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Blues punks The Bobby Lees (Sam Quartin , Kendall Wind , Macky Bowman, Nick Casa) have been tearing it up on stages in Upstate, NY and around the country. While you may recognize Quartin from movie roles like the (forthcoming) Run With The Hunted and Let Me Make You A Martyr , this band is not a novelty project but a full fledged rock n rollercoaster. They totally scorch the stage with a howling sense of purpose and poetic sting, capturing a primal and at times even fun energy on Beauty Pageant . Feral animals and ghosts hiding in the trees agree that this band is the shit. This record and group truly deserve to be heard, so head to their Bandcamp and blast "Deem Em Dead" now. You can say you knew 'em when.
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Man, Season 3 Episode 4 of Daredevil with the jail situation was stressssful af! Please stream that show so it does NOT get the axe like Iron Fist and Luke Cage did just as they were really hitting their groove! WTF they are just gonna sleep on Daughters of The Dragon now or Heroes For Hire? This is some bullshit, Marvel! Anyhow, here for some random metal items and to send some love out there to the LGBTQAI folk in the scene today who need support after a horrible 24 hours in this bad dream. Let’s get down to it.
Ozzy has been recovering from an infection but now we have the great news of a big New Year’s Eve Ozzfest Celebration for the big lunk. WE LOVE YOU OZZY!!! Body Count, Marilyn, Rob Zombie and Jonathan from Korn’s solo band along with the Ozz-meister himself are gonna make sure it is a night fans will remember for many years to come. I have a feeling this will be a historical concert in metal history as time passes. Info below!
I wish Ozzfest was still a huge full summer tour. I know it had some bands too “mainstream” for some cooler than thou types, but I for one think the scene benefits from bigger tentpole bands as it allows smaller bands to open for them. My friends Gizmachi played one year. I first saw Killswitch with Howard there. Lots of good memories. Plus, there are a lot of bands Ozzy has supported over the years big and small on the festival who I like still to this day from Mudvayne to Kittie to Neurosis. Who remembers Drain STH? Right on. Metal is a big enough tent for all kinds of bands (except Nazis).
— Ozzfest (@TheOzzfest) October 22, 2018
Samsara from Catharsis is now on Bandcamp along with pretty much every Crimethinc release! This is awesome. Blasting “The Evolution of Dying” as we speak to celebrate.
Next up, I wanted to thank some trans folks and some allies in the scene (or really anyone who falls in that category during these times or ever). Trump is trying to erase trans people’s rights to exist as we KNEW he would. Well, most of us who aren’t super gullible at least.
just remembering this gem of a take this morning https://t.co/9eOq9abb7p
— Joe Monstermashnkill (@JoeThrashnkill) October 22, 2018
Anyway, I made a little video today (below) and want to also suggest you read this thread and support the Equality Act! It will make this kind of bs much harder to do to marginalized communities. Please support artists and regular trans people in your communities (binary, enby or whatever) and educate yourself to defeat tired talking points with ease. And ASK how you can help? I am lucky and have several platforms as well as a very supportive community but these are also hard times with rights threatened and not everyone is in the same boat.
Thanks trans folk + allies in scene @JessieRaeFisher @MinaCaputo @otepofficial @PopeRichard @globelamp @gileadmedia @eyehatethou @kngwmn @Doomstress + others. Not all have a platform like them so if you care please ask how you can help. Self discovery matters! #wewillnotbeerased pic.twitter.com/PLdRYfgZ6r
— MetalRiot.com (@MetalRiot) October 22, 2018
Now for today’s most important news item. Ghoul have a poll for World’s hottest Ghoul. This is harder than picking a favorite Spice Girl (for most people. I stan Melanie B).
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— Ghoul (@GhoulOfficial) October 23, 2018
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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— Ozzy Osbourne (@OzzyOsbourne) October 11, 2018
NO MORE TOURS 2
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.Add to My Radar
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.”Add to My Radar
Rock fans rejoice!
For the first time in more than a decade, OZZY OSBOURNE and Zakk Wylde are together again.
Known as one of rock’s most lethal singer and guitarist pairings, the two will hit the road for a series of OZZY headlining shows in the U.S. this summer and fall, beginning July 14 (*see dates below). While they’ve performed together over the years, these shows are the first collaboration for the duo for a full tour since 2006. These dates also mark OZZY’s first solo tour in the U.S. in years beyond one OZZY & Friends performance at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans, LA in October 2015.
OZZY and Zakk first teamed up 30 years ago when Zakk (who OZZY describes as “a f***ing absolutely amazing guitar player”) joined OZZY’s band in 1987; they last recorded in 2007 on OZZY’s acclaimed BLACK RAIN album.
In addition to reuniting with Zakk Wylde on guitar, OZZY’s band will include longtime collaborators Blasko (Bass), Tommy Clufetos (Drums) and Adam Wakeman (Keyboards). OZZY’s tour dates kick off in July at the Rock USA Festival in Oshkosh, WI with additional dates to be announced in the coming weeks.
“I’m so happy to be getting back on the road with Zakk, Blasko, Tommy and Adam,” says OZZY OSBOURNE. “This is what I do. This is where I belong, on the road.”
“I’m really looking forward to The HARDCORE POWAHLIFTING TRAINING SESSIONS with OZZY as well as playing music in between sets of HEAVY SQUATS, BENCHING and DEADLIFTS,” Zakk Wylde adds.
Next up for OZZY: prepping for a new solo album for 2018 on Epic.
OZZY’s initial 2017 tour dates are as BELOW.
One thing that is absolutely true is that Ozzy Osbourne has had a rough go. That may be less true today, but it was absolutely true back in the mid-80s.
Not only was Ozzy dealing with substance abuse, he was having a hard time keeping a cohesive line-up for his solo project. In 1985 when he recorded The Ultimate Sin, he recruited Phil Soussan on bass. Ozzy had been working with Bob Daisley during the Randy Rhoads era, and the first part of the Jake E. Lee era. In fact, Daisley had written most of the material for the album with Jake E. Lee and Ozzy Osbourne, as he had co-written Ozzy’s first three. Daisley went on to play on three Uriah Heep albums, and even on Black Sabbath’s 1987 The Eternal Idol. Daisley would ultimately return for 1988’s No Rest for the Wicked before permanently departing after 1991’s No More Tears.
The Ultimate Sin was Jake E. Lee’s second and last album with Ozzy, after starting with him in 1983 to record Bark at the Moon.
The album was an introduction of Randy Castillo on drums, and he would stick around for two more albums (1988’s No Rest For The Wicked and 1991’s No More Tears). Castillo also performed live duty on 1990’s live EP Just Say Ozzy and 1993’s Live & Loud.
Before The Ultimate Sin Ozzy had done three solo albums in three years. After 1983’s Bark at the Moon it took him three years to release The Ultimate Sin.
Read my full retrospective on the album here.Add to My Radar
Start the day with some positive shred news! Legend Randy Rhoads! Got a press release this morning I thought I’d share for you fans out there of the iconic Blizzard of Ozz guitar solo king.
BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE OPEN HOUSE – DECEMBER 4TH – 6TH
FREE EVENT – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – 3PM TO 9PM
ACOUSTIC SET SATURDAY DECEMBER 6TH
HOLLYWOOD, CA (December 3, 2014) – Come celebrate the Late, Great Randy Rhoads birthday with his family this week at Kathy Rhoads D’Argenzio and her husband Richard D’Argenzio’s wine tasting room in Burbank.
The Randy Rhoads Birthday Tribute weekend starts Thursday, December 4th and ends Saturday, December 6th – open from 3pm to 9pm daily. This will be a weekend to remember for all fans and friends alike. You will get to meet the whole Rhoads family, taste the Randy Rhoads wine, and see personal memorabilia that has not been shown for public viewing.
The D’Argenzio winery, has for several years, produced a special wine in the name of Randy Rhoads with all proceeds of this wine going to fund the Randy Rhoads Foundation to assist kids in learning music.
A special note from the Rhoads family:
The Rhoads family wishes to thank you all for all the heartfelt support and love for Randy. We also thank you for keeping his memory alive. Happy Birthday to my loving son and our dear brother~
Delores Rhoads, Kelle Rhoads and Kathy Rhoads D’Argenzio~
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The one thing to make the time of year that Dimebag and John Lennon were shot better, besides the birth of Christ and subsequent holiday season, is that Dec. 3rd is Ozzy‘s birthday. Happy 66 Sir Lord Ozzy and thanks forever for “Bark At The Moon”, “Iron Man” and “Never Say Die.” Rock n roll forever!Add to My Radar
Due out November 4th in North America **digital only**, this expanded version of ‘I Am The Fire’ includes 4 bonus tracks, in addition to the standard 12 tracks that were released earlier this year to critical acclaim. GUS G. handles all guitar, bass and keyboards on the album, and is joined by a roster of friends and guests that helped bring his vision to fruition: drummers Jeff Friedl (A PERFECT CIRCLE, PUSCIFER, DEVO) and Daniel Erlandsson (ARCH ENEMY), bassists David Ellefson (MEGADETH), Billy Sheehan (MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH) and Marty O’Brien (TOMMY LEE, WE ARE THE FALLEN), and vocalists Mats Leven (CANDLEMASS, ex-YNGWIE MALMSTEEN/THERION), Blake Allison (DEVOUR THE DAY), Michael Starr (STEEL PANTHER), Alexia Rodriguez (EYES SET TO KILL), Tom S. Englund (EVERGREY), Jacob Bunton (ADLER) and Jeff Scott Soto (TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, ex-JOURNEY). ‘I Am The Fire’ showcases a well-balanced mix of active rock, classic hard rock, traditional metal and guitar-driven instrumentals, taking listeners on a diverse journey through GUS G.’s soulful playing.
For a preview of ‘I Am The Fire’, be sure to check out the official video for the album track “My Will Be Done (feat. Mats Leven)” Below!Add to My Radar
The world’s greatest metal band may be preparing to call it quits for the final time.
Ozzy spoke to Rolling Stone Magazine about the Black Sabbath‘s future.
“We’re going to do one more album, and a final tour.”
It doesn’t sound as if they’ll start writing the album until early 2015, however.
One thing is for certain, Ozzy is fired up and ready to go!
“Once the dust settled after the last tour we started discussing the idea – because we were getting asked about it all the time – I said to Sharon, ‘What’s going on? Because if there’s no more Sabbath I want to get on with my own thing again,’ and she came back and said ‘Let me look into it.'”
Osbourne went as far as to say that he’d ‘Fly to the fucking moon’ to make this next album happen.
You can read the whole article from Rolling Stone here.
Check out the ‘Memoirs of a Madman’ trailer here.Add to My Radar
Black Sabbath have set 13 as the title of their long-awaited new album, which is expected to arrive in June. They have also revealed who played drums on the record instead of Bill Ward, who decided not participate in the reunion: Brad Wilk from Rage Against the Machine.
13, which was recorded primarily in Los Angeles with producer Rick Rubin, will not only be the first album under the Black Sabbath name since since 1995’s Forbidden, but it will be their first with Ozzy Osbourne on vocals since 1978’s Never Say Die.Add to My Radar
Heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne spent part of his 64th birthday yesterday recording vocals on the long-awaited new Black Sabbath record, which will be their first release with him in more than 30 years. A photo of Ozzy in the studio laying down tracks on the new record can be seen here.
The new Sabbath album doesn’t have a release date, but it’s supposed to be out next year. Not only will it be the first album under the Black Sabbath name since 1995’s Forbidden, but it’s also their first with Ozzy on vocals since 1978’s Never Say Die.Add to My Radar
Last Friday (October 12th) on Australia’s long-running rock station Triple M, Ozzy Osbourne‘s wife/manger Sharon confirmed that Black Sabbath (despite the recent departure of drummer Bill Ward) are finally in the studio recording their new album. In the same topic, she was asked if fans are going to see the band play live in Australia, and she replied:
“Of course you are. Black Sabbath are in the studio right now with Rick Rubin recording and they are going to be touring here in the spring of next year. Definitely.”
You can listen to the interview in its entirety at this location.
The new Sabbath album doesn’t have a release date, but it’ll likely be out next year. Not only will it be the first album under the Black Sabbath name since 1995’s Forbidden, but it’s also their first with Ozzy on vocals since 1978’s Never Say Die.Add to My Radar
In a recent interview with The Village Voice, Phil Anselmo said that he’s open to the idea of Pantera reunion tour, with Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne and Black Label Society) filling in for the band’s late guitarist and his friend Dimebag. Here’s what Phil had to say:
“I talked to Zakk about two weeks ago, and he’s very open for it. He’s got an open mind about it. But, truth be told, Vince has got a grudge against me that is really unfounded. And, honestly, I’ve always had a wide-open door when it comes to Vince.”
Pantera called it quits back in 2003, three years after the release of their last album Reinventing the Steel. A year later, 2004, their guitarist Dimebag was murdered.Add to My Radar