Day in Rock Report for 10/29/2015

Black Sabbath Has 'Opted Against' Making Final Album

Ozzy Osbourne reportedly told a New Orleans newspaper that contrary to prior indications, Black Sabbath have "opted against" recording a final album before they retire at the conclusion of next year's farewell tour.

Osbourne spoke with The Times-Picaynne ahead of his performance at the Voodoo Music and Art Experience Festival this Halloween where he will be backed by Slash and his Black Sabbath bandmate Geezer Butler.

While the feature included several direct quotes from Osbourne, the segment of the article that stated he said the band opted against recording a final album was not a direct quote.

Osbourne was however very clear that Black Sabbath's upcoming tour, that they are calling "The End," will definitely live up to it's name. "It's the end of Sabbath, believe me," he said.

He went on to explain the reason why the legendary heavy metal band is retiring. "In December, I'll be f------' 68 and I think it's time to call it the end of the day. I'm not saying I won't get on stage with Geezer or Tony (Iommi) or any of them some time, but officially we're going to be done.

"I don't want it to dwindle and dwindle and play just for the sake of making another f------' sack full of cash. So it's time, and then I'll go back to doing my own thing."

Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi left the question of a final album open during a recent interview with the Birmingham Mail. He said, "I've been busy writing songs ever since the 13 sessions - at that point we thought there might be another Sabbath album. But that's up in the air now, so I don't know when or where they might appear."

Ozzy also spoke with The Times-Picaynne about playing solo for the first time in a number of years at the upcoming music festival, "It's been awhile since I've done anything on my own, maybe three or four years now. So I hope it sounds good. All I'm doing is going out there and having some fun. As long as the band plays well and the audience has a good time, that's all I'm caring about." Read the full feature here.

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Metallica Preview New By Request Box Set Series

Metallica have released a small preview of their upcoming 4LP Live Metallica vinyl box set, which was recording during their concert in Montreal, Canada on August 9, 2014.

The Montreal set is one of four limited edition vinyl collections that the band is releasing from their 2014 Metallica By Request tour. The other three shows spotlighted in the series include Bogota, Helsinki and Istanbul.

Each 4LP set from the individual show will be limited to 500 copies and the records will be pressed on 180-gram vinyl. The band kicked off the series with the Montreal show and will release additional titles in the series each week in November beginning on the 9th.

The band is also offering four-pack of all four vinyl sets that they expect to ship by the end of November. Metallica have previewed the Montreal set by releasing an unboxing video. Watch it here.

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Tool Frontman Calls Out 'Insufferable' Fans

(Prog) Tool frontman Maynard James Keenan has called out fans who take the band too seriously - calling the fans that often miss the humor in the band's music "insufferable".

Asked about the humor in Tool's material, Keenan tells the Phoenix New Times: 'Yeah, it's there, but people miss it because they're so focused on the other bulls-.

"It's lost. Insufferable people. It's just ridiculous, retards. I'm sorry. Can't help them. Way too serious. Too much. Lighten up."He adds that his bandmates had to "con" him into taking part in their standalone festival appearance, which takes place this weekend. Read more here.

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Poison Will 'Do Something Special' Next Year Says Bret Michaels

Poison frontman Bret Michaels says in a new interview that he expects that the band, which has been inactive for the past three years, will do something special next year to mark their 32nd anniversary.

Michaels explained in a new interview with Lancaster Eagle-Gazette in Ohio (via UCR) that Poison is still a going concern despite their inactivity in recent years.

"We have never broken up, even though we all go on and do other things," he told the paper. "We are brothers. Next year will be the [32nd] anniversary and I'm sure we'll do something special."

Ultimate Classic Rock advises that fans not get too excited by his comments because he said the following back in 2014, "In 2015I'm thinking - not officially going on record, but rumoring. I'm just thinking of reuniting all of the original - 'cause we can't go out with all of the original guys.

"It's gotta be CC [Deville], Bobby [Dall] and myself and I think we're going to have to throw a mega Poison summer bash together next year."

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Megadeth Plan Special Release For Black Friday

Organizers of this year's Record Store Day Black Friday event have revealed that Megadeth will be celebrating the event with a special 12" vinyl release featuring two tracks from their forthcoming album "Dystopia".

According to the Record Store Day website, the special Megadeth RSD exclusive vinyl release will feature the tracks "The Threat is Real" and the b-side song "Foreign Policy".

The annual Black Friday event will be taking place on November 27th, the day after Thanksgiving in the U.S., where independent record stores offer fans exclusive releases from a variety of artists. You can find a list of participating stores here.

The new Megadeth tracks come from the veteran thrash band's forthcoming album, "Dystopia" which is scheduled to be released on January 22, 2016. The new effort was recorded by founding members Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson along with new recruits Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler and Angra guitarist Kiko Loureiro.

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Dave Navarro Previews Documentary About His Mother's Murder

(Classic Rock) Dave Navarro has released a trailer for his documentary about his mother's brutal murder. The movie will be available via video-on-demand services from December 1.

He lost his mum Constance when he was 15 when she was murdered by ex-boyfriend John Riccardi - and the tragedy sent the teenage Navarro into a spiral of heroin abuse and depression.

Mourning Son is co-written by the Jane's Addiction guitarist. He says: "Sharing my experiences could serve as a tool to help those who have survived the trauma of losing a family member to murder, or loss of any kind for that matter. Many of us invent our own coping skills.

"Mourning Son is my journey of discovering which of these mechanisms might send me further into suffering and which would help me recover and heal." Watch the video here.

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Rush's Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson To Guest Star On Chicago Fire

(hennemusic) Rush members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson will guest star on an upcoming episode of NBC-TV's Chicago Fire. The "2112" episode of Chicago Fire is currently scheduled to air on Tuesday, November 17 on NBC.

Series co-creator Michael Brandt teased the news via Twitter, wrting "What are the guys from Rush doing on our #chicagofire set?" Co-creater Derek Haas later confirmed the details with a photo via Twitter, writing, "Look at cast members 88 and 90. This is not a drill. The episode is 406, titled '2112.'"

Fan site Rush Is A Band helped break the news, as well, about the pair's involvement with the television drama which follows the lives of firefighters and paramedics working at the Chicago Fire Department. Read more and see the photo here.

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The Beatles Streaming Restored A Day In The Life Video

(hennemusic) The Beatles have released a restored video online for "A Day In The Life" as a preview to the November 6 release of an expanded edition of their compilation, "1."

The revamped edition of the group's 2001 collection of 27 number one hits has been remixed and expanded with companion videos and unreleased promotional footage.

"These videos and films are spectacular reminders of the era we lived in," says Paul McCartney. "They also rock!" The package will be available in multiple editions, including "1" with one bonus disc of video, as well as "1+", issued in deluxe CD/2-DVD and CD/2-Blu-ray packages along with a 124-page book; the videos will also come out as stand-alone DVD and Blu-ray editions.

A 2 LP, 180-gram vinyl package will follow at a later date. Read more and watch the video here.

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Slayer's Paul Bostaph Addresses Health Rumors

(Classic Rock) Slayer drummer Paul Bostaph has moved to silence ongoing rumors about his health. He believes stories about ligament problems were raised when the band cited a "chronic elbow injury" as the reason for his departure in 2001.

But Bostaph, who rejoined in 2013, says that wasn't the case. He tells LoudTV: "It wasn't because of my health. I've always been healthy. I've always played sports, and through playing sports I've sustained injuries. I don't know many people who play sports that don't.

"I don't know too many people that eventually don't tear their anterior cruciate ligament. My ACL injury turned into an elbow injury turned into a foot injury, turned into 'What's wrong with your right ear?'

"It's all the rumors. I get questions from people, 'I hear your right hand hurts.' The bottom line is, I'm healthy." Watch the full interview here.

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Late Free Star Paul Kossoff's Guitar To Be Auctioned

(Classic Rock) Free icon Paul Kossoff's guitar is to be sold at auction for the first time in December. He played the sunburst 1959 Gibson Les Paul from 1970 until his death in 1976, and refused to be parted from it even after he broke its neck during a show.

It was later given to Beckett guitarist Arthur Ramm - who lent Kossoff his own instrument on the night the Gibson was broken. Auctioneers Bonhams will sell it on December 10.

Entertainment memorabilia specialist Natalie Downing says: "Kossoff is one of the generation of rock stars who lost their life to the excesses of the industry. His incredible musical talent continues to be recognized." Read more here.

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Derek Trucks, Tom Waits Lead Blind Willie Johnson Tribute

(TeamRock Radio) Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi are among the artists who'll appear on a tribute album to Blind Willie Johnson. The iconic slide guitarist is the subject of God Don't Never Change, featuring modern interpretations of 11 of the songs he originally recorded between 1927 and 1930.

Johnson died in 1945, leaving a legacy of gospel-themed music that inspired Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan, among others. His original recording of Dark Was The NIght, Cold Was The Ground is preserved on the gold disc attached to the Voyager space probes in 1977.

Trucks says: "I never heard a slide player, even to this day, play with that much emotion. I've only heard a few things that have hit me quite that strongly.

"There's something so honest about his recordings. Johnson's songs, lyrics and the ability to pair the slide with the voice were amazing. It feels like it came out of a different world." Read more including the track and performer details here.

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Every Time I Die's Keith Buckley Releasing Debut Novel

(TeamRock Radio) Every Time I Die frontman Keith Buckley's debut novel will be published next month. Scale will be released via Rare Bird Books on November 19 in the UK and December 15 elsewhere.

Buckley revealed the project last year and said it was a semi-autobiographical story about a musician who's struggling after a life-changing tragedy.

Rare Bird say: "Ray Goldman will outdrink you, out-party you and, unfortunately for him, probably outlive you. As a hopeless and struggling indie rock musician, Ray's best chance of discovering any beauty and purpose in his dysfunctional life will come only when he ceases to struggle against life itself. These are his memoirs." Read more and see the cover and upcoming tour dates here.

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Cynic Offshoot Our Oceans Streaming New Song 'What If'

(Prog) Our Oceans, the new group formed by former Cynic members Tymon Kruidenier and Robin Zielhorst, have released a lyric video for their track What If.

The new song comes from the band's self-titled debut album, which they will be releasing on November 15 following a successful crowdfunding campaign.

The quartet is rounded out by Michel Nienhuis - who works with Kruidenier and Zielhorst in Exivious - and Jasper Barendregt, a colleague of Nienhuis in Dodecahedron.

Our Oceans say their music can be described as "immersive, otherworldy and deeply melancholic." Check out the new song here.

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Joe Bonamassa Postpones Show Due To Illness

(Classic Rock) Joe Bonamassa was focused to postpone Wednesday night's show at the Bournemouth BIC due to illeness. The guitarist says via Twitter that he has come down with a "head cold" and that the show will be rescheduled for a later, as yet unknown, date.

Bonamassa says: "Unfortunately, due to unexpected head cold that settled in overnight, we are gonna have to reschedule our gig at the BIC tonight. I really apologies for the inconvenience and hope to have a make-up date sometime this afternoon."

He is on the road in support of his most recent album, Different Shades Of Blue, and has two gigs in Brighton to come. He will also play at the 300-capacity Mr Kyps in Poole, Dorset, on November 1 - 10 years on from the night he made his UK live debut in front of just 100 people. Read more here.

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Former Police Guitarist Andy Summers Explains Metal Dog Album

(Prog) Andy Summers' new album Metal Dog was created after a contemporary dance project failed to mature. The former Police guitarist and Robert Fripp collaborator says he regards the work as "avant-garde," while descriptions of the tracks include "freaky textures," "sunny moods" and "wild blanket of harmonic distortion."

Summers recently told Goldmine: "I was looking at a visual artist in New York and I was going to do the music and put it with a dance company. I was very much thinking about dances on a stage, with video and all that.

"Towards the end, we didn't come up with much, so I had a lot of tracks and I decided there was a really good album in here. I was pleased to form it into a full-length CD." Read more here.

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Modern Baseball Plot UK Return Following Lukens Treatment

(TeamRock Radio) Modern Baseball have announced two UK shows for early 2016 as Brendan Lukens continues to improve following treatment for mental ill health and substance abuse.

The band cancelled their scheduled appearances at Reading and Leeds festivals this summer and also pulled the plug on a tour of Australia as Lukens sought help.

He tells Noisey that he hasn't had a drink for two months after previously relying heavily on booze and marijuana. He adds: "I've always dealt with depression and anxiety and I've always kind of dealt with substance abuse as well. Over the last two years, as we've started travelling more and doing more exciting things, all of those exciting things started building up, to the point where I just broke."

Now that the singer/guitarist is on the mend, Modern Baseball have returned to the road and are currently on a widespread North American tour. They have also announced two UK shows for February next year. Read more here.

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Hatebreed Share Update From The Recording Studio

(TeamRock Radio) Hatebreed have posted pictures from the studio where they are working on their seventh album. Frontman Jamey Jasta said in May that the band would hit the studio after their 2015 touring commitments were done, and images posted on Facebook show that they are at work on new material.

The images show guitarist Wayne Lozinak and bassist Chris Beattie recording demos for the follow-up to 2013's The Divinity of Purpose, which the band say will be released in 2016.

The captions read: "Wayne Lozinak recording new ‎Hatebreed demos. New album coming 2016," and "Mosh parts galore with @godofbass tracking demos. #‎NewHatebreed2016" See the photos/posts here.

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Harmonia Release Rare Video From First-Ever Live Show

(Prog) Unseen film of German supergroup Harmonia's first-ever live show has been released to mark the launch of a career-spanning vinyl box set. The clip shows preparations for their garden party in Forst, Germany, in 1974 - and it's thought to be the only such material of Michael Rother, Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius.

Harmonia: The Complete Works contains their albums Musik Fon Harmonia, Deluxe, Live 74 and Tracks And Traces - the latter recorded with Brian Eno in 1976 but not released until 1997.

Also included is an LP of bonus tracks, a replica poster, a pop-up model of their Forst headquarters and a 36-page booklet. The set is launched on October 30 via Groenland Records. Watch the video clip here.

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Jess And The Ancient Ones Release 'In Levitating Secret Dreams' Video

(Prog) Jess And The Ancient Ones have released a video for their track In Levitating Secret Dreams. It's taken from the album Second Psychedelic Coming: The Aquarius Tapes, to be launched on December 4 via Scart Recordings.

Songwriter Thomas Corpse says: "The album title can be seen as a bridge between the past and now. Some thoughts, words, and poems from the Aquarian age are bound to everlast and inspire generations to come, their core being essentially the same - love and freedom.

"Often in history that message has traveled from characters that society has announced to be ill, corruptive, and dangerous to common good. The rich in their ivory towers want to silence all of these poets and warriors - but luckily they never succeed." Watch the video here.

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The Cadillac Three Announce UK Winter Tour

(Classic Rock) The Cadillac Three have announced a nine-date UK tour entitled Night Life Religion to follow their sold-out appearance at London's O2 Academy Islington next month.

The run of shows in January and February are in support of their upcoming album, which follow's 2014's Tennessee Mojo. Details are to be revealed in the near future.

Frontman Jaren Johnston says: "We've been working hard on new music for y'all and we're looking forward to sharing some of it." Tour support comes from Whiskey Myers. See the dates here.

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