OZZY OSBOURNE On New BLACK SABBATH Album: 'It Worked Out Better Than Our Wildest Expectations'
Paul Lester of The Guardian recently conducted an inter view with BLACK SABBATH members Tony Iommi (guitar), Ozzy Osbourne(vocals) and Terry "Geezer" Butler (bass). A few excerpts from the chat follow below.
On whether they believe in God:
Butler: "I do when I'm on a plane — the first thing I do is say my prayers."
Ozzy: "I've done a good job of trying to kill myself for 64 years. But something's kept me alive. I don't know if it's God, fate or whatever. I'm open-minded. But I don't believe in organized religion at all."
On the few myths surrounding BLACK SABBATH, including the one aboutOzzy biting off the head of a live bat, which he had presumed was rubber, in 1982:
Ozzy: "We were never really into the occult. It was a hobby, until we started getting invites to black-magic rites in cemeteries. Then I got accused of doing this and biting that and there would be people picketing the arena with banners. But if you listen to the lyrics, there's nothing that's pro-black magic or pro-satanic worship. It's like God Is Dead? — at the end it says: 'I don't believe that God is dead,' but they only hear the words 'God is dead.'"
On Ozzy not being focused in the studio during the band's early years:
Butler: "You can't write or play songs if you're out of your brains . But because [Osbourne] didn't have to play an instrument, while we were writing he'd be in the bar getting legless or doing all kinds of things." The latter included relentless pleasure-seeking, leading to blackouts."
Ozzy: "I didn't believe it when they said I had blackouts. I'd look at my watch and it would say four o'clock. Then I'd look again and it would say 9:30. I'd totally forget where I'd been or what I'd done. But then you don't think about that before you start drinking. You don't think: 'I wonder what jail I'll wake up in tomorrow?' Because that's not your intention."
On BLACK SABBATH's "13" being the most important record of Ozzy's career:
Ozzy: "Yes, we've had our disagreements. We all said bad things and did our different trips, but it's great to be with the guys. The last time  it didn't gel. But this time it worked out better than our wildest expectations. For Tony to come up with riffs like these is unbelievable. He deserves a medal because if I'd been diagnosed with lymphoma I'd have gone 'Fuck this,' and gone back to bed with a bottle of morphine. But we kept on going because we knew this was probably our last hurrah."
Read the entire interview from The Guardian.
ALICE IN CHAINS Drummer: 'People Don't Value Music The Way They Used To'
Natalie Zina Walschots of Exclaim.ca recently conducted an interview with ALICE IN CHAINS drummer Sean Kinney. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Exclaim.ca: I've just found it fascinating how you have resisted labeling, and despite how long you have been around, how consistently hard it is to apply a single label to ALICE IN CHAINS. You seem determined to occupy a very nebulous space between several genres. Is that one of the strengths of the band?
Kinney: I would say this, after being in this band for a long time: the reason that it's one of our strengths is that you're only shiny and new once, and then people like to move on and find another new thing. But because we've always focused on songwriting and melody, and we're a very vocal-based band. I mean, to me, the heaviest song we've ever written was "Nutshell", which is also our quietest song. It's the content of what we're saying and what we're doing that makes us heavy. One thing I will say about being somewhat metal is this: metal fans are the best. They fucking live and breathe it, and they're dedicated, and they support the fucking bands that they love. They're not trend-hopping hipsters, trying to find the new hot thing to follow to impress people, they are dedicated to what they love. And because there is a set of them who find something in our music that they dig, they stay with it and they support it. That never gets lost on us. Even when we were super hip in like 1990 or whatever, a lot of the bands around us don't exist anymore, but we do.
Exclaim.ca: So you credit your particular fan base with the fact that you have been able to continue to find success.
Kinney: Of course, I think a lot of bands would have a better chance of surviving and sticking it out a little longer if the music industry wasn't so screwed up. People don't value music the way they used to; they don't even buy it. So if it doesn't take up your energy and your time and doesn't mean more to you than filing up gigabytes on your phone, then it devalues the whole thing. There are all these bands now who don't have the chance to become a better band, to grow, because it's financially impossible to continue. You can't survive in this business. So, whenMETALLICA and these bands who still play big stadium shows, real rock shows that aren't radio shows or have like 50 bands, when they can't do it anymore, who is going to take their place? No one. Rock doesn't have a place like it did in the '80s and '90s. It's all going back underground. The rest of it is all [Justin] Bieber all the time.
Read the entire interview from Exclaim.ca.
FILTER: 'What Do You Say' Video Released
"What Do You Say", the new video from the rock act FILTER, can be seen below. The song comes off the band's sixth studio album, "The Sun Comes Out Tonight", which was released on June 4 via Wind-Up Records. The CD was recorded in Los Angeles at Blue Room studios with producer Bob Marlette (BLACK SABBATH, ATREYU, SALIVA). The follow-up to 2010's "The Trouble With Angels" was written and recorded by leader Richard Patrick and guitarist Jonny Radtke, as well as collaborator Marlette. There are also performances from touring membersJeff Friedl and Elias Mallin (drums) and Phil Buckman (bass).
"The Sun Comes Out Tonight" track listing:
01. We Hate It When You Get What You Want
02. What Do You Say
04. Watch The Sun Come Out Tonight
05. It's Got To Be Right Now
06. This Finger's For You
07. Self Inflicted
08. First You Break It
09. Burn It
10. Take That Knife Out Of My Back
11. It's My Time
12. It's Just You
In a recent interview with ABC News Radio, Patrick said that the unique album title was inspired by his former drug use.
"In my lifetime, the sun definitely came out at night," he said. "I'm a recovering drug addict and a recovering alcoholic, but when I was taking drugs, there were a few nights where my blood turned into golden, beautiful sunshine. It was all chemical-based, and I knew it was a lie, but it was completely overwhelming, and it was like the sun had come out at night."
Patrick added that the CD deals with some heavy themes, which mirror issues that he's been forced to confront in his personal life. "Right now, I'm in a dark place," he explained. "I personally have been going through some really intense stuff and it's easy to just sit there and write about betrayal and no one listening, you know, so there's a lot of that on the record."
TONY IOMMI On Original BLACK SABBATH Reunion: 'It's Like We've Never Been Apart'
Martin Boulton of Australia's The Age recently conducted an interview with BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
On the making of the new BLACK SABBATH album, "13":
Iommi: "When we started this project, we went to [producer] Rick's [Rubin] house and he played the first [BLACK SABBATH] album and said, 'How long is it since you've heard it?' So he was just trying to get us back into that vibe and we got it … getting back to the basics.
"Over the years, you do get carried away with doing different things … changing your sound, and god knows what else, but with this one, there's a lot of elements of those first albums, and while there's a lot of different stuff going on, it worked out really well."
"Rick was saying it doesn't matter how long they [the songs] are, so we played a lot of the tracks live, and I haven't done that for a while. I kept thinking 'we can re-do this part or that part', but Rick was saying 'no, we'll keep that, that's good', so it was very peculiar, but just a different way of doing things for us.
"He didn't want Ozzy [Osbourne] doing any harmonies, he just wanted it basic and singing in a lower pitch. We got into a stage on 'Never Say Die!' where Ozzy would be singing high in the studio and when we got on stage, he couldn't do it, but on this [album], he kept it at a range he can do [on stage]."
On working with other singers under the BLACK SABBATH banner, including Ronnie James Dio, Glenn Hughes and Tony Martin:
Iommi: "It's been really good for me to work with all those people,.Ronnie [who died in 2010] was great, and Glenn is an old friend with a great voice, and they're the sort of people who don't exist that much. I like working with different people and people like that … just all class."
On what it feels like to be playing with Ozzy Osbourne and bassistGeezer Butler again:
Iommi: "It's like we've never been apart, to be honest. We've all been friends for so long and it's been great getting back together — really good — and a really good way to finish off, I think, with the original lineup."
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MEGADETH's DAVE MUSTAINE: 'I Don't Really Put A Lot Of Value In What People Say About Me'
In the three-minute clip below, MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine talks to Fuse about running for president and mean tweets.
Asked what the nicest tweet was that he ever got from someone,Mustaine said: "I think it's all kind of relative, where you're at in your day. 'Cause if you're having a good day and somebody writes something stupid about you, it's kind of water off your back. If you're having a bad day and someone writes something stupid about you, it can affect you. If you're having a bad day and somebody writes something really nice about you, it can totally pull you out of it. But I kind of look at it like that's up to you on how long that moment's gonna last — if it's gonna be a bad moment, a bad minute, a bad hour, a bad day. So, for me, I don't really put a lot of value in what people say about me. 'Cause if I did, man, I would be a basket case by now."
He added: "People like to talk about me; they either talk good or they talk bad, but they talk.
"But I mean, the fun thing, too, is I think a lot of the fans know they can kind of joke around with me a little bit and that I don't take everything as an offense. Sometimes it kind of pushes the limit a little bit; I don't think a lot of them would say a lot of the stuff that they say to my face. But some of them would, because it's [stated in a] tongue-in-cheek [way]. It's just that sometimes it doesn't look the same in print."
MEGADETH is touring in support of its new album, "Super Collider", which is likely to sell between 28,000 and 32,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate was based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on June 4 via Mustaine's new label, Tradecraft, distributed by Universal Music Enterprises (UMe).
Adrian Belew Bows Out of Nine Inch Nails
His official website's homepage features a quote from Trent Reznor calling him "the most awesome musician in the world," but apparently that awesomeness was ultimately a poor fit for Reznor's Nine Inch Nails. Adrian Belew has announced he's leaving the band.
In a post on his Facebook page, the veteran guitarist writes, "Concerning me being a part of the 2013 Nine Inch Nails band: it didn't work out."
Apparently, that brief bulletin is a shorter version of an earlier, longer statement Belew posted to Facebook, which Consequence of Sound grabbed before it was deleted. The earlier post reportedly read, "hey folks, before this goes too far let me say this: I greatly respect trent and the music he makes. no one is at fault. we both agreed it just was not working. I’m sorry to disappoint anyone. that really hurts. but NIN will do an amazing show and I am back where I belong: creating FLUX.” FLUX is Belew's longtime musical project.
The irony is, it was Belew who's said to have inspired Reznor to reform NIN, after spending the past few years on other projects, including composing film soundtracks and releasing new music as How to Destroy Angels with wife Mariqueen Maandig, Atticus Ross and Rob Sheridan.
Belew's resignation comes just one day after Nine Inch Nails announced an upcoming North American tour in support of the forthcoming album, Hesitation Marks. It also comes less than a month after former Jane's Addiction bassist Eric Avery announced he was leaving NIN. Avery was replaced with longtime NIN collaborator Robin Finck.
Marilyn Manson to Paris Jackson: “You Will Be on My Guest List Anytime You Want”
Michael Jackson's teenage daughter, Paris Jackson, won't ever need to buy a ticket to a Marilyn Manson concert. According to TMZ, Manson has extended Jackson a standing invitation to his shows following numerous unconfirmed reports that Jackson’s alleged suicide attempt was triggered by Paris being denied the opportunity to attend Manson’s concert at the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal City Walk in Los Angeles on Thursday.
The gossip website says that Manson has offered this message to Jackson: "I hope you feel better. You will be on my guest list anytime you want."
Manson is currently out trekking across North American on his Masters of Madness co-headlining tour with Alice Cooper.
Queens of the Stone Age Expected to Score First #1 Debut on Billboard 200 with …Like Clockwork
It appears that Queens of the Stone Age's ...Like Clockwork will knock Daft Punk’sRandom Access Memories from the top of the Billboard 200 album chart next week. ...Like Clockwork is expected to nab a #1 debut on the list, with projected sales putting it somewhere around 80,000 copies.
If the predictions are true, this will be the band’s first #1 album on the tally. QOTSA’s highest-charting release before now was 2005’s Lullabies to Paralyze, which both debuted and peaked at #5 on the list with 97,000 copies sold its first week out, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The new Billboard 200 chart's top 10 will be released Wednesday.
Lostprophets' Ian Watkins to Stand Trial for Alleged Sexual Offenses Against Children
Lostprophets singer Ian Watkins is headed to court in the fall to face allegations that he committed a total of 23 sexual offenses against children, according to BBC News.
On June 3, Watkins pleaded not guilty when he appeared via video link before a judge in Cardiff, Wales at a hearing on charges of allegedly “conspiring to engage in sexual touching with two young children; possessing, making and distributing indecent images; and possessing ‘extreme’ animal pornography.” The singer is also being accused of conspiring with a woman "to rape a one-year-old girl.” In addition, two women -- ages 20 and 24 -- are facing charges in connection with the child sex allegations.
“I want to thank my family, friends and all the fans for the continued support throughout this whole ordeal,” Watkins said in a recent statement. “Your support gives my strength. I deny all the allegations made against me and I will continue to fight to clear my name."
Watkins' trial is scheduled to start on November 25 and is expected to last about a month.
Metallica Looking to Make Detroit the Permanent Home for Orion Music + More Festival
Metallica’s second annual Orion Music + More festival takes place this weekend at Belle Isle Park in Detroit, and if the band has their way it will be there for years to come. Drummer Lars Ulrich says that if all goes well this year, the band expects to make Detroit the official home of the fest.
“Detroit doesn’t really have a yearly festival and we have a lot of history there,” Ulrich tells Businessweek.com. “Detroit as a city itself has an incredible musical legacy. We feel this really has a shot at turning into something permanent here.”
Ulrich adds the band has worked hard to create a “sense of connection” with fans at the festival, which he hopes will keep them coming out to support the event year after year. “There was a very cozy family spirit significantly different than other festivals we’ve played,” he explains of Orion Music + More. “If we treat this right over the next couple of years, maybe we’ll be able to establish a long-term type of thing.”
This year’s Orion Music + More festival lineup includes headlining sets by Metallica andRed Hot Chili Peppers, as well as performances from Rise Against, Deftones, Silversun Pickups, Dropkick Murphys and Foals.