OZZY On New SABBATH Album: 'I Hope People Who Have Waited All These Years Aren't Disappointed'
Scott Kara of The New Zealand Herald recently conducted an interview with the legendary BLACK SABBATHsingerOzzy Osbourne. A few excerpts from the chat follow below.
On how BLACK SABBATH came to be such a respected band:
Osbourne: "It's a really weird thing, because what we did, we just did. We didn't go, 'Oh, we're going to write this way, and we're going to record that way, and it's going to come out like this'. And 45 years up the road who would have thought it's still going to be current and people were going to look upon it as the foundations of heavy metal? I mean, you don't realise that sort of thing, you just do it."
On not being completely confortable with BLACK SABBATH being considered originators of the "heavy metal" genre:
Osbourne: "Not everything BLACK SABBATH did was about the devil, or about heavy metal because 'Changes' was a beautiful song. But all they ever remember is that I sing about the devil and 'Iron Man', you know."
On how the members of BLACK SABBATH — with the exception of drummer Bill Ward, who is sitting out the band's reunion due to a contractual dispute — are getting along nowadays:
Osbourne: "What's different now is that none of us get drunk or stoned or any of that stuff. We're all clean, and all in control of ourselves, we're not intimidated by each other, there are no arguments, and it's the way it should be. But when we were kids we had egos. When you're 21 and you get some success it takes a while to get your head around. You have an ego, you have the spoils of success, the cars, the houses, the money, the alcohol, the drugs, the groupies, and all the rest of it, and if you go through all of that and you are lucky enough to survive you get married, you get divorced, you get married again, and it's a journey. But we've done it all so what it boils down to now is the music - and that's what got us where we are in the first place. We have come through the other side, we're still able to work together, and that's where the enjoyment comes from. It's been a lot of fun making this record."
On the recording sessions for the new BLACK SABBATH album, which were interrupted by guitarist Tony Iommi's diagnosis with lymphona at the beginning of this year:
Osbourne: "[The treatment] has been a bit rough on him but he still manages to come up with those great riffs. It's been more than 30 years since I really seriously worked with the guys. We had a try a few years back but nothing came of it. But for some reason the timing is right and we've done about 15 songs. BLACK SABBATH is very unique in the respect that nothing is formulated. It's very unpredictable. I just hope the people who have waited all these years aren't disappointed."
Kid Rock Debuts at #5 on Billboard 200; Led Zeppelin in at #9
Kid Rock and Led Zeppelin both scored top-ten positions on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week.
Kid Rock scored the #5 spot with his ninth studio album, Rebel Soul, which sold 146,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan. It's a bit of a drop from his previous release, 2010's Born Free, which also entered the Billboard 200 albums chart at #5, but moved 189,000 copies in its first week out. In addition, Rebel Soul is the first of Kid Rock’s albums to be sold digitally. The album debuted at #3 on the Digital Album Chart, racking up 57,000 downloads sold.
Meanwhile, Led Zeppelin's Celebration Day album sold 101,000 copies during its first week in stores to land at #9 on the tally. The release, which is available in a variety of audio and video formats, documents the legendary band's December 2007 reunion concert at London's O2 Arena. Celebration Day is Led Zeppelin's 13th album to reach the top 10 of the Billboard 200. The last official release from the band to do so was the 2007 hits compilation Mothership, which bowed at #7 in December of that year.
Bassist Nick Oliveri Reunites with Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss Lives!
You can add Nick Oliveri to the list of guest stars on Queens of the Stone Age’s upcoming album.
The former QOTSA bassist recently posted a message on the Facebook page of his side project, Mondo Generator, revealing that he “recently recorded his vocals on a new Queens of the Stone Age song” for the band’s sixth studio album. In addition, the Facebook post notes that Oliveri has also ”re-joined” his other band, Kyuss Lives!
The bassist joins Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and Foo Fightersfrontman/former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl who are also working on tracks for the forthcoming QOTSA album.
Oliveri left QOTSA in 2004, but has recently reconciled with frontman Josh Homme, who contributed vocals on “The Last Train” on Mondo Generator’s latest release, Hell Comes to Your Heart.
Andrew WK “Disappointed and Puzzled” by Canceled Cultural Ambassador Trip to Bahrain
Andrew WK isn’t happy that his trip to the Middle Eastern country of Bahrain has been canceled.
Last week, the notoriously hard-partying singer posted a message on his website declaring that he'd accepted a State Department invitation to travel to the Middle Eastern country of Bahrain in December to “promote partying and positive power.” However, Andrew WK’s excitement about the trip was short-lived: senior embassy staff officially canceled the trek on Monday, citing concerns about the artist's work.
“I’m disappointed and puzzled by their change of heart and last-minute decision,” said Andrew WK in a statement on his website. “When I was originally invited by our contact, it seemed everyone was aware of what I stand for with my positive attitude. I was thrilled at the opportunity to represent my country and the spirit of inclusive and open-minded freedom that makes our nation so special and inspiring.”
The singer goes on to say that the trip had been in the works for over a year, noting that he’s upset that he went through an “extensive” background check and booked all his flights, only to have it canceled just one week before he was scheduled to leave.
“I would’ve done a great job and represented our nation with dignity and pride,” he explains. “Despite all these challenges, I still would love to go and I vow to continue partying, and working every day to unite our human race through the power of positive partying.”
Beastie Boys File Motion to Dismiss Copyright Lawsuit
The day before Adam "MCA" Yauch's death, the Beastie Boys and their music publishers and record company -- Universal Music, Brooklyn Dust Music and Capitol Records -- were slapped with a federal lawsuit in New York over alleged unauthorized use of copyrighted music on the group's first two albums. Now lawyers for the Beasties are asking a judge to dismiss the suit.
In the suit, TufAmerica claims that copyrighted recordings it controls of Trouble Funk’s "Say What" and "Drop the Bomb" were sampled without approval on the Beasties’ 1986 debut album Licensed to Ill and their 1989 album Paul's Boutique.
According to documents cited by The Hollywood Reporter, attorneys for the Beastie Boys filed a motion to dismiss the suit on Monday claiming that the action comes well after the “Copyright Act's three-year statute of limitations.”
TufAmerica aruges that it took so long for the case to be filed because the allegedly “concealed” Trouble Funk samples were only recently discovered “after conducting a careful audio analysis.”
The Beastie's legal team argues that if it is true that any use of copyrighted material was so disguised as to take more than 20 years to discover, then TufAmerica can't prove "substantial similarity" between the material it controls and the Beastie's material -- a key test in a copyright infringement case. In the document cited by The Hollywood Reporter, the Beasties lawyers write that if “the casual observer cannot identify Plaintiff's musical compositions and sound recordings...there can be no substantial similarity."
Sevendust to Release Black Out the Sun in March; Announce North American Tour Dates
Sevendust has a new release headed our way. The band will drop their ninth studio album, Black Out the Sun, on March 26, 2013. The first single from the upcoming album, “Decay,” will be released to radio and available for download at online retail outlets starting on January 22, 2013.
Before Black Out the Sun arrives in stores, the band will be hitting the road for a North American tour. The trek kicks off on February 2 at Ziggy’s in Winston-Salem and will make stops in Portland, Nashville, Biloxi and Little Rock, among other cities. Lacuna Coil will support the band on all dates. Tickets for the upcoming tour will go on sale on Friday.
More shows will be announced in the coming months. Here are the tour dates:
2/2 -- Winston-Salem, NC, Ziggy’s
2/3 -- Jacksonville, NC, Hooligans
2/5 -- Lancaster, PA, Chameleon Club
2/6 -- Clifton Park, NY, Upstate Concert Hall
2/7 -- Portland, ME, The Asylum
2/8 -- Allentown, PA, Crocodile Rock
2/9 -- Lynchburg, VA, Phase 2
2/10 -- Nashville, TN, Marathon Music Works
2/12 -- Fayetteville, AR, George’s Majestic Lounge
2/14 -- Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
2/15 -- Broussard, LA, The Station
2/16 -- Beaumont, TX, Dixie Dance Hall
2/17 -- Little Rock, AR, Revolution! Music Room
2/19 -- Springfield, IL, Boondocks
2/21 -- Bloomington, IL, The Castle Theatre
2/22 -- South Bend, IN, Club Fever
2/23 -- Cedar Rapids, IA, Pepsi Pavilion