Monthly Archives January 2017

GEEZER BUTLER Says BLACK SABBATH Calling It Quits Is ‘A Natural End To The Band’


BLACK SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne and bassist Geezer Butler spoke to Express & Star about the band’s decision to call it quits after completing “The End” tour early next month.

“To come back and be friends with my buddies who I started up with all those years ago,” Ozzy said, “it’s a closure for me to have a chapter of my life which I can say, ‘Well, we came, we saw, we had a good time, and now it’s over.’ And so it’s like any relationship. I’m glad we ended up having more or less whatever has gone on between us over the years.”

Butler added that the band couldn’t carry on for much longer. “So the natural thing to do is to all agree on one last tour,” he said. “And we all agreed that there won’t be any more SABBATH after this...

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Hear Strokes Bassist’s Post-Punk Single With Summer Moon

Summer Moon, featuring members of the Strokes, Jane’s Addiction and Aiborne Toxic Event, released their new post-punk single “Happenin’.”

Strokes bassist Nikolai Fraiture dominates the post-punk single “Happenin'” with side-project Summer Moon. “Happenin'” is the band’s second release from their debut LP, With You Tonight, out February 24th.

Fraiture explained how the song’s “chaotic, thumping” vibe previews the record’s energy. “It’s a good entry point into the other songs,” he said. “Sonically, it’s a gateway drug to the rest of the album,” with Jane’s Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins building off the propulsive bass riffs.

Summer Moon first appeared in 2015 with a SoundCloud demo for “With You Tonight,” recorded by a line-up featuring members of Au Revoir Simone (Erika Spring) and th...

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Stone Sour Set ‘Hydrograd’ as Title of New Album, Corey Taylor Gives Progress Update


Stone Sour have reportedly been at work on a new studio album as fans await the successor to The House of Gold & Bones double album that saw separate releases in late 2012 and early 2013. Not many details have come to light until now as frontman Corey Taylor has confirmed it will be titled Hydrograd.

The singer revealed the news at NAMM while speaking with Rock Cellar, sharing some details about the recording process. “We are doing everything old school,” Taylor began. “We’re recording it live and then layering stuff on top of it. We are doing a song a day, and we’ve already done nine songs; we’re about halfway done. And, yeah, it is incredible; it’s the best stuff we’ve ever written.”

The recording is taking place at Sphere Studios in North Hollywood, Calif...

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TRIVIUM Officially Recruits Drummer ALEX BENT For European Tour


As BLABBERMOUTH exclusively reported as a rumor on December 22, Florida-based metallers TRIVIUM have now officially confirmed that they have recruited Alex Bent to play drums on their upcoming European headlining tour.

Bent, a member of BATTLECROSS and DECREPIT BIRTH who previously played with TESTAMENT as the fill-in for that band’s longtime drummer Gene Hoglan, will make his live debut with TRIVIUM on February 11 in Dublin, Ireland.

Bent’s official audition video can be seen below. TRIVIUM bassist Paolo Gregoletto explained via Twitter: “Alex sent us this video two days after being put in touch with him. We also had a few weeks of rehearsal together in November.”

Bent is also a member of TESTAMENT guitarist Eric Peterson’s DRAGONLORD project, whose long-awaited third album, “Dominion”, ...

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Update: PAUL WANDTKE Says He Was Fired By TRIVIUM In November


**UPDATE**: After this story was originally published, Paul Wandtke tweeted that it’s “false” to say that he learned about his exit from TRIVIUM by reading BLABBERMOUTH.NET. He explained: “All that I meant is that I didn’t know who was playing drums. I was informed way before.”

Wandtke’s latest comments contradict what he told a fan on December 22 — right after the original BLABBERMOUTH.NET story about his rumored departure was first posted. Asked in the comments section below one of his YouTube videos if he would continue playing with TRIVIUM, Paul responded at the time: “yeah totally”. The drummer also made it clear in the Rock Feed interview — which was conducted last week — that he only learned “a few days ago” that he was no longer a touring member of TRIVIUM...

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Video: HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES Perform At 32nd Annual NAMM TEC Awards


Winners in 31 technical and creative achievement categories were announced at the 32nd annual NAMM TEC Awards, presented annually by the NAMM Foundation and held January 21 in Anaheim, California. The annual event celebrates the best in professional audio and sound production and is held during the NAMM Show, the world’s leading global music industry trade event. Comedian Sinbad returned to host for the third time.

Joe Perry, one of music’s most significant artists and executives, received the evening’s highest honor, the Les Paul Award, presented to remarkably distinguished and accomplished individuals from the music industry...

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Watch Audioslave Reunite at Los Angeles’ Anti-Inaugural Ball

Supergroup of Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell and members of Rage Against the Machine perform together for first time in nearly 12 years

Audioslave, the supergroup featuring Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell and members of Rage Against the Machine, reunited onstage for the first time in nearly 12 years Friday night at the Anti-Inaugural Ball concert in Los Angeles.

“12 years is a long time comin’,” Cornell told the crowd at the Teragram Ballroom. Together, Audioslave performed three tracks off their 2002 self-titled debut LP, “Like a Stone,” “Cochise” and “Show Me How to Live.”

Cornell and his former band mates Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk last performed in concert together in November 2005...

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SLAYER’s ‘American Carnage’ Tour Back In Headlines After DONALD TRUMP’s Inauguration Speech


During Friday night’s (January 20) broadcast of “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC, host Rachel Maddow opened the program by drawing an unlikely connection between the 2010 “American Carnage” tour featuring SLAYER, MEGADETH and TESTAMENT and President Donald Trump’s grim inaugural address, which painted a bleak picture of the America he now leads, declaring, as he had throughout the election campaign, that it is beset by crime, poverty and a lack of bold action. “This American carnage stops right here,” Trump declared in his speech. “From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this moment on, it’s going to be America first.”

Maddow stated at the start of her show: “I have somebody to introduce you to on this fine inaugural Friday. His name is Tim Araya [sic]...

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Metallica’s Lars Ulrich: Music Not ‘Terribly Inspiring Anymore,’ Film Is ‘More Intriguing’

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Jerry Cantrell (ALICE IN CHAINS), Billy Morrison (BILLY IDOL), Chris Chaney (JANE’S ADDICTION), Erik Eldenius (BILLY IDOL) and Dave Kushner (VELVET REVOLVER) are among the musicians that took part in Friedman Amplification’s pre-NAMM concert Tuesday night (January 17) at Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood, California. Fan-filmed video footage of the show can be seen below.

ALICE IN CHAINS opened the first five shows on GUNS N’ ROSES’ 2016 North American stadium tour, and completed a headlining trek last fall.

ALICE IN CHAINS frontman William Duvall told the WRIF radio station last June that it was “too early” to talk about the band’s new music, despite the fact that it’s been more than three years since the release of their last studio album.

“The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here” came out in 2013...

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