BLACK SABBATH UNVEILS INCENDIARY COVER FOR NEW ALBUM 13
More details are coming to light regarding the highly anticipated and cleverly titled 13th studio album from Black Sabbath, 13. The reunited band – Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler – along with session drummer Brad Wilk (Rage Against the Machine) released a 27-second video that shows the artwork for the album cover forming until it reveals a flaming number 13. The album is scheduled to be released June 13.
WATTS WORRIES WIND WILL WHIP DURING OUTDOOR FESTIVAL
Count Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts as one of the few people on the planet who don’t want to see the world’s great rock and roll band perform at the massive Glastonbury festival in London in June. The 71-year old percussionist told UK’s The Guardian, “I don’t want to do it [Glastonbury]. Everyone else does. I don’t like playing outdoors, and I certainly don’t like festivals.” He went on to say, “The worse thing playing outdoors is when the wind blows, if you’re a drummer, because the cymbals move…it really is hard to play then.”
SHARON OSBOURNE TO TESTIFY FOR PLAINTIFF IN JACKSON TRIAL
The wife of the Prince of Darkness has been added to the witness list in the trial surrounding the death of the King of Pop. Sharon Osbourne, wife of rocker Ozzy Osbourne, will testify in support of Katherine Jackson’s claim that concert promoter AEG Live knew Michael Jackson was not healthy enough during rehearsals leading up to his planned run of concerts in London. On Wednesday, Osbourne revealed on her talk show The Talk that AEG executives told her Jackson was not well enough to work a grueling schedule.
KNOPFLER NIXES MOSCOW GIGS OVER HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES
Former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler has cancelled two planned concerts in Russia in protest over the government’s treatment of human rights activists. The guitarist is concerned over reports Russia is targeting leaders of Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. In a statement on his website, Knopfler wrote: “Given the crackdown by Russian authorities…I have regretfully decided to cancel my upcoming concerts in Moscow and St. Petersburg in June. I hope the current climate will change soon.”
JOEL READY TO PUT ‘TOE BACK INTO’ CONCERT WATER
There had been some recent speculation Billy Joel was contemplating retirement, but the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer/songwriter has put an end to that, announcing he’ll perform at a few festivals later this month. The 63-year old told Rolling Stone, “I’m putting my toe back into the water to see how performing feels.” He added, “I got tired of doing the greatest hits set. If I was going to play again in places like New York, I would probably feature entire albums. I enjoy playing those more than I enjoy playing the hits…I’m thinking we’d do these shows in Philly, New York, Washington, DC, Detroit and Chicago.
FOGERTY TO TOUT UPCOMING ALBUM ON TELEVISION
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member John Fogerty, whose songs have influenced countless current and classic country acts as well, will promote the May 28 release of his appropriately titled album Wrote A Song For Everyone on two high profile television events. The former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman is set to be a presenter on the 48th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards airing live April 7 on CBS. This Monday, he will tape a performance on the ACM Presents: Tim McGraw’s Superstar Summer Night Special, scheduled to air May 19, also on CBS.
METALLICA-CURATED ORION FEST BOLSTERS LINEUP
Already packed with a plethora of powerful performers, Metallica’s Orion Music + More festival has added more firepower to its arsenal of artists confirmed to play June 8 and 9 at Belle Isle in Detroit. In addition to Metallica, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rise Against and many more, the two-day event will host sets from Rocket From the Crypt, Vista Chino, Dead Sara and a highly anticipated reunion of Infectious Grooves, featuring Mike Muir (Suicidal Tendencies), Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), Dean Pleasants (Suicidal Tendencies), and special guest guitarist Jim Martin (Faith No More). Visit orionmusicandmore.com for full details.
YOKO TO PERFORM DOUBLE FANTASY AT UK FESTIVAL
Like it or not, Yoko Ono has confirmed she will close the 2013 Meltdown Festival in London on June 23 by performing Double Fantasy, the final album she recorded with John Lennon. Ono, who curated the festival, will be joined onstage by “a host of very special guests,” according to organizers of the event.