UNIVERSAL STUDIOS TO UNVEIL BLACK SABBATH-THEMED 3D MAZE
The wildly popular Universal Studios Hollywood’s annual “Halloween Horror Nights” this year will feature the new 3D maze Black Sabbath: 13 3D, inspired by the legendary Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band and their latest album 13. Based on some of the darkest lyrics in the Black Sabbath canon, the new bone-chilling attraction debuts September 20 and features a spooky soundtrack that includes scary Sabbath standards such as “War Pigs,” “Electric Funeral,” “Iron Man,” “Paranoid” and the eerily apropos “Black Sabbath.
OZZY ADDS WARD’S WAR WITH WEIGHT TO LIST OF DRUMMER’S WOES
By now, everyone knows that original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward has been sitting on the sidelines while his bandmates Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler tour without him. Aside from the highly publicized failure to reach an agreement on an equitable contract, Osbourne says one of the other reasons Ward wasn’t able to join the reunion was his battle with the bulge. Osbourne told the New York Daily News, “I don’t think he could have done the gig, to be honest. He’s incredibly overweight. A drummer has to be in shape. He’s already had two heart attacks. I don’t want to be responsible for his life.” The current Black Sabbath reunion tour continues tonight in Detroit, and runs through September 3 in Los Angeles.
NUGENT AIMS TO FIRE OFF ULTRALIVE BALLISTICROCK 2-CD/DVD SET
Motor City Madman Ted Nugent has set his sights on an October 22 release date for his new concert collection Ultralive Ballisticrock. The hits-packed 2-CD/DVD set was captured and recorded on Terrible Ted’s I Still Believe Tour at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe, PA on August 14, 2011 and features an arsenal of his biggest hits, including “Stormtroopin’,” “Wango Tango,” “Dog Eat Dog,” “Cat Scratch Fever,” “Free For All,” “Great White Buffalo” and “Stranglehold.”
PETTY PUTTING FINISHING TOUCHES ON NEXT HEARTBREAKERS RECORD
With their touring schedule in the rearview mirror, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers are now looking ahead to wrapping up work on their next studio album. Petty recently told Rolling Stone, “We’re nearly done with it” adding that the band has “raised the bar a bit” while taking an old-school approach to recording. He said, “Lately, I just roll in, play the song on the guitar, and they just fall in and we work it out. Usually, the first few takes are the best… I think people are going to like it.”
COSTELLO LINES UP FIRST EAST COAST SOLO DATES IN A DECADE
Former angry young man Elvis Costello has unveiled a string of 13 intimate solo dates, his first stretch of solo shows on the east coast a decade. The run gets underway November 2 in Burlington, VT and continues in Northampton, MA, Englewood, NJ, Troy, NY, Ithaca, NY, New Haven, CT, Philadelphia, Port Chester, NY, Kingston, NY, Boston, and Portland, ME before finishing up in Orono, ME on November 19. The dates are designed to promote the September 7 release of Wise Up Ghost, his collaborative album with the Roots.
SUPER TRIO THE RIDES DEBUTS DRIVING COVER OF STOOGES GEM
Newly formed supergroup The Rides – Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Electric Flag keyboardist Barry Goldberg – have taken their cover of the Stooges’ “Search and Destroy” for a test spin via a just released lyric/in studio video. The track will be featured on the group’s debut album Can’t Get Enough, scheduled to arrive August 27. Of recording the album, Stills told Billboard, “It was very fast. We really wanted to go by the old rules and go in and do an album in a week. We just came out flying and got everything done in one or two takes.” The Rides will take their tunes on the road, kicking off a 17-stop tour August 28 and 29 in New York City.
HALL OF FAMERS WILSON, BECK PLOT FALL TREK
Fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck have announced plans to mount a joint month-long North American tour, starting September 27 in Hollywood, FL. The 18-show tour will run through October 27 in Akron, OH and will feature fellow Beach Boys Al Jardine and David Marks in Wilson’s band. In addition, Beck told USA Today, “Brian will kick things off, but I’ll also be given enough time to establish what I’m about. In the end, we’ll mix and match. It’s a complete honor to be on stage with him.”
NEW ALBUM RELEASES
New albums out today: Newsted – Heavy Metal Music; James LaBrie – Impermanent Resonance.