Rival Sons confirmed to support Black Sabbath’s final stand

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Rival Sons have been confirmed as support for Black Sabbath during their The End world tour.

Rival Sons frontman Scott Holiday believes that the opportunity came about after they played at an awards ceremony where Ozzy Osbourne and family were in attendance.

“The attendees – which included the upper crust of classic rock, and some of the world’s most famous – really enjoyed our little three-song set. Especially Ozzy, Sharon and the kids,” he says.

“We chatted and hung with the Osbournes after the show, which was incredible on its own. But something much greater has transpired.”

He adds: “Every now and again the universe just speaks to you and planets align. This is definitely one of those situations for us.”

The shows will mark Black Sabbath’s last ever live tour before they bow out of a career that has lasted nearly five decades. They are expected to release their last ever studio album next year.

So far Sabbath have confirmed a series of tour dates for 2016 in the US, Australia and New Zealand. Confirmation of further dates is expected in October.

Jan 20th: Omaha Centurylink Center, NE
Jan 22nd: Chicago United Centre, IL
Jan 25th: Minneapolis Target Center, MN
Jan 28th: Saskatoon Sasktel Centre, SK
Jan 30th: Edmonton Rexall Centre, AB
Feb 01st: Calgary Scotiabank Saddledome, AB
Feb 03rd: Vancouver Rogers Arena, BC
Feb 06th: Tacoma Dome, WA
Feb 09th: San Jose SAP Center, CA
Feb 11th: Los Angeles The Forum, CA
Feb 13th: Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Events Center, NV
Feb 15th: Denver Pepsi Center, CO
Feb 17th: Kansas City Sprint Center, MO
Feb 19th: Detroit Palace Of Auburn Hills, MI
Feb 21st: Hamilton Firstontario Centre, ON
Feb 23rd: Montreal Bell Centre, QC
Feb 25th: New York Madison Square Garden, NY
Apr 15th: Perth Arena, Australia
Apr 17th: Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Australia
Apr 19th: Melbourne Rod Laver Arena, Australia
Apr 23rd: Sydney Allphones Arena, Australia
Feb 25th: Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Australia
Apr 28th: Auckland Vector Arena, New Zealand
Apr 30th: Dunedin Forsyth Barr Stadium, New Zealand

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Black Sabbath tribute to feature Cancer Bats, Kylesa & more

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Cancer Bats, Ulver and Kylesa are set to feature on a Black Sabbath tribute album.

Cleopatra Records are producing the LP as revealed by Kylesa, posting the proposed tracklist online with the message: “It’s finally happening – Kylesa is interpreting Black Sabbath.”

Kylesa will be covering “Paranoid”, with Cancer Bats taking on “Into The Void”.

The full tracklist for the as yet unnamed album is reported as follows:

01. Wo Fat: “The Warning”
02. Stoned Jesus: “The Writ”
03. Death Hawks: “Hand Of Doom”
04. House Of Broken Promises: “Lady Evil”
05. Scorpion Child: “Hole In The Sky”
06. Mos Generator: “Dirty Women”
07. Machuca: “Planet Caravan”
08. Ulver: “Solitude”
09. Cancer Bats: “Into The Void”
10. Witch Mountain: “Sleeping Village”
11. Solace: “Electric Funeral”
12. Pentagram: “Tomorrow’s Dream”
13. Kylesa: “Paranoid”
14. Bloody Hammers: “Changes”

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Watch! Foo Fighters and Zac Brown cover Sabbath’s “War Pigs”

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Following news that Ozzy Osbourne is to be honoured with the Global Icon Award at this year’s MTV EMAs, Foo Fighters teamed up with Zac Brown to cover Black Sabbath’s song “War Pigs” on TV this week.

The Foos are in the middle of a week long musical residency on The Late Show With David Letterman in the run up to the release of their new album, Sonic Highways, on the 10th of November.

You can watch the mighty cover version below, about which Ozzy tweeted “Watched your performance of ‘War Pigs’ on Letterman last night. Great performance, loved it.”

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Black Sabbath to record new album

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Black Sabbath at the Grammy Awards

Speaking to the UK’s Metal Hammer magazine, Ozzy Osbourne has exclusively revealed that Black Sabbath are to record a new album together.

The heavy metal icons will team up with super-producer Rick Rubin once again to make the follow-up to 2013’s hugely successful LP, 13.

The band have been reticent about their future together, suggesting that a new album was by no means definite, and that their London shows this past summer might well be their last.

However, in interview with Metal Hammer Ozzy said: “The whole Sabbath experience this time around was great. We all made friends, we didn’t fuck around, we all knew that we had a job to do, and we did it. It was a lot of fun. So we’re going to do one more album, and a final tour. Once the dust settled after the last tour we started discussing the idea, because we were getting asked about it all the time. I said to Sharon ‘What’s going on? Because if there’s no more Sabbath I want to get on with my own thing again’ and she came back and said ‘Let me look into it.’ Three weeks later I asked her about it again, and she said ‘Oh, I still have to talk to so and so…’ and I said ‘Sharon, I ain’t fucking 21 any more, if we’re going to do I want to do it before I’m 70!’ Time isn’t on our side! So she made the call and came back and said ‘Yeah, the record company wants another album.’ I believe Rick Rubin is going to do it with us again.”

Ozzy confirmed that the band currently had no new material written, but suggested that the sessions will take place in the early part of 2015: “It’ll be sooner rather than later,” he insisted. “Obviously a lot of it is coming down to Tony’s health, he’s obviously got his cancer treatment, but we’ll get onto it next year. I don’t know if we’ll be writing in England or LA, but I’ll fly to the fucking moon for it if I have to!”

Watch this space!

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Ronnie James Dio: 1942 – 2010

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Heavy metal legend Ronnie James Dio passed away 4 years ago today. The vocalist fronted Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Heaven and Hell and, of course, Dio in his time.

His last public appearance was to accept the Best Vocalist award at Revolver magazine’s 2010 Golden Gods Awards ceremony. In tribute to the late singer, Revolver have posted both his acceptance of the award and his final interview with Slipknot’s Corey Taylor online.

You can watch them below.

R.I.P. Ronnie James Dio. 1942 – 2010.

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