The top rock and metal stories from Loudwire and around the web for Dec. 4, 2014:

Axl Rose on Death Hoax: 'If I'm Dead, Do I Still Have to Pay Taxes?': [Loudwire]

Guns N' Roses Tap Into Old Slash Material for New Album; Axl Rose Posts Ghostly Studio Photo: [Loudwire]

Creed's Brian Marshall on Scott Stapp: 'Scott Is Not Okay and He Needs Medical Help': [Loudwire]

Slipknot's Corey Taylor: 'I Don't Know' If Former Drummer Joey Jordison Will Ever Rejoin Band: [Loudwire]

- New Details Revealed About AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd's Coffee Shop Fracas: [Loudwire]

- Best Metal Songs of 2014: [Loudwire]

- Best Rock Songs of 2014: [Loudwire]

- Remembering Dimebag Darrell: Five Finger Death Punch's Zoltan Bathory Won Over By Pantera Live Show: [Loudwire]

Smashing Pumpkins Frontman Billy Corgan: Anderson Cooper Treated Like a Pinata: [Loudwire]

Joe Perry Releases Christmas EP: [Ultimate Classic Rock]

- George Lynch Blames Dokken's Breakup on Don Dokken: [Ultimate Classic Rock]

Pat Smear on Smashing Guitars With Kurt Cobain, Foo Fighters' Next Album + More: [Diffuser.fm]

- Trompe Le Monde: Magic With the Pixies' David Lovering: [Diffuser.fm]