"Due to extreme sinusitis with Ozzy Osbourne, the shows in both Edmonton and Calgary have been postponed," announced the band and promoter Live Nation via social media. "Details regarding rescheduled dates will be announced as soon as they are available."
The next scheduled date on Black Sabbath's 6-week North American tour is scheduled for February 3 at the Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC. The group launched its farewell tour - a.k.a. "The End" - in Omaha, Nebraska on January 20.
Osbourne's voice was shaky on opening night, according to Kevin Coffey of Omaha.com. "Singer Ozzy Osbourne's voice wasn't great," he writes. "It wasn't awful, really. It simply wasn't very good. On Wednesday, he was sometimes flat. He was sometimes pitchy, occasionally off-key. He almost never hit the notes he was looking for. It was the first show of the tour, so maybe his voice will warm up." Read more including the band's tweethere.
"One sweet Lady has passed on," wrote Jefferson Airplane co-founder Marty Balin on Facebook. "I imagine that she and Paul woke up in heaven and said 'Hey what are you doing here? Let's start a band.'"
"She was a real sweetheart with a terrific contralto voice coming from a solid folk background," posted Airplane bassist Jack Casady on Facebook. "Listen to how she made the three part harmonies of 'JA Takes Off' (first album) sound so thick … her wonderful tone between Paul's and Marty's."
"Signe was one of the strongest people I have ever met," wrote Airplane lead guitarist Jorma Kaukonen on his blog. "She was our den mother in the early days of the Airplane … a voice of reason on more occasions than one … an important member of our dysfunctional little family." Read morehere.
The ad for the 2017 Acura NSX high-end sports car marks the first time that the California band has licensed the song for commercial use. Acura bills the new vehicle as the "only so-called supercar designed, developed and manufactured in the U.S."
"Ultimately we knew that we wanted this to be a rock song," says Leila Cesario, the national advertising manager for American Honda's Acura division. "The Super Bowl is a big American platform. It needed a big American band that screams excitement."
The commercial's soundtrack features the isolated vocal tracks of singer David Lee Roth along with instrumental segments of "Runnin' With The Devil", the second single issued from Van Halen's groundbreaking 1978 self-titled debut album. Watch the videohere.
The photo shows a large number of stitches and Webbe's face is also marked with other injuries from the assault. Webbe underwent surgery last year for an unspecified illness.
Skindred released latest album Volume last October via Napalm Records and they are lined up to play at this year's Download festival. They're also scheduled to perform at Studio Coast in Koto, Japan, on Valentine's day. See the photohere.
A statement from staff at University Medical Center, where the Children's Hospital is based, says: "Last week, one of our patients, Dilan Kohn, got his final wish. The critically ill 17-year-old desperately wanted to meet and hang out with the rock'n'roll musician, Gene Simmons, from the band Kiss.
"Mr Simmons had not only been Dilan's idol, but also his inspiration growing up. Mr Simmons was sent an email request last Thursday afternoon and flew into Vegas the next morning. He showed up with a big bag full of signed memorabilia just for Dilan.
"The two hung out, shared stories and laughed together for well over an hour while staff looked on with tears in their eyes. Thank you Mr. Simmons for making this wish come true just in time.
"Unfortunately Dilan passed away peacefully a couple days later." See the online post along with photoshere.
His bandmate Vinny Appice says Bain didn't even know he had lung cancer and that he was receiving treatment for pneumonia when he died. Appice adds: "The medical examiner report states the official cause of death was lung cancer. Jimmy didn't know he had lung cancer, but he did know he had pneumonia and was receiving treatment for it.
"This didn't stop him or slow him down, we had four rehearsals four hours a day, then a flight to Miami for the Def Leppard rock cruise. A pre-sail gig and sound check was scheduled for the following day. At the gig Jimmy played great and even sang that night while holding a heavy bass guitar on his back, never complaining or asking for help.
"Next day we preceded to board the cruise ship for a five-day voyage of which we were scheduled to play Sunday, the fourth day. That gig never happened as Jimmy passed away in his cabin the night before. We were devastated." Read morehere.
The LA metalcore band were involved in an accident in El Paso, Texas, on November 19 last year. Their driver Greg Hoke died, along with the driver of the other vehicle involved, Steven Cunningham. Vigil and two other members of the band were airlifted to the University Medical Center.
The frontman detailed his injuries and treatments on Instagram earlier this month - which include a fractured back and neck, two broken ankles, ligament damage to his knee, a broken tooth and a wound on his back. He also had to have a skin graft on his right elbow.
Drummer Andrew Tkaczyk confirmed earlier this month that he had lost his leg in the bus crash. He also suffered several rib, hip and spine fractures. Guitarist Zach Johnson announced in December that he had endured more than 26 hours of surgery to his feet, legs and hips. Read more and see the photohere.
Randy Emon, the supervising deputy coroner investigator for the San Bernardino County coroner's office, tells Blabbermouth: "Our coroner records indicate Tera died on January 13, 2016, in Joshua Tree, California. The manner of death was listed as suicide."
Static died on November 1, 2014, aged 48. He passed away in his sleep after mixing strong prescription drugs with alcohol, with the official manner of his death given as "natural." Read morehere.
Frehley has been working on all-star covers album as the follow-up to 2014's "Space Invader." "The album's going to be about my influences," says Frehley. "I'm probably going to do a Rolling Stones song, a Who song, possibly a Led Zeppelin song, maybe a Beatles song. Stuff from bands that I grew up on and greatly influenced me. Those are the songs I'd redo, besides vintage Kiss stuff and a Frehley's Comet track."
Slash joined the guitarist in the studio last summer to help record a Thin Lizzy classic, while other anticipated guests include Lita Ford, John 5, and Mike McCready from Pearl Jam.
Frehley's first new album in five years, "Space Invader" scored a US Top 10 debut when it entered the Billboard 200 at No. 9 with opening-week sales of 19,000. See the dateshere.
The Official Charts Company reports the project is one of five Bowie albums in the Top 10, including 2002's "Best Of Bowie" at No. 3, 2014's "Nothing Has Changed" at No. 5, 1971's "Hunky Dory" climbs three places to No. 9, and 1972's "The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars" jumps nine spots to No. 10.
The feat means Bowie is the first act to score five albums in the Top 10 since Michael Jackson managed six in 2009 after his passing. With seven more records in the Top 40 bringing his total to 12, the rocker ties Elvis Presley's UK chart record for simultaneous Top 40 entries, which the King achieved following his death in 1977. Read morehere.
Filmed ahead of their upcoming UK tour in support of latest album The Mindsweep, the footage shows the band performing in a seldom-seen Victorian Theatre at the Ally Pally, rather than the 10,000 capacity hall where they'll wrap up the tour on February 27.
The theatre, largely unused in this century, is hidden behind the main building. It's a 2500 capacity ornate room that has, over the past 100 years, served as not only a place of entertainment but also a haven for Belgian refugees, a BBC props store and a German internment camp. Check out the video footagehere.
The 32-year-old says: "Filming this video was super fun. We did it in my hometown Vegas with my dad's motorcycle club. One of my favourite videos to shoot."
Radke hinted earlier this month that their upcoming album will be a "huge left turn" for the band - marking a departure from their heavier roots. The band lost guitarist of five years Jacky Vincent in November, who left to work on his solo project. Watch the videohere.
Frontman Kirk Windstein previously told the Thunder Underground podcast: "We've got four songs written that are really killer. In January, we really need to buckle down and make sure we finish up the other half of the record."
In July of last year, he spoke about the band's creative process. He said: "We make our own music and for us, it's just about slow and steady wins the race - the hare and the tortoise mentality." Read morehere.
Ghostlights features guest vocals from Dee Snider and Geoff Tate, ex-Kiss guitarist Bruce Kulick, Marco Hietala of Nightwish and Sharon Den Adel of Within Temptation. It follows their 2013 release, The Mystery Of Time.
Avantasia have made Ghostlights available to stream in its entirety via Bild.de. and have also unveiled a promo for the song Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose.
Mainman Tobias Sammet, who also fronts German metal band Edguy, says: "In my humble opinion, Mystery Of A Blood Red Rose is the perfect overture to the seventy-minute journey which the full album is going to be.
"Although it's is a rather short composition compared to most other Avantasia songs, I wanted to embellish and amplify it with flamboyance and all Avantasia trademarks. I wanted to make it a detailed piece of fantasy art, but at the same time it was a big challenge to make that painting look inherently consistent if you view it from the distance." Read more and see the tour dateshere.
The trek will kick off May 11 in Wichita, Kansas, and run through a three-night residency Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2 through 4, in George, Washington. For ticket information, head to DaveMatthewsBand.com.
This isn't just any Dave Matthews Band tour. The trek will commemorate the band's 25th anniversary. The guys have also announced that they will take a hiatus from touring in 2017.
Dave Matthews Band's latest studio album is 2012's Away from the World. See the dateshere.
Surgical Meth Machine's self-titled debut album was recorded at Jourgensen's home studio in Burbank, California with longtime engineer Sam D'Ambruoso. The frontman had been eyeing last September for release, but the band has pushed the date back to later this year.
The 57-year-old says of the release: "There's a couple of real poppy things on there, which brings me full circle, because, literally, I don't give a f*** anymore. So I'm actually almost acknowledging that first horrible pop record I did in 1983. I'm crooning on some songs, I've got some pop songs on there, and then there's just brutal assault for the rest of it.
"It's a very dichotomous record, but it's me, and I'm acknowledging everything that's been me through, like, the last 35 years. Let's just throw my balls on the table and hope somebody doesn't have a meat cleaver running." Read morehere.
Former Gathering vocalist Van Giersbergen this week confirmed she will perform a show with The Gentle Storm at her December Fan Weekend in Amsterdam, saying:
"Since the weekend is already sold out, this will be a great opportunity to hang out with fans from all over the globe that are coming to Amsterdam for this special occasion." See the tour poster and dateshere.
Moon Safari say: "For those who don't know about this project, we've been working on and off since late 2010 with Steve Nardelli of The Syn as co-authors, producers and musicians on this album.
"The music can best be described as a mix between the psych pop Syn sound from the 60s and Moon Safari's trademark symphonic and vocal-driven progressive rock.
"Steve's characteristic and bluesy voice mixed really well with our smoothness and we are all convinced that the resulting cuts clocking in between three and 15 minutes will make for a good listen." Read morehere.
Creeper underwent a lineup change in December. Guitarist Sina Nemati left the band and was replaced by Oliver Burdett, while touring keyboardist Hannah Greenwood also joined as a full-time member.
The band will set off on a headline tour next month, and will also be supporting pop-punk outfit Neck Deep on their UK trek. The Stranger, the follow-up to The Callous Heart EP, is available for pre-order. Watch the videohere.
The album will also feature Beardfish bassist Robert Hansen. The band released their latest album +4626-COMFORTZONE last year. Sjoblom says: "It was one of the last songs that was written for the album, but basically I was sitting in a hotel room, just strumming the guitar and started playing the opening riff over and over and singing a melody. I think I wrote the whole thing in 15 minutes. It quickly became a favourite for me and I recorded it the week after I wrote it.
"It's about growing apart and finding your way back to someone – your partner, yourself… your guitar? I can't be sure yet what it means to me personally but I know I feel very strongly about it." Stream the songhere.
Susanna says: "Burning Sea is about the experience of giving in to something, surrender, and feeling trapped at the same time, both wonderful and dangerous. I wrote this song in LA where a lot of the material for the album came to life.
"I am very fascinated by the sunny, beautiful and urban in combination with the pumping undercurrents of creativity in that city." The Norwegian artist is known for personal interpretations of songs by Joy Division, Leonard Cohen and AC/DC as well as her original material and collaboration with Jenny Hval on 2014's Meshes Of Voice. Read more and check out the songhere.
Bloater says: "About three years ago I was looking for something therapeutic to do that would just be me in a quiet room away from the noise and hassle of everyday life. Around the same time my dad cleared out his loft and a load of Lego I had as a kid appeared.
"I was instantly fired up to do some stop motion animation, especially as a lifelong Ray Harryhausen fan. I wrote this song about a year ago and not long after Lego released their swamp series so I knew this would have to be the video for it when the time came.
"It took me about a month to do but I could have taken a year, it was so much fun." Watch the videohere.
I was sitting in a Jewish cafe in the North West and was putting together some lyrics for the album, while listening to some studio demos. I started to think about the world in which we write Conan songs in and thought more widely about the political and sock economic structure of the worlds where Conan songs exist.
I began to realize that this was probably not such a nice place to live and started using phrases such as 'Endless age so desolate, Kingless realm so desperate' as these painted a picture of a land without leadership or guidance.
In the studio we started to play around with vocal lines and realised that the lines 'All this is infinite, we rot inside of it' sounded like 'All By Myself' by Eric Carmen, we decided to take this all the way and ape that vocal harmony totally.
Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the albumright here!
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