OZZY OSBOURNE’S “MEMOIRS OF MADMAN” SINGLE CD, TWO DVD SET, 180 GM DOUBLE VINYL AND LIMITED EDITION PICTURE DISC VINYL DUE OCTOBER 7TH

OzzyOsbourneShhh This October, the career of rock icon Ozzy Osbourne will be celebrated with the Epic Records/Legacy Recordings Memoirs Of A Madman collections.

Due out October 7th, Memoirs Of A Madman (CD) serves as a career spanning audio release, featuring 17 of Osbourne’s greatest hit singles compiled in one place for the first time in his career and will be available in a single CD, two-LP set and two-LP picture disc set configurations. Pre-order now available at Amazon.

In addition, an exclusive autographed limited edition fan bundle will be available. This includes an autographed poster, 2 DVD set, CD, 2 LP picture disc vinyl, along with a “Creative Allies” fan designed poster, which will feature an image personally chosen by Ozzy. Watch a teaser below.

From the first notes of Ozzy’s 1980’s solo debut Blizzard Of Ozz and follow-up Diary Of A Madman to classic albums No More Tears and Scream, no hard rock solo artist has had quite the same reach as Ozzy; his distinctive vocal delivery and larger than life onstage persona quickly endeared him to millions of rockers. Ozzy immediately had the attention of fans of heavy music with rock staples Crazy Train, Mr. Crowley and Flying High Again. With the 1991 release No More Tears, Ozzy continued his radio success with acclaimed and hugely successful singles No More Tears and the smash hit Mama, I’m Coming Home.

Memoirs Of A Madman track list is as follows:

1. Crazy Train
2. Mr. Crowley
3. Flying High Again
4. Over The Mountain
5. Bark At The Moon
6. The Ultimate Sin
7. Miracle Man
8. No More Tears (edit)
9. Mama, I’m Coming Home
10. Road To Nowhere
11. Perry Mason
12. I Just Want You
13. Gets Me Through
14. Dreamer
15. I Don’t Wanna Stop
16. Life Won’t Wait
17. Let Me Hear You Scream

Details on the Memoirs of a Madman 2 DVD are as follows:

DVD One features more than two dozen of Ozzy’s classic and unforgettable music videos from across his discography, including a bonus alternate version of Mama, I’m Coming Home and making-of footage from the videos Let Me Hear You Scream and Life Won’t Wait.

DVD Two features live performances and interview clips spanning Ozzy’s solo journey, much of which makes its debut on DVD. Some selections have appeared on long out-of-print VHS releases; others will be seen here for the first time, making this an essential package for fans old and new. Ozzy’s union of music and visuals could not be more perfect, and the Memoirs Of A Madman DVD showcases that to brilliant effect.

The Memoirs Of A Madman DVD track listing is as follows:

DVD 1:

The Music Videos:

Bark At The Moon
So Tired
The Ultimate Sin
Lightning Strikes
Crazy Train
Miracle Man
Crazy Babies
Breaking All The Rules
No More Tears
Mama, I’m Coming Home
Mr. Tinkertrain
Time After Time
Road To Nowhere
I Don’t Want To Change The World (Live)
Changes
Perry Mason
I Just Want You
See You On The Other Side
Back On Earth
Gets Me Through
Dreamer
In My Life
I Don’t Wanna Stop
Let Me Hear You Scream
Life Won’t Wait
Let It Die

Bonus:

Mama, I’m Coming Home (alternate version)
The Making of Let Me Hear You Scream
The Making of Life Won’t Wait

DVD 2:

Rochester, NY 1981:

I Don’t Know
Suicide Solution
Mr. Crowley
Crazy Train

Ozzy’s Bunker

Albuquerque, NM 1982
Over The Mountain

MTV 1982

New York, NY 1982
Fairies Wear Boots (clip)

Ozzy’s Bunker:

Entertainment USA 1984

Kansas City, MO 1986
(Jake E Lee, Phil Soussan, Randy Castillo)
Bark At The Moon
Never Know Why

Ozzy’s Bunker

Killer Of Giants
Thank God For The Bomb
Secret Loser

Ozzy’s Bunker

Philadelphia, PA 1989
(Zakk Wylde, Geezer Butler, Randy Castillo)
Bloodbath In Paradise
Tattooed Dancer
Miracle Man

MTV 1989

Marquee, UK 1991
(Zakk Wylde, Mike Inez, Randy Castillo)
Bark At The Moon (clip)

Studio 1992

San Diego, CA 1992
(Zakk Wylde, Mike Inez, Randy Castillo)
I Don’t Want To Change The World
Road To Nowhere

Japan 1992

Ozzy’s Bunker

No More Tears

Studio 1992

Desire

MTV 1992

Mama, I’m Coming Home

Studio 1992

Ozzmosis Recording Session 1995

Ozzfest 1996
(Joe Holmes, Robert Trujillo, Mike Bordin)
Perry Mason

Fame & Fortune

Tokyo, Japan 2001
(Zakk Wylde, Robert Trujillo, Mike Bordin)
Gets Me Through

Fame & Fortune

Ozzfest 2007
(Zakk Wylde, Blasko, Mike Bordin)
Not Going Away

Black Rain Photo Shoot

Las Vegas, NV 2007
(Zakk Wylde, Blasko, Mike Bordin, Adam Wakeman)
I Don’t Wanna Stop

Scream Recording Session 2010

London, England 2010
(Gus G, Blasko, Tommy Clufetos, Adam Wakeman)
Let Me Hear You Scream

BONUS
Philadelphia, PA 1989
(Zakk Wylde, Geezer Butler, Randy Castillo)
Flying High Again

Tokyo, Japan 2001
(Zakk Wylde, Robert Trujillo, Mike Bordin)
Believer

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SLAUGHTER FRONTMAN MARK SLAUGHTER RECORDING HIS FIRST SOLO ALBUM

markslaughter400 Mark Slaughter, lead singer of the multi-platinum band Slaughter, is currently in the studio recording a collection of songs that he wrote for his first-ever upcoming solo release.

With the chance to work with legendary producer Michael Wagener at the helm mixing and masterging the record, Mark is playing all instruments on the album with the exception of drummer Mark Goodin. His guitar playing rivals the greats out there and his vocals are spot on with a musical range that is par-excellence. Still in the band Slaughter and continuously touring with his band, Mark had years of music creativity stored up and has now decided it is time to share it with the world.

This Spring Mark released a new single, Never Givin’ Up, his first ever solo track, to rave reviews on radio stations across the country.

The song salutes the military and all who have served, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Red Circle Foundation that assists families of the US Special Operations Forces.

In addition to the Red Circle Foundation, Slaughter actively participates in charity work including with St. Jude’s hospital.

ACE FREHLEY’S “SPACE INVADER” TO LAND AUGUST 19TH

acefrehley400 Behold the new LP from 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Ace Frehley. Space Invader will be released in the US on August 19th through eOne Music.

Like a shooting star headed toward earth from another solar system, Ace Frehley operates in his own musical galaxy. He’s a musical maverick and iconoclast adored by millions of fans around the world. Through his seminal work with KISS and as a solo artist, Ace Frehley is championed as one of the most influential guitar players of the last four decades and his impact on popular music is immeasurable. With his smash 1978 solo album and post-KISS work including 2009 Anomaly, Frehley continues to be the best selling member of the original band.

Discussing the new album, Frehley says, “Fans can expect something closer to my ’78 solo record,” Frehley reveals. “Over the past couple of months I’ve been listening to my old records and trying to find that formula that I’ve captured so many times in the past. I recently played some of my new music for a few people at my label and they were blown away. It reaffirmed in my mind that I’m on the right path and I think my fans are going to love the results. It’s gonna be a great record.”

Pre-order Space Invader at iTunes.

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KIP WINGER DISCUSSES SONGWRITING AND THE NEW WINGER ALBUM, “BETTER DAYS COMIN”

Winger 630-2014 Greg Prato of Songfacts spoke with Winger frontman Kip Winger about songwriting, the music business, and the stories behind some of his band’s biggest hits. Excerpts appear below.

Songfacts: Let’s start by discussing Winger’s new album, Better Days Comin’.

Kip Winger: I’m terrible with coming out with some kind of thing that I’m going to say for the album. I just write – we write the exact same way we’ve always written since the ’80s: Set up a drum machine, write some riffs, and once we get the stuff the kind of quality we want riff-wise, then we start to shape the arrangements.

This album has a mixture of a little bit of everything that people know us for on it, so for me it’s one of the quintessential records that we’ve done – there’s something for everybody that is into us on this album. But it’s not diverse to a fault. It’s got a lot of the different types of things that we do on it. And I think it’s sonically one of our best albums. We’re all pretty happy with it. Not just because it’s our new record – when I came out with my second record, there’s tons of stuff I would have changed, so it doesn’t always go well.

Songfacts: Is it primarily still you and Reb doing the majority of the songwriting and collaboration?

Kip Winger: Yeah. That’s the sound of the band for Winger records. I have three different things I do: solo records, classical music, and the band. And the sound of Winger is when Reb plays guitar and I play bass and we write from that perspective. We wrote 80 percent of the material, and then John Roth had a couple of tracks on there. If I’m doing a Winger album, that’s pretty much the way I have to do it or else it really won’t even sound like us.

Songfacts: How was it collaborating with Alice Cooper on songs like Roses on White Lace and also Prince of Darkness?

Kip Winger: We never collaborated in a room together. I did those with Kane. We just wrote some ideas and Alice probably wrote over them, which is the way a lot of stuff goes on nowadays. So I really wouldn’t know, honestly speaking. But he’s a great lyricist. He’s got a lot of great ideas, and he’s incredible. I can’t say that I’ve sat in a room with him and written a tune, but I have seen it back in the day. You know, he’s the same as everyone else: You sit around and wrack your brain until you come up with something that you dig.

I think you could ask any songwriter in the world, “What’s your songwriting process like?” and they would all say the same thing: You sit around and wrack your brain until you come up with an idea that you like. Whether you’re playing a piano, guitar, just singing in your head, writing lyrics, it’s all just the creative process. We’re all the same, right? So the creative process tends to be the same in general for a lot of people. I think the variable is that people have different voodoo and superstitions about how they’re going to conjure up the spirit, so to speak. But in the end, man, you’re just kind of pounding out to find a good idea.

Songfacts: What do you remember about the writing and recording of the song Madalaine?

Kip Winger: Have you ever heard the Winger Demo Anthology?

Songfacts: No, I haven’t.

Kip Winger: The Demo Anthology is the demos of all those songs, which shows you the original songs, which, when you hear the album there’s really not much different about it. But Madalaine was one where it was much slower. It was a lot slower, actually.

So, we wrote that song and it was kind of slow, and then when we went in the studio, one of the suggestions that Beau Hill made was to speed up that song. So when we sped it up, it came to life.

That was the first song that Reb and I wrote where people around us were, like, “Wow, this is a single.” And I was thinking, “This is a single? What’s a single?” I totally didn’t get it. So I have to say I’ve been very naïve in my career. I’m kind of a late bloomer when it comes to understanding the function of marketing and all that kind of stuff. I just did the music and then all the other shit kind of came alongside of it, which wasn’t always to my benefit.

But that song was real slow, we sped it up, it came to life. I think it’s one of our cooler songs. It’s still a chick song, but it’s got a cool riff that Reb wrote and still rocks. But it’s very cocky.

Read more at Songfacts.

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METALLICA RELEASE BLOOPER REEL FROM ESPN SPOT

Metallica2010pic2400pix As previously reported, Metallica has filmed a spot for ESPN’s This Is Sports Center . Now a blooper reel has been released and can be viewed below.

Metallica recently a new song called Lords of Summer through iTunes.

KISS’ GENE SIMMONS SAYS “BE NICE TO RICH PEOPLE”

Gene-Simmons400 KISS star Gene Simmons says he’s proud to be among the One Percent of the world’s richest people – and insists everyone else owes him a debt of gratitude.

The bassist believes the world would descend into “chaos” if it wasn’t for him and fellow millionaires.

Simmons tells UTSanDiego.com, “The one percent pays 80 percent of all taxes. 50 percent of the population of the US pays no taxes. The one percent provides all the jobs for everybody else. If the one percent didn’t exist there would be chaos and the economy would drop dead.”

He adds, “Try being nice to rich people. I don’t remember the last poor person who gave me a job.”

Describing his 30 years of extreme financial security as “fantastic” he continues: “You know how I spell ‘shameless?’ P-r-o-u-d.”

He explains, “People often confuse my pride and self-confidence with arrogance. I’m like an animal in the jungle that pisses on the ground and doesn’t ask permission. That’s full disclosure before the facts – others hold their opinions to themselves and never say who they are. You will always know who I am. You don’t have to like it.”

KISS recently announced, KISS Rocks Vegas residency, starting November 5th at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas. The band is currently on tour with Def Leppard.

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OVERKILL DEBUTS “BITTER PILL” MUSIC VIDEO, WATCH IT HERE

overkill640 Overkill have debuted another all new music video for their newest single Bitter Pill exclusively via Decibel Magazine today. Directed by long time collaborator Kevin J. Custer, the video is the fourth time the veteran director has directed an Overkill video including Armorist, which can be viewed here.

Watch Bitter Pill below.

Ooverkill will release their seventeenth LP White Devil Armory on July 22nd trhough eOne Music in North America, and July 18th overseas via Nuclear Blast. The effort is the follow up to the critically acclaimed The Electric Age released in 2012.

The band has quite a bit of touring lined up with a highlighted performance scheduled at Heavy Montreal Festival on August 9th. After that the band will embark on a U.S. tour, view all dates here. Tickets are on sale now.

This year’s White Devil Armory is as vital, powerful, aggressive and melodic as any of the albums in Overkill’s ridiculously impressive back catalog, which stretches over 16 slabs of genre defining and redefining molten metal. The crunch is unmistakable. The voice is irreplaceable. Get less than a minute into White Devil Armory and it’s clear it’s Overkill. No pretense, no musical red herrings. This is tried and true, always trusted thrash metal. Pre-order on iTunes here.

White Devil Armory track listing:

1. XDM
2. Armorist
3. Down To The Bone
4. PIG
5. Bitter Pill
6. Where There’s Smoke
7. Freedom Rings
8. Another Day To Die
9. King Of The Rat Bastards
10. It’s All Yours
11. In The Name

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AEROSMITH JOINED BY JOHNNY DEPP AT BAND’S BOSTON HOMETOWN SHOW

aerosmith2-400 On the third date (July 16th) of this summer’s Let Rock Rule North American summer tour, Aerosmith fans saw a special collaboration between the band and good friend Johnny Depp. The performance–at the Xfinity Center in the band’s Boston hometown–featured a guest spot from Depp on the band’s Train Kept a-Rollin. Depp last performed the song with the band at their August 2012 sold-out Hollywood Bowl show in Los Angeles.

Let Rock Rule, this summer’s definitive rock experience, features rock’s most lethal army–Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Joey Kramer, Tom Hamilton, and Brad Whitford–and special guest Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators. The began Thursday, July 10th at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, NY and will make stops in Los Angeles, CA (The Forum), San Francisco, CA (Sleep Train Pavilion), Chicago (First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre), Denver, CO (Pepsi Center), Dallas, TX (American Airlines Center) and Atlanta, GA (Phillips Arena) before wrapping Friday, September 12th in Sydney, NS, Canada (Open Hearth Park).

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AC/DC DRUMMER PHIL RUDD TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM NEXT MONTH, POSTS FIRST LYRIC VIDEO ONLINE

philruddsoloband400 AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd will release a solo album called Head Job which will be released on August 29th through Universal Music Australia.

Rudd had released a lyric video for the song Repo Man. Watch it below.

Over the past 20 years or so amidst spending time drumming for Australia’s favorite rock export AC/DC, running a studio and a restaurant, racing cars, flying helicopters and a bit of farming in the land of the long white cloud; Melbourne-born drummer Phil Rudd has been quietly writing an album worth of songs which will see the light of day next month.

From the rollicking first single Repo Man, a gentle reminder about karma; to the rocking title track Head Job, which does not have intimate connotations but is a play on words about going to the pub to commiserate with your mates about someone doing your head in… from the upbeat dirgy groove of Bad Move to the relationship-driven Crazy; Rudd has delivered a very personal album “about the shit that goes on,” as the great man himself said.

Perhaps with the exception of 40 Days & 40 Nights, these songs were more inspired by everyday personal experiences in life rather than being about touring the globe with the world’s biggest rock band.

Citing influences ranging from Ringo Starr and Free/Bad Company’s Simon Kirke, to Moutain’s Leslie West and AC/DC bandmates Malcolm and Angus Young, these songs and lyrics are all very special to Rudd and when talking about the release of this album which has had such a long gestation, he said, “I’m very happy for it to finally make its way out there and for people to hear it!”

The songs were penned primarily by Rudd with the assistance of Allan Badger and Geoffrey Martin — musicians Phil met on the local scene, which he says “turned out to be a great musical partnership.” “Badge” and Martin also perform vocals, guitars and bass on the album, with Rudd sitting in the producer’s seat. The tracks came together over a period of time recorded at several locations including the studio that Rudd built himself not far from his restaurant Phil’s Place in Tauranga, New Zealand.

“I hope everyone thinks this is a great album from start to finish because that’s the idea,” Rudd told Triple M (hear audio below). “We didn’t put anything on there that we didn’t like. There’s no filler. There’s plenty of Phil, but no filler.”

Rudd also commented on the new AC/DC album which the band recently finished recording at Bryan Adams’ studio in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

“We’re happy to have it done and it’s all very good, by the way,” he said. “There’s no comparisons between the two [the new AC/DC album and Head Job], but they’re both very good.”

Rudd joined AC/DC in 1974. He had previously played with Angry Anderson in Buster Brown and left that band to join the Coloured Balls with Lobby Loyde.

When AC/DC bassist Mark Evans left the band in 1977, Rudd became the only Australian-born member of AC/DC.

Rudd exited AC/DC in 1983 and was replaced by Simon Wright, then Chris Slade. When Slade left in 1993, Rudd rejoined the band.

KISS’ GENE SIMMONS SAYS THE BAND WOULD NEVER REUNITE WITH FORMER BAND MEMBERS ACE FREHLEY AND PETER CRISS

Gene-Simmons400 KISS’ singing bassist Gene Simmons says that although the band have reunited with former members Ace Frehley (guitar) and Peter Criss (drums) in the past, that fans should not expect that to happen in the future.

Speaking with The Tampa Tribute, Simmons was asked if the band would ever consider reuniting if their two estranged members “cleaned up their act.” The bassist stated, “Not a chance. We’ve already danced that dance three different times. No way will we reunite. It wouldn’t be fair to [current members] Tommy [Thayer] and Eric [Singer]. It wouldn’t be right.”

Simmons also addressed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction with Criss and Frehley, adding, “We only did the induction with Ace and Peter because the fans wanted it. But it was a slap in the fact that they didn’t acknowledge Tommy Thayer and Eric. They’ve been in the band longer than Ace and Peter. If the Grateful Dead can have 10 members in and out of the band and a lyricist who was never in the band in the Hall, how can you explain that?”

KISS are currently on tour with Def Leppard.

additional source: loudwire.com