LISTEN TO THE NEW OZZY TRACKS!!
A number of audio clips from OZZY OSBOURNE’s forthcoming album have been posted online at Ozzy.com (Note: You have to scroll over and click on the books and other images on the main page to hear the audio).
The first single, “I Don’t Want to Stop”, from the upcoming CD will receive its online premiere on Friday, April 13.
Ozzy Osbourne recently told Rolling Stone magazine (web site) that the war in Iraq weighed heavily on his mind during the recording sessions for his first album of new material in six years. “Bombs are falling and tears are falling,” Ozzy reportedly sneers across what Rolling Stone described as “a modern metal anthem,” entitled “Countdown’s Begun”. But Osbourne told the magazine that he didn’t set out to write another “War Pigs”, the BLACK SABBATH classic inspired by an earlier generation’s unpopular war. “I don’t want to get political,” said Ozzy, who has visited maimed soldiers in military hospitals during recent tours. “I try to mask it so you can think what you like. The things around you affect you but you don’t realize it. You look at CNN and a fucking car bomb has gone off.”
Among the eleven new tracks Osbourne has recorded is “Not Going Away”, which Rolling Stone describes as “a fiery rocker with ominous riffs from guitarist Zakk Wylde,” and “Lay Your World On Me”, which was inspired by Ozzy’s wife and manager’s recent battle with cancer. Other songtitles set to appear on the CD include “The Almighty Dollar” and “Not Going Away”.
The follow-up to 2001’s “Down to Earth”, was recorded with the same band that backed Osbourne on his scattered 2006 Ozzfest dates — Zakk Wylde on guitar, Mike Bordin on drums, and former ROB ZOMBIE bassist Rob “Blasko” Nicholson. The album has no official producer, although longtime Mutt Lange protégé Kevin Churko is serving as the engineer.
“Kevin’s working the machines and helping me with the songwriting,” Osbourne recently told Revolver magazine. “He really knows what he’s doing with the ProTools, which is good because I can’t work the fucking thing. I can barely work a light switch!”
The new CD is the first to be recorded in Osbourne’s home studio, located in the newly soundproofed guest house behind his Beverly Hills mansion, which he’s outfitted with a mixing desk and a ProTools rig. “If you ever have inspiration, you can put down an idea,” Osbourne told Rolling Stone of recording at home. “The bad thing is your wife can get ahold of you all the time for whatever she wants you to do.”
Former Kiss Guitarist Mark St. John Dead at 51
Acccording to KissFAQ.com, Mark St. John was born Mark Norton, in Hollywood, California, on February 7, 1956. His parents moved in the early 1960s to Garden Grove, CA where Mark was initially more interested in sports than music. In an interview with KISS Strike, Mark recalled, “I played all sports, in fact I played sports before I got into music. Especially basketball, I mean I tried all sports but basketball is what I excelled in. And when I got into high school we started playing CIF with other teams from L.A. and they were all black and I felt that I wasn’t a very good basketball player. I mean they just slip and slide all over you, they jump higher and they run faster and you felt belittled after the first five minutes and I gave it up after that.”
Growing up in Southern California, Mark didn’t start playing guitar until he was a sophomore in highschool in 1972 when he also started to grow his hair longer, undoubtedly part of that age-group’s rebellion from their parents and society. Initially guitar playing started as a hobby, but within a year Mark had become quite serious about it.
As to why he started plaing guitar, Mark recalled, “I guess because the guitar was the new thing happening — it was the sound. I’m from a generation that went through a whole different thing in music, like a culture-type thing. It was the voice of the people. It was a source of rebellion and the guitar was one of the biggest things. I remember watching television and seeing THE BEATLES and THE ROLLING STONES on the ‘Ed Sullivan Show’. They didn’t have tubas, they had guitars and everyone was going crazy and that put a spark in my mind… The guitar is rock ‘n roll. That’s what it’s all about. From the ’50s on, the emphasis was on the guitar sound. Everyone was trying to make the guitar sound like other instruments, but it’s not so easy to make other instruments sound like the guitar. The guitar is what’s happening”
Mark has a brother, Michael (born 1964), who plays bass. The two would be in bands together following Mark’s tenure in KISS. They also have one sister (born 1960).
Mark replaced Vinnie Vincent as lead guitarist for Kiss in April 1984, following Vincent’s falling-out with the band (Mark was suggested to Paul Stanley by Grover Jackson of Jackson Guitars). St. John played on the majority of the band’s 1984 album Animalize (Bruce Kulick was featured on the song, “Lonely Is The Hunter”). During work for the album, St. John clashed with the other members of the band, and eventually developed arthritis (Reiter’s Syndrome), which caused his hands and arms to swell. He was all but unable to perform live as a member of Kiss, and only played three (one in full) shows during the “Animalize” tour, with Kulick filling in for the rest. He was officially replaced by Kulick in December 8, 1984.
St. John’s only video appearance with Kiss is in the video for Heaven’s On Fire”.
After leaving Kiss, St. John formed his new group White Tiger with one-time Black Sabbath vocalist David Donato and released one LP in 1986.
BROKEN TEETH, the Austin-based hard rock quintet featuring former DANGEROUS TOYS/WATCHTOWER vocalist Jason McMaster, has set the tentative track listing for its upcoming CD, “Electric”, a collection of new and re-recorded tracks from their self-released albums “Broken Teeth” and “Guilty Pleasures”. The CD is set to hit stores in August via Corporate Punishment/Navarre. The track listing is as follows:
01. Hell For Sale
03. Blood On The Radio
05. She’s Gonna Blow
06. El Diablo
07. Stick It In
08. Burns Like Love
09. Roll Over
10. Hangin’ By The Skin
11. Devil Money
May wil also see the national re-release of “Guilty Pleasures” and “Blood on the Radio: LIVE”, which will be made available in a special CD DVD combo package.
Commented CPR President Thom Hazaert, “Jason McMaster is, without a doubt, one of the true godfathers of the modern Texas metal/hard rock sound. As a huge fan of his for over two decades, in both WATCHTOWER and DANGEROUS TOYS, we’re extremely proud of these releases and of being able to finally get the chance to bring BROKEN TEETH to a national audience.”
BROKEN TEETH has lined up the following tour dates:
April 10 – Nashville, TN @ The End
April 11 – Johnson City, TN @ The Hideaway
April 12 – Huntington, WV @ Marley’s Doghouse
April 13 – Cincinnati, OH @ Sudsy Malone’s
April 14 – Indianapolis, IN @ Melody Inn
April 16 – Fayetteville, AR @ Tony C’s
April 20 – Austin, TX @ Red Eyed Fly
April 21 – Houston, TX @ Acadia
April 27 – Atlanta, GA @ Ten High Club
April 28 – Lake Somerville, TX @ Hawgs of Texas (w/ BLUE ÖYSTER CULT)
May 09 – Kansas City, MO @ The Hurricane
May 10 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
May 11 – Barrington, IL @ Penny Road Pub
May 12 – Waukesha, WI @ Waukesha Expo Center Milwaukee Metalfest XiX
May 14 – Omaha, NE @ Shea Riley’s
May 15 – Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge
May 17 – Denver, CO @ 15th St. Tavern
May 18 – Albuquerque, NM @ Downtown Albuquerque
June 01 – Birmingham, AL @ The Nick
June 02 – Spartanburg, SC @ Ground Zero
June 12 – Parma, OH @ Jigsaw Saloon
Reunited EXTREME to play at New York Benefit Concert.
The original lineup of EXTREME will reunite for a benefit concert and auction in New York City in honor of music manager Steven Hoffman. Hoffman, who worked with RUSH, VAN HALEN and EXTREME, died of lung cancer in 2003. The event will take place on May 18 at the 450-capacity Canal Room, 285 West Broadway, NYC from 7:00 to 10:30 p.m. Other bands scheduled to play at the event include EVOLUTION (the ultimate JOURNEY tribute band), VALENTINE and “All-Star Rock Jam” (featuring BLACK LABEL SOCIETY bassist John “J.D.” DeServio, among others). A live and silent auction will also be held to raise money for lung cancer research. Some of the items to be auctioned off include an autographed Nuno Bettencourt Washburn guitar, an autographed Geddy Lee bass and other great and rare rock n’ roll memorabilia.
To purchase tickets or for further information about this event, visit www.stevenhoffmanfund.org.
Vince Neil to open DR. FEELGOOD bar in Palm Beach, Florida
According to Florida’s Palm Beach Post, MÖTLEY CRÜE frontman Vince Neil, former Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Todd Wade and former Florida Gator southpaw quarterback Bob Hewko just signed a partnership with M&M to open a rock ‘n’ roll themed bar-restaurant in West Palm Beach named Dr. Feelgood’s Rock Bar, after the 1989 album by Neil‘s band. The joint, in the space currently occupied by MonkeyClub, will be stuffed with Neil memorabilia and his Harley collection. The bar area will be designed to look like a pharmacy, the liquor bottles will be displayed between oversized pharmaceuticals and the bartenders will wear sexy nurses’ uniforms.
“Vince has a condo in Miami Beach and we met through a mutual friend,” Mash said. “We’ve been talking to him about this for a while. He wants to give a free concert for the grand opening. He loves the location.”
Next door, former Bravo cable network “Top Chef” star Stephen Asprinio, 24, is scheduled to open Forte Di Asprinio, an Italian joint, with his uncle, Palm Beach moneybags Bob Cuillo. He is founder of the nearby Cuillo Centre for the Arts.
“They’re both putting money into that project,” Mash said. “People go to dinner there, then go for a drink at Dr. Feelgood.”
A third new place with the feel of an NYC-style club, Rebar, and a fourth, Lost Weekend, are also planned at the complex.
Thunderstone is no exception. This is one kick ass Finnish power metal band.
Thunderstone features Pasi Rantanen on vocals, Nino Laurenne on guitar, Titus Hjelm on bass, Kari Tornack on keyboards and Mirka Rantanen on drums.
Pasi Rantanen has a vocal style similar to that of Johnny Gioeli of Hardline, and the band has a sound that reminds me of a heavy Dream Theater. Thunderstone’s Evolution 4.0 is one kick ass, heavy, melodic metal disc.
If you like the music in the two videos below, you are going to love Evolution 4.0. It is an all killer, no filler disc.
Face in the Mirror
This disc is full of great vocals, excellent guitars, kick ass double bass drumming, and is a amazing listen from beginning to end. This disc will be one to compete for the top 10 metal discs of 2007 at the Hard Rock Hideout. Yes, it is that good! Check it out!
Rating: Out of 10
1. Evolution 4.0
3. Roots Of Anger
4. 10 000 Ways
5. Holding On To My Pain
7. Down With Me
8. Face In The Mirror
9. Solid Ground
10. The Source
11. Great Man Down