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Friday April 17



Ozzy Fires Back At Original Black Sabbath Drummer

(hennemusic) Ozzy Osbourne has issued a response to a request by original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward for an apology over remarks about him not being physically fit enough to participate in the band's 2013 album "13" and its accompanying world tour. On Wednesday, Ward released a public statement outlining his personal need for Osbourne to amend and retract comments before he would consider any meetings about rejoining the group for their final album and tour. "I never wanted to discuss this in a public forum but Bill's statements left me no option to but to respond honestly," begins Osbourne's response. "Wow Bill, What the **** are you on about? I cannot apologize for comments or opinions I may have made about you in the press during Sabbath's '13' album and tour -- physically, you knew you were ******. Tony, Geezer and myself didn't think you could have done a two hour set with a drum solo every night, so we made the decision to move on. With Tony's condition we felt that time was not on our side." The singer then challenged Ward over his ongoing remarks about a contractual disagreement the drummer says left him unwilling to participate in any reunion. "Bill, stop this smokescreen about an 'unsignable contract' and let's be honest," adds Osbourne. "Deep down inside you knew you weren't capable of doing the album and a 16 month tour. Unfortunately for you, our instincts were correct as you were in hospital several times during 2013. "Your last hospitalization was for a shoulder surgery that you now say you've only just recovered from. This would have meant that our world tour would have been canceled. "So how is all of this my fault? Stop playing the victim and be honest with yourself and our fans. Bill, we go back a long way, let's stop this now before it gets out of hand. God bless you. Love. Ozzy."

Read more: Friday April 17

Thursday April 16



Bill Ward Demands Ozzy Apologize Before Black Sabbath Reunion

(hennemusic) Original Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward says he needs an apology from Ozzy Osbourne over remarks in recent years before he considers any conversations that might lead to a reunion of the groundbreaking UK metal band. Ward declined to participate in the group's 2013 album, "13", and tour over a contractual dispute. Last fall, Ozzy said he hoped Ward would return to the lineup as the band began planning their final album and world tour. Now, in an extended official statement, Ward says Osbourne must amend and apologize comments he made during the "13" process that suggested the drummer wasn't capable of performing at the level needed for a Black Sabbath reunion. "I have neither severed nor discontinued my relationship with Black Sabbath," explains Ward, "however, since 2012, the often inaccurate statements about me as a person and as a musician have caused me to be guarded and be especially detached emotionally and spiritually from Ozzy. His rhetoric above all has brought me the most discord. The continuing misguided information about me has established a necessity on my part to confront these issues." "There is always speculation about a true, original Sabbath lineup for the next tour or record," continues the drummer. "With a sad heart, I have to say I will not participate in any musical undertakings until a righting of the wrongs spoken against me has been achieved. I must admit, I have little to no expectations of this happening, but in the order of first things first, I'm looking for an honest accountability of all of Ozzy's statements that I felt were untrue. "I would want Ozzy to amend his opinions and exaggerations. I would want him to be forthcoming about his unrealistic viewpoints. And because I was chastised publicly, I would want him to amend publicly in his words, and not through an Ozzy representative, the nature of the wrongs. I would not want to continue on with him without this seemingly impassible dilemma being addressed." Ward feels a healing with Osbourne must take place before he can even begin to address his concerns over contractual issues he said were unworkable as presented for the "13" album and tour.

Read more: Thursday April 16

Wednesday April 15



Foreigner Announce Tour Dates With Def Leppard

(hennemusic) Foreigner will be staying on the road following their summer tour with Kid Rock. They have announced that they will be joining the last leg of Def Leppard's 2015 US tour this fall. The pair have added 7 October shows to the run which will also include Tesla and Night Ranger. Pre-sales begin on April 15 with general public tickets on sale on April 18 (except as noted below). Def Leppard will launch an extensive North American tour with Styx and Tesla on June 23 in Tampa, FL. Foreigner team up with Kid Rock for US dates starting June 24 in Hartford, CT, with shows running into early September. See the tour dates here.

Read more: Wednesday April 15

Tuesday April 14



AC/DC Fan Killed After Coachella Concert

(hennemusic) An AC/DC fan who attended the legendary band's debut performance at Coachella on Friday night was struck and killed by a train just hours after the show. The Daily Camera reports 23 year-old University of Colorado student Jannik Andersen died after being hit by a train in Indio, California at 3:05 a.m. Saturday, about 4 miles northeast of the site of the music festival. Andersen's friends said the San Diego native had attended Coachella before but that he was particularly excited to see AC/DC and Mac DeMarco this year. Police in Indio said the Union Pacific Railroad Police are conducting the investigation into Andersen's death.

Read more: Tuesday April 14

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