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Cheers, Liz.

Happy Anniversary, your Maj! Or, alternatively, a good excuse for a long weekend off and a pint of Old Frottingham’s Frankly Peculiar…

Readers from outside this United Kingdom might be bemused to learn that the whole country’s going to be incommunicado for the next few days.  Offices are going to close, shops will shut early and the weather will do it’s level best to comply and be dreadful.

It’s a bank holiday, don’t you know, which is fortuitous as it gives the desk-dwellers amongst us a nice day or two off.  On top of that, we’re getting an extra day off to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – it’s been 60 years since she ascended to the throne and decided to have just the one facial expression.

Gurning, it’s a real thing – Wiki it.

I kid, I kid – there are possibly two, now.  It’s a whole progress thing.

People far more devoted to the idea of monarchy than I am are just bursting to share ideas on what to do during the long weekend – the BBC has a downloadable PDF here which will help the undecided to find activities relevant to their interests.

The only reigning matriarch that I can get excited about…

As for yours truly, I shall be doing my best to stay clear of the hostilities and spending the best part of Friday enjoying Ridley Scott‘s latest foray into galactic terror – there’s no better way to celebrate the holiday than jumping out of your seat as xenomorphic miscreants fly at you in 3D.

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Iron Maiden. Better than The Beatles – Fact!


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In a proud triumph for British Heavy Metal bands, social networking and ballot stuffing campaigns everywhere, Iron Maiden’sIron Maiden’s 1982 metal opus “The Number of the Beast has been announced as the Best British Album of the last 60 years in the results of an HMV poll designed to flog back catalogue albums celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Somewhere, the normally Divinely appointed recipient of these honours, Brit crooner and Emperor of Naff God-Fearing Pop Piffle Cliff Richard is composing a very sharply worded rebuke to somebody who gives a toss (clue: not your humble correspondent).  Face it Cliff, your ancient fan base just can’t figure out how to get online and rig these contests – deal with it, oldsters…

Whilst I would normally treat such things with the disdain that they arguably deserve, it is rather nice to see Iron Maiden’s fans being so active and doing such a bang-up job of getting their band to the top of such a visible list.

Metal Mavens Maiden Maul Malevolent MOR Morons Massively, Mate.

Better yet, let’s all be joined in delight that it wasn’t effing Mumford and Sons or sodding Adele topping this chart – huzzah for long-lasting hairy metallizers!

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Sonisphere line-up confirmed…

Yes, that is F1 driver Lewis Hamilton with Kiss. No idea, mate, no idea...

Our initial suspicions proved correct – Queen with Adam Lambert on vocals are headlining Saturday and Faith No More close proceedings on Sunday at this years UK leg of the Sonisphere festivals, with Kiss kicking things off on Friday.  Quite a decent line-up, if truth be told.

All Time Low fans? Ghost is probably not your band...

To add to the headliners, we’ve got the likes of Marilyn Manson, reunited Swedish punk audio nail bomb Refused (really keen to see what they’re looking like now), Mastodon, The Darkness, French metallurgists Gojira and Swedish Occult Rock mentalists Ghost.

Tim Minchin - It's like he's looking directly at you, isn't it?

Not finished yet – not by a long chalk.  Lacuna CoilYES! – are confirmed alongside fellow European symphonic rock royalty, Within Temptation.  Occasional motivational speaker and full-tilt party metal eccentric Andrew W.K. returns to the UK, multi-million selling Evanescence, the previously confirmed Cypress Hill, flour friendly goths Fields Of The Nephilim, Boston punks Flogging Molly, Aussie RAWK! outfit Wolfmother, Swedish doomsters Katatonia and, in the Bill Bailey role of straddling music and comedy, the splendid Tim Minchin are all now confirmed to play.

Incubus. Can you feel the rock? Hmm...well...

Currently rounding out the bill are Welsh rockers The BlackoutI Killed The Prom Queen, Incubus and Switchfoot too.

That’s a decent line-up, I think – If you’re not going to Download, there’s more than enough variety and periods of rock music covered for people to not feel at all short-changed by the line-up.  I would imagine we’ll have at least a few more announcements between now and the festival proper at the beginning of July.

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Sonisphere announcement tonight at 8pm

If you head over to Metal Hammer’s website tonight at around 8:00pm, you’ll apparently get to see what line-up the organisers have put together to draw attention away from Download’s already unfeasibly interesting bill (which got better on Friday with six more bands joining Andy Copping’s merry metal fest – including Nightwish, apparently just to spite me and my festival aversion).

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As the image suggests, the hot gossip has it that Queen will headline a night, as will Faith No More.  Van Halen are also touted, but I would believe Ed, Dave, Alex and Wolfgang making the trip to Europe when I saw it happening live in front of me.

Iron Maiden would have been in with a shout but their Summer US arena tour presumably makes that less likely – apparently Cypress Hill have pre-emptively outed themselves as playing.

An emboldened commenter on the Hammer site gave a shout for the possibility of AC/DC also headlining a night – we’ll certainly have a better picture of things later this evening…

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