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Daily Reload: Anthrax, David Draiman + More

Photo by Matthew Rodgers – Anthrax have secured Shadows Fall ‘s Jon Donais to fill-in on guitar for departing member Rob Caggiano on their upcoming tours. [ Loudwire ] – Disturbed ‘s David Draiman unveiled an all-star guest list, the title of the lead single and a tentative release date for his band  Device ‘s debut album. [ Loudwire ] – Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins was denied bail in his child sex offense case. [ Loudwire ] – Bullet for My Valentine have unveiled their new video for ‘Riot.’ [ Loudwire ] – Jane’s Addiction  and Camp Freddy guitarist  Dave Navarro has shed his clothes for a new PETA ad campaign. [ Loudwire ] – Ted Nugent is the latest rocker to fall victim to a Twitter death hoax. [ Ultimate Classic Rock ] – Bob Seger has revealed the dates for his 2013 North American tour. [ Ultimate Classic Rock ] – Vampire Weekend and Tegan and Sara lead the latest additions to South by Southwest’s lineup. [ ] – Ben Gibbard was joined by Aimee Mann and Ted Leo during a performance on ‘The Colbert Report.’ [ ]

Lostprophets Singer Ian Watkins Denied Bail in Child Sex Offense Case

Ian Gavan, Getty Images Lostprophets frontman Ian Watkins will remain behind bars after the Cardiff Crown Court denied his appeal for bail Thursday (Jan. 10). The Mirror reports that the singer, who was arrested late last year for alleged sex offenses relating to minors, appeared via video link from Parc Prison in Bridgend and Judge Eleri Reese denied his plea. With the ruling, Watkins will now remain in custody until at least his next plea hearing, which is scheduled for later this month. The vocalist has been charged with two incidents of conspiring to engage in sexual touching with two young children and another four offenses of possessing and distributing indecent images of children. Watkins bandmates issued a statement at the time of his December arrest, explaining, “We find ourselves in a state of shock. We are learning about the details of the investigation along with you. It is a difficult time for us and our families and we want to thank our fans for their support as we seek answers.” The band called off their scheduled tour after the singer’s arrest. The group has been supporting their 2012 album, ‘Weapons.’ [button href=”” title=”Next: Lostprophets Singer Ian Watkins Held in Police Custody” align=”center”] ?

Lostprophets Singer Ian Watkins Arrested on Multiple Child Sex Offense Charges

Ian Gavan, Getty Images In shocking news out of the United Kingdom,  Lostprophets lead singer Ian Watkins has been charged with conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a female under 13, along with the possession and distribution of “indecent images of children.” This story comes as a major shock to fans of the longtime singer of the Lostprophets, who have sold 3.5 million albums worldwide throughout the band’s 15-year history. The Welsh group had a No. 1 alternative rock hit in the United States with ‘Last Train Home’ in 2004. According to The Guardian and other reputable sources like BBC News, two women, ages 20 and 24, have been charged alongside Watkins with similar offenses. The three are currently being held in police custody, having already appeared before Cardiff Magistrates’ Court today (Dec. 19). Bail applications from all three parties have been denied. Watkins will remain in police custody until his next scheduled court appearance on Dec. 31. A statement from a police spokesperson reads as follows: A Pontypridd man has been charged with sexual offences against children and is due to appear at Cardiff magistrates court today. The 35-year-old has been charged with conspiracy to engage in sexual activity with a female under 13 and possession/distribution of indecent images of children. In order to assist their investigation, South Wales police has named the man as Ian Watkins, a member of the rock group Lostprophets.” South Wales police are encouraging those who may have information about the charges to come forth. “Specially-trained staff are available to speak to anyone with concerns or information regarding this investigation and a dedicated telephone number has been set up,” says Senior Investigating Officer Peter Doyle. “I want to encourage anyone who has any concerns or information which they think may be relevant to contact us … Safeguarding children involved in such cases is always a high priority and as such measures have already been taken.” Update: The UK newspaper The Independent is reporting that Watkins is being accused of conspiring with one of the arrested women to sexually abuse a 1-year-old girl. In addition, the publication also reports that the singer is accused of two incidents of “sexual touching” involving young children. Moreover, Watkins is alleged to have possessed “extreme” animal pornography. [button href=”” title=”Next: More Shocking Rock Stories of 2012″ align=”center”]