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Ozzy Osbourne Says He Just Made His Best Album Yet

Ozzy Osbourne says that he has made the "greatest album" he has ever done and it has helped him recover from the injury that sidelined his No More Tours 2.

The former Black Sabbath frontman sat down with The Sun and revealed the new album news during the interview. He said, "I've made a new album and it's helped get me back on track. I was just lying in my own self-pity for months. It's the greatest album I've done."

Ozzy also revealed that he inspired to make the record after be approached to make a guest appearance on Post Malone's recently released track "Take What You Want". He said, "I'd never even heard of this kid.

"He wanted me to sing on his song 'Take What You Want', so I did and then one thing led to another. I started recording a new album with Post Malone's producer Andrew Watt. It's only nine tracks but it was a catalyst to get me to where I am today."

He continued, "If it wasn't for making this record I would still be on traction, thinking, 'I'm going to be lying here for ever'. I've missed music so badly. My fans are so loyal and so good. Up until making the album I thought I was dying. But that got me off my a**e."

Ozzy also reflected on the change in the music scene since his last album, "This is my first recording in a studio for ten years, so I do feel a bit out of touch. Music goes straight online these days and that's quicker than it takes me to write a text. It's all about downloads and streaming now. What the f*** does that mean? What's Spotify? I thought it was a skin problem where you woke up spotified.

"The album was all finished in four weeks. I said to Sharon that I didn't feel like I'd made an album because we haven't ended up screaming at each other."

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Guns N' Roses To Play Rare Intimate Show

(hennemusic) Guns N' Roses will play an intimate show at the Hollywood Palladium on Saturday, September 21 as part of the Citi Sound Vault series.

Returning to this venue for the first time in nearly a decade, fans will get to experience the band ahead of their fall dates on the Not In This Lifetime tour.

Launched in 2017 in partnership with Live Nation, Citi Sound Vault provides Citi cardmembers with exclusive access to intimate performances by some of music's biggest artists known for selling out arenas and stadiums.

The theater gig previews the return of Guns N' Roses for a series of fall 2019 concert dates that will begin in Charlotte, NC on September 25, the trek will see the veteran band joined by a number of acts, including Shooter Jennings, Bishop Gunn, Blackberry Smoke, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown and Dirty Honey.

The tour features classic-lineup members Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan backed by guitarist Richard Fortus, keyboardist Dizzy Reed, drummer Frank Ferrer and second keyboardist Melissa Reese. Find ticket detailshere.

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Van Halen Box Set Coming In November

(hennemusic) Van Halen will release a new box set entitled "The Japanese Singles 1978-1984" on November 1st. The package collects all 13 7" vinyl singles issued in Japan during the band's original era, from the group's 1978 self-titled debut to their sixth album, "1984."

The original album version of each song is featured in this set except for "Hot For Teacher," which has a unique single edit that was issued exclusively in Japan; along with the single edit versions of "(Oh) Pretty Woman" and "I'll Wait."

Each replica single features the original sleeve artwork and comes housed in a cigarette-style box. Two versions of the box set will be available, including a black vinyl version and a limited-edition version of 750 copies on red vinyl. See the tracklistinghere.

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Former Clutch Star Mick Schauer Dies

(hennemusic) Former Clutch keyboardist Mick Schauer died in his sleep over the weekend. While few details about his passing are known, Schauer was a member of the Maryland band's lineup from 2005 to 2008 and played on the group's 2005 album, "Robot Hive/Exodus", and 2007's "From Beale Street To Oblivion."

The rocker's brother, Andrew, shared the news on social media on Sunday, writing "Hi friends. I'm very sorry to share some tragic news - my brother, Mick Schauer, passed away last night in his sleep. Some of you may have known or seen that he had become ill recently, but I don't think any of us could have seen this coming. We are devastated, and we'll miss him very, very much.

"There will be some kind of service later this week in College Park/Hyattsville area, and another in South Dakota soon after, presumably over the weekend. We'll share any plans as soon as we have them figured out. Until then, please feel free to share photos, videos, and stories of Mick. He loved socializing and chatting with folks, so I'm sure this loss will be felt by many people who cared for him. For my part, thank you for being good friends to him and an important part of his life."

Clutch offered their own condolences and thoughts about their former bandmate, posting "We are saddened to hear the news of Mick Schauer's passing. Mick was an incredible talent and he will be missed His contribution to the albums Robot Hive Exodus and From Beale Street to Oblivion brought a new sound to the band at a time when the band sought to stretch into new territory. Mick helped us to achieve those goals and more

"He was also a powerful force at our live shows. His natural ability was unmatched and his love for the music made us all play better. We are grateful for having had the opportunity to make music with you Mick!" See the posts and read morehere.

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Neil Young Plays 1975 Rarity For First Time In Four Decades

(hennemusic) Neil Young performed his 1975 track, "New Mama", for the first time in 42 years during a solo acoustic headline set at the Harvest Moon: A Gathering charity concert at Lake Hughes, CA on September 14.

According to Rolling Stone, Young last played the tune from his "Tonight's The Night" album during an August 12, 1977 appearance with David Crosby and Graham Nash at the United Farms Workers Benefit at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium in Santa Cruz, CA.

"New Mama" was one of 15 songs the rocker delivered during the event, which raised funds to benefit The Bridge School and The Painted Turtle, a summer camp for severely-ill children

"All these places start off with kids," Young told the crowd before playing the song. "Kids make it happen and families slowly realize how real it is and they realize they have nowhere to go. Then they find a place like this and a place like the Bridge School. That's why it's so important because it's all about those little kids and their eyes looking at you."

Alongside performances by Father John Misty and Norah Jones, the singer's 14-song set also featured classics like "Old Man" and "Heart Of Gold" along with new compositions like "Rainbow Of Colors" and "Eternity," both of which will appear on "Colorado", his forthcoming album with Crazy Horse that will be released on October 25.

Video footage of Young's full set is streaming online and can be seenhere.

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Band Of Skulls Cover Bob Dylan Classic

Band of Skulls have released their take on the Bob Dylan classic "Gotta Travel On" that was produced by Mikky Ekko as they launch a North American tour that will include some special shows.

They had this to say about the collaboration, "We love Mikky Ekko, together we ripped this song apart and put it back in our own way. The fact that we can reimagine the work of Dylan and still feel the emotion he created is testament to his genius.

"We made several versions of this tune, Mikky pushed us to make a heavier version with Julian Dorio slamming on drums. Also, the song's message rings true for all artists and musicians, you gotta travel on!"

Mikky Ekko added, "I love Band Of Skulls. They were incredibly open to exploring the song together... no rules. We all understood that 'covering' Dylan wasn't the point... so they dug into the lyrics... found what the song meant to them... and I believe we captured something really special... something raw and captivating." Listen to it here.

The band just launch a North American tour and during the New York, Los Angeles and Chicago stops of the trek they celebrate the 10th anniversary of their debut album "Baby Darling Doll Face Honey" by playing it full. See the dates for the trek, and their upcoming UK tour here.

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Soto Release 'Torn' Music Video

Soto have released a music video for their song "Torn". The track comes from the Jeff Scott Soto (Journey, Sons Of Apollo) fronted band's latest album "Origami".

"While we were about to start the EU tour, we asked our video director in Brazil, Thiago Kiss, to whip us up a treatment for another single from 'Origami' called Torn," shared Soto. "This is an emotional song co-written with drummer Edu Cominato, myself and the same writer as our 1st video single HyperMani", Luiz Portinari.

"We chose this track as the deep lyric and theme of the song is a double entendre that could be taken from the crumbling of a relationship between 2 people or the crumbling of society and humanity.

"In our videos, we try to also portray triple entendres as will be evident in this new clip. Once again, Thiago paints visually stunning lush and cinematic landscapes along with story lines that make you 'feel' more than just watch!" Check out the video here.

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OMD Announce 40th Anniversary Souvenir Releases

Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD) are pull out all the stops to celebrate their 40th anniversary with the announcement of three special Souvenir releases on October 4th.

First up is the Souvenir Digital Box Set featuring two singles collections (1979 - 1987 and 1988 - 2019), Unreleased Archive Vol I., Live at the Mermaid Theatre, London (03/02/2011) and Live at the Hammersmith Odeon (10/05/1983).

They will also be releasing the Souvenir: The Singles Collection 1979 - 2019 and The Singles Collection 1988 - 2019, which will be available for download only.

Vinyl fans will not be left out with the special 3LP Souvenir greatest hits collection include all the singles from "Electricity" to "What Have We Done" as well as the exclusive brand new single, "Don't Go." Stream it here and see all of the tracklistings here.

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Death Tribe Release 'Neurotic Breakdown' Video

Death Tribe have released a music video for their track "Neurotic Breakdown". The song comes from their debut album "Beyond Pain and Pleasure: A Desert Experiment."

They had this description of the track, "This song was composed in 2006 during July War (?arb Tamm?z or Milhemet Levanon HaShniya). It was a 34-day military conflict in Lebanon, Northern Israel and the Golan Heights causing the death of more than 1000 human being and injuring more than 5000."

Anthony Kaoteon further explains, "This track is complex, technical and intense, as it represents the stage in life when one realizes they were forced into this pit and left to deal with its atrocities. We don't choose where we are born. Black, white, yellow, Arab or Jew, some of us are born in war torn countries, others in below-poverty areas. Even those born with a silver spoon in their mouth are still battling their own demons because everything is about perspective.

"However, most people don't realize that, and the only way to escape reality is through substances that create an even more complex schizoid world that is out of control.

"We blame others, if not ourselves, and hate everyone and everything around us instead of accepting that we can influence change through our choices, accept ourselves and the differences of others. Hate feeds on hate. Start by accepting your reality and grow to accept others." Watch the video here.

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Megaforce (Metallica) Founder Jon Zazula Special Book Event

(Adrenaline PR) BackStory Events and Guitar World will present a special evening with Jon Zazula, founder of Megaforce Records and authors of the book Heavy Tales. The Metal. The Music. The Madness., on October 24 at The Cutting Room in New York City.

The presentation will include an in-depth interview with Zazula conducted by famed journalist Brad Tolinski, as well as live set by Motörhead tribute band Headmotor and music spun by iconic metal DJs Rockn Ray and Metal Joe of the Old Bridge Militia Foundation.

Jon Zazula says, "I have the utmost respect for Brad Tolinski. He has put so many bands on the map with all of the media coverage he has spearheaded throughout the years. I'm really excited and looking forward to being on the receiving end of his questions."

Fans outside of the New York City region can also watch on Guitar World's site and socials regional can view the event via live stream.

Heavy Tales, available Tuesday, October 29, is the detailed, never-before-told story of how Jonny Z founded legendary New Jersey-based label Megaforce Records with his wife, Marsha, and built a dynasty unmatched by others - forever changing the scope of heavy metal.

In the winter of 1982, Jonny Z received an unexpected demo tape from underground, unsigned band Metallica. Eager and determined to have the music heard by the entire world, Jonny and Marsha founded Megaforce Records in 1983, and soon after, released Metallica's debut album, Kill 'Em All. Current Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett even made his debut with the band at a show in Dover, NJ. Through the release of Kill 'Em All, Megaforce cemented its position as the de-facto music label in America for heavy metal - but that's just the start. The bands they would go on to work with released some of the most prolific and important albums in heavy metal history, giving it its Golden Era.

Heavy Talesdetails the stories of how visionary Jonny Z worked miracles by releasing the first records by Metallica and also by managing and launching the careers of metal and rock giants Anthrax, Testament, Mercyful Fate, Raven, Overkill, Exciter, Stormtroopers of Death, Method of Destruction, Ace Frehley, King's X, Ministry, Mindfunk, Nudeswirl, Warren Haynes, Disco Biscuits and others, and how one night in 1984, he embarrassingly created the persona of rap metal guru The Lone Rager and penned a classic rap metal mashup.

Tickets for the event are available via the Cutting Room website here.

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Stitched Up Heart Giving Back To Vets With Warrior

Stitched Up Heart have announced that they are helping give back to veterans with a special promo tied to their just released new track "Warrior".

The song comes from the group's forthcoming album "Darkness", which they will be releasing next spring. Frontwoman Alecia "Mixi" Demner had this to say about the song, "This song is dedicated to the soldiers who sacrifice everything to protect the ones they love. To those who have seen things they can never come back from. To those who will defend no matter what the cost." Watch the lyric video here.

The band is offering up a special "Warrior" t-shirt to benefit the non profit group Guitars For Vets. The organization's cofounder Patrick Nettesheim had this to say, "Guitars for Vets is proud to partner with Red Music and Stitched Up Heart to help bring awareness to the physical, emotional and spiritual challenges that our Veterans face as a result of their service for us.

"We applaud Stitched Up Heart for bringing the healing power of music to their fans and beyond as we welcome them to the team as G4V Ambassadors." The shirts can be ordered here.

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Hideous Divinity Release 'The Embalmer' Video

Hideous Divinity have released a music video for their new single "The Embalmer". The song comes from their forthcoming album "Simulacrum", which will be hitting stores on November 8th.

The video was created by contemporary performance artist Olivier De Sagazan and guitarist Enrico Schettino had this to say, "Perhaps more than any other song on 'Simulacrum', 'The Embalmer' represents the new path in front of Hideous Divinity.

"We knew it was time for 'not just a video clip'. Something more was needed. When Olivier accepted our proposal and came out with the script, the whole thing hit us like a train wreck. We found the Embalmer.

"With his art, he created a nightmare and invited us into it: half covered in clay, standing like powerless statues, soon we understood to be in the hands of a maniac.

"Olivier De Sagazan came and embalmed reality in a distorted image, creating a destabilizing simulacrum. You can see us, blind observers, watching the grotesque repetition as he replaces Stephanie on the surgical field. 'Rise!', he cried. " Watch the video here.

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American Grim Release 'Nightmare' Video

American Grim have unleashed a music video for their track "Nightmare." The song comes from their forthcoming album "Ultra Black," which will be released on November 1st.

Frontman Ryan Grim had this to say the track and visual, "'Nightmare' is about life and society breaking down but knowing and believing you can always prevail and rise above.

"The video is a grueling display of being caught in a mind-altering nightmare that may leave you a changed being upon awakening.Ultra Black pushes the concept that evil persists through this world and universe but you can ALWAYS overcome and kill any demons that crawl inside your mind." Watch the video here

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Singled Out: Radio Free Universe's Even Angels

Indie-rockers Radio Free Universe just released their brand new single "Even Angels" and to celebrate we asked George ?Panagopoulos (vocals & guitar) to tell us about the song. Here is the story:

It was two years ago; however, I can play it over and over again like a movie reel on a constant loop. My mother passed away due to a terrible mix of mental health complications and a prescription overdose. She was tired of living. Her fix of lorazepam made her invincible to those emotions. During the last decade of her life, her mental health was on a steady decline.

Throughout those ten years she would talk to "angels" that were constantly surrounding her and occupying her mind. My mother would tell me that a demon was possessing my body and soul. That was the gist of any and every conversation she had. It would later evolve into blood-curdling accusations of soul swapping. She was a mere fraction of the person she used to be. Once my mother was a beautiful young singer, fighting fascism in Greece, and fleeing to Canada for her safety. She had a big heart and a world of opportunities ahead of her.

A few moments before she passed my mother looked at me the way she used to. I saw all of the love she wasn't capable of feeling for the past decade. And then, in a moment, she was gone. Then, at that same moment, I saw my father break into a million pieces. Instantly my father became ill. He needed a cane, he couldn't remember much, and he was constantly quivering.

My mother's final gaze was constantly entering my mind. I couldn't stop thinking about how I felt when my mother took her last breath. All I could feel was a deep need to express love and emotion like never before. It was then, while I was in deep reflection, that I was gifted with "Even Angels." It was just a melody and nothing else, but it reminded me of the old Greek Mediterranean music my parents used to listen to. It was haunting yet familiar all at the same time.

It was a simple phrase that came moments after the inception of the melody, "even angels fall from the sky." The rest was still muffled, but the idea was there. I made my way to the studio, interrupted a game of chess, and began recording. And just like that, clarity struck. I believe that songs tell us what they want to be. The group discussed what the song was saying to us. At the time I thought it was about my dad and his battle with dementia. We later realized that "Even Angels" was bigger than my father. "Even Angels" is about my father, my mother, and anyone else who's sadness and grief overwhelmed them to a breaking point. "Even Angels" is about every beautiful angel among us who chooses to fall from their grace for whatever forgivable reason, every day.

*Written by . Based on true events.*

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself right here!

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