OZZY OSBOURNE Says BLACK SABBATH's Future 'Depends On' TONY IOMMI
Andrew Perry of The Telegraph recently conducted an interview with BLACK SABBATH members Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi(guitar) and Geezer Butler (bass). A couple of excerpts from theOsbourne portion of the chat follow below.
On the chart success of BLACK SABBATH's new album, "13":
Ozzy: "I knew it was a fucking good album, but when somebody just told me it's gone top in fifty countries — I didn't know there were fifty countries, and I'm number one in all of them! I'm just devastated."
On why BLACK SABBATH's initial attempt to record together around again eleven years ago failed:
Ozzy: "[It was because of] my ego — I was riding on this fucking cloud of being television's new megastar for five minutes. I was doing well on my own, so it took me a while to get that balanced out in my head. I mean, it's not Ozzy Osbourne and BLACK SABBATH. It's fucking BLACK SABBATH. It's different from me doing my own thing."
On whether the touring cycle for "13" will mark the end of BLACK SABBATH:
Ozzy: "It depends on Tony. At the moment, we're doing so many weeks on the road, then he has to go back for more treatment [after being diagnosed with lymphoma]. 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. I'm sure it has. But you never know with that stuff."
Lucky 13! Black Sabbath Scores First #1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart
Black Sabbath's new album, 13, easily debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 after selling 155,000 copies in its first week out. The milestone marks the first time the legendary heavy-metal act has topped the chart, and comes nearly 43 years after the band's initialBillboard 200 appearance with its self-titled debut. Sabbath's previous highest chart entry was 1971's Masters of Reality, which reached #8 and was the group's only release to even crack the top 10. 13 also set a record for the most copies of an album Sabbath has sold in a week since SoundScan began keeping track of sales information back in 1991. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famers' previous best was held by their concert album Reunion, which sold 62,000 copies when it premiered in 1998. 13's achievements even eclipse Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne's solo SoundScan-era chart and sales records. The Metal Madman's best sales week came in 2001, when Down to Earth moved 153,000 copies in its first week of release. His highest-charting album is 2007's Black Rain, which peaked at #3.
Commenting on the new album's big U.S. debut, guitarist Tony Iommi says in a statement, "The news is absolutely amazing -- we couldn't have imagined this would happen. We have the greatest fans."
Adds Osbourne, "There have been so many amazing highlights in our long career. To finally have our first #1 album in the U.S. is another incredible milestone for Black Sabbath. Thank you to all of our fans for their support and loyalty."
As previously reported, 13 also landed atop the U.K.'s Official Albums Chart, in the process setting a British record for the most years between chart-topping studio releases from an artist. Black Sabbath's second studio effort, Paranoid, reached #1 on the tally 42 years and eight months earlier.
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Sublime's Bud Gaugh Reminisces About Three Ring Circus Live Set; Says More Live Releases Coming Soon
On Tuesday, Sublime released Three Ring Circus: Live at the Palace -- October 21, 1995, a live CD/DVD set that features a classic performance by the band’s original lineup, which includes late frontman Bradley Nowell. Drummer Bud Gaugh says he feels that the group’s 1995 performance at the Palace captures a special moment of the group’s history.
“This is a great representation of what we sounded like then, what Brad sounded like,” Gaugh tells ABC News Radio. “We were touring for the  Robbin’ the Hood album and getting ready to go in and record for the self-titled album so we had just a whole bunch of energy being on the road playing shows every night.”
The drummer adds that fans can look forward to getting their hands on more live albums and DVDs from Sublime in the near future. “We just recently came across a vault of video footage so now we’re just sifting through it,” he reveals. “There was good shows and bad shows, there was good shows with bad recordings and bad shows with good recordings, so it’s just a matter of going through all the stuff and finding that gem.”
While Gaugh is still making music with a number of bands, including Del Mar and Phil 'n the Blanks, the drummer says he doesn’t regret leaving Sublime with Rome, the latest incarnation of the group featuring bassist Eric Wilson and singer Rome Ramirez, in 2011. “I was unhappy where the direction of the band was going,” he notes. “I didn’t agree with management and their vision and the guys chose to stick with management instead of me. Their decision, not mine.”
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Trent Reznor Gets David Lynch to Direct Video for New NIN Single “Came Back Haunted”
Trent Reznor has tapped a powerful friend to help him create the video for “Came Back Haunted,” the first single from Nine Inch Nails’ upcoming album Hesitation Marks. The singer has enlisted director David Lynch to helm the upcoming project, Pitchfork is reporting.
To offer further proof of their collaboration, Reznor tweeted a picture of himself and Lynch on Wednesday morning, along with a caption that features their initials, “tr;dl.” This isn’t the first time that the pair has worked together: Reznor created new music and assembled the soundtrack for Lynch’s 1997 film, Lost Highway. Hesitation Marks will arrive in stores on September 3. If you pre-order the deluxe edition of the album now at iTunes, you'll score an immediate download of “Came Back Haunted.”
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Queens of the Stone Age, The Black Crowes & Korn to Perform at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August
Queens of the Stone Age, The Black Crowes and Korn are headed to South Dakota in August. The bands have just confirmed that they'll perform at The Broken Spoke Campground during the 2013 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
The Crowes will kick things off with a performance on August 4, while Queens of the Stone Age will rock the crowd on August 5. Korn will take the stage the next day on August 6.
Single-day tickets for the concerts start at $45.00 and are available now via Ticketmaster.