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- Blabbermouth reports singer Ozzy Osbourne tells the Toronto Sun in a new interview that he feels satisfied that he's gone full circle with the legendary heavy metal BLACK SABBATH after topping the charts around the world with the group's reunion album, "13". "When we did the album '13', if that was going to be the last album I ever did with BLACK SABBATH, it was okay, because before, in 1978 with 'Never Say Die!', wasn't a good time for me with BLACK SABBATH," he says. "So if we never do another thing together again, we ended on a better note. The only sad thing was that [65-year-old original SABBATH drummer] Bill Ward never played on it." Ward was on board for the reunion when it was first announced in November 2011, but backed out soon after due to contractual issues. SABBATH has used Ozzy's regular touring drummer Tommy Clufetos since then for live work. RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE's Brad Wilk laid down the drum tracks on "13", which came out in June 2013. Osbourne also doesn't rule out the possibility of more new music from SABBATH, telling the Toronto Sun: "Everybody asks me if there's going to be a follow-up to '13'. And all I can say is, 'I never say never anymore.' I don't want to say, 'Yeah, we're never going to do another album,' because if everybody agrees and we don't take 500 years again to make another album, I'm up for it. I wouldn't mind doing another SABBATH album." BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi revealed in January of 2012 that he had been diagnosed with lymphoma, which is described by the Mayo Clinic as "a cancer of the lymphatic system, the body's disease-fighting network." He has had to go back to England every six weeks for treatment, forcing him and SABBATH to work around both the treatments and the recovery time needed afterward. According to Osbourne, Iommi is in good health as far as he knows and playing as strongly as ever. "I haven't had one of them dark phone calls so I presume he's okay," Ozzy tells the Toronto Sun. "He's unbelievable. I mean, any of us could be diagnosed with cancer. I always think cancer means death. I didn't know anybody who'd recovered. My wife recovered from colon cancer and that was the first person I ever knew. But he just accepts it and gets on with it. I mean, it's got to be worrying. But he's doing fine, I think, I hope. He's unbelievable. We all know our job, we all know our craft, but he's a very talented guy. Considering on his fret hand he's got no fingertips, he plays with prosthetic fingers at the end. I've often said to him, 'How the hell do you know when you're touching the strings?' I don't know. It's amazing." Read more at Loudwire, Ultimate Classic Rock, Classic Rock and Noisecreep
- Blabbermouth reports MOTÖRHEAD's Lemmy Kilmister will do the official coin toss at LA KISS' first-ever home game today (Saturday, April 5) at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. STEEL PANTHER, widely considered one of the hottest heavy-metal bands out of Hollywood since MÖTLEY CRÜE, GUNS N' ROSES and POISON ruled the Sunset Strip, will play a special halftime performance for tonight's game. The opening night of LA KISS will serve as STEEL PANTHER's official record release party for their new album, "All You Can Eat". As part of both of these first-ever events, STEEL PANTHER will unveil special performances before the game, at halftime and several times during the game on the new permanent end zone stage that will play home to other top performers throughout the LA KISS season. Gene Simmons, co-owner of LA KISS, adds his excitement for the opening day performance. "STEEL PANTHER rocks!" said Simmons. "Just ask your girlfriend." Single-game tickets for the team's first home game are now available and can be purchased via Ticketmaster.com or the Honda Center Box Office. MOTÖRHEAD canceled a handful of shows on its European festival tour in August 2013 after Lemmy suffered a haematoma (where blood collects outside of a blood vessel). The news of Lemmy's latest medical issue followed reports that he was also fitted with a defibrillator because of heart problems. The band also postponed a European headlining tour which was scheduled to kick off in November.
- Blabbermouth reports former UFO bassist Pete Way says that he is halfway through his radiotherapy treatment for the prostate cancer with which he was diagnosed last year. "[I] feel so low and tired," he writes on his Facebook page. Way's treatment reportedly involves undergoing radiotherapy sessions every day for a month to shrink the tumor, in conjunction with hormone therapy. As a result of his cancer diagnosis, Way's new album, "Walking On The Edge", will not be released until later in the year. The CD is being mixed by producer/engineer Mike Clink, who has previously worked with GUNS N' ROSES and METALLICA. The news of Way's cancer battle was broken in November by Classic Rock magazine. Way told the publication that he diagnosed last summer during a routine check on his liver, which has been damaged over the years through hepatitis. The abdominal scan picked up the tumor on his prostate. "I was lucky," Way said. "They were checking my liver, not my prostate. They found it by accident. I didn't think I had any symptoms, but when I spoke to the doctors, and they were asking me all those questions, I did have the symptoms. I just didn't know what they were." Speaking to Classic Rock, Way said: "This is prostate cancer. It's not lung cancer. It's not pancreatic cancer. If you're going to get cancer, this is the best one you can have — and they caught it early."
- Blabbermouth reports ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino recently conducted an interview with Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer and legendary drummer of GUNS N' ROSES, VELVET REVOLVER and THE CULT, Matt Sorum. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. ARTISTdirect.com: What ties [Sorum's new album, "Stratosphere", released under the moniker MATT SORUM'S FIERCE JOY] together for you? Sorum: When I sat down, started putting it all together, and collecting the musicians who would play on it, I rehearsed it like a band. I got a bunch of my buddies together, and I said, "Let's go rehearse and play the songs". Sonically, everything fits. I didn't record it at different times or all over the place. I basically worked with the same musicians in the same studio straight through. I had an idea of how I wanted to approach my vocals. Lyrically, I wanted it to be an album that was going to be a "more grownup Matt Sorum," if you will. I wanted to say some things I'd been thinking about. That's really the common thread. There were a couple of songs that stuck out a little bit. I didn't feel it when I put them in the order I wanted to do. I felt everything was pretty cohesive. ARTISTdirect.com: The track order really speaks to that. Sorum: Thanks! I thought about that. I didn't want to do the traditional thing where you come out banging with a rock song and you've got the ballads here and there. There's some pretty gentle and sensitive stuff on the record, but there's also some thought-provoking lyrics. Initially, I opened with a weird little monologue. It's "Outro (Stratosphere) Pt. 2", and it's actually at the end of the album now. That was my version or my poem that I wrote. It basically says, "Anything's possible and if you put your mind to it you can do it". I basically moved that to the end of the record. My publicist asked me to. She thought it was weird to start with a spoken-word thing. I kicked right into "The Sea" instead. It's a song I wrote about having a bit of a spiritual awakening and cleaning up my act a little bit as well as getting married. A lot of different things have happened in the past few years. That's a song about me trying to be positive moving forward in life. That jumped into "What Ziggy Says", which is a David Bowie- and BEATLES-influenced song. I always wanted to do a song with horns. I got live horns on that track. I thought about how I was going to put the lyrics together and I wrote down names of everybody in my family — my wife Ace and my dogs, etc. I started writing a song based on my family and the life I have with them. ARTISTdirect.com: Is it important for you to tell stories with the songs? Sorum: Something happened to me in the last couple of years where I fell into a place where I felt like I could actually write lyrics and I could be very profound with what I'm saying. It just takes believing in yourself to be able to write something you could actually be proud of. I've always loved the lyrical style of a David Bowie or a Lou Reed. They write in a way that's got a message and a story, but it's a little bit harder to understand unless you really listen to it. I always liked that. You're like, "What's this about?" ARTISTdirect.com: What were you into, in terms of art, while writing and recording? Sorum: Well, I've been going through a little bit a transition in my life, mainly. I got off drugs and alcohol about six and a half years ago. I've been super into my home life. I got married in October. I haven't been in a rock band per se since about 2008. I got an opportunity to make a record. I took off and went to the desert. I was in the Palms Springs area, and I wrote a lot of it there. Then, I went down to Laguna and the ocean and wrote a lot there. I wanted to do something I thought about doing for many years. This is a big thing for me to make a record completely on my own without any band mates. I had another solo album way back in 2004, but I don't really count that. I feel like this is my first real musical statement to the world. It's a lot of what I'm into. I was thinking about doing something completely from my heart. I wasn't trying to be in a rock band because that's what people know me as or feeling like, "I've got to do this because of what my fans will think". I love Tom Petty. I love Joni Mitchell. I love Bob Dylan. I love a lot more sensitive-style music. I love THE DOORS. It's not all traditional rock shit. I wanted to do something that would suit my voice and I'd feel confident standing on stage and playing. I'm going to be up front holding an acoustic guitar most of the time. I've done it, and I felt really comfortable. At the age I'm at, I don't see myself jumping around on stage, trying to create a new Matt Sorum, and playing hard rock. It just felt natural. Read the entire interview from ARTISTdirect.com.
Making of "Stratosphere"
Making of "Stratosphere"
Making of "Stratosphere"
Making of "Stratosphere"
Making of "Stratosphere"
- Blabbermouth reports former PANTERA/DOWN and current KILL DEVIL HILL bassist Rex Brown is one of a number of musicians featured on the online guitar lesson learning program JamPlay. Learn the most popular PANTERA songs as well as new material from KILL DEVIL HILL at JamPlay. Learn from the man himself, Rex Brown! Rex discusses each song and shares stories about the songwriting and recording process. He also describes what they are like to ROCK live! Check out these songs, as well as Rex Brown's full Artist series where Rex goes over his much-sought-after tone and picking style. Asked to describe how his playing has changed over the years, Brown told Music Radar: "Whether you're playing with three or four different cats, you have to adapt to each situation. DOWN didn't sound like PANTERA, and KILL DEVIL HILL certainly doesn't sound like either of those bands. You have to size up everybody's strengths and weakness. Sometimes that calls for you to do a lot or a little, but whatever you do, you serve the song and try to keep it interesting." Reflecting on how he fashioned his basslines in and around the massive guitar riffs of late PANTERA axeman "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, Brown told Music Radar: "Dime's sound was so big, I had to look for ways to fit something inside that wall. I had to have a real mid-punch and compose parts that could stand out. I'd play the riffs and then figure out where to take it from there, listening for little pockets of space when I need to add a nuance or a walking line. The main thing was to anchor the song, and when the music needed a little more juice from the bass, I'd go for it."
- Blabbermouth reports Norwegian black metal veterans DARKTHRONE will release "Black Death And Beyond" on May 12 via Peaceville Records. It is a special collector's box-set featuring an in-depth book containing extensive accounts of the band's history and philosophy from both Gylve "Fenriz" Nagell and Ted "Nocturno Culto" Skjellum, as well as additional recollections from bass player Dag Nilsen. Numerous other artists and friends along the way give their thoughts on the legends too, plus the book contains a large amount of personal photos from the band archive. Also included are three vinyls featuring DARKTHRONE's own choice cuts from their illustrious collection of death, black, metal and punk classics, presented on white, black and transparent vinyl, plus woven DARKTHRONE patch. All pre-orders of "Black Death And Beyond" also come with a signed certificate from the band. Fenriz explains the concept behind the track selections: "I never quit my day job; one of the reasons being that I can listen to music on headphones there all the time. To the extent that I rarely listen to music at home anymore, and if I do, it's like I can't hear it properly. At work with headphones is where the details reveal themselves and also which songs I can and can't use in compilations or DJing appear quite clearly. "Every time I get/buy a cassette or vinyl, I have to transfer them to WAV files via a computer program, then I write a little note to accompany the final burnt disc. But the note first swings by my workplace where I can rate the various songs with a clever underlining system called The Fenrizolator. And so pass the days. "Then came the idea to do a DARKTHRONE book and with it a vast box set. There was talk about three compilation discs, one with Death, one with Black and one with our other styles. So be it. But this time I took it upon myself do it properly. And to do that... well, I had to face my own rating system. Because I also use the F-olator on regular CDs, it took three whole days to rate all of our 16 full-length albums. Certain discoveries were made, like the song I think is worst by DARKTHRONE is 'Hans Siste Vinter' (scoring only 12 out of 60 points) and also that 'The Cult Is Alive' is probably our best album — at least it's the one with the highest grades consistently. But I digress. Aggressive digressor!!! Lists were made, and I truly tried to be as honest and fair as possible. Ted was initially going to do this but I think he suddenly saw how monumental a task it would be, and ended up with — well, what you hold in your hands right now. My 'best oF' trying to follow both my biased ratings, crystal logic and also personal favorites and my fave Ted songs." This edition of "Black Death And Beyond"is strictly limited to a single vinyl pressing. Once it's sold out, it will not be re-pressed.
"Black Death And Beyond" track listing:
01. In the Shadow of the Horns
02. Inn I De Dype Skogers Favn
03. Under a Funeral Moon
04. I en Hall Med Flesk og Mjod
01. The Hordes of Nebulah
02. The Claws of Time
03. Fucked Up & Ready to Die
04. Hate is the Law
05. The Cult of Goliath
02. Sunrise over Locus Mortis
03. Soulside Journey
04. Neptune Towers
05. Nor the Silent Whispers
01. Iconoclasm Sweeps Cappadocia (NRK version)
02. Sadomasochistic Rites
03. In his Lovely Kingdom
04. Black Daimon
05. Paragon Belial
01. Graveyard Slut
02. Forebyggende Krig
03. These Shores are Damned
04. Pervertor of the 7 Gates
05. Wisdom of the Dead
01. The Winds they called the Dungeon Shaker
02. Grizzly Trade
03. Those Treasures Will Never Befall You
04. Stylized Corpse
05. The Ones You Left Behind
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