“IN STUDIO WITH BLACK SABBATH: OZZY, GEEZER & TONY…TOGETHER AGAIN” VIDEO POSTED ONLINE

blackSabbath Jack Osbourne’s production company, Schweet Entertainment, has posted a video called In Studio With Black Sabbath: Ozzy, Geezer & Tony… Together Again. Watch it below.

Black Sabbath’s new album, 13, will be released on out June 11th.

13 track listing:

1. End Of The Beginning (8:07)
2. God Is Dead? (8:54)
3. Loner (5:06)
4. Zeitgeist (4:28)
5. Age Of Reason (7:02)
6. Live Forever (4:49)
7. Damaged Soul (7:43)
8. Dear Father (7:06)

To pre order 13 at blacksabbath.com.

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KID ROCK SELLING $20 CONCERT TICKETS, SAYS HE WOULD LIKE OTHER ARTISTS TO FOLLOW SUIT

kidrock Editor’s note: While I know that Kid Rock does not fit into Eddie’s demo, I decided to post this story because I hope that what he has decided to do with his current tour will be a good example for other bands. Three cheers for Kid Rock.

Ray Waddell of Billboard reports:

Kid Rock will take a “pay cut” this summer, or at least risk one, by structuring a deal that allows for a $20 ticket price across the board at amphitheaters, and working with promoter Live Nation to lower prices on everything from beer to parking to merchandise for every show in every city.

Kid Rock and his Twisted Brown Trucker Band will tour with a combination of ZZ Top, Uncle Kracker and Kool & the Gang on various dates, beginning June 28th in Bristow, Va., through September 15th in Tampa. The tour, promoted by Live Nation, includes three shows at the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Kid Rock’s hometown of Detroit, Michigan. Tickets go on sale to the public in select markets beginning April 12th on LiveNation.com.

This is a model Rock says he has been working on for a long time. “It’s always going to come down to price, but I think [from the fan’s perspective] it’s more the service charges, the fees, getting in there and not knowing what beers will cost, what they’ll hit you for parking,” he says. “Every little thing they nickel and dime you, and it’s not just music, it’s sports, it’s going to the movies. Artists demand so much money, and you have to set ticket prices at [a certain level]. Everyone’s fighting the system, and it’s really been all of our faults. We’re all fortunate to make as much money as we do, and I can surely take a pay cut and help out in these hard times.”

Beyond just a deal structured based on volume, in effect, Rock says he is becoming a partner with Live Nation on the tour. “If people show up, I’ll get paid on that, and we’ll become partners: partners on beer, partners on parking, partners on my T-shirts, partners on everything, and we’ll take the money and split it at the end of the night,” he says. “And we pass those savings on to our fans, which is what we really need to be thinking about. Even if the volume comes out, we’re going to make less money, but I’ve got enough money to where it’s not going to kill my lifestyle. And who doesn’t want to play to a packed house every night?”

The shows will offer $4 12-oz. beers, value food packages, cheaper parking, and special $20 merchandise will be available. In a move geared toward fighting secondary market reselling, or “scalping,” Kid Rock will be releasing 1,000 tickets from each show directly to Platinum Tickets via Ticketmaster. “Rather than fight Ticketmaster, fight Live Nation, it’s about how do we get together, and be transparent with everything,” Rock says. “The scalpers have been a nightmare, as everybody knows, so we’re gonna scalp our own tickets. We’re gonna scalp 1,000 a night, and be transparent about it, let people know there’s a market that demands this, and when we see tickets out there being scalped, we’re going to under-cut their prices and send [fans] to a spot you can buy them and know you’re getting a real ticket and the money’s gonna go in our pocket.”

Rock says (where possible) the show will go paperless for the first 20 rows, and the first two rows won’t be sold prior to the event. “We’re gonna upgrade people we see around the venue, based on whatever we want to do,” he says. “You can pick out the hard core fans, I’m gonna send a few people around the venue to have conversations with people, get a feel for ‘em, and say, ‘hey, these people deserve to be up front.'” That’s not a bad job for the guys that are humpin’ amps every night or doing something like that, either.”

Rock would like to see other artists structure similar deals. “I know managers and booking agents are gonna hate me,” he laughs. “[Live Nation CEO] Michael Rapino said, ‘you’re one of the only artists I have conversations with, none of the managers or booking agencies want me to talk to their artists.'”

There will still be a $5 service fee on tickets purchased at ticketmaster.com. “I’m not happy about that, that’s 25% of my ticket price, that’s ridiculous,” he says. “I think they should go to 10% a ticket across the board. But we were able to work out something with Walmart, where you can go in there and $20, buy a ticket, parking and everything. If you go to Walmart, try to go early and get tickets for $20, take a friend with you. Have your shopping list, have someone go shop, you wait in line and get tickets, kill two birds with one stone.”

In the venue, $4 for 12 oz. at every stand, “if you look at what ballparks are selling beers for, that’s fair,” says Rock, adding that he also tries to keep his merchandise reasonably priced. “A few tours back, we were selling shirts for $35-$40—which everybody is—and I’m like, ‘this is highway robbery,’ especially after owning a t-shirt business here in Michigan, Made In Detroit and really knowing what the prices are for us to buy ‘em,” he says. “Understandably, you’ve got to pay somebody to hump ‘em around, and there are costs involved, but not to justify that. So I slashed our t-shirt prices to $20 and $25 and we made the same amount of per cap selling more shirts every night. I said, ‘why can’t we do this with beer in select markets?’ and Rapino tried it, and, lo and behold it worked. So that was the spark for saying, ‘let’s go all the way.'”

With ZZ Top, Kool & the Gang and Uncle Kracker joining Rock and band, the artist believes he’s offering great value. “I’ve been doing the math, if you buy ticket with service charge, that’s $25, you have three beers, you buy a t-shirt, you’re under $70 for a t-shirt, having a some beers, seeing a concert and parking,” he says. “I don’t think you can beat that. I think people will be pleasantly surprised. Who knows they may spend the same amount of money, but they’ll feel good about doing it.”

Rock points out that he won’t shortchange production values — or his crew. “I’m fortunate to be able to try this, and I think somebody like me has to, somebody that has had a lot of success that can go out and afford to possibly lose,” he says. “I can roll the dice, and we might not make a dime this summer, but I can afford to do that. And I’m not asking my band or my crew to take a pay cut, I’m the one saying, ‘if this doesn’t work out, I’ll take the pay cut.’ It’s a way of saying ‘thank you’ to the fans that have been coming to the shows for the last 15 years.”

Kid Rock is touring in support of his 10th album, Rebel Soul and will perform a special set on the outdoor stage at Jimmy Kimmel Live tonight on ABC. He will also make a special appearance on Chelsea Lately on E!, Tuesday, April 9th and will be returning to Piers Morgan Live, along with Live Nation’s Rapino, to discuss the tour April 12. As in the past, Jim Beam and Harley Davidson will be sponsoring the tour. Current members of Kid Rock’s Rebel Soldiers fan club will have first access to presale tickets through kidrock.com/tour.

Kid Rock Tour Dates:

June:

28 Bristow, VA (Jiffy Lube Live w/ Kool & The Gang & Uncle Kracker))
29 Holmdel, NJ (PNC Bank Arts Center w/ Kool & The Gang & Uncle Kracker))

July:

2 Cleveland, OH (Blossom Music Center w/ Kool & The Gang & Uncle Kracker))
5 Darien, NY (Darien Lake Performing Arts Center w/ Kool & The Gang & Uncle Kracker)
6 Scranton, PA (Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain w/ Kool & The Gang & Uncle Kracker)
9 Camden, NJ (Susquehanna Bank Center w/ Kool & The Gang & Uncle Kracker)
10 Mansfield, MA (Comcast Center w/ Kool & The Gang & Uncle Kracker)
12 Hartford, CT (Comcast Theatre w/ Uncle Kracker) & TBD
19 Houston, TX (Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion w/ Uncle Kracker) & TBD
20 Dallas, TX (Gexa Energy Pavillion w/ Uncle Kracker) & TBD
23 Albuquerque, NM (Isleta Amphitheater w/ Kool & The Gang & Uncle Kracker)
24 Phoenix, AZ (Desert Sky Pavilion w/ Kool & The Gang & Uncle Kracker)
26 Irvine, CA (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Irvine w/ Kool & The Gang & Uncle Kracker)
28 Mountain View, CA (Shoreline Amphitheatre w/ ZZ Top & Uncle Kracker)
31 Sacramento, CA (Sleep Train Amphitheatre w/ ZZ Top & Uncle Kracker)

August:

3 Denver, CO (Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre w/ ZZ Top & Uncle Kracker)
9 Detroit, MI (DTE Energy Music Theater w/ ZZ Top
10 Detroit, MI (DTE Energy Music Theater w/ ZZ Top
11 Detroit, MI (DTE Energy Music Theater w/ ZZ Top
24 St. Louis, MO (Verizon Wireless Amphitheater w/ ZZ Top & Uncle Kracker)
25 Indianapolis, IN (Klipsch Music Center w/ ZZ Top & Uncle Kracker)
28 Cincinnati, OH (Riverbend Music Center w/ ZZ Top & Uncle Kracker)
30 Chicago, IL (First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre w/ ZZ Top & Uncle

September:

4 Saratoga Springs, NY (Saratoga Performing Arts Center w/ ZZ Top & Uncle Kracker)
6 Bethel, NY (Bethel Woods Center for the Arts w/ ZZ Top & Uncle Kracker)
7 Pittsburgh, PA (First Niagara Pavilion w/ ZZ Top & Uncle Kracker)
10 Charlotte, NC (Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre w/ ZZ Top & Uncle Kracker)
14 Atlanta, GA (Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood w/ ZZ Top & Uncle Kracker)
15 Tampa, FL (Live Nation Amphitheatre w/ ZZ Top & Uncle Kracker)

source: billboard.com

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TRACK LISTING FOR BLACK SABBATH’S “13” REVEALED

blackSabbath The track listing for 13, Black Sabbath’s first new studio album in 35 years with original singer Ozzy Osbourne, has been revealed. In classic Sabbath fashion, the CD, due out June 11th, comes in at nearly sixty minutes in just eight songs.

For the recording of 13, Black Sabbath–Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar) and Geezer Butler (bass)–were joined at the sessions by drummer Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine). Produced by Rick Rubin (seven-time Grammy winner, two of those as Producer of the Year), the album will be released on Vertigo (worldwide) and Vertigo/Republic in the U.S.

13 track listing is as follows:

1. End Of The Beginning (8:07)
2. God Is Dead? (8:54)
3. Loner (5:06)
4. Zeitgeist (4:28)
5. Age Of Reason (7:02)
6. Live Forever (4:49)
7. Damaged Soul (7:43)
8. Dear Father (7:06)

Watch a video teaser below.

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BLUE MURDER’S DEBUT ALBUM REMASTERED BY ROCK CANDY RECORDS

BlueMurder When it comes to hard rock contenders no band was more feted than Blue Murder. Masterminded by British-born super guitarist John Sykes, who had previously played pivotal roles in the Tygers Of Pan Tang, Thin Lizzy and Whitesnake, the birth of Blue Murder triggered huge anticipation amongst the hard rock community. At this time, Sykes’ stock was at an all time high and his dismissal from Whitesnake at the peak of their success with the multiplatinum 1987 album seemed utterly senseless.

Quick to maintain momentum, Sykes pieced together the fledgling Blue Murder by enlisting A-grade support in the form of bassist Tony Franklin (from the Firm) and seasoned drummer Carmine Appice (Ozzy Osbourne, Jeff Beck). It was a classic power trio set-up with a musical direction influenced by both modern and traditional styles, from Led Zeppelin to the bluesy bluster of Whitesnake.

Signed to Geffen Records, the album was produced by studio mastermind Bob Rock (Metallica, Bon Jovi, The Cult) and mixed by Mike Fraser. It stunned critics and fans alike, containing long, often complicated, tracks with ambitious arrangements and a panoramic production that emphasized creativity over commerciality. As a statement of intent the album massively succeeded in establishing Sykes as a major creative force with a rock solid reputation that has served him well over the subsequent years.

With 24-bit remastering from the source tapes, a 3,500 word essay about the making of the album, a new interview with John Sykes, enhanced artwork and photos spread out over a 12 page full color booklet, Rock candy Records is bringing the 1989 self-titled debut album to the masses once again. The ten track release can be purchased now at rockcandyrecords.com.

Watch the videos for Blue Murder’s Valley of the Kings and Jelly Roll below.

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MEGADETH REVEAL COVER ART FOR “SUPER COLLIDER” AND POST CLIP OF NEW SONG

Megadethlarge Megadeth have revealed the cover art of their forthcoming new album, Super Collider, which will be released on June 4th through Dave Mustaine’s new label, Tradecraft, which is distributed by Universal.

Songs include Forget To Remember and Dance in The Rain (both written with David Draiman of Disturbed and Device), A House Divided, The Blackest Crow, Super Collider, Burn, King Maker, and Don’t Turn Your Back. A clip of that song can be heard at megadethgame.com.

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additional source: revolvermag.com


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AEROSMITH’S TYLER AND PERRY DISCUSS MUSIC HONORS AND CO-HEADLINING WITH VAN HALEN

aerosmith2-400 Steve Baltin of Rolling Stone spoke with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and guitarist Joe Perry about their induction into the Songwriting Hall of Fame and their co-headlining tour in Australia with Van Halen. Read the entire interview below.

Rolling Stone: Awards offer an opportunity to reflect. When you look back, which moments stand out?

Steven Tyler: We come from an era when Sweet Emotion and Back In The Saddle were considered dark and we weren’t accepted. We were just a B-side album band. We were never a singles band. Then the Eighties came along with Dude (Looks Like A Lady). I listen to that now and I think, “What?” It’s fun to hear, kind of like Wooly Bully, but were we trying too hard to be a singles band? It doesn’t fucking matter. We’ve been strung out and sober. We’ve sold in and we’ve sold out. Some days we didn’t even sell at all. What matters is we’re still together as a band.

Joe Perry: One of the things that really hits the nail on the head is the time Steven and I got a phone call from our manager telling us we went to number one with I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing. That was our first number one single. We looked at each other and said, “Holy shit! That’s great, but I thought for sure we had a number one in there somewhere.” And then we just put the phone down and went back to what we were doing. We’ve been such a live band for so many years, the only time I remember thinking, “Wow, we’ve got something,” is when we aimed for something that would carry the day live. ‘Cause that’s what we do – we’re here to entertain the crowd.

Rolling Stone: You mentioned being a B-sides band. Does that mean songwriting awards carry an extra special weight for you?

Steven Tyler: They feel really good. But we’ve always just played our music and haven’t given a shit. Still, the “Cheap imitation of the Rolling Stones” criticism was constant. And it hurt for the first couple of years. It was constantly Mick Jagger this and Mick Jagger that – that I copied him, and Janis Joplin too. Mick was the cheapest, easiest shot. “Well, he looks like him, so let’s write about that.”

Joe Perry: You could tell that they weren’t listening, because we definitely weren’t sounding like the Stones.

Steven Tyler: Done our best to try to, though.

Joe Perry: We steal from everybody. Amateurs copy and pros steal, and we’re professionals. We make no bones about the fact that we took from the people that came before us.

Rolling Stone: Many bands that take a break, whether forced to or by choice, come back feeling rejuvenated. Has that ever been the case for you?

Steven Tyler: We’ve never been apart longer than two years. I’ve watched that premise with everybody else, though – just recently my dear friend Mick Fleetwood got back together with his guys after five years. We’ve toured when there were no albums, when management said, “you’re not gonna make any money,” but we did.

Joe Perry: I’ve seen bands split up for five years and do nothing. That sounds great to me, but it just hasn’t worked out that way. We joined this club for better and for worse – made a deal with the devil and haven’t been able to get out of it. But we’ve been lucky enough to fall back on each other. If a couple of guys aren’t working right, the others pull it back together. It’s always worked like that.

Rolling Stone: Are you looking forward to playing with Van Halen? Who else is on your bucket list?

Joe Perry: I’m really looking forward to it. There’s been talk about us co-headlining for years. But they’re one of those bands that do a cycle then split, so it’s been really hard.

Steven Tyler: I would take a pay cut to play with AC/DC. It’s one of my last things to do, go on tour with them. I don’t really care about the money, and I don’t care about some great review. It’s more about the fans – it’s always been about them.

source: rollingstone.com


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