OZZY OSBOURNE AND ZAKK WYLDE REUNITE FOR 2017 TOUR

For the first time in more than a decade, Ozzy Osbourne and Zakk Wylde are together again.

Known as one of rock’s most lethal singer and guitarist pairings, the two will hit the road for a series of Ozzy headlining shows in the U.S. this summer and fall, beginning July 14 (*see dates below). While they’ve performed together over the years, these shows are the first collaboration for the duo for a full tour since 2006. These dates also mark Ozzy’s first solo tour in the U.S. in years beyond one Ozzy & Friends performance at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans, LA in October 2015.

Ozzy and Zakk first teamed up 30 years ago when Zakk (who Ozzy describes as “a f***ing absolutely amazing guitar player”) joined Ozzy’s band in 1987; they last recorded in 2007 on Ozzy’s acclaimed Black Rain album.

In addition to reuniting with Zakk Wylde on guitar, Ozzy’s band will include longtime collaborators Blasko (Bass), Tommy Clufetos (Drums) and Adam Wakeman (Keyboards). Ozzy’s tour dates kick off in July at the Rock USA Festival in Oshkosh, WI with additional dates to be announced in the coming weeks.

“I’m so happy to be getting back on the road with Zakk, Blasko, Tommy and Adam,” says Osbourne. “This is what I do. This is where I belong, on the road.”

“I’m really looking forward to the hardcore powalifting training sessions with Ozzy as well as playing music in between sets of heavy squats, Benching and deadlifts,” Zakk Wylde adds.

Next up for Ozzy: prepping for a new solo album for 2018 on Epic.

Ozzy’s initial 2017 tour dates are as follows:

July:

14 Oshkosh, WI Rock USA Festival
16 Chicago, IL Chicago Open Air Festival

August:

9 Sturgis, SD Buffalo Chip
21 Cartersville, IL Moonstock Festival

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ANTHRAX BASSIST FRANK BELLO SAYS THE BAND’S MUSIC COMES FROM “A REAL PLACE”

Greg Prato of the Long Island Pulse spoke with Anthrax bassist Frank Bello. Portions of the interview appear below.

Pulse: For All Kings came out over a year ago. What are your thoughts on the album now?

Frank Bello: It’s like looking at something that’s a labor of love. It’s something that I’m very, very proud of. Quite honestly, I guess as you get older in a band and time passes by, you’re really grateful for a band like Anthrax. We came up in the 80s from a scene that nobody knew about called thrash. To be here in 2017 and not only be relevant, but what a lot of people are calling one of the best records of 2016 is a really special thing for me… It’s very satisfying, and at the same time, makes you very hungry for whatever is next. We’re doing this great tour—headlining finally, thank God. We’ve been opening for everybody forever, and I’m one of the fans that say the same thing: “I love opening for people, but it’s time for headlining now. It’s time to really stand on our own and do our thing, and show people what we got.” We couldn’t be more excited right now.

Pulse: Are you the only Anthrax member who is still a New York resident?

Frank Bello: [Laughs] Actually, Joey [Belladonna] is from Upstate New York—he lives in Syracuse. But I live in Westchester. So, we are still New Yorkers. Scott [Ian] lives in LA, Charlie [Benante] lives in Chicago, Jon [Donais] lives in Rhode Island. I think you never really lose that New York vibe. To say the least, in your heart, you’ll always be a New Yorker.

Pulse: It seems like, especially early on, Anthrax became synonymous with New York.

Frank Bello: The one thing about Anthrax that I’ve always been proud of, and just as a person, I am who I am. I can’t pretend to be somebody else. That’s not the way I was built, that’s not the way my family brought me up. I’m very proud of just being me. There’s no pretense—who gives a shit about pretense? There’s enough of that going on in the world. I just want to be real. And that’s where our music comes from a real place.

Read more at the Long Island Pulse.

source: lipulse.com

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CELEBRITIES AND MUSICIANS JOIN THIRD ANNUAL “RIDE FOR RONNIE” MOTORCYCLE RALLY & CONCERT ON SUNDAY, MAY 7TH

The third Annual Ride For Ronnie Motorcycle Rally and Concert, benefiting the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund, is set for Sunday, May 7th, 2017, comprising a Motorcycle Ride through the streets of Los Angeles County and an afternoon of live music. Last year’s Ride For Ronnie event raised over $50,000 for the cancer charity.

Riders will assemble at Harley-Davidson of Glendale with kickstands up at 11AM. Among those expected to join Dio Cancer Fund co-founder and president Wendy Dio and the cavalcade of motorcycle riders are rockers Lita Ford, Gilby Clarke (former Guns N’ Roses guitarist), Sean McNabb (Lynch Mob), Taime Downe (Faster Pussycat) and Xavier Muriel (Buckcherry) plus actors Chris Bruno (The Dead Zone) and Sons of Anarchy’s Emilio Rivera, Rusty Coones and Star Fields.

Gates at Los Encinos Park in Encino will open at 11:30AM for the Concert portion of the event with live entertainment provided by rockers Lynch Mob, Eddie Money, Rough Cutt, Dio Disciples, The Loveless, Sonia Harley, and No Small Children. Radio personality Eddie Trunk will handle hosting duties, which will also include a raffle, silent and live auctions, food trucks, merchandise vendors and more. Lita Ford, Alex Grossi (Quiet Riot guitarist), Jeff Pilson (Foreigner and former Dio guitarist), Marc Ferrari (Cold Sweat) and Marty O’Brien (Lita Ford) will be on hand for the concert festivities. Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler is now organizing players for an all-star jam.

A donation of $25000 will be presented to Dr. David Wong of the UCLA School of Dentistry to help fund his team’s research into the development of a simple, non-invasive saliva test for the early detection of cancer. This is part of the Dio Cancer Fund’s commitment to this ground-breaking project, which is in keeping with its message that early detection saves lives.

There will be a display illustrating breakthroughs in the gastric cancer research that is being done at UCLA by Dr. Wong’s team, and he will be present to help explain these inroads to interested fans. Additionally, the Dio Cancer Fund will be distributing complimentary bottles of sunscreen along with skin cancer prevention information.

The silent auction will be held in one of the exhibit booths throughout the afternoon, while live auctions, featuring one-of-a-kind rock collectables, will take place during intervals between artist performances. Live Auction, raffle and silent auction items include a stage-worn full-length leather Eddie Money trenchcoat from his 2000 Millennium Tour, a Great White acoustic guitar signed by the band members, Dio photo book signed by all of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, a Black Sabbath collectables and merchandise bundle, a variety of concert tickets, wine-tasting certificates, and much, much more.

Los Angeles’ premier rock radio station, 95.5 KLOS, has come on board this year as an event sponsor and will be out in force at Harley Davidson in Glendale for the start of the ride.

Slammin Sliders, G’s Taco Spot, Greenz on Wheelz and Archie’s Ice Cream food trucks will be on site at the Park throughout the afternoon. Premium beer sponsored by Ninkasi Brewing Company will be available as well as Graffiti Wine, water courtesy of Solar Rain and soft drinks. Additional RIDE FOR RONNIE sponsors include Harley-Davidson of Glendale, Law Tigers and Bigg Time Entertainment.

An array of merchandise-teeshirts, baseball-style shirts, caps, CDs, wristbands, event souvenirs, etc. will be available for purchase and a “Jumble Sale” booth featuring gently-used items and collectables benefiting the Dio Cancer Fund will be also on site at the Park. Additional merchandise vendors will also participate.

Both riders and concert-goers can purchase their tickets by visiting diocancerfund.org/events.

Pre-Registration Prices:

$35/rider (includes concert admission)
$10/passenger (includes concert admission)
$25 concert admission only

Day of Event Prices:

$40/rider (includes concert admission)
$10/passenger (includes concert admission)
$30 concert admission only

2017 Ride For Ronnie Motorcycle Ride and Concert Schedule

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Ride:
9:00am – 10:45am: Rider Check-In & On-Site Registration
9:00am – 10:30am Continental Breakfast
Kickstands up at 11:00am

Harley Davidson of Glendale
3717 San Fernando Rd., Glendale, CA 91204

Concert:

11:30AM – Gates open
11:45AM- 5PM Concert

Los Encinos State Historic Park
16756 Moorpark Street Encino, CA 91436

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ANTHRAX DEBUTS “CARRY ON” LIVE AT L.A. “KILLTHRAX” SHOW

This past Saturday, Anthrax closed the show at the sold-out Los Angeles “KillThrax” tour stop and those in attendance witnessed an exclusive treat, the band’s first-ever live performance of Carry On, their cover of the classic Kansas song. With shout-outs from fans for the band to play the song at the “KillThrax” shows, airplay on Active Rock stations across the country, more than 300,000 YouTube views, and even a “thumbs-up” for the cover from Kansas founding member Phil Ehart, the band decided it was time to play it live.

Anthrax fans are well aware that there is no keyboardist in the band and keyboards are prominent on this song, so the band enlisted the help of Fred Mandel to join them onstage at the Wiltern Theatre for the performance. Mandel recorded the keyboards for the Carry On cover track and has played with icons from Alice Cooper to Elton John to Queen.

Watch the performance below.

Remaining “KillThrax” dates – Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, The Devil Wears Prada and Code Orange – are below.

April:

25 Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA *
26 Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR **
28 The Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO *
29 Sokol Auditorium, Omaha, NE **
30 Midland Theatre, Kansas City, MO *

May:

1 The Pageant, St. Louis, MO **
3 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON CANADA **
5 Paramount Theatre, Huntington, NY **
6 Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, NY *
7 House of Blues, Boston, MA*

* KsE closes
** Anthrax closes

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WARRANT STREAMS “PERFECT”

As previously reported, Warrant will release their new album, Louder Harder Faster, on May 12th. The band is currently streaming the song, Perfect, which can be heard below.

With a line-up featuring original members, Erik Turner, Jerry Dixon, Joey Allen, and Steven Sweet along with singer Robert Mason (Lynch Mob, Cry of Love), Warrant are now stronger than ever. Mason’s vocals remain a breath of fresh air and his swagger on the songs gives new life and a bright future to the band. With production handled by Foreigner and ex-Dokken bass player Jeff Pilson (Last In Line, Starship, Adler’s Appetite, etc.), Warrant is sounding tighter and playing better than ever before. Louder Harder Faster, true to the band’s roots, is full of rockers with some classic ballads thrown in and will surely send their faithful fans into a frenzy.

Erik Turner says, “You can hear and feel the emotions of the last 25 plus years of being in this band poured into LHF. The fun and the frustrations, the pleasure and the pain… a whole lot of blood, sweat, tears and beers went into the making of this album. Love it or hate it, its the real f’ckn deal, 100% pure melodic hard rock. Hand crafted by five musicians who dedicated their lives to music when they were just little kids with big dreams.”

Read more about the release, here.

Louder Harder Faster tracklisting:

1. Louder Harder Faster
2. Devil Dancer
3. Perfect
4. Only Broken Heart
5. U In My Life
6. Music Man
7. Faded
8. New Rebellion
9. Big Sandy
10. Choose Your Fate
11. Let It Go
12. I Think I’ll Just Stay Here and Drink (Bonus Track available on CD ONLY)

Warrant tour dates:

Mar 10 Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, San Antonio, TX
Mar 16 The Token Lounge, Westland, MI
Mar 17 The Corbin Arena, Corbin, KY
Mar 18 Watseka Theater, Watseka, IL
Mar 24 Akron Civic Theater, Akron, OH
Mar 25 Rock the Arena II @ Savage Arena, Toledo, OH
Mar 31 Medina Entertainment Center, Medina, MN

Apr 1 PBR event / Sioux Falls Arena, Sioux Falls, SD
Thaw Out Days After-Party
Apr 22 Tacoma Dome PBR Event
Apr 27 Hampton Beach Casino, Hampton Beach, NH
Apr 28 Aura, Portland, ME
Apr 29 M3 Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, MD

May 12 PBR event / Rock Bar @ Miracle Mile Shops, Las Vegas, NV
May 19 The Rose, Pasadena, CA
May 20 The Canyon, Agoura Hills, CA

Sep 16 Shrinedom @ Creek Hill Barn, Irasburg, VT

Oct 28 Rock N Skull 2017 @ Avantis Dome – Pekin,IL

Nov 1 PBR Event T-Mobile Arena, Toshiba Plaza Stage, Las Vegas, NV

For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit warrantrocks.com/tour.

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ZAKK WYLDE’S BLACK SABBATH COVER BAND, ZAKK SABBATH, TO RELEASE “LIVE IN DETROIT” EP ON JUNE 16TH

Zakk Sabbath, the all-star Black Sabbath cover band featuring guitarist/vocalist Zakk Wylde, bassist Rob “Blasko” Nicholson and drummer Joey Castillo, will release a limited-edition EP, Live In Detroit, on June 16th via Southern Lord Recordings.

The three tracks comprising Live In Detroit were captured at the band’s thundering performance at The Fillmore in Detroit, Michigan on October 28th, 2016.

Southern Lord will release Live In Detroit as a one time, vinyl-only pressing in multiple color variants. Additionally, the band will have the Live In Detroit EP available for purchase throughout their upcoming tour (see dates below).

Live In Detroit track listing:

Side A:

1. War Pigs (13:25)

Side B:

2. Supernaut (4:57)
3. Fairies Wear Boots (7:33)

Zakk Sabbath will embark on its first-ever U.S. headlining tour next month, paying tribute to heavy metal’s most important band of all time. The month-long trek will commence on May 18th and run through June 17th, with stops at this year’s Rock On The Range and Rocklahoma.

Zakk Sabbath tour dates:

May 18 – Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
May 19 – Gramercy Theatre – New York, NY
May 20 – BB&T Pavilion @ WMMR BBQ – Camden, NJ
May 21 – MAPFRE Stadium @ Rock On The Range – Columbus, OH
May 23 – The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
May 25 – Warehouse Live Studio – Houston, TX
May 26 – Gas Monkey Live – Dallas, TX w/ The Sword
May 27 – Catch The Fever Festival Grounds @ Rocklahoma – Pryor, OK
May 28 – Fubar – St. Louis, MO
May 30 – Exit/In – Nashville, TN
May 31 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Jun. 02 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
Jun. 03 – KQRC’s Rockfest – Kansas City, MO
Jun. 04 – Marquis Theater – Denver, CO
Jun. 06 – The Pin – Spokane, WA
Jun. 07 – The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
Jun. 08 – Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
Jun. 09 – Riverview Ranch @ 40th Annual Redwood Run – Piercy, CA
Jun. 10 – Slim’s – San Francisco, CA
Jun. 17 – El Rey – Los Angeles, CA

Check out the music video for War Pigs below.

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