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CANNIBAL CORPSE guitarist Patrick "Pat" O'Brien appeared in a Florida court Tuesday morning (December 11), one day after being arrested for breaking into a home and assaulting a police officer.

O'Brien was clad in an anti-suicide vest, with his wrists and ankles chained together, when he was told by a judge at the Hillsborough County Courthouse that had to be tested for drugs if he is able to bond out of jail.

This spring brings another must-see event from premier independent U.S. music festival producer Danny Wimmer Presents. On Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, Chicago Open Air presents a massive stadium show with headlining sets from chart-topping acts including SYSTEM OF A DOWN, TOOL, THE PRODIGY and GHOST, plus more appearances from today's biggest hard rock and metal artists. The event is co-produced by Live Nation and will take place at SeatGeek Stadium (formerly Toyota Park) in Bridgeview, Illinois, just outside Chicago.

Tickets for Chicago Open Air go on sale Friday, December 14 at noon CT at

Rob Halford has once again said that he believes JUDAS PRIEST will eventually be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

Even though artists are eligible for the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 25 years after the release of their first album or single, iconic hard rock and metal bands like IRON MAIDEN, JUDAS PRIEST and MOTÖRHEAD have yet to be recognized by the institution, which inducted GUNS N' ROSES in that group's first year of eligibility.

Having been eligible for induction since 1999, JUDAS PRIEST was on the ballot for this year's class of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, but ultimately didn't clinch the nomination.

Dressed head to toe in vegan leather, vegetarian metal star Doro Pesch takes a strong stance against cruelty to animals in a new ad campaign for PETA Germany, calling on fans to respect all living, feeling beings by not eating or wearing them.

"We all feel pain, love, joy, and fear," Pesch says. "We have a special responsibility toward animals. That's why I don't eat meat and only wear faux leather."

The former WARLOCK lead singer, who kicked off her new tour on November 16, attributes her strength and stamina to her healthy diet: "I'm always on stage for two hours in high gear, it's really exhausting, and I really feel that I'm healthier, more fit, have more energy, and have a much, much clearer conscience," she says in a new video for PETA Germany.

"We are all living beings, good souls," she adds. "If you listen to your heart, then you know what is right, and then you also know how important it is that we, as humans, take care of animals."