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Bucharest nightclub fire’s death toll has risen to 30 after three more people died of injuries, Romanian doctors say.

Dozens of others remain in critical condition after the fire in the Colectiv club, apparently caused by fireworks set off by a heavy metal band.

According to officials, it is possible the number of fatalities could double.

The news came as 12,000 people marched silently through the Romanian capital in memory of the victims.

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Photo Reuters

People carried flowers and lit candles at a memorial outside the nightclub.

Romanian President Klaus Iohannis has said safety regulations seem to have been ignored at the club.

The fire broke out at about 22:30 local time on October 30 at the Colectiv club, which was hosting a free rock concert by the band Goodbye to Gravity. Up to 400 people are thought to have been inside.

Survivors say the fireworks caused the ceiling and a pillar to catch fire and produce heavy smoke.

A stampede for the exit followed. More than 140 people are being treated in hospital, some with severe burns.

On November 1 officials said all of the dead had been identified.

Romania has declared three days of national mourning after the tragedy.


Twisted Sister drummer Anthony Jude Pero died on Friday, March 20, at the age of 55.

The heavy-metal band said A.J. Pero died of an apparent heart attack while touring with Adrenaline Mob, a group with which he played in between engagements with Twisted Sister.

Twisted Sister guitarist Jay Jay French said A.J. Pero was on a tour bus Friday morning when Adrenaline Mob band members tried unsuccessfully to awaken him, then called an ambulance. He was taken to a hospital in Poughkeepsie, New York, where he was declared dead shortly after 11 a.m.Twisted Sister AJ Pero dead at 55

Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider called A.J. Pero “the final piece in a band that would become an international sensation and one of the greatest live rock acts to ever hit the stage.”

A.J. Pero, who joined Twisted Sister in 1982, was well-known for a scene in the video for 1984’s We’re Not Gonna Take It in which he struck a snare drum covered with glitter, sending it spraying into the air.

Twisted Sister will soon consider what to do about its six upcoming summer tour dates.

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New York’s school heavy metal band Unlocking The Truth featuring one 12-year-old and two 13-year-olds have signed a record deal with Sony Music.

From Brooklyn, Unlocking The Truth have already appeared at major festivals and opened for Guns N’ Roses.

Reports suggest the trio could make $1.7 million for up to six albums.

Unlocking The Truth is made up of guitarist Malcolm Brickhouse, 13, bassist Alec Atkins, 13, and 12-year-old drummer Jarad Dawkins.

Unlocking The Truth have already appeared at major festivals and opened for Guns N' Roses

Unlocking The Truth have already appeared at major festivals and opened for Guns N’ Roses

The teenagers create their own lyrics and music while still going to school in Brooklyn.

Discovered in New York’s Washington Square Park by Eric Clapton’s drummer, Steve Jordan, in 2012, the boys say they’ve since had gigs all over the US.

One of their biggest breaks came in August last year where they won the first round of the AfroPunk Battle of the Bands, going on to perform at the AfroPunk Festival.

This year they performed at Coachella Music and Arts Festival, opened for rock veterans Guns N’ Roses in Las Vegas and are due to play ahead of Queens of the Stone Age.

On their website, Unlocking the Truth say they were inspired by Metallica, Slipknot, Disturbed, Living Colour, Chelsea Grin, Motionless in White, Escape the Fate, ”and many other great bands”.

On the news of their deal Jarad Dawkins’ mother, Tabatha Dawkins said: ”It’s so exciting. We’re jumping over the moon.

“What started out as play dates went to Times Square and now this. It’s been one great thing after another.”

Unlocking The Truth say they just want to be the best metal band in the world.

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