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Ozzy cancels remainder of North American Tour

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 8:59 PM (PST)

Ozzy Osbourne has now cancelled the remaining four shows on his North American “No More Tours 2.” Following additional evaluation from his doctors, Osbourne will likely require another surgery in the coming days to treat multiple infections in his right hand.

The four cancelled shows were originally scheduled as follows: Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA (October 6), Mattress Firm Amphitheatre in Chula Vista (October 9), the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles (October 11) and MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas (October 13). The three California shows had previously been rescheduled following his initial prognosis from doctors. All four shows will be rescheduled for 2019.

“I’m so fu**ing bummed about cancelling these shows,” Osbourne says. “The tour had been going great and we were really looking forward to these last few gigs. We’re hoping everyone will be patient and we’ll look forward to seeing them at the shows next year.”

Ticketholders for the four shows should hold on to their tickets, as they will be honored for the rescheduled dates. Refunds are also available at point of purchase.

 

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Chad Gray of hard rockers HELLYEAH has spoken his thoughts to fans on the passing of drum legend Vinnie Paul. If you are a fan or anyone in general you should read this as it is heartfelt and full of brotherhood. Condolences to the folks in HELLYEAH who we appreciate a lot around here.

First off I’m sorry to all of you for our loss. It’s consumed me as I’m sure it has many of you. I’m sure you can all understand This has been incredibly hard and impossible for me to wrap my head around. I just don’t want to believe it’s real. I want to tell all my crew I love you guys so much. We couldn’t do what we do with out you. And I want to say thank you to everyone around the world for your kind words, blessings and condolences to all of us through this tragic time. We love you all! And to all of my friends in and out of the music business thank you for reaching out to me. It means more to me then I could ever express. I don’t know what I would do without you. So Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! It really has taken “the heavy metal family” to another level. This has been one of the toughest things I’ve ever had to face in my life! I’m so confused, sad and as helpless as I’ve ever been. I’m at a loss and completely devastated. But I’m trying. It’s the equivalent of an emotional riot in my head and In my heart as I write this. But I’m trying to focus on anything good. I know Vinnie would want that. And the good things are my memories of him. His smile, his infectious laugh and his personality that beamed light. Him and his brother Dimebag lived to make people smile. That’s what I’m gonna miss the most. I just want to say thank you Vinnie Paul! For saving my life, for your music, for your endless generosity, for accepting me into your life, for creating our music that touched people, for being proud to be in hellyeah and for always treating me like a brother and more importantly for treating me like a friend. So many times I’ve looked back to see you just bashing away and have to pinch myself. It was Unbelievable! And for all of those things you will live forever in my heart. And I will never let you go!!! I will always love you and go to the end of the earth to carry the torch for you and Dimes legacy. R.I.P Vincent Paul Abbott. I know your with DIMEBAG Right now Smiling down on us. Even in all this emotional darkness, that thought alone makes me smile right back. I LOVE YOU! Your eternal friend, -Chadnesss

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Here is Vinnie recently talking about Hellyeah’s recent record Unden!able.

More tour talking. Enjoy hellions! Metal On! The Screamin' Demon

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Vinnie Paul dead at 54

Posted by longhairedpoet on Friday, June 22, 2018 at 9:50 PM (PST)

News of Vinnie Paul’s death first broke an hour ago on Billboard as of the time I’m writing this. A while later news of his passing was posted on the Pantera Facebook page.

Vinnie Paul was, as the Facebook page makes note of, the drummer of Pantera and Hellyeah. He was also the drummer in Rebel Meets Rebel and Damageplan.

From the time of the release of Pantera’s Metal Magic through till his death, Vinnie Paul had been involved in the heavy metal scene for over 35 years, setting the rhythm from behind his kit that would drive Pantera and Hellyeah to the front of the pack.

You can’t throw a rock in the heavy metal community without finding a fan of the music Vinnie helped make. From shotgun-slinging Cowboys From Hell to those who have a New Found Power, to those who just like to throw up their devil horns and declare Hellyeah! Vinnie Paul has been a prolific contributor to the scene.

Metal Riot contributor Andrew Johann Datoush had this to say about the news:

“I’ve always been a fan of everything Pantera did prior to Cowboys From Hell. That entire era for them was criminally underrated. There was some excellent song writing in those days. Dime had a different guitar style back then, and Vinnie’s drumming back then very clearly showed his love of KISS. There was definitely some Eric Carr influence to his drumming present in those days. While a lot of fans will be playing some of the harder tracks during their tributes tonight, I’ll be sticking with their more melodic era, and playing their tune “We’ll Meet Again” from their Power Metal album. Rest easy Vinnie. Give Heaven a Hell of a soundtrack!”

As I listen to “Matter of Time” and feel a chill run through my body, I don’t have anything more to say. We here at Metal Riot are all deeply saddened by Vinnie Paul’s death. It’s almost 1am here on the east coast of the U.S. and sometimes all you have is to put the metal on and break the fucking knob.

Rest in Peace Vinnie Paul!

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Tipton joins Priest on stage in Kent, WA

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, April 16, 2018 at 2:37 PM (PST)

Judas Priest‘s legendary Glenn Tipton may have recently announced he is not a touring guitarist for the Firepower era due to Parkinson’s complications, but he joined the band on stage Sunday night (April 15) at ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington for the encore.

Read more HERE.

 

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March 2018 Round Up: 4 fave albums of the month (Morgan)

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 11:40 AM (PST)

Eagle Twin by Russel Albert Daniels

March For Our Lives is going on today and I am so stoked at the bravery and power of all the voices in unison demanding change. This has been an incredible month of social change and even accountability in metal as well as the world.

Well, it was VERY hard to pick just four albums for this month’s four favorites. There were a dozen records I really LOVED this month. Some flirt with dark stuff but weren’t really metal like my actual fave any genre record of the month – the new one from post-gothers VOWWS called Under The World. Other stuff I want to shout out includes stuff that is absolutely killer like Andrew WK (who had the two most uplifting singles in hard rock by far for the year thus far at a time we really need it), Memoriam, Slaves BC or especially also Rivers Of Nihil’s great prog influenced leap forward or  BESVÄRJELSEN‘s potent Swedish doom brew Vallmo.

These records were and are bad ass af but ultimately edged out to the four records BELOW which I felt were the best four albums associated with the metal genre this month.

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Judas Priest release “Never The Heroes” lyric video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, March 2, 2018 at 10:28 AM (PST)

Judas Priest, heavy metal icons of the highest order, have released a lyric video for “Never The Heroes”. The band’s new album Firepower touches down to scorch the Earth on March 9th, but here is another molten taste for ya. The song opens with unmistakeable Priestly arena-worthy swagger before Halford’s iconic voice eases in like a pure natural to seize the reigns. And it only gets more metal from there.

Priest has reunited with producer Tom Allom for this record (the man behind the board for all of the band’s releases from 1979-1988, including such stellar classics as Unleashed in the East, British Steel, Screaming for Vengeance and Defenders of the Faith) and with Grammy Award-winning producer Andy Sneap also helping to raise the sonic bar even higher.

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NO MORE TOURS 2
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I know what you are thinking. How can there be a second ‘No More Tours’ when the original tour name itself implied there were never gonna be any more in the first place? Well, this is Ozzy. He struck a Faustian deal and stuck around, kept metal going with Ozzfest, did some more Black Sabbath, bada bing bada-faeries wear boots.

Until we are certain Altered Carbon won’t come true and Ozzy’s consciousness stack is not going to be put by Sharon into the body (or ‘sleeve’) of  Joel Kinnaman or, more likely, David Draiman…well, we just have no way of knowing if the announcement of No More Tours 2 really IS the end of Ozzy’s 5 decades of touring adventures or if he will come back as some sort of time cop.

Whatever, shit happens. Let the guy have a second last hurrah! We are lucky he is still around when so many aren’t or have become holograms. Head here for more info . Zakk Wylde is indeed doing the dates and Stone Sour will provide support, a fitting crew to carry the dark prince of metal off into the night seeking bats to nibble.

All jokes aside, if this is it as is likely, go see our dude one last time. That’s the king right there.

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Judas Priest release “Lightning Strike;” tease music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 11:28 PM (PST)

The Metal Gods are starting 2018 with a fucking bang! And that bang comes in the form of their latest track “Lightning Strike,” off of the forthcoming album Firepower.

You can check out a teaser for the video below. The full video will be out later today.

Firepower is expected to drop in March.

You can read about Judas Priest‘s March-April North American tour here.

Here’s a sneak peek of the ‘Lightning Strike’ video. Premiering tomorrow at RevolverMag.com

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Ozzy announced ‘Farewell’ tour. Who believes it?

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 12:38 PM (PST)

Ozzy Osbourne is soon announcing dates for what he claims will be his last full tour, though he may do shows here and there in the future. The guy is getting up there, so I can respect that. Still, it is easy to wonder if this is bullshit. No More Tours was a long time ago in the early 90’s and his brand has only grown bigger. Money can be very tempting, not that Ozzy needs any more. But who knows. Maybe this is it!?

Metal Sucks has the full scoop HERE.

I am glad he has been playing with Zakk again, as it will give this farewell more of a merry conclusion that the Bill Ward-less Sabbath The End travesty. I’m fully in camp Ward on that one, who is TOURING with Day Of Errors alongside Witch fucking Mountain in December, which makes it look like the other Sabbath guys just didn’t want to pay Bill squarely.

Anyway, here is what the Oz-meister says:

“People keep asking me when I’m retiring. This will be my final world tour, but I can’t say I won’t do some shows here and there.”

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Halford is arguably the most talented classic elder front man still active in metal (and showing no signs of slowing down). Judas Priest are gods of metal, even if some people think they are just a ‘rock n roll’ band. Eff that. They are molten British Steel, baby.

Today the band have announced a new studio album Firepower and a big tour with support from Saxon and Black Star Riders! That is one hell of a kick ass grouping of acts.

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Clear the way: Prophets Of Rage debut out today

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, September 15, 2017 at 11:30 AM (PST)

We’ve been keeping you posted on Prophets Of Rage news as things led up to today’s release day for months. Let’s admit that politically engaged music is vital in these times and anyone who says otherwise is painfully out of touch. Be sure to pick up a copy today as this is important stuff and also grooves hard, of course. Chuck and Tom were great on The Daily Show the other night (watch here if you missed it). Clear the way!

#unfucktheworld

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Prophets Of Rage release official “Radical Eyes” video

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 1:27 PM (PST)

Prophets Of Rage, the super groovin’ super group featuring RATM, Public Enemy and Cypress Hill members, have released a video for planned album opener “Radical Eyes”. It features some footage of recent protests as well as historical and sadly not so historical racist hate groups and deceitful, bigoted talking heads and politicians who pretty much all explode, hahaha.

The track is taken from PROPHETS OF RAGE’s self-titled debut album, which will be released on September 15 via Fantasy Records. The disc was recorded with legendary rock producer Brendan O’Brien (Audioslave, King’s X, Stone Temple Pilots) and as a result features the signature huge rock sound he is known for capturing so well paired with charged up performances by a band inspired to take out the trash and suckers who believed the hype and latched on to Trump’s con like gullible babies looking for a sweet teat to solve all their problems. Maybe you should learn about automation and stop believing there is ever gonna be a segregated world when the entire world is very diverse, you stupid entitled right wing dummkopfs.

Fun fact, did you know the eclipse staring far from actually alpha fast food scarfing moron in chief already has burned through the secret service budget from golfing in his whale ass khakis? Maybe they will stop doing their job like Trump told them to for Clinton, who knows. This is a capitalist society, right?

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Prophets Of Rage release “Radical Eyes”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 11:30 AM (PST)

Prophets Of Rage featuring Public Enemy, RATM and Cypress Hill members have released another new single from their pending September 15th very anticipated Earth mover. I’m liking this one “Radical Eyes” a bit more than last single “Living On The 110”. Brad’s pocket/shuffle beat are dope and Chuck D is real strong on this one pointing out the idiocy of the alt-right’s attempt to paint anyone with a semblance of sanity as an extremist.

“The Western world has created biased structures and stereotypes. Opposing viewpoints and movements are seen as radical rather than diversity. ‘Radical Eyes’ is the lens everything is viewed through, any life movement in opposition is considered radicalized.”

– Chuck D

‘Make America great again. Turn back the clock to a time when privileges of whiteness were supreme and unassailable, misogyny was simply viewed as an extension of masculinity, women got back-alley abortions and worked for partial wages, coal was king and global warming was purely academic, and trans people weren’t in our bathrooms or barracks. The good old days.’ – Charles M. Blow in The New York Times

Shout out to DJ Lord for retweeting a Maxine Waters tweet I posted the other day, btw. That made me stoked.

I for one am stoked as heck for this record. I can’t believe the racist bullshit STILL festering in this country. When I was a kid my friends and I didn’t give a fuck what color or gender or sexuality a band was as long as their music was dope, be it Living Colour or L7 or Pansy Division. That’s part of why when people talk shit on RHCP for being famous now it is like ,” get a grip.” You know how many white ass people the Chili Peps got to appreciate P-Funk?

Anyway, turn this shit up!

 

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Mudvayne at one point were near the very pinnacle of the heavy music world and that was in large part due to the impact of their November, 2002 studio release The End of All Things to Come. While L.D. 50 was raw and full of youthful freakery, the sophomore record found the band refining their attack and really bringing the playing and vocals to a fully realized place with arrangements, hooks and screams that were next level. The songs held up live as well. I am really stoked I got to see them play Ozzfest along with Sabbath and Maiden one year and still remember everyone yelling along and throwing rather dangerous mud projectiles in the crowd.

Now for the 15th Anniversary (damn I feel old that I am already writing about Nu Metal anniversaries), SRC has two vinyl options on this rager for the very first time.

180 Gram clear with black smoke (LTD 500 copies)

180 Gram Red Vinyl (LTD 1000 copies)

Housed in a matte gatefold jacket with Spot-UV

11 x 22 dull text insert

Mastered for vinyl and lacquers created by Stan Ricker

More info: https://www.srcvinyl.com/mudvayne-the-end-of-all-things-to-come-2xlp.html

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Taking a break binging old Star Wars: The Clone Wars episodes before they leave Netflix in a week (shouldn’t they have a permanent residence for fans!!) to spread the damn good word that Prophets Of Rage‘s “Unfuck The World” is here and it is fire. A tight and well executed video directed by Michael Moore, great performances and live footage from everyone involved and did I mention Tom Morello’s illest solo in years? I mean, Tom always plays cool sounds but this one is extra spicy. And shout out to whoever threw in the Blair Imani clip briefly, cuz she is an awesome person and inspiring. Also really feeling the B-Real verse on this one, though of course Chuck’s was cool also.

Nestlé has been a leader in the effort to privatize public water, Trump is pulling out of climate agreements and kleptocracy is darkening skies with greedy clouds over all of our heads whether we are woke to it or not. RATM and Audioslave fans as well as of course Cypress and especially Public Enemy fans can relax knowing this original song kicks fucking major ass. Watch the video for “Unfuck The World” HERE.

A debut album from these live and direct legends is due in September and features 12 original songs produced by Brendan O’Brien http://smarturl.it/Prophets

If they are all as good as this one, we are gonna be in fine fighting form. #resist

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