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Ozzy Osbourne Sued For $2 Million Over 'Crazy Train'

(hennemusic) Former Ozzy Osbourne bassist and songwriter Bob Daisley has filed a lawsuit against the singer over claims of unpaid royalties from the 1980 classic "Crazy Train."

NME reports the bassist's suit against Osbourne and his company Blizzard Music Limited seeks $2 million in unpaid royalties, while alleging that "although royalties have been paid to Daisley over the years, an audit conducted in 2014 showed that Osbourne and his company had been improperly deducting undisclosed fees before distributing royalties to Daisley and improperly withholding Daisley's rightful share of royalties owed under the publishing agreements for the commercial exploitations of the songs."

"While Mr. Osbourne was benefiting from the songs co-authored by our client, the audit shows that he was systematically short-changing Mr. Daisley," said Daisley's lawyer Alan Howard. "Mr. Daisley had no choice but to bring this action to secure his fair share of the proceeds those songs have generated."

Daisley was the original bassist in the band Blizzard Of Ozz, which included Osbourne, guitarist Randy Rhoads and drummer Lee Kerslake. The group's 1980 debut morphed into Ozzy's solo debut under Jet Records, which was launched by Don Arden - the father of Sharon Arden, who later became the singer's wife and manager.

Although Daisley and Kerslake were fired by Sharon after the completion of sessions for 1981's "Diary Of A Madman", the bassist continued to work with Osbourne on albums up to and including 1991's "No More Tears."

"For the past 36 years," responded Ozzy's camp in a statement regarding the legal action, "Mr. Daisley has been receiving bi-annual royalty statements and checks from Blizzard Music, totaling in the millions of dollars, which have been routinely cashed. Mr. Daisley has audited Blizzard Music accounts over the years using several different auditing firms who found no discrepancies. He has previously filed lawsuits in the UK and the US and has lost on each occasion.

"We understand that Mr. Daisley is now in retirement and that these funds are his main source of income, so it is his right to be diligent with his money, but after 36 years, this is tantamount to harassment. We would have hoped that after 36 years that Mr. Daisley would have lost his unhealthy personal obsession and resentment towards Mr. Osbourne's success. Blizzard Music and Mr. Osbourne plan to vigorously defend these proceedings." Read more here.

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Dio Hologram Resurrection Video Posted Online

Ronnie James Dio was resurrected via a hologram during a performance by the Dio Disciples at the Wacken Open Air festival in Germany this past weekend and video from the show has surfaced online.

The Dio Disciples was formed by the late metal legend's former bandmates following his death from cancer to pay tribute to his musical legacy and during their performance of the Dio classic "We Rock" at the renowned music festival they were joined by the hologram of the iconic singer.

Ronnie's widow and Disciples manager Wendy Dio had the following to say about the hologram which was developed by Eyellusion, "When I first experienced the full production of Ronnie performing with his band as a hologram, I couldn't believe my eyes and ears.

"With Eyellusion, we have been able to get Ronnie back up on stage where he belongs, ensuring that his music and memory live on. I want Ronnie's fans around the world to share this experience."

Dio Disciples guitarist Craig Goldy adds, "We know how much the fans miss Ronnie and the special and unequaled element that he brought to his live performances. Being able to recreate that same kind of magic for his fans at Wacken was incredible."

Goldy also hinted that fans can expect to see the hologram in the future, "For so many years Ronnie always invested big in his live shows as his way to give back to the fans, and that is exactly what we aimed to do with this latest performance. We can't wait to bring this experience to even more of his fans and perhaps even a newer generation when we bring this incredible live experience on the road next year." Check out the video from the Wacken performance here.

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Slipknot's Corey Taylor Puzzled By Deicide Vocalist's Outburst

Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor appears puzzled by the profanity filled outburst from Deicide vocalist Glen Benton who made headlines this week with a rant against the masked metal band for not taking his group on tour.

Taylor was asked about Benton's comments during an interview with KFMA 102.1 and the Slipknot/Stone Sour singer responded (via Lambgoat), "I don't know why I'm the biggest target now.

"Like, maybe it's just because of my profile, or whatever, but, I mean, I haven't seen Glen Benton in ten years. You know? Like, I [laughs], I haven't talked to him in even longer. So, I don't know why he's upset with me, I don't know why he's with us.

"We take out the bands who submit for us, man, you know? It's just that simple. I mean, out of respect to him, and what Deicide has done over the years, it's like... if you talked to somebody, it wasn't me, and they sure as hell didn't talk me, 'cause I would have tried to do something, you know?" Listen to the full interview here.

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Guns N' Roses Reunion A Shot In The Arm For Rock Says Slash Singer

(Classic Rock) Alter Bridge and Slash in his band The Conspirators frontman Myles Kennedy says the Guns N' Roses reunion is "a well-needed shot in the arm for rock'n'roll."

The singer says he doesn't see that collaboration happening again any time soon as the GNR reunion is going so well. Slash, Axl Rose and Duff McKagan confirmed their reunion earlier this year and are currently on the road on their Not In This Lifetime tour.

Kennedy says: "There was always a feeling inside that it was eventually gonna happen, it's such an incredible band and it was inevitable. When he told me, the first thing I said was, 'You guys are gonna make a lot of people extremely happy, myself included.'

"I had the opportunity to see the first night they did in Las Vegas. It was just so great to see those guys together on stage again. As a rock fan, it's good for rock. It's a well-needed shot in the arm for rock'n'roll. It's going so well, so I don't see it slowing down anytime soon." Read more here.

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Jimi Hendrix's Debut Band Of Gypsys Show Set For Release

(hennemusic) Jimi Hendrix's debut Band Of Gypsys performance is set to be released in a new live package due September 30. Previewed with the lead track "Power Of Soul", the package presents an assortment of new material, including "Earth Blues," "Ezy Ryder," "Stepping Stone," "Burning Desire" and "Machine Gun."

"Machine Gun: The Fillmore East First Show 12/31/69" captures the guitar icon, bassist Billy Cox and drummer Buddy Miles delivering their unique mix of rock, R&B, and funk in concert at the legendary New York venue just six months after the breakup of The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

"We decided that we couldn't do any songs that had already been released," says Cox. "We wanted to give them something different. So we went at the project in a joyous, creative posture and ultimately developed the repertoire of the Band Of Gypsys.

"We didn't know what to expect from the audience and the audience didn't know what to expect from us, but from the time we hit that first note, they were in awe. You had Jimi Hendrix, a drummer who had been with the Electric Flag and Wilson Pickett, and I was the new kid on the block."

Band Of Gypsys played four historic concerts at the Fillmore East in New York City - two on New Year's Eve 1969 and two on New Year's Day 1970. Never before has the first of these sets been available in its entirety, and the vast majority of the performances have never been issued. Read more and stream the preview track here.

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Clannad Founder Padraig Duggan Dead At 67

(Prog) Clannad's founding member Padraig Duggan has died aged 67, it's been confirmed. The news of the multi-instrumentalist's death was confirmed on the band's Facebook page, with the Irish folk outfit stating his passing followed a recurring illness.

The statement reads: "We are very sad to inform you of the loss of Padraig Duggan, musician, songwriter and founding member of Clannad. He died this morning in Dublin, Ireland. He was 67. Padraig, along with twin brother, Noel, were the youngest of six children of Aodh Hugh and Maire Duggan and grew up in the Gaoth Dobhair Gaeltacht in Northwest Donegal.

"Following a recurring illness, Padraig passed away in Blanchardstown Hospital, Dublin, and is survived by his wife Jan. Things will never be the same. We will miss him dearly." Read more here.

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Sum 41, Senses Fail and As It Is Team For Fall Tour

(TeamRock) Sum 41 have announced a North American autumn tour with Senses Fail and As It Is. The Don't Call It A Sum-back tour is in support of the Canadian pop punk veterans' upcoming sixth album 13 Voices, which is released on October 7 via Hopeless Records.

They will kick off the tour in Florida on October 5th, taking in more than 20 cities in the US and Canada, before finishing in Los Angeles on November 6.

Sum 41 will raise money and awareness for charity the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, which cares for "musicians who are struggling to make ends meet while facing illness, disability, or age-related problems."

Donations can be made to the charity when buying tickets for the tour Public ticket sale begins at 10am local time on August 12. See the dates here.

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Bob Dylan Extends His Never Ending Tour

(Classic Rock) Bob Dylan has announced further shows on his 2016 Never Ending Tour. He recently wrapped up a run of summer dates following the May release of his collection of American songbook classics titled Fallen Angels.

The new dates will follow Dylan's appearances at the Desert Trip 'mega festival' at Indio's Polo Club on October 7 and 14. The lineup also includes the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, The Who and Roger Waters.

Dylan will then head to Phoenix's Comercia Theatre to kick off the autumn tour on October 16. The shows will wrap up on November 23 at the Broward Center For The Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale.

The American singer, songwriter recorded Fallen Angels with his touring band at Capitol Studios in Hollywood with the help of engineer Al Schmitt, who was also behind the desk on Dylan's Frank Sinatra-inspired covers project Shadows In The Night. Read more and see the dates here.

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Iron Maiden Release Post Book Of Souls World Tour Video

(hennemusic) Iron Maiden have released a video thanking fans for their support of The 2016 Book Of Souls world tour. On the road since late February, the UK band performed 72 shows in 36 countries across six continents to more than 1.5 million fans.

"It's been a brilliant tour and the fans have been absolutely brilliant everywhere," says bassist Steve Harris, "but I've got to say we are all, if I'm honest, looking forward to a nice rest. We'll see you on the next one."

"It's been absolutely fantastic, a blast - the best tour yet," adds drummer Nicko McBrain. "Everyone who has had anything to do with this tour, I thank you so much from the bottom of my heart. None more so than you lot, all you wonderful fans out there who have made this leg of the tour one of the most exciting and memorable tours I've ever done with Iron Maiden."

The group travelled around the world via Ed Force One, a Boeing 747 jumbo jet piloted by singer Bruce Dickinson. Iron Maiden streamed the final concert of the tour live from the Wacken Open Air Festival in Wacken, Germany on August 4. Watch that and the new post tour video here.

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Operation: Mindcrime Reveal New Song 'The Fight'

(Classic Rock) Operation: Mindcrime have made their track "The Fight" available to stream. It's taken from Geoff Tate and co's forthcoming second album Resurrection, which will be released on September 23. The track also follows the release of their song Left For Dead last month.

The follow-up to 2015's The Key features a number of guest musicians including Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, with Tim 'Ripper' Owens and Blaze Bayley featuring on the track Taking On The World.

Tate previously said: "I'm excited for people to hear and experience Resurrection because I think it answers some of the questions that were posed in the first album. Musically, it offers some of the most diverse and challenging material that I've ever written."

Operation: Mindcrime will hold a launch party for the album at Eichstetten's Weingut Rinklin, Germany, on September 24. Listen to the new song here.

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Eagles' Timothy B. Schmit Announces New Solo Album

The Eagles' Timothy B. Schmit has announced that he will be releasing his latest solo album, entitled "Leap Of Faith", on September 23rd via Benowen Records. We were sent the following details:

Recorded at his Los Angeles studio and co-produced with engineer Hank Linderman, Leap Of Faith is a strong mix of rock, country, Americana, R&B and even a bit of reggae.

In September, Timothy will head to Nashville for the Americana Music Festival & Conference. On Wednesday, September 21 he'll be on-hand to present at the Americana Music Awards show at Ryman Auditorium.

The following night, he'll perform a live concert during "Music City Roots" at Factory at Franklin which will be live-streamed on Thursday, September 22 (here). The show will be broadcast nationally on PBS TV at a later date andother show performers include Willie Watson, Sean Watkins as well as Wynonna & The Big Noise. Then on Sunday, September 25, Timothy and his band will perform a one-night-only concert at City Winery in Nashville (609 Lafayette Street). Read more here.

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Marilyn Manson's Role In Salem Previewed In New Trailer

(Metal Hammer) Marilyn Manson features in a teaser trailer for the third season of Salem. The third season of the supernatural drama series premieres on WGN America on November 2.

The shock rocker plays Thomas Dinley, a "barber and surgeon who is the go-to man in Salem, from a shave and a haircut to being leeched, bled, sliced open or sewn up," according to the show's official character description.

Manson also co-wrote the show's opening theme song Cupid Carries A Gun with composer Tyler Bates. It was lifted from Manson's latest album The Pale Emperor.

Manson says: "My character ends up being something that could be called the devil's advocate or the devil's best friend. He has no moral balance. The place where Dinley operates his business is not dissimilar to my home. I collect a lot of medical devices."

Though series creators Brannon Braga and Adam Simon didn't write Dinley's character with the rockstar in mind, Braga says that Manson "brought the character to life instantly" with his "inherent, exquisite weirdness." Read more and watch the trailer here.

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Jerry Garcia Tribute Concert Recording Set To Be Released In October

(Radio.com) Some of music's finest gathered in May 2015 to honor Jerry Garcia with a concert showcasing many different interpretations of his work. Now the concert film, Dear Jerry: Celebrating The Music of Jerry Garcia, will be released in October.

The event took place in Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, and included special performances from the Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, alongside covers from Eric Church, Peter Frampton, Grace Potter, Widespread Panic and more.

The two and a half hour concert will be available in a variety of formats, including Blu-ray, DVD, CD and digital download. Check out the full track listing here.

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Black Veil Brides Frontman Andy Biersack Releases 'Ribcage' Video

(TeamRock) Andy Biersack has revealed a music video for his track Ribcage. It features on the Black Veil Brides frontman's solo album The Shadow Side, which he launched earlier this year under the Andy Black moniker.

Although he temporarily stepped away from Black Veil Brides to record The Shadow Side, Biersack previously told TeamRock that his band had been "really complimentary" about his solo outing.

He added: "Since the inception, I've been so focused on making sure that I keep the band and Andy Black separate and not allow the band to feel like I'm not present.

"They didn't even know about the first single and when it came out. They didn't know I had a festival show and I had to fly straight over. I was always working, but I always made it to Black Veil Brides shows.

"If anything it's more of a surprise to them and it all came together so quickly, because they've been seeing me at Black Veil work all the time. They've been really complimentary and nice and I really appreciate that." Check out the new video here.

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Bobby Blotzer's Ratt Lose A Member

(Classic Rock) Bobby Blotzer's Ratt have reportedly parted ways with guitarist Nicholas 'Blaze' Baum. The longtime drummer hints at an acrimonious split in a Facebook post which appears to have been removed.

Blotzer says (via Blabbermouth): "While we are shocked and saddened by the events that led up to his departure and do not agree with the manner and time frame in which he chose to let us know, in that only giving us only two days for his replacement, we all can live with his decision to move on with his career and wish him the best in the future in country music."

He adds: "Ratt will, with great integrity, rear up on its back legs with its head high and come out to Sturgis at the Buffalo Chip in front of 35,000 fans this Thursday then Montana Rockin' The Rivers festival, with 20,000 this Friday - kicking all kinds of ass as always.

"We know you understand that things don't always end up the way we'd like them to. But, know that we have high expectations and want that to translate to the stage with the best players as always." Read more here.

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Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed and Chevelle Announce Euro Tour

(Metal Hammer) Avenged Sevenfold will tour Europe with Disturbed and Chevelle next year. They've scheduled 17 shows in February and March. The gigs will follow their UK arena tour with Disturbed and In Flames January.

Avenged Sevenfold have been working on the follow-up to 2013's Hail To The King. It'll be their first release with drummer Brooks Wackerman, who joined the band last year.

They'll commence a North American tour with Volbeat, Killswitch Engage and Avatar next month. Meanwhile, Disturbed frontman David Draiman recently recalled feeling "out of place" at his audition for the band 20 years ago this month. They're currently on tour with Chevelle before joining Avenged Sevenfold next year. See the dates here.

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Cradle Of Filth Enter Studio To Record New Album

(TeamRock) Cradle Of Filth will enter the studio in Brno, Czech Republic, this week to write their next album. The British outfit aim to launch the follow-up to 2015's Hammer Of The Witches next September.

They say: "Cradle Of Filth are off to Brno in the Czech Republic on Thursday for their week long writing session for the follow-up to 2015's much-acclaimed Hammer Of The Witches album.

"Should be an absolutely killer time just knowing what music is already on offer, slathering in the wings and how much a pint of beer costs in Czechia. The new album is destined for a September 2017 release." Read more here.

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Darkthrone Announce New Album 'Arctic Thunder'

(Metal Hammer) Darkthrone have announced they'll launch their 16th album Arctic Thunder on October 14. The Norwegian outfit say all vocals on the follow-up to 2013's Underground Resistance will be performed by singer and guitarist Ted Skjellum, also known as Nocturno Culto, to give the record a "solemn and introverted" atmosphere.

Vocalist and drummer Gylve 'Fenriz' Nagell says: "As I don't like to talk or write about music much, I can say that it is more serious and primitive than usual.

"Vocals are only done by Ted as I thought this would create a more solemn/introvert atmosphere. The album is called Arctic Thunder because it is my favourite bandname - an old, mega obscure Norwegian band from the 80s that I asked permission from to use as an album title.

"Meanwhile, the cover is from the personal camping archives from a trip some years ago to Spalsberget in Norway. It has the usual spruce-tree skyline and also a bonfire." Read more here.

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