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Black Sabbath released their Super Delux Box Set version of their new album 13.  You can check out the video of the unboxing below.  This marks the first Sabbath record in 35 years to feature singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler all playing together.

Details of the album’s deluxe edition surfaced on April 19, with the band revealing that the eight-song effort is accompanied by three bonus tracks called “Methademic”, “Peace Of Mind” and “Pariah”.

Several versions of 13 are available for order, including a standard CD, a double CD that includes a second disc of exclusive bonus audio, a sab13bigheavyweight vinyl album in a gatefold sleeve and the aforementioned “Super Deluxe Box Set”, which contains the double CD, the vinyl album, an exclusive DVD documentary on the band’s reunion, 13 photographic prints and hand-written lyrics.

13 track listing:

01. End Of The Beginning (8:05)
02. God Is Dead? (8:52)
03. Loner (4:59)
04. Zeitgeist (4:37)
05. Age Of Reason (7:01)
06. Live Forever (4:46)
07. Damaged Soul (7:51)
08. Dear Father (7:20)

Deluxe-edition bonus tracks:

09. Methademic (5:57)
10. Peace Of Mind (3:40)
11. Pariah (5:34)

The drum tracks on the album were laid down by Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk following original drummer Bill Ward’s decision to bow out of the reunion.

Black Sabbath kicked off its world tour in support of “13” on April 20 in Auckland.



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Black Sabbath have set a release date for their new album, 13, on June 11.  This marks the first album in 35 years to feature Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi and Ozzy Osbourne.  The drum tracks were laid down by Brad Wilk (Rage Against the Machine) after drummer Bill Ward opted out of the reunion.

Beginning today, 13 will be available for pre-order on a variety of formats via

Pre-order options:

* Standard CD album
* Deluxe double CD album in a deluxe soft-pack (includes a second disc of exclusive bonus audio material)
* Vinyl: a 12-inch heavyweight (180g) vinyl album in a gatefold sleeve
* Super Deluxe Box Set: a limited-edition 12-inch clamshell box set which contains: deluxe double CD album, 12-inch heavyweight (180g) vinyl album in a gatefold sleeve, exclusive DVD containing “Black Sabbath – The Reunion” documentary, plus five behind-the-scenes videos, download card containing exclusive track by track interview with ,”13″ exclusive photographic prints and handwritten album lyrics.

In addition, anyone who pre-orders any of these formats via will be entered into a drawing to win a pair of VIP tickets to an official 13 album launch event in London, including a meet-and-greet with the band, flights and accommodation.  Additional details and full terms and conditions on the contest can be found at


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Device, a band let by Disturbed frontman David Draiman, will soon be releasing a self-titled debut album which will be one of many guests featured on the album.  One of which is Halestorm singer Lzzy Hale who will be singing a duet with Draiman on a cover of the Ozzy Osbourne/Lita Ford song “Close My Eyes Forever”.  The disc is set for a release April 9.  The album’s first track titled “Vilify” will hit the airwaves mid-February.

States David to Revolver:

“For years I’d wanted to re-do ‘Close My Eyes Forever’ by Lita Ford and Ozzy Osbourne. I always thought it was a fantastic idea and needed the right combination of elements and events and needed to have the right woman to play the role of Lita in this song, and Lzzy Hale, in my opinion, is the strongest, most distinctive voice, female voice in rock today. I think that she’s just as good as it gets.”


Lzzy states in another interview about being asked to sing:

“I’m humbled,” she said. “My brother [Halestorm drummer Arejay Hale] was freaking out because my brother and I have been huge Disturbed fans since [their 2000 debut] ‘The Sickness’ came out, you know. So this is a huge moment for him and I, like, ‘Oh my god, I can’t believe this is actually happening.’ Got a little fangirl for a second.”

You’ll also see other special guests on the new Divine disc including Avenged Sevenfold singer M. Shadows, System Of A Down vocalist Serj Tankian, Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler and ex-Deep Purple bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes.

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_GusG-news2Check out this interview with Gus G., guitarist for the Godfather of Heavy Metal, Ozzy Osbourne and Firewind.  Gus talks about his early years as a musician at Berklee College, landing the gig with Ozzy, writing with Firewind, his favorite songs from previous Ozzy Guitar Gods, and much more.

Gus on touring with Ozzy: “It’s been an amazing ride so far! The whole tour was just incredible. Playing around the world in the biggest venues and headlining the biggest festivals, being a part of such a big production and playing with Ozzy, it’s just mind blowing. We had great times on this tour, we really worked all as a team and I think we did some great gigs. Of course every moment you spend with Ozzy is precious. The stories, the advices, the jokes and of course all the gigs, it was just fantastic. Ozzy’s an amazing person, it’s hard not to love this guy”

Read the full interview with Gus G. on Guitarhoo! Here:



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Firewind will be giving their fans an acoustic performance, a question and answer session, as well as a signing on February 9th at Scrape Records.  For more information, visit the band’s Facebook event page.

Guitarist Gus G. of Firewind and Ozzy Osbourne, will be performing at the “Not Dead Yet 2” benefit concert on January 23 at Slim’s in San Francisco, along with Uli Jon Roth, Ritchie Kotzen, Steve Morse and others.

The band will be touring with Turisas and Stolen Babies on the “Guards Of Glory – North American Tour 2013” and will perform at this year’s Summer Breeze (Germany), PPM (Belgium) and Rock In Den Ruinen (Germany) festivals.

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ujr 8Uli Jon Roth (ex-Scorpions) has issued the following update:

“Greetings to all of you! I hope you had a great New Year.

“Here is a condensed list of some of the events that are planned for the first half of this year. 2013 is going to be a very busy and intensely productive year ahead, it seems.

“We will start off with a two-day Sky Academy in Los Angeles, at the Santa Monica Playhouse, January 21-22. This is a beautiful, intimate theatre, where we held one of the previous Sky Academies, of which we all have fond memories. I’m looking forward to being there again!

“On the next day, I will take part in Jason Becker’s ‘Not Dead Yet’concert in San Francisco, together with my friends Steve Morse (Deep Purple), Richie Kotzen, Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind) and several other great players. Jason is an inspiration to all of us and I feel honored to be part of this worthwhile cause.

“Following that, I shall be attending the Winter NAMM show in Anaheim, California, and will do a signing event for the Sky Guitar limited edition at the Dean booth.

“At the end of January, we are embarking on my extensive 40th-anniversary tour of the U.S., which will take us all the way through February until the beginning of March.

“2013 marks the 40th anniversary of my involvement with the Scorpions. The main theme of this tour will therefore be dedicated to performing my personal favourites from the five albums which I recorded with that great band. I have chosen about 30 songs in all from that era as the basis of our repertoire, several of whom have never even been performed live by either the Scorpions or myself. We shall be rotating a selection of these songs on the tour, varying our sets on a nightly basis, because we cannot possibly play all of them in one go. We will, of course, also play some Electric Sun and Sky Of Avalon music, but the main theme of the performance will be dedicated to the early Scorpions era. Every show will be recorded for a live album, which will feature only songs from my time with the Scorpions. This will result in a double CD, which will be mixed in 5.1 Surround. The release will also contain a DVD and a documentary, including personal behind-the-scenes Super-8 footage, which I shot to document our tours from 1973-1978.

“As far as live albums go, I am intending to record two further ones in the following years: one will be featuring my favourite Electric Sun material, and the next one will consist of Sky Of Avalon/Transcendental Sky Guitar music.

“In order to do full justice to my selection of Scorpions songs, we are bringing a large band with an exciting lineup.

“Due to the length of the tour, not all members were free to do the whole tour. Therefore some of the positions will be filled by two musicians — each of them playing part of the tour.

The 40th-anniversary U.S. tour lineup will be:

* Uli Jon Roth: guitars, vocals
* Henning Basse: lead vocals
* Ali Clinton: guitars, vocals
* Niklas Turmann: guitars, lead vocals
* Ule W. Ritgen, Elliott Rubinson: – bass
* Jamie Little, Peter Holmes: drums
* Paul Rahme, Corvin Bahn: keyboards, vocals

“In addition to the concerts, there are 14 introductory Sky Academy seminars to be held during the course of the tour! These are usually taking place at the venues of the shows, on the same days and prior to the concerts. Pre-booking is essential, though.

“The seminars are not only geared for musicians. Anyone who loves music can attend. Sky Academy is about much more than just guitar playing, but players are also very welcome to bring their guitars and practice amps. The teaching should be useful to players of all levels.

“March, April and May will be dedicated to studio work and some shows in England.

“I also have been invited to play at the Royal Albert Hall in London by Alfie Boe as a guest for his concerts in April. Aside from this, we are going to collaborate on a new release of Bridge To Heaven intended for the Sunflower Jam cancer charity.

“In June, we will play six concerts in South America, co-headlining with Michael Schenker. The dates will be posted very soon.

“We are planning further European and U.K. dates for the second half of 2013 and a tour of Japan. All of these will be announced on [my official] website as well as on Facebook.

“I am also looking forward to my continued involvement in the Robert Johnson award in Hamburg, Germany, which is a great platform for genuine young guitar talents. As a special appreciation of his talent, I have chosen one of last years’ participants, the 14-year old Merlin Lauert, to share the stage with us at our Wacken 2013 show.

“And last, but not least: I have written an entire album’s worth of new material, which I am very excited about. As soon as time permits we will begin to record it.

“Once again, many thanks to all of you and God bless! Have a great 2013!”

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Brian Tichy, drummer and songwriter and known for his gigs with Billy Idol, Foreigner, Ozzy Osbourne and most currently, Whitesnake, broke his collarbone this past weekend in a mountain biking accident. Due to the accident, he won’t be able to play tonight’s The Moby Dicks – All-Star Tribute To Led Zeppelin concert at Vamp’d in Las Vegas, Nevada and will be temporarily replaced by Quiet Riot’s Frankie Banali.

Tichy is one of the organizers of the Bonzo Bash NAMM Jamm 2013, which will take over Anaheim, California on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at the Observatory. If you’re not able to attend that show then you have another opportunity to see him opening night of the NAMM show.


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Hollywood Sherriff Productions, The Cancer Research Foundation, Kind for Cures & Green Cross LAX are proud to Present…

The 2nd Annual Rockers Against Cancer Benefit Show

Saturday January 5th 2013

Live at the world famous Key Club

Every ticket you buy helps someone fighting Cancer

Head-Liners for the show:

Lords of Rock – Featuring Robin McAuley (MSG)

Robert Sarzo (Hurricane, Ozzy Osbourne)

Phil Soussan ( Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol, Vince Neil, Johnny Hallyday and John Waite)

Myron Grombacher (Myron played with Neil Giraldo in Rick Derringer’s touring band and is the drummer on nine of Benatar’s original albums with numerous writing credits. Myron is easily recognizable in the music videos, particularly as the mad dentist in Get Nervous.)

Teddy Andreadis (Carole King, Guns N’ Roses, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Alice Cooper)

Leatherwolf          Mandy Lion       Hollywood Hustlers an All-Star Band

HOLLYWOOD HUSTLERS featuring Ira Black (Lizzy Borden, Metal Church) with Andrew Freeman (The Offspring, Lynch Mob), David Victor (the band Boston), Scoty Coogan (Lita Ford, Ace Frehley),Bobby Blotzer (Ratt), Carlos Bates Cruz (Stonebreed)

with Special Guest Appearance by

Chuck Wright (Quiet Riot)

plus many others to be announced

Also on the main stage

Octane Mob, StoneBreed, Rouge Stallion & WHITE LIE

Head-Lining The Plush Lounge Fools Paradise with

hIPNOSTIC, The Nu Kat Boys featuring Freddy Moore,

Badass Magic & Kristen Faulconer

plus many others!

Please buy tickets from the bands on this show:


(venue price: $17 advance/$20 day of show) [18 & over]

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Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ex-Ozzy Osbourne),  Morgan Rose (Sevendust, Call Me No One), Kevin Martin (Candlebox, The Gracious Few), John “JD” Deservio (Black Label Society, Cycle Of Pain) and The Infinite Staircase will be teaming up to write and record a song in an effort to help raise money for the victims of Hurricane Sandy

Architekt Music and recording engineer Mike Ferretti, graciously agreed to donate their services to help make this project come to fruition.

The song will be released, as an iTunes exclusive, via Vanity Music Group on 8 January 2013.

Each musician involved in this project has very close ties to the New York and Jersey area, having either grown up there, having very close friends and family who currently live there, or in the cases of JD DeServio and Lenny and Jeff Cerzosie of The Infinite Staircase, still residing in the storm damaged areas.

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