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Rival Sons News: Pinkpop recap, new album news, Jay Buchanan benefit track for The Compound Studio


Rival Sons News: Pinkpop recap, new album news, Jay Buchanan benefit track for The Compound Studio

Rival Sons continue to do rock proud, as not only does the vibe and power of their music continue to shine through everywhere around the world, so does the absolute quality of the music and musicianship. It's no secret that I am a huge fan of this band, and that I will continue to support and back them until they are a huge headlining act in their homeland of the U.S. and beyond. They create a kinship with their music and I feel it like most of you do or at least will! The band is currently hitting all the major festivals in Europe, already having played Pinkpop, Rock im Park and Rock am Ring in Germany among others. They also just rocks some gigs opening for Guns N' Roses in the Netherlands and Germany, and their eagerly anticipated new album 'Head Down' is due in August.

Rival Sons rock the Download Festival this weekend (June 10) and continue with more European gigs up to July 21st.

'Head Down', the follow-up to the band's 2011 breakthrough album, Pressure & Time, was recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Dave Cobb and Grammy-winning engineer Vance Powell. The album is due to be released on Earache Records in late August.

Rival Sons guitarist Scott Holiday comments:

"We have officially completed and turned in our next full length record. We thought we might give ourselves a bit more time to work this time around, as opposed to the 20 days for Pressure & Time... BUT, it was even MORE crazy this time. Everything was finished in about the same amount of time (22 days), but this time we are giving much more music (a much longer record) - nearly twice that of P&T.

"Done in Nashville this time - amazing people, music, music scene, countryside, and some cool record shops. We re-enlisted our long-time producer and friend, Dave Cobb (Jamie Johnson, Secret Sisters, Shooter Jennings, and uh... Rival Sons), and this time we brought in the engineering and mix wizardry of one Mr. Vance Powell (Jack White, Dead Weather, Kings of Leon).

"Songs were once again written and recorded on the spot, allowing the listener to really peer in and catch a snapshot of the moment, and our immediate instincts. Most songs were captured in a few takes, not to mention plenty of first-takers. Pretty off the cuff and unadulterated. We have never had a wish to be predictable or sedentary with our music, and this record explores and supports that ethos pretty well. In other words, this record is not P&T, but delves into a bunch of other musical ideas and sounds. Much more of a 'long-form' record as a whole. Fist-pumpers, ass-shakers, foot-stompers, air guitaring/bassing/drummers, tear-jerkers, heart-string-pullers, and a few straight up freak outs. That's all I'll say for now. Due out late this August."
Here's some video footage shot while taking a break from the studio:

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Here's brief interview from Pinkpop, followed by some kick ass footage of the band at the festival:

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Watch some amazing acoustic performance footage from a Pinkpop Festival acoustic session here

The Compound Studio in Signal Hill, CA. is the recording studio with a buddy’s-house vibe and matter-of-factly professional sound. Anthony "Antoine" Arvizu is the studio owner and manager, recording and producing most of the artists that come to the studio for that "Compound Sound." Like so many studios, The Compound Studio has been digging deep into debt for a few years now and they had considered closing the doors for good, then word got around and the idea of creating a compilation record to raise funds and raise awareness came together. Some artists and producers of note who have worked at the studio include: Mavis Staples, Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) Ryan Bingham, Marc Ford (The Black Crowes, Ben Harper, Booker T. Jones), Ikey Owens (Jack White, The Mars Volta, Free Moral Agents), The Cold War Kids and now Jay Buchanan of Rival Sons.

Jay Buchanan contributes a fantastic track, 'Rose In Your Teeth' on 'S.O.S. (Save Our Studio) A Benefit Album' by Compound Records. You can hear the track here and order the 49 track album to help keep the studio alive

Check out The Compound studio on facebook here.

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Ugly Kid Joe stream entire new ‘Stairway To Hell’ E.P.


Ugly Kid Joe stream entire new ‘Stairway To Hell’ E.P.

After a 16 year absence, reunited hard rockers Ugly Kid Joe are back with new EP called 'Stairway to Hell.' Listen to the full album below and check out the new video for the song 'Devil's Paradise.' The boys from Isla Vista will release the 6-song EP digitally on June 5th and on CD July 9th.

'Stairway To Hell' heralds Ugly Kid Joe's return, containing songs spanning the full repertoire of influences which made Ugly Kid Joe one of the prime soundtracks for young snowboarders, surfers, keggers and characters worldwide. Whether it's 'Devil’s Paradise', with it's hypnotic riffery and hook line, grooving and grinding it's hips seductively, the melodic power-fueled darkness of 'No One Survives' or the irrepressibly memorable chug-n-chorus of 'I'm Alright' it's clear that Ugly Kid Joe have everything they started with plus fatter chops and a (frankly) superior curve on songwriting.

UKJ will be touring Europe this June and July, playing a number of music festivals, including the massive Download Festival. They'll also be the main supporting act for Guns N’ Roses when they perform in Tel Aviv, Israel, on July 3. Drummer Shannon Larkin will likely not be performing with the band on tour, as some of the dates conflict with Godsmack’s touring schedule.
Ugly Kid Joe is:
Whit Crane (vocals)
Klaus Eichstadt (guitar)
Dave Fortman (guitar)
Cordell Crockett (bass)
Shannon Larkin (drums)

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Black Sabbath News: Bill Ward will not be a part of reunion, band pulls all images of Ward off website, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler remember Ronnie James Dio on the second anniversary of his passing

by on May.18, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS

Black Sabbath News: Bill Ward will not be a part of reunion, band pulls all images of Ward off website, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler remember Ronnie James Dio on the second anniversary of his passing

Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward won’t be rejoining the band for the upcoming two tour dates, or at Lollapalooza in Chicago on August 3rd. Ward released a statement this week on his website:

Dear Sabbath Fans and Fellow Musicians,

I sincerely regret to inform you that after a final effort to participate in the upcoming Sabbath shows a failure to agree has continued. At this time I have to inform you that I won’t be playing with Black Sabbath at the Birmingham gig dated May 19th, 2012, nor will I be playing at Download on June 10th, 2012. Further, I will not be playing at Lollapalooza on August 3, 2012.

It is with a very sad heart that I bring you this news. I am sincerely passionate in my desire to play with the band, and I’m very, very sorry that it’s fallen to this. This statement is even more painstaking to write, as I was particularly excited to play alongside Tony Iommi after the recent treatments he underwent. I wanted that to become a reality.

To express my thoughts about you, the Sabbath fans, I’m going to speak to you all through an experience my brother James had recently. My brother Jimmy lives in the U.K. When speaking with him a couple of days ago, he told me that an acquaintance had stopped him on the street and confronted him, “is your brother playing Birmingham? What’s going on? I waited in line with my son and paid x amount for the concert tickets.”

The man’s son is a young drummer. He’s going to see Sabbath, and he wants to see Bill Ward play drums. Upon hearing this news, I felt horrible. I couldn’t help feeling some resentment towards the failure to reach an agreement, the failure to remember where we came from, the failure to be as brothers, as we once were. To be clear, I’m not blaming the other guys or finding any faults with them. I would think it can’t be easy for them either, but this situation is just really sad. It’s sad that it’s come to this. “This” will surely leave a mark and be unwelcome to the memory. Hopefully “this” will heal and pass in time.

My heart sank when Jimmy told me about this young boy. I know this boy is going to be disappointed, and I don’t know how to amend it, other than to put my arms around the boy and tell him I love him. Sabbath fans have a voice and a face, to me you’re human, you have families and despair. You have ferocity and emotions and graciousness, and at this moment as far as I’m concerned you are also that young boy in England. I don’t know how to amend my part in these failings other than to put my arms around you and say I love you and let you know I’m very, very sorry.

Throughout this process, which began over a year ago, I have had to stand up for myself time and time again. I have had to stand up for myself and in doing so realize my actions indirectly, although unintentionally, are upsetting and hurting a lot of you. I know in my heart I couldn’t have done these concerts by agreeing the terms suggested. I made a solemn vow after the last European and Ozzfest concerts that I would never again enter into what was, in my opinion, a totally unsatisfactory contract. I have to stand for something, and as painful as it is, I’m doing it.

Earlier in April 2012, I’d been asked to participate “minimally” in the Download festival. I believe I’d been offered no more than three songs to play while another drummer presumably played the rest of the show with Black Sabbath. I was not willing to participate in that offer. I was not prepared to watch another drummer play a Sabbath set, while I was to play only three songs.

I found out about the Birmingham gig on Monday, April 30 through the Internet ad. I was taken aback somewhat by the date, and the fact it was Birmingham. Knowing the “signable” contract negotiations were at best in shreds, I was upset by the idea that the band was going to play Birmingham and play it assumedly without me. I had no prior knowledge of the date and location, and I felt totally excluded. We contacted the representative for Black Sabbath to see if something could be worked out. In the meantime my drum crew and I, along with our US endorsers, finished all the necessary planning for a swift departure to the UK. There wasn’t a whole lot to complete; we’d all been on standby more or less since mid-January 2012. The remaining work in the UK was confirmed done by our European and UK endorsers and we were good to go by Friday, May 4 2012. There were two stress points: firstly, getting an agreement in place, and secondly, getting to England in a timely manner. Jetlag time was taken into account as well as drum practice, a drum practice room in the heart of Birmingham, accommodation, and travel arrangements were all in place to meet with any band rehearsals that may have transpired before the Birmingham show. So far everything that had been arranged was on my dime, but we didn’t move ahead without a realistic confirmation.

Communications between the representative and my lawyer continued through the weekend of May 5 finalizing on Wednesday, May 9. The offer we received on May 9 was, “come to the UK, play for free and see how the first show goes.” I was tempted. Playing for free would not have been a problem for me, but “seeing how the first show goes” left an element of risk which could have affected Download. My ideal thought was to play in full the Birmingham show, in full Download, and in full Lollapalooza.

I had notified the representative that May 10 was my cutoff day in order to have good lead-in time for England. On the night of May 9 I asked for a brief letter to be sent to the representative asking to find out if we were at an end. On the morning of Thursday, May 10, I received a reply in the affirmative. After consulting with my advisors and crew a decision was made to let go and stop.

I can’t prioritize the Sabbath fans making one show more important than the other. I can’t do that. All of you are important. It’s all the gigs or none at all. I can’t come to Birmingham and “see what happens” knowing there is a risk of not being able to play Download or Lollapalooza. Again, for me, it’s all or nothing. I had to say “no” to Birmingham on the principle of wanting to play all the shows. Saying no to Birmingham is very difficult for me. My family grew up in Birmingham. Black Sabbath grew up in Birmingham. It’s still my hometown and I resent having to arrive at such a difficult choice.

Although the statement was made that, “the door is always open” for me, as explained above, walking through that door is not always as easy as it sounds. There are many complicated issues and unseen and unspoken agendas on hand. I can assure you, my criteria for a “signable” contract is based in mindful principles, respectability, and acknowledgement of my history within the band.

I hold no malice or resentment towards the other band members. I love them; I’m tolerant of them; I’m frustrated with them, as they may be with me. My fight has never been with them. I’ll love them forever. In my opinion, nobody wins this time; the band doesn’t win; the fans for an original lineup don’t win. Nobody wins, nobody. Even the ones who thought they did.

I didn’t want to make this decision, but I have to be honest and transparent. This is the statement I didn’t want to write; it’s the last thing I wanted to do. But, I have written it, and now it can go into the universe.

Since Spring of 2011, I’ve waited patiently and hopefully for a signable contract, you know the rest. I stand for the boy in the U.K., for the coming drum student, for all the drummers, who write their parts out and get stiffed on the publishing, I stand with the Sabbath fans chanting “Bill Ward” and asking “why?” and I stand with Tony and Geezer and Ozzy.

On a final note, even though I’m at an end with the upcoming announced concerts, I will remain with an open mind and a position of willingness to negotiate “signable” terms with Sabbath’s representatives in the future.

Stay strong.
Stay safe.

With all my heart and strength, I love you,
Bill Ward

Bill's statement prompted this response from the Black Sabbath camp:

"We have decided not to make any detailed comment on Bill’s latest statement. There are two sides to every story. We have been working hard at rehearsals making excellent progress after Tony’s treatments and we have engaged a substitute drummer for the forthcoming shows. See you at Download."

–Black Sabbath, 5/17/12

In a further response to Ward's not being a part of the upcoming reunion, the new Black Sabbath website has removed him from seemingly all of the vintage images. All of the live and posed photos that form the backdrop have been edited or creatively covered in such a way as to completely remove Ward. The site design itself is pretty cool, but it is complete BULLSHIT to eliminate any image of Ward, erasing his comtributions and not acknowleging him in any way. It's just stupid and I won't be frequenting the site.


Wednesday, May 16th marked the secondary anniversary of the passing of legendary singer Ronnie James Dio (Elf, Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Dio, Heaven & Hell) from stomach cancer at the age of 67.

Former bandmate Tony Iommi said: "I've been thinking of you old friend while dealing with my own health issues over the last six months and remembering the good times."

Bassist Geezer Butler added: "Ronald – two years – still missing you."

Iommi endured his last dose of chemotherapy in late March and recently completed three weeks of radiotherapy after being diagnosed with the early stages of lymphoma.

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Tony Iommi interview for ‘Iron Man’ book release wins a ‘Telly Award’, Black Sabbath hometown gig sells out

by on May.11, 2012, under INTERVIEWS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Tony Iommi interview for ‘Iron Man’ book release wins a ‘Telly Award’, Black Sabbath hometown gig sells out

Last November Tony Iommi released his autobiography, 'Iron Man: My Journey Through Heaven and Hell with Black Sabbath,' and reporter Damian was in Ridgewood, New Jersey to cover the signing. At the time Damian produced a three and a half minute video which had interview segments with both Tony himself, as well as folks who were waiting in line to see him. That segment has now won the 'Telly Award' in the category of 'Live Event (segments) for Internet Broadcast.'

Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and web commercials, videos and films. The Telly Awards annually showcases the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world. The Telly Awards is a widely known and highly respected national and international competition and receives over 11,000 entries annually from all 50 states and many foreign countries.

This is the first time they’ve expanded their awards to include internet video and to celebrate, the full interview segment he did with Tony back on that day has now been released. The winning video segment released last November only has bits from that. Tony talks about a possible "new album" with Ian Gillan, which is interesting considering the news from earlier this week about the WhoCares album being released. This interview was also done just about eight weeks before he publicly disclosed he had cancer.

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Black Sabbath's special concert next month in their hometown of Birmingham, England, serving as a warm-up for their June 10 headlining set at the UK's Download Festival, is officially sold out. The intimate homecoming show will take place May 19th at the O2 Academy, and will mark the group's first performance in Birmingham in 13 years. A portion of the proceeds raised by the concert will be donated to the Help for Heroes charity.

The announcement for the Birmingham gig only mentioned Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, so obviously Bill Ward still has not worked out the contractual differences to get back in the fold. Ward still has not been offered a contract that he deemed "signable."

The group currently has one other upcoming concert on its schedule, a U.S. date at the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago on August 3rd. The band will finish work on their album following that headlining appearance.

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UK rockers The Treatment post new video tour diary, get ready for ‘The Tour’ with KISS and Motley Crue


UK rockers The Treatment post new video tour diary, get ready for ‘The Tour’ with KISS and Motley Crue

UK rockers The Treatment just posted another video tour diary of their recent stint opening up for Steel Panther on the 'Balls Out Over Europe' tour. We get to see a bit of hygene habits, and the boys actually do brush their teeth. There is some brief nudity, of the band and some of their fans, and it shows what a great fucking time these guys are having. There's even an appearance from Steel Panther frontman Michael Starr. Here's part three, as well as the previous two parts for your enjoyment.

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The boys from Cambridge released an E.P. on Record Store Day UK (Apr. 21). If there are anymore available and you want one, you can find out here: . The band is on tour with Thin Lizzy for a couple of dates in the UK in May, followed sets at the Download Festival 2012 on June 9th, Earthshaker Day in Switzerland on June 23rd, and the Graspop Festival in Belgium on June 24th. Then get ready America, as The Treatment will be getting major exposure as the openers on 'The Tour' with KISS and Motley Crue. With an early Def Leppard/Thin Lizzy/UFO influenced sound, these young guys are ready to make some inroads here! The Treatment, favorites of Crue bassist Nikki Sixx since their debut 'Drink, F**k, Fight' single/video, were invited to join a run of arena dates starting July 20th in Virginia. Check out what the boys are bringing musically on their facebook page here:

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