blacksabb2013 Gary Graff of Billboard reports:

Geezer Butler says that he’s happy that he and his Black Sabbath mates Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi “were able to come together and do one final album”-13, which comes out June 11th and is currently streaming on iTunes.


“Well, I guess you should never say never,” the bassist tells Billboard. “It could be, though. We’ll see how this album goes, see what happens.” And Osbourne, who’s appearing on his first Sabbath studio album since 1978’s Never Say Die, also prefers caution when talking about future Sabbath recordings. “Let’s put it this way; it’s taken us 35 years to do this one,” he notes with a laugh. “So if there’s gonna be (another) album there’s gonna be an album but I don’t want to say if there’s going to be a follow-up. I wouldn’t mind doing another Sabbath album with them, though.”

Read more at Billboard.


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accept2010400pix This year, German metal legends Accept are headlining European festivals, preparing a new album as well as working on their first live DVD and CD featuring Wolf Hoffman, Peter Baltes, Mark Tornillo, Herman Frank & Stefan Schwarzmann.

The Teutonic Metal band has touched the lives of so many fans and musicians alike along the way in their 30+ year career. Having inspired legions of fans with songs like Fast as a Shark and Metal Heart; Accept helped create the Speed Metal genre. This time, however, it is the band that is inspired by the fans. With the making of new music on the horizon and their busy schedule, the band is eager to share even more of themselves with their loyal following by announcing the making of the first official Accept documentary. From their humble beginnings as a garage band in their German home town of Solingen in the late ‘70s, their ‘80s Balls to the Wall ‘glory days,’ and all the way up their most successful re-incarnation with power house vocalist Mark Tornillo. This is a very proud and important moment for the ‘German Heavy Metal Band’.

Accept invites everybody who has ever crossed paths with the band to head over to their official Facebook page to submit pictures, letters, recordings, videos, films, memorabilia, stories, simply anything and everything Accept. We invite producers, music industry professionals, promoters, writers, photographers, families, friends, and other musicians whether you’ve stayed connected with or only passed through the doors to participate – including a special invitation to (our former frontman) Udo and all the musicians who have been performing Accept songs for more than 30 years.

If you were deeply touched by whatever Accept was and is, you are invited to contribute to the archives which will be used for the long awaited and forthcoming Accept documentary. Many have had their lives influenced and changed and enriched by Accept including Lasse in Sweden for instance, who owns the largest Accept memorabilia collection on the planet. “These are our heroes and we owe them the recognition and a place in Accept’s documented history,” says guitarist Wolf Hoffmann.

Helming the project, will be Stefan Kaufmann. Under his command (as an expert of Accept’s history) and along side the band, he will whip the project into shape in order to capture the legacy for all. Peter Baltes adds, “This is not the story of one musician or their ‘personal success’; it is ultimately about a band from Germany who defined and inspired more than one music genre.”

Fans can submit their material via the Accept’s Facebook including posting on the Accept Facebook wall all or by sending a Facebook Message or by emailing the band at: Remember Accept is looking for live photos, stories of meeting the band, fan gatherings, tattoos, ticket stubs, ads (print/audio/video), artwork, collectibles, various merchandise, t-shirts, denim jackets, magazine covers, magazine articles and so much more.

Please note we can’t use videos on YouTube, we need the actual video file. If you have a file that is too large to email or post you can send to us using Please zip the file and visit and send to, we will download it. Please be sure to include a text file with your name and email address in the zip file.

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BrianJohnson Sting‘s first album in 10 years will include an unexpected collaboration with Brian Johnson, the lead singer of AC/DC, reports Billy Dukes of Ultimate Classic Rock.

Sting‘s first album in 10 years will include an unexpected collaboration with Brian Johnson, the lead singer of AC/DC. The Last Ship will be released on September 24th. As previously reported, the collection is the soundtrack to a theater production of the same name set to debut on Broadway in 2014.

It’s not clear what song, or how many songs Johnson will appear on, but a publicist has confirmed the cameo from the singer. Sting screened the production in May in hopes of finding financial backers, according to the New York Times.

The Last Ship explores themes of homecoming and self-discovery. The plot is focused on a shipyard in Wallsend, Eng., a town near where Sting grew up. It’s the story of the demise of the shipbuilding industry in the ’80s.

Look for the album in several configurations, including a 12-song version and a two-disc deluxe set featuring five bonus tracks. There’s also a 20-song super deluxe version with special packaging that will be available through Amazon. Digital and vinyl versions will also be available.


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zakklespaultrio Guitarist Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy Osbourne, Pride and Glory) will performing with Les Paul Trio on Monday, June 10th at The Iridium in New York City for a very special performance. In addition to performing with the Les Paul Trio, Wylde will spend the following two nights (June 11-12) on the Iridium stage, as well, with two intimate shows billed as An Evening With Zakk Wylde. Call 212-582-2121 for more information.

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GunsBrooklyn Iconic supergroup Guns N’ Roses have added another New York appearance this week with a performance at Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg, Brooklyn this Thursday, June 6th (doors: 8pm ET). The full-set will be followed by a late night after-party featuring GN’R keyboardist Chris Pitman as DJ. Presented by Brooklyn Bowl and Governors Ball, tickets for the 21-and-up event go on sale to the general public today, June 4th, at 7pm ET. Click here to order tickets.

Guns N’ Roses are set to headline Governors Ball this Saturday, June 8th as well as perform at Buffalo Outer Harbor Fest on Wednesday, June 5th. For more information on their schedule, visit

The Brooklyn Bowl show is the continuation in a series of intimate performances over the past year including the Hiro Ballroom, their historic return to The Ritz (now Webster Hall), The Electric Factory in Philly, and House of Blues in various cities including L.A., Chicago, Houston and Dallas.

Celebrated worldwide as one of the most important rock acts in music history, Guns N’ Roses are Axl Rose, DJ Ashba (guitar), Dizzy Reed (keyboards), Tommy Stinson (bass), Richard Fortus (guitar), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (guitar), Chris Pitman (keyboards) and Frank Ferrer (drums). Guns N’ Roses continue on their sold-out global arena tour, with shows in the U.S., Europe, visits to Latin America and multiple festivals, having played to millions of fans around the globe.


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newstedband400Jason Newsted has announced an August 6th release date for Newsted’s forthcoming album, Heavy Metal Music.

Matching and exceeding the teaser EP Metal (which debuted at #1 on the iTunes metal chart), Newsted’s debut full-length album, Heavy Metal Music, is likewise short on pretense and long on crushing riffs. From the throwback Sabbathian strut of Ampossible, the breakneck gallop of Long Time Dead, or the full speed ahead charge of breakout single Above All, the 11-song album is sure to cement the band’s place as one of metal’s strongest outfits. Staind guitarist Mike Mushok joins an already impressive fold with Jason on bass and lead vocals, guitarist Jessie Farnsworth and drummer Jesus Mendez Jr.
Listen to an exclusive stream of the brand new track Heroic Dose at


Heavy Metal Music album track listing:

Heroic Dose
…As The Crow Flies
Long Time Dead
Above All
King Of The Underdogs
Twisted Tail Of The Comet

Currently in Europe playing festivals around the world, including Impact in Poland on June 5th and the Download Festival in England on June 16th,Newsted will return to the US in early July for Megadeth’s formidable Gigantour, which also features Black Label Society, Device, Hellyeah and Death Division.

“There is a chance that Mustaine and I will bust out some old Metallica that he was a part of. It has been talked about, “ Jason said. “I’m willing to throw down Phantom Lord – actually, whatever he calls out, I’m gonna throw down.”

Newsted On Gigantour:

July 5 Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
July 6 Canadalgua, NY @ Marvin Sands PAC
July 8 Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 9 Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
July 10 Youngstown, OH @ Covelli Center
July 13 Lubbock, TX @ Lonestar Ampitheatre
July 14 Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Ampitheatre
July 16 Oklahoma City, OK @ Zoo Ampitheatre
July 18 Bloomington, IL @ US Cellular Coliseum
July 19 Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
July 22 Winnipeg, Canada @ MTS Center
July 23 Regina, Canada @ Brandt Center
July 25 Calgary, Canada @ Stampede Corral
July 26 Edmonton, Canada @ Rexall Place
July 27 Dawson Creek, Canada @ EnCana Events Centre
July 29 Abbotsford, Canada @ Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre
July 30 Everett, WA @ Comcast Arena
Aug 1 West Valley City, UT @ Maverik Center
Aug 2 Broomfield, CO @ 1st Bank St
Aug 4 Fargo, ND @ Scheels Arena
Aug 9 Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
Aug 10 Heavy MTL Montreal, Canada @ Parc Jean Drapeau*
Aug 11 Toronto, Canada @ Molson Canadian Ampitheatre


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