OZZY OSBOURNE's new album, "Scream", sold 81,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 4 on The Billboard 200 chart.
Osbourne's last album, "Black Rain", opened with 152,000 units back in May 2007 to enter the chart at No. 3. That number was in line with the 153,000 first-week tally registered by 2001's "Down to Earth", which debuted at No. 4.
Ozzy revealed in a new interview with Guitar World that alcohol was the reason he had to part company with longtime guitarist Zakk Wylde. The singer admitted that it was difficult to stay sober around someone who drank so heavily. Ozzy explained, "Zakk came in at the beginning of the new (record), but he was still drinking. When you're drunk and somebody else is drinking, it's OK, but when you're sober and somebody's blabbering away in your ear, it ain't."
Ozzy added, "I love his playing; he's one of the greats. But it was the drink getting the better of him. I couldn't watch him die. In one sick respect, it was good for me to see, because that's what I was like, and worse. Believe me, if I started drinking now you'd think, 'I've got to get out of here.' That's how I felt around Zakk toward the end."
Ozzy, who hasn't had a drink since 2007, says he heard that Wylde himself is now sober as well. He also insists the two are still friends, saying, "We're like family."
Wylde's replacement in Ozzy's band is Greek axeman Gus G., and Ozzy admitted to The Pulse of Radio that playing guitar in his band is a high-pressure gig. "Whoever stands in the shoes of another guitar player that's played with me has got a lot to achieve, you know," he said. "And no matter what I say to them, you know — Zakk was the new guy once, and Randy (Rhoads) was the new guy once, and Jake E. Lee was the new guy — it's got to be the hardest gig in the world after all them guys I've had, from Tony Iommi onwards, you know. I mean, the guitar players I've worked with in my career have been unbelievable, you know."
Ozzy plans to tour extensively behind "Scream", starting with six Ozzfest dates in late August.
ENTOMBED and THE KANDIDATE have been confirmed as the support acts on VOLBEAT's "Beyond Hell/Above Heaven" 2010 tour.
Commented VOLBEAT frontman Michael Schøn Poulsen: "We're very happy to add ENTOMBED as support to our European tour. ENTOMBED has been a huge inspiration and a band we've supported for 20 years. And there's no one better to open the show than THE KANDIDATE, Denmark's finest when it comes to death 'n' roll."
For a list of tour dates, visit Volbeat.dk.
VOLBEAT will release its fourth studio album, "Beyond Hell/Above Heaven", in Germany on September 10 and in most parts of Europe on September 13 by Vertigo/Universal. The CD was once again recorded at Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark with producer Jacob Hansen.
Regarding the title of VOLBEAT's new album, Poulsen previously stated, "The title refers to the overall theme of the album, and it continues the storyline from where [the last VOLBEAT CD] 'Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood' left off…"
VOLBEAT is "very excited" about the new material, "carrying the songs into both extreme metallic territory, punk variations and some very catchy stuff at the same time," according to a posting on the band's web site. In addition, fans can expect to hear various guest musicians on the CD.
Added Poulsen: "We have fast, slow and mid-tempo songs. We still blend different styles of punk, rock 'n' roll, rockabilly, metal, heavy metal, thrash metal, country — we still keep it very open, it's just music! I cannot say too much about it right now, but we're really excited about it and it's going to be very, very cool. Again, we're going to give people something they haven't heard before. We always try to do something special and different on each and every album."
"Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood", the third studio album from VOLBEAT, received a U.S. release in March 2009 via Mascot Records.
Professionally filmed video footage of Slash's (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N' ROSES) June 27, 2010 performance at the Glastonbury festival in Glastonbury, England can be viewed below.
Check out photos of the concert at BBC.co.uk.
Slash and his solo band will be recorded at Manchester Academy in Manchester, England on July 3. Abbey Road Live will be there to capture the performance and have it mixed and mastered on-the-fly, specifically for delivery to CD — not to be confused with a "board" mix, which usually just involves plugging into the house sound console and taking their mix.
Each collectible disc set will be offered for $30 (£20) online at this location, or £20 at the show in Manchester. Discs may either be picked up at the end of the show, or shipped home.
In addition to Slash and singer Myles Kennedy (ALTER BRIDGE), other bandmembers that will be featured on the CD set include Bobby Schneck on guitar; Todd Kerns on bass and backing vocals; and Brent Fitz on drums.
Pre-sales for the CDs are happening now at this location, and sales will only continue until all 1,200 CDs are sold.
"Sweet Child O' Mine":
TMZ.com reports that Jimmy Page is being sued by a folk singer who claims the LED ZEPPELIN guitarist "copied" the 1967 folk song "Dazed and Confused" for the 1969 ZEPPELIN classic of the same name.
According to the federal lawsuit (court documents in PDF format) obtained by TMZ.com, folk singer Jake Holmes says he snagged a copyright for "Dazed and Confused" in 1967, two years before ZEPPELIN recorded its version that sounds suspiciously similar.
According to TMZ.com, even if a court decides Page "ripped off" Holmes, the folk singer can only sue for damages from the last three years, because of statute of limitations.
"While Bret may be out on the road and performing, he is still not 100 percent," Janna Elias, V.P. of Michaels Entertainment said Tuesday. "He still has pain from the chemical meningitis, short term memory loss and gets fatigued quicker than normal."
Michaels, 47, however, hasn't put his health in jeopardy by hitting the road. Instead, he "simply feels that music is a powerful healer," adds Elias.
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One of Finland's greatest musical exports, legendary rocker Michael Monroe, will be the "special guest" on MOTÖRHEAD's 35th-anniversary tour in November.
For a complete list of shows, go to imotorhead.com.
Michael Monroe has long been at the forefront of breaking music barriers. The Finnish musician and multi-instrumentalist rose to fame as the singer for HANOI ROCKS and has served as the frontman for many all-star collaborations, including GUNS N' ROSES and DEMOLITION 23 with Little Steven. Coming off the HANOI ROCKS reunion from 2002-2008, Michael returns with his highly anticipated new group. Together they will perform an assortment of material ranging from HANOI ROCKS and DEMOLITION 23 classics, Michael Monroe solo favorites and some brand new songs the band has written over the last few months.
The band features bassist Sami Yaffa, who has played with a remarkable variety of bands including HANOI ROCKS, NEW YORK DOLLS and JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS, and guitarist Ginger, who has dazzled audiences over the world with his band THE WILDHEARTS. Also on guitar is Steve Conte, the NEW YORK DOLLS master fretman who has played with Willy DeVille and his own bands THE CRAZY TRUTH, CROWN JEWELS and COMPANY OF WOLVES. Rounding out the band is drummer Karl "Rockfist" Rosqvist, whose resume includes providing rhythm for the likes of CHELSEA SMILES and DANZIG.
FINNTROLL, SAMAEL, ROTTING CHRIST, VARG, ALCEST, CARACH ANGREN, GORATH, METSATÖLL and NOTHNEGA have been confirmed for the Eindhoven Metal Meeting, set to take place December 17-18, 2010 at the Effenaar in Eindhoven, The Netherlands.
Due to the success of the previous installment of the festival (which was sold out a couple of weeks before the event), this year's Eindhoven Metal Meeting will be a two-day event.
The festival billing is shaping up as follows (in alphabetical order):
THE 11TH HOUR
THE VISION BLEAK
More bands will be announced soon.
Pre-sales for the Eindhoven Metal Meeting started Saturday, May 1. There will be a so-called combi ticket for the whole event plus separate Friday and Saturday tickets. These give you access to both festival days, including the afterparty.
For more information, visit www.eindhovenmetalmeeting.com.