Ozzy Osbourne Says Black Sabbath's Future Depends on Tony Iommi's Health
Riding high on the success of Black Sabbath's 13, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 this week, frontman Ozzy Osbourne is already thinking about the group’s next release. While the singer says he’s hoping to make more new music with the band, it will depend on guitarist Tony Iommi, who's currently battling lymphoma.
"At the moment, we're doing so many weeks on the road, then [Iommi] has to go back for more treatment," Ozzy tells U.K. newspaper The Telegraph. "He's had chemo and radiotherapy, and now he's on a thing to boost his immune system. I really hope it's gone for good. But you never know with that stuff."
As for the incredible reception 13 is receiving, Osbourne declares, "I knew it was a f***ing good album, but when somebody just told me it's gone top in 50 countries -- I didn't know there were 50 countries, and I'm number one in all of them!"
Among those other countries in which 13 hit #1 is Ozzy's homeland, the United Kingdom. In the process, Black Sabbath set a British record for the most years between chart-topping studio releases from an artist. The band's last studio effort to reach the top of the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart was 1971's Paranoid, which accomplished the feat 42 years and eight months ago.
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Shinedown’s Brent Smith: “We Don’t Make the Same Record Twice”
Brent Smith has revealed that Shinedown wrote a massive number of songs while putting together their latest album, Amaryllis. The singer says that while the guys have enough material left over for two additional albums, fans shouldn’t expect those tracks to ever be released.
“We have two albums worth of material that we could release, but we’ll go back into the studio and we’ll start all over again,” he tells ABC News Radio. “We’ll be in a different place and we’ll have to write from the place that we’re at at that point in time, because that’s what we’re also known for. We don’t make the same record twice.”
Smith adds that the group hasn’t had much time to work on new material as they’re focusing all their energy on their current tour. "I don’t work on the road as far as writing is concerned, I can’t concentrate,” he explains. “For me, I look at it from the point of view of when it’s time to make a record, I put every single ounce of my energy into making a record. When it’s time to tour an album, you tour the whole thing until the album cycle’s finished.”
Shinedown won’t have much time work on new tracks this summer, as they have a full touring schedule. The band will hit the road with KISS starting July 5 at Save On Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria, Canada, and then they’ll headline the Carnival of Madness Tour, which kicks off on August 13 at the Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica in Cleveland, Ohio. Other bands set to rock the main stage on that outing include Papa Roach, Skillet, In This Moment and We as Human.
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Andrew WK Sets Guinness World Record for "Longest Drum Session in a Retail Store"
Andrew WK's name is in the record book. On Thursday evening, he successfully achieved his goal of playing the drums for 24 consecutive hours at Oakley's flagship retail store in New York City's Times Square, setting a Guinness World Record.
The stunt was part of MTV's O Music Awards. After Andrew reached the 24-hour mark, he was officially recognized as the record holder of the “Longest Drum Session in a Retail Store."
During his mission, Andrew was joined by other drummers including the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith, The Ramones' MarkyRamone, The Roots' Questlove andHanson's Zac Hanson. Former Billy Joel drummer Liberty DeVitto and actor Cuba Gooding Jr. also took part in the fun.
Last year, The Flaming Lips set a Guinness World Record during the O Music Awards for the most concerts performed in multiple cities in a 24-hour span.
Andrew was also a winner during this year's ceremony, picking up the prize for must-follow artist on Twitter. In addition, JackWhite earned the award for analog genius, and Yoko Ono was honored with the digital genius award. You can check out a complete list of winners at OMusicAwards.com.
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Jack White’s Third Man Records to Release Live Albums from The Shins & The Kills on Vinyl
Jack White’s Third Man Records has announced that they’ll be releasing live albums fromThe Shins and The Kills later this month. The upcoming 12” vinyl records will feature live sets recorded and mixed in real time at the Third Man Blue Room last October using the label’s one-of-a-kind direct-to-acetate recording process. The Shins Live at Third Man Records features eight tracks, mostly songs from the band's latest album, Port of Morrow. The Kills Live at Third Man Records, also boasts eight cuts, including performances of six songs from 2011’s Blood Pressures.
While each album will cost $15, you can purchase the Rocktober Direct-to-Acetate Bundle, a package which includes both albums and an additional live record from Seasick Steve, for $40. All the albums are currently available for pre-order at ThirdManRecords.com and will be shipped on June 25.
Here is the track list for The Shins Live at Third Man Records:
“Bait and Switch”
“So Says I”
“The Rifle's Spiral”
“Marisa” / “No Way Down”
“Port of Morrow”
Here is the track list for The Kills Live at Third Man Records:
“Heart is a Beating Drum”
“Future Starts Slow”
“Pots and Pans”