Tony Iommi: Hyde Park show could be Black Sabbath’s last

Black Sabbath

Tony Iommi has speculated that Black Sabbath’s live Hyde Park set this summer could be their last.

The band will headline the British Summer Time Festival in London on the 4th of July, topping a bill that also includes Soundgarden, Faith No More, Motörhead, Soulfly, Hell, Bo Ningen and Wolfmother.

Speaking to Metal Hammer ahead of the show, Iommi revealed that the band don’t have any plans for further live dates following the festival and that, combined with his ill health, it could be the last time that they play together in public.

“It could be the last ever Sabbath show,” the guitarist says. “I don’t want it to be, but there’s nothing really planned touring-wise after that show, so for all we know that could be it really. To be honest I don’t want to be touring to this extent too much longer, because it makes me feel so bad.”

Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma in January 2012 and completed a course of treatment in March of this year. He is currently awaiting an update from his doctors. “I’m at a stage now where I have no support, which means I have to see whether the cancer is coming back or if it’s still there or what,” he says. “I just don’t know. It’s a bit of a worry. After we finish this tour I’ll go in and have scan, so we’ll see what that shows up.”

Black Sabbath are currently touring in support of their latest studio album, 13.

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New music releases, 14th April 2014

Here are the new and notable music releases this week, 14th April 2014:

Birds Of Satan
The Birds of Satan, The Birds of Satan

Albion, Ginger Wildheart
Do to the Beast, Afghan Whigs
Homo Erraticus, Ian Anderson
Brother, Morten Harket
Melana Chasmata, Triptykon
Caustic Love, Paolo Nutini
Rodney Crowell, Tarpaper Sky
Smoke Fairies, Smoke Fairies
Tearing Down The Walls, H.E.A.T
Amphetamine Ballads, The Amazing Snakeheads
Bang!, Gotthard
CD Singles (Box Set), Suede
Stories: The Singles Collection, Therapy?
Lights Out, Ingrid Michaelson
Holy Ghost, Marc Ford
Life Journey, Leon Russell
The Complete Albums Box: 1970-78, Black Sabbath
The Best Of, Wilko Johnson
Shadows, Sinbreed
The Travelers & Bonfires, Sevendust

All the above and many more are available via the Skin Back Alley Music Store!

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Album review: Police Bastard | Confined

Police Bastard - ConfinedOur Verdict: 4/5
Find it at: Iron Man Records

Police [puh-lees] noun ~ an organized civil force for maintaining order, preventing and detecting crime, and enforcing the laws.”

Bastard [bas-terd] noun ~ an illegitimate child; something irregular, inferior, spurious or unusual; a vicious, despicable person.”

The bastard son of the UK police? Hardly. Not unless that son is about to tear up the rule book and tear down all that their father created. You get the impression that Police Bastard would be happy to be the thorn in their side, however. The police and any other institution, group or individual who they see as threatening the natural liberty and freedom of all. Theistic religions, over-reliance on technology, governments and financial bodies; anyone and anything that curtails or impinges upon our essential human nature is a valid target for examination, criticism and, preferably, destruction on the group’s latest album, Confined.

Routinely referred to as a Crust Punk band, Police Bastard’s LP is, as you might expect, a delightfully abrasive affair. There are elements of old school hardcore punk, doom and thrash metal, and the occasional flourish reminiscent of their Birmingham hometown heroes, Black Sabbath. The recipe is intense, infectious and utterly brutal.

That’s not to say that there is no subtlety. Sound samples, quotes and changes in pace ensure that there is dynamism and variation enough to thrill and entertain, as well as inform. Of course the record won’t appeal to everyone. Some are likely to be downright offended. Well tough. Police Bastard probably don’t care, and in this age of riots, financial crises, political brinkmanship and fundamental religious fervour, their music and radical philosophical stance have never seemed more relevant.

Put it on. Turn it up. Tear it down.

Find out more about Police Bastard at their official Facebook page
Buy the record from Iron Man Records

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Ozzy Osbourne in house fire

OzzyOzzy Osbourne is reported to have started a fire in the family home whilst attempting to make a bacon sandwich.

Firefighters were called to the Osbourne’s house following Ozzy’s late night snack. Sharon Osbourne later referred to the incident via her Twitter account: “I’m in London, @OfficialOzzy is in LA making a bacon sandwich last night and the fire brigade ended up at our house!!”

Meanwhile, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has been speaking with WWeek.com, revealing how the band vetoed asking legendary drummer Ginger Baker to play on their new album, 13.

“We put a stop on. We didn’t think Ginger would have been… we didn’t want to go into the studio and have, um, problems.”

Ultimately the group called upon the services of Rage Against The Machine sticksman, Brad Wilk.

“We did try some big name drummers – some very big name drummers. They were great, but Rick particularly suggested Brad. He did work hard; he was thrown into the deep end and he was very nervous. He got used to us, our jokes, the way we prank around.”

Tony Iommi discusses cancer treatment

Tony IommiLegendary guitarist Tony Iommi has discussed his ongoing treatment for cancer.

Speaking to the San Jose Mercury News, Iommi revealed details about the affect the treatment has had on him and how it has, in fact, helped some people.

“To be honest, I was wondering whether I could do (the tour) as well. I have to treat life very differently now. This, for me, has been a big challenge. So far, it’s been OK. The medical thing is still going on. It’ll be ongoing, really, for life. It’s not going to go away. I just have to try to treat it. So I go back to England every seven to eight weeks for a treatment. Then it takes 10 days, two weeks, to start feeling normal again. Then we go back out on the road.”

The guitarist continues: “My whole life has changed. My attitude has changed toward everything. Life becomes a lot more precious. I appreciate when we’ve got the opportunity to get together and be onstage and play and do what I like to do.

“I think my illness, in one way, has helped everybody, because it’s brought the reality of you really don’t know how long this is going to last. It was easy to take things for granted before. I think everyone now appreciates what we’ve got and what we get to do.”

You can read the whole interview here.