BLACK SABBATH “THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION” TO BE RELEASED IN OCTOBER

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A new Black Sabbath collection will be available in a crucifix-shaped vinyl package in November.

BMG will release Black Sabbath The Ultimate Collection on CD and digital formats on October 28th, with the limited-edition “crucified” 4LP heavyweight vinyl version available from November 18th.

The Ultimate Collection is curated in conjunction with the band and features 31 songs remastered by engineer Andy Pearce.

Black Sabbath are currently on their farewell The End world tour. The road trip comes to a close with two dates in their home city of Birmingham, UK, in February 2017.

On the prospect of Black Sabbath’s career coming to an end, frontman Ozzy Osbourne previously said, “We started off as four guys from Aston who had a dream, and it came true beyond our wildest dreams.

We were manipulated, ripped off, conned. We lost each other within each other. But. it’s great to have got this back just to end on a high note.”

Sabbath’s use of an inverted crucifix on the artwork for their self-titled debut album was described as a “promotional ploy” by former drummer Bill Ward recently.

Ward said, “I think there were some wise guys who deliberately put that together as a ploy – as an advertising, promotional ploy, or who had seriously misgauged us as a band.

There was no collaboration, so I don’t know who was responsible for it. I guess someone thought it would be a good idea and thought that was what we represented.”

Black Sabbath The Ultimate Collection “crucifold” vinyl track list:

Side 1:

1. Paranoid
2. Never Say Die
3. Iron Man
4. Black Sabbath

Side 2:

1. Children Of The Grave
2. Fairies Wear Boots
3. Changes
4. Rat Salad

Side 3:

1. Sweet Leaf
2. War Pigs
3. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

Side 4:

1. Hole In The Sky
2. Symptom Of The Universe
3. Spiral Architect
4. Rock ‘N’ Roll Doctor

Side 5:

1. Dirty Women
2. Evil Woman, Don’t Play Your Games With Me
3. A Hard Road

Side 6:

1. Lord Of This World
2. Into The Void
3. Behind The Wall Of Sleep
4. Snowblind

Side 7:

1. Tomorrow’s Dream
2. The Wizard
3. N.I.B.
4. Electric Funeral

Side 8:

1. Embryo
2. Killing Yourself To Live
3. Am I Going Insane
4. Wicked World
5. It’s Alright

CD Disc One track listing:

1. Paranoid
2. Never Say Die
3. Iron Man
4. Black Sabbath
5. Children Of The Grave
6. Fairies Wear Boots
7. Changes
8. Rat Salad
9. Sweet Leaf
10. War Pigs
11. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
12. Hole In The Sky
13. Symptom Of The Universe
14. Spiral Architect
15. Rock ‘N’ Roll Doctor

CD Disc Two track listing:

1. Dirty Women
2. Evil Woman, Don’t Play Your Games With Me
3. A Hard Road
4. Lord Of This World
5. Into The Void
6. Behind The Wall Of Sleep
7. Snowblind
8. Tomorrow’s Dream
9. The Wizard
10. N.I.B.
11. Electric Funeral
12. Embryo
13. Killing Yourself To Live
14. Am I Going Insane
15. Wicked World
16. It’s Alright

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SYMPHONY X LAUNCHES “UNDERWORLD” FALL TOUR ON SEPTEMBER 29TH

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New Jersey’s progressive metal masters, Symphony X, are making a few special stops on their way to Japan’s Loud Park Festival. The six show tour will launch on September 29th at The Trocadero, hit three Canadian cities and conclude on October 5th at The Gramercy Theatre.

Symphony X commented, “We are looking forward to playing these special intimate shows which will be our last shows for Underworld in the USA and Canada for 2016 and very excited to see our friends and fans on the road.”

The band will be touring in support of their highly acclaimed ninth album, Underworld, which debuted at #36 on the US Current Chart, #6 on the Top Hard Rock, and #89 on the Billboard 200, #89). As well #103 on Canada’s national chat and #14 on the hard chart. Underworld, was crafted at Michael Romeo’s tricked out studio, The Dungeon.

Tickets for the confirmed dates are now on sale! Don’t miss your chance to see Symphony X at their only US and Canadian dates in 2016!

Confirmed dates for the SYMPHONY X Limited US/Canadian Underworld Fall 2016 Tour are:

9/29 The Trocadero​ Philadelphia, PA

10/1 Worcester Palladium​ Worcester, MA
10/2 Foufounes Electriques​ Montreal, QC
10/3 Virgin Mobile Mod Club​ Toronto, ON
10/4 Salle Multi de Méduse​ – Quebec City, QC
10/5 The Gramercy Theatre​ New York, NY

Check out the official track videos for In My Darkest Hour and Kiss Of Fire as well as the lyric videos for Without You and Nevermore on the Nuclear Blast YouTube channel.

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FORMER RATT FRONTMAN STEPHEN PEARCY SIGNS WITH FRONTIERS MUSIC, STREAMS “I CAN’T TAKE IT”

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Frontiers Music Srl has announced the signing of Stephen Pearcy for the release of his fourth original solo album Smash.

Pearcy, best known as the original vocalist and founding member of the platinum rock band Ratt, has been working hard to complete his highly anticipated disc while at the same time keeping busy performing shows across the U.S.

“I am very happy with the new music and the diversity of the songs,” he says. “It’s taken some time. I’m sure all the fans will be excited too. Also, to be involved with the Frontiers Music Srl family is way cool.”

The good news is that the first taste of new music has been already made available! Check out I Can’t Take It below.

Due in early 2017, Smash will be mixed and mastered by none other than the legendary Beau Hill, the producer of Ratt’s first four albums, among many other hit records.

Stephen will support the album with live dates in the U.S. and internationally.

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GLENN HUGHES SAYS THAT BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION MAY NOT TOUR IN SUPPORT OF NEW ALBUM

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Black Country Communion frontman Glenn Hughes says he isn’t sure whether the band will tour in support of their upcoming fourth album.

The supergroup are working on the follow-up to 2012’s Afterglow having agreed to reunite following their 2013 split. The new album is expected in 2017 and Hughes says he and guitarist Joe Bonamassa have been “inseparable” since beginning work on the music.

But as he has a busy schedule ahead with a full 12 months of touring lined up in support of his upcoming solo album Resonate, Hughes is not sure whether BCC will hit the road.

Hughes tells Classic Rock, “It’s due to be recorded in January and will come out in May, but I’m not worried that Resonate will get lost in the shuffle – not at all. It’s more than strong enough to stand up in its own right.

I have no idea whether there will be a tour from BCC. There may well be a chance of that but at this point I’m not going to speculate as, being the mouthpiece of BCC, last time it was me that took a beating from the trolls when it didn’t happen.”

A war of words ensued between Hughes and Bonamassa when the guitarist refused to tour Afterglow, Hughes complaining publicly of “false promises” and “unresolved expectations” in the aftermath.

“There were no handbags – all that happened was that Joe and I wanted different things,” Hughes says, adding that besides regular bouts of encouragement from Kevin Shirley, the group’s producer, its eventual rebirth was inspired by an article in Billboard that saw Hughes voicing hope of reconciliation.

He adds, “A month later, Joe called me and suggested dinner. And sure enough we ended up discussing the idea of making an album that’s all killer, no filler. And we’ve been writing it – he left my house an hour ago.

Joe and I have worked together on this forthcoming record more than any of the others. For the past week we’ve been inseparable.”

Hughes and Bonamassa are joined in BCC by keyboard player Derek Sherinan and drummer Jason Bonham.

Resonate – Hughes’ first solo record in eight years – is released via Frontiers Records on November 4th.

He adds, “I’m so proud of Resonate and it certainly has legs – I’m going to spend a year touring it around the world. It’s looking like I will play three tours of America in 2017. I’m going everywhere.”

To read more about Resonate and to view a electronic press kit, please click here.

source: Classic Rock via teamrock.com

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THE SCORPIONS ANNOUNCE MIKKEY DEE AS THEIR NEW DRUMMER

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The Scorpions have announced that former Motorhead drummer, Mikkey Dee, will be their new full time drummer. Dee has been filling in for Scorpions percussionist, James Kotak, who was dealing with addiction issues.

Kottak had stepped aside to deal with an alcohol-abuse problem after spending eight months in jail in the United Arab Emirates over an incident at a Dubai airport. Swedish drummer Johan Franzon initially filled in for Kottak before Dee was invited to sit in. Kottak had been a member of the band since 1996.

“We would like to thank James for so many years of lasting participation in the band and personal friendship,” Scorpions said in an official statement. “We understand and respect his need for time as he makes his way through the final stages of his healing process. After our incredibly successful shows in the U.S., Europe and Asia, we are sure to have found a fantastic drummer with Mikkey Dee. He brings a fresh energy to the band, and we look forward to the exciting time together that lies ahead.

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GUITARIST NUNO BETTERNCOURT SAYS EXTREME HAS 17 SONGS WRITTEN FOR THEIR NEXT RECORD

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Extreme have confirmed they’ve written “about 17 songs” for their upcoming album.

They band reported in July that work on the follow-up to 2008’s Saudades De Rock had begun. Now guitarist Nuno Bettencourt says the material is beginning to take shape.

He tells Gearphoria, “We’re about 17 songs into it. We’re just wrapping them up. We’ve got to do vocals and some guitar – slowly but surely.

We’re going to release it early next year – whether that’s February or early spring. This thing is coming out, even if I’ve got to leak this f–king thing.”

Bettencourt adds, “I’m trying to incorporate this [signature guitar] N7 that I have — the seven-string. I struggle enough with six strings, but I’m trying to get some different sounds going. In a way, I’m also trying to go back a bit, simplify stuff. I’m not trying to do an album of the past, but I want it to be rock and roll, you know? I think that is what we need more than anything is to get some raw rock and roll out there.”

When asked how he feels about their 1990 single, More Than Words, that went on to become a global hit, he says, “I’ve always had a pretty good relationship with that song. People ask me all the time if I’m sick of it, is it a curse? I tell them, ‘We put it out, it’s a hit and it turned new fans on to the Pornograffiti album.’

“…I’m proud of it – there was no evil ballad plan. We wrote as comfortable and relaxed as any other song. I’ll take any song that connects with that many people. I’ll write as many as I can – whether it’s ballads or rock tracks.”

Loud And Proud Records will release an Extreme package titled Pornograffitti Live 25/Metal Meltdown on September 23rd. It’ll arrive on DVD, Blu-ray and audio CD and was recorded at the band’s show at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Casino on May 30, 2015, where they performed the record in full. It’s available for pre-order from Amazon.

Extreme have a handful of live dates in the Far East planned over the coming weeks.

Pornograffitti Live 25/Metal Meltdown track list:

1. Decadence Dance
2. Li’l Jack Horny
3. When I’m President
4. Get the Funk Out
5. More Than Words
6. Money (In God We Trust)
7. It’s (a Monster)
8. Pornograffitti
9. When I First Kissed You
10. Suzi (Wants Her All Day What?)
11. Flight of the Wounded Bumble Bee
12. He-Man Woman Hater
13. Song For Love
14. Hole Hearted
15. Play With Me (DVD, Blu-ray only)
16. Cupid’s Dead (DVD, Blu-ray only)

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additional source: Classic Rock via teamrock.com

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