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Black Sabbath's Bill Ward Blasts Ozzy's Final Concert Suggestion

Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward says that Ozzy Osbourne's recent comments that he may still join the band during their very last concert in Birmingham "emotionally heartbreaking" and "spiteful."

The metal legends will be playing their final show in their hometown in February and Ozzy suggested during a recent interview that there was still a chance that Ward would perform at the show.

When asked about the possibility Ozzy said, "every time I reach out to Bill I get yelled at for something. If something can be worked out, great." And now Ward has released the following comments:

"Ozzy has never reached out since January 26/27 2012 when he called to see when I would be arriving in the UK to join rehearsals for the 13 CD. Since that last phone call, he has never reached out to me, and I have not reached out to him.

"Ozzy needs to look to those who stopped me from coming through. The contract was impossible to sign; the group rhetoric of 2012, 2013 and throughout,... was fault-finding, condemning and full of dishonest evaluations of me as a person, including my so-called health issues. Had I signed the contract, I suspect I wouldn't have been labeled as having poor health or having all the other judgmental character references.

"As a reminder, in September 2015, we asked a Sabbath representative if there could be an opening to play with the band again. Their representative answered 'no.' It's hard to come through when you receive a 'no.'

"I love all our Sabbath fans throughout the world, and to toss around ideas that I might play the Birmingham shows is both emotionally heartbreaking for me and spiteful. I think the Sabbath fans who have loved the original band have gone through enough in terms of disappointment and sadness. For me to play Birmingham only, would, I feel, be discriminating and elitist towards our other fans all over the world. I could never be discriminating or elitist to our fans. It's been heartbreaking enough not to record and tour and it'll be heartbreaking not to play to the Birmingham fans. Please know the prevailing circumstances are not by my design. This is not what I would have wanted or what I have chosen. Had any of you had to choose to sign a contract which undermined and devalued you, I think most of you with some dignity and self-respect would have walked away too. My absence at the current shows and the future Birmingham shows reflects an undeniable and unseen misadventure that my accusers won't bear. It's called selfishness and self-centeredness; dishonesty and disloyalty. These are the culprits of Sabbath's original line-up's demise."

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Video From AC/DC With Axl Rose's Florida Show Goes Online

(hennemusic) Axl Rose and AC/DC performed at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, FL, just outside of Ft. Lauderdale, on August 30 and videos from the show have been posted online.

The 24-song set on the Rock Or Bust world tour mirrored the band's August 27 US tour opener in Greensboro, NC, with fans in Florida witnessing the second performance of the 1975 classic, "Live Wire," in 34 years.

The BB&T Center appearance marked the second concert of a 10-date series of shows that were rescheduled after singer Brian Johnson was sidelined in March due to hearing loss issues.

Rose fronted the group through a spring tour of Europe as he juggles his 2016 schedule between AC/DC and Guns N' Roses. Check out the videos from the Florida show here.

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System of a Down Planning New Music?

(Radio.com) If the photos that members of System of a Down shared on Instagram Wednesday night (August 31) are any indication, big things could be just around the corner.

Drummer John Dolmayan posted a photo jamming with bassist Shavo Odadjian and guitarist Daron Malakian with the exciting caption, "1..2..3..4..#systemofadown #letdothis."

Not to be outdone, Odadjian also posted a photo of Dolmayan playing the drums, but he reversed his friend's initial caption, writing instead, "…...#systemofadown #letsdothis."

System of a Down last released new music in 2005 when they released not one but two albums, Mezmerize in spring and Hypnotize in fall. Read more and see the photos here.

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Phil Collins Releases Videos From U.S. Open Performance

(Prog) Phil Collins has released live videos of his performance at the US Open tennis tournament earlier this week. The former Genesis frontman, who came out of retirement last year, delivered renditions of classic tracks In The Air Tonight and Easy Lover at the New York gala event.

His band included his teenage son Nick on drums, plus a guest appearance from actor and singer Leslie Odom Jr. During the 12-minute performance Collins said: "It's a great pleasure to be here. I can now tell people I've played at the US Open. That's an English joke - you'll laugh on the way home."

Earlier this year he revealed details of what he called an embarrassingly honest autobiography entitled Not Dead Yet, adding: "There have been lots of highs, and more than a few lows. If readers are shocked or disappointed that their 'hero' - or that bloke who kept popping up in the charts - was human, then this book will have done what I wanted it to do." Watch the video here.

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Disturbed Release 'Open Your Eyes' Video

(Metal Hammer) Disturbed have released a lyric video for their track Open Your Eyes from latest album Immortalized. The follow-up to 2010's Asylum was released last year after the band returned from a four-year hiatus.

Frontman David Draiman this week spoke about fans' reaction to their return, saying: "It's been amazing - the fire has been stoked. We're performing at a level that I personally believe is unprecedented in our careers.

"We've really been overwhelmed throughout the duration of this cycle with the amount of success that we've seen. We're very, very grateful." Disturbed launch a North American tour later this month, with UK dates to follow in January. See the dates and watch the video here.

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Alice Cooper, Corey Taylor, Kirk Hammett In History Of Metal and Horror

(Metal Hammer) A documentary exploring the relationships between heavy metal and horror is being planned under the guidance of producer Mike Schiff. The History Of Metal And Horror features interviews with artists including Alice Cooper, Metallica's Kirk Hammett, Slipknot's Corey Taylor, Korn's Jonathan Davis and Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine.

Speaking exclusively to TeamRock about the project, Schiff says: "I spent many years attending metal shows and horror conventions. One convention/metal show I worked for was Kirk Hammett's Fear FestEvil.

"I thought more about how the two genres always seem to go hand-in-hand. As it turned out that no one had ever made a documentary that explained why that is. I wanted to get into the history of both genres and allow the horror personalities and musicians to share their views on the topic and a lot of other fun stuff."

Schiff says having the opportunity to sit down with some of the biggest names in rock and metal was "unreal" and adds: "I got to film Dave Mustaine in his home and he treated us so graciously. Alice Cooper was incredibly generous with his time and treated us like friends. Corey Taylor gave me some vocal tips and showed me his warmup techniques. Read more and watch the trailer here.

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Meshuggah Release 'The Violent Sleep Of Reason' Preview

(Prog) Meshuggah have released a second trailer for their forthcoming album The Violent Sleep Of Reason. Drummer Tomas Haake recently said the follow-up to 2012's Koloss is influenced by terrorism, extremist views and religious dogma in society. He says that darker themes have always come naturally to the extreme metal outfit due to the hard aggression of their music.

Haake says: "On this album and on previous albums, inspiration for lyrics has been current events and also a mix of things. Sometimes its purely fiction - something that you can be inspired and influenced by, something you've read in a book or seen in a movie or another song you hear.

"Sometimes it's just a line that someone says to you and gets you going - your brain starts spinning and you take it from there. A lot of times what you see going on around you in the world is the easiest kind of inspiration.

"If you don't even look at the lyrics, the music is hard and aggressive. In that sense, it's very natural to want the lyrics to reflect the aggression of the music. It's very hard to write about flowers and nice things and vacation time on the beach."

He continues: "We tend to write about darker things, whether they're actually things going on around you, close to you or on a personal level, or whether they're purely fiction.

"They still tend to be something that reflects the aggression of the music - it has to be that package, lyrically." Read more and watch the teaser here.

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Gov't Mule Animated For 'Just Got Paid' Video

(The Blues) Gov't Mule have released an animated video for their cover of ZZ Top's "Just Got Paid." The song features on their latest album The Tel-Star Sessions, which was released last month via Provogue/Mascot Label group.

The record features never-before released demos recorded by Warren Haynes, Allen Woody and Matt Abts in June 1994 at Tel-Star Studios in Bradenton, Florida.

The collection of songs were intended to make up the trio's debut album - but those plans were scrapped, with their self-titled first record eventually being released in 1995.

Speaking about an album of all-new material, Haynes said earlier this year: "I have a couple of songs written that are very much departures from anything we've ever done.

"I have a feeling that the overall spirit of the record will combine some directions we've never explored with directions going back to the very beginning of the band." Watch the video here.

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Journey Release Live 'Separate Ways' Video

(hennemusic) Journey have released a video of their performance of "Separate Ways (Worlds Apart)" as a preview to an expanded version of their 2009 set, "Live In Manila", ahead of its North American release on September 9.

The lead single from 1983's "Frontiers" peaked at No. 8 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and helped the project hit No. 2 on the Billboard 200 on its way to sales of more than 6 million copies in the States alone.

The tune follows "Don't Stop Believin'" as the latest preview to the updated package that presents Journey's concert at the SM Mall Of Asia in Manila, Philippines on March 14th, 2009.

The event marked the homecoming of the band's then-newly arrived singer and frontman Arnel Pineda, who was discovered by founder and guitarist Neal Schon singing Journey covers on YouTube with Filipino band The Zoo.

"Live In Manila" will be released via DVD+2CD, Blu-ray+2CD, and digital formats, and is the first time the audio has been available anywhere in the world. Watch the video here.

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Halestorm Stars Unplug For Special Show

(Gibson) Lzzy Hale and Joe Hottinger of Halestorm played an acoustic show this past Saturday (Aug 27) at the Basement in Nashville and some video of the event has been posted online.

The singer and guitarist opened up for The Dead Deads who were throwing a party in celebration of the release of their new studio album "For Your Obliteration."

Hale and Hottinger played a number of Halestorm songs including "Mz. Hyde" and "I Am the Fire." The pair were also joined on stage by Mavis Dead and Billy Dead for a cover of Concrete Blonde's "Joey." Watch some fan footage from the gig here.

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Lars Looks Towards The Long Future For Metallica

(Classic Rock) Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich says he wants the band to keep touring and recording until their bodies give out. And even when that day arrives, he believes they'd still have the mental capacity to keep going.

The thrash icons will release long-awaited 10th album Hardwired… To Self Destruct on November 18, to be followed by extensive touring in 2017. Ulrich tells Rolling Stone: "The only unknown is the physical element of it. If the arms and legs and knees and shoulders and throats, the backs, the necks - if all that stays intact, there's no reason we shouldn't be able to do this for a significant amount of time longer."

Comparing his hopes of longevity with the Rolling Stones' career, he says: "I love the Stones more than anybody else on this planet. What we do, I'd like to argue, is slightly more physically demanding in terms of the energy that goes into it.

"Songs like Battery, Master Of Puppets or One have this insane physical energy and demand. If you can't play it at the demand it deserves, it's better not to play it. That's the only unknown - I think mentally we could do this for another 100 years." Read more here.

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A Look Back At Pearl Jam's 'Ten' 25 Years Later

(Gibson) Pearl Jam's Ten, one of the landmark grunge rock albums of the early '90s, just turned 25 years old. The album dropped on Aug. 27, 1991, and went on to score numerous rock hits in "Alive," "Evan Flow" and, of course, "Jeremy."

While Ten didn't top the charts when it first came out, by the summer of 1992, as grunge went more mainstream, the album climbed to No. 2 on the Billboard 200. Since then, 13 million copies of Ten have been sold in the U.S.

Another Pearl Jam album also just celebrated a milestone. The band's fourth studio album, No Code, is now 20 years old. As with Ten, No Code was also released on Aug. 27, but five years later. No Code entered the Billboard 200 chart at No. 1 but didn't go on to sell nearly as many copies as Ten. Read more here.

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ZZ Top Stream Live Performance Of 'Tush'

(hennemusic) ZZ Top are streaming a high-energy version of their 1975 classic, "Tush", as the latest preview to their forthcoming package, "Greatest Hits Live," which is set to be released on September 9 and presents material recorded over the course of several tours in cities all around the world.

"Tush" was captured live in Chicago, IL for inclusion on the group's first official live album after 45 years that also sees guest appearances by Jeff Beck on their 1985 single, "Rough Boy", and on a performance of the 1947 Merle Travis classic, "Sixteen Tons."

"We spend the biggest stretch of every year out on the road, whippin' wire, poundin' skin, and rockin' it way up," says Billy F. Gibbons. "This is the true document of life de la ZZ. In an abstract surrealism style, this collection is a definitive chronicle of the band hangin' together for four plus deluxe decades, getting down to do what we get to do. Enjoy and listen to loudness!"

ZZ Top's "Greatest Hits Live" will be available on CD, gatefold LP & digitally through all streaming & download stores. Check out the stream here.

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Jon Anderson Receives The Prog God Award

(Prog) Jon Anderson received the ultimate prize at this week's Prog Magazine Awards, accepting the Prog God Award from ARW bandmates Rick Wakeman and Trevor Rabin - the trio's first public appearance since reforming in January.

Other winners included Big Big Train, who picked up Band Of The Year and Event Of The Year - for their critically acclaimed three-night residency at Kings Place in London. The Album Of The Year award went to themorningband's Lighthouse, while the winner of the Chris Squire Virtuoso award went to King Crimson's Jakko Jakszyk, and Van der Graaf Generator picked up the Lifetime Achievement Award. The full list of winners can be found below.

Guests at the event, hosted by presenter Matthew Wright and held at The Underglobe on London's South Bank, included Rick Wakeman, comedian Ade Edmondson, Hawkwind's Dave Brock, Gong's Mike Howlett and Kavus Torabi, plus snooker star, DJ and radio host Steve Davis. The awards ceremony was preceded by a set by psychedelic rock band Purson. Read more and see the winner list here.

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Saxon Release 'Wheels Of Steel' Live Video

(Classic Rock) NWOBHM icons Saxon have unleashed a live video of "Wheels Of Steel." It's taken from Let Me Feel Your Power, the band's 10th live album, which is released on October 7.

The album was recorded in Munich in November 2015 and Brighton in January of this year, with bonus material taken from a Chicago show from September last year.

Let Me Feel Your Power will be available in several formats, including DVD/2CDs, Blu-Ray/2CDs, digital download and a deluxe vinyl version which will also include the Blu-Ray and 2CDs, and is limited to 1500 copies. Watch the video here.

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Freddie Mercury's Home Receives Landmark Blue Plaque

(Classic Rock) The West London home where Freddie Mercury moved to with his family from Zanzibar in 1964 has been awarded a Blue Plaque, 25 years after his death. Blue Plaque are used the in UK as a historical marker.

The plaque was unveiled by Brian May and the late Queen icon's sister, Kashmira Cooke, in a ceremony held by English Heritage - days before what would have been the late Queen icon's 70th birthday.

Mercury's parents, Jer and Bomi Bulsara, chose to move to the 22 Gladstone Avenue property in Feltham as one of Jer's sisters lived in the town. Cooke tells BBC: "The house had no central heating. We were not familiar with coal fires and had to be shown how to light it." Read more here.

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Baroness Release 'Try To Disappear' Live Video

(Classic Rock) Baroness have released a live video of showcasing their track Try To Disappear. The song originally appeared on the US outfit's fourth album Purple, which launched in 2015 via Abraxan Hymns.

Last month, guitarist and vocalist John Baizley, who also designs the band's album covers, revealed that drawing helped him recuperate following the tour bus crash which left him with an arm injury so severe that doctors considered amputation.

He told TeamRock: "I could create and think quietly about what I'd been through and it wasn't as bleak or dark as it would be otherwise. I realized that it had probably always helped me. All the demons I have are most easily put at bay through the creation of songs and art.

"I can pour the worst thoughts, feelings and ideas into it and I don't have to struggle against them in other ways." Watch the video and see their current tour dates here.

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Hausler Photo Exhibition To Include Lemmy, Slayer, Meat Loaf

(Classic Rock) Photographer Martin Hausler is to launch an exhibition featuring his work at London's Sanctum Soho hotel later this month. On show will be a selection of Hausler's images, which will include late Motorhead icon Lemmy, along with photographs of Slayer, Meat Loaf and Brian May - including a 3D life-size print of the Queen guitarist.

The opening night is on September 8 at 7pm, with the exhibition running until October 13. Meat Loaf says: "This man is one of the greatest photographers of all time. If you miss it, you are wrong."

Hausler began his career in the early 90s and has held various events across Europe since 2011. He's recognised for his work with 3D photography and has also worked with artists including Bon Jovi, Paul Rodgers and actor Terry Crews. Read more here.

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Jenny Hval Releases Conceptual Romance Video

(Prog) Jenny Hval has released a video for her track "Conceptual Romance." It's taken from the Norwegian artist's upcoming album Blood Bitch, which is scheduled for release on September 30. The video follows a promo for Female Vampire.

Hval's longtime collaborator Zia Anger directed the video and says it's "a conceptual menage a trois between Jenny, myself, and cheap tricks." Anger adds: "It is a literal burial of the effigies we have created in our video and performance collaborations over the past three years."

As for the ideas behind the shoot, Anger explains: "When I was a tiny child I saw my mother do a performance piece where she wore a skin suit just like the ones in the video. It really disturbed me, to have others see my mother 'naked.'

"We've moved from complete and total censorship to a world where you can commodify your body if you resemble a certain ideal. Some people have a choice in this, others do not." Read more and watch the video here.

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Korn's 'Munky' Explains Unusual Recording Method On New Album

(Metal Hammer) Korn's James 'Munky' Schaffer says he tried a "challenging" new recording method on The Serenity Of Suffering. Though the guitarist admits he and his bandmates were reluctant at first, producer Nick Raskulinecz insisted that recording both guitars simultaneously would save studio time by helping frontman Jonathan Davis "wrap his head around" the "unusual" new material sooner.

Munky tells Jake Serd (via Blabbermouth): "It was a method that our producer Nick decided. We were trying to make this record in between doing the 20th anniversary shows last year. So every time we came home from the road, we would jump in the studio and try to get some writing done, get some recording done.

"Nick was, like, 'Maybe if you guys record at the same time, it'll save me time and then I can start getting some rough mixes and we can start sending them to Jonathan and getting his vibe, just get him to wrap his head around some of the material and kind of unusual structures that we were laying out." Read more here.

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Jane's Addiction Releasing Limited Edition Box Set

(hennemusic) Jane's Addiction will release a 6-LP vinyl box set, "Sterling Spoon," on October 21. Limited to 5,000 copies worldwide, the set brings together the band's 1990 classic, "Ritual de lo habitual", their 1988 studio debut "Nothing's Shocking", a demos and rarities collection "Kettle Whistle Extractions", and "Live At The Hollywood Palladium 1990."

Among the outtakes is a version of "Been Caught Stealing", a hit single from 1990 that topped the US Modern Rock chart for four weeks after its original release.

News of the project comes as Jane's Addiction wind down the Sterling Spoon North American tour to mark the 25th anniversary of the first Lollapalooza and the breakthrough success of the "Ritual..." album, which earned triple-platinum status in the US. Read more here.

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Chris Cornell Announces South American Tour

(Gibson) Chris Cornell is hanging back from Soundgarden this year, but he's plenty busy. The famed frontman is hitting the road with Temple of the Dog later this year, and he just announced a string of South American tour dates to promote his latest solo album, Higher Truth.

Cornell's South American solo tour kicks off Nov. 28 in Santiago, Chile, and will wrap up Dec. 14 at a gig in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As for material, Cornell will keep in line with his typical Higher Truth shows and throw in solo tracks, plus material from his bands Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of the Dog.

Switching gears to the Temple of the Dog reunion tour, that trek will kick off November 4 in Philadelphia and bring together Cornell, Soundgarden's Matt Cameron and Pearl Jam members Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard and Mike McCready. It's the group first ever tour. Read more here.

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Singled Out: The Walcotts' Should've Been Me

The Walcotts are gearing up to release their debut album "Let The Devil Win" and we asked Tom Cusimano to share with us the story behind their song "Should've Been Me." Here is the story:

We've never put out an album before, and this whole band didn't even start with the idea of putting out an album, touring or becoming a band. It started as a fun way to spend a Saturday with a friend from out of town who was visiting so we could see a Bruce Springsteen and the E Street band concert while he was in town.

"Should've Been Me" was written the evening of Monday April 23rd, 2012 - I know specifically as Sasha Smith& Jamison Hollister (co-writers) had come to my house that night so we could try and write something together. I shared a little section of a piece my friend Matt Kap (co-writer) and I had started on a couple days earlier and it just flowed from there. Sasha is a great rag-time/blues pianist, Jamison comes from a country and bluegrass background and I love varying influences, it was an easy song to write.

I remember when Jamison, Sasha and I finished writing the song; we recorded an acoustic version to my phone. I then asked them if they'd be interested in coming to the studio on Saturday to record some songs in the studio. They both agreed.

I know these dates specifically because on Friday April 27th 2012 my friend Jimm Olson (drummer in The Walcotts) was coming to visit me in LA to see the Springsteen show and hang out for the weekend. We had planned a day in the recording studio on April 28th, because, what better way to celebrate after a Springsteen show than to create some Rock'n'Roll yourself!

Those were the first of The Walcotts' sessions…we didn't have a name…just a few songs to record for the fun of it.

The story inside of "Should've Been Me" isn't a true story or anything, so interpretation is wide open. To me it is just a moment in time, a character with a unique perspective of entitlement…or at least that is where we started off from, but songs are funny things, when you write one and share it with the world you'd think you might own it and the perspective, but you really don't. They have a life of their own. You feel they have a specific meaning or your remember what you were thinking when you wrote it, but then you find out someone else interprets it totally different and has an entirely different meaning to them, and that's great (Helter Skelter aside!)

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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