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Af­ter a year of tour­ing to­gether as The Devon All­man Project With Spe­cial Guest Duane Betts, the sons of Gregg All­man and Dickey Betts have formed the All­man Betts Band. The lineup adds Berry Oak­ley Jr, the son of ABB bas­sist Berry Oak­ley. For­mer Broth­ers and cur­rent Rolling Stones key­board player

Chuck Leavell is set to guest on a new All­man Betts Band al­bum that’s due in the spring.

As this is­sue went to press, Styx an­nounced a one-off UK date. The vet­eran US pom­pro­ck­ers play London Pal­la­dium on June 4. It’s the band’s first head­line show here since 2005. Guns N’ Roses were forced to ab­bre­vi­ate a re­cent set in Abu Dhabi af­ter front­man Axl Rose (pic­tured) was taken “se­verely ill”. The band car­ried on and man­aged to play for al­most two hours, prompt­ing bas­sist Duff McKa­gan to ex­claim: “Axl pulled a damn mir­a­cle. The man was be­yond ill. [That’s some­thing] I’ve never seen in my forty years of play­ing.” McKa­gan re­cently com­pleted a solo al­bum with pro­ducer Shooter Jennings.

GN’R are also ru­moured to have been back in the stu­dio. Although the band are yet to com­ment, there have been re­ports that they have recorded a cover of Chil­dren Of The Revo­lu­tion for in­clu­sion on a T.Rex and Marc Bolan trib­ute al­bum, to be re­leased through BMG Records. The al­bum is said to also fea­ture U2, El­ton John, Foo Fight­ers and Joan Jett, among oth­ers.

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