THE COMPLETE ORIGINAL STUDIO ALBUMS 1970-1978 NOW AVAILABLE AT iTUNES

Black Sabbath 1 When Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Terry “Geezer” Butler and Bill Ward formed Black Sabbath in 1969, they created a signature sound that set the blueprint for heavy music and influenced generations of disciples for years to come. For the first time, the full catalog from the original Black Sabbath lineup is now available digitally in the U.S. and has been mastered specifically for iTunes, ensuring the delivery of the music to listeners with increased audio fidelity, more closely replicating what the artists, recording engineers, and producers intended. Available exclusively on the iTunes Store worldwide, fans now have the ability to download all albums in one newly created bundle (“The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1978”), eight legendary studio albums, two classic compilations, or simply purchase each song individually.

“It’s about fucking time the first eight Black Sabbath albums were made available on iTunes in the U.S.,” said Ozzy Osbourne.

“Great news. [It’s] been a long time trying to explain to fans why the music wasn’t available,” Tony Iommi commented.

“It’s going to be great to finally have the catalogue accessible on iTunes,” Geezer Butler noted.

“Black Sabbath: The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1978” features the band’s collected studio works for Warner Bros. Records from the 1970s, including their iconic eponymous debut (1970), the multi-platinum landmark Paranoid (1970), the platinum albums Master Of Reality (1971), Vol. 4 (1972), and Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973), and the gold-certified Sabotage (1975), Technical Ecstasy (1976), and Never Say Die! (1978). Also available is their classic 1976 compilation We Sold Our Soul For Rock ‘N’ Roll as well as 2006’s Greatest Hits 1970-1978, which was released in connection with their induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

Following wildly successful shows in North and South America, Australia, Asia and Europe, Black Sabbath will launch another North American tour with dates starting March 31st at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The traveling road show will also hit ten cities in Canada, including stops in Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton, before wrapping April 26th at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, California. These dates will be part of the band’s final shows of their 2013-2014 world tour in support of their first studio album in 35 years, 13, which entered the charts at #1 in 13 countries (including their first #1 in the U.S.). Another run of European festivals and headlining shows will follow this summer.

First formed in Birmingham, England, Black Sabbath’s doom-laden sound pioneered a new kind of heavy rock music, a sound that would later influence hundreds of other bands. Many consider Black Sabbath to be the godfathers of heavy metal, but Sabbath were capable of surprising their fans with songs that showed other facets of their skills besides darkness and monstrous decibels. Thirty years after their initial impact, guitarists are still stunned by Tony Iommi’s jaw-dropping riffs, Geezer Butler’s swooping bass lines, and Bill Ward’s thunderous drums. And, of course, in Ozzy Osbourne the band had one of the most magnetic and unpredictable front men ever in rock, with a maniacal voice like few others before or since.

Black Sabbath titles now available at iTunes:

* Black Sabbath (1970)
* Paranoid (1970)
* Master Of Reality (1971)
* Vol. 4 (1972)
* Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (1973)
* Sabotage (1975)
* Technical Ecstasy (1976)
* We Sold Our Soul For Rock ‘N’ Roll (1976)
* Never Say Die! (1978)
* Greatest Hits 1970-1978 (2006)
* The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1978 (2014)

source: blacksabbath.com

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JON BON JOVI AND STEVEN TYLER ARE REPORTEDLY SOME OF THE CELEBRITIES SECHEDULED TO APPEAR AT HOWARD STERN’S 60th BIRTHDAY PARTY CELEBRATION

howardstern400 Radio legend Howard Stern will celebrate his 60th birthday in style.

Rockers Jon Bon Jovi, Steven Tyler and John Fogerty will all perform at Howard Stern’s Birthday Bash. Presented by SiriusXM and hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, the show will take place at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Stern’s actual birthday was this past weekend, Jan. 12th.

Other’s honoring Stern include David Letterman and comedian Louis C.K. Said The Howard Stern Show host on a recent episode: “I am very excited to see Jon and thank him for that. And also one of my heroes will perform that night — one of the all-time greats. … A guy whose every record I bought when he was in Creedence Clearwater Revival, and later his solo stuff. John Fogerty will come by to perform two great songs. I won’t say what the songs are, [but] we’re really excited about that.”

Stern had previously announced that Tyler would make an appearance but did not divulge what the Aerosmith frontman has planned.

“He’s going to be performing with someone very special,” said Stern. “There’s a lot of superstars coming, but I am a huge, huge fan of Aerosmith’s and of Steven’s. I love the way he interprets a song, and to have him there that night performing is fantastic.”

source: The Hollywood Reporter

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KISS STAR IN FASHION DESIGNER JOHN VARVATOS’ SPRING/SUMMER 2014 CAMPAIGN

KISS400 Ryan Reed of Rolling Stone reports: Glam-rock icons KISS have always treated their flamboyant costumes and makeup like “battle gear,” but they’ve taken a more subtle and sleek approach by backing John Varvatos suits. In a new video for the designer’s Spring/Summer 2014 campaign, the band deliver an intimate performance for 200 unsuspecting fans at Varvatos’ boutique, the former home of CBGB’s.

The three-minute clip finds KISS performing two classics, Rock & Roll All Nite and C’mon and Love Me, while sporting their stylish new duds. In between the performance footage, bassist Gene Simmons and guitarist Paul Stanley dish out some reliably quotable lines about rock music, their critics and the importance of fashion in their careers. Watch the video below.

additional source: rollingstone.com

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VH1 CLASSIC’S “THAT METAL SHOW” SEASON 13 DEBUTS ON JANUARY 18TH, SOME OF THE GUESTS THIS SEASON INCLUDE: ZAKK WYLDE, MICK MARS, ACE FREHLEY, THE WINERY DOGS AND MORE

Thatmetalshowlogo VH1 Classic’s centerpiece in original programming That Metal Show is returning for its 13h season this week. The acclaimed hard rock/heavy metal talk show, hosted by Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine, begins its latest season January 18th at 11:00PM ET/PT. The guests for the debut episode are Avenged Sevenfold vocalist M. Shadows and Black Label Society vocalist/guitarist Zakk Wylde. Filling in as the guest musician for the episode is Five Finger Death Punch guitarist, Jason Hook. The episode will also feature the fan favorite segments Take It Or Leave It, TMS Top 5, Rank and of course, Stump The Trunk.

Each week That Metal Show will continue to bring their audience the biggest names in hard rock and heavy metal. A slew of guests have already been confirmed for the upcoming episodes including Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge, Randy Blythe and Chris Adler of Lamb of God, Corey Glover and Vernon Reid of Living Colour, and The Winery Dogs. Also confirmed to appear during Season 13 are Mick Mars, Ted Nugent, Ace Frehley, Peter Criss, Joe Satriani, Al Jourgensen, Morgan Rose, Frank Bello and David Ellefson. Other guests are still being confirmed at this time with more to be named at a later date.

Known for having the best musicians in music perform each week on That Metal Show, Season 13 will continue the trend with the likes of Night Ranger guitarist Joel Hoekstra, surf guitar maestro Gary Hoey and metal master Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante. Other blazing musical performances by Charred Walls of the Damned drummer Richard Christy and female guitar legend Lita Ford are also confirmed to make the new season the most musically diverse collection of shows in That Metal Show history.

This season will mark some monumental changes for the show as it returns to New York City for Season 13. Previously, the show was taped over several days of one week out at Sony Studios in Los Angeles. The new season will be shot at Metropolis Studios on Tuesday nights for broadcast that Saturday. Season 13 will also consist of 12 new episodes making it the longest season in the show’s history. Fans can also catch the complete season 12 and brand new exclusive bonus clips at ThatMetalShow.VH1.com and in the new VH1 app. New episodes of season 13 will launch on the web and in the app every Sunday morning following the show’s on-air premiere.

That Metal Show premiered on VH1 Classic in November 2008 and since then has become the only place for all things hard rock/heavy metal on cable television. The show has been visited by some of the biggest names in music including members of Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, Pantera, Anthrax, Kiss, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Queensrÿche and Heart to name just a few.

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“ROCK AGAINST MS” ONLINE ROCK AUCTION ANNOUNCED: WASHBURN D3 STEALTH SIGNED BY DIMEBAG DARRELL & VINNIE PAUL

rockagainstms400 Rock Against MS are honored to have the latest donation by a private donor of this amazing Dimebag Darrell D3 Stealth Limited Edition Washburn – This includes photos of the photo shoot for the 2001 feature in Oui Magazine with this guitar. Pantera did a feature in OUI Magazine back in 2000 hitting the streets in 2001. Part of this was also a subscription campaign utilizing this signed guitar.

Place your bids on the Dimebag Darrell Washburn D3 Stealth Limited Edition, signed by both Darrell & Vinnie Paul, here.

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MOTLEY CRUE ANNOUNCE “R.I.P: ALL BAD THINGS COME TO AN END” EVENT SCHEDULED FOR JANUARY 28TH IN LOS ANGELES

MotleyCrue Motley Crue will hold a special event in Los Angeles on January 28th under the banner RIP: All Bad Things Must Come To An End. The band is expected to announce the first details of its farewell tour, which will likely last for a couple of years, reports blabbermouth.net.

Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx was asked in an October 2013 interview with RollingStone.com about the band’s eventual farewell tour, which singer Vince Neil said could begin as early as May 2014.

“We haven’t decided when that is, we’re talking about that,” Sixx said. “It’ll happen, but we don’t know when it will happen. The most important thing about a farewell tour is that the band doesn’t lie to the fans, and the band doesn’t tour and then come back years later. That’s what’s important for us, planning what’s the right time to go out. We have a great fan base, we have original fans all the way down to teenagers, and we really feel grateful to that and we continue to reinvent ourselves over the years. People always tried to make us an unimportant part of rock history and that doesn’t really affect us because it’s always been that way. Critics have always snubbed us. The thing about Motley Crue is we are a people’s band, we don’t kiss ass to the industry. We believe artists should be in control of their own destiny and that destiny also includes when it should be done so that their fans can forever be proud. It’s not one or two band members up there dragging the band name around. It’s a band for a reason, it works for a reason. We’re really proud of that. I think that’s why, when the day does come, we want to be proud of our band and what we’ve achieved.”

He continued: “Someone said to me the other day, ‘Won’t you be sad?’ I go, ‘No, I’d be sad if we were playing half-full theaters and only two band members were in the band.’ That would be sad. Sad is not taking your final bow in Los Angeles all together as four brothers. I talked to a friend the other day and they were talking about a friend of theirs who passed away. And after the funeral, they had this huge party and everybody was celebrating, drinking and telling stories about this guy and how fun he was and how much joy he gave everybody in life. That’s how I feel about Motley Crue. When that day comes, that’s what I want: one big fucking huge party to celebrate what we’ve done, all the good, all the bad, all the in-between. There it is, one big party, one final bow. It’s gonna be fucking rad, but we’re not there yet. Right now, we got three shows left in Vegas and then we’re gonna start looking forward to when we tour next.”

Asked if there there could be multiple tours, or if the next one will be the finale, Sixx said: “We don’t know right now. We said as brothers and a band, that’s something we plan on doing sometime in the future, but we’re not there yet, so we don’t have any idea when. We’re not sitting down right now planning on that.”

In an interview with Billboard.com, Neil said about Motley Crue’s upcoming farewell tour, “I think we’ll start the tour around May — I’m just kind of guessing on that, but in the spring of ’14 — and we’ll do one more time around the world and kinda call it quits. It’s just that time. We’re going out on top. We don’t want to be some band that people are like, ‘Oh, they’re playing a club now,’ that kind of band. We still sell out arenas, have stadium stuff and things like that, so let’s go out when it’s a big deal.”

Vince also insisted that Motley Crue’s retirement will be for “real” and that they won’t hold multiple farewell tours like certain other acts.

“There are some bands that are on their fifth and sixth farewell tour,” Vince told KVVU Fox 5. “Nah, we’re not gonna do that. I’m not gonna say we would never get back together and do some concerts or something — we wanna keep that open — but we’re not gonna do a farewell tour and then a couple of years later go, ‘Ah, never mind.'”

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source: blabbermouth.net

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