Archive for April, 2011
According to TMZ.com, Ozzy and his wife/manager Sharon Osbourne have been hit with a new tax lien — this time for more than $357,000.
The lien, filed this week in Los Angeles, shows the couple still owes $357,070.62 in unpaid federal income taxes from 2007. It was reported earlier in the month that the IRS placed a lien on the house belonging to Sharon and Ozzy — who reportedly owed $718,948 from 2008 and $1.024 million from 2009.
-Here's the latest OzTV webisodes from the April 12, 2011 stop in Lima, Peru, the April 14, 2011 concert at Coliseo General Rumiñahui in Quito, Ecuador and the stop in Bogota, Columbia on April 16, 2011:
Progressive metal giants Dream Theater have recruited Mike Mangini, 48-year-old session artist who has played for Annihilator, Extreme, James Labrie and Steve Vai as the replacement for the recently departed Mike Portnoy.
Guitarist John Petrucci writes on his official forum, "Well, it's been a very exciting day for all of us in Dream Theater and we are happy to finally share the news that Mike Mangini is our new drummer! He is not only a beast of a player but an incredible person as well who truly and fully understands and values everything that we strive to be as a band. Thank you for being so patient and incredibly supportive to us throughout the years and especially over the last several months. Thank you for your faith in us and your immediate and practically across-the-board acceptance of Mike Mangini as our new drummer. Thank you for the positive words about the documentary (three-part web series documenting Dream Theater's drummer search, which featured all the drummers audtions who tried out. You can find it on roadrunnerrecords.com) and all of your passion and dedication.
"The movie is our gift and our invitation into something that would traditionally be very private and I appreciate everyone's sensitivity towards that. There's a lot of work to be done, so back to the studio. John Myung finished tracking bass today and Jordan (Rudess, keyboards) is recording as I type. Things are real busy around here. Can't wait for everyone to hear the new music and to begin playing live with Mike!"
The band members also had this to say about hiring Mike:
Jordan Rudess (keyboards): "The thing that stands about Mike Mangini is that he [plays] with such intensity and direction and power, and that was very engaging. It was hard to totally decide; you can't just say, 'OK, it's him and write off some other guy, because they're both incredible."
John Petrucci (guitar): "We unknowingly used a method that we use when we write music, which is, 'Just hear out my side.' During that discussion, we kind of came to some conclusions, we hashed things out, and at the end of the discussion, it was clear. We made a decision."
John Myung (bass): "A lot of it was just how felt with each particular drummer. It turned out that we were kind of all on the same page as to who we needed to carry on. I think it was meant to be."
Mangini spoke about his addition to Dream Theater, "The day that I got the phone call to be in Dream Theater, it took my brain a minute to assemble what was going on, and when it sank in, the feeling was just of tremendous relief. It means so much to me, I almost felt like crying a couple of times. (Laughs) I didn't know what to do. What it means to me to be part of not only such a legendary band, but this band, is a sense of fulfillment and purpose. I feel like a puzzle piece, and with Mike [Portnoy] in particular, I feel really honored to carry on the torch for him; I'm carrying on his spirit."
Mangini is notorious for his technical prowess and holds three out of four World's Fastest Drummer titles. These include the Fastest Matched grip at 1,247 strokes in 60 seconds; Fastest Hands, which he earned by executing 1,203 single-stroke notes in 60 seconds without drumsticks mallets etc.; Fastest Traditional Grip which he earned by executing 1,126 strokes in 60 seconds; and Fastest Single Stroke Foot record, playing 13,222 hits in 15 minutes and 5,222 hits in five minutes.
In 2005, Mike accepted a full-time teaching position at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and today he is a prominent faculty member in the school's percussion department.
"Live At River Plate", a definitive live concert DVD documenting AC/DC's massive "Black Ice" world tour, will be available for purchase on Tuesday, May 10. Here's another preview clip from the upcoming release, of a portion of the performance of "TNT".
AC/DC "Live At River Plate" will be available on DVD, Blu-ray and limited-edition collector's edition with exclusive t-shirt. Additionally the DVD contains a bonus feature titled "The Fan, The Roadie, The Guitar Tech & The Meat," with interviews with AC/DC, their crew and fans among the excitement of the shows and the city of Buenos Aires.
AC/DC "Live At River Plate" track listing:
1. Rock N Roll Train
2. Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be
3. Back In Black
4. Big Jack
5. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
6. Shot Down In Flames
8. Black Ice
9. The Jack
10. Hells Bells
11. Shoot To Thrill
12. War Machine
13. Dog Eat Dog
14. You Shook Me All Night Long
16. Whole Lotta Rosie
17. Let There Be Rock
18. Highway To Hell
19. For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)
-The Fan, The Roadie, The Guitar Tech & The Meat
-AC/DC Tour Animation
Last Night (Friday, April 29) Twisted Sister rocked the Best Buy Theater in New York City to benefit The Pinkburst Project
The Pinkburst Project (created by guitaris Jay Jay French) is a collection of custom made guitars and amplifiers that have been built to both create awareness for The Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation and be sold at auction to help raise funds for research, education and support for those affected by uveitis and other inflammatory eye diseases. Uveitis is the leading cause of blindness among American girls.
The Pinkburst Project one-of-a-kind collection includes custom made guitars from Gibson, Fender, Paul Reed Smith, Epiphone, Gretsch & Martin and custom amps from Marshall, Fender, Vox, Mesa, Orange, Hartke and Diamond. All will be offered for sale at auction during the Skinner Fine Musical Instruments Auction on Sunday, May 1, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts
Here's a performance of "The Price"
Rush drummer Neil Peart to release new book May 1st, Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson video interview showing off his on-stage gear
Rush drummer Neil Peart's fifth book, "Far And Away: A Prize Every Time", will be out tomorrow (May 1) via ECW Press.
"Far And Away" is a reflective, immersion-style travel diary detailing the musician's motorcycle trips along the back roads of North America, Europe and South America.
Neil says: "When I write about history or nature or geology, it's from a first-person point of view, It's me riding past a town (by motorcycle) and figuring out why something is the way it is. I got terribly lost between Brazil and Argentina, but it caused a beautiful experience. … I found myself lost in this little town in the corner of Brazil and basically ended up finding a place to stay just before the sun came down. There was this combination of West African music and Brazilian music, and I had never heard that combination before. It was a transcendent moment for me. … I had been lost, and now I was found."
Peart's first book, "The Masked Rider: Cycling in West Africa", was published in 1996, and his second, "Ghost Rider: Travels On The Healing Road", came out in 2002. The latter followed the death of his 19-year-old daughter in a car accident in July 1997, and the death of Jacqueline Taylor, his common-law wife of 20 years, just 10 months later. "Ghost Rider" was a change to optimistic writing, discussing his marriage to photographer Carrie Nuttall in 2000. The two had their first child, Olivia, in 2009.
The publisher's official description of the "Far And Away: A Prize Every Time" book reads as follows: "Following in the tradition of 'Ghost Rider' and 'Traveling Music', Rush drummer Neil Peart relates nearly four years of band tours, road trips, and personal discoveries in this introspective travelogue. From the ups and downs of a professional artist to the birth of a child, this revealing narrative recounts 22 adventures from rock's foremost drummer, biker enthusiast, husband and father. Both playful and insightful, Peart's love of drumming and the open road weaves throughout the stories as Neil explores horizons that are both physical and spiritual, sharing his observations about nature, society, and the self. Full-color photos round-out this tour of the open road that will resonate with Rush fans and motorcycle enthusiasts alike."
Back on March 29, 2011, Harmony Central was on location in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson showed off all his on-stage gear including his guitar, amps and effects that he is using on the band's 2011 "Time Machine" tour.