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Marilyn Manson has been announced as the opener for Ozzy’s rescheduled North American dates in 2020, sure to be a memorable pairing for fans on a historic tour. The “NO MORE TOURS 2” kicks off May 27 in Atlanta and concludes July 31 in Las Vegas.

 

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Ozzy releases bad ass new song “Under The Graveyard”

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Friday, November 8, 2019 at 5:19 AM (PST)

Any morning when I can genuinely get goosebumps from “that Ozzy feeling” is a great day. I can truly say that hearing “Under The Graveyard” today had me shook and it was so awesome to get that stoked by a new Ozzy Osbourne tune to this degree for the first time in awhile. This is definitely my favorite song he has put out in some time and it was pretty thrilling to experience for the first time, the rush of nostalgia and love for metal’s king paired with the excitement of hearing something new and cool that could still hang beside past glories. Decide for yourself below.

If every song on the forthcoming 2020 release Ordinary Man is as good as this we are in really great shape, bat biters. No Zakk on this song but it does feature a crazy line up of producer/guitarist Andrew Watt, bassist Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses) and drummer Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers). Ozzy credits Andrew with giving him the strength to make an album and after a near decade of wanting some killer new solo Ozzy, we ought to be thankful. This shit is already better than the final Sabbath record, honestly.

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Big metal news heading into the weekend as we learn from an oddly brief and very formal statement that NWOAHM hero Chris Adler is officially out of Lamb Of God. Best wishes to both camps moving forward. Art Cruz, who has been playing with the band live for awhile, will be on the next album. Adler’s precise and deadly drumming is a HUGE part of the band’s appeal to a lot of fans, though hardly the sum total of it. Still, this is a big blow to longtime fans, though as with Slayer and  Slipknot we know that even after an iconic drummer leaves a band can still potentially make good albums.

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HELLYEAH release “Welcome Home” music video

Posted by longhairedpoet on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 1:45 PM (PST)

HELLYEAH, recently rocked by the passing of Vinnie Paul, have released their latest track “Welcome Home,” the title track off their upcoming album, due out on September 27.

“Welcome Home” follows “333,” released on March 14. The album will be the band’s sixth, and the followup to 2016’s Unden!able.

HELLYEAH have enlisted Stone Sour drummer Roy Mayorga for their upcoming tour.

Check out the video for “Welcome Home” and HELLYEAH tour dates here.

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OZZY OSBOURNE Announces Rescheduled 2020 UK And European Dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, April 29, 2019 at 12:25 PM (PST)

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy®-winning singer and songwriter OZZY OSBOURNE has just announced rescheduled shows in the UK and Europe on his “NO MORE TOURS 2” tour.

 

The six-week trek kicks off in OZZY’s native UK on January 31 before wrapping March 16 in Zurich, Switzerland. The tour includes stops throughout the UKNottingham, Dublin, Manchester, Newcastle, London (O2 Arena), Glasgow and OZZY’s Birmingham hometown–before heading to Europe for gigs in Germany, Finland, Sweden, Austria, Czech Republic, Italy and Switzerland. This news follows an April announcement about OZZY‘s North American dates, which will kick off in February 2020 (more details here).

 

Says OZZY: “I’m really looking forward to getting back to Europe for these shows. Thank you to all the fans for sticking with me and waiting for the new dates to be announced. I can’t wait to see you all next year.”

 

OZZY‘s initial 2020 European dates are below.
DATE
CITY
VENUE
Fri
1/31
Nottingham, UK
Motorpoint Arena
Sun
2/2
Dublin, IE
Arena
Wed
2/5
Manchester, UK
Manchester Arena
Fri
2/7
Newcastle, UK
Utilita Arena
Mon
2/10
London, UK
02 Arena
Wed
2/12
Glasgow, UK
SSE Hydro
Fri
2/14
Birmingham, UK
Resorts World Arena
*Mon
2/17
Dortmund, DE
Westfalenhalle
Thu
2/20
Helsinki, FI
Hartwell Arena
Sat
2/22
Stockholm, SE
Friends Arena
Mon
2/24
Berlin, DE
Mercedes-Benz Arena
*Wed
2/26
Vienna, AT
Stadhalle
*Sat
2/29
Prague, CZ
02 Arena
Tue
3/3
Hamburg, DE
Barclaycard Arena
Thu
3/5
Munich, DE
Olympianhalle
**Sat
3/7
Mannheim, DE
SAP Arena
Tue
3/10
Bologna, ITL
Unpol Arena
***Fri
3/13
Madrid, ES
Wiznik Arena
Mon
3/16
Zurich, CH
Hallenstadion
*Indicates new show.
**New show–city and venue change from Frankfurt, Festhalle–tickets no longer valid.
***New show–city and venue change from Barcelona, Palau Sant Jordi–tickets no longer valid.
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Happy 70, Ozzy.

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, December 3, 2018 at 6:51 PM (PST)

Ozzy turned 70 today, proving you really can achieve anything with the help of heavy metal and perhaps some unholy magic pacts? In all seriousness, congrats to Ozzy and thanks for all the years loving and living rock n roll. Everyone has a favorite album or song or show or memory and I hope it is not insulting to say that with all his antics over the years there are many people who were expected to outlive Ozzy but he proved them wrong and has had a wild, full and incredible life.

Here’s one of my favorites from The Prince Of Darkness. “Road To Nowhere”? Nah, man. More like road to eternal metal glory.

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Judas Priest North American 2019 Tour Dates

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Monday, December 3, 2018 at 1:33 PM (PST)

With Judas Priest’s latest studio album, Firepower, confirmed as one of the most successful of the band’s entire career – landing in the “top 5” of 17 countries (including their highest chart placement ever in the U.S., at #5) – demand to see the legendary metal band in concert is higher than ever.

And North American headbangers will get their chance to experience the legendary band on a nearby concert stage this coming spring/summer, when Priest will tour throughout the continent – with the classic metal band Uriah Heep as support.

Kicking off on May 3rd at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida and wrapping up on June 29th at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada, fans will get an opportunity to catch Priest at the height of their concert powers on any one of the tour’s 32 dates.

Dates Below.

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Integrity cover Ozzy

Posted by Morgan Ywain Evans on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 1:05 PM (PST)

Integrity covering “Bark At The Moon” by Ozzy? Sign us the Hell up! Even if the candy has push pins in it, we are into this by the handful! Happy Halloween, headbangers.

 

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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).

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.

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.

 

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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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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