post, I've just read up on my history. Sorry.
    eljono123
    And btw, I can play chords pretty well too, hope Gibson makes me a guitar .
    eljono123
    Drg23 wrote: the lack of Soundgarden's reunion disturbs me :/
    I agree. Not UGs fault but I guess this other news is bigger than One of the most epic bands of their time re-uniting. When I heard Chris sing on coco and hear how his voice is sounding like it used to during sub-pop days, i smiled. All though I'm still puzzled how SOAD getting back together even holds a flame to Soundgarden getting back together.. They don't even hold a candle to them IMO.. but I'm old school and that's my one lonely opinion >.<
    Skullivan
    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. I need to contact Gibson about making me a new signature guitar.
    jee5678
    HA! A Jonas Brothers guitar. Taylor Swift has a signature Taylor, too. It's sad, though...it just shows that some signatures are more about marketing (ineffective marketing, at that) rather than giving guitarists a chance to replicate UNIQUE artists' sounds.
    GreenDayFan16
    rain-man wrote: devin_g94 wrote: 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. Angus Young? You clearly haven't listened to more than 10 of their songs. Or even 5 for that matter
    this. while I'm no huge fan of ACDC, that guy can play a guitar. I actually hate that band but comparing him to the Jonas Brothers is sacrilege. You can't do that yo. (hides behind flame shield for hating ACDC)
    ebmusicman16
    gibson are really lowering themselves now. They cant bring out any new guitars really anymore all they want to do is help ruin music and what a guitar stands for by bringing out the dark fire and the dusk tiger
    sweeney1994
    Drg23 wrote: the lack of Soundgarden's reunion disturbs me :/
    This is too true. Wouldn't have Nirvana or any of the grunge bands without Soundgarden. They started it all.
    MoFly41
    Hmm, Paul Gray doesn't look like someone who would die from an accidental overdose.
    WD Punk
    i think dio's death was def the biggest blow in metal for this year he may be gone but his music sure aint goin no where
    SG-Burchett
    MoFly41 wrote: Hmm, Paul Gray doesn't look like someone who would die from an accidental overdose.
    yeah-its sad he died but i mean jeez....looking at his photo he looked pretty rough anyway. Dios death was definetly the most sad story and rememberable. (paul gray behind that) and WTF? i didn't know the joneas brother had a signiture guitar. what the hell gibson?
    writerguitarist
    Well that really sucks for Gibson!! Jonas Brother were just about kind of loosing that fame, while Gibson is at the top of its game right about now! Why try to bring them back?? And is anyone else at all disturbed that Paramore's Josh and Zac Farro left and it wasn't even mentioned??
    rain-man
    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.
    Hey! I can do that! But I can't do the whiny girlish singing that would be necessary to be famous, so no Gibson sig model for me...
    Superperfex
    The System of a Down news article was the best article in my eyes =] I've been waiting for their return for years
    007dude
    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.
    OMFG guyz, i can now get my own signature guitar!!!!! w00tage!!!!!
    Engel22
    Jonas Brothers? Oh ****ing hell, what have Gibson reduced themselves to?
    Apejack Cuba
    Drg23 wrote: the lack of Soundgarden's reunion disturbs me :/
    Feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that was actually the very end of 2009.
    jrandmb
    Sorry for the double post. If Paul Gray is a legend, Peter Steele must be a god.
    100%
    I'm looking forward to Children of Bodom's new album, Rise Against's new album, Trivium's new album, and Tool's new album (a lot of new music is gonna be coming in the new year)
    gabocrbll
    Best of year: - Megadeth and metallica togheter - System of a down reunite
    Metallichemical
    Dio's death was huge obviously, and System of a Down reunite next year! I'm looking forward to a new album from my favorite band (Trivium), Tool, Megadeth, Dream Theater, and All Shall Perish!