Sharon Osbourne working on Ozzy biopic

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Ozzy Osbourne’s wife is looking to bring the rocker’s life to the big screen.  Sharon Osbourne tells The Daily Beast she’s already lined up a script writer, and she’s hoping to “secure a deal and go ahead” with the project. 

Sharon emphasizes that she’s not creating a documentary but “a movie.”  She explains that the film will focus on Ozzy’s life in the 1970s and ’80s, because “you can’t cover a whole life in one movie.” 

And fans shouldn’t expect the film to feature an all-star cast.  Sharon says she wants unknown actors for the movie, because it’s “really very hard to play people who are still alive.”  She adds that the Ozzy movie will be her “final thing,” and that it’s the last project she’s aspiring to complete. 

SAMMY HAGAR To Perform New Single On 'The Tonight Show With Jay Leno'

ImageSammy Hagar (CHICKENFOOTVAN HALENMONTROSE) and his bandTHE WABORITAS will perform on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” on Thursday, August 1. Hagar says: “[We’re] going to play the new single,‘Knockdown Dragout’, and have something special planned for the second verse. See if you can spot it and figure out what it means!”

“The Tonight Show” airs on NBC TV at 11:35 p.m. EST. Check local listings for details.

Hagar enlisted three legendary musicians — Toby KeithMickey Hartand Taj Mahal — to round out the final three tracks on his first-ever rock collaborations album: “Sammy Hagar And Friends”. The highly anticipated effort is set for release by Frontiers Records on September 24 in North America, September 29 in the U.K., and September 27 in the rest of Europe, and will be preceded by the CD’s first single and video for the high-voltage track “Knockdown Dragout” featuring Kid RockJoe Satriani and Denny Carmassi

In addition to the 10-track standard edition album, fans will also have an opportunity to purchase a deluxe edition of “Sammy Hagar And Friends”, packaged in a high-gloss digipak. The deluxe CD/DVD package includes an exclusive bonus audio track, “Space Station #5”, recorded live at the Ronnie Montrose Tribute Concert held on April 29, 2012 in San Francisco, as well as the “making-of” album documentary which includes bonus video of the first single “Knockdown Dragout”, and more.

“Sammy Hagar And Friends” track listing: 

01. Winding Down (with Taj Mahal)
02. Not Going Down (with Bill Church & Denny Carmassi)
03. Personal Jesus (with Neal Schon, Michael Anthony & Chad Smith)
04. Father Sun (with Denny Carmassi & Aaron Hagar)
05. Knockdown Dragout (with Kid Rock, Joe Satriani, Denny Carmassi)
06. Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man (with David Lauser, Mona Gnader & Vic Johnson) 
07. Bad On Fords and Chevrolets (with Ronnie Dunn, David Lauser, Mona Gnader & Vic Johnson)
08. Margaritaville (with Toby Keith)
09. All We Need Is An Island (with Nancy Wilson & Mickey Hart)
10. Going Down (with Neal Schon, Michael Anthony & Chad Smith) 
11. Space Station #5 (with Denny Carmassi, Bill Church, Joe Satriani) (Live from Ronnie Montrose Tribute * Exclusively available on Deluxe Edition CD)

From new originals like “Knockdown Dragout” with Kid Rock“Bad On Fords And Chevrolets” with Ronnie Dunn“All We Need Is An Island”with Nancy Wilson“Going Down” with Neal SchonMichael Anthonyand Chad Smith, and “Father Sun”, a duet with his son Aaron Hagar — to reimagined covers of classics like BOB SEGER‘s “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man” and DEPECHE MODE‘s “Personal Jesus” — Hagar has masterfully assembled an album that delves into rock, country, blues and pop.“Sammy Hagar And Friends” is Hagar‘s first solo album since 2008. Full details, including a complete artist list, cover art, track listing and presale information will be announced shortly.

The release of “Sammy Hagar And Friends” will follow on the heels of his “Four Decades of Rock” summer tour which kicks off July 26 in Tucson and wraps September 7 in his hometown of San Francisco. The 14-city tour celebrates Hagar‘s arsenal of hits from his career-spanning success as a solo artist, songwriter and frontman for VAN HALEN,MONTROSE and CHICKENFOOT. The tour, which features Hagar and his band, THE WABOS, will also see influential bandmates from his career, including Michael AnthonyDenny CarmassiBill Church and more joining him on select dates. Hagar and his lineup of guest stars will take fans on a hit-filled retrospective from the Red Rocker’s prolific career. Fans can also expect some surprise “friends” to join Hagar on stage for a sneak peek of tracks from the new album.

METALLICA: 'Through The Never (Music From The Motion Picture)' To Be Released In September

ImageMETALLICA has revealed the details of “Metallica Through The Never (Music From The Motion Picture)”, the soundtrack companion to the forthcoming groundbreaking 3D feature film “Metallica Through The Never”. The two-disc CD set will be released on the band’s own record label Blackened Recordings on September 24 and highlights last year’s career spanning sets at Rexall Place in Edmonton and Rogers Arena in Vancouver, where the band filmed all performance footage featured in the film. The soundtrack is available for digital pre-order tonight at midnight EST and both the CD and digital album will be available at all retailers. There will also be a vinyl edition of the soundtrack album available in both 33 1/3RPM and special limited numbered 45RPM versions later in the fall. 

“Let’s hear it for the old-school soundtrack!” said METALLICA‘s Lars Ulrich. Not only are we beyond psyched about our movie coming your way shortly, but the fact that we get to share the music directly in all these formats is way fuckin’ cool.”

“Metallica Through The Never” stars METALLICA, one of the most popular, influential rock bands in history. In this music-driven, 3D motion picture event, award-winning filmmaker Nimród Antal immerses audiences in a bracing, raw and visceral cinematic experience with spectacular live performance footage of METALLICA‘s most iconic songs — created exclusively for film — combined with a bold, narrative story featuring imagery drawn from the band’s trailblazing iconography. Dane DeHaanportrays Trip, a young roadie sent on an urgent mission, duringMETALLICA‘s roaring live set in front of a sold-out arena. The film features dazzling pyrotechnics, the most elaborate live-performance stage ever built and state-of-the-art 3-D photography, captured using up to 24 cameras simultaneously. 

Picturehouse will release in North America on September 27 exclusively in over 300 IMAX 3D Theatres, and will expand into additional theaters on October 4. 

“Metallica Through The Never (Music From The Motion Picture)” track listing:

Disc 1

01. The Ecstasy Of Gold 
02. Creeping Death 
03. For Whom The Bell Tolls 
04. Fuel 
05. Ride The Lightning 
06. One 
07. The Memory Remains 
08. Wherever I May Roam 
09. Cyanide 
10. …And Justice For All 

Disc 2

01. Master Of Puppets 
02. Battery 
03. Nothing Else Matters 
04. Enter Sandman 
05. Hit The Lights 
06. Orion

ROB ZOMBIE Has No Interest In WHITE ZOMBIE Reunion

On July 27, Sami Jarroush of the Rock It Out! Blog and Consequence Of Sound conducted an interview with Rob Zombie at the Tinley Park, Illinois stop of this summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem FestivalImage

Asked if there was any chance of a WHITE ZOMBIE reunion in the future,Rob said: “No. We did it, and it’s done. And it wouldn’t be good. That’s the thing. I mean, a lot of people forget, because they went to see WHITE ZOMBIE and they were 15 years old and it was their first concert and everybody in WHITE ZOMBIE was, like, 23 years old. They’re no longer 15 and they’re gonna come to the concert at 40 and look at WHITE ZOMBIE, who are all gonna be 50, and go, ‘This sucks now.’ I mean, they forget that time marched on and changed. So I don’t wanna come back and do it again just so that it can be inferior.”

He continued: “WHITE ZOMBIE stopped at the height of our career — we had a triple-platinum record and we just did our huge, sold-out arena tour everywhere and then we stopped, and that’s the best way to leave it.”

Rob also offered his opinion on the countless rock and metal acts who have reunited in recent years. He said: “Most of the time — I’m not gonna lie; I never like to lie about stuff — everybody does everything for money. You know, bands that can’t stand each other, hate each other’s guts, get back together ’cause they can make more money that way. And that’s not a good reason to do it. I mean, I like the band I have now; we’re all friends. To get back with a bunch of people that I literally haven’t even spoken to in 20 years to go do a run for a bunch of money, I just think that’s a big lie and I’m just not into it.”

He added: “In ’99, when I saw BLACK SABBATH reunite for the first time with all four original members, it was great. I mean, they sounded great, they looked great; it was wonderful. I mean, I haven’t seen them on this tour, but… So, it’s not that it can’t work. But it’s all up to the individual band to see what they’re gonna do.”

Back in December 2008, WHITE ZOMBIE‘s 4-CD/1-DVD box set, “Let Sleeping Corpses Lie” (Geffen/UMe), sold 2,500 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Released on November 25, 2008, the CDs bring together for the first time all 64 original studio recordings released by the band led by Rob Zombieduring its 1985-1996 career. The DVD offers nine music videos, 10 live performances, and some hidden gems.

WHITE ZOMBIE officially disbanded in 1998 after the release of the“Hellbilly Deluxe”, the triple platinum solo debut for Rob Zombie, who has since enjoyed continued success both on record and as a film director with his vision of the dark side.

Zombie‘s fifth solo album, “Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor”, was released in April and entered the Billboard album chart at No. 7 with first-week sales of 34,000 copies.

SEBASTIAN BACH Working On 'Balls-Out, Kick-Ass Rock 'N' Roll' New Album

ImageFormer SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach is currently in the studio working on his next album with producer Bob Marlette (BLACK SABBATH,ALICE COOPER), who helmed the singer’s last solo CD, 2011’s “Kicking & Screaming”

Comments Bach: “Well, I am happy to say we have spent the last two days in studio and we know exactly what to do with this new record. It is going to be balls-out, kick-ass rock ‘n’ roll with tons of vocal histrionics and harmonies especially. That is what I am hearing so far on this record. 

“I am going to really concentrate on harmonies and pushing my voice to the maximum you have ever heard it pushed. The riffs are crazy and cool and we have 13 or so songs so we are right on track and we know exactly what to do to kick your ass into 2014! 

“We are into it! And get ready for new Bach rock coming your way soon! Thanks to Devin Bronson and Bob Marlette who are really making it happen!”

Bach‘s next solo CD, which is tentatively due in early 2014 via Frontiers Records, is expected to feature contributions from Steve Stevens(BILLY IDOL) and Los Angeles-based guitarist Jeff George, who previously played with ASKING ALEXANDRIA‘s lead vocalist Danny Worsnop. Making a guest appearance on the album will also be bassistDuff McKagan (DUFF MCKAGAN’S LOADEDVELVET REVOLVERGUNS N’ ROSES).

Bach‘s brand new CD/DVD package, “ABachalypse Now”, was released in North America on March 26 via Frontiers Records. The “ABachalypse Now” Ultimate CD/DVD Edition includes never-before-seen footage from last year’s Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Dessel, Belgium, the full never-before-seen Hellfest set from France and the fully-remixed and remastered Nokia show from Los Angeles (originally broadcast on AXS TV), as well as bonus music videos. The DVD contains a running time of nearly 160 minutes. “ABachalypse Now” was made available in two configurations: the Ultimate CD/DVD Edition (2 CDs + DVD) and a standalone DVD.

CILVER: 'In My Head' Video Featuring GUNS N' ROSES Guitarist BUMBLEFOOT Posted Online

ImageGUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal makes a guest appearance in the track “In My Head” from New York-based, female-fronted rockers CILVER. The official video for the song, which is available on Amazon, can be seen below.

‘In My Head’ is the reaction to the pressure you feel from a society that strives to hide its imperfections,” CILVER‘s Uliana Preotu tells Revolvermagazine. “We all think about smashing and burning all the things around us that make us feel ugly, fake or second class. It’s easy to feel like that when everything is photoshopped, scripted or perfect. That’s not life. That’s not rock and roll.”

CILVER features in its ranks former ME TALK PRETTY members Uliana Preotu (lead vocals), Leon Lyazidi (guitar, keyboards) and Guerin Blask(drums). They were recently joined by guitarist Gerry Soman (DIFFUSER,THE PENNYROYALS) and bass player Josh Pillbox (THE RECKLESS SONSMIKE DEL RIONATURE OF CITY).

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KORN's New Album "The Paradigm Shift" Cover Artwork and Track Listing Revealed

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Nu-metal pioneers Korn have now revealed the album artwork and track-list of their upcoming 11th studio album, titled “The Paradigm Shift”. Releasing on October 1, it will also be the first album to feature original guitarist Brian ‘Head’ Welch since the band’s 2003 album “Take A Look In The Mirror”.
Welch told The Pulse Of Radio how it felt to be back in the studio with Korn again. He said, “You know, all this stuff came in the perfect time and I knew it was meant to be because it was so smooth, everything fell into place, and then when we started writing, everything started falling into place better,” he said. “So it was just so awesome, dude, and even from when we started writing to this day right now, there’s been nothing, no negative anything at all.”
Welch also explained a little bit about the new album to Rolling Stone, saying it has, “the old KORN vibe, but with a new twist . . . The end product is a really good mix of old KORN mixed with some new elements. It’s got a fresh new KORN 2013 sound.”
“The Paradigm Shift” Track Listing :-
01. Prey For Me
02. Love & Meth
03. What We Do
04. Spike In My Veins
05. Mass Hysteria
06. Paranoid And Aroused
07. Never Never
08. Punishment Time
09. Lullaby For A Sadist
10. Victimized
11. It’s All Wrong
12. Wish I Wasn’t Born Today (bonus track on deluxe edition)
13. Tell Me What You Want (bonus track on deluxe edition)

METAL CHURCH Signs With RAT PAK RECORDS

Reunited METAL CHURCH — Ronny Munroe on vocals, Kurdt Vanderhoof and Rick Van Zandt on guitars, Steve Unger on bass, andJeff Plate on drums — has inked a deal with Rat Pak Records. The band’s tenth studio album, “Generation Nothing”, will be released in the early fall via Kurdt‘s label Body Of Work Recordings in conjunction with Rat Pak.

According to Vanderhoof“Generation Nothing” — which was recorded at Kurdt‘s English Channel studio in Washingtion — marks a “return to [METAL CHURCH‘s] classic metal sound. It has elements of the first album and ‘The Dark’, but still embraces the new sound of the band without chasing the past.” 

Munroe said in a recent interview with Metal Assault that the newMETAL CHURCH effort would contain material that is “very reminiscent of the old days with some stuff that’s very ‘now.'” He added: “There’s a bit of… I’m not going to say ‘prog’ because it’s not, but there’s a couple of elements in there that are a little bit progressive. For the most part, out of this batch of songs, they really sound more reminiscent of the early days than anything we’ve done before with this lineup. This excites me very much, and I think the fans are really going to dig it.”

Regarding the circumstances that led to METAL CHURCH‘s breakup in 2009, Ronny said: “Well, in a nutshell, without going into a huge and long story here, it was certain aspects of things that had continued to happen to the band throughout its career. Not having the proper management and the proper people in place that were handling us. You know, we ended up taking some shows we shouldn’t have taken and that just led to whereKurdt was really getting fed up and then we all kind of got that way. Basically, we figured before we end up disbanding because of other reasons such as maybe starting to fight with one another or whatnot, we decided to go ahead and end it then. We all ended up friends and we wanted to keep it that way. So I won’t go into specifics, but we all know what the music industry is like now compared to what it was like back then. We just didn’t have the right people in our camp.”

Asked what the band is going to do differently this time around to avoid falling into the same trap, Ronny said: “This time around we’re going to release this next record on Kurdt‘s label. Basically, Kurdt and the band and whatnot are taking a lot more control of the situation. Yes, maybe the downloading thing is even worse than 2009, but also on the other hand, if you know what you’re doing and you use the Internet correctly, you can actually have success. Kurdt‘s been doing that with his prog bandPRESTO BALLET and whatnot. In this day and age, the time is right to go and try something on your own. If it doesn’t work, you can always end up going out and searching for a label or something. We’re going to take a shot at it and see what happens and I think we’re probably going to have some decent success.”

TRACII GUNS Rules Out L.A. GUNS Reunion: 'My Heart's Just Not Into It'

Guitarist Tracii Guns, who last year announced that he was retiring his version of L.A. GUNS, has ruled out the possibility of a reunion with his formed bandmates Phil Lewis (vocals) and Steve Riley (drums), saying that he has “played those songs enough” in his life.

During an interview on the latest edition of “Rockin’ Metal Revival” (hear audio below), Guns was asked if he can ever foresee himself playing withLewis and Riley again. “No, my heart’s just not into it, man, you know,” he replied. “I was so young when we did that. Your tastes just change. And I played those songs for so many years. I just don’t really see it happening. I don’t know, really, why I would do it, you know what I mean? It’s not like the band is big enough to have, like, a comeback where it would make some crazy financial sense or something like that. But musically, I think I’ve played those songs enough in my life.”

Speaking to The Musician’s Voice in July 2012, Guns — who is currently recording and touring with a new project called TRACII GUNS’ LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN — stated about the status of his version of L.A. GUNS, which featured several different lead vocalists over the course of the last few years: “I think I’ve kind of done it to death, I think the band has done itself to death. Without real room to grow and to move and to be able to exceed the fan base’s expectations — they really love their old L.A. GUNS, and I get it, but I’m older and I continue to study music and recording and a lot of different things. L.A. GUNS is… It is what it is. It’sL.A. GUNS. If there ever was an opportunity to do L.A. GUNS for a higher reason, for a bigger reason, I would certainly do it. But I’m kind of over it. I mean, listen, we play a lot of L.A. GUNS songs in our [TRACII GUNS’ LEAGUE OF GENTLEMEN‘s] live set — people expect to hear those from me — but being in L.A. GUNS is just not worth the trouble, with two different versions of the band running around, and neither band does the other band any good, and I think it’s disappointing for the fans, ultimately. You’re dealing with people who have supported you and your music for, God, I don’t know… over 20 years… at least over 20 years. I would like to be able to go into each gig with a clear conscience, put out records with a clear conscience and know that I’m doing my best and I’m not trying to pull the wool over anybody’s eyes.”

The Tracii Guns version of L.A. GUNS completed a European headlining tour in March 2012. 

Tracii started L.A. GUNS while still in high school in 1982. The original singer, Michael Jagosz, was replaced by Axl Rose. Signed to PolyGramin ’87, the band’s self-titled debut, with Phil Lewis replacing Rose, sold over a million copies, as did “Cocked and Loaded” (1989) and“Hollywood Vampires” (1991).

Tracii Guns‘ L.A. GUNS is not to be confused with the Phil Lewis-led version of the group, which is continuing to record and perform under theL.A. GUNS moniker.

MANOWAR Back In The Studio

MANOWAR has released highlights of its “The Lord Of Steel World Tour”on a live EP, featuring performances from the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Italy, Russia and Sweden. 

“From the first show in Zaragoza/Spain to the last show in Yekaterinburg/Russia, ‘The Lord Of Steel’ world tour was a terrific experience,” said MANOWAR bassist Joey DeMaio. “Performing new songs for the first time in front of your audience is the ultimate test of the power of the songs to connect to the only people that matter. Our fans were totally brutalized and went wild as you will hear on this new EP. ‘The Lord Of Steel Live’ is a thank you to our amazing fans; it will forever immortalize this tour and those who attended it.”

The album was mixed and mastered at MANOWAR‘s own studios Hell and Haus Wahnfried by Joey DeMaio personally with longtime MANOWARengineer Dirk Kloiber

“The Lord Of Steel Live” was released digitally as an iTunes exclusive worldwide on July 9, and will be made available on CD in retail and throughTheKingdomOfSteel.com on August 16.

Featured tracks: 

01. El Gringo 
02. Expendable 
03. Hail, Kill And Die 
04. Manowarriors 
05. The Lord Of Steel 
06. Thunder In The Sky

Asked why MANOWAR chose to release “The Lord Of Steel” in digital format several months before the retail release, DeMaio toldRockpages.gr: “MANOWAR have always worked with the latest technology. Thankfully, our fans have more options than ever to choose how they get their music and when. 

“We are proud to be able to give our fans multiple choices: We have released a limited edition of the album in collaboration with Metal Hammer U.K., with its own artwork and special mixes as a first look at what is to come. For those who prefer digital content and wish this limited version, they have the option of getting it as download album. 

“The worldwide retail release [is] available with different versions of the songs and a totally different mix and master as CD and limited vinyl, both with spectacular new art by Ken Kelly. And, of course, this version [is] available as digital album as well. The fans can decide which options and configurations they prefer.”

Regarding the difference between MANOWAR‘s previous studio album,“Gods Of War”, and “The Lord Of Steel”DeMaio said: “All of our albums are different from one another, unlike other groups who constantly try to keep to a formula. 

“After the massive production of ‘Gods Of War’, our vision this time was a stripped down, brutally raw, unique sound; ‘lean and mean,’ so to speak.

“We had started working on material prior Donnie [Hamzik, drums] return to the band. 

MANOWAR are a unit. Every band member brings in a unique contribution, so it was only logical for us to start over and include Donnie from the beginning of the creative process. 

“Some people will say its a shame to abandon something you have invested a lot of time and energy in, but that’s the way we work. It has to feel right for all of us.”