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Black Sabbath announce new album title and month of release

by on Jan.13, 2013, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES

Black Sabbath announce new album title and month of release

Black Sabbath has officially announced on this Jan. 13 that their highly anticipated new studio album will be titled '13.' Sabbath's original label Vertigo will release the album worldwide, with Vertigo/Republic the record label in the United States. After an original release planned for April, the album will now be out on a yet to be determined date in June.

Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler have spent the past year working on the release with producer Rick Rubin. It was revealed that Rage Against the Machine's drummer Brad Wilk joined the guys during the recording sessions. Ozzy's drummer from his solo band, Tommy Clufetos, filled in for Black Sabbath at their tour dates last year, but it isn't known which drummer will be a part of the band when touring resumes.

Black Sabbath will kick off touring again in April, starting in Australia and ending with a headlining spot on this year’s Ozzfest in Japan in May. More dates are expected and will be announced shortly.

Black Sabbath’s 2013 Tour:
Apr. 20 - Auckland, New Zealand - Vector Arena
Apr. 22 - Auckland, New Zealand - Vector Arena
Apr. 25 - Brisbane, Australia - Entertainment Centre
Apr. 27 - Sydney, Australia - All Phones Arena
Apr. 29 - Melbourne, Australia - Rod Laver Arena
May 1 - Melbourne, Australia - Rod Laver Arena
May 4 - Perth, Australia - Rod Laver Arena
May 12 - Tokyo, Japan - Ozzfest Makuhari Messe

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The National Guitar Museum names Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath to board of advisors

by on Dec.20, 2012, under ROCK NEWS

The National Guitar Museum names Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath to board of advisors

The National Guitar Museum (NGM), the first museum dedicated to the history, science, and cultural impact of the world's most popular instrument, has announced that Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has joined the museum's board of advisors. As an advisor to the National Guitar Museum, Iommi will add his insight and experience to the museum's mission to promote and preserve the legacy of the guitar.

"I welcome the opportunity to be part of the National Guitar Museum's goal to highlight the history of the guitar — the instrument that has been part of my life since I was a teenager," said Iommi. "There is so much more to the guitar than six strings and a slab of wood. Everything about it is fascinating, from how it is crafted to the legion of people who have played it."

"Tony is one of the most important rock guitarists to ever pick up the instrument," stated HP Newquist, executive director of the NGM. "His guitar playing has defined the sound of heavy metal for more than four decades, and he has influenced countless thousands — if not millions — of players. Tony's also had a huge affect on the instrument itself, from establishing the Gibson SG as an iconic guitar on to his own innovations in pushing the boundaries of string and pickup technology."

Iommi joins guitarists Steve Howe, Steve Vai, Johnny Winter, Liona Boyd, Ritchie Blackmore, Joe Bonamassa, Pat Kirtley and Pete Huttlinger and others on the board.

The National Guitar Museum, LLC is the first museum in the United States dedicated to the history, evolution, and cultural impact of the guitar. Its touring exhibition, "Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World", is travelling to 20 cities over the next five years. At the completion of the tour, one city will be selected as the permanent home of the National Guitar Museum.

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WhoCares featuring Ian Gillan, Tony Iommi & Friends to release 2CD set

by on Aug.12, 2012, under CD/DVD RELEASES, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

WhoCares featuring Ian Gillan, Tony Iommi & Friends to release 2CD set

Reuniting for the first time since their collaboration on Black Sabbath’s 1983 Born Again album, Deep Purple´s Ian Gillan and Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi took everybody by surprise in 2011 when they released the charity singles,'Out Of My Mind' and 'Holy Water.'

For the recording of these songs, the two rock legends called a few friends, asking for some “help.” Jason Newsted (Metallica), the late Jon Lord (Deep Purple, 1941-2012), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), and Linde Lindström (HIM) completed the supergroup WhoCares.

Now, 'Out Of My Mind' and 'Holy Water' will be featured in a special 2 disc set of rarities and recordings culled from the careers of Iommi and Gillan. The WhoCares double CD will be released in North American on August 28th through Eagle Rock Entertainment.

Amongst the tracks are the two original WhoCares songs, Deep Purple’s unreleased studio jam Dick Pimple, a song from Repo Depo (a band Ian Gillan formed before the Deep Purple reunion) which never released an official song before this CD. Also included is 'Zero The Hero,' from the aforementioned Black Sabbath Born Again release (which is the only album to feature Gillan on lead vocals), as well as two unreleased songs from Tony Iommi featuring Glenn Hughes.

The Out Of My Mind and Holy Water singles were a joyful and inspired moment from two musicians with nothing to prove, willing to support music where music is considered a luxury. The spark to bring Iommi and Gillan in a studio together again was to finance the rebuilding of a music school in Armenia they had visited together on various occasions in past years.

“As I said once in the song Razzle Dazzle, it’s a real fine line between an orgy of destruction and a wonderful time,’” states Gillan. “The destruction of conformity in this case: some of these pieces never really fitted into their contemporary program and got sidelined or forgotten, and some of the album tracks never had much exposure. As the track listing for this album came together, I noticed many of the titles had character similarities: a combination of freshness as they finally felt the sun on their backs and rebellion in a ‘yeah told you so’ kind of way. And that adds up to a wonderful time and more money for the music school we are building in Armenia."

“The ad-hoc benefit WhoCares band,” continues Gillan, “was a band put together by Tony Iommi and myself on a flight home from Yerevan, where we’d been deeply humbled by the honor and expectation bestowed upon us. Well that’s it really, in a nutshell, so to speak, what more can I say? It’s all there in the music.”

The release of this very special 2 CD set is a must for all Deep Purple fans and fans of hard rock.

Track Listing:
CD1:
1. WhoCares Out Of My Mind featuring Jon Lord, Linde Lindström (HIM), Jason Newsted (Metallica), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden)
2. Black Sabbath Zero The Hero
3. Ian Gillan feat. Iommi, Ian Paice and Roger Glover Trashed
4. M. Rakintzis feat. Ian Gillan Get Away
5. Tony Iommi feat G.Hughes Slip Away
6. Gillan Don’t Hold Me Back
7. Ian Gillan She Thinks It’s A Crime
8. Repo Depo feat. Ian Gillan Easy Come, Easy Go
9. Deep Purple feat.Ronnie James Dio Smoke On The Water (live with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)

CD2:
1. WhoCares Holy Water featuring Jon Lord, Linde Lindström (HIM), Jason Newsted (Metallica), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden)
2. Black Sabbath Anno Mundi
3. Tony Iommi feat. G. Hughes Let it Down Easy
4. Ian Gillan Hole in My Vest
5. Gillan & Glover feat. Dr. John Can’t Believe You Wanna Leave Me
6. Ian Gillan & The Javelins Can I Get A Witness
7. Garth Rockett & The Moonshiners aka IG No Laughing in Heaven
8. Ian Gillan When A Blind Man Cries (Live at Absolute Radio, previously unreleased)
9. Deep Purple Dick Pimple

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Black Sabbath deliver memorable set at Lollapalooza 2012 (video)

by on Aug.04, 2012, under ROCK NEWS, ROCK TOUR DATES, VIDEO

Black Sabbath deliver memorable set at Lollapalooza 2012 (video)

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:
Black Sabbath
The Wizard
Beyond the Wall of Sleep
N.I.B
Into the Void
Under the Sun
Snow Blind
War Pigs
Electric Funeral
Sweet Leaf
Symptom of the Universe/Drum Solo
Iron Man
Faries Wear Boots
Dirty Women
Children of the Grave
Encore:
Paranoid







 

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Van Halen News: Guitar World Interview excerpt, Diamond Dave ‘Love Train’ clip

by on Jul.15, 2012, under LINKS, ROCK NEWS, VIDEO

Van Halen News: Guitar World Interview excerpt, Diamond Dave ‘Love Train’ clip

Guitar World Magazine has posted an exclusive excerpt from their recent interview with Eddie Van Halen. Check it out the below.

Guitar Word: The last time we talked, you said you weren’t sure if you wanted to make a new Van Halen album. What changed your mind?

EVH: I think I was pissed off at the time. I didn’t want to do something new because I felt that even if we did, the fans wouldn’t like it anyway. We just snapped back and realized that, hey, we’re doing this for us, too. This is what we do. We make music for a living. Like I’ve always said, if you like what you’re doing, you’re halfway there; if someone else likes it, that’s even better. If they don’t like it, at least you like it. Not to be selfish, but you kind of have to be.

Guitar Word: What got the ball rolling on this album?

EVH: Wolfgang’s enthusiasm. He was going, “Come on, come on!” We went up to 5150 and started jamming. It felt like a comfortable old pair of shoes. Working with Dave again was like we had never left each other. It was that comfortable. We’ve known each other since high school. When you have old friends, five or six years can go by when you don’t see each other, but you just pick up where you left off.

We started recording at the studio at my house with just Alex, Wolfgang and me. Basically it’s the same way we start any record. We went through our archives of stuff we had already written. Wolfgang picked out a bunch of tunes. She’s the Woman was the first one. We started jamming on songs like She’s the Woman and Bulletheadand reworked them.

Dave was onboard from the beginning. I was already recording and engineering demos of She’s the Woman, Bullethead and Let’s Get Rockin’, which is now Outta Space. I sent Pro Tools files of recordings over to Dave, who was working over at Henson Studios, where he likes to record, which got him totally excited. He said, “Let’s get going!”

Guitar Word: How did you choose John Shanks [Bon Jovi, Fleetwood Mac] to produce the album?

EVH: The most difficult part of the process was deciding whether or not we should use a producer and who we should use. We had a big list of producers. Ever since we did that interview together with Tony Iommi [for GW’s Anniversary 2010 issue], I’ve been in contact with Tony a lot. Sabbath is doing their reunion also, and they’re working with Rick Rubin. I don’t think Rick is the right producer for the kind of band that Van Halen is, but his name was in the hat.

So was Pat Leonard [Pink Floyd, Roger Waters, Madonna]. Dave doesn’t have a home studio, so he goes down to Henson to record, write and keep his voice in shape. One day he told me that he ran into this guy named John Shanks. I thought he was an odd choice, but we were open to anything. John asked what we had. I played him our three demos, and he loved them.

It was actually Wolf’s idea for the album to be a collection of our B-sides along with three reworked songs, which would be new to our audience. Instead of the "Best Of" it would be the B’s Of” — you know, songs like Drop Dead Legs, Girl Gone Bad… It would be a record of our more hardcore songs and none of the pop stuff. That was the initial plan for this album, but the deeper we dug, the more we found. At the same time I was writing new songs.

Dave got very excited about that. We all did. We ended up recording demos for 35 songs. All of those songs were ready to go, and we were able to play them all. We called John again and asked, “Are you busy? Do you want to come up and take a listen?” He was like, “Whoa! You’ve got a shitload of songs here!” We pretty much left it to John and Wolfgang to pick the songs, and it all went from there.

For the new album, Wolfgang pulled out some songs from the band’s past, which is something the group had done for previous records. For example, on Fair Warning, the band was still drawing on material like Mean Street/Voodoo Queen, which were from the demos you recorded before the first album came out. We were doing things like that even later.

Seventh Seal [from Balance] is a song that I wrote before Van Halen was even a band. Hang ’Em High [from Diver Down] was written long before we put it on an album. Same with House of Pain [from 1984], which was also on the demos we recorded in 1976 with Gene Simmons.

We approached this record no different than any other. The internet has changed everything. Now everyone knows where things came from. Before the internet nobody would have known that these were songs that we had already written but never released. When the album first came out, some people were saying that we purposely did old songs to get the public to relate to our old sound. But this record wasn’t planned that way. Whenever we make a record the first thing we do is go over what we already have in the bag that we can pick from, and then we focus on writing new material.

When we were digging around, I was amazed how fresh some of the songs sounded. I was going, “Did I really write that way back then?” The biggest trip is that I wrote some of those songs when I was still in high school and even junior high. A good idea is a good idea no matter when you do it.

You can order the issue at the Guitar World Online Store.

A video called '50 Rides On The Love Train,' which is 50 completely different versions of DLR singing 'Love Train' accompanied with video of him dancing at various places has been posted. In a David lee Roth scrapbook video, in the beginning it mentions that he warms up to 'Love Train' (originally by The O'Jays in 1972). Sometimes when he’s warming up they actually record him singing along with 'Love Train'. It is  entertaining but you may have to view it over time, since it is almost 2 1/2 hours long and you can only handle so much of the Love Train at any one time.

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