Black Sabbath have posted another video from their 13 studio sessions, including an interview with producer Rick Rubin. Watch it below.
According to Black Sabbath’s official website, 13 will come in many different configurations, including:
• Standard CD album
• Deluxe double CD album in a deluxe soft-pack (includes a second disc of exclusive bonus audio material)
• Vinyl: 12″ heavyweight (180g) vinyl album in a gatefold sleeve
• Super Deluxe Box Set: limited edition 12″ clamshell box set which contains:
– Deluxe double CD album
– 12″ heavyweight (180g) vinyl album in a gatefold sleeve
– Exclusive DVD containing ‘Black Sabbath–The Re-union’ documentary
– 5 behind-the-scenes videos
– Download card containing exclusive track by track interview with Black Sabbath
– Exclusive ’13′ art print
– 13 exclusive photographic prints and hand written album lyrics
Steve Baltin of Rolling Stone spoke with the rock icon Alice Cooper. Portions from the interview appear below.
Q: You have dates coming up with Marilyn Manson. Have you toured together before?
A: No. In fact, the very first time I met him was in Transylvania. It was the weirdest thing. We had jousted in the press before a little bit, and we realized we were doing a show together in Transylvania, a big outdoor show, two miles from Dracula’s castle. He walked by the dressing room and I said, “Hey, come here.” We finally met face to face, and what we talked about was marriage, which was interesting. I’ve been married 37 years.
Q: And after the tour you start the covers album?
A: We do a thing in our show, which is a tribute to Hollywood Vampires, my drinking club. And it was Keith Moon, John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Micky Dolenz – a very eclectic bunch of drunks. Half of them are dead, so we do four songs in the show in tribute to them. We do Break On Through, Revolution, My Generation and Jimi Hendrix’s Foxey Lady. I just kind of said, “We’ve never done a covers album, let’s think about that.” So [Bob] Ezrin and I are kind of bouncing it around right now.
Q: What are some of the wish-list songs?
A: I would keep it right to about ’73, ’74. I don’t want to just go anywhere. I want to keep it right in that sort of drunk era, so it’s specific. I would say Break On Through, that’s a really good rock track there. The other ones, think of it – Harry Nilsson, there’s a lot of good stuff there that could be rocked out. I think of songs as being clay. Take a song like “Jump Into the Fire” and take that to a harder level, and that’ll work.
Q:When will the album be out?
A: I think it’ll be out next year. When the tour’s over in December then we’ll go right in the studio.
Irving Azoff, manager of Eddie, Alex and Wolfgang Van Halen, has debunked a rumor singer David Lee Roth has spread in recent interviews that rockers Van Halen will perform “probably 50, 60 shows” in Europe beginning at the end of this year. “Nothing’s been discussed yet,” Azoff tells Rolling Stone. “Why would he say this? Hey, Dave’s a talkative guy. Why don’t you call and ask him?”
The band had to abruptly cancel a tour of Japan last August when guitarist Van Halen developed severe diverticulitis and his reps predicted he’d need four to six months to recover. Azoff emphasizes that the band’s only scheduled shows remain two April festival dates with Billy Joel in Australia, three June dates in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan, and a headlining gig at the Rock USA festival in July in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Would Van Halen possibly do a broader tour, or more dates in 2013? “Not unless something special comes up,” Azoff says. “It certainly won’t be a tour of Europe.”
Roth said on SiriusXM’s Opie and Anthony show Monday, “I am frankly surprised that these [tour dates] happened now. I think probably . . . they had designs on somebody else . . . or somebody else got sick, because we are here to save the day. These are big shows – these are like 50-70,000 person shows. And they’re just coming together fast, which says, hmm . . . probably somebody else bowed out or somebody else took ill.”
Azoff says none of Roth’s declarations about the “big shows” are true, although the band is beginning to rehearse for the Australian gigs.
Roth could not be reached by Rolling Stone for a comment.
Former Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr died last night at the age of 56. Burr had been suffering from multiple sclerosis, and he died in his sleep.
“This is terribly sad news,” said Maiden founder/bassist Steve Harris on the group’s official site. “Clive was a very old friend of all of us. He was a wonderful person and an amazing drummer who made a valuable contribution to Maiden in the early days when we were starting out. This is a sad day for everyone in the band and those around him and our thoughts and condolences are with his partner Mimi and family at this time.”
Born on March 8th, 1957, in East Ham, London, Burr was a member of another up-and-coming British metal band, Samson, before joining Maiden in 1979. As one of the leaders of the “New Wave of British Heavy Metal” (which included such groups as Def Leppard, Saxon and Diamond Head), Maiden quickly showcased a sound that, early on, merged the energy of punk with the power of metal.
It was Burr’s drumming that proved a major ingredient on such early Maiden classics as 1980’s self-titled debut, 1981’s Killers and 1982’s The Number of the Beast, and such headbanging anthems as Running Free, Wrathchild and Run to the Hills. However, during this early era, Maiden members would often come and go, and by December 1982, Burr had exited the group – just as they were about to become a global stadium headliner.
After leaving Maiden, Burr appeared on recordings by such metal acts as Trust, Stratus, Gogmagog, Elixir, Desperado (which included Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider) and Praying Mantis. Burr was eventually diagnosed with MS, and his former Maiden bandmates came to his aid by performing charity concerts and helping to form the Clive Burr MS Trust Fund. In the last years of his life, Burr was confined to a wheelchair.
“I first met Clive when he was leaving Samson and joining Iron Maiden,” added Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson on the group’s site. “He was a great guy and a man who really lived his life to the full. Even during the darkest days of his MS, Clive never lost his sense of humor or irreverence. This is a terribly sad day and all our thoughts are with Mimi and the family.”
Deep Purple have released an official lyric video for the song All The Time In The World and can be seen below.
The tune will be on the band’s 19th studio album, Now What?!, which will be released through earMUSIC, on the following dates:
* Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Finland, Spain: April 26th
* UK, France, Benelux, Poland, Czech Republic, Norway, Denmark: April 29th
* North America, Italy: April 30th
* Sweden: May 1st
Now What?! will also be released as a limited edition with a bonus DVD featuring DEEP PURPLE discussing the new album and one bonus studio cover version. It will also be made available as a double vinyl LP.
Mötley Crüe singer Vince Neil was hospitalized in Sydney on Sunday night (March 10th) after the 52-year-old singer had a kidney stone attack during the band’s performance at Allphones Arena.
According to a Setlist.fm report, the band performed a handful of songs during the Sydney show before Neil left the stage. Bassist Nikki Sixx reportedly told the crowd that the singer was in pain and had been taken to a nearby hospital.
Guitarist Mick Mars later confirmed that Neil was suffering from kidney stones and apologized for the shortened set on Twitter. “Sydney, my apologies for a short set this evening. Vince had an attack of kidney stones. He went straight from stage to the hospital,” Mars wrote.
Mötley Crüe, currently co-headlining their tour with KISS, is scheduled to continue its trek through Australia on Tuesday night in Brisbane. “If there is a way to safely perform, [Neil] always does,” band manager Allen Kovac told CNN. “In nearly 20 years of managing Motley Crue, I can’t recall a show the band has canceled.”