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Friday October 24



Ozzy Wants Original Lineup For Black Sabbath Farewell

(hennemusic) Ozzy Osbourne says that he hopes original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward will return to the lineup for the band's final album and tour. Ward declined to participate in the reunion album - 2013's "13" - and tour over a contractual dispute; the group recorded the project with Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine while Ozzy's solo drummer, Tommy Clufetos, handled live dates for the tour. Ozzy tells Esquire: "What I'm really happy about is, if this is Black Sabbath's last hurrah, then we'll have ended it on an up note rather than when I left in 1979 and everybody was f***ed up on one thing or another and I was marked out as being the worst, you know. It ended on a bad note, so..." "The only thing sad about it is I hope Bill Ward can get his stuff together to do this because... one of the biggest things I'm proud of in my life was that Black Sabbath wasn't a band that was created by some business mogul in London or New York. That we were four guys who had a great idea and it worked from record one, and we still... Would you believe that it took 45 years to get our first number-one album in America? It was amazing to me." Asked if the band have started writing songs for the final Sabbath album, Ozzy says, "No. Although I texted [guitarist] Tony [Iommi] the other day. I said, 'It would be a great idea if you could send me some musical ideas so I can try and work some melodies around so we don't have to go searching for the song structure.' So I'm not starting from a cold block, you know?"

Read more: Friday October 24

Thursday October 23



Led Zeppelin Streaming Alternate Stairway To Heaven

(hennemusic) Led Zeppelin are premiering an unreleased version of "Stairway To Heaven" as a preview of the upcoming expanded reissue of their 1971 release, "Led Zeppelin IV", due on October 28. "The Sunset Sound mix of 'Stairway to Heaven' was actually mixed at Sunset Sound in L.A. in advance of the version that everybody knows," says Jimmy Page. "I think it's a really good embodiment of everything that's on there. It's a guitar mix, really." Released in November 1971, the album - which is officially untitled - defined the sound of rock music for a generation with ubiquitous anthems such as "Stairway To Heaven", "Rock And Roll", "Black Dog" and "When The Levee Breaks". The album was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1999, has been certified 23x platinum by the RIAA. The "Led Zeppelin IV" deluxe edition includes unreleased versions of every song heard on the original album including alternate mixes of "Misty Mountain Hop" and "Four Sticks", mixes of "The Battle Of Evermore" and "Going To California" heavy with guitar and mandolin, and the fabled, alternate version "Stairway To Heaven", mixed at the Sunset Sound Studio in Los Angeles which lets fans hear one of the most revered songs of all time as they have never heard it before.

Read more: Thursday October 23

Wednesday October 22



Peter Gabriel Working On 'Happy' New Music

(Classic Rock) Peter Gabriel says he is working on a clutch of "organic dance" tracks for his next album. The former Genesis man has not released an album of original material since 2002's Up and has tentatively called the follow-up I/O, although no release date has been revealed. He says he tends to wrote "moody" songs and wants to move away from that mould on his next record. Gabriel tells Rolling Stone: "I'm trying to do some happy stuff. Even now. Because it's very easy for me to fall into some moody stuff. "I wanna do something that's more dance-y, and more like an organic dance record. I've got a couple of songs I've been working on the last two weeks that I think are beginning to go in that direction. "I'm a self-conscious dancer publicly. But privately I really enjoy it. You know I was a drummer originally and I love grooves, I love rhythm. My kids would tell me I'm not quite good, but I am enthusiastic."

Read more: Wednesday October 22

Tuesday October 21



Paul McCartney Reveals Song Featuring Led Zeppelin's John Bonham

(Radio.com) It was old meets new as music legend Paul McCartney debuted a never-before-heard old song featuring late Led Zeppelin legend John Bonham in the most modern of ways: during a Twitter Q&A. The track, "Beware of Love," was originally featured on the 1975 Wings album, Wings at the Speed of Sound, but not in the form debuted by McCartney. In this newly released version, percussion duties are handled by none other than John Bonham, a fellow musical master that is best known as the long-time drummer of Led Zeppelin before his untimely death in 1980. Bonham's presence on the song, despite being relegated to his normal role as drummer, can be felt throughout, especially during the particularly memorable bridge.

Read more: Tuesday October 21

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