OZZY OSBOURNE Spends 64th Birthday Recording Vocals For New BLACK SABBATH Album
Ozzy Osbourne spent part of his 64th birthday yesterday (Monday, December 3) recording vocals on the new BLACK SABBATH album at a Los Angeles studio.
A photo of Osbourne in the studio laying down tracks on the CD can be seen below.
As previously reported, BLACK SABBATH took part in a photo shoot on Friday (November 30) with famed British photographer/artist Sam Taylor-Wood.
BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi clarified the status of the band's new CD in an interview with "The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show". Although it has been reported that the band has recorded 15 songs,Iommi explained, "That's wrong . . . We've written 15 songs and we've played them all. But now, at the moment, we're recording them. We recorded them at my house first, in England, just as demos, but now we're doing them for real. So we're about six tracks in now, at the moment."
Iommi, Osbourne and bassist Geezer Butler are recording their first album together under the SABBATH name since 1978's "Never Say Die".
The drums on the disc are being handled by Tommy Clufetos, who has replaced founding drummer Bill Ward due to a contractual dispute between Ward and the rest of the group.
Asked if there is any chance of Ward rejoining the band, Iommi said, "We'll always have a heart for Bill, but I think it's gone past that now, because it's gone on so long that I don't see that happening at the moment. Maybe at some point we might [play together again]."
Meanwhile, SABBATH has announced an Australian tour for next April and has also revealed that it will headline the first-ever Japanese version ofOzzfest on May 11-12, with SLIPKNOT also on the bill.
MASTODON To Contribute New Song To 'Monsters University' Animated Film
Atlanta progressive metallers MASTODON are writing and recording a song for the upcoming animated film "Monsters University".
Due out June 21, 2013, "Monsters University" is the prequel to 2001's"Monsters, Inc."Billy Crystal and John Goodman reprise their roles in the prequel as the wise-cracking Mike Wazowski and lovable Sulley.
MASTODON contributed several original songs to the score to the 2010 motion picture"Jonah Hex" as a collaboration with Oscar-nominated composer Mario Beltrami ("The Hurt Locker", "3:10 to Yuma").MASTODON was asked to create the score personally by the film's director, Jimmy Hayward, who was inspired by repeated listenings ofMASTODON's 2006 album, "Blood Mountain".
MASTODON's latest album, "The Hunter", came out in September 2011 through Reprise Records.
DISTURBED Frontman: RANDY BLYTHE's Indictment 'Is A Travesty Of Justice'
DISTURBED singer David Draiman is among the artists who have spoken out in defense of LAMB OF GOD vocalist Randy Blythe, who has been officially indicted on charges of manslaughter by the State Attorney's Office in Prague, the Czech Republic. The charges were filed on Friday (November 30) and mean that Blythe will likely have to stand trial. TheLAMB OF GOD singer was arrested last summer and held in a Czech prison for five weeks when the band stopped there on a European tour. He was forced to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in bail before being allowed to return home.
The charges stem from an incident in 2010 in which a fan died nearly a month after he sustained a head injury following an apparent stage fall while attending a LAMB OF GOD concert in Prague. The prosecutor maintains that Blythe pushed the man off the stage, leading to his injury.
The District Court in Prague now has three months to either set a trial date or to delay the hearing for further investigation.
If the case goes to trial and Blythe is convicted of manslaughter, he could face five to 10 years in prison. He has declared his innocence and has vowed to return to Prague and stand trial if necessary, saying he will not hide out in the U.S.
In a new post on DISTURBED's Facebook page, Draiman writes: "My brothers and sisters, my blood, our friend Randy Blythe of LAMB OF GODhas now officially been indicted on charges of manslaughter. This is a travesty of justice. He is being a man and standing up to these charges. Show your support by on their Facebook page and Twitter pages, raise awareness amongst your friends, and take the time to donate to his defense fund on both pages. You can also help by writing your local elected officials and pressuring the U.S. dept of foreign affairs/state department to get personally involved. we stand behind Randy, hope all of you will as well. As always, much respect."
LAMB OF GOD's manager issued a response to the news of the charges, saying in part, "We intend to fight vigorously against these charges as we feel that in no way did Randy intend to cause bodily harm on the young fan who subsequently died from injuries sustained at the show . . . At this point, all that the band, myself, and our lawyers can do is to present a defense and try to convince the panel of judges who will hear the case that Randy is innocent of all charges."
Dave Grohl Posts Trailer for Sound City Documentary
For months now, Dave Grohl has been leaking online clips of his upcoming documentary,Sound City. Now, the Foo Fighters frontman has unveiled a proper trailer for the film, which profiles the legendary Sound City Studios, where Nirvana recorded their classic 1991 album, Nevermind.
The two-minute clip features interview snippets from a wide variety of artists chatting about their experiences recording at Sound City Studios, including Metallica drummerLars Ulrich, Nine Inch Nails singer Trent Reznor, Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor, Queens of the Stone Age singer Josh Homme, former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and producer Butch Vig.
While Sound City has yet to receive a release date, it will premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, which takes place January 17-27 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah.
Tom Morello Says Future of Rage Against the Machine Is “Unknown”
Bad news for Rage Against the Machine fans: guitarist Tom Morello says that the band may never perform together again.
“Whether or not we ever play music again in any capacity is unknown,” Morello tellsRolling Stone. “I'm grateful for the music we played together. For me, as a fan, not just as a member of the band, it's some of the most exciting stuff I've ever had the pleasure to hear, let alone to be a part of.”
The guitarist adds that he hoped RATM would celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of their self-titled debut album with a “five-continent world tour,” but it seems that the band wasn’t into the idea. “Once a year, the band meets and very seriously discusses and turns down awesome offers to tour the world,” he explains. “That's part of the program.”
Morello also reveals that the band might never record any new material either, noting that the group’s “combustible chemistry” is preventing the guys from making any new albums. “If it were up to me, I would've made two records a year,” he notes. “As it is, we have just three records of original material over 20 years.”
Tenacious D Schedules Acoustic Tour Dates in 2013
Tenacious D will return in 2013. The dynamic duo of actor/rocker Jack Black and Kyle Gass has just announced on their Facebook page that they’ll hit the road early next year to perform a series of acoustic shows across North America.
The trek kicks off on February 28 at the House of Blues at Showboat Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City and will make stops in Boston, Pittsburgh, Raleigh and Orlando, among other cities.
Exclusive ticket pre-sales for all the newly-announced dates begins on Friday at 10 a.m. local venue time. Visit Tenacious D’s Facebook page for more information.
Here are the tour dates:
2/28 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Showboat Hotel & Casino: House of Blues
3/2 -- Boston, MA, House of Blues
3/3 -- Providence, RI, Lupos Heartbreak Hotel
3/5 -- Pittsburgh, PA, Stage AE - Indoor
3/6 -- Columbus, OH, The LC Pavilion
3/8 -- Raleigh, NC, The Ritz Theatre
3/9 -- Myrtle Beach, SC, House of Blues
3/11 -- Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Live
3/12 -- Miami Beach, FL, The Fillmore at Jackie Gleason Theater