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The online music gurus at MusicRadar have voted the legendary Canadian 3-piece rock outfit Rush as the greatest live act in the world, topping a list of 30 other stars spanning numerous genres.

Formed in 1968, the band consist of leader Geddy Lee, providing vocals, bass and keyboards; guitarist Alex Lifeson, and drummer/lyricist Neal Peart. Known for their incredible musicianship in their respected areas, they use their talents to provide complex compositions and lyrical masterpieces that fill out arenas across the world.

It's no surprise bands such as Metallica, The Smashing Pumkins, Dream Theater and Rage Against The Machine all cite Rush as a musical influence. And from individual accolades to a star on Canada's Walk of Fame, the band have been draped with awards throughout their history. A full Wikipedia list is available here for you to gawp at.

To see the full rundown of MusicRadar's best live acts list leading upto the mighty Rush, click here.

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A new auction record has been set by the sale of a Stradivarius violin. The auction, in aid of providing financial relief for victims of the Japan earthquake, was run by London auction house Tarisio, and the violin part of a collection owned by the Nippon Foundation for music. They cover the Northeastern Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund charities.

On offer was a well preserved violin made by the famous Stradivari family. The particular model is known as the Lady Blunt, after Lord Byron's granddaughter Lady Anne Blunt, it's owner for 30 years.

The £9.8million received for the violin is more than FOUR times the amount a record holding Stradivarius previously sold for.

Kazuko Shiomi, Nippon Foundation's president, said that although the violin was important to their collection, the reason for it's sale was far more worthy. He said "...the needs of our fellow Japanese people after the March 11th tragedy have proven that we all need to help, in any way we can"

The Lady Blunt is one of around 600 instruments made by Antonio Stradivari still in existence.

It's been nearly two decades since one of the greatest, most pioneering albums of the 1990s was released - Nirvana's Nevermind. And to celebrate, Universal are reissuing the album, along with three extra discs including a DVD, featuring yet more unreleased recordings.

If 2004's "With The Lights Out" 3 disc box-set wasn't enough, the proposed re-release of Nevermind et al will feature BBC radio appearances and unreleased concerts on the DVD, plus more rarities and B-sides on the additional CDs. The release has been pencilled in for the UK market for September 19th (with the US release a day later).

Following the initial release of Nevermind in 1991, the album went on to sell over 30million copies worldwide, boosted by the demise of iconic frontman Kurt Cobain in 1994.

Universal are yet to release any track listings, but as expected the rumour mill is churning, pre-empting that the re-release may feature producer Butch Vig's original mixes of the tracks. Dave Grohl, former Nirvana drummer and current Foo Fighters frontman, told Rolling Stone magazine that, while little could be said, he and the party "have a few things up [their] sleeves".

Yet more gems could be released, and the extra DVD disc will make this package one of the most highly anticipated autumn releases of the rock world.

2 years on from his unexpected death at the age of 50 in June 2009, Michael Jackson's personal items went under the hammer at Julien's Auction House in beverly Hills, with a portion of proceeds from the auctions being donated to the Shambala Preserve in California, which has housed Jackson's two Bengal tigers since closing Neverland Ranch in 2006.

The iconic red and black calfskin jacket, one of two worn in the "Thriller" video and autographed by the "King of Pop" himself, notched up a total cost of $1.8million following add-ons, equal to £1.13million.

Also on sale were a sequined glove, as worn on many a stage, a fedora, the wig worn by Jackson when the ill-fated "This Is It" concert series was announced, and a pair of sunglasses, the latter selling for a cool $50,000 (£31,000).

Following a recent blod post on Metallica's site, the Bay Area thrash masters have revealed they have put together a 10-track album's worth of material for a forthcoming release, working with The Velvet Underground's legendary guitarist and vocalist Lou Reed on the new material. And it seems they can't wait to share their new stuff with their army of fans either.

In an excerpt from this blog post, the band reveal just what they've been getting up to over the last few months:

"Ever since we had the pleasure of performing with Lou at the 25th Anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at Madison Square Garden in October of 2009, we have been kicking around the idea of making a record together.

Some of you astute Bay Area residents may have picked up news of recent Lou Reed sightings in the greater San Francisco area and we have indeed been working at our home studio at HQ on and off over the last few months.

In what would be lightning speed for a Metallica related project, we recorded ten songs during this time and while at this moment we're not exactly sure when you'll hear it, we're beyond excited to share with you that the recording sessions wrapped up last week."

Also, as the photo above reveals, it would appear James Hetfield is getting into the groove with his new signature Snakebite guitar from ESP, released at this year's NAMM show, as we revealed here previously.