BLACK SABBATH CELEBRATES TRIO OF GRAMMY NOMINATIONS
In June, the original Black Sabbath – Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler - released 13, their first U.S. No. 1 album and first studio album featuring Osbourne since 1978’s Never Say Die! This past Friday the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band earned three Grammy nominations, including Best Rock Album for 13 and Best Rock Song and Best Metal Performance for “God is Dead?” Osbourne reacted to the news saying, “We are ecstatic, surprised and very happy!” The band, which has sold over 70 million albums worldwide, is currently on tour in Europe, with more North American and European dates scheduled for 2014.
HEART READIES LIVE CD, DVD, BLU-RAY FOR FEBRUARY RELEASE
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Heart have announced they will release Fanatic Live From Caesars Colosseum on CD, DVD and Blu-ray on February 25. The sound and scenes found on the audio and video versions of the concert collection were culled from sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson and their band’s performance at the Windsor, Ontario, Canada venue. Heart has two more 2013 concert dates on its calendar, including a show tomorrow night in their hometown of Seattle followed by a gig the next night in nearby Vancouver.
COOPER CONCEDES HE’S DEATHLY AFRAID OF NEEDLES
During a recent interview with Vegas Rocks! magazine, Alice Cooper, the godfather of shock rock, was asked to reveal what frightens him the most. Cooper immediately got to the point, saying, “Needles! I can’t do a blood test. I can put my head in a guillotine, I can put a 20-foot boa constrictor around me – my show’s so dangerous, everybody gets stiches in my show. But a blood test, and I’m like – and it has nothing to do with the pain, it has everything to do with the idea of a needle going in your arm. To me that just doesn’t make any sense at all.”
AEROSMITH UNLOADING USED ROAD CASES
Fans of Aerosmith living near the Boston area who would like to take home a cool piece of the band’s history may want to save up some pennies for a shot at purchasing some of the band’s used road cases, which according to a post by the band, “have been used on tour for the last 25 years or so.” Hoping to attract “SERIOUS BUYERS ONLY PLEASE!, the road cases will be sold off on December 28 at 10a at the band’s warehouse located in Hanover, MA. For photos of the gear going on sale and more details, visit aeroforceone.com.
MERCURY BIOPIC PICKS NEW LEAD ACTOR, TAPS DIRECTOR
The stalled Freddie Mercury biopic is once again moving forward after producers hired a new actor to play the late Queen frontman and a director to helm the project. British actor Ben Whishaw, who’s been seen in films including Skyfall and Cloud Atlas and most recently on stage playing Hamlet, takes over portraying Mercury after comedic actor Sacha Baron Cohen quit back in July. Actor-turned-director Dexter Fletcher (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) is now set to direct the as-yet untitled film which was originally scheduled to be released in 2012.
CROSBY, STILLS & NASH CONFIRM 13 U.S. 2014 TOUR DATES
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Crosby, Stills & Nash will spend a long time gone from their respective homes during the month of March while crisscrossing the country on a 13-date concert trek. The trio will kick off the run on March 4 in Richmond, VA, followed by performances in Newport News, VA, Charleston, WV, Louisville, Des Moines, Peoria, Indianapolis, Battle Creek, MI, Columbus, OH, Ft. Wayne, IN, Nashville and Atlanta before winding down the tour in Durham, NC on March 24. Advanced tickets go on sale today at crosbystillsnash.com with $1 per ticket to be donated to charity.
JETT ASKS SEAWORLD TO STOP USING HER SONG IN SHAMU ROCKS! SHOW
Longtime animal rights advocate Joan Jett fired off a scathing letter to SeaWorld CEO Jim Atchison demanding that her signature song “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” no longer be used at the start of the theme park’s Shamu Rocks! show. CNN reports Jett was “surprised and upset” to learn her tune was being used prior to the show featuring captive whales, adding that she found herself “sickened that my music was blasted without my permission at sound-sensitive marine mammals.” She added, “If I don’t receive written confirmation that SeaWorld will cease and desist from using any Joan Jett & the Blackhearts music, I will be forced to take further action, and you’ll find me among the PETA protesters outside your parks.”