Ozzy Osbourne Reveals Memoirs Of A Madman Details
(hennemusic) Ozzy Osbourne's fans took up his online challenge and they succeeded in unscrambling the mystery of Ozzy's next release, which will be two career-spanning "Memoirs Of A Madman" collections.
Set for release on October 7th, the "Memoirs Of A Madman" CD features 17 of Ozzy's greatest hit singles compiled in one place for the first time, and will be available in a single CD, 2-LP set and 2-LP picture disc set configurations.
The "Memoirs Of A Madman" DVD is a definitive visual two-disc DVD set which includes classic music videos, along with unreleased and out-of-print live performances, plus interviews from his solo career.
On July 22, fans got a sneak peek of "Memoirs Of A Madman" via Twitter. By using #OzzyRules in accordance with the number of tweets, engaged fans were able to unscramble the cover artwork and unlock a video teaser.
Courtney Love Discusses Possible Kurt Cobain Biopic
(Radio.com) It's 2014 and there still hasn't been a proper Kurt Cobain biopic. Though his widow Courtney Love has long spoken of plans to turn the deceased grunge singer's life into a film.
Love spoke with the Philippine Daily Inquirer and gave some insight as to just how this whole thing will go down, when it goes down. "I don't want to be the person who makes that decision," Love said, regarding who will play Cobain in the eventual film.
"Some beautiful blond, tragic, gorgeous actor boy is hitting on me, and why? He wants to play Kurt. So I am moving that over to the agency side. I am not Cecil B. DeMille or anything like that."
This doesn't mean that she won't have any creative control. "I do have a say in it," adds Love. But she's not alone.
Edgar Winter to Pay Tribute To Brother Johnny On Tour
(Radio.com) Last week, the music world mourned the death of legendary blues guitarist Johnny Winter. But perhaps no one is more appropriate to pay tribute to the man than his own brother, Edgar Winter.
With a tour on the immediate horizon, Rolling Stone points out Edgar has released a statement on Facebook about his brother and how the upcoming Rock 'n Blues Fest Tour will be reconfigured to pay tribute to Johnny:
My wife, Monique, and I are shocked at the suddenness of Johnny's passing, especially since I was so looking forward with such joy and anticipation to seeing him again and playing together. I know his body is departing this physical realm, but his presence, his music, and his spirit are undiminished, and alive as ever in my heart.
Johnny has always been, is now, and will forever remain my greatest musical hero of all time. But more than all that, he's my brother-in family, in music, in life and beyond. I will do my best to carry on in honor of his memory and the Winter name.
The upcoming tour will now feature a selection of songs typically associate with Johnny, performed by all involved, which includes the Edgar Winter Band, Vanilla Fudge, Rare Earth member Peter Rivera and Savoy Brown's Kim Simmonds.
Johnny Winter collaborator Rick Derringer will guest on the tour's final two nights.
Organizers Discuss John Bonham Memorial Fund Benefit Concert
(TeamRock Radio) John Bonham's sister Deborah will front a concert in their home town next month, with the aim of helping fund a memorial to the Led Zeppelin drummer.
The event is being staged in the town's St Stephen's Church by the John Bonham Memorial Fund, who hope to bring in a total of £50,000 for the design and installation of a permanent tribute to him in the centre of Redditch, south of Birmingham.
Organisers Clem and Sam Dallaway say: "Over the years, many people - and not just Redditch folk - have asked why there isn't some form of permanent tribute to John in the town where he was born, grew up, went to school and, for a time, worked.
"We're making steady progress. From the outset, we were determined to do this properly and with total transparency. We are doing this for John's memory and not for personal gain."
Joe Bonamassa Had To Push Himself On New Album
(Classic Rock) Joe Bonamassa releases his new album, Different Shades Of Blue, on September 22. Unlike previous album Driving Towards The Daylight, which featured a number of blues standards, the new collection is made up entirely of tracks Bonamassa was involved in writing.
"It's been a while since I've been involved in the writing on an entire album", says the guitarist. "So I decided I wanted to make a completely original blues album.
"I've really had to push myself to make everything I do better than the last project. I know the fans expect it. And I feel like I owe it to the fans to give them an original record after all these years."
Tom Petty Streaming New Album Online For Free
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers fans do not have to wait until next Tuesday, July 29th, to hear the band's new studio album "Hypnotic Eye". You can stream it online right now.
"Hypnotic Eye" is streaming in its entirety for free from now until next Monday, July 28th, on Amazon.com's Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers page here.
When the album is released fans will have several different formats to choose from. The standard edition will be available in standard cd, digitally in MP3 and Flac formats and 140 gram 1-LP Vinyl.
The deluxe editions will be released as a 180 gram 2-LP Vinyl and a High-definition Blu-ray Audio Disc and both version will include an extra track from the album sessions.
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers will be supporting the new album with the launch of their 2014 North American Tour, featuring very special guest Steve Winwood.
The tour is scheduled to kick off on August 3rd in San Diego, Ca at Viejas Arena and will conclude on October 10th in Inglewood (Los Angeles) CA at The Forum.
Slash Debuts Songs From Forthcoming Album World On Fire
(hennemusic) The night before launched the Let Rock Rule tour with Aerosmith, Slash performed a solo headlining show on July 9 at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, where he delivered the live debut of three tunes from his forthcoming album, "World On Fire."
The rocker premiered "Stone Blind", "30 Years To Life" and the title track at the show, and fan-filmed video of the first two tunes has surfaced. Due September 16, "World On Fire" is the follow-up to 2012's "Apocalyptic Love."
As with his last record, the project once again sees the guitarist working with his touring band, Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators, and producer Michael Baskette.
Chris Slade Looks Back On Leaving AC/DC
(TeamRock Radio) Drummer Chris Slade has revealed he quit AC/DC in 1994 as a result of "stupid pride" - and he'd react differently if the situation rose again. The Welshman was with the Aussie giants for five years, appearing on 1990 album The Razor's Edge and playing their headline set at Monsters Of Rock the following year.
But he resigned just as the band were gearing up to record Ballbreaker in 1995 after an argument with mainman Malcolm Young, which led to Phil Rudd's second stint behind the kit.
Slade tells Music Radar: "I'd been doing demos with the guys in London for two months, when Malcolm called and said they wanted to give Phil a try. I said, 'That's me out then - I'm gone.' Mal said, 'No, we want to keep you on. We don't even know if Phil can play.' I told him that was his problem now."
He recalls his attitude at the time was "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" and adds: "They wanted to keep me on for months and months, and that didn't feel right. I resigned the next day."
Gene Simmons Discovered Cinderella Not Jon Bon Jovi
(Classic Rock) Cinderella frontman Tom Keifer says it was Gene Simmons, not Jon Bon Jovi, who first took an interest in the band. For years, Bon Jovi was credited with discovering the Philadelphia group.
In a recent interview with BigMusicGeek, the singer set the record straight. Keifer says: "Jon is credited with discovering the band - or his interest actually led to a record deal.
"But if you went back a couple of years, Gene Simmons was actually the guy who took an interest in the band, although it didn't lead to a deal for one reason or another.
"I guess in terms of discovery, you really could credit Gene, even though both Gene and Jon showed an interest."
Metallica Release Live For Whom The Bell Tells and Ktulu Video
(hennemusic) Metallica performed "For Whom The Bell Tells" during their July 11th concert this summer in Warsaw, Poland, and the band are now sharing video from the event.
The footage also includes the pre-show fan meet and greet, the band warming up in the tuning room, as well as "The Call Of Ktulu" from the show.
"For Whom The Bell Tolls" originally appeared on Metallica's second album, 1984's "Ride The Lightning." The song was inspired by Ernest Hemingway's 1940 novel of the same name.