Compiled by STEVE MASCORD

RETIRING Australian rugby league captain Darren Lockyer has nominated Powderfinger's "Burn Your Name" as the theme song of his very last game this weekend.

Lockyer will captain Australia in Saturday's Four Nations final against England at Elland Road and was asked on the 12th episode of the White Line Fever podcast to pick a tune which summed up the occasion that will draw a curtain on his 60-Test career.

"Powderfinger ..... 'Burn Your Name'," he answered after some hesitation. "There you go."

Lockyer and Powderfinger both hail from Queensland. Co-incidentally - or maybe not - "Burn Your Name" also marked a swansong for the rock band - it was the second single off their final album, Golden Rule, released in November 2009.

Featuring a soaring chorus, "Burn Your Name" was promoted by a video shot in Thailand.

After a year of goodbyes at club, interstate and national level, Lockyer told White Line Fever: "There's things in retirement I'm looking forward to. 

"I'm sure there's things in the game I'm going to miss as well. The emotion, I think, will start setting in more after the game in the dressingrooms when, for the last time, I'll take the boots off."

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GENE SIMMONS certainly has a way with words.

The KISS bassist has hit the headlines around the world with his comments in a video interview with music-news.com about Guns N'Roses' Axl Rose.

"Guns N'Roses  could have been the best band in the world, and the reason they're not is because of Axl Rose. I mean, the drugs, the heroin, the alcohol and all that. But ultimately, it falls on Axl's shoulders."

After he was asked what Rose could have done to change that path, Simmons said, "A good beating would have helped. I mean, when you misbehaved as a little kid and continued to do it, there was somebody there to give you a what for. Then when you become a grown-up, who's there to set you straight?"

GN'R, meanwhile, have announced they are going to be playing the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas on New Years Eve. Guess who is thinking very seriously about going.....Loudmouth!

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TWO of this week's musical items are a little un-rock. 

The offerings of Tom Waits and Super Furry Animals were requested by guests Tony Hannan and Gareth Jones and we respect their tastes.

But the featured songs - along with Darren's choice, of course - are two bands I'm going to be seeing in the next week.

Bush's "Sound Of Winter" is a wonderfully atmospheric return for Gavin Rossdale's mob while Urge Overkill are also a reformed band that has hit back hard, with "Effigy". The gigs are at London Scala and London Borderline respectively.

On Saturday night at the Four Nations final, the aim is to broadcast live from Elland Road with team changes, a halftime wrap and both media conferences. Come to this page - whitelinefever.ning.com - for coverage.

See you next week!

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