blacklabelsocietyband2013 Guitar icon Zakk Wylde, leader of Black Label Socieity has announced An Evening With Zakk Wylde, a solo 13-city tour across Canada featuring intimate versions of some of the band’s most popular songs, as well as songs from Wylde’s best-selling solo album Book of Shadows and Southern rock band Pride & Glory (see dates below).

“This is a special Thank You to the Canadian fans for making Ain’t No Sunshine Top 20 people!” said Wylde. “I love Canada! They always welcome BLS and are so supportive. To do a more intimate, stripped down show, especially in cities where you’re so embraced – is just the ultimate. You can take a song that you’ve played thousands of times, rearrange it and suddenly its something totally fresh and new. Acoustically, the songs are just as powerful and heartfelt. Even transposing them and performing them on piano, they are no less raw and familiar.”

Zakk also has a special message to his Canadian fans: “Thanks to the Canadian chapter of the almighty Black Label for the success of Unblackened and the single, Ain’t No Sunshine!!! I am looking forward to an special evening with our Canadian family.”

Black Label Society have established themselves at the forefront of Heavy Metal with a series of hard riffing and hugely successful albums alongside worldwide tours that have cemented their reputation as one of the most powerful live bands of their generation. On September 23rd, 2013, the band released the 2-CD set Unblackened, finding Black Label Society in a mellower mood in a performance taped at Club Nokia in Los Angeles earlier this year. The concert showcases the band’s songs with a greater use of acoustic instruments but without losing any of their power and intensity. Zakk Wylde leads from the front as always, performing here on both guitar and piano and demonstrating the subtler side of his music alongside the blistering solos that his fans know and love.

For over 20 years he served as Ozzy Osbourne’s guitarist, a collaboration that produced a string of multi-platinum albums, including Osbourne’s biggest selling album No More Tears (Wylde wrote all of the music) and Ozzmosis. He has won nearly every guitar award imaginable, and is a major influence on a new battalion of rock guitarists currently popular today.

The last few years have seen Wylde’s life radically altered. Doctors recently discovered blood clots in his leg. “The doc was like, ‘you have, what, a drink a day? Six? 12? A case?’ I’m like, ‘It’s a liquid diet,’” says Wylde, laughing. “I mean, I’d drink beer while lifting weights. That’s Black Label Society style for you right there. But the doc told me if I kept this up, I’d be dead by the time I was 50. So I stopped drinking. No big deal.”

Bring on the Canadian tour, then.

An Evening With Zakk Wylde tour dates:

Thursday, February 13th
Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom

Friday, February 14th
Duncan, BC Cowichan Theatre

Saturday, February 15th
Kelowna, BC Level

Monday, February 17th
Edmonton, AB The Ranch

Tuesday, February 18th
Calgary, AB Flames Central

Wednesday, February 19th
Medicine Hat, AB The Esplanade Arts Centre

Friday, February 21st
Regina, SK The Exchange

Saturday, February 22nd
Saskatoon, SK Broadway Theater

Sunday, February 23rd
Winnipeg, MB Garrick Theatre

Monday, February 24th
Thunder Bay, ON Crocks

Wednesday, February 26th
London, ON London Music Hall

Thursday, February 27th
Toronto, ON The Danforth Music Hall

Friday, February 28th
Montreal, QC Corona Theatre

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randyrhoads300 Come celebrate the late, great Randy Rhoads birthday with his family this week at Kathy Rhoads D’Argenzio and her husband Richard D’Argenzio’s wine tasting room in Burbank.

The Randy Rhoads Birthday Tribute weekend starts Friday, December 6th and ends Saturday, December 7th – open from 4pm to 9pm daily. This will be a weekend to remember for all fans and friends alike. You will get to meet members of the Rhoads family, taste the Randy Rhoads wine, rock out to live music and see personal memorabilia that has not been shown for public viewing.

A special note from the Rhoads family:

“The Rhoads family wishes to thank you all for all the heartfelt support and love for Randy. We also thank you for keeping his memory alive.

Happy Birthday to my loving son and our dear brother.

Delores Rhoads, Kelle Rhoads and Kathy Rhoads D’Argenzio”

Randy Rhoads is best known for his tour of duty with Ozzy Osbourne and his band, then known as The Blizzard of Ozz. Once Rhoads had officially joined, the band headed into the studio to record their debut album, titled Blizzard of Ozz. Propelled by Rhoads’ neo-classical guitar work, the album was an instant hit with rock fans, particularly in the USA. They released two singles from the album: Mr. Crowley and the hit Crazy Train. Rhoads left us March 19th, 1982 in a tragic plane crash leaving us a huge void in music. His legacy of brilliant music will live forever in the hearts of the people – He was a true hero and legend.

Please join us December 6th through December 7th and pay respects to Randy Rhoads and his family for his birthday at the:

D’Argenzio Tasting Room
1204 W. Burbank Blvd
Burbank, CA 91506
818 846 8466
4pm to 9pm

For more information on Randy Rhoads, please visit and

In related news, the creators of Bonzo Bash will be presenting Randy Rhoads Remembered: A Celebration Of A Legend in January. To read more about this special event, please click here.

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scottian650 Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian has announced that he will release an autobiography.

“Why a book? Because I think my story can connect with anyone and, if I was able to make the life I wanted for myself happen, then anyone can,” says Ian. “I’m really excited to be writing a book because the idea of getting forty-something years of stuff out of my brain and onto the page seems very therapeutic. Plus, if I didn’t do it now, I’d start forgetting and wouldn’t be able to share all these killer stories with you, my friends!”

Titled I’m The Man, Ian’s memoirs will be released through Da Capo Press next year and will explore the guitarist’s unbelievable rise from a “nerdy Jewish boy in Queens, New York” to one of the most respected metal guitarists of all time.


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tomkeifer600 Tom Keifer just released his first ever solo album and Billboard has an exclusive premiere of the music video for The Flower Song. Watch it below.

Keifer says the song was inspired by his wife Savannah, who also wrote and co-produced some of The Way Life Goes, out now on Merovee Records.

“Women are God’s greatest gift to our world, truly beautiful inside and out,” he says. “The Flower Song is about recognizing your one true love in a world filled with so many amazing women. It can be dizzying. But then, you see the one. A miracle! I thank God every day for my miracle, inspiration and one true love, Savannah.”

The video was shot in Printer’s Alley in Downtown Nashville, featuring Keifer’s friends and family. It even features his own son, Jaidan, playing Keifer as a child. “He had never acted before but fell right into it, no problem,” says the singer.

Read more at Billboard.


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randyrhoads300 Randy Rhoads Remembered: A Celebration Of A Legend is scheduled to take place on Saturday, January 25th, 2014 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California.

From the creators of Bonzo Bash, Brian Tichy and Joe Sutton bring you yet another celebration for an icon.

Tichy and Sutton, in conjunction with Randy Rhoads’ brother Kelle Rhoads; the Rhoads family; Bonzo Bash guitarist/former student of Randy’s, Brent Woods; as well as one of Rhoads’ dearest friends, rock bass legend Rudy Sarzo, have come together to put on the ultimate tribute celebration in honor of one of the the most influential and brightest stars the world of rock guitar has ever seen; Randy Rhoads, the legendary guitarist who revived Ozzy Osbourne’s career with two iconic records. Sadly, Randy’s future was cut short on March 19th, 1982 when he died in a plane crash. He was only 25 years old. His songwriting, solos, technique and tone on the albums Blizzard Of Ozz and Diary Of A Madman permanently placed him at the top of rock’s most influential guitarists polls.

The idea to give Randy a night of honor came together within the hundreds of hours of Bonzo Bash preparation and phone conversations between Brian Tichy and Joe Sutton. The two would often talk about other musicians that had made a huge impact on them growing up. The name that would come up and excite them the most was always Randy Rhoads.

Sometime in 2013, Tichy threw this idea at Brent Woods, a student of Rhoads’ from the pre-Ozzy era, when Randy was not only the most popular local guitarist at the time, but an extremely popular teacher at Musonia, his mother Delores Rhoads’ (Dee) music school. Brent has stayed very close with the Rhoads family as well as producing Kelle’s classical music. Brent ran this idea by Kelle Rhoads, who had already been to a Bonzo Bash. Kelle expressed interest in this and soon after, Woods and Tichy met with Kelle at Musonia. After a tour of the school and hours of hanging, Kelle gave the show his blessing and preparation began.

Tichy contacted legendary bassist Rudy Sarzo; his friend and bandmate from the recent Geoff Tate Queensryche tour they did together. Sarzo, bassist for Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne and Whitesnake, also gave his blessing and agreed to play bass alongside Tichy, making up the night’s rhythm section.

Sarzo, one of the few people that had so much history alongside Rhoads and watched this amazing talent take over the world of rock guitar firsthand, said, “Randy Rhoads Remembered is a unique celebration of his compositions and trail blazing guitar techniques.

I’m extremely honored and excited to be a part of this significant event honoring my dear friend and bandmate featuring his musical contributions with Ozzy Osbourne and rarely performed compositions from his Quiet Riot years.”

Randy Rhoads Remembered is going to include an array of the world’s best guitarists as well as special guests all coming together to honor the man that we all wish was still here writing and performing.

Tichy, ex-drummer for Whitesnake, Foreigner, Billy Idol and Ozzy Osbourne, as well as guitarist for S.U.N., says: “I am so psyched to get this show together! Randy’s playing, and the music on those two Ozzy records were huge to me!

I am a drummer but I also started putting a lot of time into guitar at the same time Randy came out.

I heard Ozzy being interviewed on the radio when Blizzard Of Ozz was released. They played I Don’t Know and when the guitar kicked in, I was floored and I was an instant fan!

I spent countless hours trying to learn Randy’s songs, riffs and solos while I was also just a beginner on guitar. I tried to learn Randy’s live solo note for note! I had Randy’s posters on my basement walls! I still have those posters framed in my home studio right now! Brent and I even shared a bottle of Randy Rhoads wine when it first came out!

I went on to play with the amazing Zakk Wylde in Pride & Glory and then had the honor to play with Ozzy himself on the 2000 Ozzfest tour with another student of Randy Rhoads’, Joe Holmes, an awesome guitarist in his own right. Not to mention that just this year, while playing guitar with my band S.U.N. in Las Vegas, Rhoads’ replacement in the Osbourne band, Jake E. Lee, came up on stage and jammed with us!

But I think this next story may take the cake…

In 2000, after auditioning for Ozzy in Burbank, California, I left and headed to a gig. I was going a tad too fast on Hollywood Way and got pulled over. The officer saw my drums and asked what I was doing. I told him, ‘I just auditioned for Ozzy Osbourne and I am running late for a gig.’ The officer replied, ‘Black Sabbath was the first concert I ever saw, and I pulled Randy Rhoads over on this same street. If you get the Ozzy gig, I want you to send me a T-shirt. Now get out of here and slow down!’ So, yes, I sent him the T-shirt! Haha!”

Kelle Rhoads, who will be a guest vocalist at Randy Rhoads Remembered, stated: “I am excited that a tribute concert with this caliber of talent is being staged for Randy. I have attended and participated in memorial shows in the past, but nothing has been staged along this scale before now.

The Rhoads family is touched and extremely grateful to Brian Tichy, Joe Sutton and Brent Woods for their vision and commitment to this special remembrance for Randy.”

Joe Sutton, Tichy’s partner in Randy Rhoads Remembered as well as Bonzo Bash, also grew up on Randy. He saw Randy live on the Blizzard Of Ozz tour in Memphis. Sutton says, “This is going to be the greatest guitar event in the world.”

Brent Woods, Randy’s student who probably spent more time learning from Randy than most, had this to say: “31 years after the tragic death of my mentor and favorite guitar player, it’s time for a proper celebration of Randy’s legacy.

Being involved with the Bonzo Bash since day one, I know Randy Rhoads Remembered will be a tribute unlike any other.”

With this group of friends, family and talent joining together to honor their brother, bandmate, friend, teacher and hero, there is no doubt this is going to be a special occasion! Every song from Blizzard Of Ozz and Diary Of A Madman will be performed; each song by a different guitarist! Some guitarists will tie into Randy’s history, others are icons that were themselves hugely influenced by Randy Rhoads. Guitar gods will be announced shortly.

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faithnomoremrbunglebook400 Despite being listed as an influence on countless notable bands, there has never been a book that tells the complete story of both Faith No More and Mr. Bungle. Until now. Author/journalist Greg Prato’s tenth book overall, The Faith No More & Mr. Bungle Companion, serves as both a career overview and analyzation of both bands – tracing their ups and downs, uncovering quite a few unheard or uncommon tales, and of course, telling the stories behind such classic albums as The Real Thing, Angel Dust, Disco Volante, and California.

And many members of today’s top rock bands offer up opinions and memories of Faith No More and Mr. Bungle exclusively for this book, including Jason Newsted (Newsted/ex-Metallica), Max Cavalera (Soulfly/ex-Sepultura), Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Devin Townsend (Devin Townsend Project/ex-Strapping Young Lad), Ville Valo (HIM), Johnny Christ (Avenged Sevenfold), Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns N’ Roses), Travis Stever (Coheed and Cambria), Angelo Moore (Fishbone), John Garcia (Vista Chino/ex-Kyuss), Wes Borland (Black Light Burns/Limp Bizkit), Everlast (House of Pain/solo artist), Mike Fleischmann (Vision of Disorder), Mitts (Madball), and Jeff Walker (Carcass).

Prato writes for Rolling Stone, and has penned such popular and critically acclaimed music book titles as Grunge is Dead: The Oral History of Seattle Rock Music, A Devil on One Shoulder and an Angel on the Other: The Story of Shannon Hoon and Blind Melon, The Eric Carr Story, Too High to Die: Meet the Meat Puppets, and MTV Ruled the World: The Early Years of Music Video, among others. He is also a long-time fan of both bands – having interviewed every single Faith No More member who appeared on record over the years (of which excerpts from these interviews are included in this book), and having witnessed countless FNM and Bungle performances over the years.

Available as both a paperback version [$14.99, 210 pages] and a Kindle download [$6.99, 189 pages], The Faith No More & Mr. Bungle Companion helps put it all into perspective for fans of both bands.

For ordering info, please click the higlighted links for Paperback or Kindle.

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