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The 10 most-read news stories in 2015

The stories that shaped our year

We've published thousands of stories during the past 12 months, from tour announcements to band break-ups, album reports to tragedies – all from the worlds of rock, metal, prog, punk and blues.

Here then, are the top 10 stories that have helped shape our world in 2015.

10. Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd pleads guilty to a charge of threatening to kill. (April 21)

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9. Bon Jovi announces details of a fan album called Burning Bridges, which features a song that was written before guitarist Richie Sambora left the band. (July 19)

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8. Gerard Way says that his Umbrella Academy comic book series could be developed into a US TV show. (July 9)

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7. Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Zacky Vengeance describes the band's forthcoming album as “aggro”. (December 4)

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6. Rush announce a 34-date North American tour as part of their 40th anniversary celebrations. (January 22)

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5. Former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland was found dead on his tourbus. He was 48 years old. (December 4)

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4. Slipknot percussionist Clown speaks to TeamRock about his “mind-blowing” career in a Download exclusive. (June 12)

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3. The late Motörhead frontman Lemmy’s health came under scrutiny as the frontman walked offstage in Texas. (September 2)

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2. Free bassist Andy Fraser dies aged 62 at his home in California. (March 17)

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1.  Eagles Of Death Metal fans are taken hostage at the Bataclan venue during the terrorist attacks on Paris. 89 people are confirmed dead. (November 13)

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