Despite the fact that he has just announced his farewell tour, Ozzy Osbourne says that he he will never retire completely. Less than a year after playing his final shows with BLACK SABBATH, the legendary metal vocalist announced that his next solo tour will also be his last. The two-year farewell jaunt will begin in May 2018 with shows in Mexico, Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Those will be followed by some early June dates in Russia before Ozzy embarks on on a month-long European leg, including appearances at most of the summer festivals. Ozzy will then headline a North American concert tour, details of which will be revealed in 2018. The trek is expected to end sometime in 2020, after which Ozzy will end extended global touring but may still play select shows from time to time. Asked by US Weekly if he would ever retire fully, Ozzy said: "Not until they put me in a pine box. I've just announced my final world tour, but I don't think I'll ever retire completely. I'll still do shows here and there, just no full tours. Ozzy told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that his life and career have gone further than he ever imagined. "I come from a very low, working-class family in Birmingham, England. I would sit on my doorstep thinking, 'Wouldn't it be great if Paul McCartney was to marry my sister?,' la la la, and all these daydreams that silly kids have. And what I say to a lot of people, they say what advice can you give me, and I go, 'I had a dream, and most of my dreams came true and more, you know.' You couldn't invent my story." Ozzy will be joined on the tour by guitarist Zakk Wylde, bassist Rob "Blasko" Nicholson, drummer Tommy Clufetos and keyboard player Adam Wakeman — all longtime collaborators. BLACK SABBATH played its final shows this past February, capping a 49-year run with two concerts in the band's hometown of Birmingham, England. Ozzy vowed to continue with his solo career, although his wife and manager Sharon has hinted at Ozzy calling a day by the time he's 70 years old — which the singer will hit on December 3, 2018.
NICKELBACK's music video for the song "The Betrayal (Act III)" can be seen below. The track is taken from the band's ninth album, "Feed The Machine", which was released in June via BMG. NICKELBACK leader Chad Kroeger told Music Choice about "Feed The Machine": "This album is definitely heavier, as a whole, than a lot of our previous records. We've gone back to some pretty crunchy roots, and we're happy about that. I mean, we're always stretching off in different directions and trying different things, but we definitely went with more of an aggressive sound on this record." Kroeger called "The Betrayal (Act III)" "probably one of the hardest and heaviest songs we've ever put out… It is quite heavy; there's a lot of screaming that goes on in that chorus," he said. "I think we've all tasted a little betrayal in our days and it is not a flavor that I think any of us liked to swallow." As previously reported, NICKELBACK will return to Sin City in February 2018 for an impressive five-night run at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. MONSTER TRUCK will open all five shows. The limited run is made even more special with the announcement that these shows will be NICKELBACK's only North American dates scheduled in 2018. The Las Vegas shows are scheduled for February 23, 24, 27 and March 2 and 3, 2018. Following its Vegas run, NICKELBACK will embark on the international leg of the "Feed The Machine" tour throughout the remainder of 2018.
Brittney Patton of 103.7 The Eagle Rocks! conducted an interview with SUICIDAL TENDENCIES frontman Mike Muir at this year's edition of the Aftershock festival, which was held October 21-22 in Sacramento, California. You can now watch the chat below. Asked if it's true that 2016's "World Gone Mad" may turn out to be SUICIDAL TENDENCIES' final studio album, Muir said: "You can't believe what anybody says nowadays — everybody's effin' lyin'. "Basically, what I said is that we wanna do a record that if it was the last one, we'd feel good about it. "Doing it as long as we have and just in life, the way it's going, you can't plan 10 years from now or whatever, because time just keeps ticking whether you move or not," he continued. "So we wanna do a record that we said we'd be very comfortable with. At the same time, we did a record — an EP — that originally we were gonna put out first [before 'World Gone Mad'] and then we said we may put it out afterwards. So we're actually gonna put that out. And we have something else that we're working on. And next year we're really excited about a lot of things that we really are looking forward to doing. "We're not afraid to say no, but it is nice when you can say 'no' to things that you probably would have said 'yes' to before," he added. "I guess that's progress." "World Gone Mad" was released in September 2016. The follow-up to 2013's "13" disc was SUICIDAL TENDENCIES' first to feature former SLAYER drummer Dave Lombardo and guitarist Jeff Pogan, who replaced Nico Santora in May 2016. Muir told Finland's Kaaos TV this past summer that SUICIDAL TENDENCIES' upcoming EP would be "a little more specifically a statement of the time" and an effort that "could be interpreted as political." In an interview with Metal Wani earlier this year, Lombardo said that he really hoped there would be more SUICIDAL TENDENCIES records. "I feel like that guy [Mike Muir] has a lot more creativity in him and a lot more energy than to throw in the towel," he said. "I feel Mike is on top of his game, and he's got a great band and great history with this band and I think that we should keep going, and I hope he does. And I'm not gonna stop asking him to record. I'm going to make sure that I keep bugging him: 'Man, we've gotta record. Let's do some recording. C'mon, let's record another album. Why not?' I try to motivate the musicians I'm with because there's no reason to stop. You've gotta keep recording, you've gotta keep creating. It's what we do for a living."
DEE SNIDER’s Voice ‘Is Up There With’ ROB HALFORD, BRUCE DICKINSON And RONNIE JAMES DIO, Says JAMEY JASTA
TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider is currently in the studio working on a new solo album, which is being produced by HATEBREED vocalist Jamey Jasta. The as-yet-untitled disc will feature contributions from Howard Jones (ex-KILLSWITCH ENGAGE), Mark Morton (LAMB OF GOD), Joel Grind and Nick Bellmore (TOXIC HOLOCAUST) and Charlie Bellmore (KINGDOM OF SORROW), and is tentatively due out in the spring. On Sunday (November 12), Jasta shared another video clip from the sessions on Instagram. He wrote: "I'm fired up about this full-on metal album we're producing. People are gonna lose their minds when they hear this! I pitched the idea to Dee on my podcast and now it's becoming a reality. I did some co-writes with Nicky and Charlie as well as Joel Grind from TOXIC HOLOCAUST. Also Mark Morton and Howard Jones have pitched in riff and lyric ideas we are using on the album. "Dee is one of the best vocalists of our time. His voice is up there with Ozzy [Osbourne], [Ronnie James] Dio, [Bruce] Dickinson and [Rob] Halford to me, and it's as powerful as ever! "Although this album will be very heavy, the songs are anthemic and will fit well in his solo set with 'We're Not Gonna Take It', 'I Wanna Rock', 'Burn In Hell', 'We Are The Ones', 'So What' and others. Can't wait for everyone to hear this!" In an interview with Poughkeepsie radio station 101.5 WPDH on October 31, Snider discussed how his pairing with Jasta came to be. "I decided to do a very aggressive metal record — a true metal record. I start recording the album today for release next spring," he said. "Jamey is a fan of mine, and I was on his podcast, and he literally challenged me on the air. He said, 'Dude, you're iconic. I think you need to do a true metal record. Think Rob Halford's 'Resurrection', think in that direction. I go, 'Well, what do you got in mind?' He goes, 'Dude, I will produce it, and I've got songs, and I've got people stumbling over each other to write a song for Dee Snider.' Then he just started sending me music. The new stuff is powerful; it's great; and I'm excited about the next tour, which will start next spring." Earlier today (Monday, November 13), Snider shared his excitement about how the project is coming along on Twitter, writing: "Talk is cheap, but action is rare. 'I woulda/coulda/shoulda' is all bullshit! Jamey Jasta challenged me, I accepted his challenge and we are well on the way to a spring album release! Songs written, demoed and recording process started! NO B.S.!" Snider's last solo album, "We Are The Ones", was released in October 2016 via Red River Records (distributed by BFD/RED). Produced by Damon Ranger, the disc was described by Dee as "an album that is think part FOO FIGHTERS, part IMAGINE DRAGONS, part THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS." He added: "Forget anything from the past. Most of my heavy metal fans are gonna hate it; I've abandoned my past to move forward." TWISTED SISTER called it quits last year after completing a farewell 40th-anniversary tour.
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I’m fired up about this full on metal album we’re producing @deesniderofficial_ ! People are gonna lose their minds when they hear this! i pitched the idea to Dee on my podcast and now it’s becoming a reality. i did some co-writes w/ Nicky & Charlie as well as @joelgrind from @toxicholocaust_official also @markmortonofficial & Howard Jones have pitched in Riff & lyric ideas we are using on the album. Dee is one of the best vocalists of our time. His voice is up there with Ozzy, Dio, Dickinson & Halford to me, AND it’s as powerful as ever! Although this album will be very heavy, the songs are anthemic and will fit well in his solo set w/ We’re Not Gonna Take It, i Wanna Rock, Burn In Hell, We Are The Ones, So What and others. Can’t wait for everyone to hear this! Stay tuned!
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Well said! Talk is cheap but action is rare. "I woulda/coulda/shoulda" is all bullshit! @jameyjasta challenged me, I accepted his challenge and we are well on the way to a Spring album release! Songs written, demoed and recording process started! NO B.S.! #Deehards #metal https://t.co/ITF8erK4di— Dee Snider (@deesnider) November 13, 2017
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A new trailer for "Tshiong", the long-in-the-works Taiwanese action-comedy made by the metal band CHTHONIC, can be seen below. The movie, which stars LAMB OF GOD frontman Randy Blythe, was directed by Wen-Tang Cheng, who has previously produced a number of documentary, short and feature films. "Tshiong" will receive a Taiwanese premiere on December 29. In a 2015 interview with EMP Rock Invasion, Blythe spoke about how he got involved with the movie. He said: "My friends in this band CHTHONIC, they're a Taiwanese band — they're really big in Taiwan and they're pretty political, they're very pro Taiwanese independence. Because China still claims ownership of Taiwan, basically. And that goes all the way back to Chinese civil war when Chiang Kai-shek and Mao Zedong were fighting. My friends are very pro Taiwanese independence, and I don't blame them. I think every country should have the ability to govern itself. The people who govern it should be the people who live there, right? That's what you think." He continued: "Freddy [Lim], their singer, e-mailed me one day, and he was just, like, 'Hey, man. We're making an action movie. Do you wanna be in it?' And I'm, like, 'Yeah.' I didn't ask him what it was about or anything. I'm just, like, 'Yeah. Yeah, I do.' I mean, I obviously didn't do it for the money — I didn't make much money — but I did it 'cause it's awesome to be in a kung fu movie." According to Blythe, he plays "a sort of an exaggerated, more 'rock star' version" of himself in the movie, which contains "a lot of action, kung fu fighting, comedy and politics." He says about his role in the film: "I was in a riot, I got beat up by the cops, I ran from the cops." The LAMB OF GOD frontman became friends with the members of CHTHONIC when both bands played at Ozzfest in 2007. Since then, he's performed with them in Taiwan and he and his wife have spent time there on holiday.
KORN Guitarist Pays Tribute To Ex-FAITH NO MORE Singer: ‘We Are Losing Too Many People To The Disease Of Addiction’
KORN guitarist Brian "Head" Welch has paid tribute to Chuck Mosley, saying that the ex-FAITH NO MORE singer and his former bandmates "were a huge part" of KORN's "everyday lives" in the early 1990s. Mosley died last week at the age of 57. He sang on FAITH NO MORE's first two albums, 1985's "We Care A Lot" and 1987's "Introduce Yourself". He was fired from the band and replaced by Mike Patton, who remains the group's singer to this day. In an Instagram post earlier today (Monday, November 13), Welch wrote: "I remember living in a tiny apartment in Burbank, California, living with most of the guys who would later form KORN. They were in their funk rock band called L.A.P.D. I was just hanging out drinking beer trying to figure out life. They were so into the RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS and FAITH NO MORE, and I wanted nothing to do with those bands. Little did I know that FAITH NO MORE would grow on me so much that it changed my whole outlook of what metal could sound like. I remember Fieldy [KORN bassist] waking the whole house up every single day singing the background vocals for the song 'We Care A Lot' by FAITH NO MORE. Every morning he would scream, 'whoa whoa uh oh!' Drove us all crazy, but looking back now, it's a funny memory. FAITH NO MORE with Chuck Mosley were a huge part of our everyday lives back then. "Guys, we need to learn from all this. We are losing too many people to the disease of addiction. It's a plague that's sending the angel of death to wipe so many of our people out and it's got to stop! "Please, get help with whatever you're struggling with. Initiate conversations with the Lord every day. "Religious people make prayer out to be some holier than thou thing, but all it is, is talking to God like a friend. Face to face. Heart to heart. "RIP Chuck Mosley, I'm so grateful that you and your family came to see us a couple months ago at our show." After he was fired from FAITH NO MORE, Mosley sued his former bandmates over ownership rights and they eventually settled out of court. Years later, he reconciled with FAITH NO MORE, reuniting with them onstage in 2010 and making further live appearances with the group in 2015 and 2016. Following his initial departure from FAITH NO MORE, Mosley briefly fronted BAD BRAINS and launched a series of solo projects, including the funk metal band CEMENT.
I remember living in a tiny apartment in Burbank California living with most of the guys who would later form Korn. They were in their funk rock band called LAPD. I was just hanging out drinking beer trying to figure out life. They were so into the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Faith No More, and I wanted nothing to do with those bands. Little did I know that Faith No More would grow on me so much that it changed my whole outlook of what metal could sound like. I remember Fieldy waking the whole house up every single day singing the background vocals for the song "We Care A lot" by Faith No More. Every morning he would scream "whoa whoa uh oh!" Drove us all crazy but looking back now it's a funny memory. Faith No More with Chuck Mosley were a huge part of our everyday lives back then. Guys, we need to learn from all this. We are losing too many people to the disease of addiction. It's a plague that's sending the angel of death to wipe so many of our people out and it's got to stop! Please, get help with whatever you're struggling with. Initiate conversations with the Lord everyday. Religious people make prayer out to be some holier than thou thing, but all it is, is talking to God like a friend. Face-to face. Heart-to heart. RIP Chuck Mosley, I'm so grateful that you and your family came to see us a couple months ago at our show ??
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KISS has once again partnered up with the industry leaders in music festivals at sea, Sixthman, to announce the upcoming voyage of The KISS Kruise VIII. The cruise is set to sail on Halloween October 31, 2018 on Norwegian Jade leaving out of Miami, Flo...
BMG has set a November 17 release date for "Decade Of The Eagle", a deluxe anthology featuring thirty-four tracks that look back at the years that built the SAXON legend. "Decade Of The Eagle" is a retrospective that spans the band's first nine albums and represents the very best of the first decade of their astonishing career during which time SAXON notched up five Top 40 albums and four Top 20 singles. These 4LP (180g vinyl) and 2CD deluxe editions are in a gatefold sleeve that features a special metallic embossed coin on the cover. They also include new liner notes by frontman Biff Byford that document the decade and which are accompanied by rarely seen and classic photos from the era. In the new video clips below, Byford discusses SAXON's first headline show in London at the Electric Ballroom, the band's setlists and live shows during the '80s, what he feels is SAXON's most undervalued album from the '80s, and working with Elton John on the "Rock The Nations" album. SAXON played a significant part of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal movement, perhaps the greatest metal genre of them all and have become one of the all-time masters of heavy metal. In doing so, SAXON have ensured they are now representative of the heart and soul from the NWOBHM time. Always remaining true to the values which established them in the first place they are driven by a desire to continuously set the highest standards and meet them head on, SAXON's work on those nine studio albums still resonates resoundingly — this is timeless stuff. "Decade Of The Eagle" track listing: 01. Stallions Of The Highway 02. Big Teaser 03. Backs To The Wall 04. Militia Guard 05. Wheels Of Steel 06. 747 (Strangers In The Night) 07. Suzie Hold On 08. Motorcycle Man (live) 09. Strong Arm Of The Law 10. Heavy Metal Thunder 11. 20,000ft (live) 12. Dallas 1PM 13. And The Bands Played On 14. Never Surrender 15. Denim And Leather 16. Fire In the Sky (live) 17. Princess Of The Night 18. Power & The Glory 19. This Town Rocks 20. The Eagle Has Landed 21. Midas Touch 22. Sailing To America 23. Crusader 24. Devil Rides Out 25. Back On The Streets 26. Rockin' Again 27. Rock N' Roll Gypsy 28. Broken Heroes 29. Waiting For The Night 30. Rock The Nations 31. Northern Lady 32. Battle Cry 33. Ride Like The Wind 34. Red Alert Biff says: "These are the albums from a time in the eighties that moved a generation of rock fans around the world, when British rock was once again at the forefront. Great times — never to be forgotten and still reverberating to this day." To pre-order your copy of "Decade Of The Eagle", go to www.pledgemusic.com/saxon. SAXON will release its 22nd studio album, "Thunderbolt", on February 2 via Militia Guard (Silver Lining Music). The follow-up to 2015's "Battering Ram" was once again helmed by producer Andy Sneap, who has previously worked with JUDAS PRIEST, MEGADETH, ACCEPT and TESTAMENT, among others. The disc will feature original artwork by longtime SAXON collaborator Paul Raymond Gregory.
METALLICA’s LARS ULRICH: ‘There’s A Lot Of Great Music That, Unfortunately, Doesn’t Really Penetrate’
METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich is featured in the "Music Ruined My Life" segment on the latest episode of the BBC Radio 1's "Rock Show With Daniel P. Carter". In the segment, which can be streamed below, Ulrich speaks about the songs that inspired him and changed his life. Asked if hosting his own radio show, "It's Electric!" on Apple Music's Beats 1, has changed his perspective on new music that is coming out, Lars said: "I can tell you what it has done — it has rejuvenated my connection to music and kind of re-inspired. "I've been fairly open about this: I've had sort of up-and-down relationships with music for years because there are times where I get very inspired by other music and then there are times where I'm so depressed at the fact that there's nothing cool happening," he continued. "There's actually a lot of great music out there. That's the good news. The bad news is that it's so difficult for the great music to stand out from the other music that's not so great because of the obvious demise of the music industry. "I'll sit there and I'll find some band, and I'll love this song and I'll play it on the show, and occasionally I'll go on YouTube or something and that particular song's got 1,200 hits or something on YouTube, and you just sit there and go, 'That shoud have 1.2 million hits, not 1,200.' I mean, 1,200 hits — that's like the extended family of the bandmembers, you know what I mean? So there's a lot of great music that, unfortunately, doesn't really penetrate. So that's kind of the good and the bad of where this whole journey has gone. But there is a lot of great music. A lot of the stuff I play… a lot of great bands in England, lots of great music coming out from all corners of the world. So there is definitely lots of cool, inspiring stuff out there." Ulrich also revealed that he would love to see METALLICA tour with RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, if the Zack De La Rocha-fronted outfit ever decides to become active again. "RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, to me is… Not only are they one of my favorite all-time bands, not only have they made… probably their first three records are, I think, as a 1-2-3 of a catalog, I mean, that's about as high of a batting average, as they say in America, you can have for the first three records," Lars said. "And RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, they're just so timeless, and most of it's even more relevant now than it was 20 years ago. "When you tour, you wanna be around bands that inspire you, you wanna feel up and inspired and ready to go out there," he explained. "So touring with somebody that turns you on is a good thing. And RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE turns me on, so playing shows with them would be the coolest. We played some shows with them on Lollapalooza in '96, somewhere around there; they did about half of Lollapalooza with us. So we have played shows with them. "Let's put it this way: if they ever reform, one of the first people they'll hear from will be me going, 'Hey, I'm the drummer in so-and-so. Maybe can we play some shows together?' So we'll see." The European leg of METALLICA's "WorldWired" tour kicked off in Copenhagen, Denmark on September 2 and ran through November 3. After a break, the trek will pick up again on February 1, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal, and continue through May, finishing up in Helsinki, Finland. The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame band is touring in support of its tenth studio album, "Hardwired... To Self-Destruct", which came out in November 2016.
Mike Portnoy says that has "no desire or interest" to play with DREAM THEATER again. Portnoy, who co-founded the legendary progressive metal outfit more than thirty years ago, abruptly quit the band in September 2010 while on tour with AVENGED SEVENFOLD. He has since been replaced by Mike Mangini (ANNIHILATOR, EXTREME, JAMES LABRIE, STEVE VAI). Mike has spent the last few months playing shows throughout the world with his SHATTERED FORTRESS project. He is joined by an all-star prog lineup for the tour, including Ross Jennings on vocals, Eric Gillette, Richard Henshall and Charlie Griffiths on guitar, Connor Green on bass and Diego Tejeida on keyboards. Together, they are performing DREAM THEATER's "12 Step Suite" in its entirety, as well as a a couple of other classics. "12 Step Suite" documents Portnoy's battle with alcoholism, and is an ensemble of five songs recorded by DREAM THEATER from 2002 to 2009, with titles that reflect his struggles: "The Glass Prison", "This Dying Soul", "The Root Of All Evil", "Repentance" and "The Shattered Fortress". Asked by Australia's Triple M radio station how he feels about the fact that DREAM THEATER has been performing some of the songs from the "12 Step Suite" on its recent tours, Portnoy said (hear audio below): "Well, look, I left the band and they're free to do whatever they want. I have no control over that. It feels weird to me when I hear that they're performing some of those specific songs, 'cause they're very personal to me. 'A Change Of Seasons' I wrote for my mom, who died in a plane crash. So you don't get more personal than that. So when I hear these stories of them performing a song like that now, or performing one of my '12 Step' songs, it's just strange. But, obviously, I can't stop them and I can't expect them to do it or not do it — that's their prerogative — but, for me, it's a little strange. But it is what it is." According to Portnoy, he is "on very good terms" with his former DREAM THEATER bandmates John Petrucci (guitar) and Jordan Rudess (keyboards). "We stay in touch and send each other nice e-mails and texts, and I've even gotten together with both of them," he said. "So, yeah, I stay in close contact with those two guys." Pressed about whether he hopes that he could one day play with DREAM THEATER again — possibly at a one-off celebration show similar to the band's 2004 gig where they invited original vocalist Charlie Dominici and ex-keyboardist Derek Sherinian to perform with them in Los Angeles — Portnoy said: "I have no hopes of it, I have no desire or interest at this stage, and I don't think they do either. "When we did that 15th-anniversary show [for DREAM THEATER's debut album, 'When Dream And Day Unite'], I was the one that reached out to Derek and I was the one that reached out to Charlie," he continued. "I even reached out to [former keyboardist] Kevin Moore for that. So I think I was always the sentimental one in the band that did that kind of stuff. I personally don't think there's anybody in the band these days that would extend an invite like that. I think that's just those guys' personality and my personality — that's the difference." Portnoy, who celebrated his fiftieth birthday on Cruise To The Edge this past February, said that it was always part of his master plan to perform "12 Step Suite" in its entirety live on stage with DREAM THEATER. However, his exit from the band made that impossible.