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Tune in tonight at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT for SiriusXM satellite radio's exclusive BLACK SABBATH interview from Lollapalooza on Boneyard.

Encore broadcasts:

Friday, August 10 - 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT
Saturday, August 11 - 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT
Sunday, August 12 - 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT

Three-quarters of the original BLACK SABBATH lineup performed this past Friday night as the headliner of this year's edition of the Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, with founding drummer Bill Ward sitting out the reunion due to a contract dispute. His fill-in is Ozzy Osbourne touring drummer Tommy Clufetos.

This was SABBATH's only North American performance of 2012 as guitarist Tony Iommi continues his treatment for cancer. The rest of the scheduled SABBATH tour dates were played by Ozzy Osbourne and billed as "Ozzy & Friends."

BLACK SABBATH's Lollapalooza setlist was as follows:

01. Black Sabbath
02. The Wizard
03. Beyond The Wall Of Sleep
04. N.I.B.
05. Into The Void
06. Under The Sun
07. Snow Blind
08. War Pigs
09. Electric Funeral
10. Sweet Leaf
11. Symptom Of The Universe / Drum Solo
12. Iron Man
13. Faries Wear Boots
14. Dirty Women
15. Children Of The Grave


16. Paranoid

Ward in May announced again that he was declining to join his former bandmates for its scheduled 2012 dates, as well as the recording of a new album, due to a contractual dispute.

He also allegedly had his lawyers direct SABBATH to remove him from photos of the band posted at the official BLACK SABBATH web site "so as to not give the public the wrong impression about his involvement in the current BLACK SABBATH lineup," according to a statement issued by the band's publicist.

Bassist Geezer Butler issued a lengthy retort at his own web site, writing that Ward "hadn't told any one of us he was having contractual problems, and frankly those things are worked out between our representatives, and never between the four of us, let alone in public."

Until now, Iommi told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that the members of SABBATH stayed friendly even when there were legal or other issues going on. "We've always been talking. We've always been in touch with each other," he said. "There might be a lawsuit in the thing between us, but we still talk to each other like nothing's happened, you know."

Ozzy, Iommi and Butler are working on their first new album together in 33 years.
A house in Cortland, New York that is purported to be the childhood home of legendary heavy metal singer Ronnie James Dio (DIO, HEAVEN & HELL, BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW) is being auctioned on eBay, with the minimum starting bid (the seller's chosen starting price) of $90,000.

Writes the seller: "This is the house [Ronnie] grew up in, wrote songs in, had parties in, and played in!

"We bought the house from Ronnie about 3.5 years ago and have enjoyed living there but it is too small for our growing family. I am listing it on eBay in the hopes that a TRUE Dio fan can get this house and enjoy owning a piece or heavy metal history.

"The house has a detached garage (where Dio used to play with his friends and band mates). A fenced-in backyard great for BBQs and a garden behind the garage (where Ronnie told me himself he buried a trunk that we never got around to digging up). I have found an old mic of his and what looks like some spelling test that were pushed into a knot hole in the floor.

"I have heard many stories from people all over town about going over and listening to Ronnie playing in the garage or going over later in life and partying in the house. If these walls could talk!

"We have had people come visit the house getting their picture taken out front or by the street sign of Dio Way.

"The roof on the house and the garage need work. But we have replaced the heating system and the hot water heater last year. We also added 10 more inches of insulation in the attic."

The auction ends on August 31.

Ronnie James Dio, real name Ronald James Padavona, was born in New Hampshire on July 10, 1942.

He moved to Cortland, New York at a young age, where he began playing with local acts. A street in Cortland, Dio Way, was named after him in 1988.
In a recent interview with The Patriot-News, DEF LEPPARD guitarist Phil Collen was asked if the band was working on new material. "Yeah, some really cool, hard-rock stuff," he replied. "I don't know when that will be out. It's a matter of fitting in when we can record. I don't think we'll go into a studio. You can pretty much do it in a trailer. We've recorded a bunch of stuff while on tour. That might be the way to go ... to not take a whole block [of time] out and say, 'We're going to record for a year.' That's the way the industry's gone. It's more singles-based. You don't have to put an album out, you can put a song out here and there."

Asked if he thinks a band like DEF LEPPARD could make it big today, Phil said, "No, definitely not. The times have changed. It was a time and a place and you have to be aware of that. The fact that we're out there still touring and writing new music is fascinating to me in this environment. I think we're really blessed, actually."

On the topic of why he thinks DEF LEPPARD is one of the few bands from the '80s that have a large, devoted fan base, Phil said, "There's an integrity we've got that a lot of other bands haven't. They go away after awhile, and we've never stopped. We do new songs. Writing new material is the lifeblood. We are real, we walk it and talk it. The fact that we've known each other for so long and gone through so many experiences, good and bad, it keeps us very tight."

Regarding the secret to keeping a band together, Collen said, "We're from a working-class background in England. I've known lots of bands and they're weak in the way they approach things — they get so upset over the slightest little thing. I think there's something about [our background] that keeps you going. The things that make other bands split up don't even register with us."
British/American hard rock legends UFO will return to North America this fall for a West Coast tour.

The dates are as follows:

Nov. 15 - Chicago, IL - House of Blues
Nov. 16 - Milwaukee, WI - Shank Hall
Nov. 17 - St. Charles, IL - Arcada Theater
Nov. 18 - St. Charles, IL - Arcada Theater
Nov. 20 - Orangevale, CA - Boardwalk
Nov. 21 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
Nov. 23 - Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst
Nov. 24 - Agoura Hills, CA - Canyon Club
Nov. 25 - San Diego, CA - Brick by Brick
Nov. 28 - San Juan Capistrano, CA - The Coach House
Nov. 29 - West Hollywood, CA - Key Club
Nov. 30 - Las Vegas, NV - Boulder Station Casino
Dec. 01 - Corona, CA - Marquee 15

UFO released its new album, "Seven Deadly", on February 28 (one day earlier internationally) via SPV/Steamhammer. The effort, which was recorded with producer Tommy Newton at his Area 51 studio in Celle, Germany, was made available as a limited-edition digipack (including two bonus tracks), a double gatefold LP with printed innersleeves and colored vinyl, standard-edition CD and as a digital download.

"Seven Deadly" track listing:

01. Fight Night
02. Wonderland
03. Mojo Town
04. Angel Station
05. Year Of The Gun
06. The Last Stone Rider
07. Steal Yourself
08. Burn Your House Down
09. The Fear
10. Waving Good Bye
11. Other Men's Wives (bonus track)
12. Bag O' Blues (bonus track)

According to a press release, "Seven Deadly" is "an atmospherically dense fabric consisting of classy guitars, tight rock grooves and vocals which are unique to UFO. The classic rock of 'Burn Your House Down' features all the important UFO strengths, 'Going Down To Mojotown' sees the musicians sound tougher than ever, and last but not least, 'Wonderland' features a pointed reference to UFO's early days. 'Angel Station' sees the band prove how classic rock music is complemented perfectly with epic elements, while 'Fight Night' is an excellent track to be performed in a live context."

The current UFO lineup continues to consist of the three original members, Phil Mogg (vocals), Paul Raymond (guitar, keyboards), and Andy Parker (drums), as well as American world-class guitarist Vinnie Moore.
Leslie Michelle Derrough of GlideMagazine.com recently conducted an interview with THE CULT guitarist Billy Duffy. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

GlideMagazine.com: What about playing the new songs live?

Billy: The big acid test of a band is you play the new music live. I know a lot of the audience hasn't heard much of it because they can only have really heard "Lucifer", which we kind of released as a teaser track on the Internet. You could listen to it for a limited period of time but nobody could download it. And then obviously "For The Animals" has been released as what people would call a single, whatever that means these days. [laughs] But now stuff is out and people are hearing it on the radio and on the Internet and obviously on YouTube. These days people can see us playing some of the new songs 'cause we did them at SXSW in March. And the songs went down great, so we're very enthusiastic. You know, the last thing you want to do is play songs from the new album and people are like, "Oh dear, play a hit, this is killing me." [laughs] But that happens. I've been in the crowd when bands do that. So we try and mix it up. We think the new songs are really strong and exciting and I think we've made the album that THE CULT fans wanted us to make and I think as a result it's going to be good fun times playing the new songs. It invigorates the band. There are certain songs of THE CULT that I never mind playing, like "She Sells Sanctuary" or "Rain". I could play those songs forever. But there are certain other songs from certain periods that while people might like them, I'm not personally as crazy about playing them. It just depends. So it's great to have new music and have a tour and a new purpose to go out there. Obviously there will be some old hits thrown in and mixed up in the bag but it should be a fun night out. We've got two great opening acts so it's a nice package. People get good value for money. We've got a lead singer who has changed gender in AGAINST ME, so that's an exciting thing. Never could have a simple tour with THE CULT. [laughs]

GlideMagazine.com: Do you have a favorite song on the new record that you're looking forward to playing live?

Billy: I like playing "Honey From A Knife" 'cause it's just like the kind of punk rock/rock and roll song. I like playing all of them, really. I mean, "Lucifer" is a bit of a workout for me. It's very busy on the guitar, so I don't get a lot of chance to kick back and relax. But we got to do that. I like playing a song called "Embers", which is included on the album package, not on the plain album. But I enjoy playing that one 'cause it's really quiet and I get to kind of play some introspective guitar. I really look forward to that every night, like, "Oh it's coming up, I can take a breather," [laughs], 'cause I like loud guitar music as much as the next fellow but for me it's nice to be able to play that one and actually not be such a punch-in-the-face type of deal.

GlideMagazine.com: So is touring what you have planned for the rest of the year?

Billy: Well, I think so. We've got a few months of it. We should be thankful that people really want to come see us, so hopefully we can keep it going for a while. I'd like to come up with a really exciting answer, like we're all going to get on a capsule and orbit the Earth [laughs], but you make a record and then you go out and play it and you take it to Serbia, you take it to Romania, you know what I mean. And you have to connect with THE CULT fans and we'll be in Portugal, we'll be everywhere; Australia and New Zealand early next year probably. The usual. It's what everybody does if you're lucky enough to be able to go out and play and people want to see you. I like doing festivals, enjoy the juxtaposition. It's inconvenient as a musician because you sometimes have to compromise how long you can play and what soundcheck, if any, you get. There are a lot of compromises at festivals, but I love playing with different musicians and playing to crowds that might not be CULT fans and seeing the reactions and mixing that up with regular CULT gigs, which is kind of playing the home game, you know. You pretty much know everybody through the door is going to like what you do unless you really suck and we don't [laughs], so that is usually going to be good. Then it's a question of how good can we make the night, how special can we make it, and that's the challenge there. So I look forward to all that stuff. I could take or leave traveling. Flying sucks these days, it's no fun. I mean, it's the worst. It used to be fun and I used to look forward to great airports and planes — brilliant, we can have a laugh, it'll be great [laughs] — and now it sucks.
FOGHAT's contribution to classic rock will forever be great, as they penned such classic party anthems as "Slow Ride" and "Fool For The City", both of which remain rock radio standards to this day. But the group was never shy about their blues roots, and on Sunday, August 19 at Kenny's Castaways in New York City, FOGHAT drummer Roger Earl will be inducted into the Blues Hall Of Fame.

Alongside Earl (who has kept FOGHAT going for over 40 years, while the other members either exited, took multi year breaks or sadly passed on), many other blues contributors will be inducted, including Joe Louis Walker, Steve Holley, and the UPTOWN HORNS, among others. The event will be hosted by the MICHAEL PACKER BLUES BAND, and tickets are priced at $10 each. The ceremony begins at 3 p.m., and Kenny's Castaways is located at 157 Bleecker Street, New York City (ph: 917-475-1323). This legendary club will be closing its doors for good after 45 years in September.

"I'm not quite sure why I am deserving of this award because all I ever have been is a fan of the Blues and American music," explains Earl. "I kind of feel that there are so many others that are much more deserving. Lonesome Dave for one. But I do appreciate it, because hey, I AM in good company."

In addition to containing unmistakable blues elements in their songs (and scoring a hit with a cover of Willie Dixon's "I Just Want to Make Love to You"), FOGHAT went one step further back in 1977, when they assembled a "Foghat Blues Tribute Concert" at New York's Palladium, which included performances by such blues legends as Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Paul Butterfield, Johnny Winter, Honeyboy Edwards, Pinetop Perkins, Eddie "Bluesman" Kirkland, and Willie Big Eyes Smith, among others.

"That event was the highlight of my musical career," exclaims Earl. "We wanted to literally give something back to the blues. We were playing with these guys and hanging out backstage sharing a drink with them. It was pretty heady stuff."

And FOGHAT (who, in addition to Earl, is comprised of singer/guitarist Charlie Huhn, guitarist Bryan Bassett, and bassist Craig MacGregor) remain true to the blues, as their last studio effort, 2010's "Last Train Home", paid tribute to the genre, with such covers as Elmore James' "Shake Your Money Maker" and "It Hurts Me Too", Muddy Waters' "Louisiana Blues", and original tunes that replicated vintage blues rock sounds ("Born for the Road", "Last Train Home", "495 Boogie"). The album also featured Rogers's longtime friend, Eddie "Bluesman" Kirkland, in one of his last recording appearances before his 2011 death.

While many rock bands have expressed their gratitude to the blues over the years, few made such an effort as Foghat to bring attention to the oft-overlooked bluesmen that helped forge rock n' roll. So it is fitting that Roger Earl will be recognized for his efforts at the Blues Hall Of Fame induction ceremony in New York City later this month.
With the sudden death of Davy Jones earlier this year, it seemed like all Monkee business would be put on put on hold, but now comes word that the remaining three members are "comin' to your town" one more time.
Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and, surprise of surprises, Mike Nesmith are coming together for a short US tour. In the past, Nesmith has always been hesitant to take part in any Monkees reunions, performing with the group only at a select few appearances in America, and one tour of the UK. It seems, perhaps, that Jones' death has somehow lit a fire in Nesmith, who is also planning a solo tour.
The 12-date tour will be the first time Nesmith has taken part in any Monkee activity since 1997, and the first U.S. Monkees tour to feature him since 1969. According to a press release, the band promise "a selection of classic hits, deep cuts from their first five platinum albums — including some performed for the first time since the '60s — and fan favorites from the soundtrack to their cult film classic 'Head.' The concerts will incorporate a full multimedia presentation including rare films and one-of-a-kind photographs. The show will also include a tribute to Jones.
Monkees Fall 2012 Tour Dates:
11/8 — Escondido, Calif.
11/9 –  Santa Barbara, Calif.
11/10 — Los Angeles, Calif.
11/11– Cupertino, Calif.
11/15 — Minneapolis, Minn.
11/16 — Chicago, Ill.
11/17 — Cleveland, Ohio
11/18 — Buffalo, N.Y.
11/29 — Philadelphia, Pa.
11/30 — New Brunswick, N.J.
12/1– Huntington, N.Y.
12/2 — New York, N.Y.
According to The Pulse Of Radio, former GUNS N' ROSES bassist Duff McKagan interviewed ex-WHITE STRIPES frontman Jack White for McKagan's regular column this week in Seattle Weekly. McKagan got White to open up about a number of things during their talk, despite McKagan noting in his introduction that he is not experienced at conducing interviews.

On the subject of writing lyrics, for example, White admitted that most of the songs end up being based on things he is dealing with. He explained, "I always find it kind of boring to write about myself. But whatever happens to you, if you've gone through anything — sort of a literal train wreck in your life, for example — you have to have that inside of you in some way; even if you choose not to write about being involved in a train wreck, it would come out of you no matter what choice you have. So whatever characters I was writing about during the record, I'm giving them these problems."

McKagan also asked White about how he came to produce an album by rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson, and White revealed he had to talk the Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer out of a different project first. He said, "She wanted to do one of those albums that I never can get into, which is those where every song's a duet with somebody or collaboration. And I said, 'Well, you know, I don't even really know who buys those records, Wanda, and maybe it works for SANTANA once, or something, but I just don't know if it works for anybody.'"

White concluded by telling McKagan he was a fan, saying, "I listened to so much of your music when I was younger, by the way, and [it was] a really big influence on me. Thank you for all of that, I appreciate it."

Jack White has been touring behind his first solo album, "Blunderbuss".

In addition to writing his weekly column, McKagan was just inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame himself back in April as a members of GUNS N' ROSES.
There are several honors that can come by way of a successful career as a band. There are awards given, there are gold and platinum records handed out, and there is the privilege of being counted among the best in music's illustrious history through special inductions.
PRONG has replaced SHADOWS FALL on the billing of this weekend's WIIL Rock Fest 2012, in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin (an hour and a half drive from downtown Chicago). Also scheduled to appear are FEAR FACTORY, ALL THAT REMAINS, BLACK STONE CHERRY, DIRGE WITHIN and TEXAS HIPPIE COALITION, among others.

This all-ages show happening this Saturday, August 11 at at Shadow Hill Ranch celebrates 20 years of rockin' with Chicago land radio station 95 WIIL Rock.

PRONG will take the stage at 5:30 p.m.

For more information, go to this location.

On Sunday, August 4, and after an amazing performance at the prestigious Wacken Open Air festival, the Hard Rock Cafein Hamburg, Germany recognized CIRCLE II CIRCLE as a prominent part of music history and as such created an awe-inspiring display to pay tribute to their achievements.

"It was a phenomenal week in Germany for CIRCLE II CIRCLE," said the band's vocalist, Zak Stevens.

"After an arduous day of travel, we had two incredible days of rehearsals in Hamburg before setting out to rock Europe's largest, loudest, and heaviest music festival; Wacken Open Air. Four days later we were inducted onto the memorabilia wall of the Hard Rock Café Hamburg. Autographed shirts, guitar picks, and a cymbal will now be part of the same collection that houses iconic items from the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Sting, Keith Richards, and many others.

"We want to sincerely thank everyone at Wacken Open Air and the Hard Rock Café Hamburg for an unforgettable week and the amazing hospitality."

CIRCLE II CIRCLE continues on with nine more dates for the "Tour Of Magellan" before coming back to the USA. A three-week North American trek will soon be announced.

CIRCLE II CIRCLE's U.S. and Canadian manager Frank James, president of Rage On Stage Management, says "I can't believe that CIRCLE II CIRCLE keeps evolving and stays on track with their fans. Staying relevant as a band is probably the single most difficult thing to accomplish and I'm still seeing another 10 or 15 years of life in this band. It truly amazes me!!"
SLIPKNOT frontman Corey Taylor recently spoke to the Toronto Star about the band's plans to enter the studio to begin recording the long-awaited follow-up to 2008's "All Hope Is Gone". The forthcoming effort will mark SLIPKNOT's first release since the May 2010 death of bassist and key songwriting contributor Paul Gray.

"It was difficult [to get back out on the road without Gray], man," he said. "I'm not gonna lie, there was a part of me that was, like: 'What does it mean without him? How do we do this without him?'

"We are all such key pieces to this puzzle. And that's where some of the trepidation comes at all these people wanting us to just rush right back into the studio . . . This band doesn't do anything without a reason, without a purpose. If we'd run right back in just to prove something to ourselves, we would have released an album that would not have been us.

"For me, there's still that 'What's it gonna be like trying to make an album without Paul?' thing. He was the glue. He was the guy that just made ideas better. He was the guy that helped us create such great music because he had such a great ear for it and such a great instinct for it. He and Joey [Jordison, SLIPKNOT's drummer] came up with some of the best music that we've ever had. Part of the process has been getting back onstage and coming together as a family, but in the next couple of years we're gonna have to figure out what the future represents and that's something we don't take lightly. There's a lot of thought going into it. It's weird."

SLIPKNOT's latest album, "All Hope is Gone", debuted at #1 on The Billboard 200 chart — the first time in their history. SLIPKNOT embarked on a two-year touring trek that was globally successful, playing to packed houses across continents, including their headlining stint at New York City's legendary Madison Square Garden, which was stacked to the rafters and chronicled by Rolling Stone.

"You wanna talk about the dark horse? You wanna talk about betting on the horse with the longest odds?" Taylor told the Toronto Star. "We sit around all the time and kind of pinch ourselves about how lucky we are. Obviously there's talent here and there's creativity and there's a passion for what we do, but with no fans you're just the most passionate dudes in your basement.

"That's just the way it is and that's the way it's always been. Just the fact that we've had the opportunities that we've had and the success that we've had, we're extremely lucky. When you walk out onstage and you see all those people losing their fucking minds, it's insane. I'm always, like: 'Really? You're shitting me.' I'm really, really happy that we have this, and that we had it when Paul was with us."
7hard has announced the signing of German-based rockers CROSSPLANE.

Commented the band: "After many months of talking to different labels about our future, we're very excited to announce that we've decided to join forces with 7hard, the hard rock/metal label of the 7us media Group Company. We are working on new material for the next album and already finished the song 'Rollin' which will be released soon. We are really excited to hear what people think about it. So far the feedback is killer!"

Added 7hard president Hans Derer: "We're delighted to welcome CROSSPLANE to the 7us family. The band has all the right attributes like power, action, and the right network and of course great music to become a big player! We haven't heard anything similar in a long time. Our expectations are high and we will work hard for an international breakthrough. So watch out!"

Since CROSSPLANE was founded in 2010, they have gained a lot of attention with their EP, "Highspeed Operation". Vocalist Celli, who also plays guitar in ONKEL TOM with SODOM's Tom Angelripper, and his bandmates played shows all over Germany, establishing the group as a national act.

A video teaser for CROSSPLANE's upcoming single will be posted online on September 1. Joining the band in the studio, and helping them to get their crushing studio sound, was Angelripper and Christof Leim (THE NEW BLACK, SINNER).
With their sophomore album, "diin", due for release on Dark Essence Records on the September 14, Norwegian post-rockers KRAKOW have revealed the track listing for the album and have, at the same time, released a "teaser" video offering a taster of all nine tracks. Cover art for "diin" is by Thomas Hooper, the renowned Brooklyn, New York-based tattoo artist, painter and designer.

Formed in 2005 by Frode Kilvik, Kjartan Grønhaug and René Misje, KRAKOW's recording lineup for the album includes Misje on guitar and vocals, Kilvik on bass and vocals, Grønhaug on guitar, and Cato Olaison on drums. Additional drums on some of the tracks are by Iver Sandøy, while Grutle Kjellson (ENSLAVED, TRINACRIA) makes a guest appearance on vocals.

Commented Kjellson: "It was a great honour for me when KRAKOW asked me to do some guest vocals for them. From not being that much more than 'thirteenth out of a dozen' bands only a few years back, they have grown to be one of the most interesting new bands in the whole metal scene! Hard work, desire to make great music, and the fact that they don't give a shit about 'genre rules' and such, have made them the avantgarde metal monster they are today. These guys are no copycats, they are the real deal! Watch out for KRAKOW!"

"diin" track listing:

01. Hymn To The Winds
02. Future Past
03. Termination Of Origin
04. Mound
05. Mark Of Cain
06. Possessed
07. Into The Distant Sky
08. Omen
09. Sense Of Space

KRAKOW, whose sound ranges from dark and evocative to fast and aggressive, recently announced the addition of KAMPFAR and MONDVOLLAND drummer Ask Ty Arctander to the group's ranks.
Guitarist Glen Alvelais (FORBIDDEN, TESTAMENT, LD/50, HATEFX) has joined forces with vocalist Derek Thompson (WEAPON STATUS RED), bassist Kimo Sanborn (FALLING TO PIECES) and drummer Nick Benigno (FALLING TO PIECES) in a PANTERA tribute band called HELLBOUND.

Commented Glen: "I am absolutely having a blast playing some of my favorite PANTERA songs with these guys. I am a very huge Dimebag fan; he was and will always be one of my heroes! I had the opportunity to meet and hang out with him while on the 'Demonic' tour with TESTAMENT back in 1998 and ever since then I've been rocking the Dean ML guitars in his honor."

He added, "The plan is to get HELLBOUND out and touring on a national level. One of our first shows will be October 20th in Livermore, California at Pine St. A nice little place where we can have friends and family come hang out and party with us."

For more information, visit www.hellbound1.com.
POISON singer Bret Michaels recently finished creating "Rock Bands", an exercise routine he uses daily both on and off the road. He says, "[It is] simple and anyone can use it."

"Rock Bands" is expected to launch this Christmas.

Speaking to Celebuzz, Michaels shared some of his fitness secrets, specifically how he gets those famously chiseled abs.

"No excuse, put it to use," he said.

"I get my six pack with mountain biking, kick-boxing, strength training, running and a lot of situps."

Bret previously told Star magazine that he maintains a regular workout routine, whether he's on or off the road.

"Strength training is key so I can keep up my energy on stage, so I literally bring my gym with me," the 49-year-old explained. "I have my own gym that we carry behind the tour bus."

For Bret, working out is not just about looking sexy shirtless — as a lifelong diabetic, he is also predisposed to other life-threatening illnesses such as hypertension, coronary artery disease and obesity.

"Every day is a battle," he admitted to Star. "You have to accept that you have diabetes because it is the card you've been dealt."

He added, "I work to enjoy my life like a regular human being while keeping my blood sugar levels as decent as possible. It's a fine line, a catch-22, a balancing act."

Bret told Celebuzz: "If I have pizza and beer during one meal, I'll exchange it for vegetables and a piece of chicken in my next."
New Orleans metal misanthropes HAARP will release their new studio offering, "Husks", on September 18 through Housecore Records. The follow-up to 2010's "The Filth" offers up three tracks of crushing, post-apocalyptic dirge.

"Husks" was recorded at the University of New Orleans Performing Arts Center, Fountainbleau Room 7011, and Nodferatu's Lair by DOWN/ex-PANTERA frontman and Housecore owner Philip H. Anselmo, engineered by Steve Berrigan and Nathan Weidenhaft and mastered at Visceral Sounds by Scott Hull.

Comments the band in a collective statement: "With 'Husks', we've maintained the sound we developed over our last few releases while adding some new elements and showing some additional influences."

"Husks" track listing:

01. Deadman/Rabbit
02. Bear
03. Fox

Due to unforeseen events which occurred late in the summer of 2005, members of various disbanded projects came together to forge HAARP. Featuring a collective of New Orleans grindcore, punk, and metal scene alumni, HAARP embody the murk, decay, and oppression associated with their home city. HAARP's music is a visceral wall of low-end sound; its lyrics a journey through despair, hatred, self loathing, and aggression.
Boston-based band TENEBRAE has recruited BLOOD FOR BLOOD/ONLY LIVING WITNESS guitarist Craig Silverman and drummer Robert Falzano (BLOOD FOR BLOOD, RAMALLAH, SINNERS & SAINTS, SHATTER MESSIAH).

According to a press release, TENEBRAE mixes metal, hardcore and punk elements, and features current and former members of THE UNSEEN, THE STREET DOGS and FOR THE WORSE.

TENEBRAE has been performing throughout the U.S. Northeast for the past year in support of their debut self-titled EP released through Jailhouse Records.

For more information, visit the band's official Facebook page.
LocalBozo.com recently conducted an interview with FOZZY singer and WWE wrestling superstar Chris Jericho. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow. You can also listen to the chat below.

LocalBozo.com: Chris, you've had as decorated a career as any in professional wrestling. But after a decade, FOZZY certainly looks like it's becoming more and more your priority. Talk a little bit about the struggle that's gone into working toward erasing the stigma of this being a "celebrity" or even a "wrestler's band" and the satisfaction that you're taking from the fact that the band is now so recognized, especially in the rock community, as a legitimate act.

Jericho: Well, I mean, when I was a kid, I had two goals: I wanted to be in a rock and roll band and I wanted to be a wrestler. And that started from the time I was about twelve. So, to me, it's always been the two dreams that I had and I never really saw one as being more than the other. Wrestling took off first, but even when I first started wrestling, I was still playing in bands and writing songs and doing demos and all that sort of thing. So it was weird when we started FOZZY in 2000; there was kind of a real stigma with the fact that it was "the wrestler's band." I never saw it that way, because it was never a wrestling band. It's not like we ever got up on stage and, you know, sang about body slams and wore spandex tights or anything like that. They were completely two separate things and I never really saw it as anything other than just the two passions that I had. And I think that's the reason why FOZZY's gotten so far and why we're continuing to grow and have so much momentum behind us, is that people finally realize that this is real. This is not some kind of a novelty. It's not some kind of a celebrity vanity project. It's something that I've been doing my whole life. You know, I guess I started playing in bands when I was twelve, and I'll be playing in bands when I'm 62 years old. It's just something that I do and part of who I am. I think the best analogy would be like 30 SECONDS TO MARS, where the lead singer is Jared Leto — great actor, but also a great rock and roll singer and a great rock and roll band. And people don't really care what he does outside of the stage of 30 SECONDS and it's that way with FOZZY now. I think people could really care less what I do when I'm not onstage or recording records with FOZZY. They just enjoy the music and enjoy the fact that this is a kick-ass rock and roll band playing some great songs, and that's all you can ask for.

LocalBozo.com: FOZZY's upcoming release, "Sin And Bones", is due out on August 14th. Talk about how this new album differs from previously released FOZZY records.

Jericho: Well, I mean, like you said, a lot of people are really turning their heads when it comes to us. And we knew it would happen. We knew if we stuck to our guns, and just continued to play, continued to tour, continued to do what we do, that the people that weren't into the band would start slowly getting into us and start finding out and starting checking us out, out of curiosity, you know? And what we do that's different from most other bands is we play very heavy music with very melodic, catchy choruses —almost like METALLICA — and combine it with JOURNEY, or something like that. I think that's one of the reasons why there's such a buzz about this record. It's because it's something that's a little bit different from what's going on now — like I said, very heavy, very catchy, very hooky, very melodic — and that's what "Sin And Bones" is. We started kind of developing this vibe with "All That Remains" and "Chasing The Grail", our last two records. But this one really took it to the next level and I think that's why this will definitely be our biggest record because it's the best of what we do as a band, cultivating a sound that not a lot of other bands are doing right now. We take great pride in that.

LocalBozo.com: Among the album's highlights, you collaborated with AVENGED SEVENFOLD's M. Shadows on the song "Sandpaper". Talk about that experience for us.

Jericho: Yeah, Shad's a friend of mine and when I was recording the vocals, I wasn't really feeling the one part: "a cat scratch whiplash / a witch hunt in black." So I thought it'd be cool to have somebody else do it, like a calm response. So I called Matt and asked him if he'd be interested. I knew they were off and he was at home, so he's like, "Send me the song and I'll see what I think." I sent it to him and he really dug it. He was a fan of ours from before anyways — he liked a bunch of our songs. He thought that "Sandpaper" was one of the catchiest choruses that we'd ever done and so he kind of took it and laid down the part like I asked him to and then he also rearranged the song a bit — gave it a little bit of a different arrangement, streamlined it, made it a little bit more compact, and in my opinion made it a better song. So not only did he sing what I asked him to, he also put his own spin on it and really went above and beyond to create this amazing song that's just been doing huge for us since it came out. So it was cool. It was cool on a professional standpoint, on a creative standpoint, and on a friendship standpoint to have him involved.

LocalBozo.com: Switching gears, Chris, you've had some incredible opportunities in and out of the ring over the past decade. Shortly you'll be stepping away to spend some more time with your band. Looking back on your latest run with WWE, which looks to be wrapping up shortly, what are your reflections on this latest run and is it still as fun for you as ever to be out there wrestling?

Jericho: If it wasn't fun for me, I wouldn't do it, you know? I took time off on the "Chasing The Grail" tour, and once that tour was done, it was time to move forward doing a new record and my job as a singer is to write the lyrics and to sing on the record. Lyrics were all done and doing vocals took about 15 days total, so other than that, I had nine months of nothing really going on. So it was the perfect opportunity to step back into WWE for awhile. But the plan was always when the new record came out, then I would leave and go back full time with FOZZY. So, you know, we'll see what happens in the future. I still love doing what I do in the WWE, but like I said, FOZZY's kind of taking precedence at this point. With all the momentum and great things we have going on, it's cool to see this second dream come true. But it's good to know too that WWE's always gonna be there and I feel great. I thought this last run was awesome and I feel better than I did, you know, 3, 4, 5 years ago. So, you know, I'm raring to go for the next round.
Florida death metal veterans OBITUARY will embark on the "Rotting Slowly In Europe 2012" tour in November. The trek, which will feature, which will feature support from MACABRE, PSYCROPTIC and THE AMENTA, will see OBITUARY performing a classic 1989-1992 set, consisting of material culled solely from the "Slowly We Rot", "Cause Of Death" and "The End Complete" albums.

The dates are as follows:

Nov. 22 - Ludwigsburg, Germany - Rockfabrik
Nov. 23 - Trier, Germany - Exhaus
Nov. 24 - Leeuwared, Netherlands - Romein
Nov. 25 - Deventer, Netherlands - Burgerweeshuis
Nov. 27 - Berlin, Germany - K17
Nov. 28 - Ostrava, Czech Republic - Barrak Music Club
Nov. 29 - Wien, Austria - Szene
Nov. 30 - Cham, Germany - LA Club
Dec. 01 - Louvain Le Neuve, Belgium - Mass Deathtruction Fest
Dec. 02 - Paris, France - Divan Du Monde
Dec. 04 - Dublin, Ireland - Button Factory
Dec. 05 - London, UK - Garage
Dec. 06 - Essen, Germany - Turock
Dec. 07 - Geiselwind, Germany - Musichall
Dec. 09 - Colmar, France - Le Grillen
Dec. 11 - Lyon, France - C.C.O. Villeurbanne
Dec. 12 - Luzern, Switzerland - Konzerthaus Schuur
Dec. 13 - Munich, Germany - Backstage Halle
Dec. 14 - Eindhoven, Netherlands - Eindhoven Metal Meeting
Dec. 15 - Leipzig, Germany - Hellraiser

During a recent interview with MetalBlast.net, guitarist Trevor Peres revealed that OBITUARY was in the process of recording a three song EP, to be released as a picture disc and as a digital download. He said, "Before this [most recent European] tour, we started recording an EP. We were hoping to be finished recording before this tour, but a bunch of different personal things happened and we just didn't have time to finish it. But I've got all the guitar scratch tracks done and Donald [Tardy, drums] started doing scratch drum tracks. But when we get home from this, in one or two weeks we finish recording. It's like three new songs; it's an EP we're gonna do. We're actually gonna do a seven-inch picture disc — no CDs at all; just picture disc only. But then you [will be able to] download it from iTunes or Google Music and stuff. But then we've got another 10 songs we're gonna record after that. So, hopefully, by the end of the year — January, maybe — [there will be] a brand new full-length album."

Regarding how the new OBITUARY music is sounding, Trevor said, "It's pure OBITUARY. In fact, we've got some of the catchiest hooks on this album. These songs are so amazing. In fact, one of the first songs [we wrote] for it I'm always humming in my head. It pisses me off because it's stuck there all the time. So it's a good thing; it's, like, really catchy, groovy OBITUARY."

On the topc of OBITUARY's current record label situation, Trevor said, "We're between labels. We were hoping to do our own record label. We have a person who we're friends with who is interested in investing. I don't think it's gonna happen soon enough for us to be able to [release the next CD on our own]. So we're actually talking with Century Media. They're very interested. Without saying it's happened, [or that] it's done, 'cause we haven't signed a contract with them, [but] they've offered us a deal and they're really interested in OBITUARY."
Swedish melodic death metallers DARK TRANQUILLITY will embark on the final leg of the "We Are The Void" tour in November. Support on the trek will come from KEEP OF KALESSIN, WARBRINGER, DAWN HEIST and ROTA.

Commented DARK TRANQUILLITY: "This will act as a break in the pre-production work of the upcoming new album and a way for us to go to some of the cool places we seem to have missed during the last couple of tours.

"We are very excited to put together a new and interesting show for our friends and fans around Europe and as always, we are bringing some amazing bands with us.

"Come out and hang out with us this winter!"

The dates are as follows:

Nov. 21 - Paard van Troje - Den Haag, Netherlands
Nov. 22 - Islington Academy - London, UK
Nov. 25 - Biebob - Vosselaar, Belgium
Nov. 26 - C-Club - Berlin, Germany
Nov. 27 - Serikovka - Pilsen, Czech Republic
Nov. 28 - Theaterfabrik - Munich, Germany
Nov. 29 - Club 202 - Budapest, Hungary
Nov. 30 - Majestic Club - Bratislava, Slovakia
Dec. 01 - Schlachthof - Wels, Austria
Dec. 02 - Schüür - Luzern, Switzerland
Dec. 03 - Estragon - Bologna, Italy
Dec. 04 - New Age - Treviso, Italy
Dec. 05 - Rockstore - Montpellier, France
Dec. 06 - Rock Star Live - Bilbao, Spain
Dec. 07 - Capitol - Santiago de Compostella, Spain
Dec. 08 - Arena - Madrid, Spain
Dec. 09 - Salamandra 1 - Barcelona, Spain
Dec. 12 - Z7 - Pratteln, Switzerland
Dec. 13 - Rockfabrik - Nürnberg, Germany
Dec. 14 - Effenaar - Eindhoven, Netherlands
Dec. 15 - Zeche - Bochum, Germany
Dec. 16 - Rosenhof - Osnabrück, Germany
Dec. 17 - KB - Malmö, Sweden
Dec. 18 - Göta Källare - Stockholm, Sweden

DARK TRANQUILLITY recently re-signed with Century Media Records. The influential band from Gothenburg released its first album on Century Media in 1999, and has since issued six full-length CDs, two DVDs and a handful of special releases.

DARK TRANQUILLITY's ninth album, "We Are The Void", sold around 2,100 copies in the United States in its first week of release. The CD landed at position No. 15 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

"We Are The Void" was released in North America on March 9, 2010 via Century Media Records. The LP was made available in Europe as a CD, digital download and strictly limited-edition die-cut digipak featuring two bonus songs ("Stars Of Nothingness" and "To Where Fires Cannot Feed") and a bonus DVD.
U.K. black metallers PRIMITIVE GRAVEN IMAGE have completed work on their third album. Entitled "Psychededlic Episodes - Observations on Death and Deathlessness", the follow-up to 2010's "Celebrating Impending Chaos" was once again produced by Russ Russell (NAPALM DEATH, DIMMU BORGIR, EVILE), with artwork from Darkwave Art, and is another loosely themed concept album — this time based around psychedelic experience of the physical, spiritual and emotional kind.

Commented the band: "We took war as a big theme for 'Celebrating Impending Chaos' (2010), but there was also a more cosmic theme running throughout the album as well, on tracks like 'Kings Of Infinite Space', for example — and that's what we've decided to run with this time round. We've decided to look into the mirror instead and into our own psyches. After all, the outside world is surely only a reflection of what is inside?

"This album is about getting closer to the source of all this stuff, which is where the real horrors lie. It's an interesting and fresh concept to play with but still lends itself very well to twisting into a black metal framework. The concept has lead to our most structured and focused lyrics to date and the album has become a weird journey through man's struggle with his gods, his mortality and his brief but often chaotic life here on this mysterious rock. Musically, we have stuck to the black metal feel that we know and love and in some cases this shines through even more than on our last album.

"We've also brought in a very healthy dose of death and thrash metal-influenced sections and the psychedelic and progressive elements we started to play with on 'Chaos' have made a big return. We have included some truly experimental moments with some elongated prog-out sections and wonderful analog keyboard sounds."

The first offering from the album is new digital-only single, "Slave To The Mannequin" — which is accompanied by a music video and is to be available as a free download from the band's web site at www.primitivegravenimage.com shortly.

"Psychededlic Episodes - Observations on Death and Deathlessness" track listing:

01. Eye Of Existence
02. Ten Thousand Armageddons
03. Mock The Lifeline
04. Slave To The Mannequin
05. Attack The Attacker
06. Breathe
07. The Maniacal Laughter Of A Dying Man
08. The Killer, The Philosopher And The Holy Man
09. Of Death And Deathlessness
Swedish death metallers EVOCATION will release their fourth studio album, "Illusions Of Grandeur", in Europe on September 24 via Century Media Records. The CD includes "ten tracks of supreme Swedish death metal, a perfect mélange of Stockholm rawness and Gothenburg epics," according to a press release.

Cover artist Xaay, who previously worked with EVOCATION on the "Apocalyptic" album, has proven to be the best choice for the job, delivering a dark and desolate yet beautiful piece of art for the new album.

"Illusions Of Grandeur" was recorded at IF Studios (IN FLAMES, THE HAUNTED) and Evocation Studios with producer Roberto Laghi (IN FLAMES) and mixed at IF Studios by Laghi. It was mastered at Bohus Sound Studios by Dragan Tanaskovic.

As a very special guest, Johan Hegg of AMON AMARTH laid down vocals on the song "Into Submission".

"Illusions Of Grandeur" will be released on CD, limited-edition digipak CD (including three studio bonus tracks) and on LP (including a big-size poster of the album artwork).

"Illusions Of Grandeur" track listing:

01. Illusions Of Grandeur
02. Well Of Despair
03. Divide And Conquer
04. Perception Of Reality
05. Metus Odium
06. I'll Be Your Suicide
07. Crimson Skies
08. Into Submission
09. The Seven Faces Of God
10. Final Disclosure
11. Shades Of Shame (digipak bonus track)
12. Dark Day Dawn (digipak bonus track)
13. Dead Without A Trace (digipak bonus track)

EVOCATION's third album, "Apocalyptic", was released on October 29, 2010 via Cyclone Empire Records.

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