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Tuesday May 13



Ozzy Osbourne Faces New Problem With Bats

(Classic Rock) Ozzy Osbourne once again has a problem with bats - after their presence in his countryside barn led to council bosses refusing his application to convert it into a home. The Black Sabbath frontman - who famously bit the head off a bat while onstage in 1982 - applied for permission to turn a building on his Buckinghamshire property into a two-bedroom house. But Chiltern District Council refused, saying there was evidence that bats, a protected species in the UK, live in the barn's rafters. The authority will not consider any application for the conversion until Ozzy can prove the animals' welfare will be protected.

Read more: Tuesday May 13

Monday May 12



Metallica To Get To Work On New Album

Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett tells Guitar World magazine that the band will be buckling down in September to get to work on the follow-up to 2008's Death Magnetic. "We totally want to make an album," Hammett said. "But...we have families now. It's gonna be summertime soon and it's hard to work [then] because the kids are out of school." He also said that the band has "a backlog of riffs in the riff bank. Now it's about picking riffs out, putting them together and moving along. Later, we'll revisit it all and see where it goes." Hammett also laid out a timetable for the band to get to work on the new album, "September is gonna be the time when we buckle down," he said. "I know I told everyone it was gonna be last January…but that's just the way it goes!"

Read more: Monday May 12

Friday May 9



Tommy Lee Recording With The Smashing Pumpkins

(Classic Rock) Tommy Lee has recorded drums for the next Smashing Pumpkins album. A picture of Motley Crue's Lee in the studio with Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan has been posted on the band's official Nexus page. It is accompanied with a message that reads: "Here's a shot from the mission out west. Just finished round 1 of tracking drums with Tommy Lee for the new the Smashing Pumpkins album. Shockla-locka-boom. "Yes, that T Lee for all 9 songs of Monument To An Elegy." It is not clear how the move affects current Pumpkins drummer Mike Byrne, who has held the position since 2009.

Read more: Friday May 9

Thursday May 8



Black Sabbath Feature Film Coming

(Classic Rock) Black Sabbath are to be the subject of a documentary by top filmmakers Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn. The duo behind Canadian company Banger Films have previously made rock documentaries about Rush, Iron Maiden and Alice Cooper. McFadyen tells Times Columnist that they are to start work on a full-length Sabbath feature film, although it has not been confirmed whether it will document the band's entire history or pick up the story since Ozzy Osbourne, Tommy Iommi and Geezer Butler's reunion for 2013 album 13. The record saw the trio record and perform together for the first time in 35 years. Meanwhile, Banger Films will also film a documentary on Seattle grunge icons Soundgarden. Canadian director Reg Harkema tells Bad Feeling he is working with McFadyen and Dunn on the film, set to get underway in the summer when the band go out on tour with Nine Inch Nails.

Read more: Thursday May 8

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