Black Sabbath played their only scheduled U.S. concert date this year in Chicago’s Grant Park on Friday for Lollapalooza 2012. Saturday brought some major storm activity to the festival, causing a cancellation of a couple of band's sets and a delay to the set times, but Friday was a hot and humid evening for Sabbath.
The band (minus original drummer Bill Ward) delivered a crowd-pleasing 16-song set, wrapping up with a performance of 'Paranoid.' During 'Iron Man,' Ozzy Osbourne ran over to kiss the woman who was offering sign language translation for the deaf audience members and managing to keep up with the band throughout. Check out video of the show below.
Black Sabbath’s Aug. 3 Lollapalooza Set in Chicago:
Beyond the Wall of Sleep
Into the Void
Under the Sun
Symptom of the Universe/Drum Solo
Faries Wear Boots
Children of the Grave
Rock Picks of the Week Ketchup: Black Keys, Van Halen, Foo Fighters, Theory of a Deadman, Eve To Adam, Art of Dying
Since my Rock Picks of the Week have continually turned into the Rock Pick of the month or every three weeks, I must make a commitment to being more diligent about catching up. So here is my Ketchup. Some of these tracks have been out awhile, but I have to give them a pick.
Black Keys 'Gold On the Ceiling'
Black Keys have had another massively successful track with this one, as it's currently the #1 track on the alternative charts, top 5 at adult rock, top 10 at active rock and top 20 on the rock charts. The Keys recently performed it on the MTV Movie Awards as part of a tribute to Johnny Depp, who joined the band on guitar.
The Keys recently filmed an episode of the Travel Channel’s 'No Reservations' with host Anthony Bourdain and have shot a cameo, in full ponytails, for a Comedy Central series 'Workaholics.' They also will continue touring in 2012 with some big time gigs including as headliners at the inaugural Firefly Festival in Dover on July 20-22, New York’s Catalpa Festival on July 28th, Lollapalooza in Chicago on Aug. 3rd, and Montreal’s Osheaga Festival on Aug. 5th. Then they'll head overseas for a few European festival dates, followed by a return to the U.S. in October for a brief West Coast swing a and a gig at the recently announced Austin City Limits festival. They'll finish out 2012 with tours of Australia and Europe.
They are also worthy of a tribute album called 'Black On Blues,' out July 17th, which features such artists as Iggy Pop, Leslie West, Ginger Baker of Cream, Dave Davies of The Kinks and more.
Van Halen 'She's The Woman'
I was glad to see that the band actually put out a video behind this one, compiled from rehearsal and concert footage. I like almost everyone thought the worst when VH pulled those 30 dates from their current tour schedule, but was relieved that they just "simply bit off more than we could chew," acording to David Lee Roth in his recent video message addressing the situation.
Van Halen‘s former bassist Michael Anthony heard DLR's explanation for the postponed dates, but he isn’t quite so sure that is the main reason. Their was a report with tour insiders saying the band members "hate each other" and are "arguing like mad." Sammy Hagar weighed in saying, "I'm surprised it took this long. I predicted this was going to happen a lot sooner … They’re hard people to get along with, those brothers."
Anthony told Classic Rock Magazine: "Everybody’s got their own opinions. Who knows? To me it sounds kinda interesting – if you say you’re tired and you want to recharge your batteries you don’t put 30 shows on sale. If I were a fan I’d be going, 'Why are you putting 30 shows on sale?'"
Anthony also offered a possible explanation for why three days lapsed between the announced schedule changes and Roth’s public statement about them: "Maybe that’s the three days you take to come up with your story?" Despite his assessment, he had kind words for the group. "I wish them well — they put out a great album, they’re a great live band, they always have been," he says.
Would he ever consider rejoining the band? "I don’t know. As time goes on now, less and less. Eddie’s got his son up with him now. The circumstance would have to be right. I was always the never-say-never guy, but I don’t really think about it any more...Chickenfoot, my relationship with those guys is great."
Van Halen have since announced more tour dates in 2013, as well as a tour of Japan. There is also speculation that the guys will be rocking the 2013 Super Bowl. Look for the next single from 'A Different Kind Of Truth' to be 'Stay Frosty.'
Foo Fighters, who have become one of my favorite bands EVER, released yet another song from the 'Wasting Light' album. 'Bridge Burning' follows the lead of all the previous tracks released, getting significant airplay. The Foos haven't released an official video, but here's a video interpretation of the song from the band's 2011 'This Video Sucks Contest; directed by Will Doyle & Richard Peete.
The Foos hit the Marcus Ampithetre in Milwaukee, WI on June 28, before hitting festivals in Italy, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Belgium and Netherlands during the month of July. They stop in Belfast, ND on August 21st for a one off U.S. date, then return to the UK for two gigs in late August. The band will wrap up their never ending tour on September 22nd at DeLuna Fest in Pensocola, Florida. Dave Grohl will then focus on completing his Sound City Studios documentary, which I cannot wait to see! Spin Magazine recently brought forth why Dave Grohl is the 'nicest guy in rock.' Check out the reasons why here: www.spin.com
Theory of a Deadman's 'Hurricane' is another great track from the band's latest album 'The Truth Is...'. It has already gone top 5 on the rock tracks, as the band continues building on their past success thus far. Theory of a Deadman will be headlining on tour for the rest of the summer. Check out a date near you here: www.theoryofadeadman.com
Frontman Tyler Connolly recently did a funny little experiment in New York's Time Square called 'You Don't Know Me.' Check out both parts:
New York rockers Eve To Adam are up next with their track 'Reach.' While it didn't have the "reach" I would have hoped as far as radio airplay goes, it did further the band's reach and exposure in a positive way. It comes from the album 'Banquet For A Starving Dog', and is a positive, uplifting song. You can 'Reach,' you just gotta believe, and I believe in this band!
Eve To Adam recently ended a run touring with Creed at the Fillmore on May 31 in Detroit, Michigan, and their currently at home working on new material and preparing for summer shows while promoting their new single, a cover of the Alice Cooper classic, 'School's Out.' The single is now available for digital download and has been getting a very positive reaction from critics and fans alike. The track was even debuted on June 5th by Alice Cooper on his radio show! Get the song here on itunes
Canadian rockers Art of Dying are back in the rock picks of the week with their latest track 'Sorry.' It's another great track from the 'Vices and Virtues' album. The Art of Dying is my life to live. Vocalist Jonny Hetherington and the guys bring quality rock, and I expect continued growth from this band in the future!
Recently we had the chance to get into the studio with producer Dan Donegan from Disturbed to lay down an acoustic version of "Sorry". We've been so touched by all of the 'Sorry profile pics' over the last few months that we decided to make a video for the acoustic version of the song featuring our biggest fans. Thanks for making this video possible, we couldn't have done it without you!
- Jonny Hetherington
The band has a few more gigs this summer. Check them out here: www.artofdying.com
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.
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.
Lollapalooza had it's 20th Anniversary this year, and wrapped up Sunday night (August 7) in Chicago with an amazing performance by the Foo Fighters, with some of their set in a driving rainstorm. It was very appropriate that Foo Fighters should close out the massive event (which set an attendance record of 270,000 total patrons this year), seeing as ferociously talented Dave Grohl was scheduled to play Lollapalooza in 1994 as drummer for Nirvana. The performance was canceled on April 7 that year, exactly one day before Kurt Cobain was found dead in his Seattle home.
Lollapalooza celebrated its seventh year at Chicago's Grant Park with a bill of over 130 bands, three days of music for 90,000 fans each day, and a city contract that extends the fest through 2018.
Grohl gave props where they were due, to festival originator and Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, saying this during the set:
"Ladies and gentlemen, I just have to say one thing: Tonight's a very special occasion for a couple reasons. First and foremost, it was in this city, in 1982, that I saw my first rock band at the f***in' Cubby Bear, at that place across from Wrigley Field. I was 13 years old, and my cousin Tracy took me to that place to see this punk rock band called Naked Raygun, right? And that show changed my life, and made me wanna become a musician. So, thank you, Chicago. If it weren't for you, I wouldn't f***in' be here.
"And I'm really happy to be here, at Lollapalooza, on the f***in' 20th anniversary … it's a very special thing because I went to the first Lollapalooza in 1991. And I remember, it was in Los Angeles, and I'd come down to Los Angeles to make that record, Nevermind, with the band Nirvana, and we heard there was this big concert with f***in' Jane's Addiction, Siouxsie and the Banshees and … f***in’ Ice-T's Body Count, Nine Inch Nails … and it was this big-ass show …"
At this moment, Grohl noticed Farrell standing side-stage, and beckoned him over: "PERRY COME OUT HERE! Get over here right now!"
Farrell obliged, greeting the roaring audience with one of his characteristic, high-pitched wails, and then quickly exited so Grohl could finish.
"And that day,” he said with genuinely excited emphasis, “me and Kurt went down and we sat in the audience and we thought, 'Oh my God, music is f***ing changing! There's 20,000 people here to see bands that are actually f***ing cool. What the f***! How did that happen?! So ... I'd like to thank Perry for changing music forever. Thank you, Perry," he concluded, playfully strumming the first few chords of Jane’s Addiction’s “Mountain Song” while tens of thousands chanted, “PERRY! PERRY!”
After the shouts subsided, Grohl made his last, most meaningful dedication.
"This one goes out to you, Perry, because if it weren't for you, I swear to God we wouldn't f***in' be here right now. When I say we, I mean f***in' WE,” he yelped, pointing toward the masses. “Am I right?! Am I right?!”
Foo Fighters awesome full Lollapalooza 2011 performance footage starts at about 17:00 in after Arctic Monkeys. There is a "weather delay" at about 32:00, when the youtube feed was interupted by the downpour for a couple of minutes:
In case you missed it, here's Dave Grohl at the Soundgarden show in Los Angeles (July 22) rocking in the pit during "Fell On Black Days". Check it out:
The 20th Anniversary Lollapalooza 2011 from Chicago, Illinios is streaming live now on Youtube. Foo Fighters will be LIVE from Lollapalooza this SUNDAY Aug 7th at 8:00pm CDT. Hit the link below: