ALICE IN CHAINS: 'The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here' Album Sampler Posted Online
ALICE IN CHAINS has uploaded an 18-minute YouTube clip containing audio samples of all the tracks that appear on the band's fifth studio album, "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here". Check it out below.
"The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" sold 62,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 2 on The Billboard 200 chart. The disc follows up 2009's "Black Gives Way To Blue", which was the group's first all-new collection of material in 14 years. That CD opened with 126,000 units back in October 2009 to debut at No. 5.
ALICE IN CHAINS was last in the Top Two with its self-titled 1995 set, which debuted at No. 1 on that year's November 25 chart, according toBillboard.com. It would be their final studio release with singer Layne Staley, who died in 2002.
Although "Black Gives Way To Blue" was a huge comeback success for the band, guitarist/singer Jerry Cantrell told The Pulse Of Radio that they wiped the slate clean when it was time to make something new. "You should start from a zero every time, and we started from a zero with this record just like we've done with every record we've made," he said. "You've got a blank canvas, and you and your band are in the room and there's the canvas and there's no other pictures of the old albums hanging up. You know, those are put away in a closet somewhere, so you're not thinking about them or drawing from them or trying to repeat them or whatever. It's impossible to do that. That is what it was, now what do we do?"
"The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" is ALICE IN CHAINS' second album withWilliam DuVall on vocals.
DuVall began touring with the group in 2006, four years after the death ofLayne Staley from a drug overdose.
ALICE IN CHAINS began working on the new disc in 2011, but the sessions for the album were delayed when Cantrell had to undergo shoulder surgery.
"The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" features the singles "Stone" and the chart-topping "Hollow".
ALICE IN CHAINS heads to Europe this month and Canada in July before co-headlining the fourth annual Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival withJANE'S ADDICTION, kicking off on August 9 in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
BLACK SABBATH's '13' Sells More Than 150K Copies In U.S., Tops BILLBOARD Chart
"13", the first BLACK SABBATH record in 35 years to feature singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler all playing together, sold 155,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 1 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record arrived in stores on June 11 via Vertigo/Universal Republic. This marksBLACK SABBATH's return to Vertigo, their original label, and the group's first studio album together since 1978's "Never Say Die!"
Details of the album's deluxe edition surfaced on April 19, with the band revealing that the eight-song effort is accompanied by three bonus tracks called "Methademic", "Peace Of Mind" and "Pariah".
Several versions of "13" are available for order, including a standard CD, a double CD that includes a second disc of exclusive bonus audio, a heavyweight vinyl album in a gatefold sleeve and the aforementioned "Super Deluxe Box Set", which contains the double CD, the vinyl album, an exclusive DVD documentary on the band's reunion, 13 photographic prints and hand-written lyrics.
"13" track listing:
01. End Of The Beginning (8:05)
02. God Is Dead? (8:52)
03. Loner (4:59)
04. Zeitgeist (4:37)
05. Age Of Reason (7:01)
06. Live Forever (4:46)
07. Damaged Soul (7:51)
08. Dear Father (7:20)
Deluxe-edition bonus tracks:
09. Methademic (5:57)
10. Peace Of Mind (3:40)
11. Pariah (5:34)
Total running time (with bonus tracks): 68 minutes, 42 seconds
The drum tracks on the album were laid down by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE sticksman Brad Wilk following original drummer Bill Ward's decision to bow out of the reunion.
Osbourne went on the BBC in England to discuss the band's new single,"God Is Dead?" and the inspiration behind the track. Ozzy explained, "I was in somebody's office and there was a magazine on a table and it just said, 'God Is Dead', and I suddenly thought about 9/11 and all these terrorist things and religion and how many people have died in the name of religion. When you think about the tragedy that's happened throughout time, it just came in my head. You'd think by now that their God would have stopped people dying in the name of, so I just starting thinking that people must be thinking, 'Where is God? God is dead' and it just hit me."
Ozzy added that the question mark at the end of the title is his way of showing that he's not sure about the answer himself, saying, "At the end of the thing, there's still a bit of hope because there I sing that I don't believe that God is dead. It's just a question of when you see so many dreadful people killing each other with bombs, and blowing the tube trains up and the World Trade Center."
Ozzy told an Australian radio station that "13" is "mind-blowing," adding, "It's better than my wildest dreams; it's so good."
SABBATH kicked off its world tour in support of "13" on April 20 in Auckland.
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queens of the Stone Age & More to Play Music Midtown Festival in September
The lineup for the 2013 Music Midtown Festival has been announced, and it’s an impressive one. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queens of the Stone Age, Yeah Yeah Yeahsand Imagine Dragons are confirmed to perform at this year's edition of the annual event, which will take place September 20-21 in Piedmont Park in Atlanta, GA.
Other rock acts set to take the stage at the festival include Phoenix, Weezer, Jane’s Addiction, Arctic Monkeys, Tegan and Sara, CAKE and Capital Cities.
Tickets for the Music Midtown Festival start at $90 and will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. ET. Citi® cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning Wednesday at 10 a.m. ET.
To see the full lineup and to get your tickets for the event, head over to MusicMidtown.com.
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Black Sabbath's Ozzy Osbourne Says He Was Upset That Rick Rubin Hired Brad Wilk to Play Drums on 13
Ozzy Osbourne has been speaking glowingly about working withRick Rubin on Black Sabbath's new studio album, 13, but the famed frontman admits that he did have a major conflict with the producer about one aspect of the record. The Metal Madman tells Billboard that he was very unhappy that Rubin chose to hire Rage Against the Machine's Brad Wilk to play drums on the album rather than Tommy Clufetos, who keeps the beat for his own solo group.
The issue started, of course, when founding Sabbath drummer Bill Ward pulled out of the recording project because of a contractual dispute. Ozzy wanted Clufetos to step in for Ward, but Rubin decided to call on Wilk instead.
"The way it was dealt with wasn't very fair on Tommy," Osbourne complains to the magazine. "Rubin just didn't want to work with him for reasons I don't know. He's a great drummer, and he's been with me for awhile now and I just felt that nobody discussed the decision about Brad to me."
Ozzy also says he was annoyed because Clufetos had been promised the gig. He also insists that his irritation over the situation had nothing to do with Tommy being "my drummer and my ego wanted him," adding, "It was just the fact the way it was dealt with."
Osbourne maintains that although he was "p**sed off" about Clufetos being passed over, "It's alright now." He also tells Billboard that Wilk "did a good job" and is "a very nice guy."
Rubin, meanwhile, sent an email to Billboard explaining his reasons for hiring Wilk.
"Brad is a muscular drummer with great feel and understands the groovy nature of [Black Sabbath's] music," notes Rick. He adds that after Wilk's first rehearsal with Sabbath, "it was obvious he would do a great job in the seat Bill left vacated."
As for Clufetos, he's been playing drums for Sabbath at all the band's recent concerts and he is expected to continue to do so on their upcoming tour dates.