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First, Johnny Depp hit the stage with Marilyn Manson in April as part of the Revolver Golden Gods Awards. Now, the handsome actor will join shock rock legend Alice Cooper at his annual Christmas Pudding show, which will be held on Dec. 8 in Phoenix. Depp will reportedly jam onstage with Coop.

Other guests include ex-Eagles guitarist Don Felder and L.A. Guns, with more artists to be named later.

The show benefits Cooper’s Solid Rock Charity, which enriches the lives of teenagers through things like music, dance and self-expression. [Vh1 Classic Radio]

Trick or treat. Smell Oderus Urungus feet. Or his codpiece! Fuse followed the always-costumed GWAR on a pre-Halloween trick or treating excursion in the great state of New Jersey. They even wore costumes on top of costumes. Now that’s dedication. Noisecreep is shocked Oderus doesn’t make stealing kids’ candy his annual Halloween activity! [Fuse]

Watch GWAR Go Trick or Treating

Blink-182 have split with Interscope, their record label. “Freedom!! Blink as of today, is now an independent Artist!!!!!” tweeted guitarist/singer Tom DeLonge earlier this week. “We’re lucky to be in a position where, after 20 years in our band, we can be independent and open to all options,” bassist/singer Mark Hoppus told MTV yesterday. “It’s a very exciting time here. I feel like our band is in the best place it’s been in a long time. I mean, just look at my hair!”

The pop-punk trio’s most recent album, 2011′s Neighborhoods, was their last studio album for the Universal Music Group owned label. [Rolling Stone]

The devil. He is the patron saint of heavy metal. He is also the subject matter of many songs in the hard rock genre, by the likes of KISS, Iron Maiden, Metallica and more. Check out this list of the best devil-referential songs out there. One of them is bound to be your favorite. [Ultimate Classic Rock]

Autopsy
are working on new music, promising to deliver something to reduce your skull to a finely milled dust. “This task is not being taken lightly and the band will see to it eardrums are torn, minds are destroyed and skulls are crushed. To make the horror complete, none other than famed artist Joe Petagno is handling the cover painting. Brace yourself for a mid-2013 release and know your hunger for death metal will be met with soul bludgeoning darkness and blood spattering savagery,” the death metal destroyers said. Alrighty, then!

The death metal greats are being generous, too. Autopsy continued: “Also, we’ve got a special end-of-year competition for all you sickos, with a chance to win one of three signed copies of the Born Undead DVD. To enter just answer this question: ‘Which artist created the cover artwork for the Born Undead DVD?’ Submit answers here: competition@peaceville.co.uk.”

So look up the answer online and enter! [Via Press Release]

SUNN O)))
will embark on a West Coast tour in December. It’ll be a cluster of Left Coast live ceremonies. Loincloth and Dead in the Dirt will support. Black Breath will jump on the Bellingham gig, while the Seattle show to feature a special guest performance to be announced shortly. The L.A. show is a big, deal, Power of the Riff-style. Dates are below. [Via Press Release]

12/14/2012 Roseland/Peter’s Room – Portland, OR
12/15/2012 The Wild Buffalo – Bellingham, WA w/ Black Breath
12/16/2012 The Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA
12/18/2012 The Mezzanine – San Francisco, CA
12/19/2012 The Rio Theatre – Santa Cruz, CA
12/20/2012 The Fonda Theatre – Los Angeles, CA @ The Power of the Riff Presents w/ High on Fire, Corrosion of Conformity, Black Breath, Void Ov Voices

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