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Geezer Butler Offers Reward To Catch Cat Killer

(Classic Rock) Black Sabbath bass player Geezer Butler is offering a reward for information on a "heinous" crime which saw 25 cats killed and left swinging from trees in New York. Butler has pledged $1000 to the reward fund on offer to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible. The cats were put in plastic bags and left swinging from trees in Yonkers, New York. The total reward now stands at $25,000. In a statement released via the Westchester SPCA, Butler says: "It is so tragic that we have human beings among us that are capable of committing such a heinous and heartless crime. Surely there is someone out there that knows who has done this. Please do the right thing and come forward to get this coward off the street."

Black Sabbath's Final Concert?

(Classic Rock) Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has told Metal Hammer that Black Sabbath's headline appearance at the Barclaycard British Summer Time festival at London's Hyde Park might be the British metal institution's final gig. The July 4 show, the closing date on the band's summer 2014 tour, will see Sabbath headline above Soundgarden, Faith No More, Motorhead and Soulfly on the festival's main stage. And according to Iommi, it could be the end of the road for the legendary band. "It could be the last ever Sabbath show," the guitarist admits. "I don't want it to be, but there's nothing really planned touring-wise after that show, so for all we know that could be it really. To be honest I don't want to be touring to this extent too much longer, because it makes me feel so bad." more on this story

Aerosmith Cancel Turkish Debut After Mining Disaster

(hennemusic) Aerosmith have cancelled Wednesday night's concert in Istanbul following Tuesday's coal mine disaster in Soma. At press time, news reports indicate a fire at a mine in the western Turkish city has resulted in the death of 245 miners in what is expected to be the country's worst industrial disaster. 120 miners remain trapped while 450 were rescued after the fire. Turkey has declared a three-day mourning for the victims of the incident while rescue efforts continue. Aerosmith members released statements sharing their condolences and prayers for those affected in the incident and for the nation as a whole. "I woke up this morning to the horrific news of the mining disaster in Soma, Turkey," said singer Steven Tyler. "My heartfelt prayers go out to those who have died, those who are still trapped, and their families. We are holding the people of Turkey close to our hearts and respecting the three days of mourning for a saddened nation."

Judas Priest Preview New Song

(hennemusic) Judas Priest are previewing a clip from "March Of The Damned", one of the tracks found on their forthcoming album, "Redeemer Of Souls." The group recently released the title track as the album's lead single. Due July 15 in North America, the project will be issued in a standard version and a deluxe edition with five bonus tracks. "Redeemer Of Souls" marks guitarist Richie Faulkner's studio debut with Priest; he replaced founding member K.K. Downing following his retirement in 2011. "We feel 'Redeemer of Souls' reinforces our passion for what we believe in from the Judas Priest style heavy metal," said the band. Check out the new song preview here.

Stevie Nicks Working On New Album

(hennemusic) While Fleetwood Mac work on new music, Stevie Nicks is also working on a new collection of rare songs that she hopes to release this October, according to Billboard. The set, tentatively titled "24 Karat Gold: Songs From the Vault", will feature lost and stray songs that she's written and recorded through the years, but never made it onto an album. The selections for "24 Karat Gold" were all newly recorded in Nashville, and co-produced by Nicks, Dave Stewart and Waddy Wachtel. Nicks says that she just recorded "18 tracks in three weeks" for the album, saying that it's the "fastest I have ever recorded."

Metallica Frontman Featured In Guitar Center Commercial

(hennemusic) Metallica frontman James Hetfield is featured in a new commercial for music instrument retailer the Guitar Center. The ad actually stems from an extended video interview that Hetfield did while in the chain's San Francisco store earlier this year. In a small room, Hetfield recounted tales of his first guitar, becoming a musician, rising to fame, and he played a few riffs during the session. In the meantime, customers continued to shop in the store, having no idea it was Metallica's frontman playing. This Friday, May 16, Metallica will team up with the Major League Baseball's San Francisco Giants for the 2nd annual Metallica Night at AT&T Park.

Dan McCafferty Helped Out His Nazareth Replacement

(Classic Rock) New Nazareth singer Linton Osborne has hailed Dan McCafferty as a "class act" after the retired vocalist helped his replacement through the ordeal of his first show. Osborne was given the job in February, months after the original frontman was forced to quit three songs into a gig in Switzerland, leaving his bandmates fearing that their careers were over. But with McCafferty's blessing, Nazareth powered on and hired their second-ever vocalist, who was previously a club singer - and once regularly dressed as a vampire Elvis character in a previous band. He made his first appearance with the Scots veterans last month in Inverness. Just before he went on his predecessor left a message on his phone. Osborne, who's known Naz for years, says: "I've still got the message. How much nicer can a man get? There's no way he would have wanted to give this job up. Not a chance. But he obviously had to, and he did it with such class.

Yes Reveal New Album Details

(Prog) Yes have unveiled the cover art and tracklist for Heaven & Earth, their first album with vocalist Jon Davison. The eight-track record is described as a continuation of their classic prog sound, but also featuring a "timelessly fresh and innovative" edge. The sleeve art was once again created by long-time collaborator Roger Dean. Davison last month admitted recording sessions had been completed "just in time," but said there was enough overflow material that could be used in a later release. He said: "We were doubling up in the studio. Chris Squire and I were working on background vocals and Steve Howe was finishing guitars. Geoff Downes was in Wales, Alan White was in Seattle and they were both sending tracks. "We were just kind of throwing everything in at the last minute, then we only had two or three days before we had to start this tour."