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Day in Rock Report for 08/17/2015



Final Tour Not The End Of Motley Crue?

(Classic Rock) Vince Neil says Motley Crue could still work together after their Final Tour comes to an end. The band's touring career will wrap up on New Year's Eve at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles, but the frontman insists they never said they are breaking up.

He tells the Oakland Press: "We've never said we were breaking up - we just said we're not touring anymore. We're gonna be definitely making more music together for different projects and stuff. But right now we're really just focused on doing these shows this year and finishing with a bang."

Neil adds that it won't hit him hard until the week of the very last gig. He says: "It's not really gonna hit anybody really hard until that last week, when we're really saying goodbye in Los Angeles." Read more here.

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Five Finger Death Punch Slam Ivan Moody Domestic Abuse Report

Five Finger Death Punch's manager Allen Kovac released a statement refuting a tabloid report that claimed the wife of singer Ivan Moody filed for divorce and made an allegation of domestic violence against the frontman.

Kovac says in his statement that the woman's claims of domestic violence were dismissed and also says that Moody is not actually married to the woman that reportedly made the claims.

TeamRock reports that "The allegations surfaced... with celebrity gossip site TMZ claiming a woman called Holly Smith had filed for divorce, saying Moody had cheated on her and reacted violently when she confronted him. TMZ reported Smith's claims that Moody had choked her using a jiu-jitsu technique before punching her."

The manager had the following to say, "Holly Smith has made claims of domestic violence that were dismissed on July 14th, 2015. She has also claimed that she was married to Ivan Moody, which Ivan denies.

"A search of county clerk records in the location she claims to have gotten married showed no marriage certificate. Ms. Smith has also made statements alleging that Moody is the father of her child which has also been shown to be untrue.

"We look forward to proving that there are no grounds for divorce in this case and that Ms Smith is not a credible source of information. Nobody in Five Finger Death Punch condones domestic violence or abuse of any kind. The media attention is rife with false allegations and we hope that the media will start to follow the facts so that Ivan can move on." Read the rest of the statement here.

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Pink Floyd Is Officially Over Says Gilmour

(hennemusic) David Gilmour has reconfirmed his position that Pink Floyd are finished as a band. The guitarist initially revealed the news last fall while promoting the release of "The Endless River", a project billed as a tribute to keyboardist Rick Wright, who died from cancer in 2008 at the age of 65.

Gilmour is now restating the band's status as he promotes the September 18 release of his fourth solo album, "Rattle That Lock." Gilmour tells Classic Rock via Billboard: "I'm done with it. I've had 48 years in Pink Floyd - quite a few of those years at the beginning, with Roger (Waters). And those years in what is now considered to be our heyday were 95 per cent musically fulfilling and joyous and full of fun and laughter.

"And I certainly don't want to let the other five per cent color my view of what was a long and fantastic time together. But it has run its course, we are done - and it would be fakery to go back and do it again." He adds: "To do it without Rick would just be wrong."

Gilmour worked with wife and lyricist Polly Samson and co-producer Phil Manzanera on "Rattle That Lock", and he sees no reason to revisit his past."I absolutely don't want to go back," he explains. "I don't want to go and play stadiums... under the Pink Floyd banner. I'm free to do exactly what I want to do and how I want to do it. Obviously I accept there are people who want to go and see and hear this legend that was Pink Floyd, but I'm afraid that's not my responsibility." Read more here.

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Nickelback Cancel Tour Plans Due To Chad's Vocal Surgery

(hennemusic) Nickelback have cancelled all remaining dates for the 2015 No Fixed Address World Tour due to an extended period of vocal rest ordered for singer Chad Kroeger, who recently underwent surgery on his voice box.

Kroeger was diagnosed with an intracordal cyst on his voice box in June, and doctors have placed him on six to nine months rest in order to fully recuperate.

"Most of all, we are sorry to miss our fans out on the road this fall," says the band, "but Chad's health, healing and full recovery are what is most important right now. With the proper amount of time, we hope to have him back stronger and better than ever before.

"We thank everyone for their support and understanding during this time and look forward to getting back out on the road and playing music for everyone again real soon."

See a list of cancelled fall tour dates here.

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Slipknot's Vman Given A-Okay Following Hospitalization

(TeamRock Radio) Slipknot bassist Alessandro 'Vman' Venturella has been given the "A-Okay" by doctors after being rushed to hospital earlier this month. The band had to play a show without him after he was diagnosed with severe dehydration and told to rest. Frontman Corey Taylor says Venturella is on the road to full fitness and that he's getting plenty of rest as the band ploughs on with their US tour.

Taylor tells Musik Universe: "Vman is great. Toronto was his first show back on stage - he had been playing back behind the set cards, just resting as much as possible, getting his legs back together. He went and saw the doctor again for a check-up. He gave him the A-Okay and he's doing good. We're just watching him and seeing how he's doing. And he's doing great."

The singer also speaks about his future plans for the band's Knotfest event, saying he doesn't want it to turn into a Mayhem or Vans Warped style event that rolls into a different city every day. The Mayhem tour will not go ahead next year, organizers said recently.

Taylor adds: "I think if we turned Knotfest into a big tour, then we'd lose a lot of the elements that make it so cool. It wouldn't be a two to three days any more. It would be a one-day thing, and we wouldn't be able to bring out a lot of the elements that we like, like the carnivals and the museum. So it's definitely a conversation that's going on right now." Read more and watch the full interview here.

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Jimi Hendrix's Family Settle Legal Dispute

(Classic Rock) A legal battle between Jimi Hendrix's siblings has been resolved. Jimi's brother Leon and adopted sister Janie were at odds over the use of the Hendrix name.

They reportedly reached an out-of-court agreement, the Seattle Times reports. The case centered on Janie Hendrix's claim that her brother's firm was committing trademark infringement.

Janie Hendrix runs Experience Hendrix, which owns the rights to Jimi's estate, while Leon Hendrix and his partner Andrew Pitsicalis are behind HendrixLicensing.com. Read more here.

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Roger Waters Planning New Album, Tour And Memoirs

(Radio.com) Former Pink Floyd star Roger Waters is apparently working on a new album, planning a world tour, and working on his memoirs. All three of those bombshells were mentioned in an interview with Israeli newspaper Haaretz.

"We sat in the studio until 2 A.M., listening to his new songs. His desk in the studio is piled with papers - new songs with lots of notes and revisions," the writer, Gideon Levy, notes.

Elsewhere, he writes, "He's in the process of writing an autobiography… and plans to go on another world tour next year. He's a busy and active man." Read more here.

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Geoff Tate Explains Why He Picked Operation: Mindcrime Band Name

(Classic Rock) Geoff Tate says he feared he would struggle to market himself once he was forced to stop using the Queensryche name. The singer had been performing under the name after splitting with the band, meaning two bands called Queensryche were simultaneously recording and touring. After a legal battle, Tate gave up the name, but was given exclusive rights to perform the band's classic album Operation: Mindcrime - which he took as the name for his new group.

Tate tells Seattle Sound Live: "I chose that name for two reasons. The first and foremost reason is that I needed a name that will be recognisable to my fans and a name that they were familiar with. I spent 35 years finding everything that I did and created, spoke about and thought about under the name of Queensryche.

"So, not having that name anymore left me kind of adrift in the 21st century where it is very difficult to let people know who you are, where you are at, if there is a new album out or appearing in their city. It is not like it used to be where there was one magazine or one newspaper that covered entertainment.

"Reason number two, I wanted to continue making conceptual music, conceptual albums, story albums." Read more here.

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Rammstein Reveal 'In Amerika' DVD Details

(Classic Rock) Rammstein will release the 2DVD/2Blu-ray set In Amerika on September 25 via Island/UME. The package pairs a feature length documentary directed by Hannes Rossacher with a 2010 concert at New York's Madison Square Garden that marked the German outfit's first US show in a decade.

A chronological exploration of Rammstein's history, the documentary accesses material from the group's private archives, including never-before-seen footage.

The film also takes viewers behind the scenes of the band's retreat from America in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, before concluding with their eventual 2010 return to perform in New York.

In Amerika features guest appearances by Steven Tyler, Marilyn Manson, Iggy Pop, Anthrax's Scott Ian, CJ Ramone and many others. Rammstein's Live From Madison Square Garden concert film presents the band's long-awaited return to New York.

The band say: "The venue's more than 18,000 seats were snatched up for the special appearance within less than 30 minutes of going on sale, heralding Rammstein's return with a frenzied fanfare on par with the German band's elaborate stage presentation." Read more and watch the trailer here.

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Seven Witches Announce New Album and Reveal 'Better Days' Video

Seven Witches have announced that they will be releasing a new album entitled "The Way Of The Wicked" on September 18th and they are giving fans an early taste of what is to comes with a music video for the track "Better Days".

Seven Witches including guitarist Jack Frost (Savatage, Belladonna, The Bronx Casket Co. Metalium, Speeed), singer Anthony Cross (Livesay, Shadow Image, Fischel's Beast, Attacker), bassist Ronnie Parkes (Farcry, Cleavage, Tango Down, Reece, Bonfire), and drummer Johnny Kelly (Type O Negative, Danzig, Pale Horse Named Death, Seventh Void, Kill Devil Hill).

Frost had the following to say about the new album and the first single, "Hey everybody, so pumped on our new release. I'm so proud of the way the guys just killed it on this album.

"Our first single and video is a fresh start for us. A true classic heavy rock feel with the rhythm section of the '70s and a throaty vocal feel. Hope you all like this I'm so happy with our new vibe." Watch the video here.

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Slayer Could Be 'Crushingly Heavy' Under Gary Holt Influence

(Classic Rock) Slayer drummer Paul Bostaph reckons the band will create "crushingly heavy" music once guitarist Gary Holt (Exodus) takes on writing responsibilities.

Holt was brought in as a full-time member of the band after Jeff Hanneman's death, but never contributed to the writing of upcoming album Repentless, which is released on September 11.

And Bostaph - who previously worked with Holt in Exodus - can't wait to hear the results of Holt's future collaborations with Kerry King. Bostaph tells Metal-Rules: "If Gary contributes, it's gonna be nothing but crushing and heavy. Kerry's doing a fantastic job, but this band has always had two guitar players that have written. So, I hope if Gary gets involved in it, him and Kerry work together on some stuff. It could make for some really crushingly heavy music.

"Anytime you take away a player, or add a player in an ensemble situation, you're adding a new dynamic. It depends on the strengths and the weaknesses of the individual you are taking in and putting out. But Gary was there in the beginning of thrash metal." Read more here.

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Marky Ramone Recalls Disappointing John Lennon Encounter

(Classic Rock) Marky Ramone has recalled his disappointment at meeting a drunk John Lennon in New York. The iconic rocker met the Beatles star in a nightclub, but didn't get the chance to speak to him about music as the alcohol had been flowing freely all night.

Ramone tells The Metal Voice: "I wish I could have met John Lennon under different circumstances, where I could have hung out with him and talked about music, but he was pretty inebriated.

"He came down the stairs of the 282 Club New York city, which is a well-known club, an after hours place, with a friend Bob Gruen. And he came down the stairs, tripping over the stairs and there he was and there I was."

Ramone tried to chat to Lennon, but only received a mumbled response. "Then I left," he adds. Read more and watch the full interview here.

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Sepultura At Greatest Momentum Of Their Career Says Kisser

(Classic Rock) Sepultura guitarist Andreas Kisser says the band are enjoying the greatest momentum of their career as they continue their 30th anniversary world tour.

The Brazilian outfit followed a recent performance at Bloodstock with shows in London and Dublin. A live DVD has been released and a documentary is in the works - all of which, Kisser says, points to the best period in the group's history.

Kisser tells Shredload: "It feels great, actually. I think we are in our best momentum in history - not only on stage but on the business side, organizing our own stuff, taking care of our business. It took a while for us; since Max Cavalera left the band we passed through different managers and different labels, and now we have a great label, a great set of people working for Sepultura."

The guitarist says the anniversary has seen a return of some old fans after years on the sidelines. He says: "The shows are great. It's amazing to see old fans coming back to see the show, 'Oh, I haven't seen Sepultura since the 90s,' and really enjoying what they see and hear." Read more here.

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Bullet For My Valentine Streaming New Song 'Broken'

(TeamRock Radio) Bullet For My Valentine have made their track Broken available to stream. The song is taken from the group's new album Venom, which was released last week.

Frontman Matt Tuck says: "This song was last to be tracked at Metropolis. It was the end of a long session and I needed lyrics for this final song. I was a little burnt out by this point, so I was struggling somewhat to come up with a concept.

"That night I was having a heart to heart with my wife about writing lyrics and how it seemed and felt like, to write great meaningful lyrics, the writer usually needs to be tortured, scared or broken in some way for it all to make sense. So she said 'Why not write about that?'

"Immediately, the concept was there - so I started writing about being burned out and having nothing left to say, and how it felt like I needed to be broken to write great lyrics. It was kind of a "light bulb" moment, as the content was there all the time - I just need to see it. It came out amazing and is gonna be a fan favorite for sure." Stream the new song here.

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Myles Kennedy Has Finished Recording Debut Solo Album

(Classic Rock) Myles Kennedy has wrapped up recording his debut solo album. The Alter Bridge frontman - who also works with Slash and his band The Conspirators - says via Instagram that work on the record has been completed at Tiny Pocket Studio in Yorktown Height in New York state.

Alongside a picture, a caption reads: "Last moment of tracking...done. #solorecord #itsabouttime #YorktownheightsNY" No release date or track details have been revealed.

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators Start a North American tour in Rhode Island on September 18. See Kennedy's post including the photo here.

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Bon Jovi Streaming New Song 'A Teardrop To The Sea'

(Classic Rock) Bon Jovi have released a lyric video for their track A Teardrop To The Sea. It's the latest song the band has revealed from their "fan album" Burning Bridges and follows We Don't Run and Blind Love.

Jon Bon Jovi had the following to say of the record: "It's sort of a hint as to where we're going musically - but the new album, the real new album, will be early next year."

The band will start an 11-date tour in Indonesia on September 11 and wrap up the run of shows in Israel on October 3. The Burning Bridges album is set to be released August 21st. Check out the new song here.

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Metal Supergroup Audiotopsy Streaming New Song ' The Calling'

(TeamRock Radio) Audiotopsy are gearing to release their debut album Natural Causes later this month, and Metal Hammer has the streaming premiere of the brand new track "The Calling".

Featuring members of Mudvayne, HellYeah and Skrape, Audiotopsy know how to put together a hook or two and new track The Calling is no exception.

Speaking to Metal Hammer about the song, vocalist Billy Keeton says: "The Calling is about that slow burning flame that burns inside every artist. It is slow and constant and all the emotions like love, hate and pain that come with it are 'our' calling. This is our calling." Stream the song here.

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Suicide Silence Frontman Wants Tech N9ne On New Album

(TeamRock Radio) Suicide Silence frontman Herman 'Eddie' Hermida says he's keen to have a rap-metal flavour on their next studio album. And he points to Aaron Dontez Yates, aka Tech N9ne, as the man to give them the sound they're looking for on the follow-up to 2014's You Can't Stop Me.

He tells Kaaos TV: "He's an incredible rapper, but, more than anything, I think he's a really good musician. I think it'd be really cool to have him not just do a rapping part but maybe write a keyboard part, or come in and help us write and maybe help produce a song.

"It'd be also cool to re-touch the whole rap-metal thing. It's something I grew up with, and I feel like in that era, the people who were rapping with metal weren't that good. It was subpar rappers.

"It'd be cool to have a guy who's known for his crazy lyrics and crazy styles on the record." Read more and watch the full interview here.

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The AndersonPonty Band Announce 'Better Late Than Never' Album

(TPC) Original Yes frontman Jon Anderson and international violin star Jean Luc Ponty have announced that the debut album from The AndersonPonty Band will be released on September 25th 2015. We were sent the following details:

Better Late Than Never is the new studio album taken from a live performance, and enhanced with innovative production. The package includes a bonus DVD featuring outstanding performances by the band captured in September 2014 at the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen, Colorado.

Anderson says of the collaboration, "A breakthrough feeling came as I sang with Jean Luc's music, to be in a band again is very exciting on many levels, we will play and sing our way around the world and have fun, for music is pleasure, music is all that is."

Jean Luc Ponty adds, "Collaborating with Jon who is such a creative singer/songwriter is unlike any project I have done before. I knew that we had plenty of musical affinities to make it work, but the result is way beyond my expectations.

"It is also a lot of fun to reunite with these excellent musicians who played with me in the past, they really put their heart in this project and with Jon's creative input we are not just rehashing the past but giving a new life to the music we started developing decades ago."

The AndersonPonty Band also includes Jamie Glaser on guitars who has played with Jean Luc Ponty, Chick Corea, Bryan Adams and Lenny White; Wally Minko on keyboards - virtuoso player and composer who has performed and recorded with many worldwide stars including Pink, Toni Braxton, Jean Luc Ponty, Tom Jones, Gregg Rolie and Barry Manilow; Baron Browne on bass who has played with Steve Smith, Billy Cobham and Jean Luc Ponty; and Rayford Griffin on drums and percussion, who has played with Stanley Clarke Band, George Duke, Jean Luc Ponty and Michael Jackson.

The band revisit the music created by Jon Anderson and Jean Luc Ponty over the years with new arrangements, virtuosic performances and new energy. Better Late Than Never will be released on September 25th 2015 as CD+DVD (Deluxe Edition) and CD (jewel) through earMUSIC.

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Mars Attacks Act of Defiance's Shawn Drover

The latest episode of the Mars Attacks Podcast includes a featured interview with former Megadeth drummer Shawn Drover who was on the show to discuss his new band Act of Defiance.

Drover was the longer serving drummer in Megadeth history according to the show which sent over these details: the episode surrounds the new band Act Of Defiance which also features former Megadeth guitarist Chris Broderick, former Shadows Fall guitarist Matt Bachand on bass, and former Scar The Martyr lead singer Henry Derek Bonner.

During the interview we touch on such things as deciding to continue to work with Broderick, writing half of the album's tracks, how the album was recorded, if his setup will change once the go out on the road, and what bands he'd like to go out with. Check out the episode here.

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Every Hour Kills Release 'Almost Human' Video

Every Hour Kills has released their "Almost Human" music video. The track comes from their upcoming self-titled EP which is set to be released on September 18th.

The video, which was directed by Doug Cook is part of an online voting competition where the winning videos receive one of two $30,000 grants to produce a music video + documentary, receive training and mentorship opportunities, and distribution on TELUS Optik TV On Demand and online.

The band features ex-Divinity guitarist Sacha Laskow, bassist Brent Stutsky (ex-Breach of Trust, ex-Death Valley Dolls), drummer Rob Shawcross (ex- Out Of Your Mouth, ex-Autobody, ex-Kobra and The Lotus) and vocalist Jerrod Maxwell-Lyster (Walk As Chaos, ex-Out of Your Mouth, ex-Autobody, ex-the R.A.C.E.).

Laskow had the following to say about the track and video, "The song is about addictions, vices and demons. Everybody has them in some form. Sometimes when you deal with these trials you feel isolated and alone, like an alien among your own kind. Like you're not quite human...

"The video concept illustrates this by showing the band in a cold, isolated environment being filmed only by futuristic robotic security cameras. They are forced to perform and give every ounce of energy they have to even have a chance of being set free..." Watch the video here.

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Paradise Lost Announce Support Acts For UK Fall Tour

(TeamRock Radio) Paradise Lost have announced the support acts for their upcoming UK tour. They'll be joined on the road by Tribulation and Lucifer for the dates which kick off next month in Manchester. The run of six shows comes on the back of Paradise Lost's 14th album The Plague Within.

Frontman Nick Holmes says: "Our latest album has been seen by many as the heaviest that this band has produced in years, so it seems only right to have support bands that will set the dark and demonic tone for the evening ahead."

Tribulation released their third album The Children Of The Night in April via Century Media, while Lucifer issued their studio debut Lucifer I in June via Rise Above.

Paradise Lost will be without drummer Adrian Erlandsson for the trip due to his commitments with At The Gates and The Haunted. He'll be replaced by Waltteri Vayrynen for the run of shows. See the dates and tour poster here.

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P.O.D. Celebrate Hometown In 'This Goes Out To You' Video

(BWR) San Diego rockers P.O.D. have released a music video for their current single, "This Goes Out To You." The track is the first single from the band's new album, The Awakening, which be released on August 21st.

The "This Goes Out To You" video was directed by San Diego-based filmmaker, Gavin Filipiak (Prayers, Young Gods) and was shot on location and is a tribute to their hometown community and San Diego culture.

The clip features "Cholo Goth" duo Prayers, Roller Derby darlings San Diego Derby Dolls, dancers Hob.e, Prime Tyme Ron Myles and Jason Sensation, as well as vintage cars from various local clubs organized by Tribal Streetwear. Watch the video here.

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Crossfaith Release 'Devil's Party' Video

(TeamRock Radio) Crossfaith have released a video for Devil's Party from their forthcoming album Xeno. Due September 18 via UNFD, the follow-up to 2013's Apocalyze was produced by Josh Wilbur.

Frontman Kenta Koie says: "This is the first music video from our new album Xeno and we put a lot of effort into it. I'm certain that you can feel our vision and concept of the album through this music video.

"Learn the words and sing with me at the show. See you soon." Devil's Party is the third track previewed from the Japanese metalcore outfit's fourth album following the title track and Ghost In The Mirror.

The three songs are available as instant downloads with pre-orders of Xeno. Watch the new video here.

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Rammstein Release Live Rammlied Video

(Classic Rock) Rammstein have released footage of them performing their track Rammlied to tease their upcoming In Amerika DVD. Rammstein In Amerika is issued on September 25 via Island/UMe on 2DVD and 2Blu-ray and features the band's 2010 show at New York City's Madison Square Garden.

The package also includes a feature-length documentary directed by Hannes Rossacher and a 20-minute film on the making of Rammstein's sixth album Liebe Ist Fur Alle Da.

The band say: "The venue's more than 18,000 seats were snatched up for the special appearance within less than 30 minutes of going on sale, heralding Rammstein's return with a frenzied fanfare on par with the German band's elaborate stage presentation."

Earlier this year, Rammstein frontman Till Lindemann released Skills In Pills, the debut album by his side project Lindemann, a collaboration with Swedish producer Peter Tagtgren. Watch the video here.

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Classic Ozzy Osbourne Interview Gets Animated

(Radio.com) On Radio.com's latest Minimation, they comb through the CBS Radio archives and animate interviews with legendary artists, they revisit an interview from 1992, where Ozzy Osbourne discusses his last tour. Or what he was thought would be his last tour. He also discusses religion. This was animated for Radio.com by Chris Partellow.

In 1992, Ozzy Osbourne was getting ready to retire; he would soon kick off his "No More Tours" tour, a reference to his 1991 album No More Tears. As he thought about what he would do next, he worried that he was too typecast into a certain role due to his heavy metal image, and some of his antics over the years (biting the heads off of doves, peeing on the Alamo, etc., etc.).

Another thing he was known for: upsetting Cardinal John O'Connor, who denounced Osbourne's music. But in this interview, he notes that he believes in God, he simply doesn't go to church (can you imagine the ruckus that would occur if he did?). He also noted that religious leaders probably wished that they were able to pull the crowds that Ozzy and his peers did.

As for Ozzy's retirement? Well, we know how that went. By 1995, he'd returned with Ozzmosis, and in the years since has toured and recorded prolifically, both on his own and with Black Sabbath. Watch the video here.

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