The career of Black Sabbath has truly been a Crazy Train. Not only did the metal pioneers lay the foundations for the three decades of heavy metal that followed them, but they influenced a generation with their original blend of hard hitting rock and roll. After 19 records and more than 45 years on the run, the legendary metal act is stepping off their throne. The band's latest promo for Ozzfest Japan 2015 reveals that Sabbath's last show will take place on the second night of Ozzfest November 22nd, with co-headliner Korn celebrating their 20th anniversary. As far as front-man Ozzy Osbourne is concerned this is just the end of this chapter of his musical career. The Prince of Darkness announced, “I am going to continue to do my solo stuff, but I can’t do the two at the same time. This Memoirs of a Madman package is to let everybody know that I haven’t abandoned my solo career … I’m doing one more Black Sabbath tour, one more Black Sabbath album, and then we’re disbanding the name, I believe. And then after that, I’ll be doing my solo stuff.” We will keep you updated as this story develops.
It has been a tough couple of months for legendary metal act Megadeth. Not only has the band lost axeman Chris Broderick of 7 years, but long time drummer Shawn Drover as well. The two former members left the group almost in tandem and have recently announced their formation of a new unit with ex-Scar the Martyr vocalist Henry Bonner. Aside from front-man Dave Mustaine, Megadeth has had at least 18 band members over the course of its thirty-two year history. However former Deth drummer, Nick Menza may have just spilled the bean on who the new drum-man is stating in a YouTube comment, “Well since Adler is playing on Megadeth new album do I get to play on Lamb of God new album? I’m down for it. Chris, you rock! One of my favorite drummers. Good luck bro.” In addition to Menza's enlightenments, bassist Dave Ellefson has stated that the record is "pretty much done." We will have more updates on Megadeth's line-up and upcoming able as they are revealed.
*UPDATED 3/30/15* Lamb of God stick-man Chris Adler has officially entered Megadeth as confirmed by the band this weekend. The drummer commented on his entry with, “Megadeth was the game changer for me. Growing up, there was no other band that meant as much to my musical interest and direction. There is no doubt I would not be doing what I have been doing for the past three decades had I not stumbled across Killing Is My Business and the bible of all metal, Peace Sells, in my formative years.”
Earlier today, Iowa television station KCCI reported that guitarist Mick Thomson of Slipknot and his brother Andrew were injured in a fight outside of the guitarist's home. Police reported that the altercation began around 4 AM, Wednesday March 11th, in Clive, Iowa. Both Thomson brothers sustained non-life-threatening injuries, with #7 Mick Thomson suffering a stab wound in the back of the head by his brother. More details will surely emerge as this case develops, for now the full story reported by KCCI can be read at this link.
- UPDATED (3/23/15) - According to the Des Moines Register, Clive police have charged both Mick Thomson and his brother with disorderly conduct for their knife fight that took play March 11th, "The brothers were booked and released on a promise they will appear in court March 30. Both parties declined to seek charges against each other."
And the wait is over... Heavy Montreal has just released their 2015 summer line up, and it is a force to be reckoned with. Fans who attend the legendary weekend music fest will be treated to acts like Slipknot, Faith No More, Korn, Lamb of God, Bullet For My Valentine, Mastodon, Asking Alexandria, Motionless in White, and many many more. The festival takes place August 7th through August 9th, and you do not want to miss out. To pick up your tickets head over to this link, see you in the pit.
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