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  • BLABBERMOUTH.NET Jul 27, 2016 | 23:53 pm

    OZZY OSBOURNE And Son JACK Discuss 'World Detour' Show On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' (Video) Ozzy Osbourne and his son Jack were guests on last night's episode of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" to discuss their new reality show called "Ozzy and Jack's World Detour". The series airs on Sundays on the History channel and features the duo traveling the world together, exploring the history behind some of the planet's most storied sites, while checking out some lesser-known locations along the way.During the course of the hour-long, non-scripted series, father and son — self-proclaimed history nerds who have apparently waited years to take this trip — visit locales like Mount Rushmore, Stonehenge, the Alamo, Roswell, the Jamestown Settlement and Sun Studios. They also stop at places like a missile silo, England's famed Bletchley Park and a private museum of working artillery tanks.Ozzy admitted a while back that doing the show has helped fill some gaps in his own knowledge of history. "Anything past World War II, I'm clueless," he told The Pulse Of Radio. "I'm kind of up on World War II 'cause I was born a couple of years after. So I know quite a lot about World War II and Hitler and the Nazis and all that. But anything from before or after I don't know anything about. So we're going to Mount Rushmore, we're going to the abandoned silos where you guys, America used to have their Minutemen missiles and all that. It's quite educational for me, actually."Ozzy has not starred in a regularly scheduled TV series since the MTV reality show "The Osbournes" ended a four-season run in 2005. A variety show called "Osbournes Reloaded" ended after one episode on Fox in 2009.Ozzy resumed a year-long farewell tour with BLACK SABBATH last month, which will include SABBATH and SLIPKNOT headlining a combined festival, Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, this September in San Bernardino, California. He has also reportedly been working on a new solo effort.

  • BLABBERMOUTH.NET Jul 27, 2016 | 23:27 pm

    Jon Oliva, the American composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer who is best known as the founder of and keyboardist and lead vocalist for SAVATAGE, has revealed that he suffered a stroke back in April. He writes on his Facebook page: "It was not as serious as it could have been, but it did leave me with some physical recovery challenges often associated with strokes. Physical therapy and rehab sessions are getting me back to normal, and I am once again feeling confident about recording new music. Needless to say, such a traumatic health issue was a real epiphany for me....oh yeah!"Despite his latest health issues, Jon says that he doesn't regret the way he has lived his life. He writes: "I lived the rock 'n' roll lifestyle since I was 18. It's all I knew and I enjoyed the ride very much. But there comes a time in everyone's life where you have to step back and make some life-changing decisions...which I have! So with a fresh and energized approach to my life, I can now focus on the release of a double-album of new Oliva music to be recorded and released very soon."Oliva says that he has been putting together a collection of songs for the past year which he is "very proud of." He writes: "I think all SAVATAGE / JON OLIVA'S PAIN / TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA and DR. BUTCHER fans will really enjoy it. I believe it will be my finest effort yet and will feature all the different flavors of my musical influences and history. I promise not to let you down!"Jon concludes by thanking his fans "from the bottom of my heart for your love and support over these many years together. Your desire for my music helps to fuel my soul and my love to create that music."Shortly afterSAVATAGE's reunion performance at last year's Wacken Open Air festival in Wacken, Germany, Oliva revealed that felt better than he had in twenty years because he had "stopped drinking and eating" in preparation for the concert. He explained: "It's my voice that's freaking me out, because, even when I was in my late 20s, early 30s, doing songs like '24 Hours Ago' were always really hard to do. And, of course, I didn't realize that it was all the drugs and alcohol I was doing. But, after doing that, getting my act together and stuff, singing '24 Hours Ago', it's actually easy now. [Laughs]"

  • BLABBERMOUTH.NET Jul 27, 2016 | 19:23 pm

    "The Thunderhead Show" recently conducted an interview with MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).On MEGADETH's longevity:Ellefson: "I think if you don't quit, and hopefully you don't die, you keep going, you know what I mean? [Laughs] Even the other day… This tour's pretty long, almost two months, and there was this moment where Dave's [Mustaine, MEGADETH mainman], like, 'I think what it’s gonna be like one day if we don't do this, or when we don't do this.' And the first things that hit me was, like, well, hopefully we wrap it up on our terms and not on somebody else's terms or because of any other tragedies or anything. This is what you're born to do. And Dave and I talk about it all the time. We've kind of had this sort of anointing and blessing for us to even be together. It's kind of like MEGADETH sort of has this higher calling around it."We've been successful sometimes completely in spite of ourselves, believe me, and you kind of stand back and you go, 'You know what? There's no reason that the band should have survived that either lineup change, that musical transition, whatever thing happened to us. And yet here we are with our strongest record we've had in twenty-something years.' Sometimes you stand backand you go, 'You know what? My job is to wake up every day and go make the donuts. Play music. Be glad we're here. Be thankful for the life and the gifts that we have."On how MEGADETH's difficult times have inspired the band to keep going:Ellefson: "I've come to realize you do your best growth during times of struggle, not usually during… We need these seasons when there is no struggle and we can celebrate and rejoice and we're kind of in one of those right now, 'cause we've turned some kind of gnarly corners even in the last couple of years. You know, MEGADETH is a band that has turned a lotof gnarly corners, but we've written some of our best records in those times, we've come out of it persevering stronger, and I think that's kind of the lesson of life. This too shall pass — the good times and the bad times. So when you're in the struggles, the God's not mad at you, the universe isn't punishing you because everything's not going your way. It's not supposed to. You're supposed to go through periods… It's like when you're in school: you're learning stuff you don't know and you don't understand, and that's why you're in school. You're not in school 'cause you already know the answers; you're in school because there's some learning that you need to do so that you can come out the other side with a new understanding of things, and being in a rock band is no different."In addition to Ellefson and Mustaine, MEGADETH's current lineup includes Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro, best known for his work with ANGRA, and former SOILWORK drummer Dirk Verbeuren.The fall 2016 North American leg of MEGADETH's "Dystopia" world tour kicks off in Casper, Wyoming on September 20 and will take them across the U.S., visiting 16 states with special guests to include AMON AMARTH, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, METAL CHURCH and HAVOK.


AOR Melodic Rock News

  • News Feed Jul 26, 2016 | 08:16 am

    More 'Sour Grapes' From HOUSE OF SHAKIRA

    One of Sweden’s legacy melodic rock acts HOUSE OF SHAKIRA are ready to deliver the best serving of Sour Grapes you’ve ever been fed.
    Keeping the momentum going since lead singer Andreas Novak joined the band, Sour Grapes is the band’s third since Andreas’ 2012 debut. And as like the last album, the band has taken things to the next level, with more harmonies, more chorus hooks and more layers of everything….including for the very first time – keyboards!

  • News Feed Jul 26, 2016 | 04:56 am

    ROADKILL Sign to MelodicRock Records For 'Extinct'

    MelodicRock Records is once again turning ‘metal’ for a new release September. And we didn’t have to look far. MRR is proud to announce the signing of the first Tasmanian band to the roster.
    ROADKILL will release their new album Extinct via MRR on September 9.
    Formed in April 2006 - ROADKILL is an 'old school' styled high octane, rock 'n' roll band that re-introduces that genre to the world!

  • News Feed Jul 26, 2016 | 04:05 am

    EXTREME Celebrates 25th Anniversary Of Classic 'Pornograffiti' Album


    July 25, 2016 -- Last year marked the 25th anniversary of Extreme's classic multi-Platinum, Grammy' nominated PORNOGRAFFITTI, the definitive album of the band's career. To mark the anniversary, PORNOGRAFFITTI LIVE 25 / METAL MELTDOWN will be released September 23 by the award-winning production company Rock Fuel Media in association with Loud & Proud Records as part of their four-part 'Metal Meltdown' DVD series. The concert film captures the Boston band performing the album PORNOGRAFFITTI in its entirety.