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Thursday April 16



Bill Ward Demands Ozzy Apologize Before Black Sabbath Reunion

(hennemusic) Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward says he needs an apology from Ozzy Osbourne over remarks in recent years before he considers any conversations that might lead to a reunion of the groundbreaking UK metal band. Ward declined to participate in the group's 2013 album, "13", and tour over a contractual dispute. Last fall, Ozzy said he hoped Ward would return to the lineup as the band began planning their final album and world tour. Now, in an extended official statement, Ward says Osbourne must amend and apologize comments he made during the "13" process that suggested the drummer wasn't capable of performing at the level needed for a Black Sabbath reunion. "I have neither severed nor discontinued my relationship with Black Sabbath," explains Ward, "however, since 2012, the often inaccurate statements about me as a person and as a musician have caused me to be guarded and be especially detached emotionally and spiritually from Ozzy. His rhetoric above all has brought me the most discord. The continuing misguided information about me has established a necessity on my part to confront these issues." "There is always speculation about a true, original Sabbath lineup for the next tour or record," continues the drummer. "With a sad heart, I have to say I will not participate in any musical undertakings until a righting of the wrongs spoken against me has been achieved. I must admit, I have little to no expectations of this happening, but in the order of first things first, I'm looking for an honest accountability of all of Ozzy's statements that I felt were untrue. "I would want Ozzy to amend his opinions and exaggerations. I would want him to be forthcoming about his unrealistic viewpoints. And because I was chastised publicly, I would want him to amend publicly in his words, and not through an Ozzy representative, the nature of the wrongs. I would not want to continue on with him without this seemingly impassible dilemma being addressed." Ward feels a healing with Osbourne must take place before he can even begin to address his concerns over contractual issues he said were unworkable as presented for the "13" album and tour.

Read more: Thursday April 16

Wednesday April 15



Foreigner Announce Tour Dates With Def Leppard

(hennemusic) Foreigner will be staying on the road following their summer tour with Kid Rock. They have announced that they will be joining the last leg of Def Leppard's 2015 US tour this fall. The pair have added 7 October shows to the run which will also include Tesla and Night Ranger. Pre-sales begin on April 15 with general public tickets on sale on April 18 (except as noted below). Def Leppard will launch an extensive North American tour with Styx and Tesla on June 23 in Tampa, FL. Foreigner team up with Kid Rock for US dates starting June 24 in Hartford, CT, with shows running into early September. See the tour dates here.

Read more: Wednesday April 15

Tuesday April 14



AC/DC Fan Killed After Coachella Concert

(hennemusic) An AC/DC fan who attended the legendary band's debut performance at Coachella on Friday night was struck and killed by a train just hours after the show. The Daily Camera reports 23 year-old University of Colorado student Jannik Andersen died after being hit by a train in Indio, California at 3:05 a.m. Saturday, about 4 miles northeast of the site of the music festival. Andersen's friends said the San Diego native had attended Coachella before but that he was particularly excited to see AC/DC and Mac DeMarco this year. Police in Indio said the Union Pacific Railroad Police are conducting the investigation into Andersen's death.

Read more: Tuesday April 14

Monday April 13



Metallica Making Progress On New Album

(hennemusic) Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett is sharing an update on the progress of the band's first new studio album in seven years. Hammett hosted his second annual Fear FestEvil this weekend in San Jose, California and will return to the studio to continue work on the follow-up to 2008's "Death Magnetic." "We have a lot of good songs," Hammett tells Billboard. "The songs are ever-changing at this point. Nothing is etched in stone. We still have a lot of material have to sift through, still. We have well over a dozen songs and we still have well over two or three hundred riffs, too, so it's hard to say at what point we actually are in in the project. "I don't think we hit the middle point yet. I would say we're at the 25 percent point, maybe 30 percent point. It's hard to say, but I mean we are working on it and there are songs and we're making plans to write more songs and record."

Read more: Monday April 13

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